Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival


    UK, Russia, Ukraine, USA 2016 85'
    Directed by: Steven Cantor
    The extraordinary life story of dance star Sergei Polunin, who at 19 years old became the youngest primo ballerino at the London Royal Ballet, and is now one of the most brilliant and controversial contemporary dancers. Polunin, dubbed by British media as the ‘James Dean’ or ‘Bad Boy’ of ballet, is portrayed in the film as a romantic, tormented figure who managed to popularize the image of classical ballet thanks to his innate talent but also a powerful video directed by David LaChapelle that went viral, in which he dances on the notes of Hozier’s Take Me to Church.

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    2017 Tuesday, October 10th, La Compagnia, 9:30pm

    The River’s Bed

    Switzerland 2017 88'
    Directed by: Mélanie Pitteloud
    Event in collaboration with Publiacqua e Water Right Foundation
    The river Rhône has been straitjacketed for 150 years, the history of a domination of its course by humans. But the river has not yet been tamed! Following some disastrous floods, a gigantic construction site is in the process of revitalizing it into a larger-sized space. This engaging and poetic film, shot in the company of inhabitants linked to the future of the Rhône, is a journey that prompts universal questioning of our relationship with nature and territory.

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    2017 Thursday, October 12th, La Compagnia, 3:00pm

    The Venerable W.

    France, Switzerland 2017 95'
    Directed by: Barbet Schroeder
    In Burma, the “Venerable Wirathu” is a highly respected and influential Buddhist monk. Meeting him amounts to traveling to the heart of everyday racism and observing how Islamophobia and hate speech lead to violence and destruction. Yet this is a country in which 90% of the population has adopted Buddhism as a faith: a religion based on a peaceful, tolerant and non-violent way of life.

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    2017 Thursday, October 12th, La Compagnia, 9:30pm


    USA 1969 79'
    Directed by: D. A. Pennebaker
    On a beautiful June weekend in 1967, at the height of the Summer of Love, the first and only Monterey International Pop Festival roared forward, capturing a decade’s spirit and ushering in a new era of rock and roll. Monterey would launch the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Simon and Garfunkel. With his characteristic vérité style, D. A. Pennebaker captured it all, immortalizing moments that have become legend: Pete Townshend destroying his guitar, Jimi Hendrix burning his.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 10:00pm


    Germany 2017 72'
    Directed by: Sebastian Mez
    “In fall of 2014 I traveled to Israel for the first time. I was invited to give a film workshop and my stay was limited to 4 days. In the end, I spent almost 6 weeks in this region. The film is a fragmentary, cinematic review of my travels to the Middle East, somewhere between the lines, borders and demolitions of geographic spaces and the people within it”. (Sebastian Mez)

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    2017 Monday, October 16th, La Compagnia, 6:00pm


    Netherlands 2016 70'
    Directed by: Reber Dosky
    Dilovan, a young Kurdish woman, sets up a radiostation in the devastated town of Kobanî, Syria, during the liberation fight against IS. Dilovan’s programs in which she interviews survivors, returning refugees, fighters and poets, bring a sense of belonging to the broken lives of the listeners, who need to rebuild the city and their future. Dilovan tells her own story in a message to the child she may have one day. Shot over a period of three years the film is a bitter, intimate and poetic tale of trauma’s, healing, hope and love.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 8:30pm


    USA 2017 91'
    Directed by: Barbara Kopple
    This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous portrays the intimate journey of Gigi Lazzarato, a fearless young woman who began life as Gregory Lazzarato, posting beauty and fashion videos to YouTube from his bedroom, only to later come out as a transgender to an audience of millions. The film provides a raw and revealing look into a life that never compromises happiness, and spotlights a family’s unwavering and unconditional love for a child.

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    2017 Tuesday, October 17th, La Compagnia, 9:00pm

    Faces, Places

    France 2017 89'
    Directed by: Agnés Varda, JR
    Agnès Varda moved her first steps as still photographer, but then she made cinema mixed with life, cinema in its purest form; JR is an artist who uses photography to stage the cinema of life. She is small, he is gangly. There is a 55-year age difference between them, but when they meet in 2015 an artistic and intimate partnership unites them regardless of any category or distinction. Therefore, Varda and JR embark on a moving and energetic journey across the intertwines of a France transformed by time.

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    2017 Monday, October 16th, La Compagnia, 8:30pm

  • WE ARE X

    UK, Japan, USA 2017 95'
    Directed by: Stephen Kijak
    Under the enigmatic guidance of the drummer, pianist, composer, and producer Yoshiki, X Japan have sold over 30 million singles and albums. They count fans such as Sir George Martin, Kiss, Stan Lee, and even the emperor of Japan. We Are X tells the incredible story of the Japanese heavy metal band that created a unique cultural phenomenon departing from the Eighties up to their 2014 memorable performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York.

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    2017 Saturday, October 14th, La Compagnia, 9:00pm

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