In the 1920’s Han van Meegeren is considered a very talented painter who meets the actress Jólanka Lakatos, the wife of Abraham Bredius, the most important art critic of his day. Bredius ruthlessly takes revenge on Han by vilifying his work in public. Han van Meegeren then moves to France, concentrating on one thing only: revenge on Bredius by painting a perfect Johannes Vermeer.Read More
2017 Berlinale Panorama competition
Casablanca, June 11, 1986, day of the world cup
After yet another blunder, an embittered cop, Daoud, is sent by his dissatis edsuperiors to spend a day on a bridge between two warring neighborhoods to protect the hypothetical passage of the Royal procession.
At the same time a hopeless Don Quixote and a lazy Don Juan, Daoud is a pathetic womanizer who is the despair of everyone, starting with his lucid and exhausted wife and his ill- tempered chief.
Prisoner of the bridge, Daoud will be transformed upon contact with the inhabitants of both villages. He will learn maturity after spending time with a ve year old child and a mother who upheld her dignity, despite a shaved skull by the secret police. He will take a life lesson from two Moqadems*, mean-spirited enemy brothers and a facetious head of police.
This seemingly normal day made of absurd waiting, improbable encounters and brutal poetry takes place under the giant shadow of a messianic monarch whose passage disturbs the delicate balance of this motley population.
* Representatives of power at the level of a neighborhood or a village.
2016 DOCUTAH Raven winner: Best Foreign Film
Can we really be fully human without Free Speech? Is free speech the oxygen of our society? Without it we crumble. Free Speech Fear Free get’s to the core of what free speech really is, and the impact it has on our day to day lives. It compares the UK with Belarus and shows what life is really like without Free Speech. It tells chilling stories of a dictatorship that destroys people’s standard of living.Read More
1945. Jules rentre chez lui après avoir combattu dans le maquis français. Il essaye de reconstruire sa vie dans un pays ravagé par quatre années de guerre. Quand sa fiancée est retrouvée assassinée avec une famille de fermiers allemands chez qui elle travaillait, Jules, engagé comme gendarme, participe à l’enquête policière. Sa recherche de la vérité se heurte rapidement aux efforts en haut lieu pour enterrer les zones d’ombre des années de l’Occupation.Read More
Belgian director Joachim Lafosse faced the most challenging shoot of his career when he decided to make “The White Knights” (2015), a humanitarian drama with big French stars shot entirely in Morocco.
Palm Spring Int’l Film Festival 2016
Luxembourg City Film Festival 2016
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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.Read More
A has-been filmmaker sets out to engrave a painful chapter in her country’s history by interviewing a notorious political strongman about the part he played in a brutal former regime. The filmmaker’s glory days are quite as faded as the political power her subject once enjoyed. And her old crew is no longer cohesive or motivated. They all go round and round, circling the past and touching on the future, both of which escape their grasp. Nothingness prevails. Meanwhile, on the street a poor woman shakes her fist at the skies and prays for an earthquake to bring justice. Civilization as a whole is on the edge and tipping over into the abyss. Hachim Lasri’s fourth feature is a cry in the asylum from which none of us will escape.Read More
In a world faltering between fantastic and fantasy, lives Tarik, a man who, to earn his living, danses dressed as a woman, on a cart pulled by an old horse. Tarik is a victim of society, a broken man who lost his children in an accident and whose wife left for another man. Tarik drags his life and misery, cigarette between his lips, waiting for time to pass. But one day, the horse stops and Tarik must face his future.. Against his will he is involved in a terrible quest where he must face his pain and accept his grief. He will then learn to live again and let colours take him out of insanity and of himself.Read More
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.Read More