Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival


10 am

by Kaveh Bakhtiari

Finland/China, 2013, 89’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In a narrow apartment in Athens, Amir and his comrades are waiting for the fake documents that will open the doors to Europe for them. They share games and despair, confrontations and affections: these are not only details of daily life but necessary, unique companions in the exhausting wait for an unknown, possibly cruel future. Greece, land of uncertainty amplifying the sense of precariousness, cannot stop the dreams and expectations of those who are forced to “stop over” there.

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12 am

Night Labor
by David Redmon, Ashley Sabin

USA, 2013, 62’, o.v. Ita. sub.

Sherman lives in a seemingly desert place. His face carries the signs of life. This man performs with an almost ritual calm and precision all the action that make up his hermit life in front of the camera, an indiscreet eye: shellfish harvesting by day and the work in a mysterious fish processing plant by night, in which Sherman moves in absolute solitude. A story-less tale, a visual phantasmagoria without any show, a diary of a marvel-oriented observation.

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Cha Fang (The Questioning)
by Zhu Rikun

China, 2013, 22’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Shot in exceptional and unique circumstances, the film shows a tense exchange between Power –the police – and Individual – the director himself, who is in a hotel room in the middle of the night. Like in a game of chess layed with inscrutable rules, the players make moves and counter-moves on the crazy chessboard of the strict control procedures which the Chinese police adopts with non-residents. An enclosed and claustrophobic film: an example of cinéma vérité in a Kafkian absurd.

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3 pm

Une Feuille dans le Vent
by Jean-Marie Teno

France/Cameroon/Gabon, 2013, 55’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In 2004, J-M. Teno meets Ernestine, daughter of Ernest Ouandie, hero of the struggle for the independence of Cameroon. In a beautiful morning, sitting under a porch, she decides to tell the filmmaker the story of her life. Can the story of an individual become the symbol of a country marked by repression and bloody struggles? The words of Ernestine take us into a world where childhood is denied and where injustice prevails. Her words are simple and straightforward, they touch our heart and leave a lasting impression.

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4 pm

In collaboration with CCC Strozina - UNSTABLE TERRITORY
Soran Fait Son Cinéma
by Fulvia Alberti, Soran Qurbani

France, 2013, 66’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Soran has a dream: to make films. Iranian Kurdish refugee in Iraq, he embarks on a long and dangerous journey to England. His travel as “clandestine tourist”, is full of difficult moments and last nine months during which he will be accompanied by his faithful camera and the support of Fulvia, his dear friend.

With the director in-person and the participation of Alessio Bertini (CCC Strozzina)

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5:30 pm

Father and Son
by Paweł Łozinski

Poland, 2013, 54’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

An RV, a destination – Paris – and a set of contrasting expectations. Rather than a holiday, acceptance of risk: leave and rely on the other, without plans or safety nets. Marcel is excited about going back to the place of his childhood, whereas Paweł is thrilled by the idea of being together with his father, and ask him questions he has been keeping for a long time. All love includes thorns and wounds,ì and Paweł’s version of the film exposes them all..

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9 pm



The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins
by Les Blank

USA, 1970, 30’, o.v. Ita. sub.

The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. Includes performances and jam sessions and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas.
This powerful portrait is among Les Blank’s masterworks.

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This Ain ’t no Mouse Music
di Chris Simon, Maureen Gosling

USA, 2013, 92’, o.v. Ita. sub.

The icon of ethnic music Chris Strachwitz (Arhoolie Records) involves us in a syncopated dance that begins in Texas and reach New Orleans, following the footsteps of the typical sounds of blues music and of Cajun, Mexican, Country, Western rhythms, searching for the soul of American music.

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