Documentary

 

Altman

CANADA – 2014 – 95 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY RON MANN

Ron Mann's new documentary ALTMAN is an in-depth look at the life and times of filmmaker Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Nashville, The Player, Gosford Park, and many more.) While refusing to bow down to Hollywood's conventions, or its executives, Altman's unique style of filmmaking won him friends and enemies, earned him world-wide praise and occasionally scathing criticism, and proved that it IS possible to make truly independent films.

 

Finding Vivian Maier

USA – 2014 – 84 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JOHN MALOOF & CHARLIE SISKEL

A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

 

Here come the Videofreex

USA – 2015 – 79 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - COLOUR & B&W - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JON NEALON & JENNY RASKIN

HERE COME THE VIDEOFREEX starts in 1969. America is undergoing cultural and political revolutions, but you’d never know it by watching TV. Young CBS executive Don West creates a secret project to tell the stories of the counterculture ignored by TV news. He hires a group of young people who have embraced a brand new medium – video. They name themselves the Videofreex and on CBS’s dime, they travel the country in an RV taping footage the networks could never get, including interviews with legendary activist Abbie Hoffman and Black Panther Fred Hampton just months before his murder. The pilot they produce proves to be decades ahead of its time. But when CBS executives see it, they fire the group and say they can keep the “worthless” equipment. The Videofreex decide to stick together, smuggling their videotapes out of CBS offices late one night in a guitar case.

 

Sonita

IRAN / GERMANY / SWITZERLAND – 2015 – 90 MIN – COLOUR - DOCUMENTARY - ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY ROKHSAREH GHAEM MAGHAMI
WITH SONITA ALIDAZEH

Sonita is an 18-year-old female, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make  her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$ 9.000.

The Act of Killing

DENMARK / NORWAY /UNITED KINGDOM – 2012 – 115 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN INDONESIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER

Nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature

In this chilling and inventive documentary executive produced by Errol Morris (The Fog Of War) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man), THE ACT OF KILLING examines a country where killers are celebrated as heroes and the filmmakers challenge unrepentant death squad leaders to reenact their real-life mass-killings in the style of the American movies they love. The hallucinatory result is a cinematic fever dream, an unsettling journey deep into the imaginations of mass-murderers and the shockingly banal regime of corruption and impunity they inhabit. Shaking audiences at the 2012 Toronto and Telluride International Film Festivals, THE ACT OF KILLING is an unprecedented film and according to CNN, "could well change how you view the documentary form."

 

TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART

USA – 2015 – 72 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY JAMES CRUMP
AFEATURING GERMANO CELANT, WALTER DE MARIA, MICHAEL HEIZER, DENNIS OPPENHEIM, ROBERT SMITHSON, NANCY HOLT, VITO ACCONCI, VIRGINIA DWAN, CHARLES ROSS, PAULA COOPER, WILLOUGHBY SHARP, PAMELA SHARP, LAWRENCE WEINER, CARL ANDRE, GIANFRANCO GORGONI, HARALD SZEEMANN

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the tumultuous late 1960s and early 1970s. The film features a cadre of renegade New York artists that sought to transcend the limitations of paint- ing and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desolate desert spaces of the American southwest. Today these works remain impressive not only for the sheer audacity of their makers but also for their out-sized ambitions to break free from traditional norms. The film casts these artists in a heroic light, which is exactly how they saw themselves. Iconoclasts who changed the landscape of art forever, these revolutionary, antagonistic creatives risked their careers on radical artistic change and experimentation, and took on the establishment to produce art on their own terms. The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these trouble- makers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.