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The Territories of Western Movies

HD - 2013 - French - 52 - null

The Territories of Western Movies

Territories du Western (original title)


A film by Linda Tahir Meriau

A road trip documentary to discover three symbolic territories, each fitting a particular moment of the western movie genre: Monument Valley, Utah, the place of epic dreams; Cathedral Rock, Arizona, the place of culpability and doubt; Almeria, Andalusia, the place of smashed ideals. All along this journey, we will meet three remarkable characters: Ofelia, professor at the University of Arizona and specialized in American Indians Studies, Roy, a veteran cowboy and stuntman at the Old Tucson Studio, and Jesus, stuntman at Fort Bravo, Almeria.

 




Sagrada: The Mystery of the Creation

HD - 2013 - Switzerland - 90 & 52 Min - Color

Sagrada: The Mystery of the Creation



A film by Stefan Haupt

The “Sagrada Família” in Barcelona is a unique and fascinating building. It is the brainchild of the architect Antoni Gaudí, a once controversial genius, and the work of an army of laborers. The edifice has a history with many highs and lows and raises a multitude of questions.

We normally experience a cathedral or church in its finished form, as the witness of a period long gone. By contrast, the construction of the Sagrada Famí­lia is anything but complete. We can see with our own eyes how the edifice is growing and evolving, even today, as it has done for the past 130 years.

SAGRADA is a film about the mysterious process of artistic creation, revolving around the ques­tion of our human creative power and how we want to use it.




Ballet Boys

HD - 2013 - Norway - 58min & 73min - Color

Ballet Boys



A film by Kenneth Elvebakk

Ballet Boys takes you through disappointments, victories, forging of friendship, first loves, doubt, faith, growing apart from each other, finding your own way and own ambitions, all mixed with the beautiful expression of ballet.

Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir experience some very important years in the beginning of their ballet careers. But how do they deal with pressure from parents and teachers. They face new challenges in ballet competitions in France and Sweden. But most important is the audition to enter the Norwegian Ballet Academy. Out of the blue Lukas is offered a try-out in the final audition at the Royal Ballet School in London. He has not even applied! This may be his opportunity of a lifetime, and secure his career.

During the course of four years we see these boys becoming young men, and friends that separates. These kids need to sacrifice parties and friends from school to fulfill their dreams, and admission to a ballet academy means everything. It's up to a jury to determine if they are the chosen one. Their school teachers is concerned and ask them what they will you do if they don’t make it as ballet dancers.




MIREILLE NEGRE: THE DEVOTED DANCER

HD - 2013 - French - 52 - Color / Black & White

MIREILLE NEGRE: THE DEVOTED DANCER

Mireille Negre (original title)


A film by Marlène Ionesco

This film redraws an usual path of a life out of time, of a destiny out of the ordinary. An exceptionnel dancer, when Mireille has to be nominated Etoile of the Opéra in Paris by Serge Lifar, she leaves the Opéra to become a nun and she remains in the cloister ten years. Once she gets out of the cloister, she is recognized Virgin Consacreted by the Cardinal Lustiger and she creates her own school of dance in Paris.




Scratch Music

HD - 2012 - French - 52 Min - Color

Scratch Music

Scratch Music (original title)


A film by Denis Ramos et Jérôme Decol

Scratch Music is an esthetic and engaged documentary about a fringe artistic expression: turntablism, or the art of manipulating sounds to create music using turntables. The film catches the creative energy of these performers, all along their individual or collective shows. We discover their different visual and sound universes; where the technicality and creativity have no limits. Scratch Music is a tribute to all these singular artists.

With:  DJ Nétik / DJ Mart’one / Le Jad / DJ Premier / DJ Goodka / DJ Q Bert /

Scratch Bandits Crew / Beat torrent / DJ Fly / C2C




Through Japanese Cinema

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 2 x 55 min - Color

Through Japanese Cinema

Through Japanese Cinema (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

The exclusive domination of large corporations-production-distribution operation for over thirty years, and its collapse at the time of questioning global powers and the emergence of new styles and the conquest of new territories (animation) seemed to justify the cutting of a documentary on the recent history of Japanese cinema into two parts, corresponding to nearly equal lengths (20 to 30 years), and generations of filmmakers:
1. The cinema of protest and renewal, the emergence of independent after the Golden Age: careers with Nagisa Oshima, Yoshishige Yoshida, Shohei Imamura, Masaki Kobayashi ... the early 60s until the 90s.
2. The renewal of the images and the New Territories today: with the careers of Hayao Miyazaki, Satoshi Kon, Otomo, director Takashi Miike, Takeshi Kitano, Hideo Nakata, Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... the late 90's to today.




King Hu

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 48 min - Color

King Hu

King Hu (original title)


A film by Hubert Niogret

Bodies which float in the air and cross swords, a young woman jumping from a roof of a pagoda to another, a young woman jumping through a window and turning on wounded two attackers, a monk who with a wave of his big rod reverses its opponents, swordsmen who use the flexibility of large bamboo to bounce from one end to another of a forest. In an open or enclosed area of a tavern, the fighters of the films of King Hu, amaze, fascinate by their exploits, which are all forms of actions of dreamlike flights.




The Misfits of Cinema

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color / Black & White

The Misfits of Cinema

Les Enfants Terribles du Cinema (original title)


A film by Ezéquiel Fernandez

How did a generation of post-war cinephiles manage to change the course of cinematic history?

In1948, ahandful of cinema enthusiast founded “Objectif49”, a “Cine-Club” in Paris whose existence would be as dazzling as it would be brief. A few months later, they came up with the idea of a showcase demonstration for art house films, thus giving birth, in the summer of 1949, to the “Festival du Film Maudit”. Jean Cocteau played the leading role in this effort with support from Jacques Rivette, Eric Rohmer, Jean Charles Tacchella, Alexandre Astruc, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Pierre Kast…

Ten years before the official birth of the New Wave movement, these young filmmakers, inspired by a fresh, new artistic vision, laid the foundation for today’s cinema.

 

Pictures: Georges Dambier, Miguel Sanchez Martin (last picture hereunder)




The Divine Joe Sarno

Beta Dig - 2012 - France - 56 min - Color

The Divine Joe Sarno

The Divine Joe Sarno (original title)


A film by Virgile Iscan

Joe Sarno has observed and filmed sexuality and fantasies of women without deviating from its course for 40 years. This observation has led to more than 70 films. A case in point. Joe Sarno is a filmmaker monomaniacal in his case, one might even say obsessed, like a Russ Meyer that it could represent for the east coast, with all the differences that the location embraces. Throughout his life, he has dug a question: that of female desire. Our desire is to invite him to share his observations and to tell us his stories.




Marvel 14: Super Heroes Vs. Censorship

HD - 2012 - Fra - 26 & 52 min - Color

Marvel 14: Super Heroes Vs. Censorship

Marvel 14 : Les Super Heros Contre la Censure (original title)


A film by Philippe Roure & Jean Depelley

“Marvel 14: super heroes vs. censorship” is a documentary that tells the tale of issue 14 of French comic book Marvel, who was censored and banned before publication. The Marvel comic books were at the time censored in France, being largely redrawn and cut for content. Both the left wing (American comics supposedly were symbols of the American imperialism) and the right wing (for the violent and immoral content) put pressure on the editors, even with death threats, to stop the mag. Issue 14 was not never released, but a few copy may have survived and it became an urban legend. The documentary also establishes the history of Marvel comics and widens to the censorship situation in the late 60s in France.