Feature (official selection - TIFF 2015)


Xenia
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Panos H.KOUTRAS

Drama | Greece, France, Belgium | 2014 | 134’

 

After the death of their mother, Dany, 16, leaves Crete to join his older brother, Odysseas, who lives in Athens. Born from an Albanian mother and a Greek father they never met, the two brothers, strangers in their own country, decide to go to Thessaloniki to look for their father and force him to officially recognize them. At the same time in Thessaloniki, is held the selection for the cult show, “Greek Star.” Dany dreams that his brother Odysseas, a gifted singer, could become the new star of the contest, in a country that refuses to accept them.

 

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Sworn virgin
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Laura BISPURI

Drama | Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo, France | 2015 | 87’

 

Hana Doda, still a girl, escapes from her destiny of being a wife and a servant, a future imposed on women in the harsh mountains of Albania. Following his uncle’s guide, she appeals to the old law of the Kanun, which gives women, taking an oath of eternal virginity, the chance to embrace a rifle and live free as men. For everybody Hana becomes Mark, a “sworn virgin”. But something alive pulses and frets under these new clothes. Her choice becomes her prison and those immense mountains seem so narrow now.

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She Comes Back On Thursday
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André NOVAIS OLIVEIRA

Documentary | Brasil | 2014 | 108’

 

With its obvious simplicity, the film’s title happens to set the mood of the film, or at least its guiding principle: staying anchored in everyday life. More precisely, the life of Maria José and Norberto, who have been married for 35 years and who live in Contagem, in the suburbs of Belo Horizonte. Their marriage is on the rocks, which leads their two sons to also wonder about the future of their own relationships with their wives. The story is quite ordinary. How can one capture such an impercep- tible shift in the heart of the banality of things, only made more noticeable by a crisis? Filming his own family, his own parents, his brother and himself, André Novais Oliveira has chosen to take his time. He shots long sequences, leaving enough time for the fictional situations on which he puts his characters to grow and unfold.

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Raul
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Matías VENABLES

Drama | Chile | 2014 | 73’

 

 

About to turn 30 years working in the barber shop he inherited from his parents, Raúl starts to change his daily routine, in order to have something new to tell to his customers.

He tries to get closer to his neighbors, visits a bar near his home, and spends some time in the neighborhood square, where he meets a lady with whom he establishes a strange relationship. Eventually, he realizes that he is much closer to the solution of his problems than he could have imagined.


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Pikadero
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Ben SHARROCK

Comedy, Drama | Spain, UK | 2015 | 99’

 

Unable to fly the nest due to the economic crisis that grips Spain, a penniless, young couple have trouble consummating their fledgling relationship in their parents’ homes.

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