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Soviet Hippies

HD - 2017 - Estony, Germany, Finland - 85/ 52 min - Color / Black & White

Soviet Hippies

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.

 




Palace for the People

HD - 2017 - Bulgaria, Germany, Romania - 90 / 52 / 4x26 min - Color

Palace for the People

Palace for The People (original title)


A film by Missirkov / Bogdanov

PALACE FOR THE PEOPLE tells the stories of the most emblematic four 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




Hitler’s Hollywood

HD/DCP - 2017 - Germany - 105/ 2x52 min - Color / Black & White

Hitler’s Hollywood

Hitler's Hollywood (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

Hitler’s Hollywood tells the story of one of the most important and dramatic period in the German cinema history. Once again, what does cinema know that we don’t know? 

The Third Reich cinema was a heavily censored industry and at the same time, longed to be a German dream factory. It produced, among others, the Nazi blockbuster "Münchhausen", at the request of Joseph Goebbels. It established its own celebrity star system and used the latest marketing tools.

 

About 1000 feature films were produced in Germany between 1933 and 1945 and only a few were openly Nazi propaganda films and even fewer could be considered harmless entertainment.

 

We look at these films and the people behind them. How stereotypes of the “enemy” and values of love and hate managed to be planted, into the viewers’ minds, through the screens.

 




The Dying of the Light

HD/DCP - 2016 - USA - 95/56 min - Color / Black & White

The Dying of the Light

The Dying of the light (original title)


A film by Peter Flynn

For 120 years, they brought the light to our screens. Now their light is dying.

 

Largely unchanged for more than a century, the projection of photochemical film faces an uncertain future in the digital age.  The practice of handing and projecting film is in danger of being lost; and the role of film projectionist is nearing extinction.

THE DYING OF THE LIGHT explores at the history and craft of motion picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.  By turns humorous and melancholic, their candid reflections on life in the booth reveal a world that has largely gone unnoticed and is now at an end.  The result is a loving tribute to the art and romance of the movies—and to the unseen people who brought the light to our screens.

 




Move! Dance your life

DCP-HD - 2016 - France - 76 Min - Color

Move! Dance your life

Move! Dance your life (original title)


A film by Fanny Jean-Noël

MOVE ! Dance your life is a "poetrip". It’s a unique, poetic and aesthetic film about dance around the world !
Its primary language is Dance, a universal medium.
The film takes place in 18 different destinations around the world. With over 20 dancers, amateurs or professionals, from childhood to old age, from womb to tomb, MOVE ! shows humanity’s vital need for dance.

 

« We should consider each day lost in which we have not danced at least once »

Friedrich Nietzcshe




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.




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.




The Graduation

DCP - HD - 2016 - French - Approx 90 min - Color

The Graduation

Le Concours (original title)


A film by Claire Simon

With THE GRADUATION the director will delve into the daily life of the Parisian cinema school, la Fémis, where a specific Republican ideal of excellence is practiced and entry into which can be summed up as follows: "everyone’s equal, but only the best get in…"

Through the admission process, the hard work all year and the graduation exams, THE GRADUATION will establish a portrait of our relationship to excellence in the Art world and of one of the most prestigious art school in France. A place of culture where generations intermingle.

 




Man Falling

DCP, HD - 2015 - Danish - 105 min - Color

Man Falling

Mand Falder (original title)


A film by Anne Regitze Wivel

A brain injury after a fall forces Per Kirkeby - one of Denmark's most famous artists - to stop painting. In an instant, Kirkeby loses his life's foundation as well as his ability to work. No longer able to see colors, he cannot orient himself in the large canvases that made him a figurehead for Danish and international contemporary art.

"Man Falling" is the story about Per Kirkeby’ s universe - marked by deep melancholy as well as astounding beauty; a story about a personal struggle for life and work, a return to the universal language of painting that has been his way to get his visual and emotional impulses out. Per Kirkeby is one of Denmark's greatest and most famous painters worldwide. He has an unusual and extremely rare linguistic gift.

The film contains a continuous series of registrations and reflections on what human life means; a passion for leaving a mark and being present until the end.




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.