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YOUNG WRESTLERS

DCP - HD - 2016 - The Netherlands - 90 Min - Color

YOUNG WRESTLERS

Genç Pehlivanlar (original title)


A film by Mete Gümürhan

The 26 boys living at the sports academy in the Turkish province of Amasya will endure a lot to realize their wrestling dream. In Young Wrestlers (Genç Pehlivanlar) they face the usual challenges of adolescence in a male dominated environment and contradictory contemporary Turkey.

The camera remains observational and discreet while still allowing us to experience their everyday life at close range – somewhere between camaraderie and competition.




LES SAUTEURS (Those Who Jump)

DCP - HD - 2016 - Denmark - 82 Min - Color

LES SAUTEURS (Those Who Jump)

Les Sauteurs (original title)


A film by Moritz Siebert & Estephan Wagner, Abou Bakar Sidibé

In northern Morocco, lies the Spanish enclave of Melilla: Europe on African Land. On the mountain above, live over a thousand hopeful African migrants, watching the fence separating Morocco and Spain. Abou from Mali is one of them – the protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it. For over a year, he has ceaselessly attempted to jump the fence.

At the fence, they have to overcome the razor-wire, automatic pepper spray and brutal authorities. After every failed attempt, they return to Mount Gurugú, scouring for food in the nearby villages, trying to uphold some sort of order in the camp and building up their confidence again. Some give up and return home, others never return.

Through the lens, Abou gradually finds expression and meaning in his situation. "When filming I feel that I exist". But after 16 months on the mountain, Abou is close to a tragic accident. Returning to Mali is not an option for him and he becomes more determined than ever to pursue his dream of a better life in Europe.

By the producers of Academy Award Nominees

THE LOOK OF SILENCE and THE ACT OF KILLING




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.




PORNO & LIBERTA’

DCP - HD - 2015 - italy - 78 Min - Color / Black & White

PORNO & LIBERTA’

Porno & Libertà (original title)


A film by Carmine Amoroso

PORNO E LIBERTA' Porn to be free is the first documentary giving an insight on the Italian 70’s and tracing porn’s incredible genesis from the first magazines, photoshoots, censorship issues to its political and social repercussions — such as the election of Porn-star Ilona Staller (Cicciolina),  the first to become parliament’s member.

It also offers food for thought about the 70’s & 80’s periods, years of transformations in which, pornography became a tool of protest and liberation, a real language.

The documentary brings to light a wide range of exclusive materials and interviews – pornographers, porn stars, writers, intellectuals, philosophers and feminists, from Lasse Braun to Riccardo Schicchi, from Marco Pannella to Ilona Staller, from Helena Velena to Judith Malina – who recall and recount what deserves to be defined as the most important sexual revolution in decades.




Misfits

DCP,HD - 2015 - Denmark - 74min - Color

Misfits

Misfits (original title)


A film by Jannik Splidsboel

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, a tiny youth center called OpenArms Youth Project is squeezed in between two of the city’s two thousand churches.  The center welcomes young LGBT kids between thirteen and nineteen, who have decided to come out in a very religious society. But the prize for being yourself is high – and you end up becoming a MISFIT.

The three main characters: Larissa, Benny and “D” all go to the center, where they find love and support to confront the daily drama they are facing.

While the general public opinion towards gays in the USA is slowly changing, this coming-of-age story closely follows the three young protagonists as they struggle to achieve a sense of self in a community that still widely condemns homosexuality.




The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

DCP - HD - 2011 - Sweden, USA - 92 & 52 - Color / Black & White

The Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975

The Black Power Mixtape (original title)


A film by Göran Hugo Olsson

The Black Power Mixtape is an archive- and music- driven documentary that examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in the African-American community and Diaspora from 1967 to 1975. Combining startlingly fresh and meaningful 16mm footage that had been lying undiscovered in the cellar of Swedish Television for the past 30 years, with contemporary audio interviews from leading African-American artists, activists, musicians and scholars, Mixtape looks at the people, society, culture and style that fuelled a change. Utilizing an innovative format that riffs on the popular 70s mixtape format, the Black Power Mixtape is a cinematic and musical journey into the ghettos of America. At the end of the Sixties, Swedish interest in the US Civil Rights Movement and the US anti-war movement peaked. With a combination of commitment and naiveté, Swedish filmmakers traveled across the Atlantic to explore the Black Power Movement. Filmmaker Göran Hugo Olsson brings this newly discovered footage to light and introduces it to a new generation across the world in a penetrating examination – through the lens of Swedish filmmakers – of the Black Power Movement from 1967-1975, and its worldwide resonance.




Three Letters from China

HD, DCP - 2013 - Swiss - 84 & 52 - Color

Three Letters from China

Watermarks (original title)


A film by Luc Schaedler

Based on three different places, the film portrays the infractions to which people living in modern day China are subjected due to rapid developments: in the deceptively idyllic Jiuxiancun in the rainy south; in the apocalyptic coal mining site of Minqin and Wusutu in the parched north; and in Chongqing, the megacity on the Yangtze River. The protagonists give their moving accounts of an unresolved past, an uncertain present and their tentative steps into the future. The film thus paints a complex image of the mental state of the people in this complicated country. “Watermarks” is a subjective snapshot in time that takes a poetic look at the changing everyday life in China.




213 THE GANG PROJECT

HD - 2012 - USA - 90 Min - Color

213 THE GANG PROJECT

213 The Gang Project (original title)


A film by Robert E. Ball Junior

213 THE GANG PROJECT is a powerful, moving and highly stylized feature length documentary that dramatically captures the highs and horrors of Los Angeles’ infamous Gang culture -- Black, White and Brown -- behind prison bars and in the streets of L.A but also follows gang members’ wives.

The documentary introduces Zone, Chako, Grumpy and Mr. Cholo with Devil Face, The Aryan Princess, Puppet, Bandit, Tanjareen and Jim Runion.  Music is by Dirty Daniel and Otto of Never Dead, Bill Wandel, Zone, Rick Hard, Final War and Jose Reyes.

“I’m sorry for my sins.  Please forgive me.  If not, then I deserve to go to hell.”

Bandit, of Villa Boyz

 




Honk!

DCP & HD - 2011 - France - 62 min - Color

Honk!

Honk! (original title)


A film by Arnaud Gaillard & Florent Vassault

At nightfall, on the outskirts of Salt Lake City, surrounded by his family, a grandmother will attend the execution of her husband's murderer.

In Oklahoma, a former death row inmate exonerated after 22 years in prison tells his amazing story.

In Texas, a woman struggles against the criminal justice system for his son to survive, while he is awaiting his execution for 14 years.

In Huntsville, a small provincial town in eastern Texas, the Department of correction performs the executions by lethal injection almost as a weekly ritual.

Based on the numerous absurdities of the death penalty, the film shows through these three characters how this death sentence generates pain, unfairness, violence and inefficiency in the heart of the American society.