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Films / 2010 -2011
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Addicted to Plastic
IAN CONNACHER Canada / 2008 / 85’ ADDICTED TO PLASTIC is a global journey to investigate what we really know about the material of a thousand uses and why there's so darn much of it. On the way, we discover a toxic legacy, and the men and women dedicated to cleaning it up. This point-of-view style documentary encompasses three years of filming in 12 countries on 5 continents, including two trips to the middle of the Pacific Ocean, where plastic debris accumulates.
A Place Without People
Andreas Apostolidis Greece/ 2009/ 54’ A film about how the local population of Tanzania has been evicted to make way for the creation of the world’s most famous nature reserves. Set in the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, the film explores how the parks came to be and how Western perceptions about nature radically altered both the East-African landscape and society. The film focuses on the people who "shouldn't be there".
Colossi of Love
Nikos Mistriotis Greece / 52’ / 2010 The Colossi of Love is the story of Greek men known as Kamaki‖, men who were obsessed with courting female foreign tourists using special techniques during the 70’s and 80’s. Even if kamaki‖, this Greek way of flirting, which literally means harpoon‖, was just about sex in a society where sex with local women was culturally forbidden, it became the reason for almost 1,000 mixed marriages on the island of Rhodes.
Kings of Pastry
DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus USA / 2009 / 85’ Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in the hopes of being declared one of the best by President Nicolas Sarkozy. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France‖ (Best Craftsmen in France) competition. — passion, sacrifice, disappointment, and joy — in the quest to become one of the KINGS OF PASTRY.
Knowledge is the Beginning
Paul Smazny Germany / 2006 / 114' Τhe story of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, where young Arabs and Jews perform and live side by side. It is a film about what music can do; the way it can transcend cultural barriers, bring people together, defeat prejudice and overcome religious and political differences. It also demonstrates the problems that crop up occasionally and how music can help people with different points of view find common ground.
Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuiton
Loic Prigent / France /2007/ 75’ Bringing the same intimate insight into the fashion world as his previous acclaimed documentary series SIGNE CHANEL, filmmaker Loïc Prigent focuses on Marc Jacobs, called the most influential designer of his generation. This witty portrait follows Jacobs as he balances roles as artistic director of venerable French house Louis Vuitton and his own eponymous American line, in meetings, preparing collections and at high-profile shows.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster
Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofski US / 2004 / 94' The members of Metallica, the most successful heavy-metal band in history, submit to two years of intensive group therapy to work through conflicts in their 20-year relationship. They finally give birth to one of their best albums, St Anger and embark on their first world tour in 4 years.
Jonathan Nossiter France / 2004 / 131’ Filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter is a serious wine connoisseur as well as a practicing sommelier when he isn't busy behind the camera, and he's combined his two passions in this documentary on the international wine business. Mondovino offers a witty but well-informed look at how business concerns and the homogenization of tastes around the world are changing the way wine is being made.
The world according to Monsanto
Marie-Monique Robin Canada/ 2008 / 109’ Monsanto’s controversial past combines some of the most toxic products ever sold with misleading reports, pressure tactics, collusion, and attempted corruption. They now race to genetically engineer the world’s food supply, which profoundly threatens our health, environment, and economy. Combining secret documents with first-hand accounts by victims, scientists, and politicians.
Music from the inside out
Daniel Anker USA / 2006 / 90' While Music From The Inside Out is about the many people within one musical ensemble, it is ultimately a personal musical journey. Each musician's story reveals a struggle to maintain individuality, to test musical boundaries and to choose the path of an artist. Ultimately, the film attempts to break down the barriers that have long separated orchestra musicians and their audiences, and get to the essence of the music itself.
The Call of the Mountain
Stelios Apostolopoulos Greece / 2010 / 52’ The story of a man who abandons his wife and eight-year-old son in Athens following the murder of his cousin, Ilias, in the White Mountains of Crete. Returning to the small, remote community where he grew up, Yiannis confronts his past and pledges to honour his cousin by tending the family herd. He struggles to carry on Ilias’s calling, a dying tradition kept alive by a handful of isolated men.
Versailles: Le rêve d'un Roi
Thierry Binisti France / 2008 / 90’ Versailles! The most splendid royal palace in Europe, enthroned amid gardens that suggest heaven on earth. In this gilded prison live the nobility, entirely under the control of King Louis XIV. Louis XIV! The visionary young monarch who combined political willpower with a discerning taste for the arts and who employed the greatest artists of his time to give form to his dreams of power and glory.
Angeliki Aristomenopoulou Greece/ 2010 /70’ This is a film about a musician whose lyrics have left their mark on the Greek alternative rock scene. Yannis Angelakas set off on his musical journey in the 80s and his poetry remains fresh to this day. The film follows his daily life and touches on a number of issues through the artist’s eyes –the political impasse Greece is facing, the way that television shapes our reality, the need many people feel to leave the big city.