14 Jan 19:00

Subtraction (Tafrigh)

Iran, France, 2022, 107'

Screenplay: Amir Reza Koohestani, Mani Haghighi 
Cinematography: Morteza Najafi
Editing: Meysam Molaei
Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti (Farzaneh/Bita), Navid Mohammadzadeh (Jalal/Mohsen), Ali Bagheri (Farzanehin tast), Esmail PoorReza, Farham Azizi, Vahid Aghapour, Soheyla Razavi, Saeed Changizian
festivals, awards (selection): Toronto 2022

A suspense-ridden psychological drama, the story of a young couple finding their doppelgängers in the middle of Tehran is a new masterpiece by a renowned Iranian director Mani Haghighi who adopts an aesthetic of muted colours and a rain-battered cityscape. 

Farzaneh is a pregnant young driving instructor who lives with her husband Jalal. Their marriage is far from ideal, especially because Farzaneh is suffering from chronic depression. One day she spots her husband walking into an unknown woman’s house. When she confronts Jalal, he claims he wasn't in town at that time. With the help of her brother-in-law, Farzaneh decides to look into the matter herself. 

 

Primarily it’s about issues of identity and marriage. It’s a film about a person who remembers how their partner used to be when they first met. There is a distinction between who the partner is now, after a long relationship, after ten years, and when they first met. It is as if you are meeting the person you met ten years ago again, for the first time. And you must choose between the two versions of them. It is challenging and it is your choice to see what you want to see in the other.
Mani Haghighi
 

Mani Haghighi 
Born in 1969 in Tehran. Haghighi received his basic education in Iran, later attending Appleby College in Canada. He took a BA in philosophy in Montréal and directed plays. He moved back to Iran in 2001 and made television commercials, educational films and documentaries. His first feature film, Abadan, was made with no official shooting permit. It was the first Iranian independent feature film to be shot with a digital camera.
 

Filmography (selection) 
2003 Abadan
2006 Kargaran mashghoole karand (Men at Work) 
2007 Canaan
2012 Paziraie sadeh (Modest Reception)
2016 Ejdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
2018 Pig
2022 Tafrigh (Subtraction)

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21 Jan 19:00

Naš dom (Utama)

Bolivia, Uruguay, France , 2022, 87'
Directed by: Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Screenplay: Alejandro Loayza Grisi
Cinematography: Fernando Epstein
Cast: José Calcina (Virginio), Luisa Quispe (Sisa), Candelaria Quispe (Elena), Placide Ali (Eugenia), Félix Ticona (Estanis), Santos Choque (Clever)
Festivals, awards (selection): Sundance 2022 (Grand Jury Prize, Audience Award), Cyprus 2022, Malaga 2022 (Best Iberoamerican Film, Best Director, Best Music, Special Critics Award, San Francisco 2022, Transylvania 2022, Istanbul 2022

 

A festival favourite, Utama is a visually arresting, vividly coloured story about an elderly couple’s struggle to remain alive in the drought-ravaged Bolivian highlands. 

On the parched expanses of the Bolivian Altiplano, Virginio and Sisa, an elderly Quechuan couple played by non-pros and a real-life couple, eke out a basic existence as llama farmers (“Utama” is Quechuan for “our home”). An extended drought has made an already challenging subsistence into a precarious struggle for survival. When the couple’s grandson, Clever, comes to visit from the city, they refuse to flee to the city. Would sacrificial offerings to the gods help? Is it true that when a condor feels it has become useless, it goes to the top of a mountain, folds its wings, and abandons itself to the void? In the world of Utama, the parched land, the flaming sunsets and majestic mountains fuel our imagination and imbue everyday realities with a mythical quality.


 

 

I have more of a knack for images, rather than words. Silence can say so much more than words, and glances definitely say a lot more because the way people look cannot conceal what they feel. I wanted to use all of that, glances as well as silence, and I wanted the unexplored landscapes to talk, too. Likewise, I thought that in a relationship involving a couple who have lived together for so many years, which is the case for the protagonists, you wouldn’t need to talk a lot, because everything is said through small gestures or expressions.
Alejandro Loayza Grisi

Alejandro Loayza Grisi
A Bolivian filmmaker born in 1985. His debut feature, Utama, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Dramatic Competition. Loayza Grisi first built an artistic career in still photography, holding exhibitions, issuing publications and winning two national awards in Bolivia. He started out on his filmmaking career as a director of photography. 

Filmography (selection) 
2022 Utama (Our Home)
 

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7 Jan 19:00

Peter von Kant

France, 2022, 84'
Directed by: François Ozon

Screenplay: François Ozon (priredba po Rainerju Wernerju Fassbinderju)
Cinematography: Manu Dacosse
Editing: Laure Gardette
Cast Denis Ménochet (Peter von Kant), Stéfan Crépon (Karl), Isabelle Adjani (Sidonie), Khalil Gharbia (Amir), Hanna Schygulla (Rosemarie), Aminthe Audiard (Gabrielle)
Festivali, nagrade (izbor): Berlinale 2022
Laure Gardette
Festivals, awards (selection): Berlinale 2022

Loosely adapted from Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, Ozon’s cheeky take is a feast of satirical humour. A behind-the-scenes glimpse at stardom and an exposé of the balance of power in the relationship between an influential artist and his muse.

Peter von Kant is a successful film director. He lives with his assistant Karl, whom he likes to mistreat and humiliate. Sidonie is the great actor who was his muse for many years. She introduces him to Amir, a handsome young man of modest means. Peter falls in love with Amir on the spot and offers to share his apartment with him and help him break into the film industry. The plan works, but as soon as he acquires fame, Amir breaks up with Peter, leaving him alone to face his demons.

/…/ it was clear how I should revisit the text: I would change the character of Petra into a man, Peter von Kant, and make him a director. This lets me talk about Fassbinder but also, in a mirroring effect, about myself. I “betrayed” Fassbinder in order to better find him and to find myself in this universal story of amorous passion, which is more topical than ever and explores questions of power, influence and submission in the creative process and in the muse-Pygmalion relationship.
François Ozon

François Ozon 
Born in 1967 in Paris. After obtaining a master's degree in film from Paris I University, he studied directing at the famous French film school, La Fémis. Many of his short films have screened at various international festivals. Sitcom, his first feature, was in competition at the 1998 Cannes Festival. The rare combination of humour, sensitivity and psychology has earned him international acclaim and established him as one of the most daring and original French directors.

Filmography (selection)
2000 Gouttes d’eau sur pierres brulantes (Water Drops on Burning Rocks)
2002 8 femmes (8 Women)
2003 Swimming Pool (Bazen)
2004 5 x 2
2010 Potiche 
2013 Jeune et Jolie (Young and Beautiful)
2020 Été 85 (Summer of 85)
2021 Peter von Kant
 

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13 Jun 19:00

Tori & Lokita (Tori et Lokita)

Belgium, France, 2022; 88'
Directed by and screenplay: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne;

In their signature realistic style, the Dardenne brothers relate a touching story about the exploitation of young African migrants arriving in Europe.

The Belgian authorities are grilling Lokita, a young African woman, over the details of how she supposedly found her brother Tori in a West African orphanage when he was eight years old, despite not having seen him since he was a baby. She can’t answer because it is indeed a lie. The two children, biologically unrelated and actually from two different countries, met while traveling to Europe together and became firm friends. They work together by night at a nearby Italian restaurant. But the kids have been drawn reluctantly into the criminal underworld to pay debts and send desperately needed money back home.

 

Our film tells the story of a friendship, a beautiful and intense friendship. It wasn’t until we imagined such a friendship as the core of our film that we felt that our two main characters, Lokita and Tori, were coming to life as unique human beings, that they were moving beyond the media-defined image of those young migrants known as ‘unaccompanied foreign minors’.
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

About director
Brothers Jean-Pierre (b. 1951) and Luc (b. 1954) are an acclaimed Belgian filmmaking duo. In 1975, they established the Dérives production company, and in 1981 the Films Dérives Production. Together, they have produced over fifty TV documentaries. Jean-Pierre works at the Audio Visual Department of the Liege University, and Luc teaches at the Free University of Brussels. Two of their films, Rosetta and The Child, won the Palme d’Or Award at Cannes.

Tori & Lokita (Tori et Lokita)

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Cast: Pablo Schils (Tori), Joely Mbundu (Lokita), Alban Ukaj (Betim), Tijmen Govaerts (Luckas), Charlotte De Bruyne (Margot), Nadege Ouedraogo (Justine), Marc Zinga (Firmin), Amel Benaissa, El Alami Bilel, Claire Bodson, Annette Closset, Adrienne D'Anna, Sandrine Desmet, Ngindu Tshimpanga Dieudonné, Thomas Doret, Monia Douieb, Frédéric Dussenne, Cohen-Hadria Emma
 

Producent: Les Films du Fleuve, Archipel 35; distribucija: Fivia

 

12 May 19:00

R.M.N.

Romania, France, Belgium, Sweden, 2022; 125'
Directed by and screenplay: Cristian Mungiu

Rather than a mystical land of fantastic tales, Cristian Mungiu's Transylvania is a cauldron of xenophobic anxieties echoing modern Europe’s ongoing problems.

A few days before Christmas, having quit his job in Germany, Matthias returns to his multi-ethnic Transylvanian village. He wishes to involve himself more in the education of his son, Rudi, left for too long in the care of his mother, Ana, and to rid the boy of the unresolved fears that have taken hold of him. He’s preoccupied with his father, Otto, and also eager to see his ex-lover, Csilla. When a few new workers are hired at the small factory that Csilla manages, the peace of the community is disturbed. Underlying frustrations, conflicts and passions erupt through the thin veneer of apparent understanding.

 

 

The film is not about a situation in Transylvania and not even about Romanians, Hungarians and Germans sharing the same territory. It is set there but it’s also about Russians and Ukrainians, whites and blacks, Sunni and Shia, rich and poor, even tall and short. Whenever there’s a second person in the room, they will be perceived as being from another tribe and therefore a potential enemy.
Cristian Mungiu

About director
Born in 1968 in Romania. After studying English literature he worked as a teacher and journalist for a few years. He then obtained a BA in film directing in Bucharest. Mungiu first made several short films, and in 2002 debuted with his feature film, Occident, which won several international awards. In 2007, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days won the Palme d’Or, marking the first time this coveted prize was awarded to a Romanian filmmaker.

R.M.N.

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Cast: Marin Grigore, Judith State, Macrina Barladeanu, Orsolya Moldován, Rácz Endre (Tibi), József Bíró, Ovidiu Crisan

Producent: Mobra Film, Why Not Productions, Filmgate Films, France 3 Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve, Wild Bunch, Film i väst


 

17 Apr 19:00

Alcarràs

Španija, Italija, 2022; 120 minut
Režija: Carla Simón

A tribute to fading traditions, Alcarras tells a heartfelt story about a family of peach growers whose livelihood is threatened by the new socio-economic realities. Berlinale 2022 Golden Bear for Best Film.

For as long as they can remember, the Solé family have spent every summer picking the peaches in their orchard in Alcarras, a small village in Spain’s Catalonia region. But this year’s crop may well be their last, as they face eviction. The new plans for the land, which include cutting down the peach trees and installing solar panels, cause a rift in this large, tight-knit family. For the first time, they face an uncertain future and risk losing more than their orchard.

 

 

My family grows peaches and they’re still doing it. When we started this project, I said: “We need a happy ending.” But then we talked to other farming families and saw that they had no hope. So many people are leaving their land – there is no generational takeover. Not because the kids don’t want to do it, they just don’t get paid properly. There are protests every year, but they don’t get much out of it. I needed to show what agriculture is today, not what is used to be.
Carla Simón

About director
Born in Barcelona, in 1986. After studying audio-visual communication in Barcelona, she directed TV series for the Catalan television and then attended the London Film School.
An acclaimed screenwriter and director, Simón actively participates in the Cinema en Curs, a film education project. In 2013, she founded Young For Film!, an organisation that fosters young audiences’ appreciation of cinema.

Alcarràs

17 Apr 19:00
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Screenplay: Arnau Vilaró, Carla Simón
Cast: Jordi Pujol Dolcet (Qumet), Anna Otin (Dolors), Xenia Roset (Mariona), Albert Bosch (Roger), Ainet Jounou (Iris), Josep Abad (Rogelio), Montse Oró (Nati), Carles Cabós (Cisco), Berta Pipó (Gloria)

Producent: Elastica Films, Avalon Productora Cinematográfica, Vilaüt Film

 

28 Mar 19:00

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Butan, China 2019; 109 minut
Directed by: Pawo Choyning Dorji

The Bhutan nominee for the 2022 Academy Award for Best International Feature Film, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom is a visually elaborate meditation on a sense of purpose and happiness found in the least expected places.

Ugyen is a disillusioned schoolteacher and aspiring musician in Bhutan’s capital city, Thimphu. With one year left under his current teaching contract, he is eager to cut out for Australia in pursuit of a singing career when he is abruptly reassigned to the village of Lunana, and the most remote school in the country. With no electricity let alone a blackboard to work with, Ugyen is nonetheless presented with the chance for a new connection to music, and an unexpected sense of purpose within the community’s embrace.

 

I wanted to explore the question: “Is Bhutan really the happiest place in the world?” But rather than providing one answer, I put across this notion that happiness is not what we ultimately seek in life, but it’s the journey we go through to search for what we think we are seeking.
Pawo Choyning Dorji

About director
Born in 1983 in Darjeeling, India. After studying in the United States, he first pursued a career in photography. Returning to India, Dorji met filmmaker Khyentse Norbu and worked with him as director's assistant and producer. His feature-length debut, Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, was nominated for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film.

Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

28 Mar 19:00
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Screenplay: Pawo Choyning Dorji
Cinematography: Jigme Tenzing
Music: Hu Shuai
Cast: Sherab Dorji (Ugyen Dorji), Ugyen Norbu Lhendup (Michen), Kelden Lhamo Gurung (Saldon), Pem Zam (Pem Zam), Sangay Lham (Kencho), Chimi Dem (Pema)

Producent: Dangphu Dingphu: a 3 pigs production

 

9 Feb 19:00

The Banshees of Inisherin

Country, year: Ireland, UK, USA, 2022; 109'
Directed by: Martin McDonagh

Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reunite after more than a decade for another triumph by Irish director Martin McDonagh. Farrell won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival.

1923. Civil war is raging in mainland Ireland. Just a stone’s throw away from the tumult of war, on a remote island off the west Irish coast, life runs its usual course. Pádraic lives with his sister in a humble cottage and makes a living as a dairy farmer. He and his friend, an aging musician Colm, spend their afternoons at the local pub. Padraic and Colm find themselves at an impasse when Colm unexpectedly puts an end to their friendship. A stunned Padraic, aided by his sister Siobhan and troubled young islander Dominic, endeavours to repair the relationship, refusing to take no for an answer. But Padraic’s repeated efforts only strengthen his former friend’s resolve and when Colm delivers a desperate ultimatum, events swiftly escalate, with shocking consequences.

I just wanted to tell a very simple breakup story. And to see how far a simple comedic and dark plot could go. Bringing back Colin and Brendan after 14 years was of the utmost importance in my mind—they were always going to be those two friends falling out. That was the original germ of the idea.
Martin McDonagh

About director
Born into an Irish family in 1970 in London. He left school when he was 16 to pursue his love of playwriting. It was already his first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane (1996), that won a number of awards. Since then McDonagh has gone on to write multiple smash-hit shows and films and win multiple awards, including an Academy Award for Live Action Short Film for Six Shooter. He made his first feature film, In Bruges, in 2008.

The Banshees of Inisherin

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Screenplay: Martin McDonagh
Cinematography: Ben DavisCarter Burwell
Cast: Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Kerry Condon, Barry Keoghan, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, David Pearse, Sheila Flitton, Jon Kenny, Bríd Ní Neachtain 

19 Jan 19:30

Decision to Leave (Heojil kyolshim)

South Korea, 2022, 138'
Directed by: Park Chan-wook

The latest offering from Park Chan-wook, one of South Korea’s most prominent filmmakers, pays a tribute to the legacy of film noir. Best Director Award at Cannes 2022.

A man falls from a mountain peak to his death. The detective in charge, Hae-joon, comes to meet the dead man’s wife Seo-rae. Seo-rae does not show any signs of agitation at her husband’s death. With her behaviour so unlike that of a grieving relative, the police consider her a suspect. Hae-joon interrogates Seo-rae, and while observing her on stakeout, feels himself slowly developing an interest in her. Meanwhile the difficult-to-read Seo-rae, despite being suspected of a crime, acts boldly towards Hae-joon. A suspect who is hiding her true feelings. A detective who suspects and desires his suspect.

 

Decision to Leave is a story for adults. It’s a love story, and also a detective drama. But what I really want to emphasize is that it’s a story about loss, that anyone will be able to relate to. Rather than treat it as a solid tragedy, I tried to express it with subtlety, elegance and humor.
Park Chan-wook

About director
Born in 1963 in Seoul, South Korea. An ardent cinephile, Park juggled film directing and criticism in the 1990s before his commercial breakthrough, Joint Security Area, which broke local box-office records. However, it was his follow-up, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, that formulated Park’s intense, signature cinematic style. Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix for Oldboy and the Jury Prize for Thirst, Park-Chan Wook stands at the forefront of Korean cinema renaissance.

Decision to Leave (Heojil kyolshim)

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Screenplay:
Park Chan-wook, Seo-kyeong Jeong
Cinematography: Kim Ji-yong
Music: Cho Young-wuk
 

Cast: Tang Wei (Seo-rae), Park Hae-il (Hae-jun), Go Kyung-Pyo (Soo-wan), Lee Jung-hyun, Jeong Min Park, Teo Yoo (Lee Joo Im), Jung Yi-seo, Hak-joo Lee, Seo Hyun-woo, Yong-woo Park (Ho-shin), Seung-mok Yoo, Jeong Ha-dam, Yeong-suk Jeong


 

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21 Nov 2022 19:15

Best Short Film: Sierra + Kingfisher Award: Safe Place

Sierra
Estonia, 2022
Directed by Sander Joon; creenplay Sander Joon; animaton Henri Veermäe, Valya Paneva, Teresa Baroet, Sander Joon
format DCP, colour, running time 16'
A father and his son are losing the folkrace. In order to win, the boy turns himself into a car tire.

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Safe Place (Sigurno mjesto)

Directed by: Juraj Lerotić
Croatia, 2022, 102'
Screenplay: Lukas Dhont, Angelo Tijssens
Cinematography:Marko Brdar
Cast: Snježana Sinovčić Šiškov (mama/mother), Goran Marković (Damir), Juraj Lerotić (Bruno)

A traumatic event creates a rift in a family’s everyday existence. The autobiographical aspect of the story is highlighted by the fact that the author/director plays himself.

Damir and Bruno are brothers. Damir has just committed a failed suicide attempt. Bruno and their mother seek to protect Damir not just from himself, but also from the unsympathetic system consisting of rude and suspicious members of the police and the robotic, sometimes even arrogant medical personnel.

 

I based the film on a personal experience. As a filmmaker, I even find some fascination in the fact that the atrocity I lived through was even possible. Until this incident, I hadn’t realised that things could get out of control so quickly, so radically, without any warning or explanation. Slavoj Žižek was once asked why he published so extensively. He replied that in the process of writing he kept saying to himself he’d never publish it. I think I wrote this film in a similar way – I was telling myself I'd never shoot it. I even ended up acting in it. Juraj Lerotić

Best Short Film: Sierra + Kingfisher Award: Safe Place

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