Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival

    Cuchillo de palo / 108

    Spain 2012 91'
    Directed by: Renate Costa
    Renate Costa affectionately recalls his uncle, his arrest, torture, release, and later death from ‘sadness,’ as those who knew him said. His journey is a personal and political one in a country - Paraguay - which has yet to come to terms with its past. Personal remembrances, archival footage, recollections of fellow members of the resistance, and of relatives combine to make Cuchillo de palo a politically courageous film built around an elaborate and charming narrative.

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    2015 Monday, November 30th, Istituto francese, 8:00 pm

  • FIX ME

    France, Palestine, Switzerland 2009 98'
    Directed by: Raed Andoni

    Writer and film director Raed is a sort of Palestinian cousin of Woody Allen. Suffering from a headache that prevents him from working, he arms himself with humour and irony and questions his own role in Palestinian society. At the risk of upsetting his family and old friends, he decides to resort to psychotherapy and then make a film about it.

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    2015 Tuesday, December 1st, Istituto francese, 6:00 pm


    France, Switzerland 2014 105'
    Directed by: Mehran Tamadon

    Iranian filmmaker Mehran Tamadon, an atheist, manages to convince four mullahs – the supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran – to come live and talk with him for two days, welcoming them in his house. Their discussions mix with everyday life and a question resurfaces incessantly: how to live together when the view of the world and of the other are colliding? Freedom, religion, the place of women in society are dividing issues. Every time they come up, the attempts at living in harmony fall through.

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Istituto francese, 8:00 pm

    I Am the People

    France 2014 111'
    Directed by: Anna Roussillon
    While the Egyptian people protest, crowding in Tahrir Square, the inhabitants of a village in the southern countryside follow the revolution from the screens of their TV sets. The film follows the overthrow of Mubarak and the fall of Morsi from the point of view of Farraj, a peasant. In the daily life of rural areas change is slower.

    2015 Monday, November 30th, Istituto francese, 6:00 pm


    France, Switzerland 2013 100'
    Directed by: Kaveh Bakhtiari
    In a narrow apartment in Athens, Amir and his comrades are waiting for the fake documents that will open the doors to Europe for them. They share games and despair, they confront each other, and remember their beloved ones: these are not only details of daily life but necessary, unique companions in the exhausting wait for an unknown, possibly cruel future. Greece, land of uncertainty amplifying the sense of precariousness, cannot stop the dreams and expectations of those who are forced to “stop over” there.

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Istituto francese, 4:30 pm

    The Virgin, the Copts and Me

    France, Qatar, Egypt 2012 85'
    Directed by: Namir Abdel Messeeh

    Namir is a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin. One day he watches a videotape of the Virgin Mary’s apparition in Egypt with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, sees the Virgin on the screen while he sees nothing. Skeptical, Namir travels back to Egypt to make a film about the bizarre occurrence of these apparitions.

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Istituto francese, 6:30 pm


    France 2010 69'
    Directed by: Régis Sauder
    La Princesse de Clèves, the first modern novel of French literature, is the protagonist of a sudden and overwhelming love but also the leading character of this film. The pupils of the Marseille Lycée Diderot give life to the literary work with their voices and faces. Through reading this classic, they project their own experiences as seventeen-year-olds who open to love for the first time with all the doubts and uncertainties typical of this life age, also made of tormented choices and sacrifices.

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Istituto francese, 3:00 pm

    Oh la la Pauline!

    France 2015 88'
    Directed by: Emilie Brisavoine
    Pauline is 15 years old. She has an eventful life, sympathetically filmed by her stepsister, Emilie Brisavoine. Pauline is the only one left to live with her atypical parents, the mother – a former queen of the night – who fell in love with a young transvestite – her father. Living with this family is an explosive experience, because in Pauline’s life nothing is simple: neither her parents’ genders, nor the love they feel for her. Not to mention her childhood memories, both magical and tragic.

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    2015 Wednesday, December 2nd, Istituto francese, 8:00 pm

    A German Youth

    Switzerland, France, Germany 2015 92'
    Directed by: Jean-Gabriel Périot

    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.

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    2015 Saturday, November 28th, Odeon, 5:30 pm


    Portugal, Switzerland, France 2014 78'
    Directed by: João Pedro Plácido
    Four seasons in Uz, in the Portuguese countryside. The life of the small community follows the rhythm of nature, that also sustains their livelihood. Old Antonio was a migrant, who has now come back to Uz. He is preparing the village feast. Daniel is a young shepherd who dreams of love. Perhaps he will find it at the feast. Volta à terra is the film director’s tribute to his native land and a forgotten lifestyle.

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    2015 Thursday, December 3rd, istituto francese, 8:00 pm

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