12 m 2 Girls (51’)
Lota and Tigist, two girls living in two very different countries, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, are linked by the same journey. They were both born in rural areas, they both faced poverty or abuses. The only option was to run away. Next destinations were the mega-cities of Dhaka and Addis Ababa.
They embark on parallel, incredibly harsh journeys through which they meet their destinies.
In Dhaka young girls like Lota work in garment factories, which are a sort of slammer, exposed to every kind of imposition and restriction.
In Addis Ababa young girls like Tigist quickly downfall into the hell of sex work on the streets or in hotels.
Yet in spite of how tough their lives are, they reveal an inner strength and great dignity. They come from poverty, they fall into even worse conditions, but they never stop striving to try to improve their state.
They both fight for a life that, maybe tomorrow, will be better.
1 pm Η μεγάλη ουτοπία/ The great utopia (90′)
1917-2017: A century since the Russian Revolution. The great vision that gripped millions of people all over the world, that gave birth to great hopes, dreams, visions and with those rebellions, wars, destruction, which indelibly marked the entire 20th century. A century that experienced the greatest utopia that humankind has ever generated. The film talks about the first critical course (1917-1934) of this vision in its birthplace, the Soviet Union, overturning many of the until now well-known stereotypes.
2.45 pm Zaatari Djinn (90’)
Catherine van Campen
An exceptionally intimate film about the resilience of children. In the middle of the Jordanian desert, a few tents were set up for a couple of hundred Syrian refugees. Then, quick as lightning, with improvised shacks and caravans, arose Zaatari, a new city whose population is 80 percent children. Through the eyes of four children, we get to see and feel what it is like to grow up in this place, with very little resources or prospects, but with an enormous scope for dreams.
16.15 pm Course of Dostoevsky (41’)
Course of Dostoevsky is a documentary revealing the backstage of Russian most ambitious theatrical project nowadays. This young theatre was born several years ago from a course of Moscow Art Theatre School. Guided by a famous theatrical director Dmitry Brusnikin young actors work in his staging of Dostoevsky’s Demons. In the eye of the camera we can see students of Brusnikin’s workshop, some of them already seen in Berlin and Cannes — Pyotr Skvortsov (The Student, 2016), Vasily Butkevich (Rag Union, 2015) — together with Brusnikin himself and the audience of his interactive show.
5 pm Cementography (51’)
Cementography is a wonderful three-year journey. It is a documentary about an art form that carries a Cypriot identity. From the sketched idea onto paper, to the making of the polystyrene mould, to the celebration of a finished piece, this documentary follows for over three years Costas Economou’s making of his latest works using cementography. Introduced for the first time by the innovative Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva, incorporated in buildings by the architect Stavros Economou in the 1960’s and continued today by the 90 year old artist Costas Economou, this technique transformed its decorative elements into a new and exciting form of art.
Even though such cement ‘reliefs’ of both Savva and Economou decorate several public and domestic spaces all over Cyprus, little did we know about the existence of this form of art and its making process.
Because this technique was ‘born’ in the recent years, it did not even have a name, giving the chance to Costas Economou to create a new term to describe it and introduce it to the world, and therefore bringing it into existence: ‘Cementography’.
During the filming of the documentary, young artists had the chance to be involved with this technique and already started trying to create their own artwork using cementography. This documentary became the link between two very distant generations to come together and realize that they have more things in common that they previously thought.
6 pm On the track of Robert Van Gulik (90’)
Robert van Gulik (1910-1967) is one of the world’s most popular Dutch writers, but relatively unrecognized in his own country. A diplomat, Chinese specialist and scholar, he became famous with his detective series about Judge Tie, which in many ways, are projections of his own life: a permanent duality between his real life and the hero in his books.
- The Director will attend the screening
8 pm Aguagrande in crescento
Venetian historical theater La Fenice during the production of “Aquagranda”, the opera that reenacts the tragic days of 1966, when Venice seemed to be disappearing forever under its waters. Following the composer Perocco, the stage director Michieletto and their team, “Aquagranda in crescendo” tells the birth of a contemporary opera and the story of the days that shook the heart of Venice.
- The director will attend the screening
9.30 pm Scars of Art – Cyprus (64’)
Andrea Palamara & Veronica Astrid Wolff
Two years of pre-production, a month of shooting, 12 artists interviewed.
Scars of Art is the result of a long process started in 2014: during a trip on the island of Cyprus Andrea Palamara and Veronica Wolff met Efthymios Symeou, a contemporary artist specialized in ceramics, living in Larnaka.
During that meeting they became friends and Efthymios began a story that would last until autumn 2016.
Despite our questions about his artistic work, his answers always went back to the history of Cyprus and the conflict that still divides the island into half between the Greek and Turkish part.
During that meeting we understood the indissoluble link that binds each artist to his own history, especially when it is marked by traumatic events such as war.
Hence the decision to invest resources in research and analysis of the relationship between war and contemporary art, intuition driven by the feeling that art can also be read as the elaboration of a collective trauma.
The power of the artistic gesture, often mistakenly considered to be a simple individual act, is the synthesis of a life that embraces the society as a whole and the artist is its expression.
What impact did an event such as a civil war or a military invasion have on the artist? What scars left in their imagination? How do they translate these scars into their artistic gesture, maybe twenty years after the violence?
Such an important and engaging question deserved a documentary.
- The director will attend the screening