Films 2015

MONK WITH A CAMERA

by Tina Mascara, Guido Santi2014, USA, doc. 90’Nicholas Vreeland walked away from a worldly life of privilege to become a Tibetan Buddhist monk. Originally trained as a photographer, Nickolas Vreeland, went back to photography to help his fellow monks to rebuild their Rato monastery in India.

THE FOOL

by Yuriy Bykov2014, Russia, 116’A plumber, an honest man is up against an entire system of corrupt bureaucrats, when he wants to save the lives of 800 inhabitants of a collapsing building.

TAXI

by Jafar Panahi2015, Iran, 82’The Iranian film maker is officially barred from film making but gets around it by filming inside a car. Jafar Panahi himself becomes a cab driver, picking up people in Teheran and conversations evolve. The movie remains without credits so it cannot officially be attributed to Jafar Panahi.

MY NEIGHBORHOOD

by Jula Bacha, Rebekah Wingert2012, USA, Israel, Palestine, 25’Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian teenager growing up in the heart of East Jerusalem. When his family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers, local residents begin peaceful protests and in a surprising turn, are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters.

REDEMPTION

by Jon Alpert, Matthew O’Neill2013, USA, 35’An unexpected and intimate look at canners at the edge of our society in New York City.

KES

by Ken Loach1969, UK, 110’A fifteen-year-old miner’s son develops a close bond with a pet falcon, which provides him with a meaningful escape from his dead-end life. At home and at school he is abused by his brother and peers. Named one of the ten best British films of the century by the British Film Institute.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

by Ana Lily Amirpour2014, USA, thriller 101’Described as “The first Iranian vampire western” the film escapes all categories. The phantasy ghost town, it’s people, a vampire and the music are loaded with emotions and atmosphere hinting at a story, rather than telling straight forward narrative.

GETT: The trial of Viviane Amsalem

by Ronit Elkabetz, Shlomi Elkabetz2014, Israel, France, Germany, 115’In Israel a divorce is only possible with the full consent from the husband. Viviane’s husband doesn’t want to release her and turns out to be more powerful than the judges. Viviane is fighting for her freedom.

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

by Rory Kennedy2014, USA, doc. 98’During the final weeks of the Vietnam War American soldiers and diplomats confront a moral quandary: whether to obey White House orders to evacuate U.S. citizens only or to risk treason and save the lives of as many South Vietnamese citizens as they can.

CITIZENFOUR

by Laura Poitras2015, USA, doc. 114’In June 2013, Laura Poitras went to Hong Kong with her camera for the first meeting with the stranger, who identified himself as Edward Snowden. Several other meetings follow.