2007

ACIDENTE (Zufall)

A cinematic poem dedicated to the twenty cities that make up the state of Minas Gerais in Brazil, ACIDENTE is composed of filmed postcards from these extremely varied locations.

Brazil 2006
Regie: Cao, Pablo Guimarães, Lobato
72 min, Beta SP, Farbe, Ohne Dialog
In Kooperation mit dem Österr. Lateinamerika- Institut/Sektion Tirol

AM RAND DER STÄDTE (On the Outskirts)

Numerous settlements have grown in recent years on the outskirts of Mersin, a city on Turkey’s southern coast. Their structure and appearance is unusual for Turkey: large residential blocks in a circle around a kind of park, with big swimming pools, meeting plac-es, restaurants, and bars in the middle. The apart-ment balconies all face this artificially constructed center; the residents have turned their backs on the outside. Many of the residents here are ‘Deutschländer’ – Turks who lived for many years in Germany, saving their money to enjoy life this way now. Festival: Berlinale 06 read more

AS TENTAÇÕES DO IRMÃO SEBASTIÃO (Die Versuchungen des Bruders Sebastian)

In 2030 the planet is devastated by war and pollution. Brother Sebastian, a novice in a congregation whose rules syncretise the Christianity of martyrdom and the messianic beliefs of Northeastern Brazil, is preparing his ordination. But he is haunted by doubt, the shame of having been sexually abused as a child, and his guilty desire for an androgynous friar. He confesses himself to Father Sanctus, the founder of the order, whom he considers his saviour.

Brazil 2005
Regie: José Araújo
150 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Weltpremiere Fribourg 06; In Anwesenheit von José Araújo; In Kooperation mit Kino Otok-Isola Cinema und dem Österr. Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol read more

ATOS DOS HOMENS (Acts of Men)

A terrible massacre took place in Baixada Fluminense, near the city of Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-nine people were killed by a death squad, the largest massacre in the history of Rio. The killers are extermination groups made up of policemen who work in the area, and who are involved in extortions, kidnapping, drug dealing and homicide. This has been going on since the 1950s, but it has never been as extreme as it is today. Nominiert für ray Filmmagazin-Dokumentarfilmpreis

Brazil/Germany 2006
Regie: Kiko Goifman
75 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Nominiert für ray Filmmagazin-Dokumentarfilmpreis; In Kooperation mit dem Österr. Lateinamerika-Institut/Sektion Tirol
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BAB EL MAKAM (Passion)

Imane lovingly takes care of her children, her husband and her niece. She punctuates her daily life and that of her family by humming Oum Kalsoum’s tunes. Her husband, who is busy working as a taxi driver as well as a state employee, encourages his wife’s new passion. But her own family eyes her love of music much more suspiciously.

France/Syria/Tunesia 2004
Regie: Mohammad Malas
98 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT

BAMAKO

In the back garden of the communal dwelling in a poor district of Bamako, Mali, a people’s tribunal is set up to lay charges against the IMF and the World Bank on behalf of the people of Africa. The life of a female vocalist and her unemployed husband, who live in the house, are also influenced by the court case.

France/Mali 2006
Regie: Abderrahmane Sissako
118 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol

CUM MI-AM PETRECUT SFARSITUL LUMII (Comment j’ai fêté la fin du monde/Wie ich das Ende der Welt erlebt habe)

In the communist era two classmates eventually break the bust of dictator Ceausescu in their school. Set in a Bucharest suburb in the last year of Ceausescu’s tyrannical rule, THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD is the story of a seven-year-old boy who saves the Roumanian people from dictatorship.

Romania 2006
Regie: Catalin Mitulescu
106 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Produktion: Strada Film, Les Films Pelléas, Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders

DARATT (Dry Season/Trockenzeit)

At fifteen Atim goes to search for the man who killed his father. He arrives in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad, and begins investigating. Nassara, the murderer, now owns a small bakery. Atim gets himself engaged as an apprentice, and between the two men, a strange relationship develops in which Nassara’s wife will bring the affection they both seek.

Chad/France/Belgium/A 2006
Regie: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
93 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Mostra del Cinema Venedig 06 (Jurypreis); In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol
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DELWENDE (Lève-toi et marche)

The small village of Saaba in Burkina Faso is struck by misfortune. Every day children die inexplicably. The elders evoke a curse and decide to wear the Siongho to discover the evildoer. Meanwhile, Pugbila, a pretty young girl, confesses to her mother, Napoko, that she has been raped, but refuses to designate the culprit. During the ceremony the spirits of the departed point out Napoko, and she is banished from the village.

Burkina Faso/France/Switzerland 2005
Regie: S. Pierre Yaméogo
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festivals: Rotterdam 06, Fribourg 06; In Anwesenheit von S. Pierre Yaméogo; In Kooperation mit CARITAS
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EIN LIED FÜR ARGYRIS

Sfountouris survived a brutal massacre committed by the German occupying forces, in which he lost his parents and thirty more relatives. An intimate, reflective film about the quest for peace and the almost insurmountable difficulties linked to true reconciliation – an open-ended journey.

Switzerland 2006
Regie: Stefan Haupt
105 min, Stefan Haupt, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT

EL VERANO DE LA SEÑORA FORBES

Two young boys whose parents are abroad are to be guarded by the tyrannic German governess Mrs. Forbes. With her authoritarian educational methods she is ruining the kids’ holidays and so they start to fantasize about murdering their rigid minder. Yet, one night, when the boys shadow Mrs. Forbes, they unexpectedly get to know a completely different, unbridled side of her…The motion picture EL VERANO DE LA SENORA FORBES is based on a novel by Gabriel Garcia Márquez.

Mexico 1988
Regie: Jaime Humberto Hermosillo
90min, 35mm, Farbe, OmU
with Hannah Schygulla
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EN EL HOYO (In the Pit/Im Loch)

A portrait of the construction workers involved in building the second deck of Mexico City’s Periférico freeway. Following the lives of a number of road-workers during the construction of a gargantuan bridge in Mexico City, the film follows a fairly loose narrative structure, but does what all good documentaries should do by helping us to understand why its subjects are the way they are. Rulfo offers us a mosaic of these people’s lives, helping us to come to terms with the spiritual, political and psychological motivations behind their behaviour. While they remain in many ways enigmatic, particularly the wonderful Shorty, we are always connected to them because of Rulfo’s skillful inclusion of humour and powerful visual sense. (IMDb) read more

HAVANNA – DIE NEUE KUNST, RUINEN ZU BAUEN

The film is a portrait of the inhabited ruins of Havana and their strange blend of magic and demolition and captures the final moments of these buildings before they’re renovated – or simply collapse altogether.

Germany 2006
Regie: Florian Borchmeyer
88 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Filmfest München 06

JAVJA (Auf geht’s, vorwärts!)

About globalization and daily life in Mongolia.

Austria 2006
Regie: Elvira Kurabasa
70 min, Video, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Regie: Elvira Kurabasa, Petra Mühlberger, Elisabeth Öfner, Kathrin Paulischin, Andrea Reisinger

JOHN AND JANE

The film follows the stories of six “call agents” who answer American 1-800 numbers in a Bombay call center.

India 2005
Regie: Ashim Ahluwalia
83 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Berlinale 06

JUJU FACTORY

Kongo Congo, a writer who lives in Brussels, is commissionated to write a book on the Congolese community. Joseph D the editor, wants a kind of turistic guide, with ethnic indigredients that would please the large population of the global village without challenging it or much less make political references to Africa of yesterday and today.

Congo 2006
Regie: Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda
97 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Fespaco 07; Von Balafu Bakupa-Kayinda wurden bisher beim IFFI präsentiert: LE DAMIER-PAPA NATIONAL OYÉ und ARTICLE 15 BIS; In Anwesenheit von Balafu Bakupa-Kayinda
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KHADAK

Set in the frozen steppes of Mongolia, a young nomad confronted with his destiny after animals fall victim to a plague which threatens to eradicate nomadism.

Belgium/Germany/NL 2006
Regie: Peter, Jessica Brosens; Woodworth
104 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festivals: Venedig 06 (Lion of the Future), Hofer Filmtage 06; In Anwesenheit des Produzenten Heino Decke
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LA ANTENA

Two friends named Shad and Otho leave the Ivory Coast to find their fortunes in Europe. They hope to return to their land like shining heroes – just like the warriors in their ancestors’ myths. In Spain, the two start running a taxi service for other illegal immigrants, until, one day the police suddenly put in an appearance at a birthday party. Shad manages to escape, but Otho is arrested and deported to Abidjan.

Argentina 2007
Regie: Esteban Sapir
90 min, 35 mm, s/w, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 07; In Kooperation mit dem Österr. Lateinamerika- Institut/Sektion Tirol
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LA FINE DEL MARE

The life of a modest cigarette smuggler changes completely when one day he takes on an unusually large cargo. It turns out to be a kidnapped woman who adds colour to his lonely life as well as danger when he takes her under his wing Todor, a Serbian smuggler in Trieste, Italy, earns his daily bread by smuggling fake brand cigarettes.

Germany/Italy/France 2007
Regie: Nora Hoppe
108 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Rotterdam 06; In Kooperation mit dem Italienzentrum der Universität Innsbruck
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LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ (The Night of the Truth)

The story is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by “Le président”, and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Théo, there is some sign of peace negotiations. But not everyone is in favour of peace and one can feel the tension. The film starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation.

Burkina Faso/France 2004
Regie: Fanta Régina Nacro
100 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Fribourg 05 (Grand Prix du Festival); In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol; Fanta Régina Nacro war Gast beim
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LE CERCLE DES NOYÉS (Drowned in Oblivion/Der Kreis der Ertrunkenen)

LE CERCLE DES NOYÉS (The Circle of Drowned Men) is the name given in Mauritania to black political prisoners imprisoned from 1987 in the old colonial fortress of Oualata. This film shows one former inmate’s attempts at dealing with his memories as he tells his story and that of his fellow prisoners. In a visual echo, the viewer sees the places of their confinement come one after another.

Belgium/France 2007
Regie: Pierre-Yves Vandeweerd
75 min, Beta SP, s/w, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Berlinale 07
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LES OISEAUX DU CIEL (Vögel des Himmels)

Two friends named Shad and Otho leave the Ivory Coast to find their fortunes in Europe. They hope to return to their land like shining heroes – just like the warriors in their ancestors’ myths. In Spain, the two start running a taxi service for other illegal immigrants, until, one day the police suddenly put in an appearance at a birthday party. Shad manages to escape, but Otho is arrested and deported to Abidjan.

France/GB/Côte d’Ivoire 2005
Regie: Eliane de Latour
109 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festival: Berlinale 06
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NACH DRESDEN

Hermann, a New York-based university professor and German Jew born in Dresden in 1939, lost his father and most of his relatives and childhood friends in the Shoah. He returned to Germany 50 years after the bombing of Dresden and he cannot recognize the district in which his family used to live.

Italy/Germany 2006
Regie: Vittorio Curzel
65 min, Beta SP, Farbe, s/w, OF mit engl. UT
In Anwesenheit von Vittorio Curzel, Mitglied der Internationalen Jury

NASCENTE

Live is flowing and renewing like the water, destiny will be the fountain.

Brazil 2005
Regie: Helvécio Marins Jr.
16 min, 35 mm, Farbe, Ohne Dialog