Pitching du Réel – Selected Projects 2016

15 outstanding feature documentary projects in production have been selected for the Pitching du Réel 2016

1999 – Wish You Were Here

by Samara Chadwick
Canada – Parabola Films | 75’ / 60’
Expected release: January 2017

A teenage suicide, on school grounds. Within weeks, many more deaths, all students of the same high school. Without images or news coverage, the incident – the largest wave of teen suicides in Canada – entered a space of the imaginary. 17 years later, the ripples from the suicides become an inkblot test for a chorus of contradictory and revelatory accounts. A visual essay about the language and glitches of memory, as a community remembers events they spent half their lifetimes trying to forget.


5 Houses

by Bruno Gularte Barreto
Brazil – Besouro Filmes | 90’ / 50’
Expected release: April 2017

In Dom Pedrito, a small city in the far south of Brazil, there is a house whose owners died, there is a school where nuns pray, there is a farm where an old man lives, there is a transvestite and a young man being beaten up on the street, and there’s an old lady playing the piano. This is their story, and the story of the places they inhabit. It`s about memory, forgetfulness and finding joy even when you have to struggle and fight for your beliefs.


A Wild West Show

by Mirko Locatelli
Italy – Strani Film | 90'
Expected release: February 2017

Chiara Bersani is a young actress; she has a severe disability called Osteogenesis imperfecta, she’s about one meter tall and even though her bones are brittle, she places her body at the centre of her work. One night, she is the victim of theft after which something inside her changes and she begins to be fearful. She goes to a shooting range, she wants to learn to shoot and to hold a weapon. At the range she knows Riccardo. Chiara will be put to the test, she will take on new challenges.


Between Dog and Wolf

by Irene Gutiérrez
Cuba, Spain – Producciones Sin Un Duro, Cienfuegos Producciones | 80’
Expected release: April 2017

Lazaro is a preacher; Norbelino cleans shoes; Carlos manages a public phone; René is a carpenter and Julio is a farmer. They all are veterans of the Angola War and live in a remote village in the Sierra Maestra. When Mario Guerra, an ex-soldier of Angola and now a renowned Cuban actor, comes from Havana to shoot a short film about the so-called «Cuban Vietnam», these men leave their daily tasks to embark on a journey through memory.  Soon teamwork will prove to be more complex than they thought as old wounds from the war, healed and forgotten by time, emerge.


Campo

by Tiago Hespanha
Portugal – Terratremes Filmes | 90'
Expected release: April 2017

A sheep, under a tree, waits for the shepherd to go back home. A man on the basket of a hot air balloon waits for the wind to stop. An actress, lying over a pool of blood, waits for someone to yell: CUT! A soldier holds his weapon and waits for someone to scream: FIRE! - 40km from Lisbon there is a place where these situations come together, it’s Europe’s largest military base. The film will be a journey through it, experienced by a reflexive traveller seeking for meaning in this absurd world.


Genesis 2.0

by Christian Frei (Co-Directed by Maxim Arbugaev)  
Switzerland – Christian Frei Filmproductions GmbH | 95'
Expected release: November 2017

The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands. They are looking for the tusks of extinct mammoths. Sometimes they find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass. Russian and South Korean clone researchers want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”. The resurrection of the mammoth is a first manifestation of a next great technological revolution. Man becomes the Creator. Genesis two point zero.


GRCIC_FILM_ONE

by Gereon Wetzel
Germany –  if... Productions | 90’ / 60’
Expected release: September 2017

With his studio «Atelier Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design», Konstantin Grcic is at the forefront of product and furniture design. He is considered one of the most innovative and profound contemporary designers and thinkers worldwide. The film observes him and his creative team, as they develop a fundamental new concept for cinema seating and provides clear insight into the world of design, as it guides the audience toward a more aware handling of the objects surrounding them.


Instant Dreams

by Willem Baptist
Netherlands – Pieter van Huystee Film | 90' / 55'
Expected release: May 2017

Instant Dreams is a cinematic essayistic quest for the secret of Polaroid instant film, the magic appeal of Polaroid and what that tells us about the fascinating relationship we humans have with the photographic image.


Mother of Gold

by Mary Jiménez & Bénédicte Liénard
Belgium – Dérives | 90'
Expected release: November 2017 

 

Amazonia. Starting from an interrogation that stages a police officer and a teenage girl who became a victim of sexual trafficking, the film spans over a territory from the place of “capture” to the place of sexual exploitation in the gold mining regions of Peru. The anarchic exploitation of a country’s resources leads to the destruction of the environment, a resounding metaphor of the destruction of lives.


My Heart Belongs to Daddy (working title)

by Sofia Haugan
Norway – Indie Film | 70’ / 52’
Expected release: Mid 2017

My Heart Belongs to Daddy follows director Sofia Haugan’s attempt at reconnecting with her criminal drug addicted father. She finds him at the edge of destruction and is determined to get him the help he desperately needs to get back on his feet. Eager to improve his conditions and rebuild a father-daughter relationship the two join forces to fight their inner demons as well as a dysfunctional welfare system.


Never-ending Dream

by Petri Luukkainen
Finland, Germany – Sons of Lumière, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH | 90'
Expected release: April 2017

Cheesy, simple and ridiculous - but still loved by an entire generation. The 90’s Eurodance music makes a global comeback in 2016. We see people at the heart of this revival – fans, artists and money-makers, trying to reach their dreams before the retro phenomenon burns out. This commercial but truly entertaining music connects people across borders and social classes, revealing a story about the primitive power of music. Deep down we all are just like cavemen, dancing together around the fire.


Pavlensky - The Man and the Mighty

by Irene Langemann  
Germany – Lichtfilm GmbH | 90' / 52’
Expected release: 2017

The Russian political artist Petr Pavlensky has, in the course of his public performance actions, sewn his mouth shut, nailed his scrotum to the Red Square, and cut off an earlobe. The goal of his radically brilliant performances is to draw international attention to how the individual in Putin’s Russia is doomed to silence and apathy. It is the confrontation between a courageous freethinker and the Russian state power. 


Stealing Rodin

by Cristobal Valenzuela
Chile, France – maria una vez, Ceresa Films | 90' / 52’
Expected release: April 2017

One morning of June 2005, the guards of the Chilean National Fine Arts Museum noticed that the Auguste Rodin’s sculpture, worth millions, had been stolen. It was the biggest art robbery in the Chilean history. 24 hours later, a shy and young art student returned the piece arguing that he had stolen it as part of an artistic project. “Stealing Rodin” is a documentary about Art dilemmas, which crosses one of the most famous modern artists of the world with an unknown contemporary Chilean artist.


The Other Side of the Medal

by Denisa Morariu
Romania – Monogram Film | 90'/52'
Expected release: November 2017

Andreea is a modern, successful woman. She has sacrificed her childhood for a dream that she achieved through hard training, deprivation, and physical punishment. But all that was taken away by the interests and mistakes of others. She feels that her rights and hard work were violated and wants to have answers from the ones who took advantage of her as a child. 16 years after she lost the All-round Olympic Gold medal, she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what is rightfully hers. 


Tumbling Wolfskin

by Demelza Kooij
Canada, United Kingdom – Lowik Media, Mosaic Films | 90'
Expected release: November 2017

Swaying between observational cinema and poetic wildlife documentary Tumbling Wolfskin tells a story of human invention. It demonstrates how one of our earliest creations, the dog, faithfully follows direction. The film unfolds in a series of locations, each presenting a unique perspective on the complex relationship between Man and dog. From the great outdoors it moves to increasingly confined spaces and culminates in a space without physical existence: a virtual world. 

1999 – Wish You Were Here
by Samara Chadwick
Canada – Parabola Films

5 Houses
by Bruno Gularte Barreto
Brazil – Besouro Filmes

A Wild West Show
by Mirko Locatelli
Italy – Strani Film

Between Dog and Wolf
by Irene Gutiérrez 
Cuba, Spain – Blond Indian Films, Cienfuegos Producciones, Producciones Sin Un Duro

Campo
by Tiago Hespanha
Portugal – Terratremes Filmes

Genesis 2.0
by Christian Frei (Co-Directed by Maxim Arbugaev)
Switzerland – Christian Frei Filmproductions GmbH

GRCIC_FILM_ONE
by Gereon Wetzel
Germany –  if... Productions

Instant Dreams
by Willem Baptist
Netherlands – Pieter van Huystee Film

Mother of Gold
by Mary Jiménez & Bénédicte Liénard
Belgium – Dérives

My Hearts Belongs to Daddy (working title)
by Sofia Haugan
Norway – Indie Film

Never-ending Dream
by Petri Luukkainen
Finland, Germany – Sons of Lumière, Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH

Pavlensky - The Man and the Mighty
by Irene Langemann  
Germany – Lichtfilm GmbH

Stealing Rodin
by Cristobal Valenzuela
Chile, France – maria una vez, Ceresa Films

The Other Side of the Medal
by Denisa Morariu
Romania – Monogram Film

Tumbling Wolfskin
by Demelza Kooij
Canada, United Kingdom – Lowik Media, Mosaic Films