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International documentary film festival


10:00 am - International Competition

The Never-Ending Factory of the Duomo

by Massimo D’Anolfi e Martina Parenti

Italy, 2015, 74’
A sophisticate film, based on a philosophical premise, splendidly photographed and edited, and with a beautiful sound track. It tells what the title announces, i.e. the endless construction of the Milan Cathedral. Act I of the tetralogy Spira Mirabilis, that deals with the notion of immortality through the elements found in nature, L’Infinita fabbrica del Duomo represents the earth element.

11:30 am - International Competition

Checks and Balances

by Malek Bensmaïl

Malek Bensmaïl goes in the premises of the “El Watan” Algerian independent newspaper, unveiling its decision making processes in a key moment in the his- tory of the country: while the “Algerian spring” stimulates the population’s need for democracy, the polling campaign is dominated by President Bouteflika, run- ning for his fourth mandate in a row...

3:00 pm - International Competition

by Helena Třeštíková

Czech Republic, 2015, 101’

It was on 2002, Mallory, a young mother with a heroin-addict background, decided to change her life. However, that life she will desperately strive for will continu- ously put her to test. In her Kafkian existence – filmed for 13 years by H. Trestikova – Mallory will be forced to live in a car, to cope with the failures of the social welfare system, wrong men and the hard quest to find a normal life for a son who, growing up, will never lose his mother as a point of reference and a model of strength and courage.

5:00 pm - International Competition

by Jean-Jacques Martinod, Kyle Bell

USA, 2015, 19’

The last summer of a drive-in that screens motion pictures on film. Ozoners dwells on the melancholy atmosphere of a season drawing to a close. It captures the details, such as the manuality, the noise of film slippage, the obsolete ma- chineries still in use. With a nostalgic look, Ozoners outlines the portrait of an ‘America’ that is no more.

5:00 pm - International Competition

Standing Men

di|by Maya Abdul-Malak

Francia, Libano, 2015, 55’
A microcosm becomes a universe. In a little Internet café, a meeting place of immigrants, located in Belleville, the Parisian district, the camera watches the trac- es of a man’s life. Moustafa has been away from his native country for many years. The words and gestures of his daily life disclose the complexity of a displaced existence with great sensitivity.

7:00 pm - International Competition

by Eleanor Mortimer

UK, 2015, 17’
Gibraltar is not ruled by the Queen of England or the Spaniards, but by monkeys. Monkeys became so prevalent in dominating the territory that it was found the need to employ some people to keep them at bay and to push them out of town with the help of some blowpipes. In this film we can observe a day in the life of these apes, which, as in a play of Police and Thieves, try any kind of strategy to fool their “tamers”.

7:00 pm - International Competition

On Football

by Sergio Oksman

Spagna, 2015, 68’
Football as passion and obsession but also as a wire sewing a relationship. The games of the football World Cup (Brazil, 2014) mark the days spent together by a father and a son (the director) after years far from each other. On the sofa, in the car, behind the counter of a bar or in a hospital bed, the scores of the matches mark the passing of time. In this renewed vicinity, the son reconciles with the father, forgiving his past and mutating his present.

9:30 pm – The Correspondent

by Ruben Pater, Jaap van Heusden

Paesi Bassi, 2015, 7’

Coming Out is part of the series: Behind the Blue Screen. The authors collected personal stories from Iran. With their approach they explore a new kind of journalism, a direct narrative form combined with an artistic presentation. This series of video-selfies was grouped under the same name because it uses a special technology to artistically mask the faces of the protagonists so as to ensure the confidentiality of the stories they told. In the case of Comnig Out, the story is about a young man who ‘comes out of the closet’.

9:30 pm - International Competition

by Annett Ilijew

Germania, 2015, 91’

Andres goes back to Cuba after spending two months in Germany. His project is filming the life of people in Marianao, a suburb of La Habana. Somos Cuba is a selection of the images filmed by Andres from 2008 to 2014. In a painful micro-world, strangled by poverty, little Leyda grows up and becomes aware of herself. un microcosmo dolente, soffocato dall’indigenza, la piccola Leydis cresce e prende coscienza di sé. The dreams and the remarks of the girl ex- pose the contradictions of an insecure world, a urban nightmare feeding on innocence.

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