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A long way home

DCP-HD - 2017 - Switzerland - 73 ' and 52' - Color / Black & White

A long way home



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.




The Waldheim Waltz

HD/ DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color / Black & White

The Waldheim Waltz

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. 




THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

HD/ DCP - 2017 - The Netherlands - 70 min - Color

THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

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.




RENZO PIANO, THE ARCHITECT OF LIGHT

HD/DCP - 2018 - Spain - 70 min - Color

RENZO PIANO, THE ARCHITECT OF LIGHT



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.




THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

HD/ DCP - 2017 - Poland, Germany - 82 - Color / Black & White

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

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?

 




Mama Africa

HD-DCP - 2011 - Germany, Finland, South Africa - 90 min - Color / Black & White

Mama Africa

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.

 

 

 




Imposed Piece

HD-DCP - 2017 - Belgium - 74 min - Color

Imposed Piece

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.

 




Cinecittà Babilonia

HD-DCP - 2017 - italy - 74/51 min - Color / Black & White

Cinecittà Babilonia

Cinecittà Babilonia (original title)


A film by Marco Spagnoli

Sex, drugs and black shirts

Inspired by Kenneth Anger’s book “Hollywood Babilonia”, this documentary tells us the story of the italian cinema in the thirties and forties, exploring the relation between sex and power under the shade of fascism.

Combining archive materials and interviews Cineccità Babilonia has a unique point of view between history and gossip of the beginning of what we know as Hollywood on the Tiber.





The Wandering Chef

HD/DCP - 2018 - Korea - 85 min - Color

The Wandering Chef

The Wandering Chef - 108 plates (original title)


A film by Hye-Ryoung Park

A deep homage to Mother Nature through a heart-warming culinary journey.

 

Jiho Im, better known as the "Wandering Chef", travels the Korean peninsula, in search of the most unique ingredients, honouring Mother Nature with whom he has a very strong and personal relationship.

For him, Nature is at the core of his life and his creative work.

One day, he meets someone very special on the road leading him to the most incredible challenge of a lifetime: conceiving and cooking 108 plates in 24 hours - significant of 108 agonies of life in Buddhism - to pay tribute to his adoptive mother.




Raise your arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

HD - 2016 - Japan - 121' / 90' - Color

Raise your arms and Twist! Documentary of NMB48

Doutonboriyo, Nakasetekure! Documentary of NMB48 (original title)


A film by Atsushi Funahashi

Japanese Pop Idols! Shiny, but not always. You see the shadows. 

Launched in 2011 as a sister group to girl band behemoth AKB48, the Osaka-based NMB48 has become a musical force itself. With a string of No.1 hit singles and albums, not to mention sell-out performances, NMB48 continues Japan’s pop-music phenomena.
Director Atsushi Funahashi, whose documentary work has previously chronicled such harrowing events as the Fukushima nuclear meltdown, pulls back the curtain on the life and struggles of the band members and the workings of the idol-making industry.