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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 five 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.

 




THE GERMAN NEIGHBOUR

HD- DCP - 2017 - Argentina - 94 - Color

THE GERMAN NEIGHBOUR

EL VECINO ALEMAN (original title)


A film by Rosario Cervio and Martin Liji

 

Long live Germany! Long live Austria! Long live Argentina! These are the countries with which I have been most connected and which I will not forget. I had to obey the rules of war and my flag. I am ready.”

Last words of Adolf Eichmann,

Thursday evening on May 31st, 1962 at the gallows of Ramla prison

 

In 1960 Adolf Eichmann was kidnapped in Buenos Aires and taken illegally to Jerusalem for a trial.

A pure documentary integrating archive materials, the film shows through the eyes and research work of Renate, a young journalist, the awkward life of Adolf Eichmann in Argentina contrasting with the crimes he is defending against in Israel.




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.




LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

DCP - HD - 2016 - French - 85 Min - Color

LINDY LOU, JUROR NUMBER 2

Lindy Lou, Juror Number 2 (original title)


A film by Florent Vassault

Lindy, a former juror, starts a journey through Mississippi looking for the 11 jurors alongside who she sentenced a man to death, 20 years ago.

Looking like 12 ANGRY MEN, Lindy’s story is all but fictional.

For 20 years, she has lived with an unbearable feeling of guilt and no one, in this Republican and Protestant community, understood her distress.

In 2006, Lindy met the man, Bobby Wilcher, who didn’t have a single visitor on death row in Parchman. She sought his forgiveness and became his friend. This friendship shocked and she lost dear friends along the way.

Lindy was the only visitor Bobby Wilcher had on the day of his execution and she remembers seeing him in shackles in the middle of the room, glancing one last time in her direction before passing away.

Traumatized, this is how Lindy begins her journey and finds her 11 fellow jurors since they sentenced this man to death and questions the impact this experience had on them.




I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

DCP - HD - 2016 - USA, France, Belgium, Switzerland - 93 Min - Color / Black & White

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO

Je ne suis pas votre nègre (original title)


A film by Raoul Peck

With the voice of Samuel L. Jackson

 Told entirely in the words of James Baldwin, through both personal appearances and the text of his final unfinished book project, Director Raoul Peck's I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO touches on the tragic deaths of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., and Medgar Evers to bring powerful clarity to how the image (and reality) of Blacks in America today is fabricated and enforced.




All Things Are Photographable

DCP - HD - 2017 - United States - 75 & 52 Min - Color / Black & White

All Things Are Photographable

All Things Are Photographable (original title)


A film by Sasha Waters Freyer

All Things Are Photographable is the first documentary film on the life and work of acclaimed photographer Garry Winogrand (1928-1984) – the epic storyteller of America across three turbulent decades.

His artistry encompassed the heartbreak, violence, hope and turmoil of postwar America, from the frenzy of its urban core to the alienation of its emergent suburbs. Thirty years on, his most well-known photos – of Marilyn Monroe, her skirt blown askew on the set of The Seven Year Itch; Norman Mailer’s 50th birthday party; tourists at Dealy Plaza in Dallas following the Kennedy assassination and among hundreds of others – remain unforgettable. He also captured city streets teeming with women newly liberated from the repressive 1950’s; rowdy Texas rodeos, political conventions and angry protests, zoos, parades and celebrity balls. His camera seized upon the spectacle of a massive social upheaval – that age when our now-global mania for self-promotion and exhibitionism was beginning.

  

 




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.