Chilly Gonzales is a Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist and entertainer. Criss-crossing between rap, electro and solo piano music, he became the outrageous pop performer who invited himself to the ivory tower of classical music. The eccentric artist inspires and collaborates with the likes of Feist, Jarvis Cocker, Peaches, Daft Punk and Drake. Change seems to be the only constant in Gonzales' journey. Every time his audience thinks it has finally figured him out, he makes a radical move and breaks with its expectations. The cinematic documentary Shut Up And Play The Piano follows Gonzales from his native Canada to late 90's underground Berlin, and via Paris to the world's great philharmonic halls. It dives deep into the dichotomy of Gonzales' stage persona, where self-doubt and megalomania are just two sides of the same coin. The playfulness of his character is mirrored in the look of the film. Using Gonzales' extensive video archive in a rather unorthodox manner, Shut Up And Play The Piano explores his persona by interweaving newly shot interviews and concert scenes with fictional materials of totally different time periods. Reality and fiction blur together as we embark on a trip through Chilly Gonzales' world.
Leonidas, a 33-year old punk rock paraplegic, and his friends plan to climb on the highest peak of Mount Olympus. For whom is it going to be more difficult?
The documentary by Stratis Chatzielenoydas follows and records an epic showdown with nature, the ethereal mountain and the dream, albeit occasional, transcending human boundaries. Stratis Chatzielenoydas was born in 1982 in Athens where he lives and works as a director/screenwriter. He has directed documentaries, video clips and several short films that have been screened and competed in international festivals
The Money Stone is the coming-of-age story of two boys fighting for their dreams among the deadly gold mines of Ghana. As a modern-day gold rush draws both international corporations and local prospectors eager to strike it rich, struggling families must decide whether to put their faith in school or take a gamble in the dangerous pits. Through the dramatic stories of Justice and Maxwell, "The Money Stone" takes an intimate look at the stark choices some kids face in hopes of finding a better future.
In a classroom newly arrived refugees learn a lesson about multifarious Europe. Operating at the intersection of fiction and documentary, Stranger in Paradise reflects on the power relations between Europeans and refugees in a candid fashion.
Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.
"The story of a Baltic German refugee who became the father of light to Lapland."
Filmmaker Antti Haase takes us on a personal journey, learning about his fathers’ legacy. Baltic German refugee Gunnar Haase arrived in Finnish Lapland in 1945 to repair the destruction left by his compatriots after World War II. Antti’s father Hannu continued grandfather Gunnar’s mission to bring electricity to Lapland - the powerlines finally reaching the very last Lapland home on the 23th July,1987. Rural electrification was an enormous undertaking; it brought modern life and equality to people still living in the harsh nature. And while the undertaking took a heavy toll, it also illuminated the way forward. “The Illuminators” is an inspiring story about courage and social progress as well as sons following in their father’s footsteps.
In the turmoil following the Iranian revolution that changed not only the political history of Iran but also of the world, pictures of Khomeini and Shariati were everywhere around Tehran. The manifold diversity of slogans added new colours to the city. Then the Iran-Iraq war broke out. Images of martyrs, military leaders and death-defying heroes were now the main subjects. The walls of the city became the social and political thermometre of Iranian society. A new space for public expression was born. Thus, the film conveys the story of the thirty years that extend from the inception of the Islamic revolution to the re-election of Mahmud Ahmadinejad in 2009. Unfortunately, right after the completion of the film, director Keywan Karimi had to face charges of insulting the government and Islam, resulting in a conviction of six years inprison and 223 lashes. After many appeals and pleas, the prison years were reduced to one but the lashes were not remitted. Writing on the City is one the best Iranian documentaries of recent years. The fight for Keywan Karimi goes on. won the special jury prize Punto de vista film festival.
Nikos Mamangakis speaks from his heart for the last time. Familiar and unknown, international and local, elitist and popular, he served many musical species and left behind emblematic works. Unique salvaged pieces from his last concert and the rehearsals, important audiovisual material, are framing 84 years of musical life, heritage of passion for the human, art and life.
Far from home, 17-year-old Ying Ling practices for her examination to become a mortician at one of China's largest funeral homes. The everyday routine of this unusual occupation also serves up both humorous and life affirming moments * British Independent Film Award
By the time the peace agreement between the Colombian government and FARC-EP was signed (December 2016), a group of more than 200 rebels of the 6th Front entered a Transition and Normalisation Zone in Monteredondo, Cauca. The filmmaker entered this camp in January 2017 and followed several FARC rebels in their demobilisation process throughout the coming year. The rebels talk about their experiences during the war, the reasons for joining the guerrilla, and their dreams for the future. Throughout the documentary we see how they prepare themselves for a life without arms. But insecurities arise when armed groups get closer to the demobilization camp, and the government seems unable to fulfil its promises of Peace and wellbeing to the former combatants. • Festival por los Derechos Humanos (Bogotá, Colombia )Award: Best Feature Documentary
Two tribes in the Ecuadorian Amazon struggle to preserve their culture and way of life against the encroachment of oil companies. 'The Last Guardians' offers a unique insight into the way that indigenous people live and see the world, and also a warning of what the world stands to lose if their rights and beliefs are not respected.
Shot with the Sapara and Kichwa Nations, their messages resonate strongly in our era of climate crisis and environmental degradation, adding to the rising tide of awareness on the great value of indigenous knowledge at this time for the global community.
Winner @ Napoli Human Rights Film Festival
In this portrait of Kostis Papagiorgis we follow the story of the essayist’s life from
his birth in 1947 to his death in 2014, discovering the way his writings develop
and how his character is reflected in them. This documentary is a jigsaw
puzzle, or rather a musical score, composed of Kostis’ words and the images
that his writings inspire. The actor Akilas Karazissis reads extracts of his books,
while Argyris Pandazaras reads extracts of his notes and his rare interviews in
the press. Maria Panourgia also appears alongside them impersonating images
that are mentioned in the essayist’s books. Renowned intellectuals, artists,
relatives or ordinary working people add their own touches to the portrait and
somehow confirm, in their own way, the truth of his writings. Among them are
the writer Zyranna Zateli, the publishers Thanassis Kastaniotis and Julia Tsiakiri,
the poets Nikos Panagiotopoulos and Michalis Ganas, the philosophers Stelios
Ramfos and Christos Yannaras, Kostis’ wife Rania Stathopoulou and his step
son Thanassis Korras,the singer Orfeas Peridis, the essayist Antonis Zeros.
and many others.
* Awarded at the recent Thessaloniki Festival by the Panhellenic Association of Film Critics
Talal Derki returns to his homeland where he gains the trust of a radical Islamist family, sharing their daily life for over two years. His camera focuses on Osama and his younger brother Ayman, providing an extremely rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate.
Grand Jury Prize of Sundance Film Festival 2018