Documentary (official selection - TIFF 2011)

We're Not In Paradise
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Director:  Lendita Zeqiraj

Title in English:  We're Not In Paradise
Original title:  On est pas au paradis

2011/ France/ HD/ 30’/ Documentary/ Colour

Script:  Lendita Zeqiraj; Photography:  Remi Mazet; Editing:  Amir Hamdani, Nidham Farah, Lendita Zeqiraj; Sound:  Pellumb Ballata;  Leading actors:  Fouad Chengui, Retbi, Krucial; Producer: Lendita Zeqiraj;

Blurred and forgotten identity as the pervasive French culture absorbs their North African heritage, growing up in the concrete wastelands of France’s low-income in the suburbs (banlieues), wounded by rejection, the only way left of expressing their rage and pain is rap.

The Conversation
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Director:  Piotr Sułkowski

Title in English:  The Conversation
Original title:  Rozmowa

2011/ Poland/ MiniDv/ 16’/ Documentary/ Colour

Script:  Piotr Sułkowski; Photography:  Michał Gruszczyński; Editing:  Piotr Sułkowski, Joanna Więckowska; Sound:  Ewa Bogusz; Producer:  Andrzej Bednarek, Piotr Sułkowski

He is serving life imprisonment. She was sentenced to 25 years in prison.Agnieszka and Janusz had met eight years ago writing letters. Until this film they have never seen each other before.

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Director:  Zohar Elefant

Title in English: Sivan
Original title: Sivan

2010/ Israel/ HD/ 13’/ Documentary/ Colour

Photography:  Zohar Elelfant; Producer: Zohar Elelfant;

Sivan is a documentary which diverge the gaze away from the players' movements on a soccer field, focusing instead on the facial expressions of a single viewer. Zohar Elefant turns the camera away from the football match and fixing it on an individual character amidst the crowd serves to lure the viewer into the real drama of the event, which takes place discretely inside the mind of every fan in the gallery.

Puerta De Golpe
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Director:  Lucas Bonolo

Title in English:  Puerta De Golpe
Original title: Puerta De Golpe

2011/ Cuba/ HD/ 13’/ Documentary/ Colour

Script: Lucas Bonolo; Photography: Camilio Soratti; Editing: Tiago Therien; Sound: Sergio F. Borros; Producer:   Camelia Farfán

In a Cuban village called Puerta de Golpe, the documental camera assumes the eye of a stranger, finding a humble community devastated by the last hurricane which passed through two years ago. Among faces, houses and landscapes, another side of the island of Cuba is revealed, filled with silence and solitude. A narrator describes this reality and suggests new meanings for what he sees, while a strange cold wind blows through the town, bringing perhaps another hurricane.

Leonids Story
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Director: Rainer Ludwings

Title in English: Leonids Story
Original title: Istoriya Leonida

2011/ Germany& Ukraine/ HD/ 18’53’’/ Documentary/ Colour

Script: Rainer Ludwings; Photography: Rainer Ludwigs, Ruediger Lubricht; Editing: Rainer Ludwings; Animation: Rainer Ludwings; Music: Andre Feldhaus; Sound: Sven Bien; Leading actors: Leonid Korzh, Lyudmilla Korzh; Producer: Tetyana Chernyavska

A Soviet family searching for a modest paradise is swept into an immense disaster. This magically animated film combines drawing, photography and documentary video to capture the surreal emotions of the too-real tragedy: Chernobyl 1986. Leonid grew up in the village next to the reactor. The catastrophe broke his life, ruined his health, and threatened his unborn child. Yet his work takes him right into the contaminated zone. This animated film tells his story.

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