Berlinale 63 // Concorso internazionale | Competition

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Il concorso internazionale della 63° edizione della Berlinale, in programma dal 7 al 17 febbraio, si preannuncia ricco di opere interessanti. 19 i film in concorso: 17 in anteprima mondiale e due soli in anteprima internazionale (Promise Land di Gus Van Sant ha avuto un’uscita limitata negli Stati Uniti e in Canada e arriverà nelle sale italiane il 14 febbraio, il 31 gennaio è invece uscito in Slovenia, mentre The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman di Fredrik Bond (al suo esordio cinematografico dopo una carriera intera nel mondo dei commercial e videoclip musicali) è passato, con scarso successo (a dispetto del cast notevole: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood e Mads Mikkelsen, fra gli altri), all’ultima edizione del Sundance. Oltre ai due citati, grande è l’attesa per il nuovo film di Gus Van Sant che ritrova il sodale Matt Damon (attore e sceneggiatore per GVS l’ultima volta già dieci anni fa con Gerry), il contingente statunitense pronto a calare sulla Berlinale si compone di altre due pellicole: Prince Avalanche di David Gordon Green (remake della commedia islandese Á annan veg / Either Way scritta e diretta da Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, nota in Italia per aver vinto il festival di Torino nel 2011) e Side Effects di Steven Soderbergh, drammone psicologico sugli effetti disturbanti di uno psicofarmaco prescritto per placare stati di ansia. Il tema del disagio psichico torna anche in Camille Claudel 1915 di Bruno Dumont, dramma interpretato da attori non professionisti (realmente portatori di handicap mentale chiamati a interpretare il ruolo di "reclusi" all’interno di un ospedale psichiatrico di inizio ‘900 – fanno parte del cast anche Juliette Binoche e Jean-Luc Vincent) che trae spunto dalla carteggio epistolare fra la scultrice Camille e il fratello, scrittore e drammaturgo, Paul Claudel. Malgoska Szumowska torna anche quest’anno a Berlino, dopo il passaggio nella scorsa edizione con il notevole Elles, passando dalla sezione Panorama al concorso internazionale, ancora una volta con l’intento di esplorare tabù collettivi delle società borghese, questa volta affrontando il tema dell’omosessualità nel sacerdozio con il film W imie… (In the Name of). La cinematografia cilena, fra le più interessanti del decennio, è rappresentata da Sebastián Lelio (scoperto a Locarno 2011 con il coraggioso El año del tigre) che a Berlino arriva con Gloria, tragicommedia interpretata da Paulina García su di una donna quasi sessantenne alla ricerca di un compagno sullo sfondo del Cile contemporaneo, sospesa fra un passato che ritorna e un presente che fatica a dimenticare di tornare sui medesimi errori – tematica cara al cinema del capofila del nuovo cinema cileno, quel Pablo Larraín che, del film di Lelio, è produttore con Fabula. Anche Pia Marais fu una conoscenza locarnese, il suo Im Alter von Ellen è un film che si fatica a dimenticare, e anch’essa arriva in concorso con un’opera sulla carta assai interessante come Layla Fourie, un thriller ambientato a Johannesburg, in quel Sudafrica dove la regista tedesca è cresciuta, intriso di atmosfere paranoiche e calato all’interno della situazione politica e sociale del paese africano – la storia di una madre che vede minacciata la sua identità. Un’altra cinematografia vitale e convincente (immancabilmente presente da circa un decennio nei festival europei) è quella romena che, a Berlino 63, porta il terzo lungometraggio di Calin Peter Netzer, Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose), film di denuncia sull’immiserimento morale e delle istituzioni di una nazione asservita al denaro, nel "classico" stile semi-documentaristico, caratteristica costante di una cinematografia miracolosamente coesa nell’utilizzo di ricorsive scelte formali (nel cast figura Bogdan Dumitrache, Pardo per la migliore interpretazione maschile a Locarno 2011 per il film Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intentii / Best Intentions di Adrian Sitaru). Jafar Panahi, pur continuando a vivere recluso nella sua dimora di Tehran, prosegue a fare cinema (lo scorso anno il documentario autobiografico In film nist / This Is Not a Film fu a Cannes) tornando alla finzione con Pardé (Closed Curtain), codiretto con Kamboziya Partovi, raccontandoci una storia surreale di prigionia all’interno della quale egli stesso comparirà interpretando sé stesso; ennesimo grido al mondo sullo scempio dei diritti umani nell’Iran contemporaneo che però pare essere ascoltato unicamente dai festival cinematografici. Il regista tedesco Thomas Arslan mette in scena l’epica della conquista del west da parte di un gruppo di coloni tedeschi sbarcati nel nuovo continente sul finire dell’800: Gold, pare somigliare parecchio allo straordinario Meek’s Cutoff di Kelly Reichardt, con il quale condivide un’attenta esplorazione dei caratteri femminili. Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear)  di Denis Côté (Elle veut le chaos, Nos vies privées, Curling, Bestiaire, Carcasses) si preannuncia come una certezza del concorso internazionale: il regista canadese, un vero geniaccio, non ha mai deluso con il suo stile spiazzante, le sue atmosfere rarefatte e bizzarre,  questa volta messe in scena attraverso la storia di una donna appena uscita dal carcere in cerca di una vita tranquilla in una zona rurale, dimenticata dal mondo degli uomini, dentro la quale vivono esseri umani bizzarri (anzitutto somaticamente). Lo spietato sguardo dell’austriaco Ulrich Seidl arriva a Berlino, dopo Venezia, con il nuovo capitolo della serie tutt’altro che paradisiaca PARADIES: Hoffnung (PARADISE: Hope). Dopo la madre ai tropici in PARADIES: Liebe, la zia integralista cattolica di PARADIES: Glaube, è il turno della tredicenne obesa Melanie colta nei suoi giorni di permanenza presso un campo estivo (per perdere peso) nella Alpi austriache. Terzo elemento della trilogia sul degrado della civiltà occidentale, è il solo che pare contenere una piccola dose di speranza, l’idealità amorosa diviene il solo e unico lampo paradisiaco in un continente senza speranza (ma il tutto è da verificare attraverso una visione che già si preannuncia traumatica e traumatizzante – un Moonrise Kingdom in salsa Seidl). Seppur conosciuto dai più unicamente per l’Oscar 2001 a No Man’s Land, Denis Tanovic, non ha mai smesso di fare cinema, componendo una filmografia onesta e attenta al reale nelle sue molteplici sfaccettature, con An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker porta su grande schermo la vicenda drammatica di una famiglia Rom in lotta con la scarsità di denaro e la necessità di (soprav)vivere. Completano il concorso il coreano Hong Sangsoo (unico film asiatico) con Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, storia per la prima volta al femminile per Sangsoo ma sempre sospesa fra sonno (e sogno) e realtà, Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life) del russo Boris Khlebnikov, Elle s’en va (On my Way) di Emmanuelle Bercot e La Religieuse (The Nun) di Guillaume Nicloux (dal quale è tratto il fotogramma di cover del presente articolo).

La giuria, presieduta da Wong Kar Wai, è composta da Susanne Bier, Andreas Dresen, Ellen Kuras, Shirin Neshat, Tim Robbins e Athina Rachel Tsangari.

In concorso dell’Italia non c’è nessuna traccia, nemmeno fra le co-produzioni (nella quali spadroneggiano Francia e Germania con ben 4 titoli a testa). L’esigua pattuglia tricolore è rintracciabile col lanternino. Materia oscura (Dark Matter) di Massimo D’Anolfi e Martina Parenti (noti ai più per Il castello) nella sezione Forum, Al Intithar (The Waiting/Das Warten) di Mario Rizzi nella sezione Berlinale Shorts e Matilde di Vito Palmieri nella sezione Generation Kplus Short Film. C’è pure Tornatore con La migliore offerta, ma lasciamo perdere….
L’Italia è però preponderante nella neonata sezione Culinary Cinema Film & Food, con le opere di Stefano Sardo (Slow Food Story) e della coppia Francesco Amato – Stefano Scarafia (Couscous Island).

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CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE

Camille Claudel 1915 | Bruno Dumont | Francia/2012 ▪ WP

Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life) | Boris Khlebnikov | Rus/2013 ▪ WP


Elle s’en va (On my Way) | Emmanuelle Bercot | Francia/2013 ▪ WP


An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker | Danis Tanovic | Bosnia-Fra-Slovenia/2013 ▪ WP


Gloria | Sebastián Lelio | Cile-Spagna/2012 ▪ WP


Gold | Thomas Arslan | Germania/2013 ▪ WP


La Religieuse (The Nun) | Guillaume Nicloux | Francia-Germania-Belgio/2012 ▪ WP


Layla Fourie | Pia Marais | Germania-Sudafrica-Francia-Paesi Bassi/2013 ▪ WP


Nobody’s Daughter Haewon | Hong Sangsoo | Corea del Sud/2013 ▪ WP


PARADIES: Hoffnung (PARADISE: Hope) | Ulrich Seidl | Austria-Fra-Ger/2013 ▪ WP


Pardé (Closed Curtain) | Jafar Panahi e Kamboziya Partovi | Iran/2013 ▪ WP


Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose) | Calin Peter Netzer | Romania/2012 ▪ WP


Prince Avalanche | David Gordon Green | USA/2013 ▪ WP


Promised Land | Gus Van Sant | USA/2012 ▪ IP


Side Effects | Steven Soderbergh | USA/2013 ▪ WP


The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman | Fredrik Bond | USA/2013 ▪ IP


Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons) | Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan-Germania/2013 ▪ WP


Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear) | Denis Côté | Canada/2013 ▪ WP


W imie… (In the Name of) | Malgoska Szumowska | Polonia/2012 ▪ WP

 

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FUORI CONCORSO

Before Midnight | Richard Linklater | USA-Grecia/2013 ▪ EP

Dark Blood | George Sluizer | Paesi Bassi/2012 ▪ IP


Night Train to Lisbon | Bille August | Germania-Svizzera-Portogallo/2013 ▪ WP


The Croods | Kirk DeMicco e Chris Sanders | USA/2013 ▪ WP


Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster) | Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong-Cina/2012 ▪ IP

 

 ▪ WP : World Premiere ▪ IP : International Premiere  ▪ EP : European Premiere

 

 

CONCORSO INTERNAZIONALE (19 titoli)

Camille Claudel 1915
Regia: Bruno Dumont
Interpreti: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent
Produzione: 3B Productions (Parigi)
Lingua: francese
Paese: Francia
Anno: 2012
Durata: 97′

SYNOPSIS | In the cold light of winter, 1915 Camille Claudel bends down once again to pick up a stone and examine it. It’s almost as if we are watching a sculptor at work: in her mind she appears to be transforming this simple piece of rock into something new. But then she drops the stone, never to create her art again. This woman’s obsession with the idea that she is being persecuted by those who envy her – as well as by her former lover, Auguste Rodin – has prompted her family to commit her to a psychiatric clinic in the south of France. The film chronicles her endless vigil, hoping to find understanding and recognition as an artist, but also to receive a visit from her beloved brother, the writer Paul Claudel.
The correspondence between this famous brother and sister provided the inspiration for Bruno Dumont’s film. Once again he has elected to work with non-professional actors: mentally handicapped people play the patients at the clinic and therefore partially themselves. The camera rarely ventures outside the thick walls of the institution, behind which a woman has been incarcerated; her creativity withering away. And perhaps therein lies the real madness.

BRUNO DUMONT (1958, Francia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1997 LA VIE DE JESUS • 1999 L’HUMANITE • 2003 TWENTYNINE PALMS • 2006 FLANDRES • 2009 HADEWIJCH • 2011 HORS SATAN • 2012 CAMILLE CLAUDEL 1915

 

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Dolgaya schastlivaya zhizn (A Long and Happy Life)
Regia: Boris Khlebnikov
Interpreti: Alexander Yatsenko, Eugene Sitiy, Anna Kotova
Produzione: Koktebel Film Company (Mosca)
Lingua: russo
Paese: Russia
Anno: 2013
Durata: 77′

SYNOPSIS | Sascha lives in a village on the Kola Peninsular in northern Russia and dedicatedly manages what is left of an old collective farm. He gets on well with his farm workers who respect him and also tolerate his more or less clandestine love-affair with Anya, a secretary at the local government office. But then Sascha is suddenly faced with a dilemma: the district’s self-seeking administrators, none of whom could be termed squeamish, offer him a lucrative deal for the farm. In legal terms, Sascha doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on since his lease on the farm was only agreed with a handshake. The pressure mounts, and even more so when his employees convince him to stand firm. Against the backdrop of a landscape exposed to the elements, this unflinching man’s destiny takes its course. In this tragedy of a decent man who refuses to surrender to a quagmire of greed and corruption risks everything that is dear to him, director Boris Khlebnikov develops a story from rural Russia into an existential human drama.

BORIS KHLEBNIKOW (1972, URSS) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1997 MIMOKHOD (corto) • 2000 TRICKY FROG • 2003 KOKTEBEL (co-regia) • 2006 SVOBODNOEPLAVANIE (FREE FLOATING) • 2009 SUMASSHEDSHAyA POMOSHCH (HELP GONE MAD) • KOROTKOE ZAMYKANIE (episodio: POZOR) • 2010 CHERCHILL (tv-serie) • 2012 POKA NOCH NE RAZLUCHIT • 2013 DOLGAYA SCHASTLIVAyA ZHIZN

 

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Elle s’en va (On my Way)
Regia: Emmanuelle Bercot
Interpreti: Catherine Deneuve, Nemo Schiffman, Gérard Garouste, Camille, Claude Gensac
Produzione: Fidelité Films (Parigi)
Lingua: francese
Paese: Francia
Anno: 2013
Durata: 116′

SYNOPSIS | Bettie is in her early sixties. Having run out of cigarettes, she climbs into her car and drives off, leaving her mother, customers and the employees of her Breton restaurant to fend for themselves. But her search drags on. The shops are all shut and Bettie has no desire to return to her old life. She has just learned that her long-standing lover has gone off with a younger woman. And living with her difficult mother is no picnic. Bettie decides to take a break and drives on. She shares a cigarette with an old man and listens to his tragic love story. After a rollicking party she wakes up next morning in a hotel bed, with someone beside her. She gets to know her grandson and winds up with him at a picturesque hotel by the sea, in the midst of a reunion of French beauty queens from the year 1969.
Emmanuelle Bercot wrote the role of Bettie especially for Catherine Deneuve. But with every kilometre Bettie puts between herself and her old life, we forget that we are looking at Catherine Deneuve, international cinematic icon, and simply see Bettie, a woman who wants more from life than just a cigarette break.

EMMANUELLE BERCOT (1967, Francia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1996 TRUE ROMANES (documentario) • 1997 LES VACANCES (corto) • 1998 LE CHOIX D‘ÉLODIE (film tv) • LA PUCE • 1999 LA FAUTE AU VENT (corto) • 2000 SCÉNARIO SUR LA DROGUE (episodio: LA FAUTE AU VENT) • 2001 CLÉMENT • 2002 QUELQU’UN VOUS AIME (corto) • 2004 A POIL! (corto) • 2005 BACKSTAGE • 2008 TIREZSUR LE CAVISTE • 2010 MESCHÈRESÉTUDES • 2013 ELLES‘EN VA

 

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Epizoda u zivotu beraca zeljeza (An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker)
Regia: Danis Tanovic
Interpreti: Senada Alimanovic, Nazif Mujic, Sandra Mujic, Semsa Mujic
Produzione: SCCA/pro.ba (Sarajevo)
Lingua: bosniaco
Paese: Bosnia e Herzegovina-Francia-Slovenia
Anno: 2013
Durata: 75′

SYNOPSIS | A Roma family living far away from the urban centres of Bosnia-Herzegovina. The father Nazif salvages metal from old cars and sells it to a scrap-dealer. The mother Senada keeps the house tidy, cooks, bakes and cares for their two small daughters. One day, she feels a sharp pain in her abdomen. At the clinic she is told there is something wrong with the baby she is carrying: "They say it’s dead." She is at risk of septicaemia and they must operate immediately. But Senada has no medical insurance; since the operation will cost much more than the family can afford the hospital’s head refuses to treat her. A race against time and Senada’s mounting sense of hopelessness begins …
Danis Tanovic weaves these dramatic events, his protagonists’ economic hardship and fear of death into a wintery tale. The fact that the non-professional cast are re-enacting an episode from their own lives contributes greatly to the film’s sense of authenticity and social realism. At the same time, the film demonstrates one Roma family’s extraordinary courage and unerring will to survive.

DANIS TANOVIC (1969, Yugoslavia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1994 THEPORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST INWAR • 1996 L’AUBE • 1999 BUÐENJE • 2001 NO MAN’S LAND • 2002 11’09”01 SEPTEMBER 11 (episodio: BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA) • 2005 L’ENFER • 2009 TRIAGE • 2010 CIRKUS COLUMBIA • 2011 PRTLJAG • 2013 EPIZODA U ŽIVOTU BERACA ŽELJEZA

 

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Gloria
Regia: Sebastián Lelio
Interpreti: Paulina García, Sergio Hernández, Diego Fontecilla, Fabiola Zamora
Produzione: Fabula (Santiago del Cile)
Lingua: spagnolo
Paese: Cile-Spagna
Anno: 2012
Durata: 105′

SYNOPSIS | Gloria is a 58 year old divorcée. Her children have all left home but she has no desire to spend her days and nights alone. Determined to defy old age and loneliness, she rushes headlong into a whirl of singles’ parties on the hunt for instant gratification – which just leads repeatedly to disappointment and emptiness. But then she meets Rodolfo, an ex-naval officer seven years her senior to whom she feels romantically inclined. She even begins to imagine a permanent relationship. However, the encounter presents unexpected challenges and Gloria gradually finds herself being forced to confront her own dark secrets.
Sebastián Lelio’s third feature film is a tragicomedy of fragile hopes and painful truths, a portrait of a powerful woman who manages to assert her own strength and independence in spite of a maelstrom of conflicting feelings. The story unfolds against the backdrop of current political developments in Chile, incorporating the murky waters of forty years of Chilean history.

SEBASTIÁN LELIO (1974, Cile) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1995 4 (corto) • 1996 CUATRO (corto) • 2000 SMOG (corto) • 2002 FRAGMENTOS URBANOS (corto) • 2003 CARGA VITAL (corto) • 2005 LA SAGRADA FAMILIA • 2009 NAVIDAD • 2011 EL AÑO DEL TIGRE • 2012 GLORIA

 

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Gold
Regia: Thomas Arslan
Interpreti: Nina Hoss, Marko Mandic, Uwe Bohm, Lars Rudolph, Peter Kurth, Rosa Enskat, Wolfgang Packhäuser
Produzione: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber (Berlino)
Lingua: tedesco
Paese: Germania
Anno: 2013
Durata: 113′

SYNOPSIS | Canada, the summer of 1898. A group of German settlers travel towards the far north in covered wagons with packhorses and their few possessions in tow. The seven travellers set off from Ashcroft, the final railway station. Along with their leader, flamboyant businessman Wilhelm Laser, they are hoping to find their fortune in the recently discovered goldfields of Dawson, but they have no idea of the stresses and dangers which lie ahead on their 2,500 kilometre journey. Before long uncertainty, cold weather and exhaustion begin to take their toll and conflicts escalate. The journey leads these men and women deeper and deeper into a menacing wilderness.
Berlin director Thomas Arslan’s protagonists are constantly on the move. We get to know them via their daily routines: there’s the gangster Trojan from Arslan’s "Im Schatten" (shown in the Berlinale’s Forum section in 2010); the young Turkish woman Deniz who appeared in "Der schöne Tag" (which screened in the Forum in 2001); and now Emily. As precarious as their journey across unchartered territory may be, Emily’s certain of one thing – there’s no going back to her old life.

THOMAS ARSLAN (1962, Germania) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1985 EINE NACHT, EIN MORGEN (corto) • 1989 RISSE (corto) • 1990 19 PORTRÄTS (corto) • 1991 AM RAND (doc/corto) • 1992 IM SOMMER • 1994 MACH DIE MUSIK LEISER • 1998 DEALER • 2001 DER SCHÖNE TAG • 2005 AUS DER FERNE (documentario) • 2007 FERIEN • 2010 IM SCHATTEN • 2013 GOLD

 

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La Religieuse (The Nun)
Regia: Guillaume Nicloux
Interpreti: Pauline Etienne, Isabelle Huppert, Louise Bourgoin, Martina Gedeck
Produzione: Les Films du Worso (Parigi)
Lingua: francese
Paese: Francia-Germania-Belgio
Anno: 2012
Durata: 114′

SYNOPSIS | Suzanne Simonin describes her life of suffering in letters. As a young woman she is sent to a convent against her will. Since her parents cannot afford the dowry required for a marriage befitting her rank they decide she must instead become a nun. Although a kind and understanding Mother Superior helps her to learn the convent’s daily routine, Suzanne’s desire for freedom remains unabated. When the Mother Superior dies, Suzanne finds herself faced with reprisals, humiliation and harassment at the hands of the new Abbess and the other Sisters. For many years, Suzanne is subjected to bigotry and religious fanaticism.
Denis Diderot’s novel has been adapted for the screen several times. In 1966 Jacques Rivette made a film version with Anna Karina and Liselotte Pulver so daringly critical of the church it was temporarily banned by the French censors. Guillaume Nicloux however concentrates on the fate of a young woman pitted against a merciless system which crushes the individual. His film gradually divorces itself from the circumstances of this particular story to describe a universal drama.

GUILLAUME NICLOUX (1966, Francia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1987 L’ORAGE (corto) • 1988 LA PISTE AUX ETOILES • 1990 LES ENFANTS VOLANTS • LE CIRQUE IMAGINAIRE (tv) • 1992 LA VIE CREVEE • 1994 FAUTPAS RIRE DU BONHEUR (HAPPINESS IS NO JOKE) • 1998 LE POULPE (THE OCTOPUS) • 2000 ECHANGE STANDARD (tv) • 2001 UNE AFFAIRE PRIVÉE (A PRIVATE AFFAIR) • 2003 CETTE FEMME LÀ (HANGING OFFENSE) • 2005 LE CONCILE DE PIERRE (THE STONE COUNCIL) • 2007 LA CLEF (THE KEY) • 2009 LA REINE DES CONNES SUITE NOIRE 60′ (tv) • 2010 HOLIDAY • 2011 L‘AFFAIRE GORDJI (tv) • 2012 LA ELIGIEUSE

 

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Layla Fourie
Regia: Pia Marais
Interpreti: Rayna Campbell, August Diehl, Rapule Hendricks
Produzione: Pandora Film Produktion GmbH (Colonia)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: Germania-Sudafrica-Francia-Paesi Bassi
Anno: 2013
Durata: 105′

SYNOPSIS | Layla is a single mother living with her son in Johannesburg, getting by with casual work. After training as a polygraph operator she manages to secure a job with a company specialising in lie detectors and security. On her way to her new workplace she is involved in an accident which will fundamentally change her life. Layla becomes entangled in a web of lies and deceit. The truth could lead to the loss of her son.
For her third feature film Pia Marais – who has lived in Berlin for many years – returned to South Africa where she grew up to make this classic thriller. She uses the genre to take a look at a country which still bears the scars of apartheid. In this way, everyday life in South Africa enhances the tension in the screenplay which she co-wrote with Horst Markgraf. Almost casually, "Layla Fourie" develops into a political thriller which takes the audience into the paranoia, fear and mistrust of a society that is still profoundly affected by racial conflict.

PIA MARAIS (1971, Germania) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1996 LOOP (corto) • 1998 DERANGED (corto) • 1999 TRICKY PEOPLE (corto) • 2003 17 (SEVENTEEN) (corto) • 2007 DIE UNERZOGENEN (THE UNPOLISHED) • 2010 IM ALTER VON ELLEN (AT ELLEN’S AGE) • 2013 LAYLA FOURIE

 

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Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon)
Regia: Hong Sangsoo
Interpreti: Jung Eunchae, Lee Sunkyun
Produzione: Jeonwonsa Film (Seul)
Lingua: coreano-inglese
Paese: Corea del Sud
Anno: 2013
Durata: 90′

SYNOPSIS | Is she tired of life or love? Why else is Haewon falling asleep in a restaurant? Haewon, a student, feels abandoned. Her mother is about to emigrate to Canada and Haewon has decided to end her affair with one of her professors because he is so unsupportive. Not only do Haewon’s fellow students get wind of the affair, but her married paramour refuses to accept that their relationship is over. Confused, Haewon withdraws into her shell. Other men cross her path which eventually leads her to an old fortress in the mountains above Seoul. There she finds not only rice wine and a familiar melody, but also a bold escape route.
In his previous films, Hong Sangsoo explored love’s unfathomable paths and the impossibility of relationships from the point of view of his male heroes. Now he changes perspective. However, the emotional world of his protagonists is no less puzzling and fickle – just like Haewon herself, a young woman who likes to dream. And perhaps this film is simply one of these dreams, from which she will awake to find herself in the strangest of places. For who can say how unreal our waking life is, or how real our dreams?

HONG SANGSOO (1960, Corea del Sud) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1996 THE DAY THE PIG FELL INTO A WELL • 1999 THE POWER OF KANGWON PROVINCE • 2000 VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER VACHELORS • 2002 TURNING GATE • 2004 WOMAN IS THE FUTURE OF MAN • 2005 A TALE OF CINEMA • 2006 WOMAN ON THE BEACH • 2008 NIGHT AND DAY • 2009 LIKEYOU ALL KNOW IT • 2010 HAHAHA • OKI’S MOVIE • 2011 THE DAY HE ARRIVES • 2012 IN ANOTHER COUNTRY • 2013 NUGU-UI TTAL-DO ANIN HAEWON

 

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PARADIES: Hoffnung (PARADISE: Hope)
Regia: Ulrich Seidl
Interpreti: Melanie Lenz, Vivian Bartsch, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas
Produzione: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion (Vienna)
Lingua: tedesco
Paese: Austria-Francia-Germania
Anno: 2013
Durata: 91′

SYNOPSIS | Her mother goes off to Kenya in search of beach boys willing to provide her with amorous services. Her staunchly Catholic aunt is absorbed in house-to-house evangelism. Thus, thirteen-year-old Melanie spends the holidays in a diet camp in the Austrian mountains. In between physical training and nutritional counselling, nightly pillow fights and a secret bout of binge drinking at the local disco, she falls in love with the doctor and camp director, who is forty years her senior. Melanie uses all her seductive wiles to win him over …
In the third part of his ‘paradise’ trilogy – following "Paradies: Liebe" and "Paradies: Glaube" – Ulrich Seidl pits the deep-seated human desire for love and security against harsh reality. From the sterile surroundings of the diet camp, Seidl filters impeccably pristine, minimalist images in which any hint of sensuality, passion or anarchy would appear to be a complete anathema. And yet "Paradies: Hoffnung" is the most tender of the three ‘paradise’ films, for his young protagonists bear within them a spark of hope that love is not just an illusion, but can be an honest and powerful emotion.

ULTICH SEIDL (1952, Austria) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1980 EINSVIERZIG • 1982 DER BALL • 1990 GOOD NEWS – VON KOLPORTEUREN, TOTEN HUNDEN UND ANDEREN WIENERN • 1992 MIT VERLUST IST ZU RECHNEN • 1994 DIELETZTEN MÄNNER (tv) • 1995 TIERISCHE LIEBE • 1996 BILDER EINER AUSSTELLUNG (tv) • 1997 DER BUSENFREUND (tv) • 1998 SPASS OHNE GRENZEN (tv) • MODELS • 2001 HUNDSTAGE (DOG DAYS) • ZUR LAGE • 2003 JESUS, DU WEISST • 2004 VATER UNSER AUFZEICHNUNG/VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN • 2006 BRÜDER LASST UNSLUSTIG SEIN • 2007 IMPORT EXPORT • 2012 PARADIES: LIEBE • PARADIES: GLAUBE • 2013 PARADIES: HOFFNUNG

 

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Pardé (Closed Curtain)
Regia: Jafar Panahi e Kamboziya Partovi
Interpreti:Kamboziya Partovi, Maryam Moghadam, Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi, Azadeh Toradi, Agha Olia, Zeynab Khanum
Produzione: Jafar Panahi Film Production (Teheran)
Lingua: farsi
Paese: Iran
Anno: 2013
Durata: 106′

SYNOPSIS | They are both on the run: the man with the dog he isn’t allowed to own because Islamic law deems it to be unclean, and the young woman who took part in an illicit party on the shores of the Caspian Sea. They barricade themselves into a secluded villa with curtained windows and eye each other suspiciously. Why has he shaved his head? How does she know he is being followed by the police? They are both now prisoners in a house without a view in the midst of a hostile environment. The voices of police can be heard in the distance, but so too can the calming sound of the sea. One time they look at the night sky full of stars before again withdrawing behind their protective walls.
Are we looking at outlaws, in all senses of the word? Or are the man and the young woman merely phantoms, figments of the imagination of a filmmaker who is no longer allowed to work? The director enters the scene and the curtains are pulled open. Reality reinstates itself, but fiction closes in on it again and again. An absurd situation: two characters from a screenplay, both searching for and observing their director.

JAFAR PANAHI (1960, Iran) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1988 YARALI BASHLAR (corto) • 1991 KISH (documentario) • 1992 DOUST (corto) • 1994 ZIRE DARAKHATAN ZEYTON (assistente alla regia di A. Kiarostami) • 1995 BADKONAKE SEFID • 1997 ARDEKOUL (doc/corto) • AYNEH • 2000 DAYEREH • 2003 TALAYE SORKH (CRIMSON GOLD) • 2006 OFFSIDE • 2007 FARSH-E IRANI (PERSIAN CARPET) (episodio UNTYING THE KNOT) • 2010 THE ACCORDION (corto) • 2011 IN FILM NIST • 2013 PARDÉ

KAMBOZIYA PARTOVI (1955, Iran) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1986 GOLNAR • 1990 GORBE-YE AVAZE-KHAN • 1991 MAHI • 1992 BAZI-E BOZORGAN • 1994 AFSANEH DO KHAHAR • 1997 NANEH LALA VA BACHEHARESH • 2005 CAFÉ TRANSIT • 2013 PARDÉ

 

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Poziţia Copilului (Child’s Pose)
Regia: Calin Peter Netzer
Interpreti: Luminita Gheorghiu, Bogdan Dumitrache, Florin Zamfirescu
Produzione: Parada Film (Bucarest)
Lingua: romeno
Paese: Romania
Anno: 2012
Durata: 112′

SYNOPSIS | One cold evening in March, Barbu is tearing down the streets 50 kilometres per hour over the speed limit when he knocks down a child. The boy dies shortly after the accident. A prison sentence of between three and fifteen years awaits. High time for his mother, Cornelia, to intervene. A trained architect and member of Romania’s upper class, who graces her bookshelves with unread Herta Müller novels and is fond of flashing her purse full of credit cards, she commences her campaign to save her lethargic, languishing son. Bribes, she hopes, will persuade the witnesses to give false statements. Even the parents of the dead child might be appeased by some cash.
Calin Peter Netzer portrays a mother consumed by self-love in her struggle to save her lost son and her own, long since riven family. In quasi-documentary style, the film meticulously reconstructs the events of one night and the days that follow, providing insights into the moral malaise of Romania’s bourgeoisie and throwing into sharp relief the state of societal institutions such as the police and the judiciary.

CALIN PETER NETZER (1975, Romania) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1994 RAG BALL (corto) • 1995 DRY EYES (corto) • 1996 HOT LINE (corto) • 1997 MARIA • 1998 ZAPADA MIEILOR (corto) • 2003 MARIA • 2009 EHRENMEDAILLE • 2012 POZITIA COPILULUI

 

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Prince Avalanche
Regia: David Gordon Green
Interpreti: Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
Produzione: To Get To The Other Side (New York)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA
Anno: 2013
Durata: 94′

SYNOPSIS | Alvin and Lance spend the summer of 1988 in a deserted, fire-damaged forest, their monotonous task to repaint the markings on an endless country road. Lance finds it hard to cope with their isolation in the wilderness far away from parties and girls – as opposed to serious Alvin who writes passionate letters from afar to his girlfriend, Lance’s elder sister. Whenever he has time off, Alvin enjoys heading still further into the desolate forest on the hunt for ghosts and derelict houses. He and Lance meander through the woods in a little vehicle, argue, fight, and make up. Throughout the long, oppressive summer they only meet one other person – a mysterious lorry driver who plies them with homemade booze and then disappears as suddenly as he appeared.
In this remake of the Icelandic film "Either Way" by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, director David Gordon Green has succeeded in creating a piece that is part laconic comedy, part philosophical road movie and exudes the visual poetry of his own early independent films.

DAVID GORDON GREEN (1975, USA) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1997 PLEASANT GROVE (corto) • 1998 PHYSICAL PINBALL (corto) • 2000 GEORGE WASHINGTON • 2003 ALLTHE REAL GIRLS • 2004 UNDERTOW • 2007 SNOW ANGELS • 2008 ANANAS EXPRESS • 2011 BLACK JACK (tv) • YOUR HIGHNESS • BAD SITTER • 2012 EASTBOUND & DOWN (tv) • 2013 PRINCE AVALANCHE

 

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Promised Land
Regia: Gus Van Sant
Interpreti: Matt Damon, John Krasinski, Frances McDormand, Rosemarie DeWitt, Hal Holbrook
Produzione: Sunday Night Productions, Pearl Street Productions, The Media Farm (Los Angeles)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA
Anno: 2012
Durata: 106′

SYNOPSIS | Steve Butler appears to be on track for a brilliant career. At least that is what his cool bosses in their classy New York offices are promising. But if truth be told, he is expected to achieve the impossible: he and his colleague Sue must persuade the inhabitants of a typical American small town to sell the right to extract natural gas from underneath their farmlands to a large energy firm. A new method known as ‘fracking’ – in which fractures are created in subterranean shale – will allow extraction of formerly inaccessible gas reserves. Butler persuades the locals to give up their long since unprofitable farms, promising them fabulous purchase prices. He neglects to mention the risks of the method which involves the uncontrolled hydraulic injection of dangerous chemicals into the ground. But then he encounters resistance from the locals; in addition, a travelling environmental activist calls the entire project into question. Steve, a country boy himself who is all too aware of the truth, has to decide whose side he is on. Is he the agent of the energy corporation’s profiteering or will he return to his roots? A political thriller about a contemporary ecological conflict.

GUS VAN SANT (1952, USA) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1978 THE DISCIPLINE OF D.E. (corto) • 1979 ALICE IN HOLLYWOOD (corto) • 1985 MALA NOCHE • 1986 FIVE WAYS TO KILL YOURSELF (corto) • MY NEW FRIENDS (corto) • 1987 KEN GETS OUT OF JAIL (corto) • 1988 JUNIOR (corto) • 1989 DRUGSTORE COWBOY • 1990 MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO • 1992 THANKSGIVING – THANK YOU AMERICA (corto) • 1994 EVEN COWGIRLS GET THE BLUES • 1995 TO DIE FOR • 1996 BALLAD OF THE SKELETONS • 1997 GOOD WILL HUNTING • 1998 PSYCHO • 2000 FINDING FORRESTER • 2003 GERRY • 2005 LAST DAYS • 2006 PARIS; JE T’AIME (episodio) • 2007 PARANOID PARK • 2008 8, EPISODENFILM (episodio) • MILK • 2011 RESTLESS • 2012 MY OWN PRIVATE RIVER (co-regia con James Franco) • PROMISED LAND

 

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Side Effects
Regia: Steven Soderbergh
Interpreti: Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Channing Tatum
Produzione: Endgame Entertainment (Beverly Hills)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA
Anno: 2013
Durata: 106′

SYNOPSIS | Anxiety, nervous sweating and palpitations make Emily Taylor’s life a misery. Yet this young woman has every reason to be happy now that her beloved husband is due to be released from prison. But after his return her emotional state deteriorates still further. The psychotropic drugs she is prescribed stabilise her condition but lead to blackouts. One day her husband is found in their apartment, brutally stabbed to death. The trail of blood leads to Emily, who claims not to remember anything. Ambitious psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Banks takes on her case and examines the side effects of her medication.
Steven Soderbergh generally uses genre cinema to highlight political scandals or social conditions. Having revealed the dark side of US narco-policy in his thriller "Traffic", which screened at the Berlinale in 2001, in this current psychological thriller he investigates the machinations of pharmaceutical companies. In order to find the truth, his protagonist Banks must lock horns with the dubious psychiatrist Dr Erica Siebert and swallow a number of bitter pills indeed.

STEVEN SODERBERGH (1963, USA) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1986 9012 LIVE (video) • 1989 SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE • 1991 KAFKA • 1993 KING OF THE HILL • 1995 FALLEN ANGELS (tv) • UNDERNEATH • 1996 GRAY’S ANATOMY • SCHIZOPOLIS • 1998 OUT OF SIGHT • 1999 THE LIMEY • 2000 ERIN BROCKOVICH • TRAFFIC • 2001 OCEAN’S ELEVEN • 2002 WELCOME TO COLINWOOD (produzione) • FAR FROM HEAVEN (produzione) • FULL FRONTAL • CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND (produzione) • SOLARIS • 2003 OCEAN’S TWELVE • 2004 EQUILIBRIUM (corto) • 2005 GOODNIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (produzione) • SYRIANA (produzione) • RUMOR HAS IT… (produzione) • 2006 THE GOOD GERMAN • 2007 OCEAN’S THIRTEEN • 2008 CHE • CHE – GUERILLA • 2009 THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE • 2010 AND EVERYTHING IS GOING FINE (documentario) • 2011 CONTAGION • HAYWIRE • 2012 MAGIC MIKE • 2013 SIDE EFFECTS

 

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The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman
Regia: Fredrik Bond
Interpreti: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint, James Buckley
Produzione: Voltage Pictures (Los Angeles)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA
Anno: 2013
Durata: 107′

SYNOPSIS | After his mother dies of cancer, Charlie travels to Bucharest: his late mother appeared in a vision and instructed him to go there to free his mind and heart. But another death occurs when he’s still on the plane. This time it’s a fellow passenger he’s only just met. Now Charlie has another promise to fulfil: he is to hand over the deceased’s luggage to his daughter Gabi. He does so – and falls head over heels in love. However, the psychotic boss of a drug cartel has already laid claim to this beautiful musician, and has absolutely no intention of giving her up to an ignorant American. But Charlie is determined to protect Gabi and prove his love to her. On the run from Romanian killer commandos, passing through grubby youth hostels and strip clubs straight out of a pothead’s dream, he grows in stature. But will this be enough?
The transformation of a ‘Transformer’ – Shia La Boeuf plays a naïve average joe and hopeless romantic pitted against a bunch of ruthless gangsters in order to save his life and his love. A fast-paced, upbeat feature debut which toys laconically with many American cliché of Europe’s Wild East.

FREDRIK BOND (1970, Svezia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 2013 THE NECESSARY DEATH OF CHARLIE COUNTRYMAN

 

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Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons)
Regia: Emir Baigazin
Interpreti: Timur Aidarbekov, Aslan Anarbayev, Mukhtar Anadassov, Anelya Adilbekova, Beibitzhan Muslimov
Produzione:
Lingua: kazako
Paese: Kazakhstan-Germania
Anno: 2013
Durata: 110′

SYNOPSIS | During a medical examination, 13-year-old Aslan is humiliated in front of a load of his fellow pupils. The incident unleashes his latent personality disorder. Plagued by self-doubt, he strives for cleanliness and perfection and is obsessed with trying to control everything around him. His compulsion draws Aslan, who lives with his grandmother in a village in Kazakhstan, into increasingly difficult situations. He abhors the way most of his fellow pupils are held in the sway of a criminal scheme, in which Bolat, one of Aslan’s tormentors, is also involved. Bolat blackmails the younger children into paying him protection money; he has nothing but contempt for ostracised Aslan.
In his first feature-length drama, Emir Baigazin delineates the clash between an individual and the mechanisms of marginalisation and violence. Set against the growing brutalisation of public life, and told in a series of austere tableaux and symbolic scenes from the animal kingdom, the story unfolds of a boy who dares to fight back, and in doing so could well destroy himself.

EMIR BAIGAZIN (1984, Kazakistan) – FILMOGRAFIA | 2006 CHEERFUL AND OFFENDED • 2007 STEPPE (corto) • 2008 FATSHEDDER (corto) • 2009 JEAN’S VIDEO DIARY (corto) • 2013 HARMONY LESSONS

 

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Vic+Flo ont vu un ours (Vic+Flo Saw a Bear)
Regia: Denis Côté
Interpreti: Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin
Produzione: La maison de prod (Montreal)
Lingua: francese
Paese: Canada
Anno: 2013
Durata: 90′

SYNOPSIS | A lonely bus stop, a trumpet-playing scout and a woman who refuses to pay him anything for his off-tune performance. This dryly humorous opening sets the tone for rest of the film which tells the story of Vic, a woman who has just been released from prison and who is on the hunt for some peace and quiet. She moves into a relative’s house in the Canadian forest and receives a visit from her lover, Flo. The two of them take each day as it comes, exploring the countryside in a golf cart and enjoying the scenery. Life could be so wonderful – if only Vic’s rather unconventional probation officer wouldn’t keep turning up. Vic also finds her girlfriend’s sorties to local bars unsettling. A friendly woman in the neighbourhood, a gardener, soon turns out to be a shadow from the past; signs of impending threat begin to multiply and even the forest seems to have treacherous traps in store.
With his film’s collection of eccentric characters, his bizarre directing ideas and the work’s mysterious atmosphere, film critic and documentary/drama director Denis Côté creates an artificial world with its own completely unpredictable reality.

DENIS CÔTÉ (1973, Canada) – FILMOGRAFIA | 2005 LES ETATS NORDIQUES (DRIFTING STATES) • 2007 NOS VIES PRIVÉES (OUR PRIVATE LIVES) • 2008 ELLE VEUT LE CHAOS (ALL THAT SHE WANTS) • 2009 CARCASSES (documentario) • 2010 LES LIGNES ENNEMIES (THE ENEMY LINES) (corto) • CURLING • 2012 BESTIAIRE (documentario) • 2013 VIC+FLO ONT VU UN OURS

 

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W imie… (In the Name of)
Regia: Malgoska Szumowska
Interpreti: Andrzej Chyra, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Maja Ostaszewska
Produzione: Mental Disorder 4 (Varsivia)
Lingua: polacco
Paese: Polonia
Anno: 2012
Durata: 96′

SYNOPSIS | Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioural problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he meets Łukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam’s self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden.
Małgośka Szumowska’s visually powerful film, charged with striking imagery from Christ’s Passion, dares to broach the still taboo topic of homosexuality in the priesthood. Confronted with his ‘forbidden’ desires, her protagonist experiences both moments of bliss and utter despair. A film about confused emotions, repression and loneliness – and the possibility of perhaps finding oneself after all.

MALGOSKA SZUMOWSKA (1973, Polonia) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1998 CISZA (corto) • 1999 SIEDEM LEKCJI MILOSCI (corto) • 2000 SZCZESLIWY CZLOWIEK (HAPPY MAN) • 2001 DOKUMENT…? (corto) • 2004 VISIONS OF EUROPE, EPISODENFILM, SEGMENT CROSSROAD • ONO (STRANGER) • 2005 MÓJTATA MACIEK • SOLIDARNOSC, SOLIDARNOSC… (episodio FATHER) • 2007 A CZEGO TU SIE BAC? • 2008 33 SCENY ZZYCIA (33 SCENESFROM LIFE) • 2011 ELLES • 2012W IMIĘ…

 

 


FUORI CONCORSO (5 titoli)

Before Midnight
Regia: Richard Linklater
Interpreti: Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy, Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Ariane Labed, Athina Rachel Tsangari, Seamus Davey-fitzpatrick
Produzione: Detour Filmproduction (Austin)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA-Grecia
Anno: 2013
Durata: 108′

SYNOPSIS | Their conversations about love and life and everything under the sun began seventeen years ago. In "Before Sunrise" (1995) an American man, Jesse, met Frenchwoman Céline on the train to Vienna. They spent the whole night walking the Viennese streets, philosophising, arguing and flirting. At sunrise they parted on the railway platform, promising to meet again. Their paths didn’t cross until nine years later, in "Before Sunset" (2004). This time, the pair spent a day in Paris discussing their unhappy relationships and rediscovering their feelings for each other. In "Before Midnight" we discover that Jessie and Céline have stayed together and are now spending a holiday in Greece with their daughters. The world of emotions is still their preferred topic of conversation, but it is now their own relationship which is put to the test. The daily grind has certainly left its mark.
Once again the actors have collaborated on the screenplay; once again, all human life is here in their dialogue and, once more, the end is uncertain. Can a romantic night in a hotel save their love?

RICHARD LINKLATER (1960, USA) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1988 IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO LEARN TO PLOW BY READING BOOKS (super8) • 1991 SLACKER • 1993 DAZED AND CONFUSED • 1995 BEFORE SUNRISE • 1997 SUBURBIA • 1998 THE NEWTON BOYS • 2001 WAKING LIFE • TAPE • 2003 LIVE FROM SHIVAÍS DANCE FLOOR (corto) • SCHOOL OF ROCK • 2004 BEFORE SUNSET • 2005 BAD NEWS BEARS • 2006 A SCANNER DARKLY • FAST FOOD NATION • 2008 INNING BY INNING: A PORTRAIT OF A COACH • 2009 ME AND ORSON WELLES • 2012 BERNIE • UP TO SPEED (tv) • 2013 BEFORE MIDNIGHT

 

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Dark Blood
Regia: George Sluizer
Interpreti: River Phoenix, Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce, Karen Black, George Aguilar
Produzione: Sluizer Films (Amsterdam)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: Paesi Bassi
Anno: 2012
Durata: 86′

SYNOPSIS | Boy, a young widower with native American roots, lives in a desert in the USA contaminated by nuclear tests. In this desolate place, surrounded by ‘katchina’ dolls which the indigenous population believes possess magical powers, he awaits the end of the world. His refuge is suddenly invaded by Harry and Buffy, a couple second honeymooning in an attempt to save their marriage. When their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Boy offers to help. But then, hoping to cross over into a better world with Buffy, he starts treating them like prisoners. When Dark Blood’s leading actor River Phoenix died suddenly ten days before the end of the shoot in 1993, the film’s insurance company became the owner of the unfinished material. Years later, director George Sluizer managed to save his footage from being destroyed. In January 2012 he decided to finish the film by reading aloud off-screen the missing scenes from the screenplay. The resulting work is an existentialist latter-day Western which derives much of its evocative power from the presence of its leading man, who was himself teetering on the brink of death.

GEORGE SLUIZER (1932, Parigi) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1961 DE LAGE LANDEN (corto) • 1970 LOVE AND MUSIC (co-regia, documentario) • 1972 JOAO EN HET MES • 1979 TWEE VROUWEN • 1985 RED DESERT PENITENTIARY • 1988 SPOORLOOS • 1992 UTZ • 1993 THE VANISHING • 1996 CRIMETIME • MORTINHO POR CHEGAR A CASA (co-regia) • 1998 THE COMMISSIONER • 2002 LA BALSA DE PIEDRA • 2012 DARK BLOOD (1993)

 

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Night Train to Lisbon
Regia: Bille August
Interpreti: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck, Tom Courtenay
Produzione: Studio Hamburg (Amburgo), C-Films (Zurigo)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: Germania-Svizzera-Portogallo
Anno: 2013
Durata: 110′

SYNOPSIS | Raimund Gregorius is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. His restless quest across Lisbon uncovers a contradictory portrait of a clever and brave yet conflicted man who lived at the time of Salazar’s dictatorship. Amadeu is the son of a conformist judge. His closest friend is Jorge, the son of a persecuted officer from the opposition. Their friendship almost comes to an end when Amadeu is obliged to follow his oath and save the life of one of the regime’s thugs. But then he too is forced to go underground. There he meets and falls in love with the beautiful and intelligent Estefania – who also happens to be Jorge’s girlfriend … As Gregorius pieces together the writer’s puzzling life, his investigations become a journey of self-discovery.
"Night Train to Lisbon" is the screen adaptation of Pascal Mercier’s best-selling novel.

BILLIE AUGUST (1948, Danimarca) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1975 KIM (corto) • 1978 HONNING MÅNE • 1980 VERDEN ER SÅ STOR, SÅ STOR (tv) • 1981 GULDHJERTET (corto) • 1982 MAJ (tv) • 1983 ZAPPA • 1984 BUSTERS VERDEN • TRO, HÅB OG KÆRLIGHED (TWIST AND SHOUT) • 1987 PELLE EROBREREN (PELLE THE CONQUEROR) • 1992 DEN GODA VILJAN THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES: VIENNA 1908 (tv-serie) • 1993 THE HOUSE OF SPIRITS • 1996 JERUSALEM (tv-serie) • 1997 FRÄULEIN SMILLAS GESPÜR FÜR SCHNEE (SMILLA’S SENSE OF SNOW) • 1998 LES MISERABLES • 1999 THE YOUNG INDIANA JONES CHRONICLES: TALES OF INNOCENCE (tv-serie) • 2001 EN SÅNG FÖR MARTIN • 2003 DETALJER (tv) • 2004 RETURN TO SENDER • 2007 GOODBYE BAFANA • CHACUN SON CINÉMA (episodio: THE LAST DATING SHOW) • 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON

 

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The Croods
Regia: Kirk DeMicco, Chris Sanders
Interpreti (voci): Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone
Produzione: DreamWorks Animation (Glendale)
Lingua: inglese
Paese: USA
Anno: 2013
Durata: 90′

SYNOPSIS | When their cave is destroyed the Stone Age Croods family has to find a new home in a strange and unpredictable world. Mother Nature is still in her experimental phase; she’s busy creating the most unusual creatures and hasn’t even finished planning the continents. Who will these last survivors of a prehistoric era choose to follow on their journey into the unknown? Will it be Grug, father and head of the tribe who sees danger at every turn? Or will they put their trust in young Guy, who is bursting with new ideas and who, much to Grug’s chagrin, also falls in love with his sprightly daughter, Eep? In a world full of challenges it appears that inspirational youth might be a better option if they are to survive. A painful lesson for Papa Grug. But in the end everybody gets something out of learning to overcome their fears. Last but not least, they discover that every family member already has everything they need to survive – each other.
With a lot of wit and opulence, Christopher Sanders and Kirk DeMicco have created a 3D fantasy world with family values which don’t seem to have changed since the Stone Age.

 

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Yi dai zong shi (The Grandmaster)
Regia: Wong Kar Wai
Interpreti: Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen
Produzione: Jet Tone Films Sil-Metropole Organisation (Hongkong)
Lingua: cantonese-mandarino
Paese: Hong Kong-Cina
Anno: 2012
Durata: 120′

SYNOPSIS | The story of two kung fu masters: he comes from China’s south; she is from the north. His name is Ip Man; hers is Gong Er. Their paths cross in his hometown of Foshan on the eve of the Japanese invasion in 1936. China is in turmoil and the country’s south teeters on the brink of partition from the north. Gong Er’s father is a renowned grandmaster. He too travels to Foshan. The legendary brothel The Golden Pavilion, where the country’s best martial artists converge, is to be the venue for his retirement ceremony. This tale of betrayal, challenge, honour and love plays out against the chaotic backdrop of war and occupation.
This is not the first time Wong Kar Wai has turned his hand to a martial arts film. "Ashes of Time" (1994), was a feast of visual impressions suffused with a profound sense of melancholy. Clashing swords, fighting fists and acrobatic bodies – in the new epic "The Grandmaster" external actions are similarly inseparable from the internal battles of the protagonists, as feelings are translated into movements, and motion becomes emotion.

WONG KAR WAY (1958, Cina) – FILMOGRAFIA | 1988 WANGJIAO KAMEN (AS TEARS GO BY) • 1990 A-FEI ZHENGZHUAN (DAYS OF BEING WILD) • 1994 CHONGQUING SENLIN (CHUNGKING EXPRESS) • DONGXIE XIDU (ASHES OF TIME) • 1995 DUOLUO TIANSHI (FALLEN ANGELS) • 1997 CHUNGUANG ZHAXIE (HAPPY TOGETHER) • 2000 HUAYANG NIANHUA (IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE) • 2004 2046 • 2007 MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS • 2008 ASHES OF TIME REDUX • 2012 YI DAI ZONG SHI

 

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VEDI ANCHE

Berlinale 63 // Berlinale Shorts 2013
Berlinale 63 // The Weimar Touch. Intervista a Rainer Rother

 

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