Florence November 25th – December 2nd 2016

International documentary film festival


Thursday, November 1st, La Compagnia, 11 am – Free entrance


Public Meeting with the Filmmakers

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 3:00 pm


by Linas Mikuta
(Lithuania, 2016, 42’)

Two men, an aged farmer and his deaf-mute son, live in a remote area, isolated from civilization. Though sharing the same roof, problems, and sorrows they remain very distant from one another. Their attempts at conversation turn to misunderstanding if not conflict. Father thinks his son is abnormal and childish. Son sees his father as insensitive and crude. Can the two men find their way into understanding one another?

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 4:00 pm


by Claudio Capanna
(Belgium, 2016, 52’)

The twins Eden and Léandro were born severely premature. Once out of the belly of their mother, Laurence, they are thrown into the hostile and worrying world of the hospital, full of the sounds of machines and of doctors in white coats. As the weeks go by in the neonatal department, mother and children fight fiercely for their lives. We, the observers, dwell with them in this sort of limbo, a space-time lymphatic cortex that monitors, nourishes, and cures.

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 5:15 pm


by Enza Negroni
(Italy, 2016, 74’)

Max is the coach of Giallo Dozza, a multi-ethnic rugby team composed of convicts from the Bologna district prison, “Dozza.” He is also the primum movens of a human transformation that may well be cinema even before being reality. The extenuating training, the games always played at home, and always lost, and the will of redemption being transformed into the desire for a game that teaches rules. Two narratives run parallel: the one in the cell – but only evoked, here – and the one in the playing ground, yet another interior, but an inclusive space that does not isolate people.

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 7:00pm


by Benjamin d’Aoust
(Belgium, 2016, 16’)

From his balcony, Benjamin d’Aoust views two aisles of the Saint-Gilles prison in Brussels, but – most importantly – hears the cries of those who live in the jail and the orders of those who rule it. In the film, the red-brick jail, typical 19th-century industrial architecture, becomes a place of the soul; the detainees’ voices become one – the prison’s. Saint-Gilles is the short film’s main character. It becomes a body and therefore a monster. D’Aoust creates a conflict between Inside and Out- side, triggering a reflection on the role of prison in contemporary societies.

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 7:00pm

by Georg Manuel Zeller
(Italy, 2016, 30’)

Misha suffers from cystic fibrosis, an incurable disease. At nine years of age, he needs a liver transplant. During his long hospitalizations across Europe, Misha has been sustained by a deep awareness of himself and of the great issues of life as well as by a candid outlook on the world. Misha’s father, the film director of this intimate, moving work, films the time and space of a mesmerizing testimony dur- ing the months preceding and following the transplant.

Thursday, December 1st, La Compagnia, 8:45pm

by Sebastian Mez
(Germany, 2016, 21’)

What remains of Osman after 7 months spent in a Sinai-based ‘torture camp’, in the middle of his journey full of hope from Eritrea to Israel, is an unutterable memory and a body marked by violence. The entirety of Osman’s body is tainted by a soul- drying story, a soul now as arid as the land where he fell prisoner. Sebastian Mez decided to retrace this journey on his own, travelling across landscapes of ferocious beauty and planets that we can’t even begin to imagine. Equally unimaginable is the experience of Osman, an alien astronaut who tries to land on a new world.

Thursday, december 1st, La Compagnia, 8:45 pm

by Avi Mograbi
(Israel, France, 2016, 85’)

n collaboration with the exibition Ai Weiwei. Libero, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi

Holot is a detention centre in the desert of Israel, next to the Egyptian border, accommodating asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan who cannot be repatriated and don’t have a chance in Israel either, because of the country’s policy. Technically, it is not a prison, but it looks very much like one. Avi Moghrabi and Chen Alon organize a theatre workshop involving some of these people, who are in the most precarious condition, according to the principles of Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. These foresee an artistic and aesthetic journey bound to political and social change, whose point of departure is precisely the events experienced by the asylum seekers.

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