Thursday, October 9, 2008

EURODOCS FESTIVAL

EURODOCS FESTIVAL
October 16-22 at the Aero Theatre, Santa Monica

This eclectic 11 film showcase featuring 10 Los Angeles premieres of new

European produced documentaries is an opportunity to journey into
unfamiliar cultures and subcultures and to meet some unique individuals as
viewed through a contemporary European lens. At the core of these films,
are the stories of citizens of the world making their way in the 21st
century -- following or breaking tradition in human experiences that by far
supersede geographic borders.

Wine and Cheese reception in between films each night.

Thursday, October 16 - 7:30 PM - Triple Feature

Los Angeles Premiere!
SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
2008, Sweden, 14 min. Dir. Linda Blomqvist. A documentary portrait of a
Saami artist living alone in the untouched wilderness of Lapland in
northern Sweden. Remote living allows him the undisturbed space for his
philosophies on life and continuous inspiration for his art.
[http://www.inone.se/?page_id=31] more...

Los Angeles Premiere!
VOYAGE IN G MAJOR
2007, France, 54 min. Dir. Georgi Lazarevski.Ninety-year-old Aime Helbing
has spent his life being practical and decides it is time to change.
Taking off to Morocco with his grandson (Lazarevski), joined only by a
small camera crew, Aime experiences what he has always dreamt of. A poetic
journey -- the film, which premiered at the 2007 SilverDocs Film Festival,
".offers the message that one is never too old to embrace life's joys
and challenges." -- Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
[http://www.cinereel.org/article1017.html] more...

Los Angeles Premiere!
SOUS LE CHAPITEAU DES PAUWELS
2008, Belgium, 51 min. Dir. Agnès Bensimon.An intimate look at an
extraordinary, nomadic Jewish family of clowns, musicians and jugglers who
have passed on the circus arts, as well as Judaism, from one generation to
another for the past 200 years.
[http://www.wip.be/index.php?l=en&p=movie:2420002] more...
Discussion after films with director Agnès Bensimon (SOUS LE CHAPITEAU
DES PAUWELS)

Friday, October 17 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

Los Angeles Premiere!
MARTHA, MEMORIES OF A WITCH
2007, Italy, 50 min. Dir. Giovanni Calamari.Martha mirrors an ancient
mountain environment with its traditions, tales and scented herbs, but
also hard work and loneliness. She wanders the Sciliar Highlands for
self-realization, which her fellow villagers call "Martha's disease," but
the headstrong young woman discovers her magic self. Winner of the 2005
"Autori da scoprire" for Best Story.
[http://current.com/items/89268785_1_extract_from_martha_memories_of_a_witch]
more...

Los Angeles Premiere!
VIENNA'S LOST DAUGHTERS
2007, Austria, 87 min. Dir. Miriam Unger.This is a film about life. Eight
women, who grew up Jewish in Vienna until 1938, now live in New York,
where they rebuilt their lives. Director Miriam Unger encounters them with
great emotion, providing insight into extremely personal areas of their
lives. The film catches the twinkle in their eyes and the openness of
their faces but also their tears when remembering the unforgettable.
[http://www.viennaslostdaughters.at/] more...
Discussion in between films with director Giovanni Calamari (MARTHA,
MEMORIES OF A WITCH)

Saturday, October 18 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

RETURN TO GOREE
2007, Switzerland, 112 min. Dir. Pierre-Yves Borgeaud.Grammy-winning
musician Youssou N'Dour's musical journey around the globe, from Atlanta
to Bordeaux. He is accompanied by his friend, a blind pianist, and the duo
immerse themselves in gospel and jazz. The film culminates in a concert in
Goree, an island off the coast of Senegal. [http://www.retouragoree.com/]
more...

Los Angeles Premiere!
FULL METAL VILLAGE
2007, Germany, 90 min. Dir. Sung-Hyung Cho. Every year during the first
weekend in August, the quiet town of Schleswig-Holstein becomes a meeting
spot for the Wacken Open Air Festival, 40,000 heavy metal fans and the
bands that they come to support. An inevitable clash arises between the
rural community and the metalheads.
[http://www.flyingmoon.com/engl/wacken_e.html] more...

Sunday, October 19 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

Los Angeles Premiere!
HERE'S JOHNNY
2008, U.K., 60 min. Dir. Kat Mansoor.At once, a powerful, painful and
humorous portrait of graphic artist Johnny Hicklenton's (Judge Dredd and
2000 AD) battle with multiple sclerosis over a six year period. Living in
an increasing state of immobility, Johnny escapes the confines of his
front room through his artwork. [http://www.heresjohnnyfilm.com/] more...

Los Angeles Premiere!
THE GREAT COMMUNIST BANK ROBBERY
2004, Romania/France, 70 min. Dir. Alexandru Solomon.The 1959 Romanian
National Bank robbery in Bucharest became a chilling piece of proto-reality
television -- Stalinist style. Authorities arrested six suspects -- all
high-ranking members of the nomenklatura -- who agreed to re-enact their
crimes in a filmed "docudrama." Despite expectations of a pardon, they
were executed. Director Alexandru Solomon's film is both a bizarre
re-creation and an evocation of a lost world of Romanian Stalinism.
[http://www.librafilm.net/marele-jaf-comunist-by-alexandru-solomon] more...

Wednesday, October 22 - 7:30 PM - Double Feature

Los Angeles Premiere!
PRETPARK NEDERLAND
2006, The Netherlands, 90 min. Dir. Michiel van Erp.In his
tongue-in-cheek style, director Michiel van Erp explores the Dutch tourism
industry, following organizers behind events and attractions -- from the
director of the Efteling theme park's creation of a new ride to a store
manager preparing for a Christmas sale. A look at how the Dutch spend
vacation time. [http://www.defamilie.net/]
more (Dutch)...
[http://americancinematheque.com/archive1999/2008/Aero/EuroDocs_Aero_2008.htm]
more (English)...

Los Angeles Premiere!
ZUOZ
2007, Principality of Liechtenstein, 71 min. Dir. Daniella Marxer.A
behind-the-scenes look at an exclusive boarding school high in the Swiss
mountains, where youngsters from the most influential families live lives
apart from each other. Director Daniella Marxer looks at day-to-day life
governed by strict and traditional values. Originality is not tolerated and
threatens the system of the community.
[http://www.idfa.nl/industry/docs-for-sale/catalogue-2007/docscatalog.aspx?id=31135]
more...
Discussion in between films with producer Evelien Jansen (PRETPARK
NEDERLAND)
Series compiled by IDA, the American Cinematheque and all the consulates
and film commissions involved.

[http://www.americancinematheque.com/archive1999/2008/Aero/EuroDocs_Aero_2008.htm]
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Monica, CA 90403
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