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2016 iDOCS International Documentary Forum Screening Schedule

Venue: Beijing Film Academy (Standard Theatre)@ 12—17 /Nov/2016

Date

Time

Film

Country

Duration

12 Nov Sat

13:00

Love Addict

Denmark

82

14:30

The Newsroom - Off the Record Q&A

Denmark

97

18:30

Opening NightTwilight of a LifeQ&A

Israel/Belgium

70

21:00

The Last Card Q&A

Israel

77

13 Nov Sun

15:30

Dreamcatcher

UK

98

17:30

Once My Mother Q&A

Australia/Poland

72

19:10

The Flat Q&A

Israel

97

21:20

Garden LoversQ&A

Finland

72

14 Nov Mon

17:30

Don JuanQ&A

Sweden/Finland

92

19:30

The Closer We Get Q&A

UK

87

21:30

K2Touching the SkyQ&A

Poland

72

15 Nov Tue

17:30

Clear YearsQ&A

Belgium

76

19:20

Still LovedQ&A

UK

77

21:00

Forget Me Not

Germany

88

16 Nov Wed

17:30

Song From the ForestQ&A

Germany

96

19:20

A FAMILY AFFAIR Q&A

Netherlands

110

21:40

7 Days in St. Petersburg

Israel

60

17 Nov Thu

17:30

A Strange Love Affair with Ego

Netherlands

90

19:00

Toto and His Sisters

Germany/Romania

93

20:40

Closing Film: Cow, Cheese and 3 Kids Q&A

Switzerland

93

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2016 iDOCS International Documentary Forum Screening film Synopsis

Film

Duration (min)

Synopsis

Love Addict

82

How does it feel to be addicted to love? To rush from zero to velcro at first sight? Through seven personal stories comes a tale of the longing for life’s ultimate aphrodisiac: Love. Addicts trapped in a fantasy, riding high on the white horse of eternal, passionate love. A film about the all-consuming obsession to obtain and arrest the love of others. The give and take between trust and neglect, dreams and delusions, pleasure and pain, sanity and insanity and the inescapable fact that in the end we all just want to love and be loved in return.

The Newsroom - Off the Record

97

Danes love to berate their major national tabloidpaper, Ekstra Bladet. The paper is persistently accused of going too far and being immoral and sensationalistic. Of going after the scandal, prying into the private lives of celebrities and displaying unscrupulously exaggerated placards.Still, the more than 100-year-old newspaper has become an institution in the Danish media. And despite the Danes’ reservations, Ekstra Bladet still sets the agenda when it takes on the role as ‘watchdog of society’ and ‘spokesman of the common man’.

Twilight of a Life

70

The mother of Sylvain Biegeleisen, a film director, is 94 years old, but in her mind she is still 20. She laughs, smokes cigarettes, sings and kisses. She is confined to bed, and her son spends hours of intimacy with her, which range from complete clarity and assertiveness to moments of loss of memory in which she uses another language, the language of caress.This is a movie with a great sense of humor, joy and optimism, even when it touches upon the possibility of an imminent separation."I'm always fighting", says the mother. "There's always something worth holding out for..."

The Last Card

77

Director Sylvain Biegeleisen came to Antwerp in Belgium when he was nearly sixty years old. And he tried to talk once with his 87-year-old mother in front of the camera, who still resides here. They opened up in front of the camera and faced the silence and injustice bravely. Simultaneously, an appeasement is achieved with the help of the camcorder, which is based on the deep understanding of each other.

Dreamcatcher

98

Dreamcatcher, about the world of prostitution and sexual abuse of underage girls in ChicagoThe film explores its subject through the story of an ex-prostitute, Brenda Myers-Powell, who has rebuilt her life and set up a foundation to help escapees.

Once My Mother

72

Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz investigates the reasons why her Polish mother abandoned her in an orphanage as a child and uncovers the truth behind her mother’s wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, leaving Sophia to confront her own capacity for forgiveness.

The Flat

97

The grandmother passed away at the age of 98. Before this, the family was called upon to clear out what was left in the flat: objects, pictures, letters, documents and so on. The film which begins with the emptying out of a flat develops into a riveting adventure, involving unexpected national interests, a friendship that crosses enemy lines, and deeply repressed family emotions. And even reveals some secrets that should have probably remained untold…

A FAMILY AFFAIR

110

Tom Fassaert explores the brittle history of his own family, which is characterized by conflict. On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne to come visit her in South Africa. His journey, leading past four generations, becomes complicated when his grandmother makes an unexpected confession.

A Strange Love Affair with Ego

90


Admiration for her sister Rowan’s self-confidence leads filmmaker Ester Gould on a personal exploration of our narcissistic culture, with disconcerting results. A remarkable journey past four life stages and the fundamental need to be seen.

The Closer We Get

87

Karen’s mother Ann suffers a devastating stroke that brings her daughter back home. But Karen isn’t the only one who comes back to help care for Ann in the crisis: Her prodigal father - the endearing yet unfathomable Ian, who’s been separated from Ann for years - also reappears. Reunited so unexpectedly, and armed with her camera, Karen seizes this last chance to go under the skin of the family story before it’s too late.With candour, warmth and much unexpected humour, Karen’s role as family confidante, busybody, therapist and spy brings to life both an extraordinary story and a profound portrait of family survival.

Garden Lovers

72

Garden Lovers is a documentary love story about Finnish couples who have a passion for gardening. The film with comic undertones looks at their stories behind the hedges. The garden provides a framework for tales of relationship conflicts and joys; it depicts the many ways in which life can flourish; it gives strength and unites, but it also becomes a meeting place for farewells. There is an invisible bond that grows between the couples in the film; they comment and comfort each other with their own stories.

Still Loved

77

Over three years we explore the complexity and reality for families surviving baby loss. Giving an unexpected voice to bereaved fathers, who speak candidly for the first time providing an additional perspective to that offered by mothers, grandparents and siblings. This is a brave, inclusive and ultimately life affirming film celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.

Don Juan

92

Twenty-two-year-old Oleg doesn’t live up to his mother Marina’s idea of a real man. She thinks he’s an autistic loafer. He’s enrolled at the University of Nizhny Novgorod and is supposed to be watching online lectures, but his mother says all he actually does is hang around watching TV. Oleg doesn’t have any need for friendships, either. Marina wants him to improve his life and subjects him to a series of unconventional treatments. Don Juan raises questions about the distinction between introversion and autism. When will Oleg be allowed to be himself at last? Salvation eventually comes from an unexpected source. It is an encouraging victory for humanity, as well as a comment on mental health care.

Clear Years

76

Shooted during nine years, this movie tries to tell the pregnancy of a father, the quest of happiness and the mystery of love.

Song From the Forest

96

Song From The Forest documents the life of the US citizen Louis Sarno who has lived with the Bayaka pygmies in the Central African jungle for the past 25 years. When Louis leaves with his son by his Bayaka wife Samedi for a journey to New York City, his seemingly utopian world goes off kilter. In a moving epic, Michael Obert sensitively draws the portrait of an exceptional person between two cultures, between giant forest trees and skyscrapers.

Forget Me Not

88

In FORGET ME NOT, David Sieveking portrays the domestic care of his mother Gretel, who, like millions of others, is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.David’s parents were active in the student movement of the 1960s and led an „open relationship“, which is now being tested in a dramatic way through the mother’s illness.The changes taking place within the mother forces the family to deal with its own conflicts and even teaches them new ways to express their feelings and experience intimacy, bringing them all closer together.

7 Days in St. Petersberg

60

The film follows Liza's visit to St. Petersburg. Liza immigrated to Israel following her son Leonid. A year later, he decided to return to Russia, and she remained in Israel with the rest of her family. Their encounter is a tumultuous emotional journey, through which they eventually reach at a moment where one true hug is possible. It is a poetic, delicate film about the relationship between parent and child, and the nature of dependency between them that is prone to change as time goes by.

K2Touching the Sky

72

In the summer of 1986, several dozen alpinists from all over the world meet at the Base Camp of K2, second highest summit on the planet. Their goal is to climb this extremely difficult, rarely conquered, 8-thousand meter peak. But very soon a series of accidents happened and 13 climbers dead. Almost 30 years later, Eliza, the director of the film and an alpinist herself, together with an international group of grown-up children of climbers, sets out on an expedition to reach K2 base camp, symbolic burial place for those who lost their lives on the mountain. This movie is a multilayered psychological portrait of people who are coping to understand the choices of their parents or their own passion.

Toto and His Sisters

93

A documentary about the lives of three children, Toto, Andreea and Ana, as they await the return of their mother from prison after years spent living on their own.In the film, Alexander Nanau works in a purely observational manner, offers a fascinating and disturbing entree into the lives of three kids in a Bucharest slum.

Cow, Cheese and 3 Kids

93

The story revolves around three children from a ‘broad’ world in the Alps, who are Kinder Braida (8), Marchet (6) and Jon (3) respectively. They are all day around with cows and cheese during the summer in Safiental Valley, with participating in the labor and learning in the play. Through eyes of these children, we can see their experiences in the Alps and their parents (Anna and Carl)’ educational point of view, which dissolves into the simple life. The film arouses public reflections on consumption, comfortably modern life, media network and other related problems.






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