Feature Documentary Competition

Beyond The Mountains

Aya Koretzky
Doc | 2011 | 59min | Portugal

Ara 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 memory”.

41o Rotterdam FF | Doc Lisboa Int FF 2011| 15o Luso-Brasileiro FF 2011

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   31/08 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

The Fruit Hunters

Yung Chang
Doc | 2012 | 94min | Canada

You can find them deep in the jungles of Borneo, in the hills of Umbria and perhaps even in your own backyard. They are fruit hunters, among them movie star Bill Pullman, adventurers Noris Lederma and Richard Campbell and many others, that travel all over hoping to find and intervene before the plants are steamrolled by industrialization. The film goes across culture, history and geography to show how intertwined we are with the fruits we eat.

International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam | Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal | FIFE, Paris | CinemaPlaneta, Cuernavaca | Cinemambiente, Turin, and many others

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  30/08 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

  Diretor Yung Chang will be present for a Q&A  

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Big Boys Gone Bananas

Fredrik Gertten
Doc | 2012 | 88min | Sweden

What is a big corporation capable of in order to protect its brand? Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten's experienced this recently. His     previous film BANANAS!* (2009) recounts the lawsuit that 12 Nicaraguan plantation workers brought against the fruit giant Dole Food     Company. And the company decided to sue him for defamation. He then decides to sue the company. When he thought he had no     hope, a Swedish blogger gats angry when he discovers products from Dole at the local organic market.

IDFA 2011 | Sundance 2012 | DOC Barcelona 2013 | San Francisco Green FF 2013

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  02/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

Happiness… Promised Land

Laurent Hasse
Doc | 2011 | 94min | France

Nothing was ever planned or foreseen. He left home, on a winter morning, wishing to cross France, walking alone from South to North. Wandering, willing to break with his bounds and habits, he left to take a fresh look upon the territory and the dreams and the daily life of its inhabitants. He trusted his luck to meet new people and to reach his only aim: HAPPINESS.

First Prize Festival du Film d’Education (France) | Special Award Festival Millenium (Belgium) | First Prize Festival Ecozine (Spain) | Best Non ficcion, Almaty Int FF (Kazakhstan) | Best Documentary, Ischia FF (Italy)

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  03/09 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

  Diretor Laurent Hasse will be present for a Q&A  

The End Of Time

Peter Mettler
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

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  04/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

More Than Honey

Markus Imhoof
Doc | 2012 | 91min | Switzerland/Germany/Austria

Millions and millions of bees have disappeared in 2007 and 2008. Seemingly unmotivated, without any prior symptoms of illness or infection they have disappeared from a hive saturated with honey – never to reappear at any other place, but also without leaving any dead bodies behind. Helpless the queen and the young stay behind and die the slow and painful death of starvation. Despite intensive research science has not managed to come up with an explanation. This is worrying because there is more at stake than honey: without pollination, a large part of our fruit and vegetables – even meat - would never end up on our plates. And Albert Einstein predicted: If bees are extinct, man will surely follow within four years

Best Documentary, German Film Ward 2013 | Best Sound Design, Austrian Film Award 2013 | Best Documentary Suisse Film Award 2013 | Best Documentary Santa Barbara Int FF 2013

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  01/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

Kindly supported by Imovisión

Cierro Rico, Tierra Rica

Juan Vallejo
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

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  30/08 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

There is no distant Place

No Hay Lugar Lejano
Michelle Ibaven
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

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  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

Alex Gibney
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.

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  31/08 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

Little Land

Nikos Dayandas
Doc | 2013 | 52min | Greece

Since the start of the crisis in Greece, a growing number of young unemployed Athenians are moving to the countryside, hoping to change their lives for the better. The film follows 35-year-old Thodoris, as he settles on the remote island of Ikaria. There, he discovers a society with a unique culture of autonomy and cooperation, and a people who live not only better, but longer than everyone else, making the island one of the world's few 'blue zones' where inhabitants enjoy extraordinary longevity. The film tries to reveal the Ikarian secret, discovering how the islanders’ radically different lives are increasingly relevant to us in times of economic and social upheaval.

Thessaloníki FF 2013

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  01/09 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

  Diretor Nikos Dayandas will be present for a Q&A  

Bottled Life - Nestlé’s Business with Water

Urs Schnell
Doc | 2012 | 90min | Switzerland

Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there´s a company which has developed the art to perfection:  Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomenon. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was "the wrong film at the wrong time". So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.

Winner 2013, GreenMe Festival Berlin | Panorama, Beijin Int FF

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  02/09 | 21h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

  The journalist Res Gehringer will be present for a Q&A  

Village at the end of the world

David Katznelson
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

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  03/09 | 19h | Espaço Itaú de Cinema