About the Clouds

Argentina, FID Marseille competition 2022, Best Film FIC Valdivia, Best Director Mexico Black Canvas

Feature film by Maria Aparicio

Synopsis

Ramiro is a cook in a bar. Hernán is an unemployed technician. Nora is a nurse in a public hospital. Lucía is an employee in a bookstore. Four stories and a black and white city with a cloudy sky. None of them know each other, they are only inhabitants of the same city. Continuer la lecture

Bentu

Italy, Venice Giornate di Autori 2022

Feature film by Salvatore Mereu

Synopsis

Raffaele has just gathered up his little pile of grain, which will be his provision for an entire year. Not wishing to be caught unprepared, he has been sleeping in the country for days, far from everybody, waiting for the wind to arrive and help him at last to separate the wheat-grains from the chaff. But the wind will not show up. Only Angelino arrives to visit him every day, making him feel less lonely. Maybe one day, when he has grown up, Raffaele may lend him his indomitable mare and he will finally manage to ride her. But Angelino does not want to wait… Continuer la lecture

Concrete Valley

Canada, Toronto Wavelenghts 2022, Berlinale Forum 2023

Feature Film by Antoine Bourges

Synopsis

Rashid (Hussam Douhna), a doctor from Syria, struggles to adjust to his life in Canada
after five years in Toronto’s Thorncliffe Park with his wife Farah (Amani Ibrahim) and son
Ammar (Abdullah Nadaf). He tries to hold on to his old identity by working as an
unlicensed doctor for his neighbours. While Farah becomes more involved in their local
community, tensions between her and Rashid begin to take their toll on their fragile

Geographies of Solitude

Canada, Berlinale Forum 2022 -Ecumenical Award, Arthouse Cinema Award, Caligari Film Prize-, Jeonju Grand Prize, Hot Docs Best Film & Best Emerging Director, Las Palmas Best Film

Documentary by Jacquelyn Mills

Synopsis

Geographies of Solitude is an immersion into the rich landscapes of Sable Island and the life of Zoe Lucas, a naturalist and environmentalist who has lived over 40 years on this remote strip of land. Continuer la lecture

Shivamma

India, Busan 2022 new currents award winner, Nantes 3 Continents young jury award

First feature film by Jayshankar Aryar

Synopsis

Shivamma (46), a mother of two and the wife of an ailing bedridden husband, works as a government school mid-day meal cook in a small village. She is the only active working member of her family. Her entire family is in the process of finding a suitable groom for her daughter, though she has her own affair running alongside. Continuer la lecture

The Plains

Australia, Rotterdam Tiger competition 2022, Bildrausch Film Basel Best Film

First docu-fiction by David Easteal

Synopsis

Every evening a man in his late 50s commutes home at the end of the working day in the outer suburbs of Melbourne. As the seasons pass in gentle rhythm we observe dramatic events of his life as well as mundane quotidian details, and learn more about the man, his inner conflicts and the relationships in his life—with his wife, his mother, deceased sister, and a younger co-worker whom he occasionally drives home. Within the microcosm of the car the film ultimately becomes a meditation on the passage of time, memory, work, and how love and the relationships in our life sustain us. Continuer la lecture

The River is not a Border

France, Locarno Critic’s Week 2022, IDFA

Documentary by Alassane Diago

Synopsis

Forty protagonists, witnesses and victims, look back at the 1989 massacres on both sides of the Senegal River, the border between Mauritania and Senegal, in order to understand what really happened, and try to take a step towards reconciliation together. Continuer la lecture

Tora’s Husband

India , Toronto Platform, Busan A Window on Asian Cinema 2022

Feature Film by Rima Das

Synopsis

Loss and lockdowns, life and death – like everywhere around the world, a small-town businessman in Assam is grappling with uncertainty and restlessness. Continuer la lecture

Voyages en Italie

France 2023, Rotterdam Big Screen competition

Feature Film by Sophie Letourneur

Synopsis

A French couple burnt out by the routine of their daily family life decides after much hesitation to travel to Sicily for a short holiday. Voyages en Italie depicts the neuroses and eccentricities of Jean-Philippe and Sophie, the gracious dynamics of their relationship and the depth of their affection and intimacy. Continuer la lecture

We Had the Day Bonsoir

France, FID Marseille 2022 French competition Grand Prize & Prize of the National Center for Plastic Arts (CNAP), Rotterdam Harbour 2023

A film by Narimane Mari

Synopsis

Dying is an adventure, the last one, and we lived it. But what’s great is that we have added this film project like a future. Michel was involved right up until the end… and I can hear him telling me « there is no end ». Continuer la lecture