Florence November 28th – December 5th 2014

International documentary film festival

  • Dior and I

    France 2014 90'
    Directed by: Frédéric Tcheng
    Christian Dior has built a fashion empire in just ten years. In 2012 Raf Simons, debuting in the haute couture, has taken up the challenge posed by the legendary French fashion house when he was appointed as the new artistic director: in eight weeks has created his first collection. With a privileged and unprecedented perspective, we will enter Dior atelier, understand how it works, starting from the creative process, getting to know the tireless work of the tailors, and finally see the memorable presentation of the debut collection by Raf Simons.

    2014 Sunday, November 30th, Odeon, 9:00 pm


    USA 2014 119'
    Directed by: Alex Gibney
    An extremely talented musician, a performer with an alluring charisma and a magnetic scenic presence, an unrelenting human rights activist, a supporter of the Panafrican movement, a fearless revolutionary spirit: Fela Kuti (1938-1997) was, over his entire career and life, one of the loudest voices of an Africa fired up by anti-colonial movements and rebellions against dictatorships. This biography is matched with the video shootings performed during the rehearsals of FELA!, the Musical, which had its debut in Broadway in 2009 achieving an extraordinary success.

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    2014 Tuesday, December 2nd, Odeon, 9:00 pm

  • Firenze, Novembre '66

    Italy 1966 23'
    Directed by: Mario Carbone
    The film documents the aftermath of the flooding of Florence in November 1966: the devastation of the city by water and mud; the arrival of the first aid from nearby towns and soldiers, the artistic, cultural and economic damage, the work carried out spontaneously by young people, especially at the National Library. The commentary, written by Vasco Pratolini is read by Giorgio Albertazzi.

    watch the interview with the filmmaker

    2014 Sunday, November 30th, Odeon, 11:15 am - FREE ENTRANCE


    Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Belgium 2014 83'
    Directed by: Femke Wolting, Tommy Pallotta
    Last Hijack originates from the combination of documentary and animation. The film protagonists are a group of Somali pirates and their charismatic leader, Mohamed. For years, these men have been risking their own lives and the lives of others by attacking oil tankers off the Horn of Africa. Today, Mohamed’s life is at a crossroads: on the one hand, his imminent wedding pushes him to lead a peaceful life; on the other hand, the “boarding fever” is still burning in him. The action scenes are portrayed through spectacular animated sequences drawn by Hisko Hulsing.

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    2014 Friday, November 28th, Odeon, 9:00 pm - OPENING NIGHT FILM

  • Le Beau Danger

    Germany 2014 100'
    Directed by: René Frölke - Producer: Ann Carolin Renninger
    Le beau danger is a cinematic arrangement of documentary footage and literary writing of the Romanian author Norman Manea. His writing runs through the film in one hundred and seventy black-and-white panels. In the course of the film, these "readable images" constantly interrupt the cinematic picture and challenge the viewer to seek a text behind the text.

    2014 Friday, December 5th, Odeon, 3:00 pm

    The John Malkovich's Paradox

    France 2014 75'
    Directed by: Pierre-François Limbosch
    22 years after his performance in Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, John Malkovich staged at the theater Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Among the many young actors, from various drama schools, who come to the auditions nine will be chosen for this extraordinary adventure that will give them the opportunity to interact with a surprising Malkovich, in the role of theater director.
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    2014 Friday, December 5th, Odeon, 6:30 pm

  • Looking for Johnny

    Spain/UK 2014 98'
    Directed by: Danny Garcia
    Who was Johnny Thunders? The legendary guitarist of the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers. He was the link between the rock music of the seventies and the glam-metal and punk scene until 1991, the year of his mysterious death allegedly by overdose. The film reveals us the true Johnny Thunders, beyond the reputation of a ‘damned rocker’, through interviews with friends and colleagues and numerous and unpublished archive material.

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    2014 Saturday, November 29th, Odeon, 10:30 pm

  • Ma'a al Fidda
    Silvered Water - Syria Self-portrait

    France/Syria 2014 92'
    Directed by: Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan
    In Paris, Ossama Mohammed, far from his troubled and horrified homeland, reflects on the videos from Syria that are posted every day on the Internet. What is pushing the young rebels to take a camera and film the death and the destruction surrounding them? What is pushing Hassan’s soldiers to film the beatings, the humiliation and the tortures to their prisoners? The communication with Simav, a young Kurdish woman living in Homs, becomes an intense and strong exchange of messages. Two friends holding their hands encouraging each other to bear this horror, to survive.

    The film will be commented by Domenico Quirico (Correspondant for "La Stampa")

    WARNING: This film shows very dramatic contents and images. The spectator is advised of the graphic contents of some situations shown in the film.

    2014 Monday, December 1st, Odeon, 9:00 pm

  • Maldarno

    Italy 2014 52'
    Directed by: Duccio Ricciardelli, Tayu Vlietstra
    The river Arno was the reason for the birth of Florence, its lifeblood, the main way for transports, the driving force of its industries. But it is also a symbol of the city, with its bridges, the buildings and streets that surround it: the Lungarni. Maldarno tells a deep bond, a "disease" that ties closely the Florentine people to their river.

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    2014 Sunday, November 30th, Odeon, 11:15 am - FREE ENTRANCE


    Spain 2014 2'
    Directed by: Martin Pawley
    Short film inspired by the last verse of the poem with the same title. The verse says “A lus do mundo é a que arde nunha bágoa” (The light of the world is that one which burns in a tear). [D. Castro]
    Original images were taken during a tremendous storm in Buenos Aires in April 2014.

    2014 Friday, December 5th, Odeon, 5:00 pm

  • Premier Noël dans les tranchées

    France 2005 52'
    Directed by: Michaël Gaumnitz
    August 1914. The war begins. Christmas 1914: in the trenches the soldiers, even if enemies, know they suffer the same pain. In Christmas some of them "fraternize". Less than six months from the beginning of the conflict the fraternization highlights the horror the absurdity.

    2014 Thursday, December 4th, Istituto Francese, 8:00 pm

    20 Years On: Portraits from a Changing Rwanda

    France 2014 36'
    Directed by: Giordano Cossu
    2014 marks the twentieth anniversary of the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Over 800,000 victims in just three months, while the West closed the eyes. Since then, the new political regime has promoted a strong policy of reconciliation but the memory of the massacre is still very much alive in the collective memory. Between August 2013 and February 2014 Giordano Cossu crossed the country several times, meeting and talking with the Rwandan from rural areas in an attempt to give voice to that memory.

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    2014 Monday, December 1st, Istituto Francese, 5:30 pm


    France 2014 80'
    Directed by: Ioanis Nuguet
    Two Roma children living with a young trapeze artist in a circus tent built in the suburbs of Paris. In this calm but fragile paradise, the two brothers aged 10 and 13 are torn between the new destiny that they can imagine and their parents, who are still living in the street. A film soft and hard, whose grace provides shelter from the heaviness of living in a cruel world.

    2014 Friday, December 5th, Odeon, 9:00 pm - CLOSING NIGHT FILM

    You All Are Captains

    Spain 2010 79'
    Directed by: di Oliver Laxe Producer: Martin Pawley
    A European filmmaker is making a movie with children living in a home for socially excluded youngsters in Tangier, Morocco. While filming, the director's unorthodox methods of working cause his relationship with the children to change to such a point, that the initial course of the project is takes a different direction...

    2014 Friday, December 5th, Odeon, 5:00 pm

  • Walking Under Water

    Poland/UK/Germany 2014 76'
    Directed by: Eliza Kubarska
    The initiation to the adult age of a young Badjao, a Borneo fisherman. The young Sari has been trained by his uncle in the classic fishing techniques of his population, which, until a few years ago, only lived on the sea thanks to their particular capacity to live with the water world. However, nowadays the sea nomads have to take a difficult decision: keep living on fishing or surrender to the new tourism industry?

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    watch the interview with the filmmaker

    2014 Thursday, December 4th, Odeon, 9:00 pm - In cooperation with Museo Salvatore Ferragamo

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