Florence November 25th – December 2nd 2016

International documentary film festival

    On the Edge of the World

    France 2013 98'
    Directed by: Claus Drexel
    Paris, at night. This is where Jeni, Wenceslas, Christine, Pascal and the others live. Homeless, they haunt the streets and bridges, and corridors of the metro; on the edge of a world where society no longer offers protection. They face us and they talk.

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    2016 Monday, November 28th Istituto Francese, 7:00 pm – Free entrance


    Italy, France, Belgium 2015 92'
    Directed by: Giovanni Cioni
    “Dear Silvano, when we met, one December night, you asked me to come along. You wanted to go back there, to the place where you have survived. I am always down there, you told me. Alive, alone, disbelieving existence. We began the jour- ney. You have had to survive, again.” [G. Cioni] The story of Silvano Lippi told by the protagonist himself, a soldier in Greece in 1943, taken prisoner by the Ger- mans, deported to Mauthausen, and then assigned to the gas chambers. The film is about him, from the return. An endless return, forever unanswered.

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    2016 Friday, December 2nd, La Compagnia, 3:00 pm


    Austria, Germany 2016 94'
    Directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter
    What will be left of the genious of modern man after he disappears? Like in a flash forward, Geyrhalter shows us desert, abandoned, almost apocalyptic scenarios of non-places, symbol at once of man’s transience and impermanence and of his carelessness, disrespect for nature. Homo sapiens is a hymn to man’s ingenuity, a warning for his conscience, and an invitation to reflect on his role in the world.

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    2016 Friday, December 2nd, La Compagnia, 5:00pm – In collaboration with La fine del mondo - Centro Pecci Prato

    The Empty Room

    Belgium, France 2016 58'
    Directed by: Jasna Krajinovic
    We are in Brussels after the terrorist attack. The now empty room is that of Sabri who, at 19 years of age, quit her parents and brothers and went to Syria to ght the jihad. Four months after her departure, her family received a message announcing her death. From that day, Saliha, Sabri’s mother, has been working with an association of families whose children have joined Islamic terrorism. They ght to have laws and strategies drawn up to prevent that other youths are infected by the “vocation to martyrdom.”

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    2016 Wednesday, November 30th, La Compagnia, 9:30 pm


    France 2016 52'
    Directed by: Camille Guichard
    The life and genius of Ettore Majorana have retained their mystique, 80 years after his mysterious disappearance in March 1938 when he was only 31 years old. Physics had just discovered the atom, WWII was about to explode, and a very young Majorana had already pushed forward the boundaries of quantum physics and cosmology with his theory of neutrinos. The lm unfolds like a detective novel and a scienti c thriller, investigating Majorana’s mysterious disappearance as well as the history of physics in a deeply troubled period such as the Thirties.

    2016 Sunday, November 27th, Istituto Francese, 5:00pm

    My Daughter Nora

    Belgium, France 2016 15'
    Directed by: Jasna Krajinovic
    Before leaving, Nora wrote a long letter to her mother saying all a daughter can say after deciding to leave the family nest and embark on her own life. This senti- ment, a universal one, takes on an appalling connotation: Nora left her Brussels to go to Syria and join the jihad. “The mechanisms of radicalization are so com- plex, so fine-tuned, that any young person can fall victim to them.” [J. Krajinovic]

    2016 Wednesday, November 30th, La Compagnia, 9:30 pm


    Israel, Germany 2016 70'
    Directed by: Tamar Tal Anati
    Three brothers (now 73, 82, and 84 years of age) of the Anati family from Florence are the heroes of this story. In 1943, in order to escape racial persecution, the family hid in a wood outside of the city and lived for several months in a makeshift cave thanks to the complicity of many local people. After the war, the Anati family moved to Israel permanently. 70 years later, the three men came back to walk in the woods around Florence with one goal: finding the cave that was their home and saved their lives.

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    2016 Sunday, November 27th, La Compagnia, 11:00 am


    Italy 2001 15'
    Directed by: Daniele Pignatelli
    The story of an alleged privilege turning into prejudice.

    2016 Monday, November 28th, Istituto Francese, 7:00 pm – Free entrance

    A Young Girl in her Nineties

    France 2016 85'
    Directed by: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Yann Coridian
    In collaboration with France Odeon

    In the geriatric ward of the Ivry hospital Charles Foix, not far from Paris, Thierry Thieû Niang, an internationally acclaimed choreographer, conducts a dance work-shop with patients affected by Alzheimer. By way of dance, lives come in contact and regretful memories resurface, brimming with bitterness, joy, and solitude. The lm’s heroine, Blanche, a young woman of 90 years of age, falls in love with the choreographer and her disease turns into lovesickness.

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    2016 Monday, November 28th, La Compagnia, 9:00pm


    USA 2016 100'
    Directed by: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg

    A close-up on Anthony Weiner, North-American politician whose name is now indissolubly tied to the sex-related scandals that saw him as a major player and brought about a crisis with his wife Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s closest advisor. The film follows Weiner’s campaign for New York City mayor in 2013, when his unexpected recovery crumbles as new sexting episodes come to the surface.

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    2016 Saturday, November 26th, Spazio Alfieri, 9:00 pm


    UK, South Corea, Ireland 2016 90'
    Directed by: Jake J. Smith
    A documentary on North Korea set in a dystopic future where the regime has collapsed. By way of this device, the film brings on-going state crimes to our attention and questions the moral stance of regional and global powers for their inaction toward the dictatorship ruling North Korea.

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    2016 Monday, November 28th, Spazio Alfieri, 7:00 pm - 
In collaboration with The Tide Experiment

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