Florence 12th - 19th November 2011

International documentary film festival


    USA 2011 80'
    Directed by: Alma Har'el
    Benny, CeeJay, and Red live in Bombay Beach – the poorest county in California, once a renowned resort, and now a decadent site. Their lives hang between upset and hope, grief and dream. This film proceeds on the thin edge between these distinctions and exposes what is left of the broken American dream in a powerful and imaginative way: shining slivers reverberating poetry. Soundtrack by Bob Dylan and Beirut.

    2011 Thursday, November 17th, Odeon, 9:30 pm


    USA 2011 92'
    Directed by: Göran Olsson
    Based on the 16mm films shot by Swedish cameramen in the late Sixties and enriched by a soundtrack, produced by Ahmir Khalib, gathering some of the most important figures in black music (Harry Belafonte, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu), the film explores the Black Panthers movement, depicting the atmosphere of those years. Charismatic leaders like Angela Davis, Stokely Carmichael, Bobby Steale are representative of a radical change in American society and of the beginning of a period of fight and conflict which involved all Western societies.

    2011 Friday, November 18th, Odeon, 10:45 pm


    Switzerland 2011 89'
    Directed by: Martin Witz
    By coincidence rather then by design the swiss chemist Albert Hofmann makes a sensational discovery in the spring of 1943. He realizes that he is dealing with a powerful molecule that will have an impact not only on the scientific world. An investigation into our troubled relation with LSD. Told from its beginnings until today.

    2011 Friday, November 18th, Odeon, 9:00 pm


    France 2011 104'
    Directed by: Jérôme De Missolz
    A search into the twists and turns of rock music. From relatively underground names – like Reg Presley of The Troggs, authors of the song giving the title to the film – to famous stars: Iggy Pop, Pete Doherty, Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones, Clash, Velvet Underground, Joy Division, Motorhead. What is that energy which stirs body and soul and which has inevitably captured everyone since the first time that Elvis shook his pelvis on TV? S journey in a culture that greatly shaped lives and fortunes in the twentieth century.

    2011 Wednesday, November 16th, Spazio Uno, 9:00 pm

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