Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival

PROGRAMME ALFIERI THURSDAY DECEMBER 5th

3 pm

The King
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1974, 7’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

A crowded room. What looked like a works council later takes on the overtones of a union meeting and at last those of a jury trial. M. Łozinski exploited the device of psychodrama weaving in the film some fine, profound criticism of the dictatorship of bureaucracy and of a system – the People’s Republic of Poland – that turns representation into a tool for supremacy and control.

How to Live
by Marcel Łoziński

Poland, 1977, 82’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In a summer camp organized by the Union of Young Polish Socialists (ZSMP), an ad-hoc people’s committee is in charge of a painstaking, relentless task: assess and scrutinize all participants, assign votes, penalties, and the final prize to the winning “model family”. M. Łozinski’s documentary overlaps with the device planned by an Institution: this way, film breaks down and recomposes the device itself into a story that reverses its original meaning.

5 pm

Birthplace
by Paweł Łoziński

Poland, 1992, 47’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Writer Henryk Grynberg comes from the US back to the village where he and his Jewish family sought shelter during the Nazi occupation and his father, was killed. All the village inhabitants are involved in this still unsolved mystery and unconfessed truth. This film is intriguing, relentless, however filled with humanity. An investigative journey into Poland’s collective guilt at the time of the Holocaust.

With the director in-person

My Nature Index in the Lezno Village
by Paweł Łoziński

Poland, 2002, 24’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

A Leszno Małe, un piccolo villaggio del nord della Polonia, arrivano gli addetti al censimento per distribuire i moduli da compilare. P. Łozinski li accompagna con una videocamera e una riserva di domande che sfuggono ai numeri della statistica. Dalla descrizione de fenomeni collettivi si passa così all’attenzione alle vite dei singoli, per tornare ad occuparsi dei problemi condivisi. Un film per la televisione che è un ritratto di un mondo contadino in difficoltà ma ancora orgoglioso e indomito.

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6:30 pm

Lisola
by Matteo Parisini

Italy, 2013, 85’, o.v. eng. sub.

In the seventies a group of forty young people founded a commune called “Lisola”, which remained active for more than twenty years. The result is an existential experience intense and revealing for an entire generation. the director creates a sophisticated research and reconstruction about his own roots and about a particular historical, political and cultural moment in Italy.

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8:45 pm

Mon Père, la Révolution et Moi
by Ufuk Emiroglu

Switzerland/Turkey, 2013, 80’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Ufuk is the daughter of a Turkish couple of activists for the Communist Party in the Seventies. After migrating in Switzerland, the family falls apart. The director faces a crisis that leads her to travel around the world searching for her identity.

Intervengono Necati Sonmez (director of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days), Cemre Ceren Asarli (vide-director of Documentarist – Istanbul Documentary Days)

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10:30 pm

Min Stulna Revolution
by Nahid Persson Sarvestani

Sweden, 2013, 75’, v.o. sott. ita. / eng. sub.

The recent protests in Iran awaken the filmmaker’s memories to a time when as a young activist she fled after the 1979 revolution, she begins a quest to find her surviving friends. Haunted by the guilt of abandoning her imprisoned friends and her brother, Rostam, who was later executed, she finally finds them and learns about their horrific torture and about Rostam’s final days.

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