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TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

DCP- HD - 2015 - French - 53 Min - Color / Black & White

TOO BLACK TO BE FRENCH ?

Trop noire pour être française? (original title)


A film by Isabelle Boni-Claverie

Filmmaker Isabelle Boni-Claverie, a black woman who grew up in a privileged environment, has none of the supposed social handicaps that could impede social integration. And yet, she is often an object of discrimination. Has the Republic lied to her?

A brazen question illuminated by the analysis of Eric Fassin, Pap Ndiaye and Achille Mbembe regarding the inequalities of our society.




LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

DCP - HD - 2016 - French - 85 Min - Color

LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (original title)


A film by Florent Vassault

Lindy, a former juror, starts a journey through Mississippi looking for the 11 jurors alongside who she sentenced a man to death, 20 years ago.

Looking like 12 ANGRY MEN, Lindy’s story is all but fictional.

For 20 years, she has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt and never forgot the day she switched on the radio and heard the man they sentenced had been executed. No one, in this Republican and Protestant community understood her distress.

In 2006, Lindy met the man, Bobby Wilcher, who didn’t have a single visitor on death row in Parchman. She sought his forgiveness and became his friend. This friendship shocked and she lost dear friends along the way.

Lindy was the only visitor Bobby Wilcher had on the day of his execution and she remembers seeing him in shackles in the middle of the room, glancing one last time in her direction before passing away.

Traumatized, this is how Lindy begins her journey and finds her 11 fellow jurors since they sentenced this man to death and questions the impact this experience had on them.




I am not your negro

DCP - HD - 2016 - USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland - 93 Min - Color / Black & White

I am not your negro

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO (original title)


A film by Raoul Peck

With the voice of Samuel L. Jackson

 Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, Director Raoul Peck's I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image (and reality) of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.




Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

DCP - HD - 2016 - Italy - 62 Min - Color / Black & White

Because I am a genius! Lorenza Mazzetti

Perché sono un genio! Lorenza Mazzetti (original title)


A film by Steve della Casa, Francesco Frisari

Lorenza Mazzetti’s “genius” resides in her fantastic and profound outlook she uses to tell her extraordinary story and create the most part of her works. Adopted by the Einstein family, which was exterminated by the SS in the early 1950s, Lorenza decided to go to London to forget the tragedy she witnessed when she was just a little girl.

Once in London she managed to enter the well-known Slade School of Fine Art where she stole a movie camera and shoot "K", a reinterpretation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Thanks to this incredible first film she got in contact with Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson establishing the Free Cinema Manifesto and revolutionized British cinema. Her second film "Together" was awarded in 1956 Cannes Film Festival.

Having returned to Italy, she joined Paola, her twin sister with whom she lives nowadays. Through Lorenza’s memories, animation of her paintings and the everyday life we discover a funny old woman who still exhibits all the freedom and the innocence of childhood.




Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

DCP - HD - 2015 - USA - 96 Min - Color / Black & White

Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (original title)


A film by Daniel Raim

HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY is a fascinating and humanistic account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson—a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and more. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny, DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this deeply moving documentary chronicles their remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.




Fritz Lang

DCP - HD - 2016 - Germany - 104 Min - Black & White

Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang (original title)


A film by Gordian Maugg

Fritz Lang. He was regarded a genius, an egocentric sex maniac and a sadist. =

Violence and love became subjects that would not let go of Fritz Lang for the rest of his life. In Vienna, as the son of a violent father, under whom his much-loved Jewish mother suffered. As a soldier in Galicia, where he experienced the horrors of the First World War. And finally as a young director in Berlin, accused of murdering his own wife.

Fritz Lang researches the "Evil" in all of us and in himself.

 

Cast: Heino Ferch, Thomas Thieme, Samuel Finzi, Johanna Gastdorf, Lisa Charlotte Friederich




WHO IS ODA JAUNE?

DCP - HD - 2016 - Germany - 75 Min - Color

WHO IS ODA JAUNE?

Who is Oda Jaune? (original title)


A film by Kamilla Pfeffer

She paints mutilated, naked, sexless and faceless bodies. And she paints faces radiating happiness, people in paradise, people who fly. Originally from Bulgaria, Oda Jaune studies at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, becomes a master scholar of the painter Jörg Immendorff and later, his wife. After Immendorff’s death in 2007, she moves to Paris. She agrees to make this film and the idea is for the director and her cinematographer to join her in the studio and capture her creative process for an upcoming exhibition.

During their collaboration the protagonist repeatedly refuses to comply. A complicated encounter, in which the filmmaker deploys cautious maneuvers to reveal Oda Jaune's fragile act of painting, without damaging it in the process.




All Things Are Photographable

DCP - HD - 2017 - United States - 75 & 52 Min - Color / Black & White

All Things Are Photographable

All Things Are Photographable (original title)


A film by Sasha Waters Freyer

All Things Are Photographable is the first documentary film on the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) – the epic storyteller of America across three turbulent decades.

His artistry encompassed the heartbreak, violence, hope and turmoil of postwar America, from the frenzy of its urban core to the alienation of its emergent suburbs. Thirty years on, his most well-known photos – of Marilyn Monroe, her skirt blown askew on the set of The Seven Year Itch; Norman Mailer’s 50th birthday party; tourists at Dealy Plaza in Dallas following the Kennedy assassination and among hundreds of others – remain unforgettable. He also captured city streets teeming with women newly liberated from the repressive 1950’s; rowdy Texas rodeos, political conventions and angry protests, zoos, parades and celebrity balls. His camera seized upon the spectacle of a massive social upheaval – that age when our now-global mania for self-promotion and exhibitionism was beginning.

  

 




Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min & 2 x 52 min - Color

Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

Le fabuleaux Elisabeth Vigée le Brun peintre de Marie- Antoinette (original title)


A film by Arnaud Xainte

« Between two centuries as at the confluence of two rivers». These words of Chateaubriand seem to be written for Louise-Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. Born in 1755 and died in 1842, Louise-Elisabeth lived numerous and various periods of time, thanks to her exceptional longevity.

Official painter of Marie Antoinette, whose portrait she painted 30 times, she knew eight political systems, two revolutions, painted more than 660 portrayals, and received in her salon the whole political and artistic intelligentsia of the late 18th century until 1840. She fled the revolution in October 1789, for a 13 year long exile, going through Italia, Russia, Austria, England, and Switzerland. Everywhere, she was received by all the greatest courts of Europe and, besides posterity, was paid the highest fees of her time. The freedom of Louise Elisabeth, nonetheless an 18th century woman, echoes strongly with today’s women struggle, being the first French female painter to be recognized around the world.

The embodiment of the character by fiction appeared to us as the right choice obviously. Interviews of speakers are mixed with fictional scenes. These moments are an evocation of times and places when and where Louise Elisabeth lived, enlightening personal and historical events. In order to make the spectators feel the modernity of this character, the director used also some special effects: we zoom into the canvas so that we understand in a better way the meaning and the structure; engravings are animated; matte paintings remind us the poetry of the artist’s travels; several sequences mix fiction and painting.

EVL used fresh & bright colors and always painted her models in a graceful way, contrasting with the heavy settings usually employed at the time and the film pays homage to her unusual technique at the time.




Our Last Tango

DCP - HD - 2015 - Germany, Argentina - 85 Min - Color

Our Last Tango

Un Tango Mas (original title)


A film by German Kral

Our Last Tango“ is above all a love story. A story of love between the two most famous dancers in tango’s history. And the story of their tremendous love of tango.

María Nieves Rego (80) and Juan Carlos Copes (83) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations but always got back together. No other man danced like Juan and no other woman danced like María!

Eventually, he left her for good for a woman 20 years younger with whom he fathered two children.

Now, at the end of their lives, Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion.

 In „Our Last Tango“ Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies.  These beautifully-shot choreographies compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.