Florence, 1st- 7th November 2009

International documentary film festival

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  • Bassidji

    Switzerland/France/Iran 2009 114'
    Directed by: Mehran Tamadon

    Up on a hill in the desert, men, women and children wander around an area dedicated to the memory of the martyrs of the war between Iran and Iraq. Among them there is also an Iranian director, atheist and living in France, who, together with a local guide, goes and meet the protectors of the Iranian Islamic Republic campaign, the Bassidji. The two opposite and coexistent souls of contemporary Iran are therefore staged in a direct and vibrating head to head stripped of reticence.

    2009 Wednesday November 4th, Odeon, 6:30 PM - Thursday November 5th, Spazio Uno, 7:30 PM

  • Defamation

    Danemark/Austria/Israel/USA 2009 93'
    Directed by: Yoav Shamir
    What’s the meaning of anti-Semitism nowadays, two generations after the Holocaust? This complex and irreverent question is the first stage of a journey around the world in quest of the most recent demonstrations of «the oldest hate». The answers gathered are different and sometimes surprising but put all together allow a better understanding of how the Jews and Israel relate themselves to the surrounding world, in New York as in Moscow, In Gaza as in Tel Aviv.

    2009 Tuesday November 3rd, Odeon, 7:00 PM - Wednesday November 4th, Spazio Uno, 7:30 PM

  • Depuis Tel Aviv

    France 2009 67'
    Directed by: Naruna Kaplan de Macedo
    A young France jewish woman goes to Israel chasing after the man she loves. The film tells the story of her journey, her questions, her face poised before a reality that she has always lived from afar and that now presents itself in all its complexity. Up to the moment when she will need to choose, to change her life in order to find, finally and dramatically, her own home.

    2009 Monday November 2nd, Odeon, 5:00 PM - Tuesday November 3rd, Spazio Uno, 8:00 PM

  • Drottningen och jag
    The Queen and I

    Sweden 2009 90'
    Directed by: Nahid Persson Sarvestani
    Nahid Persson Sarvestani, a militant Iranian director who felt on her own skin and her own family’s one the violence of Khomeinist Revolution, decides to get near to Farah Diba Pahlavi, empress of Persia until 1979. Despite many precautions and second thoughts, the queen welcomes the director into her life. The result is the portrait of a woman who went through crucial moments of her story and suffered intense personal sorrows remaining vital, generous, active. Gradually mistrust blunts and leaves some space for dialogue and confidence. A portrait of two women discovering one another.

    Photo: © RealReel Doc AB

    2009 Friday November 6th, Odeon, 9:30 PM - Saturday November 7th, Spazio Uno, 3:30 PM

  • GenovaTripoli

    Italy 2009 71'
    Directed by: Marco Santarelli
    A voyage at sea with containers and goods reveals a long and silent conversation with the ghosts of past voyages. A mobile exile. Secret. Made up of movements that are always the same and always different. “GenovaTripoli tells the story of the life and work of a crew working on a Russian naval ship, the Jolly Indaco. Since the Eighties, the ship has been used by the soviet army to transport military goods. The documentary begins in Genoa and ends in Tripoli on Christmas Eve”.

    2009 Wednesday November 4th, Odeon, 4:45 PM - Thursday November 5th, Spazio Uno, 9:30 PM

  • Grandi Speranze
    Great Expectations

    Italy 2009 77'
    Directed by: Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
    Antonio trains the «leaders of the future», Federico looks for his fortune in China, Matteo run his family’s company. Three young businessmen with their ambitions and obsessions. A Country, Italy, waiting for a new leading class to be formed. Two directors willing to describe without prejudices of any sort. These are the numbers of an original and impressive movie, linking (personal) aspirations with (collective) hopes as a way of imagining the imminent future.

    2009 Sunday November 1st, Odeon, 4:45 PM - Monday November 2nd, Spazio Uno, 3:30 PM

  • In amabile azzurro

    Italy 2009 95'
    Directed by: Felice D'Agostino, Arturo Lavorato
    The myth of Orestes, the mother-killer hounded by the Erinyes, was dramatically developed by Greek tragedians, who underscored the need for divine intervention to restore equilibrium to men who are both the victims and perpetrators of their own actions. In what was a part of Magna Graecia, two filmmakers reveal the tragedy of Calabria, a beautiful and desolate place, a stage for broken hopes and dreams, for a people helpless against fate.

    2009 Thursday November 5th, Odeon, 5:00 PM - Friday November 6th, Spazio Uno, 3:30 PM

  • In Purgatorio

    Italy/France 2009 72'
    Directed by: Giovanni Cioni
    Through the Neapolitans’ cult of the dead and Purgatory, the film gives in to the seduction of the Other. A look at time past that investigates what remains of what’s no longer here. A trip through the backstreets of the Tribunals, the Spanish quarter, Sanità, Montesanto, the Poggioreale Cemetery and the Limbo of children. “The soul in Purgatory resides in this world. The unknown person in the crowd, the ghostly face in the photo. The other”.

    2009 Tuesday November 3rd, Odeon, 9:15 PM - Wednesday November 4th, Spazio Uno, 3:30 PM

  • La Terre de la folie
    Land of Madness

    France 2009 90'
    Directed by: Luc Moullet
    The Southern French Alps is very rugged and hard of access, even if modern means of communication and transport have now opened it up to the rest of the world. Over the decades a series of horrific crimes have been committed in this area of France, and other acts of senseless violence have continued to occur, as if in a kind of emulative dance. Luc Moullet attempts to discover what terrible secret is concealed in the Land of Madness. “Who knows? I am a bit mad myself, but in a different way, I would say…”

    2009 Sunday November 1st, Odeon, 3:00 PM - Sunday November 1st, Spazio Uno, 9:30 PM

  • Nauru, une Île à la derive
    Nauru, an Island Adfrift

    France 2009 90'
    Directed by: Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
    A microscopic island, a small, twenty-one square kilometers long republic, was once one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its deposits of pure phosphate. But the phosphate has run out and the country’s now poor; its inhabitants go around the ruined city remembering their lost riches. The film tells a story that seems straight out of science fiction but is actually a careful and lucid look at contemporary times.

    2009 Thursday November 5th, Odeon, 9:30 PM - Friday November 6th, Spazio Uno, 5:30 PM

  • Nenette

    France 2009 55'
    Directed by: Nicolas Philibert
    Nenette is an orangutan born in Borneo and she has been living in a cage at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris since 1972. Hers is a transparent life surrounded by thousands of eyes watching her, in an exchange of looks with no communication: on one side, the humans, inquisitors, experts and curious onlookers; on the other, an ape with an inscrutable face fixed on a world to which it doesn’t belong. The audience enjoy, the experts think about it, the guardians question themselves. Nenette sees everything in silence.

    2009 Wednesday November 4th, Odeon, 9:00 PM - Friday November 6th, Spazio Uno, 7:30 PM

  • October Country

    USA 2009 80'
    Directed by: Michael Palmieri, Donal Mosher
    A young father survives the war but is scarred for life, and is never the same again. His wife sticks with him throughout, but is unable to do anything except watch impotently as battle trauma drags away the man she loved. Their daughters make a series of bad choices and end up as unhappy parents struggling to escape from what seems to be a cyclical destiny of abuse, alcoholism and unemployment.

    2009 Monday Novmber 2nd, Odeon, 7:00 PM - Tuesday November 3rd, Spazio Uno, 3:30 PM

  • Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

    Canada 2009 40'
    Directed by: Peter Mettler
    Mostly shot from a chopper, "Petropolis" offers a unique perspective on the vastest tar mining system in the world. The environmental impact of this system is frightening: a tar deposit as big as England is flown over amidst images and hypnotic sounds. A striking and disturbing journey in a dehumanized world, subdued to the supreme power of oil.

    2009 Thursday November 5th, Odeon, 7:00 PM - Friday November 6th, Odeon, 11:00 AM

  • Sahman
    Border

    Armenia/Netherlands 2009 82'
    Directed by: Harutyun Khachatryan
    On the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan live the survivors and many refugees of the conflict that ravaged the region. For them, time stands still, until one day a group finds a buffalo and brings it back to the farm where they live. Something new has happened… in a rigorous style, Khachatryan recreates a story he himself lived a few years ago, at the same time showing how the war left its imprint on the minds and bodies of these people.

    2009 Tuesday November 3rd, Odeon, 5:00 PM - Wednesday November 4th, Spazio Uno , 9:30 PM

  • To Shoot an Elephant

    Spain 2009 104'
    Directed by: Alberto Arce, Mohammed Rujailah
    On December 27th, 2008 the Israeli army launches operation «Cast Lead», an attack on the Hamas’ military infrastructure in Gaza. For over three weeks Palestinian enclaves are surrounded on all sides and suffer heavy civilian casualties during the bombing. A Spanish reporter, present from the beginning of the war, documents the escalation of fatalities and destruction while following a medical relief operation, together with a Palestinian colleague.

    2009 Friday November 6th, Odeon, 7:00 PM - Saturday November 7th, Spazio Uno, 5:30 PM

  • Vivre Ici
    Being Here

    Tunisy 2009 120'
    Directed by: Mohamed Zran
    Zarvis, a small city in southern Tunisia, is host to a heterogeneous and peaceful community. The city’s equanimity envelopes a store owned by Simon, an old Jewish shopkeeper. Every day the head of a progressive school, a dreamy painter, a wedding planner and a crowd of others come to the shop to find a cure for their maladies. Together these men and women talk about themselves, their city and the world.

    2009 Sunday November 1st, Odeon, 6:40 PM - Monday November 2nd, Spazio Uno, 5:30 PM

  • Zum Vergleich
    In Comparison

    Germany/Austria 2009 61'
    Directed by: Harun Farocki
    Through a study on the transformations of the brick manufacturing process, Haroun Farocki reflects, in the form of a cinematic essay, on how the ways of working have changed during Neoliberalism and during the time of the great economical crisis. With a dialectic style and simply juxtaposing some elements so diverse in seeming, and avoiding any direct interventions, the director shies away from summarizing the subject and giving any certain conclusions.

    2009 Thursday November 5th, Odeon, 7:00 PM - Saturday November 7th, Spazio Uno, 10:30 AM

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