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12-07-2017
Western
Western: A place and a face It’s summer, a heatwave has hit hard in the gorgeous wooded, lofty landscape of the Bulgarian nature reserve of Ali Botush, not far from the Greek border, and a group of men are hoisting their national, German flag on top of a great hill where they have set up their base camp, as workers in charge of preparing the site for the construction of a hydroelectric power station. Diggers...
11-07-2017
The Other Side of Hope
The Other Side of Hope: A timeless humanism “I live here! This is my room!” — “No, it’s my bin shelter!” A Syrian fleeing the tragedies of war goes underground in the heart of Helsinki after his application for asylum is rejected. His hiding place is stumbled upon by a native Finn, and the two men come to blows until the latter decides to feed and shelter his new acquaintance. It...
10-07-2017
The Last Family
The Last Family: Four funerals and a murder Emerging Polish director Jan P Matuszynski’s debut film, The Last Family, premiering in the official competition of the 69th Locarno International Film Festival, might be described as a compacted version of a 28-year reality show: "The Beksinski Show". As the director himself declared in the press conference, “There is no other family in history that...
09-07-2017
Summer 1993
Summer 1993: A lump in the back of the throat In Summer 1993, selected to compete in the Generation KPlus section of the 2017 Berlinale, Carla Simón has granted us access to a decisive moment in her own life. In a difficult, painful and unique episode that would change her life forever, at just six years old she found herself orphaned and struggling to find her place in an adoptive family while still trying...
08-07-2017
Sámi Blood
Sámi Blood: Becoming someone else It was in traditional clothes that the cast of Sámi Blood turned up on the Lido to present the film in the Venice Days section of Venice, in its world premiere. A touch of colour that accompanied the heartfelt and strongly applauded first work by Swedish director Amanda Kernell, the story of a young girl who, at the age of 14, no longer identifies with her family and...