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The New Watchdogs

35 mm - HD - 2012 - France - 104 min - Color

The New Watchdogs

Les Nouveaux Chiens de Garde (original title)


A film by Gilles Balbastre & Yannik Kergoat

In 1932, writer Paul Nizan published "The Watchdogs", a book denouncing the philosophers and writers of his era for imposing themselves as guardians of the establishment behind a pretense of intellectual neutrality. The new watchdogs of today are the journalists, editorial writers and media-friendly experts who openly crusade for free markets and the maintenance of social order. With sardonic humor, The New Watchdogs lambastes these pundits posing as independent, unbiased, pluralistic forces of democratic opposition. The film convincingly and accurately exposes the growing threat of news being manufactured and deformed into a commodity by big business. 




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.




Joffrey: Maverick of American Dance

HD - 2012 - USA - 82 Min - Color

Joffrey: Maverick of American Dance

Joffrey: Maverick of American Dance (original title)


A film by Bob Hercules

Mavericks of American Dance tells the story of this groundbreaking cultural treasure, known as the first truly American dance company. Narrated by Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and directed by Bob Hercules (Bill T. Jones-A Good Man), the film documents how The Joffrey Ballet revolutionized American ballet by daringly combining modern dance with traditional ballet technique, combining art with social statement, and setting ballets to pop and rock music scores.




Approved For Adoption

35mm - DCP - HD - 2012 - France / Belgium - 70 Min - Color

Approved For Adoption

Approved for Adoption (original title)


A film by JUNG and Laurent BOILEAU

Cartoonist. 42 years old according to his civil status, Jung prefers to place his birth at the age of 5, when a policeman found him wandering alone on the streets of Seoul. He is one of those 200 000 adopted Koreans spread around the world. Jung decided to return, for the first time, in South Korea, in order to breathe the air of his home country, tread the land of his ancestors, and maybe find traces of his biological mother. This trip of reconciliation with his roots and with himself – shot as a documentary — leads our character to recall – in animation – the child he once was and the winding path that made him grow up, until the encounter with his wife, an adopted Korean herself. This travel in time – the present of the trip and the memory of the past – will push him little by little towards a peaceful cohabitation between his inner diversities.




O Gringo

HD - 2012 - Serbia & Brazil - 90 min - Color

O Gringo

O Gringo (original title)


A film by Darko Bajic

Brazilian footballer usually becomes famous playing for greatest European clubs. This film is a story about European player who became greatest footballer in Brazil.

Dejan Petkovic, born in Serbia, is considered the greatest player of all time by many experts.

His fascinating football career is currently on its top in Brazil, the country of football.

When he was 37, he won the championship title with Flamengo club and was voted the best footballer in Brazil.

In the Maracana Walk of Fame he left his footprints, next to football legends like Pele, Zico, Zagalo, Ronaldo, Ronaldino, Kaka, Adriano and other football legends.  

 

O Gringo shows passionate football fans that follow each game with equal love and respect. It is with their positive approach that they create ideal atmosphere and make the football the most important unimportant thing in the world.




The First Rasta

HD - 2010 - France - 85 min - Color / Black & White

The First Rasta

Le Premier Rasta (original title)


A film by Hélène Lee

At the beginning of the last century, the young Leonard Percival Howell (1893 – 1981) left Jamaica, became a sailor and travelled the world. On his way, he chanced upon all the ideas that stirred his time. From Bolshevism to New Thought, from Gandhi to anarchism, from Garveyism to psychoanalysis, he sought to find his promised land. With this cocktail of ideas Leonard “Gong” Howell returned to Jamaica and founded Pinnacle, the first Rasta community in 1939.

 

By recreating a backdrop of that time from film archives, police reports and newspaper articles, we follow in the wake of this adventurer and track the evolution of his thinking.  Through direct witnesses we trace his evolution, from his return home in 1932 to the first manifestations of his movement.  For the first time, these centenarian survivors describe a Rasta movement that is very different from the usual clichéd images. Their interviews, sparkling with humor and common sense, outline not only the silhouette of a great leader, but the daily struggle of a handful of men and women who stand without fear in the face of an all-powerful global system.  An example of incredible moral courage at a time when black people in America and Africa were still considered to be sub-human and were subjected to forced labor and racial discrimination. They paid the price for this bold stand through relentless persecution and through systematic misinformation bent on making them look crazy – but in the end they won.

 

Reggae is everywhere, and millions of young people identify with its message. The release of this documentary film marks the end of the silence and the reintegration of the Rastas in the great altermondialist movement of which they are the precursors.

 

Thereafter, a way of living and thinking was developed which nourished the reggae culture that Bob Marley would spread worldwide. Thirty years after the singer’s death, it is high time to pay tribute to Leonard Percival Howell, The First Rasta, whose revolutionary, political and social discourse resonates with the altermondialist movement of today.




Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

HD - 2011 - France - 96 & 52 min - Color / Black & White

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom

Tony Curtis: Driven to stardom (original title)


A film by Ian Ayres

Tony Curtis, the man who influenced Elvis Presley and James Dean, was one of the very first teen idols and one of the last real movie stars. From his difficult upbringing in the Bronx, where he was born Bernie Schwartz, to his unprecedented fame and infamous way with women, TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM presents Mr. Curtis's life in all its rags to riches glory. Interviews with Tony's family, friends and co-stars (Hugh Hefner, Harry Belafonte, Debbie Reynolds, Mamie Van Doren, Piper Laurie, Theresa Russell, Jill Curtis among others!) along with exclusive footage and film clips are given deeper meaning and clarity by the most honest and intimate interview the actor may have ever given. Here, in the definitive film about Tony Curtis, filmmaker Ian Ayres forms this incredible material into a revealing portrait of one of the greatest Hollywood celebrities of all time.

 

TONY CURTIS: DRIVEN TO STARDOM explores the man's rebellious demeanor, his struggle as a Jew in Hollywood, his difficult childhood, the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe and his failed marriages to actresses Janet Leigh and Christine Kaufman, his courageous stance to break the color barrier with The Defiant Ones (the film that earned him an Oscar Nomination), and his entire sixdecade career. A sex symbol, a matinee idol, a powerful and magnetic actor, Tony Curtis was the original movie star.




Crulic – The Path to Beyond

35mm, DCP, HD - 2011 - Romania & Poland - 73 min - Color

Crulic – The Path to Beyond

Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo (original title)


A film by Anca Damian

The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the life’s story of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while making hunger strike. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov, narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave. A strong visual style, the result of beautiful hand drawn, collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, blend to create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.




Milos Forman, what doesn’t kill you…

HD - 2011 - Czech Republic - 100 min & 4x56 min - Color

Milos Forman, what doesn’t kill you…

Milos Forman, what doesn't kill you... (original title)


A film by Miloslav Smidmajer

Though there were shot and air a few documentaries about Miloš Forman in the history – it is the theme which cannot make drying up of river, it is really still thrilling and inspiring theme…

There were a lot of changes in his life last fifteen years and his professional career waltzes through some specific turning points and peripetias… We also were in a position to peep into the en famille sneak-holes of his life due to our personal relationship and liason… the sneak-holes, which Miloš Forman seldom has talked about… but which have inspired him and his film creation and which resounded with rare pregnancy and unhoped-for chains of events in his movies.

 

This is no ordinary biography in our documentary. The professional career of the director Miloš Forman is organicly oozed through inscapes of his privacy and is set within the framework of a “short history” of filmmaking. The documentary pursues the idea of how important it is to allow room for films that bring big emotions and that champion the highest values, such as the freedom of mankind. Milos Forman reflects this theme of personal freedom with the rare cogency.

  

There are also framed short interviews of famous actors who had cooperated on most famous movies by Miloš Forman: F. Murray Abraham, A. Bening, W. Harrelson, L. Fletcher, N. Portman etc or short interviews of producers M. Douglas, S. Zaentz or his longstanding cooperator and friend J.-C. Carriere  in our documentary.

 

The documentary was filmed in the USA in Connecticut and New York, in Paris, Madrid and Valencia, and in Prague and other locations in the Czech Republic.




In my mother’s arms

DCP & HD - 2011 - UK, Netherlands, Iraq - 85 & 51 min - Color

In my mother’s arms

In my mother's arms (original title)


A film by Atia Al Daradji & Mohamed Al-Daradji

Husham works tirelessly to build the hopes, dreams and prospects of the 32 damaged children of war, under his care at a small orphanage in Baghdad's most dangerous district. Against this threatening backdrop, with funds running desperately low, the bittersweet dramas of childhood play out: 7-year-old SAIF can only remember his dead mother's name, 'Mejuda', as he faces the taunts of other kids in constant playground battles; teenager MOHAMMED struggles to balance academic life with his search for self-identity; whilst young Salah fears he may never be able to go to school. When the landlord gives Husham and the boys just two weeks to vacate, a desperate search ensues.