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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.




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?

 




THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

HD-DCP - 2017 - USA - 90 min - Color / Black & White

THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR



A film by Nancy Buirski

To the countless women whose voices have not been heard.
 
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists.
The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. 
 
Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning. 
 
More and more women are now speaking up after rape.
Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed.
 
The 2017 Global March by Women is linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.




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.

 

 

 




Constructing Albert

HD-DCP - 2017 - Spain - 60/ 90 min - Color

Constructing Albert

Constructing Albert (original title)


A film by Laura Collado, Jim Loomis

Albert Adrià has all the ingredients of a creative genius.

Playing a key role in the creation of elBulli, the greatest restaurant in history, wasn't enough. Escaping the shadow of his famous brother Ferran, Albert is now seeking his own success.

The most important revolution in culinary history took place in a remote cove on the Catalan coast. ElBulli, the “Big Bang” of creative discovery sparked from the minds of two brothers: Ferràn and Albert Adrià.

Since then, the name Adrià became synonymous of creativity.

The film is about Albert’s constructing himself and entering the Pantheon of great chefs.

 




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.




MR G.

HD - 2016 - France - 52 Min - Color / Black & White

MR G.

Tout peut arriver (original title)


A film by Ralf Kämpfe

Gilbert Garcin, now in his eighties, is an internationally recognized photographer.

Born in Marseille, he led a quiet life as a shopkeeper for 40 years, making and selling lights when in 1993, at an age where most people think about retirement, he found his vocation.

At 65, he reveals his true nature and discovers himself.

He then becomes an ageless man through his double “Mister G”, a truly unclassifiable personality telling stories and illustrating his dreams.

The film follows this “young” artist for 5 years and for the first time, the photographer reveals his methods and talks about his atypical journey.




Anna Piaggi: A dreamer in the fashion world

HD - 2016 - Italy - 52 Min - Color / Black & White

Anna Piaggi: A dreamer in the fashion world

Anna Piaggi: Una visionaria nella moda (original title)


A film by Alina Marrazzi

Celebrated for her eccentric outfits and intimate friend of designers Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, de Castelbajac and Manolo Blahnik, Anna Piaggi was the living testament to the cross pollination of art, society and culture, changing fashion and proclaiming its success on a global scale.

The film retraces the story of this amazing journalist, travelling to the capital cities of fashion - Paris, London, Milan -and making use of selected archive footage, unpublished photos provided by the archive of Alfa Castaldi – her husband and noted fashion photographer –, Ugo Mulas, Baldo Fabiani, and the testimony of some of the most known designers in the world.




THE MAN WHO SAVED THE LOUVRE

HD - 2014 - French - 60 min - Color / Black & White

THE MAN WHO SAVED THE LOUVRE

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...