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The Waldheim Waltz

HD/ DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color / Black & White

The Waldheim Waltz

Waldheim's Walzer (original title)


A film by Ruth Beckermann

A film about truth and lies and how a dishonest man can rise to power.

Ruth Beckermann documents the process of uncovering former UN Secretary General Kurt Waldheim’s wartime past. It shows the swift succession of new allegations by the World Jewish Congress during his Austrian presidential campaign, the denial by the Austrian political class, the outbreak of anti-Semitism and patriotism, which finally led to his election.

Created from international archive material and what Beckermann shot at the time, the film shows that history repeats itself time and time again. 




THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

HD/ DCP - 2017 - The Netherlands - 70 min - Color

THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET

THE GREENAWAY ALPHABET (original title)


A film by Saskia Boddeke

Peter Greenaway constructs an alphabet for and with his daughter Zoë as a blueprint of his life.

The fascinations of filmmaker Peter Greenaway, whose motto is "art is life and life is art", are captured like butterflies and arranged in an alphabet, a form suiting him perfectly as an encyclopedist. In intimate conversations with his perceptive 16-year-old daughter Zoë, we discover the ‘whos, whats and whys’ about Greenaway.

They begin with A, which stands for Amsterdam, but could also stand for autism, Zoë suggests. Greenaway’s boundless creativity and unconstrained flow of words brings this to mind indeed, and he admits to wearing the label with pride. The playful conversations don’t shy away from painful topics; we hear that Greenaway hasn’t seen two other children of his for years.

Later, heartbroken and in tears, Zoë asks him if for once to stop talking like a commentator.

Zoë’s spontaneous questions penetrate Greenaway to the core, enabling his wife, multimedia artist Saskia Boddeke, to make a deeply personal portrait not only of the artist, but also of Greenaway the father in his battle against time.




THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

HD/ DCP - 2017 - Poland, Germany - 82 - Color / Black & White

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK

THE PRINCE AND THE DYBBUK (original title)


A film by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski

A cinematic journey on the trail of Hollywood filmmaker and "human chameleon", Michal Waszynski.

 

Who was Moshe Walks really? A golden boy of cinema, a fraud or a man who constantly confused the illusion of wilm with reality?

 

The son of a poor Jewish blacksmith from Ukraine, died in Italy as Prince Michael Waszynski, Hollywood producer and exiled Polish aristocrat. he made more than 50 films including cinema hits with Sophia Loren and Claudia Cardinale. However only one film was his true obsession - "The Dybbuk" - based on an old Jewish legend, the most important and mystical Yiddish film ever made, directed by Waszynski shortly before the outbreak of the WWII.

To the American magazine "Variety", Waszynski once claimed to be fascinated with the downfall of great nations. The related imagery of pogroms and migration are the sights and images that Waszynski had so often witnessed in his life. It seems he had achieved almost everything he could possibly have wished, but something seemed to be stalking him, leaving him in permanently restless. Waszynski kept searching for the lost print of his film "Dybbuk" which held his early memories of the Jewish shtetl and his first love. What secrets did he keep hidden in this old masterpiece of Yiddish cinema?

 




Mama Africa

HD-DCP - 2011 - Germany, Finland, South Africa - 90 min - Color / Black & White

Mama Africa

Mama Africa (original title)


A film by Mika Kaurismäki

The many voices of Miriam Makeba !

The story of the late incredible and charismatic South African musical icon, Miriam Makeba.

She traveled the world delivering a message against racism and poverty and fighting for equality and peace. MAMA AFRICA is a vibrant homage to this wonderful artist and civil rights activist.

 

 

 




Imposed Piece

HD-DCP - 2017 - Belgium - 74 min - Color

Imposed Piece

Opgelegd Werk (original title)


A film by Brecht Vanhoenacker

IMPOSED PIECE is a cinematographic chronicle revealing one of the most prestigious violin’s competition: the Queen Elisabeth.

Through this documentary, the audience meets some of the twelve finalists and follows their intense preparation. These young and talented musicians finally have the chance to manifest themselves as soloists after years of practice and sacrifices. Pressure and expectations are high.

In complete seclusion and during an eight-days period, they have to study a compulsory piece and a concerto of their choice.

Little by little, the film reveals how they prepare, how they cope with stress and how they reflect on their past and future.

 




Constructing Albert

HD-DCP - 2017 - Spain - 60/ 90 min - Color

Constructing Albert

Constructing Albert (original title)


A film by Laura Collado, Jim Loomis

Albert Adrià has all the ingredients of a creative genius.

Playing a key role in the creation of elBulli, the greatest restaurant in history, wasn't enough. Escaping the shadow of his famous brother Ferran, Albert is now seeking his own success.

The most important revolution in culinary history took place in a remote cove on the Catalan coast. ElBulli, the “Big Bang” of creative discovery sparked from the minds of two brothers: Ferràn and Albert Adrià.

Since then, the name Adrià became synonymous of creativity.

The film is about Albert’s constructing himself and entering the Pantheon of great chefs.

 




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.




MR G.

HD - 2016 - France - 52 Min - Color / Black & White

MR G.

Tout peut arriver (original title)


A film by Ralf Kämpfe

Gilbert Garcin, now in his eighties, is an internationally recognized photographer.

Born in Marseille, he led a quiet life as a shopkeeper for 40 years, making and selling lights when in 1993, at an age where most people think about retirement, he found his vocation.

At 65, he reveals his true nature and discovers himself.

He then becomes an ageless man through his double “Mister G”, a truly unclassifiable personality telling stories and illustrating his dreams.

The film follows this “young” artist for 5 years and for the first time, the photographer reveals his methods and talks about his atypical journey.




Anna Piaggi: A dreamer in the fashion world

HD - 2016 - Italy - 52 Min - Color / Black & White

Anna Piaggi: A dreamer in the fashion world

Anna Piaggi: Una visionaria nella moda (original title)


A film by Alina Marrazzi

Celebrated for her eccentric outfits and intimate friend of designers Karl Lagerfeld, Dolce & Gabbana, de Castelbajac and Manolo Blahnik, Anna Piaggi was the living testament to the cross pollination of art, society and culture, changing fashion and proclaiming its success on a global scale.

The film retraces the story of this amazing journalist, travelling to the capital cities of fashion - Paris, London, Milan -and making use of selected archive footage, unpublished photos provided by the archive of Alfa Castaldi – her husband and noted fashion photographer –, Ugo Mulas, Baldo Fabiani, and the testimony of some of the most known designers in the world.




Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

DCP - HD - 2015 - USA - 96 Min - Color / Black & White

Harold & Lillian: a Hollywood Love Story

Harold & Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (original title)


A film by Daniel Raim

HAROLD AND LILLIAN: A HOLLYWOOD LOVE STORY is a fascinating and humanistic account of the romantic and creative partnership of storyboard artist Harold Michelson and his wife, film researcher Lillian Michelson—a talented couple once considered “the heart of Hollywood.”

Harold and Lillian worked on hundreds of iconic films during Hollywood’s golden age including The Ten Commandments, The Apartment, The Birds, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, The Graduate, Rosemary’s Baby, Fiddler On The Roof, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Scarface, Full Metal Jacket and more. Although the couple was responsible for some of Hollywood’s most iconic examples of visual storytelling, their contributions remain largely uncredited. Through an engaging mix of love letters, film clips and candid conversations with Harold and Lillian, Danny, DeVito, Mel Brooks, Francis Coppola and others, this deeply moving documentary chronicles their remarkable relationship and two extraordinary careers spanning six decades of movie-making history.