Florence October 10th – 17th, 2017

International documentary film festival


Saturday, October 14th, Spazio Alfieri, 3:00pm

by Carlo Manzo, Francesco Romano
Italy, 2017, 55’

Filmap, Atelier di Cinema del Reale Napoli
Film directors Carlo Manzo and Francesco Romano conduct a conscientious observation of the life of a few senior citizens who get through the days silently and still practice the remains of those ancient gestures that used to connect man to nature and Spirit. A slow immersion in an ultimate time, where the testimony of an almost extinct rural universe still resists. The elderly are living witnesses of a lost world, an archaic faith, a caring approach to one another.

Saturday, October 14th, Spazio Alfieri, 4:30 pm

Campaign 2
by Kazuhiro Soda
USA, Japan, 2013, 149'

Observational Film #5 - In response to the Fukushima disaster, Yama-san is running an election campaign with an anti-nuclear message. But unlike last time (shown in Campaign), he has no support by the Party, no money, no machine, no nothing. Does he even stand a chance?

Saturday, October 14th, Spazio Alfieri, 7:30pm

Felicity Road
by by Martina di Tommaso
Italy, 2017, 68’

Elisa has always lived in Via della Felicità, Felicity Road, the main street of Enziteto, a sort of ghetto on the outskirts of Bari. It is a wasteland lacking in facilities or hope. One day, Elisa decides to move to Bonn, Germany, where her sister lives and other people in the same neighbourhood have created a small colony. However, her son Anthony does not want to quit the place where he was born and raised. Determined to find her fulfilment, Elisa will manage to convince the boy to join her in the dreamland where she moved by herself, but will also find out that the new life is nothing like she imagined.

Saturday, October 14th, Spazio Alfieri, 9:00pm

by Silvia Bellotti
Italy, 2017, 60’

The social housing authority of Naples manages the 40,000 housing units of the city and province. Its offices become the stage of heated verbal combats between the employees, whose task is to apply norms and regulations with impartiality, and the multitudes of applicants who present cases that can hardly, if not inscrutably be solved. The film oscillates between Kafkaesque absurd and the funniest episodes of the Neapolitan comedy with a non-judgmental approach, aiming to show the audience how this ‘bureaucracy of compromise’ works.

Saturday, October 14th, Spazio Alfieri, 10:15pm

by Samuel Chalard
Switzerland, 2017, 93’

In Rio de Janeiro, a wall separates the Olympic Park under construction from the favela of Vila Autódromo. There is no impediment to the coexistence of these two worlds, but some say they are “incompatible.” Among these, Eduardo Paes, Rio’s Mayor, who is carrying out a reclamation plan of this area, traditionally inhabited by the poor. At first sight, the mobilized resources seem disproportioned, but the inhabitants, very determined, manage to push back expulsion after a fierce fight. With the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games looming, the Vila Autódromo favela and the Rio Mayor are both fighting against time.

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