Arts & Culture
DCP/HD - 2018 - The Netherlands - 86Min - Color
Living The Light- Robby Müller (original title)
A film by Claire Pijman
Director and Director of Photography Claire Pijman had access to thousands of Hi8 video diaries, pictures and polaroid’s that Müller photographed while he was at work on one of the more than 70 features he shot through his career; often with long term collaborators such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier. The film intertwines those images with films excerpts, thus creating a fluid and cinematic continuum. In their score for LIVING THE LIGHT, SQÜRL give this wide raging scale of life and art, an additional music voice. Robby Müller's work has been compared to painters like Vermeer and Hopper, other masters of light. Even when his films are finished, his images keep on moving. The light never fades because he always creates space for human emotions to come into the light. Living the Light is the story of that light.
DCP-HD - 2017 - Switzerland - 73 ' and 52' - Color / Black & White
A film by Luc Schaedler
The film centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu.
With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by violence and oppression. Their vision is of a democratic, supportive and humane civil society.
A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China. In doing so, the film poses universal questions that ultimately concern us all: which values determine our cultural identity and in what kind of world do we want to live?
A Long Way Home is an entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.
HD/ DCP - 2018 - Austria - 93 - Color / Black & White
Waldheim's Walzer (original title)
A film by Ruth Beckermann
A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power. Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election. Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again.
HD/ DCP - 2017 - The Netherlands - 70 min - Color
THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET (original title)
A film by Saskia Boddeke
Peter Greenaway constructs an alphabet for and with his daughter Zoë as a blueprint of his life.
The fascinations of filmmaker Peter Greenaway, whose motto is "art is life and life is art", are captured like butterflies and arranged in an alphabet, a form suiting him perfectly as an encyclopedist. In intimate conversations with his perceptive 16-year-old daughter Zoë, we discover the ‘whos, whats and whys’ about Greenaway.
They begin with A, which stands for Amsterdam, but could also stand for autism, Zoë suggests. Greenaway’s boundless creativity and unconstrained flow of words brings this to mind indeed, and he admits to wearing the label with pride. The playful conversations don’t shy away from painful topics; we hear that Greenaway hasn’t seen two other children of his for years.
Later, heartbroken and in tears, Zoë asks him if for once to stop talking like a commentator.
Zoë’s spontaneous questions penetrate Greenaway to the core, enabling his wife, multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke, to make a deeply personal portrait not only of the artist, but also of Greenaway the father in his battle against time.
HD/DCP - 2018 - Spain - 70 min - Color
A film by Carlos Saura
A very special building, the Botín Center. The architect, a contemporary genius, Renzo Piano. The director, another contemporary genius, Carlos Saura. Carlos Saura and Renzo Piano will unfold their view on the relationship between architecture and cinema and show us the magic surrounding this gigantic building as imagined by Renzo Piano. The Botín Center, through time, will modify the soul of the city forever.
HD/DCP - 2015 - Japan - 95 - Color
Kampai! For the love of Sake (original title)
A film by Mirai Konishi
The exploration of the traditional, complex, and secretive world of sake, often called Japanese rice wine, though the eyes of three distinctive outsiders who have devoted themselves to sake.
Sake, Japan’s national beverage, has been getting global popularity over the recent years. Brewed from rice and water with the help of Koji mold and yeast -- it seems so simple, and on surface, it is. But underneath this initial simplicity lies its deep world full of diversity, complexity, rich culture, and an ambiguity that’s both fascinating and frustrating.
KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE unravels the story of several individuals from completely different backgrounds about their path with sake and its mesmerizing world.
HD/ DCP - 2017 - Poland, Germany - 82 - Color / Black & White
THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (original title)
A film by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski
A cinematic journey on the trail of Hollywood filmmaker and "human chameleon", Michal Waszynski.
Who was Moshe Walks really? A golden boy of cinema, a fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of wilm with reality?
The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. he made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However only one film was his true obsession - "The Dybbuk" - based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of the WWII.
To the American magazine "Variety", Waszynski once claimed to be fascinated with the downfall of great nations. The related imagery of pogroms and migration are the sights and images that Waszynski had so often witnessed in his life. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him in permanently restless. Waszynski kept searching for the lost print of his film "Dybbuk" which held his early memories of the Jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets did he keep hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?
HD-DCP - 2011 - Germany, Finland, South Africa - 90 min - Color / Black & White
Mama Africa (original title)
A film by Mika Kaurismäki
The many voices of Miriam Makeba !
The story of the late incredible and charismatic South African musical icon, Miriam Makeba.
She traveled the world delivering a message against racism and poverty and fighting for equality and peace. MAMA AFRICA is a vibrant homage to this wonderful artist and civil rights activist.
HD-DCP - 2017 - Belgium - 74 min - Color
Opgelegd Werk (original title)
A film by Brecht Vanhoenacker
IMPOSED PIECE is a cinematographic chronicle revealing one of the most prestigious violin’s competition: the Queen Elisabeth.
Through this documentary, the audience meets some of the twelve finalists and follows their intense preparation. These young and talented musicians finally have the chance to manifest themselves as soloists after years of practice and sacrifices. Pressure and expectations are high.
In complete seclusion and during an eight-days period, they have to study a compulsory piece and a concerto of their choice.
Little by little, the film reveals how they prepare, how they cope with stress and how they reflect on their past and future.