Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival


3:00 pm - International Competition

by Thierry Knauff
Belgium, 2015, 39’

Vita Brevis is a poem of the moment, an evocation of the fragile and fleeting dance of life” (T. Knauff). This film, made as a jazz score in which improvising musicians are both human and natural elements, it’s a mesmerizing and sur- prising hymn to life as a whole and as evanescent beauty. Spread your wings and try to dance, too.

4:00 pm - The Trades of Cinema: Homage to Wojciech Staroń

Syberyjska lekcja

by Wojciech Staroń
Poland, 1998, 58'
In 1996, Wojciech Staroń travelled to Siberia with his fiancée Malgorzata, who means to teach Polish thanks to a government programme. The Siberia they discover is an impervious, dilapidated land, marked by poverty and the void left by the collapse of Communism. In this place dominated by cold it seems impossible to live. Malgorzata will find not only friendship and bonds with people from whom she will learn a lot, but also love, filmed in the luminous and warm intimacy of Staroń’s 16mm.

5:30 pm - ACID Selection for the 56th Festival dei Popoli

A german youth

by Jean-Gabriel Périot

Switzerland, France, Germany, 2015, 92’
The film describes the political extremism of a few young Germans of the late Sixties that led up to the formation of the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF), the revolutionary terrorist group whose main ideologists were Andreas Baader and Ulrike Meinhof. Une Jeunesse Allemande features the images and cinema created over that period, including archival footage and original sound tapes. Its aim is to contribute to the reflection on the meaning of that revolutionary movement at the time when it exploded in all subverting and expressive power, and on how it resonates with contemporary society.

7:30 pm - International Competition
The Never-Ending Factory of the Duomo

by Massimo D’Anolfi e Martina Parenti

Italy, 2015, 74’
A sophisticate film, based on a philosophical premise, splendidly photographed and edited, and with a beautiful sound track. It tells what the title announces, i.e. the endless construction of the Milan Cathedral. Act I of the tetralogy Spira Mirabilis, that deals with the notion of immortality through the elements found in nature, L’Infinita fabbrica del Duomo represents the earth element.

9:30 pm - The Correspondent

by Nina Aqlan, Bushra Al Fusail
Netherlands, 2015, 10’

Bushra Al Fusail is a young photographer living in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen. The city has been under siege for weeks now, ever since the civil war swelled into a geopolitical conflict involving Iran and Saudi Arabia. Driving became so expen- sive that men often used bicycles. Bushra Al Fusail, using Facebook, invited eighty women to come for a bike ride through the streets of the capital city. She filmed the event, and posted it on Facebook as Bike4Yemen. The event, scandalous in Yemen, quickly became a political issue, and from New York to Cairo, from Australia to Paris, solidarity bike rides were organized.
9:30 pm - Special Events

by Alex Gibney

USA, 2014, 120’

with: James Brown e i suoi musicisti, Mick Jagger, Chuck D, Public Enemy

The film goes back to the musical career of James Brown departing from his first big hit, Please, Please, Please (1956). The inexhaustible stage energy of the “King of Rhythm and Blues” pervades the narrative. His energy and style influenced musicians and singers such as Public Enemy, Michael Jackson, Prince, and their magic is still working for us. The film uses beautiful archive footage (with much of it still unreleased) and the testimonies of those who worked with Brown and used to know him as both musician and activist for the rights of African-American people. Among these, Mick Jagger, also producer of the film.

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