Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival


10 am

Géographie Humaine
by Claire Simon

France, 2013, 101’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. Sub.

Gare du Nord, a huge train station in Paris, full of departing and arriving travellers. The filmmaker and her assistant start talking to these people. One after another, people come out of anonymity and reveal their own identity, through gestures, tales and sensations. A film essay on how to tell stories, and on the thousands of stories which every day and every moment go through the spaces of a big train station.

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12 am

Loli Kali Shuba
by Aleksandr Balagura

Ukraine, 2013, 52’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. Sub.

In Romani language, "loli kali shuba" means a red and black coat, but it’s also the nickname given by the Romani children of Trans-Carpathia to ladybirds, and the refrain of some kind of nursery rhyme. A song, recorded by chance twenty years ago, becomes a mystery to be solved by going back to the same location twenty years later. This film is an act of love towards marginal lives and the poetry of simple things such as the capacity of being surprised by a ladybird flying.

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3 pm

Onder Vrowen (Among Women)
by Kim Brand

Netherlands, 2013, 51’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Everything you always wanted to know about sex and were afraid to ask…a Zambian woman. The filmmaker comes from the Netherlands to documents an ancient initiation ceremony to marriage life dedicated to women only: an all-female backstage where sex is prepared, learned, discussed, and staged. Because love and sex are too important to be left to incompetent, insecure

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4 pm

Yugoslavia – How Ideology moved our collective body
by Marta Popivoda

Serbia/Germany/France, 2013, 62’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

From the partisans who rebuilt in 1945 to kids who set fire to the parliamentary building in 2000, the film collects emotional curves and syncopated movements of the “collective body” reacting to the sound of patriotic songs and pro-government electronic guitars. The collectivity mourns the death of Tito, rages sparked by talk of Miloševic and finally converts to individuality. The film takes note of the crumbling of communism in and through the body of each individual.

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5:30 pm

Lewa Połowa Twarzy (Left Side of the Face)
by Marcin Bortkiewicz

Poland, 2013, 12’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

The photographic project that Leszek Krutulski is conducting since 2010 contemplates that he will take a shot of a number of subjects in his itinerant photo studio. During the first session he takes a picture, in the foreground, of only the left side of the subject’s face. In ten years, the photographer will proceed to photograph the right side. While we wait for the camera shooting, we listen to the conversation with the models posing, we listen to their reflections and questions.

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6 pm

‘A Iucata
by Michele Pennetta

Switzerland, 2013, 40’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

Concetto, aka “the chemist”, wants to win the next clandestine race at all costs. He owns a formidable horse, a champion whom he named after a boss from a TV series: Vito Portanova. The chemistry of the injections mixes with the sweat of exertion and the harsh words pronounced by Concetto’s men. His son, Vittorio, takes care of Vito, and establishes with him a relation made of meek gestures and gazes in a world where there’s no room for doubts and feelings.

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7 pm

by Juri Rechinsky

Austria/Ukraine, 2013, 72’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

They hide in the cavities of the city of Odessa as forgotten otters. They look for the holes of the previous time or the empty spaces in which to put the umpteenth needle. They are very young heroin-addicted people, and this film represents and listens to them avoiding easy humanitarian tones. A scream expressing courage and desperation at the same time.

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9 pm

Per Ulisse
by Giovanni Cioni

Italy/France, 2013, 92’, o.v. Eng. sub.

How to represent the various and unpredictable experiences of those who attend Progetto Ponterosso, a socialization center of Florence dedicated to several categories of marginalized people? The film is a rhapsodic narration made of leaps, interruptions, pauses, but also of sudden revelations that light up the dullness of days, which seem endless. Life has not been kind to any of the protagonists of Per Ulisse. Their stories, their confessions, their creativity are the precious gifts which this film makes to us all.

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