FRIDAY – SEPTEMBER 12
343 Malcolm X Boulevard / Lenox Avenue
(Between 127th and 128th Streets)
Hi Noon – 12 PM
Dominik Locher (Germany/Switzerland, 75 min)
Young wannabe novelist Dominique lives a fickle life in Berlin’s hipster community. When her publisher turns down her manuscript for being ‘inauthentic’, she sets out with a lively kebab vendor trough a forgotten valley in the Swiss Alps where she comes face to face with love, loss and a Fiat Panda-obsessed pimp. Left humiliated but inspired, she returns to Berlin with her first novel: TEMPO GIRL – The Story of a Generation.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpF6juJKgFw
REQUIEM FOR A ROBOT
Christoph Rainer (Austria/US, 6 min)
Rob, a worn out robot with a corrupt memory, drowns his sorrows of his ‘screwed’ existence in alcohol and asks himself the essential question: “What did I do wrong?” He needs to remember..
Maryna Er Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er (Turkey/Ukraine, 90 min)
An attractive Ukrainian woman decides to end a long-term relationship with a married lover from Moscow. Fighting the fear of loneliness, she brings home a foreigner in order to get pregnant and never see the married man again. Cemal is a young Turkish man, betrothed by his family to a girl he’s never seen. Despite his aspirations of true love, he has no choice but to oblige tradition.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/72494602
A LOW HUNG HEAD
Gabriel Drozdov (US, 6 min) Animation
Two old friends talk by a campfire.
DEPOIS DA CHUVA / AFTER THE RAIN
Claudio Marques, Marilia Hughes (Brazil, 95 min) New York Premiere
1984, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It all starts with a feeling that anything is possible. After twenty years of dictatorship, the population goes out onto the streets to demand presidential elections. The emerging political process has given them a new sense of freedom.
Caio, a free-thinking teenager, is struggling against authority both at home and at school. The year will be a very special one for him and his fellow anarchists; especially for him, since he’s just met Fernanda, his first love. It’s a transitional year for the young: a time of learning and growing up.
But life isn’t always good, and fate has surprises in store, for both the country and for Caio.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/83862713
DAS LEBEN / LIFE
Leo Michels (Germany, 2 min) North America Premiere
A young author is thinking about her life. About what she already did and about what she still wants to achieve. But this time her thoughts aren’t inspirational enough, so she decides to get out to mingle. Walking through the city she watches different people in daily situations, until she catches the gaze of a woman sitting on a bench.
Paulo Henrique Testolini (Brazil, 23 min) New York Premiere
While searching for her husband in the gold mines of Suriname, Magali Silva uncovers a forsaken world of politics and prostitution – offering a piece of her body and soul to survive.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/71992048
Q&A with filmmakers follows
YOU HAVE HIS EYES
Christoper Wilson (US/Jamaica, 90 min)
In each family a story is playing itself out. All its characters affected, for better or worse…
At three months old Christopher was adopted. 25 years later he reunited with his biological mother. He then began documenting his search for his father. An intense life-changing experience is captured as Chris uncovers the dormant truths behind his biological family. CTW Productions presents a story about a search. For one man. Oneself. And the inescapable link of family.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/103126084
Peter Baynton (UK, 3 min) Music Video/Animation
Based on a true story, the troubled and redemptive family this innovative animated history of the singer/songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is told using a pride of cardboard lions, and their friends.
Q&A with the filmmakers follows
Nitin Sawhney, Roger Hill (Palestine, 52 min)
The uplifting story of Palestinian children in Gaza engaged in the fascinating culture of kite making and flying as they strive to break the Guinness Record.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/101994935
CIRCLING / DURAN
Waseem al-Sayed (Syria, 19 min)
Shot in a country in the midst of a vicious Civil War. In a country with acutely exceptional circumstances, nothing is good. No one as well. Circling seeks forbidden questions, hovering around the ideas of acceptance of others and coexistence between different and unhealthy circumstances.
Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening
KAMKAM / GREED
Joel Lamangan (Philippines, 110 min) New York Premiere
This is a story about land-grabbing in the Philippines. Johnny is a little fish in a big sea of corruption. He has three wives and lives in the same compound with his mother Salud.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb1MGBzXd3U
Ben Peters (UK, 16 min)
Naomi is 17 and waiting for her dad outside a betting shop, even though he doesn’t have the same idea and is planning on staying inside all day. Nearby Shaun and Lex argue in the back of a car as they wait for a gun they have just bought. Kicked out of the car the boys decide to take the bus home and a chance encounter with Naomi and a stranger leaves one of them dead on the pavement.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/91295545
Q&A with the filmmakers follows the screening
SHORT SEGMENT I
Parental advisory – this segment contains films with adult content, nudity and graphic violence.
Felix van Cleeff (Netherlands, 5 min) Music Video
A bizarre ritual celebration at the seaside.
DEATH OF A WIZARD
Edward Varnie (US, 17 min)
In the wake of civil unrest sweeping the country, African American teens Virgil and Remmy decide it’s time to turn the tables on a prominent member of their community – a KKK Grand Wizard. Caught between their friendship and a burning desire for justice is Billy, a 12-year-old Caucasian boy with a limited understanding about the nature of hate and violence.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/42899471
Kaichi Sato (Japan, 22 min) Animation / East Coast Premiere
A housewife who is on the receiving end of her violent husband by day, she has an alter ego that is out of this world.
Karim Ouaret (France, 30 min)
Terry is a psychologically disturbed predator whose sinister playground is a laundromat. He thinks he is the hero of a comic gangster that is reading : Terry Lawrence, Gentleman Gangster. But, that is when his memory starts playing tricks on him. Terry is a victim of an unknown phenomena that literature considers as a Lapsus Memoriae : a slip of memory.
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=en7RtE090mc
ONLY SOLOMON LEE
Alex Lora (Spain/US, 15 min)
Outskirts of a big city, an alienated loner nurtures himself with the lives that he finds in stolen laptops. In his own delusional obsession he’s looking for a miracle: get along with someone, run away and love.
Watch the trailer: http://vimeo.com/66084458