THE WINNERS AND THE MOTIVATIONS
Sole Luna Festival 2015 – 10th edition____________________________________________________________________________
SOLE LUNA AWARD | PRIZE TO THE BEST DOCUMENTARY ASSIGNED BY THE JURY THOSE WHO SAID NO, Nima Sarvestani The prize of the International Jury for the Best Documentary has been awarded to Those who said no, by Nima Sarvestani, who had the courage of, after decades of silence, to deal with the theme of atrocities committed in Iran over the last 30 years. For the way in which the temperance and deep human kindness of the witnesses who gave evidence at the International Court of Justice are portrayed, and who are still fighting to let the truth be known. A difficult road to take, even today.____________________________________________________________________________
SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE BEST DIRECTION AWARDED BY THE JURY THE FREE VOICE OF EGYPT, Konstanze Burkard This film is not only an important portrait of a writer and feminist Nawal El Saadawi, Egypt’s strongest and most courageous voice for an open society. It is above all a film which encourages human beings to stand up for their rights and fight for a better world. The direction of Konstanze Burkard is as straight forward as the beliefs of Nawal El Saadawi and therefore perfect!
____________________________________________________________________________SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDED BY THE JURY MA NA SAPNA – A MOTHER’S DREAM, Valerie Gudenus A mothers dream is not a mothers dream at all. With those images which are impossible to erase from our retina, the film shows, without judgment, the operation of a strange factory where Indian women are trying to realize the dream of having their own house through a surrogation. ____________________________________________________________________________
SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE BEST EDITING AWARDED BY THE JURY EX AEQUO
EL GRAN VUELO, Carolina Astudillo For the ability to adapt a varied repertoire to the needs of a narrative about a fundamental and dramatic stage of recent history.
CANTONESE RICE, Mia Ma For being able to create a smooth narrative with a few basic elements of a story in which the theme of the recovery of ones own identity has a general value.
SPECIAL MENTION FOR THE MOST INNOVATIVE DOCUMENTARY AWARDED BY THE JURY LÉONE, MÈRE & FILS, Lucile Chaufour The film draws from the fountains of the great modern cinema through a conscious and light bet, at the same time, of lights and shadows. The relationship between a mother and a child includes within it the past and the present of a family, creating a portrait that touches all of us and reflecting the moments of the provocative beauty typical of first loves.
AUDIENCE AWARD THE SILENT CHAOS, Antonio Spanò____________________________________________________________________________
SPecial Jury | Liceo Linguistico Ninni Cassarà A LULLABY UNDER THE NUCLEAR SKY, Kana Tomoko
The members of the Special Jury, belonging to the Language High School Ninni Cassarà, in Palermo, assign the Prize for the Best Documentary to A Lullaby Under the Nuclear Sky, by Kana Tomoko for the following reasons:for the solid narrative construction and the realism through which she translates into feelings, images and scenes of daily life, the anguish and fears of those who had to live a nuclear accident; for the coherent editing that makes the story poignant and of immediate fruition; for the sensitivity of the story that can easely show us how the normality of life can’t escape from being affected by the devastating power of the "nuclear game", making us understand the true destructive potential of this energy called "low-cost" energy; for the courageous will of the Director who is a faithful observer and direct witness of an unprecedented disaster even at the expense of their own personal and her child safety.
18.00-19.30 “MA PARLO ARABO?” Laboratorio per ragazzi | Arabic language classes
20.30 Incontro con gli autori | Meet the authors
21.00 CONCORSO | COMPETITION
I comme Iran, Sanaz Azari Belgio | Belgium 2015, 52’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
Brussels, behind the closed doors of a classroom. Using a textbook dating from the Islamic revolution, Sanaz Azari, the director, learns how to read and write in Persian, her mother tongue. Over the course of the lessons, the teacher initiates her to the basics of the language, which becomes a gateway to the history and culture of Iran. Gradually, the didactic method of the lessons evolves into a poetic, visual collage, which introduces the notion of freedom and questions the meaning of a revolution.
The Silent Chaos, Antonio Spanò Repubblica Democratica del Congo | Democratic Republic of the Congo 2013, 45’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano | o.v. Italian subtitles
Democratic Republic of the Congo, North Kivu. After years of bloody civil war, the Congolese society has lost its identity. Archaism, superstition and magical beliefs are among the few elements that unify the population. These elements are the weapon used by the Mai Mai rebels to defend the territory, but they also allow to identify the other as a threat, as in the case of deaf people in Butembo. This is the story of those who have no voice and no hope, who does not cease to fight for their dignity, who does not want to resign themselves to unhappiness.
¿Asì son los hombres?, Klaudia Reynicke Svizzera | Switzerland 2013, 56’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
In 1986, at the age of ten, Klaudia leaves her native country, Peru, to settle in Switzerland along with her mother. From that point, their family in Peru starts filming the life that Klaudia and Margot can no longer see. Klaudia and her mother do the same from Switzerland. The tape correspondence lasts four years. About twenty-five years after having left her country of origin, Klaudia finds the VHS tapes of her childhood. By watching the tapes as an adult, it makes her wonder: what is behind the image of family unity and what had been the price to pay for the women of this patriarchal family who had to maintain the role of good wives and good mothers?
21.00 CONCORSO | COMPETITION
Almost friends, Nitzan Ofir Israele | Israel 2014, 60’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
Two girls meet on-line. Samar (12), whose mother is an Israeli Arab and father is a Palestinian from the West Bank, lives in Lod, a mixed city of Jews and Arabs riddled with poverty and crime. Linor (11) was born in a Jewish settlement in the Gaza strip, and lives in Tlamim, a religious Jewish village. Lod and Tlamim are only 67 kilometers apart, but a national, cultural, and ideological chasm separates them. The educational-technological project that starts with innocent online correspondence, and continues with face-to-face meetings, adds a new – exciting, stressful, and surprising – element to the girls’ lives, and engages them and their families in a deep, complex experience.
La verdad bajo la tierra. Guatemala, el genocidio silenciado, Eva Vilamala Guatemala, Spagna | Guatemala, Spain 2014, 60’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
In Guatemala, the systematic repression of indigenous people led to a bloody armed conflict from 1960 to 1996 that left behind more than 200,000 dead, the majority of whom were Mayas. In an environment of fear and threats, the photographer Miquel Dewever-Plana worked for years documenting the exhumation process and gathering testimonies of numerous victims that are now part of the book "The truth beneath the ground. Guatemala, the silenced genocide". Years later, he returned to the Mayan communities to deliver this book to those who had shared their stories.
Naoshima (Dream on the tongue), Claire Laborey Francia | France 2014, 67’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
Naoshima is a small Japanese island in the Seto inland sea hosting a fascinating contemporary art sponsoring project since the 90s. Urged by a businessman, museums and outdoor installations have grown in number on Naoshima, which was until then only populated by fishermen, farmers and workers, and affected by the post-industrial exodus, a decline in population and its local economy. “Naoshima (Deam on the tongue)” is the exploration of this island, as a place for unexpected exchange between contemporary art, traditions, and everyday life. 8 km2 of a utopia as told by its inhabitants.
4-year-old Elizabeth was born in the family of former ballet dancers and she has spent most of her life in the ballet with her parents. She knows all the members of the Estonia Ballet company by their names and knows all the performances by heart as she has seen them so many times. Elizabeth loves, or to be exact, adores ballet, but would it be like this if she had other choices? This is little Elizabeth's journey in the magical world of ballet, where real life meets illusion and fairytales may come true.21.30 OMAGGIO A | TRIBUTE TO MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI L’Avventura, Michelangelo Antonioni Italia, Francia | Italy, France 1960, 140’,v.o. A group of rich Italians is on a cruise off the coast of Sicily when one of them, a girl, mysteriously disappears. Her boyfriend and her close woman friend search her, but their research become less and less desperate. «Movies can be pleasant or bitter, light or painful. “L’Avventura” is a bitter one, often painful. The pain of the dying feelings or the blooming ones in which we can glimpse the end in the very moment of their birth. Everything is told in a language that I tried to keep bare of effects» (Antonioni). ____________________________________________________________________________ CORTILE BONET 21.00 CONCORSO | COMPETITION Wir waren rebellen, Katharina von Schroeder, Florian Schewe Germania |Germany 2014, 93’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
The documentary film tells the story of Agel, a former child soldier who returns to South Sudan to help build up his country. The film accompanies him over a period of two years – from South Sudan gaining its independence in 2011 to the renewed outbreak of civil war in December 2013. As captain of the national basketball team of South Sudan – the youngest country in the world – Agel coaches the team through their very first international match against Uganda. The conflicts within the team bear a striking resemblance to the political problems festering across the country.Trailer The sound before the fury, Lola Frederich, Martin Sarrazac Francia |France 2014, 88’, v.o. sottotitoli in italiano e inglese | o.v. Italian and English subtitles
In January 1972, Archie Shepp recorded the album Attica Blues as an homage to the Attica prison rebellion, 40 years later he revisits this music. We follow him along with 25 musicians through days of intense rehearsal to the opening concert in Paris. “The sound before the fury” interweaves this narrative with images from the rebellion, and interviews of the leaders recorded in 1972. We witness Shepp's determination to transmit, beyond the notes, the meaning and feeling of his music; we discover the ties, some intimate, that the musicians have with the Attica events.Trailer