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The Emperor’s lost harbor

HD - 2011 - France - 52 min - Color

The Emperor’s lost harbor

The Emperor's lost harbor (original title)


A film by Hannes Schuler

Istanbul, Turkey. A city between Europe and Asia. An old dream emerges: a tunnel under the Bosphorus, one of the most attended sea routes in the world. But while digging, the workmen discover more than 30 ships, filled with human goods, tools and skeletons. It quickly becomes obvious that they had found the old port of Theodosius I, the last emperor of Constantinople.

A surprising story emerging from a gigantic ultramodern building site; the discovery of one of the wonders of the world; a journey in the heart of one of the most attractive megalopolises of Antiquity and a high-risk navigation in the past.




Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color

Matthieu Ricard, on the path to compassion

Matthieu Ricard, sur le chemin de la compassion (original title)


A film by Jeanne Mascolo de Filippis

40 years devoted to the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism have made Matthieu Ricard, a courier between East and West.

 

Scientific, Buddhist monk, French interpreter for the Dalai Lama, photographer and author of texts on Buddhism and meditation, Matthieu Ricard is today one of the world.

 

This film allows us to discover his thoughts, his research, and its humanitarian, through its association KARUNA-Shechen.

 

Matthieu Ricard spends indeed much of his time to humanitarian projects in India and Nepal, as well as many symposia in which he was invited into the world of MIND and to DAVOS LIFE. He regularly participates in scientific studies on the effect of meditation on the brain.

 

He is a man of his time, putting his knowledge and his humanist philosophy for the well-being and vitality of the greatest number.




Luxe Factory

HD - 2011 - France - 9x23 min - Color

Luxe Factory

Luxe Factory (original title)


A film by Eric Le Seney

Trade secrets, unexpected anecdotes, moving portraits, small and big histories: Luxe Factory regroups an exceptional circle of creators, artists and craftsmen who maintain the flame of the excellence and transmit the breath of Luxury, also called the art of the detail.




High Parisian Jewelry

HD - 2012 - France - 52 min - Color

High Parisian Jewelry

Joyaux de luxe (original title)


A film by Eric Le Seney

Diamonds, ruby, sapphires, and emeralds …Three of the most important Parisian jewelries opened their doors of their studios to tell the secrets of their knowhow: Lorenz Baumer, the youngest, Mellerio also named Meller the elder and Chaumet, the most emblematic.




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.




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.




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.




Bye Bye Blue Sky

DVC PRO, HD & HDV - 2011 - United Kingdom - 91 min - Color

Bye Bye Blue Sky

Bye Bye Blue Sky (original title)


A film by Patrick Pasin

For more than 20 years, people all over the world, first in the USA and Canada, have noticed strange persistent trails in the sky done by airplanes. In the meantime, people are more and more ill (multiple sclerosis, alzheimer, cancer, autism, etc. and new diseases like Morgellons appear). The situation is the same with the trees and the plants, and also animals. Is there a link? Are there in the sky illegal sprayings of metallic particles (barium, aluminum, lithium...) and virological agents which are responsible of it? For which purpose? By who?

The military, the scientists, the governments keep replying that everything is normal and they do not do such things. Is it so sure? This documentary proves the contrary. Some information it reveals has since even been deleted by a foreign army.

To answer these questions, many people have been interviewed: scientists, politicians, activists, pilot...

A travel from North America to Europe, from Africa to Asia. One thing is sure: now you will look at the sky!