Oncle Bernard

Economist Bernard Maris, a.k.a. “Oncle Bernard”, was killed during the Charlie Hebdo shooting, on January 7, 2015. This fascinating interview with him was filmed in March 2000 as part of the documentary Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy. Frank and unvarnished, this is a true “counter lesson in economics” in which the director gives centre stage…

Paulistas

Somewhere in the Central Brazilian savannah the town of Paulistas is scraping by. The rural region has lost its youth, the houses are cracked, but it has preserved its dignity. Meadow, river, sparsely furnished interiors – like the landscape and the environments the sounds and images of this film expand gently, but with impressive power….

Pilgrimage

Adapted from the tale of adventures of Portuguese sailors heading east to India, China, Japan and so on that beats its name, Pilgrimage has always been a controversial work, accused of historical inaccuracy and initially slammed by the Catholic Church. Botelho is well aware of the book’s ambiguous identity and decides to embrace it, thus…

Red Leaves

King Lear is one inspiration for Ethiopian-Israeli director’s debut feature. With themes of immigration and the family, Ethopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete’s first feature Red Leaves — about an Ethiopian man living in Israel who sells his house after the death of his wife and moves between his children’s homes — is inspired partly by Gete’s…

Soldate Jeanette

Fanni is a middle-aged businesswoman living a lifestyle that only the most advanced post-postmodern capitalist society can offer: independence, financial speculation, compulsive consumerism, matcha, Taekwondo. She is well off – apparently – so much so that she can bypass real money to surround herself with luxury and its highest form of absurdity: buying to throw…

Teenland

Teenland is a personal expression of existential unease, overtly inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, conceived as an precursor to Marie Grahto’s feature film debut, Psychosia.

Terra Franca

Leonor Teles made waves over the last couple of years with her radical, punk spirit with her Golden Bear-winning short film Balada de um Batráquio (Batrachian’s Ballad). Terra Franca presents us with a fisherman pushing his late-50s, living in a riverside community with his family. What ensues is a series of informal, welcoming vignettes from…

The Harvest

Ostensibly a seventy-minute study of the cryptocurrency boom in Georgia, The Harvest also charts the cartography, ecology, and history of technology via the vineyard region of Kakheti—a nexus point where agriculture, modern technological infrastructure, and natural wilderness converge. Specifically focusing on the growth of massive computer banks for mining Bitcoin, the film explores the impact…

Don’t Look at me That Way

Hedi is the new neighbor of Iva, who raises her daughter by herself. The two women start a love relationship and Iva is desperately in love. Suddenly Iva’s father appears, to whom Hedi feels strongly attached. It seems that only one world exists for Hedi: her own.

The Joneses

Inimitable 73-year-old Jheri Jones appears to be full of self-confidence, but her journey to embrace it has not been so easy. Through family pictures, everyday interactions and candid interviews, a portrait emerges of an unflappable transgender mom triumphing over adversity and transphobia. The Joneses come together to deal with unresolved issues, shattered dreams, seething resentments…