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Avant

DCP - HD - 2014 - Uruguay & Argentina - 98 & 52 - Color

Avant

Avant (original title)


A film by Juan Alvarez Neme

After retiring as a professional dancer, Julio Bocca, one of the most famous ballet dancer ever, accepts the challenge to direct a forgotten national ballet in its unfinished theatre. Avant explores the contrast between Bocca ´s quest for excellence and the daily life of this company, set in a changing scenery that frames the lives of dancers, workers, cleaners and technicians.




THE GREAT MUSEUM

DCP - HD - 2014 - Austria - 94 - Color

THE GREAT MUSEUM

DAS GROSSE MUSEUM (original title)


A film by Johannes Holzhausen

This feature documentary portrays one of the most important museums in the world: Vienna’s Museum of Art History or the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien. It presents a unique look behind the scenes of this fascinating institution and encounters a number of charismatic protagonists and their working fields unfolding the museum’s special world – as an art institution as well as a vehicle for stately representation.

 




We always lie to Strangers

HD - 2014 - USA - 108 min - Color

We always lie to Strangers

We always lie to strangers (original title)


A film by AJ Schnack & David Wilson

Five years in the making, We Always Lie To Strangers is a story of family, community, music and tradition set against the backdrop of Branson, Missouri, one of the biggest tourist destinations in America. A remote Ozark Mountain town of just 10,500, Branson hosts more than 7.5 million tourists a year and generates nearly 3 billion dollars in annual tourism revenue.At the heart of Branson’s appeal is the more than 100 staged music shows that earned the town the monicker of "the live music capital of the world". These shows are well known for their "traditional, family" style of entertainment - no cussing, no nudity, no gambling, healthy doses of gospel and respect for veterans - and crowds from around the country, and particularly from the American Midwest, flock to Branson for this "return to old fashioned values".

 




AGNES LETESTU

HD - 2014 - French - 93 - Color

AGNES LETESTU

Agnes Letestu (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

The film focuses particularly on the two last years in this prestigious institution. The story of this film takes us to the official farewell of Agnès Letestu with "La Dame Aux Camelias" by John Neumeier in the evening of October 10, 2013 at the Opera de Paris. From "Children of Paradise" to "La Dame aux Camelias" by choreographer José Martinez, this film captures the ultimate emotional and magical moments on stage, in rehearsals and backstage.The testimonies of major choreographers of our time such as W. Forsythe, Carolyn Carlson, Jri Kylian, Nureyev, Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Pierre Lacotte, and other stars like Jose Martinez, Stephane Bullion, Ghislaine Thesmaret bring a unique insight of Agnes Letestu. The film shows many extracts from classical and contemporary ballet: Cinderella and Swan Lake by Nureyev, The Prodigal Son by Balanchine, "Dances at a Gathering" by Jerome Robbins, “Signs” by Carolyn Carlson “Wound work” by Forsythe...In a long interview this extraordinary dancer opens up and gives us her past, present and future: a life devoted to dance.

 




Bajari

HD - 2013 - Spain - 84 Min - Color

Bajari



A film by Eva Vila

Juanito is about to fulfill his dream of getting a pair of red boots that will make him a true flamenco dancer. His uncle Coco, a legendary singer in the flamenco tablaos of Barcelona, will help him achieve it. Flamenco is passed on within the family in the Gypsy community that bore Carmen Amaya, the greatest flamenco dancer of all time. Her grand-niece, Karime, comes to Barcelona to pick up her trail. The journey is only complete when Mercedes Amaya “Winny”, her mother, joins her from Mexico in order to prepare a show with some of the city's biggest talent. Together they will discover the spirit of Bajarí, the name of the city of Barcelona in Caló, the language of the Gypsies.




Ain’t Misbehavin

DCP – HD - 2013 - France - 106 Min - Color / Black & White

Ain’t Misbehavin

Un Voyageur (original title)


A film by Marcel Ophuls

Eighteen years after his last film (The Troubles We've Seen: A History of Journalism in Wartime), Marcel Ophuls comes back as one of the last cinema master and more especially, the most caustic and the funniest.

The director of The Sorrow and the Pity, shares his memories with us, stories incredibly rich and fascinating, making of AIN’T MISBEHAVIN a cheerful and bittersweet trip in Cinema history.

Son of the great Max Ophuls, Marcel can be a generous man and an admirer. Marcel talks with and about personalities like Jeanne Moreau, Bertold Brecht, Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen, Stanlely Kubrick and, of course, his friend François Truffaut.

A filmmaker without memory doesn't exist, here is Marcel Ophuls's “memorabilia store”.




Tropicalia

35mm, HD, DCP - 2012 - Brazilian - 87 Min - Color / Black & White

Tropicalia

Tropicalia (original title)


A film by Marcelo Machado

Many years after the “explosion” of the Tropicalia movement in 1967, 1968 and 1969, it still influences the cultural production both domestically and internationally. 
“Tropicalia” is a feature length documentary that revisits this important Brazilian cultural movement through the recovery of valuable archives and exclusive encounters with renowned foreign artists and Brazilian “Tropicalia” icons such as Gaetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, among others.




CARMEL

35 mm, DCP, HD - 2012 - Israel, France, Italy - 93 Min - Color

CARMEL

Carmel (original title)


A film by Amos Gitai

Amos Gitai creates a kaleidoscope of images and associations from the distant Jewish past and the immediate Israeli present and brings us a deeply personal and resonant meditation on Jewish and Israeli identity. Using both fiction and documentary fragments, Gitai links his family history to ancient history. Through exquisitely composed long takes, he begins the film with his country’s biography, especially during the Roman siege of Masada during the Jewish rebellion of the first century (C.E.), and contrasts them to the young soldiers enlisting in Israel's army today, including his own son, making the film "a passionate expression of Mr. Gitai's anguish at living in a country in a continual state of war" (Stephen Holden, The New York Times).

The cycles of violence are never-ending, but so are the bonds of family. With Jeanne Moreau narrating poems, letters, and journal entries and "abstractly beautiful" (V. A. Musetto, New York Post) cinematography by Stefano Falivene, we are taken into a dreamlike state of overlapping images from different periods of Amos Gitai’s life and that of his mother Efratia, linking generations of Jews and Israelis within the warm embrace of memory.

Carmel feels like a cinematic poem. Its sequences and incidents are not designed to construct a linear narrative, as if chaos would be the only possibility in the world Amos Gitai sees around him. Sounds, music and images bang together. So is Gustav Mahler’s 1st Symphony bursting through the claustrophobic reality of people engaged in war or in an account of Amos Gitai's personal exploits as a soldier shot down in a helicopter during the Yom Kippur War. The filmmaker has turned into a great chronicler of his country.

 

 

 




LULLABY TO MY FATHER

DCP, HD - 2012 - Israel, France, Switzerland - 90 Min - Color

LULLABY TO MY FATHER

Lullaby to my father (original title)


A film by Amos Gitai

We follow the journey of Munio, Amos Gitai’s father, born in 1909 in Silesia, Poland, the son of a sharecropper of a Prussian junker. At 18, Munio leaves for Berlin and Dessau to study the Bauhaus of Walter Gropius, Kandisky and Paul Klee. In 1933 the Bauhaus is closed and soon after the Nazis accuse Munio of betraying the German people. Munio is jailed, then deported to Basel. From there he leaves for Palestine. Once in Haifa, he starts his career as an architect, adapting the European modernist principles for the Middle East.
The movie is a voyage searching for the relationships between a father and his son, architecture and movies, the history of a journey and intimate memories. Like in the movie CARMEL, based on director’s mother, Efratia's letters, there is no chronological sequence of events. It is not a reconstituted biography, but a mosaic. The story comes together piece by piece, as a poetical association of pictures, faces, voyages, real architecture and snippets of fiction. The movie interweaves historical events and intimate memories. Amos Gitai examines the way that architecture represents changes in society and those that shape the architecture. For the filmmaker, the traveler to these places, reality and remembrance are juxtapositions of fragments becoming incarnate in the movie




Rising Sun

HD - 2011 - Switerland - 75 - Color

Rising Sun

Rising Sun (original title)


A film by Fabiane Kimoto

“You have to give up your old life before you can begin a new one” is the motto of the eight members of the Roc Kidz Crew, one of the most authentic hip-hop formations currently on the circuit. The dancers leave their middle-class lives and high material expectations behind them and make their way as a multicultural break-dancing crew to the South, on a tour that promises neither profit nor fame. A journey full of surprises and positive encounters: with their love of dance, music and freedom, the Roc Kidz Crew radiates a pure zest for life that crosses all social and ethnic borders.