ASLAUG HOLM – NORWAY, 2015, 110’
VO-NORWEGIAN, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
The relationship between two brothers observed in the minutest detail, as much in its apparent everyday banalities as in the turning points of life. With this lengthy project, Aslaug Holm filmed her two sons Markus and Lukas over more than eight years, making a documentary Boyhood with strong poetic impulses, a family film of epic dimensions.
JUAN REINA – FINLAND, NORWAY, 2016, 85’
VO-FINNISH, SWEDISH, NORWEGIAN, ENGLISH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
Cave diving, the exploration of natural flooded passages, is an extremely dangerous sport. Five Finns prepare to attempt a new record during a dive in Norway that goes wrong. Despite being forbidden to do so by the authorities, the three survivors decide to organise the recovery of their friends’ body, and Juan Reina’s film becomes a harrowing documentary thriller.
BILLIE MINTZ, JULIAN PINDER – UNITED STATES, CANADA, 2015, 79’
Small city, big story. On the Wichita Foothills, rises a different Jerusalem, right in the heart of Oklahoma. For the past 88 years the passion play about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ has attracted huge crowds. Now the town faces a terrible challenge. The actor who has been playing Jesus is retiring. The play needs a new one. What happens if the new Jesus has a secret he is hiding from everyone?
PIETER-JAN DE PUE – BELGIUM, IRELAND, NETHERLANDS, GERMANY, 2015, 87’
VO-PERSIAN, ENGLISH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
A group of Afghan kids indulges in smuggling and banditry in the high mountains of Pamir. At the same time, in an outpost positioned on the summit of a mountain, American soldiers await the end of their mission… Gestures and words are woven together. The landscape, majestic and immobile, stays still as life cruelly runs its course. The spectacular film of a great photographer.
GREGOR LUTZ – GERMANY, 2016, 92’
VO-BAMBARA, ARABIC, FRENCH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyat. and Khaira Arby, who are some of Mali’s most important musicians, must fight to exist. After Islamists took control of the north of the country, music — which has always been at the heart of the country’s identity — was banned. But the unifying power of singing and instruments is stronger than weapons. A musical film full of hope.
MARIJN FRANK – NETHERLANDS, 2015, 74’
VO-DUTCH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
Marijn, a cookery journalist, would like to stop eating meat but a neuropsychological test reveals that she is more addicted to it than to sex. To find a solution to her dilemma, she starts to work as an apprentice in a slaughterhouse, and begins a field survey that avoids sweeping answers and prefers humour and selfdeprecation to lessons in morality.
ÇAYAN DEMIREL, ERTUGRUL MAVIOGLU – TURKEY, 2015, 92’
VO-KURDISH, TURKISH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
An inside look at the PKK Kurdish guerrillas. Between scenes of training and daily life, the speech reveals the intimate and political motivations of commitment. North was withdrawn from competition at the Istanbul Film Festival in 2015 following the intervention of the Turkish Minister for Culture. For the rarity of its viewpoint, it constitutes a document that is as exceptional as it is essential.
IDO HAAR – ISRAEL, 2015, 80’
VO-ENGLISH, HEBREW, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
A young woman in New Orleans posts her a cappella songs online. In a kibbutz on the other side of the world, a musician decides to arrange them into a patchwork of videos found on YouTube… The tale of Cinderella has a make-over for the Internet age. The meeting between an unforgettable young unknown girl and a great artist gives life to a moving film, whose narrative is extraordinarily rich.
LAURENT CIBIEN – FRANCE, 2016, 82’
In 2014, Edouard Philippe campaigned to keep his seat as Mayor of Le Havre. His mate from school observes him in his public life and behind the scenes with a perspective mixing friendly affection and the distance of a filmmaker close to left-wing politics. This documentary comedy is the first part of a long-term project aiming to understand the construction of a political career in contemporary France.
DANIEL SCHWEIZER – SWITZERLAND, 2016, 78’
VO-FRENCH, ENGLISH, PORTUGUESE, QUECHUA, SPANISH, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
The practices of commodities trading companies based in Switzerland might be the reason for the next defamation of the country. Large parts of the world trade in commodities are handled by companies based in Zug and Geneva. They are known to pay very little tax and to defy responsibility for environmental damage caused in the extracting countries. Trading Paradise reveals how this business works.
VITALY MANSKY – RUSSIA, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, LATVIA, NORTH KOREA, 2015, 106’
VO-KOREAN, ST-ENGLISH, FRENCH
Here we discover North Korea through the eyes of a little girl who is preparing to swear allegiance to her country. She lives in a “perfect” family and goes to a “perfect” school. Little by little, the varnish cracks and reveals the frightening staging of a scrupulously orchestrated ideal world. A new vision of this hidden and secret country, bolted and double-locked.
CHRIS HEGEDUS, D A PENNEBAKER UNITED STATES, 2015, 91’
Should certain animals be assigned legal personhood status? Steven Wise, lawyer, is convinced of this. Pleading the case before the Supreme Court for two chimpanzees who are refusing to be caged up, he could begin a Copernican revolution by making precedent. Unlocking the Cage shakes up the pre-conceived ideas on the differences between humans and animals, and reveals the beginning of a passionate public debate.