A couple is camping in the forests of Oregon. Two menacing-looking neighbors complain about their dog but they might not be the most disturbing presences around. The American indie filmmaker Ian Clark (who, like Josephine Decker, was pointed out by Filmmaker Magazine) debuts with a sensorial and mysterious film, captured in a world that has something unfathomable and alien looming over it. Starring Zach Weintraub.
Essaouira, 1974: Glauber Rocha and his companion Mossa Bildner are going to Morocco. Their 8mm movie camera shoots Maghrebi clips of Cinéma Nôvo, between local life and touristic contemplations: a barber shop, a downtown street, a working-class lane, the bus terminal. An unusual Rocha, who re-emerges over 40 years later.
Four Lisbon stories for the tenth anniversary of the IndieLisboa festival: a Chilean actress lost-in-translation in the saudade of a fisherman from Almada (Sotomayor); a jam session of languages and jazz about the itineraries of two tour guides (Côté); the great German director “Herner Werzog” talks on his TV show about testing a machine that observes dreams (Abrantes); the dreamlike sartorial visions of Fernando Santos, aka Deborah Kristal, a famous drag queen of Lisbon’s nightlife (Losier).
Memories of circumnavigations of the globe, of Magellan and his slave Enrique, who just might have been the first person to accomplish the feat. An imaginary logbook, written with a sense of adventure and in search of identity by Kidlat Tahimik, a maestro of new Filipino cinema (as in Lav Diaz and Raya Martin). A project nurtured for over thirty years by a filmmaker who is a favorite of Coppola and Herzog.
After Les champs brûlants (2010 Italiana.Doc Special Prize), the second chapter of the Libert & Canapa project about Italian resistance cinema is dedicated to Turin’s phalanx, with Tonino De Bernardi and Alberto Momo captured in an imaginative pathway of visions, reflections and glimpses of their life and works. Enrico Ghezzi is the guide and, in the meantime, other resistances are being filmed in the Susa Valley.
In a modern Phnom Penh, Lida, a real estate agent, dreams about a happy future for herself and her fiancé in the luxurious apartments she shows to her clients. But the girl has no memory and confuses her own recollections with those of her country, lost over time. A melodrama suspended over the void of contemporary Kampuchea, between an already globalized future and a present invaded by pop culture.
What does it mean, today, to be different, other, and incomprehensible? And how can we try, today, to make a revolution, not with weapons, but with a language and its sounds? Eugène Green, who has always been involved in the power of words, returns to the Festival (after his retrospective in 2011 and La Sapienza) with a documentary shot in the Basque Country, about four French youngsters and their ties to the Basque language and culture.
The torment and ecstasy of Mariano, a young gay from Buenos Aires, suspended between his love for a friend who abuses him, his revolt against a world for “real men” and his search for true love… A lysergic and cinephile film, between social identity and that of the subconscious, which combines theories about revolution and the queer culture, José Mojica Marins and Cinéma Nôvo, Italian silent movies, Cabiria and unplugged on YouTube.
A village in the Colombian forest, a pregnant girl, her mother and brother preparing for the birth of the child, men and women prisoners of a beautiful and indifferent nature. An impressionistic movie made of waiting and small actions, tuned in to the water, the earth and the human body, with the almost-forgotten marvels of 16mm which gives the images and colors a tangible luminosity.
An old family house, the heat, summertime: aunts, mothers, daughters, nieces and sisters. All women, reunited around the bedside of the old dying mother. Then the light becomes brighter, opening the house to new and unexpected arrivals. Julia Pesce, with intimacy and physical participation, recounts her “family group in an interior”: the film calls to mind La ciénaga, but the style reveals a filmmaker with a personal talent.