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YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS

Iran 89′ a film by MASSOUD BAKHSHI In Iran today: Maryam (22) accidentally kills her husband Nasser (65) and is sentenced to death. The only person who can save her is Mona, Nasser’s daughter. All Mona has to do is appear on a popular live TV show and forgive Maryam. But forgiveness proves difficult when they are[…]

DONBASS

UKRAINE  • 120′ DONBASS by Sergei Loznitsa When we call “peace” the war, when the propaganda is presented as the truth, when we call “love” the hatred, it is there that the life begins to look like the death. Donbass survives. Manuel practises hell. There is a hackneyed phrase: history repeats itself – the first time[…]

SOW THE WIND

ITALY – 90′ a film by Danilo Caputo Nica, 21, drops out of her university course in agronomics and returns home to Apulia in southern Italy after three years away. She finds her father deep in debt, a polluted, devastated region, and olive trees destroyed by a parasite. Everyone seems to have given up in[…]

WAJIB

PALESTINE/FRANCE  •  90′ a film by ANNEMARIE JACIR Abu Shadi is a divorced father and a school teacher in is mid-60s living in Nazareth. After is daughter’s wedding in one month he will be living alone. Shadi, is architect son, arrives from Rome after years abroad to help is fatherin hand delivering the wedding invitations to[…]

SALVADOR ALLENDE

CHILE   •  100′ a film by PATRICIO GUZMAN « I recall September 11, 1973, that dark day when America instigated a coup d’état to bring down the pacifist and democratic revolution that was taking place in a faraway country, Chile, my homeland. Salvador Allende, the President of the Republic, that “son of a bitch‚” as Richard Nixon[…]

PAU AND HIS BROTHER

SPAIN  •  108′ a film by MARC RECHA While visiting his mother, Pau takes a phone call: his brother long disappeared, has committed suicide. Pau and his mother, who is unaware of what exactly happened, set out for the small Pyrenean village where Alex had lived before he took his own life. A journey down their[…]

WHERE IS MADAME CATHERINE ?

SPAIN/FRANCE  • 126′ a film by MARC RECHA The story could be told from several points of view. There’s Perroquet, a pesky parrot who witnessed the premature demise of his owner, Madame Catherine, due to her excessive lifestyle. The bird was also around to see Eric, the mechanic, bury her on the sly. The trains that[…]

RICE PEOPLE

CAMBODIA  •  130′ a film by RITHY PANH It is the story of Vong Poeuv, his wife Yim Om and their seven daughters. Their lives, their joys, thier beliefs and their survival are dictated by rice growing. The plot of land is small, the family numerous, the children are growing up. The harmony is fragile.[…]

XIME

GUINEA BISSAU  •  93′ a film by SANA NA N’HADA Xime, 1962. Iala is confronted with losing the authority over his two sons. Raul, the elder son, had been sent to the seminary. In fact, he joined the liberation movement against the Portuguese colonial regime. Bedan, the younger son, remaining behind the village, is in[…]