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HUMAN LANDSCAPES: PORTRAITS

 

Albert's Winter
Andreas Koefoed, Denmark, 2009, 29'

Albert’s mother has cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy, but this is something he would rather not talk about. Albert is eight years old and the world is still a mystery to him. Albert does the same things all boys do: in the winter, he throws snowballs, goes to school, comes home, plays outside. He tries to catch snowflakes on his tongue and goes to soccer practice. The camera captures moments, but no more than that. Albert’s Winter explores the recurring themes of music and childhood.

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* Roshd International Film Festival, Special Jury Award, 2010;
* DokuFest Kosova, Best Short Film, 2010;
* Danish Dox Award, 2009;
* Asterfest Strumica, Golden Projector, 2010;
* Go Short, Best Student Film, 2010.


 

Portrait of a Man
Visa Koiso-Kanttila, Finland, 2010, 81'

Portrait of a Man, the last film of the manhood triology of Visa Koiso-
Kanttila, after Father to Son (2004) and A Winter’s Journey (2007) is about the crisis of a man in his forties and his desire for a better life; its a story of parenthood, alcohol, Finnish man and his desire for love. The film is also an unusually intimate depiction of the relationship between the father and his son. The men in the film are breaking the myth that Finnish men can’t or don’t want to talk about their feelings and experiences. However, despite the seriousness of the topic includes black humor and situational comedy.

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* Nordisk Panorama, Honorary Mention, 2010
* FIPA, Silver FIPA, 2011
* Nordic Glory, Honorary Mention, 2011
* Finnish Art Council, The Quality Prize, 2010


 

Poet of the Elephant House
Anna Juhlin, Sweden, 2010, 26'

“My grandfather’s home is filled with words, books, poetry, photos,
chemicals, press cuttings, letters, cameras. He was born in Istanbul, Turkey, but because of his love to my grandmother, whom he met in Paris, he ended up in Stockholm. He still lives here, in the same suburban apartment that he’s lived in for more than 50 years. At first, it was his pictures that made me curious about his life. He hade taken photos of all these famous writers, poets, artists – the artistic avant garde who intruiged me so intensly when I was in my late teens. When I searched more deeply, I found the language.
My grandfather’s love for language and poetry. And I recognized parts of
my self in the things he told.” Poet of the Elephant House is a personal story
about the life of a grandpa, told by his grandchild.


 

The Peddler
(El Ambulante)
Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovich Argentina, 2009, 84'

A man arrives at a village driving his rickety car. He proposes the village authorities to make a feature film there. Only the village people including the authorities would act in the film. The traveller only asks for lodging and meals till his film’s release. The offer is accepted and the making of this film is the most important event in the village along a month.

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*Audience Award,  BAFICI Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, 2010;
*First Prize, DokFest International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, 2010;
*Special Jury Mention, MARFICI Festival de Cine Independiente, 2010;
*Best New Director, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, 2010;
*Award for Best Biographical Portrait, Biografilm Festival Bologna,  2010;
*Award for Best Portrait of an Artist, Pärnu International Film Festival, 2010;
*Best Film Award, Flandes Latin American Film Festival, 2010.


 

Kano-An American and His Harem
Monster Jimenez, Philippines, 2010, 80'

In 1969, an American Vietnam War hero by the name of Victor Pearson relocates in a poor remote village in the Philippines and invites hundreds of women to live with him. In 2002, he was charged with over 80 counts of rape. After five years of shooting and weeks of interviews with lawyers, city officials, social workers and Pearson’s friends, filmmaker Monster Jimenez eventually found the focus of her story in the people closest to Pearson: his women. In this compelling debut film, Monster Jimenez creates a portrait of an extended dysfunctional family.

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* Winner of Competition for First Appearance, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam,  2010
* Best Documentary, Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2010
* Official Selection, Goteborg International Film Festival, 2011
* Official Selection, Festival del Cinema Africano, d’ Asia e America Latina,  2011