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Films / 2011 - 2012
El Bulli – Cooking in Progress
Gereon Wetzel 108’/ 2010/ Germany The inspirational story about a man who started with nothing and has ended up creating a revolution in the kitchen. Three-star chef Ferran Adrià is considered the best, most innovative and craziest chef in the world. Each year his restaurant El Bulli closes for half a year – time for Adrià to create the new menu. At least, that's what happened until recently, as last July, the famous restaurant closed its doors forever.
Michael Madsen 75’/2009/ Denmark Every day across the world, large amounts of high-level radio active waste created by nuclear power plants are placed in interim storage which are vulnerable to natural and man-made disasters. In Finland, the world's first permanent repository is being sewn out of solid rock - a huge system of underground tunnels - that must last 100,000 years as this is how long the waste remains hazardous.
Living without Μoney
Line Halvorsen 52’/ 2010 / Norway / Italy Heidemarie Schwermer made a choice to live without money 14 years ago. She gave up her flat and started a new life based on exchanging favors. Today she claims she has never felt so free. Norwegian award-winning filmmaker Line Halvorsen follows Heidemarie to discover how money influences the way we think, live and act.
Men Who Swim
Dylan Williams 52’/2010/Sweden Men Who Swim follows a group of middle-aged men in Stockholm, who have joined Sweden’s all-male synchronized swim team. By day, the men are trained conductors, meat buyers and teachers; but at night, they become passionate exponents of the sport.
My Sweet Canary
Rοy Sher 89’/ 2010 / Israel / Greece / France /Germany Three young musicians from Greece, Turkey, and Israel embark on a sensational musical journey to discover the story of Roza Eskenazy, Greece's best-known and best-loved rebetiko singer. A journey that will take them from Istanbul to Thessaloniki and to Athens, following the musical trail she left behind. A journey into a world that has largely vanished, but whose sounds continue to echo across the Mediterranean.
Angelos Abazoglou 52’/ 2011/ France / Greece This documentary tells the story of Mustafa, a 16-year-old Turk who works as a pastry shop apprentice in Gaziantep, the “capital of baklava”, in Eastern Turkey. His dream is to become a famous pastry chef in Istanbul. Following Mustafa, we delve into the secrets of Oriental pastry, the culmination of centuries of cooperation between Greek, Arab and French pastry chefs in Istanbul.
Robert Cibis and Lilian Franck 93’/2009/ Germany Pianomania travels into the secret world of sounds and accompanies Stefan Knüpfer at his unusual job with world famous pianists like Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel, Rudolf Buchbinder and Pierre-Laurent Aimand, among others. To find the right instrument, to tune it to perfection and finally to get it on the stage, needs nerves of steel, boundless passion, and extraordinary competence in translating words into sounds.
Christos Karakepelis 78’/2010/ Greece Three Roma from Albania, two Indians, a Turk and a Greek: a small sample of the army of desperados who recycle the metal of an entire nation. The film follows them through the turning of the seasons and cycles of the global economy.
Adam Stepan 95’/2006 / USA The film follows the six month build up to Rio's famous carnival. Beneath the light and glitter, a battle is underway between the carnival's aging founders and businessmen. Since the 1960s, the carnival has transformed into a multimillion dollar business. Yet hope springs eternal, and scenes in which members of rival dance clubs await the awards, feel like a matter of life and death.
Nikos Dayandas 56’/ 2011/ Greece / France Forcibly adopted by her grandfather, Sayome grew up in a remote Japanese village, without knowing her mother. At 22, she left Japan, following a Greek sailor to the island of Crete. There, she replaced her homeland with a new culture, a new language and family. 35 years later, her mother’s death triggers her need to return home. We follow her journey from Crete to Japan, as she revisits the land of her childhood.
Guillem on the Edge
Francoise Ha Van 52’ / 2009/ France Sylvie Guillem is a dancer who never stops moving. At just 19, she was named “etoile” of the Paris Opera by Rudolf Nureyev. She is unique in the world of dance – maintaining an insatiable need for new challenges. Our cameras spend two years behind the scenes with Guillem as she prepares for a new performance. We follow the project right down to costume fittings with designer Alexander McQueen.
Rhythm is it
Thomas Grube 2006 / 90'/ Germany This award-winning documentary is about Marie, Martin, Olayinka and 250 children who never danced or listened to classical music when they faced their biggest challenge: to perform Stravinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring’ with Sir Simon Rattle and the legendary Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra! Through the eyes of three young protagonists we take part in the project‘s ups and downs, uncertainties and renewal of self-confidence.
The Laughing Club of India
Mira Nair 28’/ 2001/ USA / India Academy Award nominated director Mira Nair explores the power of laughter through the incredibly popular laughing clubs in Bombay. Founded in 1995 by an Indian doctor, the movement has over 6000 clubs in 60 countries today. These clubs bring hundreds of people together, beyond caste or class, to laugh each day.
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
David Gelb 81’/ 2011/ USA In the basement of a Tokyo office building, 85 year old sushi master Jiro Ono works tirelessly in his world renowned restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro. As his son Yoshikazu faces the pressures of stepping into his father's shoes, Jiro pursues his lifelong quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Ono is the oldest chef ever to have been awarded three Michelin stars. He began cooking at 9 and opened his own restaurant after years of learning.
Claus Wischmann Martin Baer / 95’ / 2010/ Germany Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, is the third largest city in Africa. Almost ten million people live here and are among the poorest inhabitants on the planet. Kinshasa is also the home of Central Africa’s one and only symphony orchestra. This is a film about the Congo, about the people of Kinshasa and about music.
Vivienne Westwood – Do it Yourself
Letmiya Sztailyd 58’/ 2010/ France The film follows Vivienne Westwood for a year, during the informal and the important moments of her life. Ceaselessly destroying fashion only to reinvent it, Vivienne Westwood, one of the greatest designers of our time, has the soul of a revolutionary.
Taste the Waste
Valentin Thurn 88’/2011/ Germany A documentary about the worldwide destruction of food. Why do we throw away so much? And how can we stop this kind of waste? The film addresses everybody who feels bad when he sees food in a bin.
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