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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.

 




KOUDELKA, Shooting Holy Land

DCP - HD - 2015 - Germany/Czech Republic - 72 min - Color

KOUDELKA, Shooting Holy Land



A film by Gilad BARAM

The film follows Koudelka in his journey photographing Israel and Palestine from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to the next. In each location - soon to become a new “Koudelka Photo” - a scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working, his perception of the world he is documenting and the people he encounters.

A fascinating dialogue emerges between the moving images Baram films and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Austere images of landscape divided by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.

Baram’s long-term documentation of the photographer on-field together with the exclusive use of Koudelka’s photographic archive result in a unique record that offers a rich and intimate look into the solitary creative process of one of photography’s greatest living masters.




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.




Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min & 2 x 52 min - Color

Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun: A Touch of Grace

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.




Cooking at World’s end

DCP - HD - 2015 - Spanish - 90 Min - Color

Cooking at World’s end

Cocinando en el fin del mundo (original title)


A film by Alberto Baamonde Bello

In 2003, nine young chefs joined their forces and their knowledge to transform the cuisine of their land: in Galicia, Grupo Nove was born.

Culinary revolution already emerged in other Spanish regions but Galicia remained known for its excellent products, not for its cooking techniques or for its chefs’ talent. Something had to change!

Along with a new generation of producers and farmers, the Grupo Nove developed an idea of gastronomy grounded in traditions, attached to the land and the product, though using radically new techniques.

Grupo Nove is now composed of twenty chefs, the veterans training the new generation. In a short period of time, Galicia multiplied its international recognition: 8 Michelin stars, 19 Repsol soles earned by names such as Pepe Solla, Xosé Cannas, Yayo Daporta, Beatriz Sotelo, Javier Olleros…

This is a silent revolution through gastronomy, between tradition and modernity, in a land full of contrasts.




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.




Montmartre

HD - 2014 - French - 98 Min - Color / Black & White

Montmartre

Montmartre (original title)


A film by Philippe Cochinard

From the sacred origins of the hill to its captivating painters, writers, poets, artists and innkeepers, MONTMARTRE leaves no stones unturned. An exploratory journey through the dreamlike "Château des Brouillards", painters like Corot and Renoir, the diversity of religious buildings from the ancient Saint Peter church to the recent Saint John, but also Montmartre’s famous vineyard, among other locations. MONTMARTRE is both mystical and revolutionary, and this documentary will shed a new light to this famous Paris' area, paradoxically not so known, through a fascinating historical journey.

MONTMARTRE is the first episode of a 10 documentaries collections entitled I LOVE PARIS and the next episodes will be about the CHAMPS-ELYSEES & SAINT-GERMAIN.




Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

HD - 2015 - French - 90 min - Color / Black & White

Ulyana Lopatkina: A Russian Star

Ouliana Lopatkina: La Divine (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

Born in 1973 is a small Ukrainian village, Ulyana Lopatkina reveals herself as a precocious dancer and enters the prestigious Vaganova Academy in Saint-Petersburg from which she graduates with a Grand Prix in 1991.

 This is when she starts collaborating with the Marinski theatre where she quickly becomes a Prima Ballerina with incredible performances.

Injured, she will stop dancing for two years and come back with more insurance and more characters personification. She then triumphs with Swan Lake and according to specialized critics, she is to date the most beautiful swan they ever seen in the history of classical ballet.  




From Caligari to Hitler

DCP - HD - 2014 - German - 118 - Color / Black & White

From Caligari to Hitler

Von Caligari Zu Hitler (original title)


A film by Rüdiger Suchsland

The film tells the story of German Cinema in the Twenties between Expressionism and New Sobriety. This was the most important period of German Cinema, a time full of wonders and invention. The aesthetic foundations were laid for the "seventh art".

FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER is the first feature documentary ever on German Cinema of the Twenties. It shows well known films, but furthermore forgotten, never shown or totally unknown material. This is an entertaining rollercoaster-trip to the best period of German Cinema and into the abyss of sub-consciousness. 




Zombie – The Resurrection of Tim Zom

DCP - HD - 2014 - Netherlands - 72 - Color

Zombie – The Resurrection of Tim Zom

Zombie: The Resurrection of Tim Zom (original title)


A film by Billy Pols

Tim Zom, born and raised in the South of Rotterdam, steps out of a dark past and stands at the point of becoming an international professional skateboarder. His career takes him from the cold Dutch reality into the American Dream, with big companies like Nike & Monster Energy supporting him. ZOMBIE is a film about a unique and surprising character who, through talent and personality and against all odds, grew out to become a hero.