Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival

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    Austria, France, Liechtenstein 2017 72'
    Directed by: Bernhard Braunstein
    People from all over the world meet on a weekly basis at the Atelier de conversation of the Bibliothèque publique d’information located in the Centre Pompidou in Paris to practice their French. Refugees of war sit together with businessmen, students next to victims of political persecution. As diverse as its members might be, they have one goal in common that connects all of them: to learn the language and find companions while living abroad – if not to survive living abroad. At this hopeful place, social and cultural borders dissolve. People, who otherwise would never be in touch, meet eye to eye.

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    2017 Friday, October 13th, Institut français, 6:30pm

    Every Wall is a Door

    France 2017 58'
    Directed by: Elitza Gueorguieva
    We are in 1989 and the Berlin Wall has just been dismantled. In the surrealist set of a program of the Bulgarian State Television dedicated to youth, a female journalist poses philosophical and “existentialist” questions to workers, students, hippies, and political scientists: “At the end of the life, what expectations are the most important, those that were fulfilled or those that were failed?”. That young journalist was the mother of the filmmaker of this films made of political archives, in addition to personal texts.

    2017 Saturday, October 14th, Institut Français, 6:30pm

  • COUZ

    France, Germany 2017 30'
    Directed by: Rabelle Erian, Camille Tricaud
    What would you do, if you were 17, in Marseille, school was over and summer felt like an eternity? A group of youth spends day and night together. All the while, their everyday stories are transformed into rap-texts. This film is a portrait of friendship and language. A portrait of a group, with its own rules and dynamics. A portrait of a time, summer time, free of commitments and open for new things to come.

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    2017 Saturday, October 14th, Institut français, 6:30pm


    France 2017 66'
    Directed by: Vincent Dieutre
    Dear Alain, I’ve arrived in Florence. I will make this film about you, without you, and perhaps it’s for the best. The walls of the churches in Florence are familiar with renunciation, asceticism, and holiness. I will keep a sort of diary here taking inspiration from you (Alain Cavalier), who do that so well. In one word, I will admire you from a distance. Who knows? Will I get an answer? For me only? Made of words and pictures?”

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    2017 Sunday, October 15th, Institut français, 5:00pm


    France 2005 97'
    Directed by: Alain Cavalier
    The first shots in this film were made in 1994, at which time I started preferring a camera to a pen as a means to keeping a diary. The most recent shots were made in 2005. More than ten years of a life mine have been condensed into one hundred minutes of screen- time. All in all, a mass of tape was recorded, much of it unusable, unshowable or incomprehensible. The difficulty was choosing and ordering the material in such a way as to identify and give meaning to what was unsayable. When a camera is used as a live action tool, there is no commentary. The aim is not to make meaning, but to live your life with a camera. Perhaps, one day, I shall re-edit this material to generate a different story per-haps a better one, who knows?

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    2017 Sunday, October 15th, Institut français, 6:30pm

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