Florence November 30th – December 7th 2013

International documentary film festival


10 am

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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12 am

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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3 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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4:15 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.

5 pm

Quand Passe le Train
by Jérémie Reichenbach

France, 2013, 30’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

A group of women throws essential supplies to those migrants who leave Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala clandestinely, crossing the border on freight trains, often on the top of those trains. These women violate the law, because even in Mexico helping illegal immigrants is a crime, but they are glad to help people they don’t know, without any potential personal profit,
making the most of their sense of solidarity.

With the director in-person

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6 pm

by Sebastian Mez

Germany, 2013, 84’, o.v. Ita. sub. / Eng. sub.

In 1957, in a remote area of the southern Urals region (at that time part of the USSR), a nuclear explosion contaminated a vast area. Today, after decades and other accidents and irresponsible management of facilities and waste, the contaminated area measures 20,000 km2. The film builds up a portrait of the lives of people who, abandoned to themselves, they still live today along the Tetcha river, in the middle of a placid radioactive hell. A cinematic experiment, of great rigor, that uses highly original visual solutions to make the invisible visible.

With the director in-person

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9:30 pm

Etudes sur Paris
by Andre Sauvage

France, 1928, 80’, without dialogues

Paris in the Twenties. Accompanying us with his camera, André Sauvage makes us discover the romance of Paris through monuments, signs, advertisements, shop windows, people, details of faces, bodies and emotions. Sauvage is a poet who, through his visionary eye, donates us a portrait of his city and gives us the possibility to feel and imagine the excitement of the crazy years during which its beauty became apparent.

With the participation of Béatrice De Pastre (director of CNC), Gian Luca Farinelli (director of Fondazione Cineteca di Bologna)

A cine-concert by Quatuor Prima Vista of an original music composed by Baudime Jam.

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