The 14th edition of Sole Luna Doc Film Festival is now open for submission. The international documentary film festival will be held in Palermo from July 1st to 7th 2019, in the suggestive setting of the monumental complex of Santa Maria dello Spasimo. The documentaries will be selected among the films from all over the world that will be submitted filling in the entry form online from November 1st 2018.
Submission is free of charge and will close on March 1st 2019.
HOW TO ENTER YOUR FILM By visiting our site you can find the rules, the entry form and all the information you need to participate in our festival. Read the rules carefully and enter your film!
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SOUNDRIVEMOTION AWARDRaghu Rai. An unframed portrait
Regia | Director: Avani Rai
Fotografia | Photography: Avani Rai
Montaggio | Editing: Menno Boerema
Produzione | Production: Iikka Vehkalahti
India, Finlandia, Norvegia, 2017, 55′
The grammar of this film soundtrack is rigorous, poetic and sober. The stylistic choice of holding two different registers was appreciated: one to accompany the memories of the emotional relationship with the father figure, the other to describe the animus of the photographer in his creative process. The first one goes through a lively intimacy full of teachings. The second one manages to depict silence with notes and sounds. That's what you need to have in front of the world in order to become a "sensor" able to grasp its depth and beauty.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS JURYOf fathers and sons
Regia | Director: Talal Derki
Fotografia | Photography: Kahtan Hasson
Montaggio | Editing: Anne Fabini
Produzione | Production: Basis Berlin Filmproduktion
Germania, Siria, Libano 2017, 98′
Of Fathers and Sons - Trailer from BASIS BERLIN on Vimeo.
For the courage of the director Talal Derki to experience a difficult situation giving us the opportunity to "experience" a world away from ours, to know it beyond what the media usually show. Furthermore, the documentary is more generally a reflection on the relationship between fathers and children and on how the family and socio-cultural context can influence the kids.
JURY INTERACTIONS AWARDTerraform
Regia | Director: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy
Fotografia | Photography: Nicolas Chin
Montaggio | Editing: Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy
Produzione | Production: New Frontier Pictures
Regno Unito, Indonesia, Olanda e Singapore, 2017, 5′
The jury "Interactions" has decided to award a prize to the short film "Terraform" because it transmits a positive message on the importance of the family to face the struggle and difficulties of life. In the film, the father bears the weight of a very hard work in the sulfur mine because he doesn't want to see his wife and his daughter crying and suffering. This makes us aware that love is the most important feeling to support men. In addition, the jury appreciated the music of the film that thrilled us and made us think about the people we love. We liked the part where the father carries the weight of sulfur but he thinks he is carrying his daughter on his shoulders. This father is a positive example because he accepts the hard work and the smoke of the volcano to provide his family a good life. Watching this film we became aware that in some parts of the world work is still very dangerous and there is no security for those people.
PREMIO RUBINO RUBINIHappy Today
Fotografia | Photography: Giulio Tonincelli
Montaggio | Editing: Emanuele Dainotti, Alessandro Capuzzi
Produzione | Production: Filmo 2, Ombre Rosse Film Productions
Italia e Francia, 2017, 17′
In un contesto di vita quasi ancestrale si sviluppa un progetto di grande ed evoluta responsabilità civile. Il premio va al regista per aver saputo trasmettere magistralmente e con la dovuta semplicità l’importanza della conoscenza per gli altri e per se stessi. Un vero inno alla natura madre e alla vita dell’uomo seguendo il motto “ama e donati con gioia”.
PREMIO DEL PUBBLICO
Regia | Director: Parsifal Reparato
Fotografia | Photography: Parsifal Reparato
Montaggio | Editing: Armando Duccio Ventriglia
Produzione | Production: Nacne
Italia, 2017, 52′ vietnamita e muong con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / Vietnamese and Muong with Italian and English subtitles
Nimble fingers sono le dita delle operaie vietnamite che lavorano nelle fabbriche dei più importanti marchi dell’elettronica mondiale. Bay, una delle migliaia di giovani operaie migranti proviene da un remoto villaggio muong sugli altopiani del Vietnam del Nord ed è giunta alla periferia di Hanoi, in un quartiere divenuto uno dei più grandi centri di produzione mondiale. La vita delle operaie si svolge secondo le regole del grande Parco Industriale di Thang Long, un mare di giovani donne scandisce la propria vita al ritmo della produzione della grande industria. Durante la festività del Tet, di ritorno al suo villaggio d’origine, Bay si ritrova con la famiglia. Dal rientro in campagna emerge uno scollamento della vita della giovane operaia dalle proprie origini, simbolo della trasformazione di una generazione che vive il passaggio dalla campagna alla società industriale.
NIMBLE FINGERS - Trailer italiano from NACNE SUTTVUESS on Vimeo.
CHIESA DI SAN GREGORIO MAGNO
inaugurazione e aperitivo di benvenuto / opening and welcome drink
saluti istituzionali / institutional greetings
concerto / concert
Giovanni Feltrin, organo / organ, Camilla Rutelli, voce recitante / reciting voice
concorso / competition
Singing with Angry BirdHyewon Jee
Corea del Sud, 2016, 88', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
Un cantante lirico coreano ha organizzato a Pune, in India, il Banana Children’s Choir. Un viaggio ricco di lacrime e risate.
concorso / competition
Los ofendidosMarcela Zamora
El Salvador e Messico, 2016, 85', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o. v. English and Italian subtitles
“Durante la guerra civile salvadoregna, mio padre ed altre migliaia di uomini sono stati catturati e torturati dallo Stato. Queste sono alcune delle loro storie. Queste persone non chiedono vendetta, tutto ciò che chiedono è conoscere la verità”.
TRA. CA’ DEI RICCHI
concorso / competition
Italia, 2017, 66', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese / o.v. English subtitles
Appennino è un diario cinematografico che inizia dalla lenta ricostruzione de L’Aquila, la città del regista, e prosegue con i terremoti nell’Appennino centrale del 2016-17, fino al lunghissimo ed estenuante asilo dei nuovi terremotati a S. Benedetto del Tronto.
concorso / competition
Raghu Rai. An unframed portraitAvani Rai
Finlandia, India e Norvegia, 2017, 55', v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
Un ritratto senza cornice del fotografo dell’agenzia Magnum Raghu Rai e del suo viaggio lungo 50 anni durante il quale ha immortalato le storie dell’India. Le storie di Raghu Rai raccontate attraverso gli occhi della sua figlia ribelle.
The Festival in Treviso takes place from 10 to 16 September at the Church of San Gregorio Magno and at the headquarters of the Association TRA, Treviso, Research, Art, at Ca' dei Ricchi,. The films in competition were divided into sections:Human Rights, The Journey and Shorts Docs.Two out of competition sections specially designed for Treviso Festival: Veneto Doc, a showcase dedicated to Venetian authors and Cinema in the cellar, a showcase focused on wine that takes place in the cellars of the territory.Meetings with the authors, presentations and insights, organ concerts and a workshop on the role of music in cinema enrich the week of the festival.
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SOLE LUNA AWARDS / GIURIA INTERNAZIONALEBest DocumentaryStrike a Rock, Aliki Saragas
STRIKE A ROCK is the extraordinary example of a “revolution” that can start not only from young people but from two grand-mothers. A powerful and inspiring fight for Justice with every means they have. They are persistent and they still keep trying, even if their life has been a series of disappointments. They don’t give up
Strike A Rock - Official Trailer 2017 from Elafos Productions/Aliki Saragas on Vimeo.
Mention for best directionBoli Bana, Simon Coulibaly Gillard
For the director’s ability of narrating in a dream like way, an inner territory that mixes human nature, animals, rituals and traditions.
BOLI BANA - Trailer/Bande annonce from Grenade on Vimeo.
Mention for best photography MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies, Annick Ghijzelings
For the fascinating landscape and the strong contrast between the beautiful images and the fluid camera movement and the dramatic content, which is the manipulation that the local population received from the French authorities that wanted to experiment the atomic bomb in that part of the Pacific Ocean.
MA'OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies - TRAILER from Centre de l'Audiovisuel à Bxl on Vimeo.
Mention for best editing (ex aequo) Sea of Sorrow - Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
For the ability to editing not only the images but most importantly the feelings of the characters presented in the story.
Los Ofendidos, Marcela Zamora
Because it manages to use historical material in a way that brings the audience close to the events of those days.
Trailer documental "Los Ofendidos" de Marcela Zamora from Kino Glaz on Vimeo.
Mention for most innovative documentarySolo for one Hand, Pavel Jurda
For the variety of different cinematic elements and the original way in which the story is narrated.
Mention for best short doc Terraform, Sil Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy
For the very simple, direct yet extremely powerful way to convey the story and emotionally connect the audience to the events that are presented. Particularly striking is the choice of a very unique perspective that widens the perception and the capacity to say so much in such a small amount of time.
A BRIDGE BETWEEN CULTURES AWARD Salto, Maryam Haddadi
The award for SALTO is a tribute to everyone who has had the strength and the determination to make an important and courageous complaint. – as Lucia Gotti Vetnurato motivates the award – Zahra Hosseinzadeh could have been the Pellegrini of the occidental world, but the destiny of birth has criminalized her, put her in the shadows. With this award, Sole Luna wants to build a virtual bridge of solidarity and wants to give an emphasis to the imprisonment that provokes fundamentalism of any kind.
Middle Eastern Dramatic Shorts 7:00pm Wed Mar 28 FilmFest52 At The Bethel Cinema from Thomas Carruthers on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY NEW ITALIANS
The special Jury “New italians” for the section Short Docs of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13th edition awards:
One minute, Dina Naser
One minute, is set in Gaza during a military operation launched by Israel as a counter action after the launch of some rockets by Hamas. The video, with the power of images and dialogues, provokes strong emotions and is able to represent the fear of the little protagonist of the uncertain and perhaps dramatic future that awaits her, making the viewer experience it. Most of the film is shot in the dark. This darkness provokes panic and disorientation with repeated intervals of silence that are broken by the shootings. Particularly important is the contrast between the external dramatic reality and the calmness with which the mother reassures her daughter and tries to protect her from the world that could upset the child's life. This is a real practice in many situations of war and conflict in which music and play are of fundamental importance to continue living and above all to prevent children from being overwhelmed by anguish and panic.
Trailer - One Minute from Dina Naser on Vimeo.
Terraform, Van Der Woerd, Jorik Dozy
Terraform, for the strength of the images which represents the terrible work in the sulfur mines and the sacrifices of parents who try to prevent their children from the same future. Unlike the other films, the emotion and the message emerge not due to the sounds and the words but everything is left to the force of the images. This make us experience the material poverty that pushes the human being to sacrifice themselves, by putting their health at risk every day by breathing sulfur and highly toxic air, in order to make the people they care for survive. The tears and sweat of the protagonists remain attached for days together with the final scene of the protagonist's family flying in the air.
Menzione speciale della giuria "Nuovi Italiani" Thr european dream: Serbia, Jaime Alekos
For its capacity to tell the experience of those who have left their land out of necessity, the unjustifiable violence of men in uniform who consider other men as animals, the desperation of not being able to go neither forward or backwards, blocked in a country of Eastern Europe and see the European dream, that has led them to face unspeakable suffering and deprivation, perhaps definitively shattered.
THE EUROPEAN DREAM: SERBIA (Trailer) from Jaime Alekos on Vimeo.
SPECIAL JURY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
I membri della Giuria speciale, composta da studentesse e dagli studenti del Liceo Scientifico Statale Albert Einstein di Palermo e dell’Istituto di Istruzione Superiore Santoni-Gambacorti di Pisa, decretano quale miglior documentario della sezione Human Rights della XIII edizione del Sole Luna Doc Film Festival:
Sea of Sorrow, Sea of Hope, Marianne Hougen Moraga, Estephan Wagner
• Because it shows clearly the complex and dramatic phenomenon of today’s migration.
• For the directors’ superb ability to tell and witness the story of the protagonist, emphasizing both the socio-anthropological and political aspect of a forced migration of people seeking safety for themselves and their children, as well as the intimate, existential aspect characterized by the pain and hope of the mother-child relationship.
• For the wonderful script and for the effective and clear editing through which the directors managed to create a strong empathy between the film's protagonist and the audience.
• For the ability to tell the phenomenon of migration in a capturing way and with different cultural perspectives, underlining the implications for those who choose to leave and for those who welcome. The film also forces the viewers to question their role as a citizen of the global world.
• For the overwhelming firmness with which the struggle of Manal to save herself and her children is presented.
• For the narrative power of the message which tells the audience the risks, fears, hopes, and pain associated with the migratory phenomenon through a documentary that is as brief as it is intense.
The special Jury members award the special mention to:
Shootball, Fèlix Colomer
• For the original narrative of the entire documentary, able to engage the viewer in a real story of investigative journalism.
• For the complexity of the issues addressed, presented with a strong condemnation and respect for the stories of the victims involved.
• For the director's ability to become a subject in the documentary, thereby underlining the importance of participating actively and of siding morally and politically with respect to the events of one’s own community.
• For the social complaint that was brought forward in the documentary in a precise and analytical way.
For the ability to give voice to all the protagonists, allowing the viewer to enter the world of those who have suffered unjustifiable sexual violence, and on the other hand the contradictory and sometimes incomprehensible world of the rapists. This makes the representation complex and chaotic as it is in reality.
• For the moral strength of the director and of the father which is expressed in the choice to fight in a non-violent but determined way for the rights of the victims of pedophilia. It stresses how the past, especially in its dark areas, must be faced individually and collectively without revisionism and silence.
AUDIENCE AWARD Singing with angry birds, Hyewon Jee
Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edizione / edition 2 luglio /July 2018
Santa Maria dello Spasimo Palermo
Ingresso gratuito/free entrance
SANTA MARIA DELLO SPASIMO19.00inaugurazione / opening with Banda alle Ciance
Drinks offered by Assovini, food offered by NaturaSì
Opening mostre / exhibitions
Il sacro degli altri. Culti e pratiche rituali dei migranti in Sicilia
fotografie di / photos by
Attilio Russo, Giuseppe Muccio
inaugurazione / openingCrossfade spazio sonoro
Davide Cairo, Francesco Novara
inaugurazione / openingSpotlight on Martina Melilli. The Fourth Day of School
2015, 5′ 03′′
Italian-African Rhyzome.A Choreography for Camera
2017, 4′ 13′′
2018, 2′ 30′′
SPASIMO / NAVATA— 20.00
saluti istituzionali / institutional greetings
concorso / competitionIn the name of, Erlynee Kardany
Norvegia, 2017, 54′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
Regista in sala| Meet the author
In a time when belief no longer has a true face and outrage and war threatens to take centerstage, this documentary searches for the secret of peace and compromise. This is a stirring story of one cross-cultural family in conflict over religion. Over the course of 5 years, the filmmaker turns the camera on herself and her nearest to shed light on the challenges of living with Islam as a modern day woman. In the Name of... trailer (PREVIOUS TITLE IS : Love & Sacrifice) from Novemberfilm on Vimeo.
concorso / competitionUntitled, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi
Germania e Austria, 2017, 107′, v.o. con voce narrante in italiano / o.v. with Italian voice over
After the sudden death of Michael Glawogger in April 2014, his longstanding collaborator and editor Monika Willi realizes a film out of the footage Glawogger shot over the course of 4 months and 19 days in the Balkans, Italy, North and West Africa. A journey out into the world with open eyes and open mind - observing, listening, experiencing. Serendipity is the concept and the only rule to apply - in editing and creating the film just as it was in shooting. Narrated by Nada Malanima.SPASIMO / GIARDINO— 21.00
concorso / competitionSea of sorrow – Sea of hope, Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
Danimarca, 2018, 29′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
Manal lives in Syria with her three children. A run-in with ISIS leading to death threats forces Manal to flee the country. She leaves her children behind, thinking they will be able to reunite, once she has reached Europe. However, after 10 long months in Denmark, she learns that she cannot apply for family reunification for another three years. Manal decides to save her children. Raghu Rai. An unframed portrait, Avani Rai
Finlandia, India e Norvegia, 2017, 55′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
An unframed portrait of Magnum photographer Raghu Rai and his 50 year long journey capturing the stories of India. Raghu Rai’s stories told through the eyes of his own rebel daughter. Together they embark on a journey to Kashmir, the most militarized land on earth.— 22.30
concorso / competitionBefore my feet touch the ground, Daphni Leef
Israele, 2017, 78′, v.o. con sottotitoli in inglese e italiano / o.v. English and Italian subtitles
July 2011, a young Israeli video editor named Daphni Leef decides to protest against rent prices by pitching a tent in the city center. Within a few days, a whole boulevard is full of tents because a modest protest against housing policy grew into a national protest movement for social justice. Daphni at first is combative and exuding an attractive idealism, she gradually becomes exhausted. As director, Daphni looks back on this turbulent period when she was transformed from a naive young woman into a celebrated and controversial national icon.
Press conference Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 13. edition
The press conference for the 13th edition of the Sole Luna Doc Film Festival was held on Tuesday July 21th in
Palermo at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia to present the program of the Festival, which will be held in Santa Maria dello SPasimo in Palermo. The conference was attended by all the major media, together with those who follow the local Palermo scene.
The program of the Festival was presented by its president, Lucia Venturato, scientific director Gabriella D'Agostino and artistic directors Chiara Andrich and Andrea Mura. They presented the programme with 28 documentaries in competition between short films and feature films, divided into the Human Rights, The Journey and Short docs sections. The topics of the films chosen are those that have always characterized Sole Luna Doc Film Festival, an intercultural journey that stimulates the knowledge of near and distant realities. Concerning the Out of competition, they have chosen numerous feature and short films on issues related to human rights and the environment, presented in collaboration with other festivals such as the Festival international du film insulaire de Groix and the Animaphix International Animation Festival, as well as with associations and foreign cultural institutes in Palermo, with the aim of "networking" and "establish ties".
Since the happy contingency of the choice of Palermo as Italian Capital of Culture 2018, this year the Sole Luna goes beyond documentary cinema and include other forms of art with the Arts in festival, which includes a series of events and hosts international artists.
Sole Luna Doc Film Festival this year, with its multifaceted programming, wants to be more and more a place of discovery and meeting in a frontier space open to the world where cinema can become a compass to orient oneself in the complicated present.
Here the programme qui.
Film submission to Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2018 are open. The Festival will take place from July 2nd to 8th in Palermo and from September 10th to 16th in Treviso. The festival is also partner of Milano Human Rights Film Festival with a showcase on Human Rights at the Triennale in Milan from March 19th to 24th
SUBMIT YOUR FILM
The entry form and all the useful information you need to participate in the festival are
available on line: www.solelunadoc.org
The deadline for submitting your entries is February 15th 2018. Hurry up and submit your films!
Monday October 30th at 12.30 am, Palazzo delle Aquile, Palermo
Mayor Leoluca Orlando will give honorary citizenship of Palermo to Lucia Gotti Venturato on October 30th at 12.30 am in the advisory room of Palazzo delle Aquile.
Lucia wishes to share this recognition with all those who have supported the festival and the many activities of the association during the last 12 years: the tireless Sole Luna staff, volunteers, institutions, associations, sponsors, directors and artists who have enriched the life of the Association and the quality of the Festival.
Particular thanks to all those people, women and men, young and older people, citizens and foreigners who have followed us in this shared growth.
Jury Città di Treviso Award
Best documentary section Human rights
Dove vanno le nuvole by Massimo Ferrari
In 72 minutes of stories and testimony about migrations all the fears, stereotypes and exploitations are erased starting from Treviso and all the way down, from the North to the South of Italy. This movie has a strong educational message that helps to reconsider the beliefs of a scared society who is experiencing a worrying surge of racism and xenophobia.
Special mention section Human rights
Blaxploitalian. 100 years of blackness in Italian Cinema by Fred Kuwornu
An original message presented by a wise directing, a thorough search of black artists and actors, who have been the main characters of Italian cinema, theater and television since the ‘20s. This is a denunciation that shows without rancour the strong effort to eliminate the stereotypes about black people.
Jury Città di Treviso Award
Best documentary The journey
Il segreto delle calze by Nicola Contini
A complex human story represented with lightness and irony. The main female character conquers China with stringency and humanity, using her job as value and universal language in order to redeem her life.
Special mention section The journey
Ama - San di Claudia Varejão
Through this movie the viewer discovers a faraway world, a pre-modern Japan that is described with an extraordinary perspective, thanks to its photography and rhythm. It’s a poetic portrait of a millennial tradition that had already inspired artists and authors in the past. A tradition that is kept alive thanks to the Ama-San (the women of the sea), main characters of this fascinating story.
Rubino Rubini AwardVuelo nocturno by Nicholas Herzog
For the bond between Rubino and the cinema of the historical and narrative real, for the bond between Rubino and Argentina, for the bond between Rubino and the Little Prince, for the deep bond that Rubino created between Sole Luna and Saint-Exupery family. “Vuelo Nocturno” by Nicolas Herzog is a valuable and refined document, a cultured and stylish story that would have touched the soul of our dear friend Rubino.
The black sheep by Antonio Martino
In “The Black Sheep” music enriches and develops the emotions aroused by images. The music, completely in line with the topic, reflects not only the main character’s feelings, but also the anxiety and astonishment of the audience, that is thrown into an almost unknown world. Sounds from reality that underline, inform, touch and than turn into a music. A music that expands and then disappears, emphasising the great silences. This is the alchemy that should always distinguish a good soundtrack: a combination of both music and images that are perceived as one.
The Black Sheep Trailer | di Antonio Martino from BoFilm on Vimeo.
School jury AwardSee you in Chechnya by Alexander Kvatashidze
The very personal approach of the author is interesting because he digs throughout his experience on the role of war reporter and on his deepest motivations, which are even more powerful than his will to cling to life. The documentary maintains a strong narrative tension towards an unended search for meaning through the meticulous editing of different materials, such as personal pictures, war footages, archive material, interviews made by the author in different places. A movie that examines the limits of human condition focusing on the meaning of war and the way it is documented. The diaristic tone goes beyond the topic of war and war journalism to achieve a broad-based investigation on man and life. It also brings together both the professional and personal side, thanks to
L de Libertad by Javier Hernandez, Marc Guanyabens
The Interactions Jury Award for the best short film goes to L de Libertad by Javier Hernández and Marc Guanyabens. The main character of the movie goes beyond the limits set by his disability, in order to find his independence. Greater autonomy leads people to play an active role in the society. The main character wants to be an example for those in need, giving them a chance for the future, also thanks to the community, not with a pitiful approach but with its concrete and valuable support.
Video contest Creare Legami
Legami by Patrycja Maria Bariasz
Per la capacità di riflettere sul concetto di legame, interpretando il tema del Festival con profondità, ma allo stesso tempo attraverso un messaggio semplice e comprensibile a tutti.
Il legame fa la forza by Samuel Correnti
For the ability to reflect on the concept of bond, which deeply interprets the Festival’s topic, but at the same time through a simple and understandable message.