Feature Documentary Competition
Beyond The Mountains
Doc | 2011 | 59min | Portugal
Koretzky narrates the film from the Mondego river’s landscape, where she moved
with her parents as a child, leaving behind Tokyo, her hometown. Through the letters she
receives from friends and family who remained in Japan, she recalls the past
and reflects on their
coming to Portugal. “This film is a journey with the spirits which remain with
me, in an attempt to retain the ephemeral
41o Rotterdam FF | Doc Lisboa Int FF 2011| 15o Luso-Brasileiro FF 2011
31/08 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
The End Of Time
Doc | 2012 | 109min | Switzerland/Canada
Working at the limits of what can easily be expressed, filmmaker Peter Mettler takes on the elusive subject of time, and once again turns his camera to filming the unfilmmable. From the particle accelerator in Switzerland, where scientists seek to probe regions of time we cannot see, to lava flows in Hawaii which have overwhelmed all but one home on the south side of Big Island, from the disintegration of inner city Detroit, to a Hindu funeral rite near the place of Buddha´s enlightenment, Mettler explores our perception of this time. The end of time at once personal rigorous and visionary, Peter Mettler has crafted a film as compelling and magnificent as its subject.
Locarno FF 2012 | Toronto In FF 2012 | Montreal Int FF 2012
04/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
Cierro Rico, Tierra Rica
Doc | 2012 | 90min | Colombia/Bolivia/USA
More than ten thousand workers in the southwestern Bolivian dig tunnels hillsides and Cerro Rico, the richest silver deposit in the history of mankind. Manual labor is intense, overwhelming, and often dangerous, is performed also at a height of 4,000 meters above sea level. The film is a contemplative portrait of two communities in the highlands of Potosi, an astonishing mosaic of South American labor traditions. "Cerro Rico" was filmed in the city of Potosi, landmark Latin America since colonial times, and in the magical Salar de Uyuni, the largest salt expanse of land, containing about half of the world's lithium reserves, unexploited riches.
Festival Int de Cine de Valdivia 2011 | Victoria Int FF, Canada 2012 | Thessaloniki FF 2012 | Boston Independent FF 2012
30/08 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
There is no distant Place
No Hay Lugar Lejano
Doc | 2012 | 85min | Mexico
Julian, an 8 year-old Rarámuri boy, starts to glimpse the construction of strange tourist attractions in the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range. For Nazareno and other community elders these events confirm the threat of displacement that, for decades, has been hanging over their town, the most remote one, where, ignored by government officials, children grow up to leave the place while the elders die to stay.
Special Mention Guadalajara Int FF | La Habana Int FF| Mejor Documental, CinemaPlaneta 2013
04/09 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
Scriptwriter Sergio Blanco will be present for a Q&A
Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream
Doc | 2012 | 58min | USA
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) presents his take on the gap between rich and poor Americans in Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Gibney contends that America’s richest citizens have “rigged the game in their favor,” and created unprecedented inequality in the United States. Nowhere, Gibney asserts, is this more evident than on Park Avenue in New York. 740 Park in Manhattan is currently home to the highest concentration of billionaires in the country. Across the river, less than five miles away, Park Avenue runs through the South Bronx, home to the poorest congressional district in the United States. In the film, Gibney explains why he believes upward mobility is increasingly out of reach for the poor.
31/08 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
Village at the end of the world
Doc | 2012 | 76min | UK
Lars is the only teenager in town who, in a community of hunters, doesn't want to hunt. Niaqornat in North West Greenland has a population of only 59. With no local industry people are being forced to leave to find jobs elsewhere. For some, the village is paradise, they can’t imagine living anywhere else, for others it’s the last place on earth they want to be. We know there are very real pressures on a place like this – the ice is melting, the government no longer wants to subsidies the supply ship that brings the food that can’t be hunted locally, and people are leaving due to the lack of work. In Niaqornat, whilst the rest of the community pulls together to try and re-open the fish-factory, Lars begins to plan his escape.
Official selection BFI London FF 2012 | One World FF 2013 | Thessaloniki FF 2013 |Amdocs 2013 |
Cinema Planeta 2013
03/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema