Brandy Burre had been a breath away from becoming famous thanks to a starring role in the cult HBO series The Wire. Today, Brandy is the mother of two children, a wife and a homemaker. Brandy is a woman who has lost herself and is in search of redemption. A fiery non-fiction melodrama in which Cassavetes is revisited by one of America’s most talented contemporary documentary filmmakers.
In Damascus, war still seems like a faraway echo, the great Syrian director Mohammad Malas is shooting his film, Ziad Kalthoum is a soldier in the morning and his assistant in the afternoon. With his camera, Ziad challenges the regime’s rules; in uniform, he films the regular army, the propaganda; on the set he asks questions, gathers stories, and war bursts on cinema, which becomes a reason to live.
Between 1988 and the early ‘90s, three events shook Armenia: a terrible earthquake, the Nagorno-Karabakh war, and the fall of the USSR. As a result, some people chose exile. Khachatryan, a maestro of Armenian cinema, follows the audacious destiny of one of those men who decided to leave their homeland, creating an epic and moving portrait of a tireless narrator.
In the outskirts of Brasilia, the police burst into a dance hall frequented primarily by black men and women, and with the excuse of breaking up a drug trafficking ring, they give free rein to violent racism. As a result, one man is confined to a wheelchair and another has lost a leg. A bill has been proposed to force the Brazilian state to pay for the discriminatory crimes committed against black people: a sci-fi movie in search of justice.
“Hit 2 Pass” is a car race in which you have to hit the adversary’s car in order to pass him, a yearning for contact, a need to stop the otherwise perpetual and circular motion of the eternal return. Encountering and listening erupt into the circuit of time like a hit to pass, and words, lucid and placid, are a free body in the suspension of inertia, indicating a new trajectory for history.
Norman Manea is one of the greatest living Romanian authors. A concentration camp survivor, he was forced to leave Romania in the mid-1980s, and his life has always been the primary source of inspiration for his works. René Frölke weaves observation of Manea’s daily life with excerpts from his books, creating a true movie-book which explores the mysterious territory that straddles life and literature.
The English director and film historian (The Story of Film: an Odyssey) Mark Cousins, and the Iranian director, actress (also in 10 by Abbas Kiarostami) and artist Mania Akbari exchange video-letters in a dizzying comparison of East and West, male and female: what they share is a boundless love for cinema.
The iridescent skin of a fleeing snake, Singapore as a permanent projection of an imaginary to come, is the canvas on which stories of colonialism and liberation, disobedience and political militancy, cinema and time travel are embroidered. Stories that burn like a bonfire, that expand in smoke and sparks, to spread out in all the possible narrations of the submerged subconscious of an entire nation.
Over three years filming in the carriages of what will soon be the longest railway network in the world, The Iron Ministry projects us into the heart of the vast cultural, social and technological transformation China is undergoing. Different routes and trains blend into one single voyage made of sounds, faces and encounters, while outside the window, a changing world flows past.
This winter, Georgina turns 15. She lives with her 6 siblings in a working-class neighborhood in Bacau, Romania. Her mother works in Turin as an in-home nurse and won’t be back before next summer. This year, everything will change for Georgina as she takes on the responsibility of caring for her brothers and sisters. A surprising first film, a loving and imaginative ode to childhood.