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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 Green Lie

HD-DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color

The Green Lie



A film by Werner Boote

“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world, you save the corporations”

Environmentally friendly electric cars, sustainably produced food products, fair production processes: Hurray! If everything the corporations tell us is true, we can save the world through our purchasing decisions alone! A popular and dangerous lie.

Are the industry's “green products” nothing more than a sales strategy?

In his new documentary film, Werner Boote (Plastic Planet, Everything's Under Control) shows us, together with environmental expert Kathrin Hartmann, how we can protect ourselves.

They easily banter, they agree to disagree and ultimately bring freshness to a never-ending debate.




A Journey to the Fumigated Towns

HD-DCP - 2018 - Argentina - 97 - Color

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns



A film by Fernando E. Solanas

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns is the final episode made by Fernando Solanas in a series of 8 films dedicated to the Argentinian’s crisis in the 21st century. Based on testimonies, re-creations, archives and photos, this investigative documentary reveals not only the after-effects of the soya’s model and other GMO’s grain productions with agrochemicals, on the health of the Argentinian people but also the global and environmental consequences.

Fernando Solanas unfolds dramatic stories and testimonies from locals, farmers and researchers. As a fearless director and a senator, he is convinced that Eco-agriculture produces food for everyone in a natural and profitable way.




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. 




Young Solitude

HD-DCP - 2018 - FRANCE - 100 - Color

Young Solitude

Premières solitudes (original title)


A film by Claire Simon

Claire Simon portrays an important time for any individual, from 16 to 18 years of age.

Set in the Paris suburbs in high school (for those lucky enough to go), teenagers chat after and even during class, sitting in the hallway or outside on a bench, looking at the city below them.

Claire Simon sets up a cinematic dialog with the teens, speaking about their personal history, their family, but also passions and loneliness.

At this age, they start thinking about leaving their family, when there is one, and even run away from it when it’s completely broken. Being by yourself can bring as many good things as bad ones. This film becomes a place where they search and discuss the meaning of all this.

A pure coming-age story, Young Solitude is an ode to youth.




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.




LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE

HD-DCP - 2017 - FRANCE - 100 - Color

LET THE CHILD BE THE GUIDE

Le maître et l'enfant (original title)


A film by Alexandre Mourot

“Education should not limit itself to seeking new methods for a mostly arid transmission of   knowledge: its aim must be to give the necessary aid to human development.”
Maria Montessori

Inherited from Maria Montessori in 1907, the Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach celebrating and nurturing each child's desire to learn.  An approach valuing the human spirit and a full child development —physical, social, emotional, cognitive. This method is more and more popular and Montessori schools are opening worldwide today. Because self-development and respect are essentials to our society,  film director Alexandre Mourot sets his camera up in the oldest Montessori school in France (with kids from 3 to 6 years of age) and observes.

He meets happy children, free to move around, working alone or in small groups. Some read, others make bread, do divisions, laugh or sleep. The teacher remains  very discreet.

Children guide the film director throughout the whole school year, helping him understand the magic of their autonomy and self-esteem – the seeds of a new society of peace and freedom, which Maria Montessori dedicated her life work to.

 

Website: http://www.montessori-lefilm.org/

 




KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

HD/DCP - 2015 - Japan - 95 - Color

KAMPAI! FOR THE LOVE OF SAKE

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.

 




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?