Festival 2016

FIRST PLACE DOCUMENTARY

COAL SEA / Gian Luca Rossi / Italy

MARE CARBONE (COAL SEA) is an independent documentary film that deals with issues of cultural identity, environment and the role that the Mafia plays in contemporary society of southern Italy.

Margherita was born and raised in Aosta, in northern Italy, but his family is of southern origin, from Calabria. Eight months pregnant and in deep identity crisis, she decided to return to those places, loads of memories of childhood, where its roots lie. Just arrived, however, she finds that, on the site of an abandoned factory, a Swiss-Italian company intends to build a coal power plant from 1320 mega watts.

SECOND PLACE DOCUMENTARY

THERE HAS TO BE MORE THAN THIS / Uros Maksimovic / Serbia

Jovan, the fellow from the hood, runs an auction of sport jerseys, with the help of the local community to ensure money for a bone marrow transplant at the University Clinic in Freiburg for Nadja Novakovic, which costs 300 000 euros. In order to help a girl that he doesn’t even know.

This cinematic experience with a happy ending will hold you on the edge of your seat, and make you believe that one man can change the world around him.

This is not a story about the disease. This is the story about humanity.

THIRD PLACE DOCUMENTARY

AIDA’S CROSSOVER
 / Liliana Resnick / Croatia

Aida is a Latin American woman who puts herself into danger while crossing the U.S. border illegally. Through her stunning confession about the details of her crossing, and her life in the U.S. we learn about her courage, her doubt, and her regrets.

FIRST PLACE SHORT

QUIET MUJO / Ursula Meier

Ursula Meier (Besancon, FRANCE, 1971) French-Swiss, studied at the IAD in Belgium. The success of her shorts enabled her to pursue an independent career. After the documentaries Around Pinget and Not the Cops, not the Blacks, not the Whites, she directed Strong Shoulders, a TV film for ARTE which met with great acclaim. Home, her cinema début, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week in 2008 and received awards at many film festivals. She wrote her film Sister for young Kacey Mottet Klein, Isabelle Huppert’s son in Home. Sister received a Silver Bear Special Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.

SECOND PLACE SHORT

WEIRD TIMES / Emrah Erkanı

Haldun is a transvestite who lives in a urban transformation district of Istanbul. Hate crimes aiming trans people have recently increased however still he has to go out that night. But things will get weird.

THIRD PLACE SHORT

NAIL HOUSE / K. S. MCMullen

NAIL HOUSE, a term coined by Chinese developers to describe the house whose residents refuse to make way for new construction, is the debut of filmmaker K.S. McMullen.

In Shanghai, an old man takes on a relentless army of builders, cranes and bulldozers to defend his ancestral home. But the city he loves doesn’t love him back.

In this dark, poetic docu-fiction, narrated by Don McCorkindale, the charm of Old Shanghai clashes with raw demolition footage and artistic impressions of a hopeless war.

FIRST PLACE FEATURE

LAMPEDUSA
 / Peter Schreiner / AUSTRIA

A woman, a man. The island of Lampedusa, where their escape routes intersect. Zakaria, in his late twenties, from Somalia, who has risked his life coming to the island on a small boat when fleeing civil war in his country. Giulia, in her mid-fifties, a tourist from Northern Italy, on the run from deep personal crises. Both have returned to the island. Giulia, recovered but facing a life-threatening illness, and Zakaria, as a journalist now living in Rome.

SECOND PLACE FEATURE

I AM NOT FROM BARCELONA / Stéphane Leclercq

Alex, a 20-year old Belgian, runs away from his family troubles to meet in Barcelona with Olivia, a beautiful Catalan who just met in a party. Alex is reunited with her in a militant squat, a place where young Europeans and immigrants without papers live together. To be accepted and to stay with Olivia, will learn the commitment and will become an activist. With the risk of putting himself in danger and growing apart from his family.

THIRD PLACE FEATURE

SIMPLE BEING / Marco Ferrari / USA

A young man who feels he doesn’t fit in, decides to embark on an intimate journey. Three weeks for three impediments: deafness, mutism and blindness. Three weeks not to escape, but to find reality.

PREMIERE

Dreaming of Denmark / Michael Graversen / DENMARK

For 17-year-old Wasiullah, who spent three years in asylum centres after arriving alone from Afghanistan, Denmark has become his home. When his asylum application is rejected, he is forced to leave the country. Fearing for his life in Afghanistan, he makes his way to Italy, hoping that an Italian residence permit will allow him to return to Denmark. Director Michael Graversen has followed Wasiullah closely for years, giving Graversen unique access to a young immigrant’s underground existence in Europe.

2016 RETROSPECTION

Program FUNDUS+ is dedicated to films that have marked the important periods in film history.

YOL / Serif Gören, Yılmaz Güney / 1982

Yol is a 1982 Turkish-Kurdish film directed by Yılmaz Güney. The screenplay was written by Güney, and it was directed by his assistant Şerif Gören, who strictly followed Güney’s instructions, as Güney was in prison at the time. Later, when Güney escaped from prison, he took the negatives of the film to Switzerland and later edited it in Paris. As a result, the film was selected as the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 55th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

The film is a portrait of Turkey in the aftermath of the 1980 Turkish coup d’état: its people and its authorities are shown via the stories of five prisoners given a week’s home leave. The film has caused much controversy in Turkey, and was banned until 1999 due to Yılmaz Güney’s involvement rather than its content.

Film was screened at Yugoslav Film Archive.

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