Florence November 28th – December 5th 2014

International documentary film festival


A film by Pilar Álvarez
 (Cuba, 2013, 24')
Odeon - 4.30 pm
In the empty rooms of the Museum of Fine Arts in Havana, a camera wanders among the paintings. You can hear an increasing murmur of voices. These are voices of the visitors, leaving their echoes on the surface of the paintings. Their imagination and their gaze allow us to view paintings as if it were the first time. The works of art change before a visitor gaze and become the trace of lives of the admirers. One of the voices lingers. It belongs to a visitor who has abandoned himself to a unique journey, conversing with the paintings and projecting his deepest fears onto them.

A film by Eva Villaseñor
 (Messico, 2014, 60')
Odeon - 4.30 pm - with the director in-person
A woman totally lost her memory for a period in her life. She is now trying to explore the void of memories and images by way of film. Three people close to her tell her their version. Lost memory and hidden memory becomes a space from where so many new images can be created, as well as visions in progress, until the visionary ending – a play of shadows and of cinema.

A film by Hermes Paralluelo
 (Spagna/Colombia, 2014, 98')
Odeon - 6.30 pm - with the film producer Lianca Aymerich
Like in a novel on never-ending love, Felisa and Antonio have spent sixty years together, loving each other and taking care of each other. We enter the world of a couple of elderly lovers who, looking back at their past preserve the shared memories of an entire life, memories that the film brings back such as in a daydream, in which reality and fiction merge.

A film by Sergei Loznitsa 
 (Ucraina/Paesi Bassi, 2014, 130')
Odeon - 9.00 pm - with the director in-person

A square – Maidan, in the center of Kiev –, a regime – the one of pro-Russian President Yanukovich – and a fuse – the decisions of the Ukrainian government to reject, at the end of 2013, the agreements with the EU and to sign at the same time a new formal agreement with Russia: this is how one of the largest popular revolutions of the early 21st century broke out. Sergei Loznitsa not only chronicles the evolution of a revolt into a revolution, but he also includes it in the wider history of modern Western democracy.

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