Histoire et archives
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 - italy - 74/51 min - Color / Black & White
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.
HD - 2017 - Estony, Germany, Finland - 85/ 52 min - Color / Black & White
Soviet Hippies (original title)
A film by Terje Toomistu
Flowers and hair grow everywhere
A wild flower power ride on the footprints of the Soviet hippie movement takes you into the psychedelic underground of 1970s. Thrilled by rock music, inspired by the cult of peace and love, the young long-haired drop-outs craved for freedom and created their own System in the Soviet Union despite the strict regime.
Years later, a group of eccentric hippies from Estonia take a road journey to Moscow where people still gather annually on the 1st of June for celebrations related to the tragic event of 1971, when thousands of hippies were arrested by the KGB.
HD - 2017 - Bulgaria, Germany, Romania - 90 / 52 / 4x26 min - Color
Palace for The People (original title)
A film by Missirkov / Bogdanov
PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE tells the stories of the most emblematic five buildings of socialist times - highly representative for the epoch and witnessing the historical turbulence in Eastern Europe in the second half of the XX century. The National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Moscow State University, Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest, Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, Palace of the Republic in Berlin are unique architectural creatures made with a lot of courage and a bit of lunacy to remind the people there was an ultimate power and brighter future. Each one is the tallest, the largest, has the biggest clock on Earth, or the most advanced technology of its time. They were the most grandiose enterprises in a time when collective good was the major state policy. Now that socialism is over it's time to go back and reveal their hidden secrets. The film takes a snapshot of the palaces today, as seen through the eyes of people related to them - their architects, former and current directors, ordinary people who worked in them.
Documentary mini-series (4x26 min.) and one-off (90/52 min.)
Episode 1: Moscow: Moscow State University
Episode 2: Belgrade: Palace of Serbia
Episode 3: Sofia: National Palace of Culture
Episode 4: Bucharest: Palace of the Parliament
HD- DCP - 2017 - Argentina - 94 - Color
EL VECINO ALEMAN (original title)
A film by Rosario Cervio and Martin Liji
“Long live Germany! Long live Austria! Long live Argentina! These are the countries with which I have been most connected and which I will not forget. I had to obey the rules of war and my flag. I am ready.”
Last words of Adolf Eichmann,
Thursday evening on May 31st, 1962 at the gallows of Ramla prison
In 1960 Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped in Buenos Aires and taken illegally to Jerusalem for a trial.
A pure documentary integrating archive materials, the film shows through the eyes and research work of Renate, a young journalist, the awkward life of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina contrasting with the crimes he is defending against in Israel.
DCP- HD - 2015 - French - 53 Min - Color / Black & White
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.
DCP - HD - 2016 - USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland - 93 Min - Color / Black & White
Je ne suis pas votre nègre (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.
HD - 2015 - French - 90 min & 2 x 52 min - Color
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.
HD - 2014 - French - 60 min - Color / Black & White
Illustre et Inconnu: Comment Jacques Jaujaurd a sauvé le Louvre (original title)
A film by Jean-Pierre Devillers & Pierre Pochard
At the dawn of World War II, a resistance group organizes an incredible exfiltration of masterpieces from the Louvre Museum to save it off the Nazis’ hands. The man leading the operation is Jacques Jaujard, the Louvre Museum’s director. Jaujard had an extraordinary personality and was madly in love with art. Although he was a devoted servant of the State, he used his knowledge of the system and his audacity to serve a universal cause: saving the world heritage. The film talks about this important chapter of history combining interviews, rare footage (including Jaujard’s notebook), supported by a dynamic narration, animated sequences of the protagonists embedded in archives and footage shot in situ. This form is in ad equation with our heroes’ elegance who remained until now in the shadow...