Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival

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  • 7 PARDEH
    7 Veils

    Afghanistan, France 2017 80'
    Directed by: Sepideh Farsi
    Afghanistan is very little known: a few commonplaces, the word Taliban, a war that has never stopped since the Soviet era, but seems to have taken a new course from 2001. We know that the country is devastated by a permanent state of war and its population is in great distress. With her camera, Sepideh Farsi aims at the heart of this country, piecing together a sensitive, subjective, and non-judgmental mosaic.

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    2017 Sunday, October 15th, La Compagnia, 6:30pm

  • ALA HAFET ALHAYAT
    On the Edge of Life

    Syria 2017 45'
    Directed by: Yaser Kassab
    Yaser and Rima leave Syria to Lebanon, but after receiving the news that his younger brother passed away in Aleppo, they end up in a remote place in Turkey, where the silence and the monotonous daily life being broken by the family calls whom still living in Aleppo. To spend a year and a half, until they decide to take the boat to Sweden.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 3:00pm

  • ALSO KNOWN AS JIHADI

    France 2017 102'
    Directed by: Eric Baudelaire
    The possible story of a man, Aziz, told through the places he traversed: the clinic where he was born in the Parisian suburb of Vitry, the neighborhoods he grew up in, his schools and workplaces. Then, his departure to Egypt, Turkey and the road to Aleppo where he joined the ranks of the al Nusra Front. A journey tracked by a second storyline, made of extracts from a judicial archive: police interrogations, wiretaps, surveillance reports. Documents intertwined with images and sounds to compose a film that pertains less to a singular character, Aziz, than to the architectural, political, social and judicial landscapes in which his story unfolded.

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 6:30pm

  • ANATOMIA DEL MIRACOLO
    The Anatomy of a Miracle

    France, Italy 2017 83'
    Directed by: Alessandra Celesia
    Exceeding all evidence and all natural laws, this is the ultimate substance of miracles. The spirit that animates the three leading characters of this film is similar: Giusy, a restless, free mind in a wheelchair-bound body; Fabiana, a transsexual who coordinates a community of believers; and Sue Song, a Korean pianist who came to Naples to communicate via her music. There is a fourth protagonist: the Madonna dell’Arco. She houses all the contradictions of these lives and impulses: violence and love, blasphemy and mercy, sorrow and hope, ancient and modern.

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    2017 Sunday, October 15th, La Compagnia, 4:45pm

  • BOLI BANA

    Belgium 2017 60'
    Directed by: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
    Boli Bana is a film about the Fulani tradition, its rites of passage, and the beliefs of an ethnic group without borders, spread all over the western part of Africa. Following the pace of nature as well as centuries-old rituals, it proposes an immersion of the senses in a universe whose roof is the starred sky and whose border is the circle of the fire that keeps the Fulani warm at night. All the members of this world, men and animals, are imprinted with a sign of belonging and identity.

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 4:30pm

  • DES MOUTONS ET DES HOMMES
    Of Sheep and Men

    Switzerland, France, Qatar 2017 78'
    Directed by: Karim Sayad
    Immersed in a landscape constantly scorched by the sun and covered in dust, the film describes a contest that is rooted in a forgotten past but still very popular at present, in which Rams are set to fight against each other. An entire community of aficionados revolves around these rough, grisly games, with onlookers, some people betting, and others hoping to bring in the arena the next champion that will give them glory and money. Apparently, there is no room for tenderness in this archaic, all-male world save for the eyes of those who dream their future.

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    2017 Saturday, October 14th, La Compagnia, 7:00pm

  • DUELO
    Duel

    Cuba 2017 12'
    Directed by: Alejandro Alonso Estrella
    According to an ancient Caribbean ritual, manufacturing a wooden cross can placate the anxiety stemming from your inner demons - in Yoan’s case, the image of an absent father that haunts his daily. Therefore, Yoan is about to do so, encouraged by his mother. However, what might look like a normal depiction of an archaic ritual is just the starting point of a more intimate, mysterious story, made of silences, internal and external movements, gestures, and exorcisms.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 3:00pm

  • EN LA BOCA
    Down the Throat

    Argentina, Switzerland 2016 25'
    Directed by: Matteo Gariglio
    An abrupt wake up. A boy gets up. He has to go to work. His is a particular job, that he does with his family. The Molinas live by the famous stadium of Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, and their life revolves around the stadium: tickets trade, agreements under the counter with the police, corruption, scalping, fake tickets. The normal of a separate world, a system pivoted on the symbolic and material fulcrum of the stadium. Something sudden and irreversible irrupts into the rhythmic life of the Molinas. Another abrupt wake up, this time not visible though.

    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 16:30pm

  • FIND FIX FINISH

    Germany 2017 19'
    Directed by: Sylvain Cruiziat, Mila Zhluktenko
    Someone is watching us from above. Constantly. This has gone on for weeks, months, sometimes years. If you live in countries like Yemen or Iraq, your movements may well have been considered suspicious, and your name included in a list along with other equally suspicious individuals. This is the first phase of a military programme that foresees the use of drones to find, fix, and finish specific human targets.

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 9:00pm

  • GARMONIA
    Harmony

    Russia 2017 60'
    Directed by: Lidia Sheinin
    A small apartment filled with the mementos of a whole life is the backdrop of the forced cohabitation between the elderly owner and her granddaughter’s family, i.e. a brood of four lively, unruly children. The film describes the evolution of the relationships and the web of the affections inside the overcrowded house with musical taste, irony, and a soft touch.

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    2017 Saturday, October 14th, La Compagnia, 3:30pm

  • GOOD LUCK

    France, Germany 2017 143'
    Directed by: Ben Russell
    Beginning with a 600-meter descent into the depths of the earth, Good Luck shines a flashlight onto the human face of labor in the time-warp’d working conditions of an underground state-owned mine in Serbia. The hiss of oxygen cuts through the diesel rumble, the walls of the office vibrate with explosions two levels below; half-forgotten, these miners’ physical struggle finds its mirror a continent away – in the tropical heat of an illegal Surinamese gold mine. The water pumps roar under the blinding sun; silver liquid rolls across the hand of a miner as he adds mercury to dirt in a never-ending search for gold.

    2017 Thursday, October 12th, La Compagnia, 6:15pm

  • IL MONDO O NIENTE
    The World or Nothing

    France 2017 45'
    Directed by: Chiara Caterina
    Chiara Caterina rides across a region, Basilicata, in search of its pieces of bitterness and wonder. She goes from the sky to the sea, from the grottos to the rivulets of toxic spill that seep into the soil cracks, from the wolves’ cries to wild boar hunting. She leaves all the unnecessary behind, cleaning her camera lens from the residues of superficiality to be able to immerse herself into those details that are as small as dense, and which, when juxtaposed, compose a fresh, hypnotic image of Basilicata.

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    2017 Thursday, October 12th, La Compagnia, 4:30pm

  • ISTIYAD ASHBAH
    Ghost Hunting

    Palestine, France, Switzerland, Qatar 2017 94'
    Directed by: Raed Andoni
    In order to confront the ghosts that haunt him, Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replicate of Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation centre, where he was himself jailed at age 18. From fragmentary memory, day after day, they give shape to the interrogation centre they all experienced, and re-enact its stories. As the walls of the cells rise, the tongues and the emotions loosen.

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 9:00pm

  • LA CONVOCAZIONE
    The Call

    Italy 2017 57'
    Directed by: Enrico Maisto
    Appeal Court of Assizes, Milan. Morning. An unfamiliar, empty room accommodates a few people summoned there, on that day, without grounds. Their eyes look dazed, the half exchanges between them are cautious. At this point, the viewer is wonderfully, unexpectedly let into an intricate world made of whispered comments, breaths, silences, questions, and quiet confessions from strangers to strangers. These are the fragments of faces and thoughts belonging to the unknown individuals chosen for the trial jury of the Milan Appeal Court of Assizes, that is working on the most well-known massacres and crimes of the past few decades in Italy.

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    2017 Saturday, October 14th, La Compagnia, 5:00pm

  • LES CHANTS DE LA MALADRERIE
    Songs Next Door

    France 2017 26'
    Directed by: Flavie Pinatel
    La Maladrerie is a social housing neighbourhood near Paris planned according to a utopia. The 900 apartments designed by Architect R. Gailhoustet are all different, just like the people who inhabit them. Today the building is decaying, but they idea from which they stemmed was innovative, i.e. that the place in which people live can affect their sociality. Just as the architect tried to see the lives of the others in a different way, the film director has looked for her own way to describe La Maladrerie and its complexity: by collecting the songs echoing between buildings and parks, trees and ponds, graffiti and ruined asphalt.

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    2017 Thursday, October 12th, La Compagnia, 4:30pm

  • MAMAN COLONELLE
    Mama Colonel

    Democratic Republic Of Congo 2017 72'
    Directed by: Dieudo Hamadi
    Honorine Munyole is a 44-year-old widow and a mother of seven little children – some of them are adopted. Honorine, aka Colonel Munyole, is for everyone “Maman Colonelle.” She directs the Bukavu police unit for sexual violence and minors’ protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Honorine is presented with a new challenge (that she faces with strength and dedication) when she is transferred to Kisangani, where brutal traces of the war between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies are still visible after fifteen years.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 6:15pm

  • OH BROTHER OCTOPUS

    Germany 2017 27'
    Directed by: Florian Kunert
    According to the legend, for each child who is born in the world, a brother octopus in the depths of the Indonesian sea also appears. “He becomes our companion for life. We can neither kill nor eat any octopus. If we break this rule then we must ask for forgiveness, or else a gigantic octopus will emerge from the waters and bring misfortune upon us.”” The big transformations that are changing Indonesia are not so powerful and absolute as to erase traditions and legends. They survive in a sort of substratum and resurface all of a sudden, where you would least expect.

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 4:30pm

  • PALENQUE

    Colombia, USA 2017 26'
    Directed by: Sebastian Pinzon Silva
    A small village in Colombia becomes the site of memory, a memory-musical. The film portrays both the archaic and daily gestures of the village inhabitants by way of ancient songs, sung by the people themselves. Extended long takes and a refined film direction transform San Basilio de Palenque, the first town in the Americas to have broken free from European domination, into a big musical set, somewhat reminiscent of the refined camera movements used by the great masters of musical.

    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 6:15pm

  • SABOTEN TO NO KAIWA
    Conversation With a Cactus

    Japan, France, Germany 2017 45'
    Directed by: Elise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky
    If a plant could talk, we wouldn’t be able to understand it. This was the biggest challenge – paraphrasing Wittgenstein, and substituting plants for lions – for doctor Ken Hashimoto, who tried to make cacti speak in the Seventies. None of his fantastic experiments ever obtained any acceptable results for science. If it is present on a crime scene, a cactus seems not be able to reveal the identity of the murderer.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, La Compagnia, 4:30pm

  • THE BOY FROM H2

    Israel, Palestine 2017 21'
    Directed by: Helen Yanovsky
    Since the Hebron Agreement in 1997, Hebron, the biggest city in the West Bank, is divided into two sectors: H1 and H2. Freedom of movement for Palestinians is extremely limited in H2 and social life in this part of the city has come to a halt. Every day, soldiers arrest children they associate with throwing stones and other actions. 12-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Burqan also lives in H2 with his large family. He is one of the boys who often come into conflict with the military.

    2017 Saturday, October 14th, La Compagnia, 5:00pm

  • YVONNES

    Italy, France 2017 60'
    Directed by: Tommaso Perfetti
    Vincenzo is a man who carries a lost world in his heart: Yvonnes, his daughter, whom he lost contact with for many years. And the desire to reconquer her. But the streets, drugs, and lifetime friends are still haunting him, not to mention the memories of prison. Is there a condition upon which Vincenzo, soul-body and thinking of such an intimate and universal journey, can meet Yvonnes again, after so many years?

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    2017 Wednesday, October 11th, La Compagnia, 3:00pm

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