by Laurie Anderson
USA / 2015 / 75 MIN / ENGLISH
SELECTED TO VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Heart of a Dog is a personal essay film that explores themes of love death and language. The director’s voice is a constant presence as stories of her dog Lolabelle, her mother, childhood fantasies, political and philosophical theories unfurl in a seamless song like stream.
The visual language spans animation, eight millimeter films from the artist’s childhood, layered imagery and high speed text animation. The director’s signature music runs throughout the film in works for solo violin, quartets, songs, and ambient electronics.
The center of Heart of a Dog is a visual and poetic meditation on the bardo. As described in The Tibetan Book of the Dead, the bardo is the forty nine day period after death in which identity is shredded and the consciousness prepares to enter another life form.
Personal stories are intercut with stories about the information culture that feature the NSA, Iron Mountain, the creation of false documents and personal accounts and theories that trace the process and history of data collection.
“A Story About A Story” envisions her ordeal in the hospital when she broke her back as a child and how the story became her way to understand the relationship of real events, authority, and faulty memory on the creation of stories. Theories on sleep, imagination and disorientation are framed as questions about time and identity. Is it a pilgrimage? Which way do we go?
by Lorenzo Vigas
VENEZUELA/MEXICO / 2015 / 93 MIN / SPANISH
SELECTED TO VENICE FILM FESTIVAL
Wealthy middle-aged Armando (Alfredo Castro) lures young men to his home with money. He doesn’t want to touch, only watch from a strict distance. He also follows an elderly businessman with whom he seems to have had a traumatic relationship. Armando’s first encounter with street thug Elder (Luis Silva) is violent, but this doesn’t discourage the lonely man’s fascination with the tough handsome teenager. Financial interest keeps Elder visiting him regularly and an unexpected intimacy emerges. But Armando’s haunted past looms large, and Elder commits the ultimate act of affection on Armando’s behalf.
FROM AFAR is the shattering feature debut from Venezuelan writer-director Lorenzo Vigas. Set in Caracas’ chaotic lower class communities, Vigas’ turbulent story reveals the complex bond between two men worlds apart. A Guillermo Arriaga, Gabriel Ripstein and Michel Franco slow-burn psychological thriller production.
FRANCE / 2015 / 110 MIN / FRENCH/TAMIL
by Jacques Audiard
Written by Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Débré
Cast : Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Claudine Vinasithamby, Vincent Rottiers, Marc Zinga
Produced by Pascal Caucheteux & Grégoire Sorlat – Why Not Productions
PALME D’OR FESTIVAL DE CANNES 2015
In partnership with WildBunch
Dheepan is a Tamil freedom fighter, a Tiger.
In Sri Lanka, the Civil War is reaching its end, and defeat is near. Dheepan decides to flee, taking with him two strangers – a woman and a little girl – hoping that they will make it easier for him to claim asylum in Europe.
Arriving in Paris, the ‘family’ moves from one temporary home to another until Dheepan finds work as the caretaker of a run-down housing block in the suburbs. He works to build a new life and a real home for his ‘wife’ and his ‘daughter’, but the daily violence he confronts quickly reopens his war wounds, and Dheepan is forced to reconnect with his warrior’s instincts to protect the people he hopes will become his true family.
by Nabil Ayouch
Morocco, France – 2015 – 108 min – Arabic
Noha, Randa, Soukaina, and Hlima live a life of ‘love for sale’. They’re whores, objects of desire, flashes of flesh. In the heat of the night money flows freely, to the rhythms of pleasures and humiliations suffered. But united in their womanhood, they’re queens of their kingdom. Full of light, dignity and joy, they manage to keep their spirits and dreams alive.
They’re loved, they’re unloved, they’re too much loved…
by Takeshi Kitano
Japan – 2015 – 110 min – Japanese
Fully retired former yakuza boss Ryuzo is living a bored life. Together with his former right hand man, after one too many sake they come up with the crazy idea of forming a team of old yakuzas. But what started as a laughing stock gradually begins to become a confrontation between the old and the young leading to a showdown.
by Jafar Panahi
Iran – 2015 – 82 min – Farsi
WINNER OF GOLDEN BEAR AT 65TH BERLINALE
WINNER OF FIPRESCI PRIZE
A yellow cab is driving through the vibrant and colourful streets of Teheran. Very diverse passengers enter the taxi, each candidly expressing their views while being interviewed by the driver who is no one else but the director Jafar Panahi himself. His camera placed on the dashboard of his mobile film studio captures the spirit of Iranian society through this comedic and dramatic drive…
by S. Craig Zahler
USA / 2015 / 132 MIN / COLOR
Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Lili Simmons, David Arquette, Richard Jenkins
After an outlaw unknowingly leads a band of cannibalistic Troglodytes into the peaceful western town of Bright Hope, the monsters kidnap several settlers, including the wife of a local rancher. Despite his injured leg the rancher joins a small rescue party with the sheriff, his aging deputy and a strong-willed gunslinger. What follows is a journey into hell on earth as the posse comes to realise it is up against a foe whose savagery knows no bounds. The film takes place in the mid 1800’s around the border of what is now Texas and New Mexico.