Sunday 29th April EURORAMA 12.1 Italian views – Communities of care
Cinema Modena, viale San Francesco d’Assisi, 6 – Trento
PLANETA PETRILA, by Andrei Dăscălescu, Romania, 2016, 80 min
Apricot Tree International Ethno Film Festival (ATIEFF) 2017, Yerevan (Armenia) | Special Jury Prize
In Petrila, a coal mining town in Transylvania (Romania), an ex-miner turned artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the oldest coal mine in the country after its closure in 2015 at EU’s recommendation. His quest is not only to preserve the history and the identity of his hometown, but also to find new ways of keeping the community from irreversibly falling apart.
L’ULTIMA POPSTAR, by Claudio Casazza, Carlo Prevosti, Stefano Zoja, Italy, 2017, 45 min
Festival dei Popoli 2017, Florence | Premio Cinemaitaliano.info – CG Entertainment
25 March 2017, Monza. In the park a stage is set up, ten times bigger than the one for rock stars in the San Siro stadium. Hundreds of volunteers, civil protection, stands. And huge crowds. Everyone is waiting for Pope Francis. The incessant music playing from the loudspeakers is reminiscent of the long wait for a concert, amidst fans waiting for the ultimate popstar.
Film Screening with the Filmmaker Claudio Casazza.
APERTI AL PUBBLICO, by Silvia Bellotti, Italy, 2017, 60 min
Festival dei Popoli 2017, Florence | Premio Mymovies dalla parte del pubblico
Neaples’ Istituto Autonomo per le Case Popolari manages the city’s 40.000 public homes. The offices are the stage of heated debates between the employees and the multitude of tenants who come with complicated problems. The film swings between Kafkian absurdity and the most amusing aspects of Neapolitan popular theatre: it does not aim to judge, but it is firmly intent on showing the inner workings of the “bureaucracy of compromise”.
WARUM LACHT HERR W.?, by Jana Papenbroock, Germany, 2016, 76 min
Ethnocineca 2017, Vienna | Nominated for the Excellence in Visual Anthropology Award (EVA)
A portrait of three members of an atelier community of artists with different disabilities. Rather than making a film about inclusion, the film itself was produced inclusively. In an open collaborative journey through the pictorial worlds of the three artists, a focus was set on their aesthetic obsessions and perspectives through their own videography. Art for them is not a breakaway dream from normality, but rather it is what gives them a status as citizens.
SEEING VOICES, by Dariusz Kowalski, Austria, 2016, 89 min
Jean Rouch 2017, Paris | Mention spéciale du Jury
The film accompanies members of the Viennese deaf community in their everyday lives, focusing on the acquisition of, and struggle for recognition of their native language, which becomes visually tangible in the film as a form of communication functioning via bodies, gazes, and rhythm. A film about the connection of identity and language, the right to equal opportunity, and the due appreciation of sign language.
Monday 30th April
Sala Fondazione Caritro, via Garibaldi, 33 – Trento
CARNIVAL KING OF EUROPE 2007-2018. An ethnographic mission on the European continent: fieldwork, films, exhibitions, research, awards. By the Museo degli Usi e Costumi della Gente Trentina, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Speakers Giovanni Kezich and Antonella Mott (www.carnivalkingofeurope.it)
Sala Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (via Garibaldi 33 – Trento)
Monday 30th April EURORAMA 12.2 Creative Resistance – Perpetual Transitions
Cinema Modena, viale San Francesco d’Assisi, 6 – Trento
ONCE IN SUMMER, by Sirakan Abroyan, Armenia, France, Georgia, 2017, 36 min
Apricot Tree International Ethno Film Festival (ATIEFF) 2017, Yerevan (Armenia) | Short Film Competition Prize
The film is about people living in the mountains, who keep traditions and customs inherited from their ancestors. But the time and civilization are able to deprive them of their heaven.
JOURNEY TO THE MAGGOT FEEDER, by Liivo Niglas and Priit Tender, Estonia, 2015, 68 min
RAI Film Festival 2017, Bristol | Basil Wright Prize
This film tries to solve the mystery of a bizarre Arctic fairy tale. Priit Tender, an Estonian animator, makes a film about an old Chukchi legend – The Maggot Feeder. The unconventional narrative is misunderstood by western audiences and Priit takes off on a journey to Chukotka in Siberia. This anthropological road movie deals with the importance of storytelling and it invites the viewers to undertake a journey into the depths of the Chukchi inner world.
TIERRA INQUIETA, by Chiara Ambrosio and Caterina Pasqualino, Great Britain, France, Spain, 2017, 64 min
Athens Ethnographic Film Festival 2017
Following the 2007 crisis, a group of neighbours in the working class area of Granada transformed a dumping ground at the edge of the city into an orchard, a free space where marginalized people turn the earth every day: a place where there is order without politics and faith without religion. The film follows Antonio, Santiago and Oscar, three friends who are able to re-imagine their lives and challenge the practical limitations of their social and historical circumstances.
Film Screening with the Filmmaker Caterina Pasqualino.
THE DAZZLING LIGHT OF SUNSET, by Salomé Jashi, Georgia, 2016, 74 min
Jean Rouch 2017, Paris | Grand prix Nanook
Dariko, the only local television journalist in a small town in Georgia, strives from one report to the next to provide a pseudo-ethnographical portrait of a community and its traditions. Like Virgil with Dante, she leads director Salomé Jashi through the Georgian “Circles of Hell” in a microscopic tragi-comedy that reveals a country in perpetual transition.
THIRD-CLASS TRAVEL, by Rodion Ismailov, Russian Federation, 2017, 82 min
CineBlend Amsterdam 2017
A documentary film which recounts the lives of passengers travelling on the longest railway route in the world: ordinary Russians who met by chance on the Moscow-Vladivostok train. The endless journey is a metaphor of the country in perpetual motion, and gives a striking portrait of contemporary Russian society.