Documentary

BLUE FOR A MOMENT

16 October 2017
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Sven-Åke Johanssons ist in seiner Musik verschiedensten Variationen nachgegangen während er sie gleichzeitig stets spielerisch transzendiert hat. Geboren in Mariestad in 1943, zog er 1960 nach Berlin wo er seither in verschiedensten Kunstszenen aktiv ist. In seinen musikalischen Werken erforscht er musikalische Relikien welche er mithilfe “armer” Materialen neugestaltet.

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SIXTY8

16 October 2017
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a documentary by Andy Bausch

“Sixty8“ is the story of a generation looking for an own identity an foremost to question society’s values told by the students, pupils and anti-authoritarian professors who were parts of that generation. It is through their eyes that the documentary looks at these events, in a time where Luxembourg was more fusty and grey than psychedelic and free.

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STREIK !

8 April 2016
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100 Joer fräi Gewerkschaften zu Lëtzebuerg (1916-2016)

En Documentaire vum Andy Bausch

De Film Streik! dokumentéiert a weist, unhand vu beweegte Biller, Fotoen, Aarbechterlidder, Zäitdokumenter an Interviewen, op eng mënschlech beréirend, lieweg a spannend Art a Weis d’sozial Konflikter an d’Entwécklung vun der fräier Gewerkschaftsbewegung zu Lëtzebuerg vun hiren Ufänk bis haut. All déi sozial Rechter, déi eis haut selbstverständlech schéngen, hu mer net vun uewen erof geschenkt kritt – si hu missten erkämpft ginn: Streik! ass e Film iwwert 100 Joer fräi Gewerkschaften (1916-2016) an domat och iwwert ee Jorhonnert Lëtzebuerger Sozialgeschicht vun ënnen.

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FAUSTINO: ONE-MAN-SHOW

21 March 2016
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On le connaît pour sa musique populaire, ses croisières de Pentecôte et ses bals
de carnaval. Très peu de gens toutefois savent que Fausti Cima, l’animateur le
plus populaire du Luxembourg, est aussi un musicien extrêmement chevronné,
que sa gamme musicale va du jazz au tango en passant par le swing et
évidemment la chanson populaire.
Après tout il fait de la scène depuis 63 ans ! Aux cafés, aux cabarets, aux
bases américaines, aux bals populaires… et des fois même au Palais Grand-
Ducal.
Faustino naît le 24 juillet 1940 à Luxembourg (Grund) dans une famille de
sept enfants. Très tôt il entre au Conservatoire, apprend l’accordéon et le
violon et à l’âge de 12 ans il commence à jouer comme accordéoniste un bal
populaire après l’autre. Dans les orchestres de Johnny Nimax et Jempi Faust il
joue de la guitare et de la contrebasse et devient très vite, dans la scène des
cabarets du quartier de la Gare, le batteur-star du Luxembourg. Fausti joue
avec l’orchestre RTL, chez Jean Roderes et enregistrera entre 1970 et 1974
plusieurs disques 33 tours avec le manager de musique sarrois Rudolf
Strassner, en l’occurrence des parodies de tubes anglais comme « Ich sitz’
hier im Schlauchboot » (« Me voilà assis dans mon pneumatique ») ou encore
« Das arme Mädchen von Seite 1 » (« La pauvre fille de la page 1 »).

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ONE SAYS NO!

6 November 2015
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The small village of Yangji. First it was swallowed up by the vastly expanding city of Guangzhou (previously: Canton). Now the villagers are supposed to clear out their simple homes. Modern China doesn’t have room for these old eyesores in what has become the financial district, and investors are ravenous for inner city plots. Only few dare to resist the highly corrupt political and economic system, which has little time or patience for the needs of individuals. Family father Ah Zhong has risked everything – and has successfully resisted eviction from his home. Now he advises homeowners in Xian how they can defend their rights. To the opposing villagers, Ah Zhong is a role model and a hero. But they refuse to see that the price Ah Zhong had to pay for his victory was extremely high – perhaps too high. A Pyrrhic victory.

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TAKING THE DOG FOR A WALK

1 November 2014
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Taking the Dog for a Walk maps the scene of British Improvised Music, past and present. Alternating with extended music sequences, the conversations led by stand up comedian Stewart Lee gravitate around the idiosyncrasies of improvisation, from playing in front of the proverbial ‘four men and a dog’ to pursuing a career in a milieu where success is not measured by mainstream criteria.

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D’BELLE EPOQUE

24 December 2012
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August 1914, Belle, a young well-bred lady and Betty, her chambermaid, discover a big trunk in the attic. When they manage to open it, thousand of photos and postcards spread all over the floor to form a pile of memories. Thus, the ladies start to reminisce about what was called «la Belle Époque».

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THE ROAD UPHILL

1 January 2012
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Luxembourg. One of the world’s smallest countries, a green and peaceful place bordered by Belgium, France and Germany. The birthplace of two brothers, Andy and Fränk Schleck, two of the world’s best professional cyclists. Following Team Leopard Trek and the Schleck Brothers, this film focuses upon the team’s participation in the prestigious 2011 Tour de France. It is an intimate cinematic portrait of two brothers and a team under pressure to live up to the expectations of their country. « The Road Uphill » documents the relationships, motivations and belief systems integral to Leopard Trek – core aspects of the team which are not usually exposed by television reportage. This documentary investigates the day-to-day life of a professional cycling team and the physical, mental and emotional thresholds that they need to overcome to win the greatest race on earth.

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SCHOCKELA, KNÄTSCHGUMMI, A BRONG PUPPELCHER

24 August 2010
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On September 10th, 1944, the first Americans cross the Luxembourgish border. The long-awaited liberators are here! Their pockets filled with chocolate, chewing gum and cigarettes, their hearts filled with weariness and apprehension, they soon find themselves overwhelmed by the gratitude of the Luxembourgish people. Friendships are born, affairs, even lasting relationships. The number of little white and black babies of unknown fathers that are born in the next few months in Luxembourg, remains unknown. Likewise, the hundreds of women who follow the GIs across the pond have never been properly registered. For more than a year Andy Bausch researches and works on the documentary Chocolate, Chewing Gum & Brown Babies, interviewing Luxembourgers and American veterans, some of whom have come to visit, others who never left Luxembourg after landing here. In New York, Bausch interviews 84- year young Tony Vaccaro, the legendary photographer who shot the famous pictures that will always keep that winter of ’44 alive in our minds. But also the children of the GIs speak out, as well as the women who wanted to, and who agreed to tell all in front of the camera. It won’t be long, however, before the regular commemorations, the festivities and the visits of the American veterans will cease. The veterans are either too old to travel, or they are no longer with us. And thus a part of our past disappears. Chocolate, Chewing Gum & Brown Babies tells the stories of the liberation, of Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich and Eisenhower, of Saint Nick, of broken hearts, pregnant bellies, inflatable tanks and nicotine poisoning.

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