Florence November 27th - December 4th 2015

International documentary film festival

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  • D'arbres et de charbon

    Belgium 2013 58'
    Directed by: Bénédicte Liénard Montaggio/Editing: Mary Jiménez
    The green bench is always there, in the wood inherited by Bénédicte’s family from an old ancestor injured in his work 150 years ago. When her father got sick, Bénédicte decided to ‘play’ with the super-8 films of her family, releasing them from the pain of ‘being no longer.’ Memories are things of the present. They can combine with it as the firmness of a walnut does with the tenderness of its kernel.

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    2015 Tuesday, December 1st, Spazio Alfieri, 5:00 pm

  • Du verbe aimer

    Belgium 1985 83'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    Mary Jiménez goes back to Peru after her mother has been dead for a few years. This is the point of departure for a research and an impossible as much as necessary encounter with the memory of her mother. The film is the multi-faceted trace of this research through fragments and places, casting a simultaneously visionary and very lucid gaze onto her homeland, her own places, and her beloved ones. Du verbe aimer is an autobiographical film and a poetical essay on memory becoming story. A film about madness as well as a journey in self-awareness and the discovery of oneself by way of images.

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    2015 Thursday, December 3rd, Spazio Alfieri, 4:30 pm

  • Face Deal

    Belgium 2014 29'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    A film made of altered visions and enigmatic faces. The filmmaker meets her ultra-centenarian father and films their encounter, which may well be their last. The man does not recognize her. Therefore, the initial question is reversed: the film questions the self. "Who am I when I’m not reflected in the other?"

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    2015 Monday, November 30th, Spazio Alfieri, 5:15 pm

  • Héros sans visage

    Belgium 2012 61'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    Young men who escaped the photo camera, lost forever at the sea bottom and between dunes of sand, or survived from the waves in order to reach a land that only has more fight to offer them. These are the faceless heroes of Mary Jiménez. From the Brussels hunger strike to the account of a young Cameroonian, passing through the Choucha (Tunisia) refugee camp: three moments of a battle made in the name of the conquest of one’s own life.

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    2015 Friday, November 27th, Odeon, 6 pm

  • La Position du lion couché

    Belgium 2006 90'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    Everything begins with a gift. A child is born. He is given a little stuffed animal that once belonged to Anna. How to learn to be born, how to learn to die. Filming the places of sickness without remedy, Mary Jiménez tries to learn the art of dying as well as asking, “If the body is mine, how can it do so many things without me? And if the body is not mine, what else is mine?”

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Spazio Alfieri, 3:00 pm

  • Le Dictionnaire selon Marcus

    Belgium 2009 80'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    “You cannot imagine it, you have to stay there,” says Marcus about jail. Sentenced for receiving stolen goods, counterfeiting, breaking and entering, and so on, he not only knows the place but also and reluctantly makes it the ultimate reason of his existence. Marcus helps runaways and he doesn’t feel guilty about this. His is a calling. It is the only solution to a place that, far from extinguishing crimes, condemns them to putrescence.

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    2015 Saturday, November 28th, Spazio Alfieri, 4:30 pm

  • Loco Lucho

    Belgium 1998 59'
    Directed by: Mary Jiménez
    A comeback to her homeland to discover her father, his life, his most recondite thoughts, and her own rapport with the past and her own mother, dead for a few years now. Pivoted around the letters written over the years by the protagonists of this story, this film reconnects people at once close and distant.

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    2015 Monday, November 30th, Spazio Alfieri, 5 pm

  • Sobre las brasas

    Belgium 2013 85'
    Directed by: Bénédicte Liénard, Mary Jiménez
    A family produces vegetable charcoal for their survival in the plateaus of the Peruvian Amazon, in hardship and poverty. The image of collective decadence can be found in the life of the family. Yet, in every shot, every face in focus, every gesture, an incredible vital force is revealed to the eyes of the filmmakers. This is how they manage to limn a human world resisting against a modernity whose borders are gone.

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    2015 Sunday, November 29th, Spazio Alfieri, 10:00 pm

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