Feature Documentary Competition

Espaço Itau de Cinema

The eight films that comprise the feature film competition this year are an excellent example of the current environment and sustainability menu: food and contaminated soils, unbridled exploitation of exhaustible natural resource, viable cities, greed, and social inequality. But also the search for sustainable solutions for the benefit of man, nature and the good health and welfare of all. They all have one thing in common, which is also present on the films of the other two thematic exhibitions: we cannot wait; the future is already on our doorstep, so it is time to act, to be masters of our destinies; to take the lead in the construction of a more humane, clean world. This was the option for Tim DeChristophe, a student from Utah we meet in Bidder 70, as well as for the creators of the mobile-radio of Good morning, Taranto. Venice Syndrome and Uranium Drive-In question whether it is worth paying the high price charged for what we call progress, often at the expense of our own health and wellness, as in Argentina and in other third world countries shown in Desert Green. In The Slow Food Story we meet a small group of visionaries who wanted to - and many agree they succeeded – change the way people eat. As visionary as the small group of rangers working in the Virunga National Park, protecting nature, the villagers and the last mountain gorillas. Now and Then offers a look at the good things modernity left behind, suggesting we should incorporate them to recover a healthier life. Everything is still possible and it is in our hands.

Bidder 70

2012 | USA | Doc | 73 min

Bidder 70 centers on an extraordinary, ingenious, and effective act of civil disobedience, demanding government and industry accountability. In 2008, University of Utah economics student, Tim De Christopher, committed an act which would redefine patriotism in our time, igniting a spirit of civil disobedience in the name of climate justice.

Crested Butte FF
Frozen River FF
Bellingham Human Rights FF e outros
Latin-American Premiere

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Trailer

  05/09/2014  |  21.00h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
  09/09/2014  |  20.30h  | OI Futuro Ipanema

The diretor will be present at screening
Beth Gage e George Gage

Good Morning, Taranto

Bom dia, Taranto
2014 | Itália | Doc | 85:30 min

A passionate journey through an area suffocated by clouds of smog, where the blasting furnaces of ILVA poison the air, land, and the water. ILVA is the largest steel plant in Europe, built right next to Taranto’s suburbs nearly fifty years ago. Its inhabitants' angers and dreams are supplemented by a nomadic intermittent radio, a digital cine-eye that marks the rhythm of the film and follows the events occurring on the edge of reality, with alienating noises, unbreathable fumes, and sudden revelations of the beauty surrounding this area.

Bari Int Film Festival
American Premiere

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Trailer

  08/09/2014  |  19.30h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
  10/09/2014  |  20.30h  | OI Futuro Ipanema

Paolo Pisanelli
director

Green Desert

Desierto Verde
2013 I Argentina I Doc I 83 min

The use of chemicals in agricultural production has a history of over a century, always hiding their adverse health effects. Herbicides and insecticides that over the decades have improved the efficiency and, in some cases, reduced toxicity, led however – with the huge expansion of agricultural frontiers - to a limit situation: the food hits the tables along with the poison. However, there are ways to create wealth, produce food, and export to the world without being intoxicated: we just need information and knowledge to act.

Cine Latino de Toulouse
EcoFalante,
Festival de Havana

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Trailer

  07/09/2014  |  21.00h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

The editor will be present at screening
German Cantore





Ulises de La Orden
director
(Right)

Now and Then

Naquela época e hoje
2014 | Brasil | Doc | 80 min

In the era of information, even though every day there is a new technological development, improving a different aspect of our lives, the general health of people is not improving so much, people continue to get sick, and in fact new diseases appear every day. Has the quality of life been taken into account in the Brazilian metropolis in recent decades?

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  05/09/2014  |  19.00h  |  Nave de Conhecimento Penha
  06/09/2014  |  19.00h  |  Nave de Conhecimento Irajá
  08/09/2014  |  21.00h  |  Espaço Itaú de Cinema

The diretor will be present at screening
Luiz Adelmo Manzano

Slow Food Story

2012 | Italia | Doc | 74min

Slow Food Story tells the tale of a group of friends in the provinces. It is a story of pranks and political passions, of restaurants and rediscovered peasant rites, of wine and journeys and gambles, some won and some lost but all taken with the same unsinkable, grouchy irony. It’s the story of a revolution. A slow revolution; one that has been going on now for 25 years and still show no signs of coming to a stop. Its leader is Carlo Petrini, better known as “Carlìn”. He’s the man who invented Slow Food and Terra Madre. Without ever leaving his native Bra, a small town of 27,000 inhabitants, he has created a movement that now spans 150 countries and has transformed gastronomy forever.

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  05/09/2014  |  19.30h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

Stefano Sardo
director

The Venice Syndrome

2013 | Alemanha, Áustria, Itália | Doc | 79:31 min

Venice is pure romance; that which all Europeans yearn for, the dream of all Americans. But the world's most beautiful city is becoming uninhabitable. The film shows what remains of Venetian life: a subculture of tourist service industries; a port for monstrous cruisers; Venetians who move to the mainland, as there are no longer affordable apartments to be found. A Requiem for a still grand city. An elegy to the last Venetians, their humor and their hearts.

Festival of Berlin
Karlov Vary
Festival dei Popoli and twenty three more

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Trailer

  06/09/2014  |  21.00h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema
  10/09/2014  |  18.30h  |  OI Futuro Ipanema

The diretor will be present at screening
Andreas Pichler

Uranium Drive-In

2013 | USA | Doc | 70 min

The promise of jobs from a proposed uranium mill has an economically devastated mining community in Colorado hopeful for the first time in decades. When environmentalists step in to stop the mill, pro-mill advocates are enraged. A debate ensues, putting jobs against health and the environment.

DC Environmental FF
DOC NYC
United Nations FF
Latin-american Premiere

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Trailer

  07/09/2014  |  19.30h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema

Suzan Beraza
director

Virunga

2014 | Reino Unido | Doc | 90 min

In the forested depths of eastern Congo lies Virunga National Park, one of the most bio-diverse places in the
world and home to the last of the mountain gorillas. In this wild, but enchanted environment, a small team of park rangers protects this UNESCO world heritage site.  When the M23 rebel group declares war in May 2012, a new conflict threatens the lives and stability of everyone and everything they've worked so hard to protect. Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of courageous people risking their lives to build a better future in a part of Africa the world has forgotten.

Tribeca Film Festival
HotDocs
Doxa
Latin-american Premiere

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Trailer

  04/09/2014  |  21.00h  | Espaço Itaú de Cinema  | Cerimômia de Abertura

Orlando von Einsiedel
director