Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival

PROGRAMME ODEON FRIDAY DECEMBER 6th

10 am

Hamdan
by Martín Solá

Argentina/New Caledonia/Palestine, 2013, 75’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Hamdan is a Palestinian militant who was jailed for 15 years. We discover his story through his own words. What was his experience? How can cinema represent it? These are the questions that underlie a film which not only intends to reconstruct a story, but also to investigate feelings, the experience of a radical past and the memories of past experiences that remain in places, voices and faces.

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11:30 am

WIP – Working in Progress
by Simona Risi

Italy, 2013, 50’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In Trapani, a group of shipyard workers after the dismissal occupies the tanker "Marettimo" for six months. In Latina, a group of workers, for the same reason, occupies the factory for a year. Two parallel stories about the crisis of the work, depicted in the same phase: the end of the occupation. The filmmaker offers a refined, intelligent and complete exploratory system, which dilates the time of today’s reality chronicle in order to photograph the very deep change in our world.

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3 pm

Buenos Dias Resistencia
by Adrián Orr

Spain, 2013, 20’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

David has the difficult task of getting his ‘team’ ready at the crack of dawn – three children who must go to school. The frenzy of peremptory and nervous instructions and the importunate or silent submissiveness of the still sleepy children conceal how precious it is to care for children every day. Every day a battle, an adventure, an unexpected occurrence. Every day the need to resist.

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Notícias da Rainha
by Ana Johann

Brazil, 2013, 20’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In an original combination of autobiographical documentary and theatrical performance, the news of the queen is spread on the boards of a stage that is reduced to the essential and populated by objects that are just as obsolete as evocative. Deliciously old fashion special effects re-create the “ambient sounds” which have always represented the magic of radio and which become the soundtrack of this modern fable: the story of Lucia Cecília Kubis, Queen of Brazilian radio.

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4 pm

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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5:30 pm

Yumen
by J.P. Sniadecki, Xiang Huang, Xu Ruotao

China/USA, 2013, 65’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Yumen is an abandoned oil city in the Gansu province in Northwest China, explored by some characters trying to retrace its memories through artistic actions and performances. A film combining ghost stories and “the pornography of ruins” in order to achieve a psycho-collage made of celluloid searching for a collective story lost among the rests of the city.

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7 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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9 pm

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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L'Escale
by Kaveh Bakhtiari

Finland/China, 2013, 89’, v.o. sott. ita. / 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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