Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival


3:00 pm - Images of the verb To Love: the documentaries of Mary Jiménez

by Mary Jiménez
Belgium, 2006, 90'
Everything begins with a gift. A child is born. He is given a little stuffed animal that once belonged to Anna. How to learn to be born, how to learn to die. Filming the places of sickness without remedy, Mary Jiménez tries to learn the art of dying as well as asking, “If the body is mine, how can it do so many things without me? And if the body is not mine, what else is mine?”

5:00 pm - The Trades of Cinema: Homage to Wojciech Staroń

by Wojciech Staroń
Poland, 2000, 50'
Father Casimiro drives to the remotest corners of the Bolivian Andes to bring the Lord’s blessing and Christian faith to the peoples who live in these isolated areas of the world. It is not easy to make oneself understood, be welcomed, and listened to. Worried and diffident faces open up rarely with a warming smile. The camera follows up close the profile and journeys of this missionary, recording his meetings, holy masses, devotion, and the pure sense of mission that pervades him, including the most critical moments and most extreme circumstances of his travels.

6:15 pm - Panorama

by Michele Cinque
Italy, 2015, 73'
In 1917 Nick La Rocca cut the first record in the history of jazz. A Sicilian born in New Orleans at the end of the 19th century, La Rocca, with his Original Dixieland Jazz Band, is the author of Livery Stable Blues, a record which sold more than one million copies. The songs of the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, among which Tiger Rag and Clarinet Marmalade, influenced the greatest Black jazz players in the world, among whom Louis Armstrong. The film also stars Roy Paci to pay homage to this great pioneering talent. The archival material melts with the voice of the puppeteer Mimmo Cuticchio with the trumpet of Roy Paci.

8:30 pm - Panorama


by Pierfrancesco Li Donni
Italy, 2015, 75'
Antonio is the president of Afro-Napoli, a team of Neapolitan migrants who are second-generation Italians. Antonio has a dream: to lead his guys into the Federal league. But Lello, Maxime, and Adam don’t have identity documents and the bureaucratic machine stalls on the permits to stay and the certificates of residence. Antonio would do anything to see his team win.

10:00 pm - Images of the verb To Love: the documentaries of Mary Jiménez

by Bénédicte Liénard, Mary Jiménez
Belgium, 2013, 85'
A family produces vegetable charcoal for their survival in the plateaus of the Peruvian Amazon, in hardship and poverty. The image of collective decadence can be found in the life of the family. Yet, in every shot, every face in focus, every gesture, an incredible vital force is revealed to the eyes of the filmmakers. This is how they manage to limn a human world resisting against a modernity whose borders are gone.

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