International Film Forum Full Winter 2017 Slate Announced

13 January 2017

Carleton’s International Film Forum presents films from all around the world in weekly screenings at the Weitz Center Cinema. The Winter 2017 series runs from January 9th through February 27th. Most screenings are on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Visit the IFF website for trailers and more information.

Week 2​ ​:​​

01/09 M — The State I Am In [Die innere Sicherheit] (Christian Petzold, 2000, Germany, 106 min.) — Presented by Josiah Simon

01/10 T — The Border as a Center [La frontera como centro] (Abu Ali/Toni Serra, 2016, Spain/France, 63 min.) — Presented by Palmar Alvarez Blanco, Q&A with director Abu Ali/Toni Serra


Week 3: 01/16 M — The True Cost (Andrew Morgan, 2015, Bangladesh/USA/Cambodia/China/Denmark/France/Haiti/India/Italy/Uganda/UK, 92 min.) — Presented by Palmar Alvarez Blanco

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye-opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.” (Synopsis)

A distressing overview of the consequences of our addiction to fast fashion, The True Cost might suggest another exposé of corporate greed versus environmental well-being. That is certainly in evidence, but under the gentle, humane investigations of its director, Andrew Morgan, what emerges most strongly is a portrait of exploitation that ought to make us more nauseated than elated over those $20 jeans.

To learn who is paying for our bargains, Mr. Morgan dives to the bottom of the supply chain, to the garment factories of Cambodia and Bangladesh and the cotton fields of India, where he links ecological and health calamities to zealous pesticide use. Garment workers subsisting on less than $3 a day recount beatings by bosses who resent unionization and requests for higher wages. At the same time, a factory owner in Bangladesh — where the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building caused more than 1,000 deaths — tells us candidly that when retailers squeeze him, he must squeeze his employees.” (Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times)

Week 4: 01/23 M — Francofonia (Aleksandr Sokurov, 2015, France/German/Netherlands, 88 min.)– Presented by Diane Nemec Ignashev

“Set against the backdrop of the Louvre Museum’s history and artworks, master director Alexander Sokurov (Russian Ark) applies his uniquely personal vision onto staged re-enactments and archives for this fascinating portrait of real-life characters Jacques Jaujard and Count Franziskus Wolff-Metternich and their compulsory collaboration at the Louvre Museum under the Nazi Occupation. These two remarkable men – enemies then collaborators – share an alliance which would become the driving force behind the preservation of museum treasures. In its exploration of the Louvre Museum as a living example of civilization, FRANCOFONIA is a stunning and urgently relevant meditation on the essential relationship between art, culture, and history.”​ ​(Synopsis)

“With this sophisticated, complex and thoroughly absorbing film, Aleksandr Sokurov has had another night at the museum reverie, a cine-prose poem or animated installation tableau, weaving newsreel footage with eerie floating images above the streets of contemporary Paris – presumably filmed with a drone – and dramatised fantasy scenes.

“Thirteen years after Russian Ark, that renowned single-take movie journey through the Hermitage museum in St Petersburg, Sokurov has now alighted on the Louvre in Paris. Francofonia has all sorts of wayward digressions and perambulations around the idea of French and European culture, and the role of the museum in conserving art and promoting the idea of what it means to be human.” (Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian)​

Week 5: 01/30 M — The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012, UK/Denmark/Norway, 115 min.) — Presented by Daniel Groll

Combining testimonial interviews, reconstructions, and even fantasy musical sequences, The Act of Killing is, according to its director, “a documentary of the imagination.” The film examines the death squads that rooted out Communists, leftist sympathizers, and ethnic Chinese in Indonesia during the early years of President Suhatro’s “New Order” government. Yet instead of interviewing just the victims, Oppenheimer discovered that the perpetrators of the mass killings were not only willing to talk about their deeds but enthusiastic to have their story told.

“This audacious, horrifying, boldly experimental plunge into the mind-set of murderers and the culture of impunity breaks so many rules of documentary decorum that it virtually creates its own genre: investigative improv, perhaps. Or, better yet, Brechtian nonfiction. Whatever you call it, The Act of Killing is a must-see. Using blunt stagecraft, probing psychological insight, elegant interrogation of narrative truth and characters steeped in a particularly terrifying brand of self-mythologizing, director Joshua Oppenheimer has succeeded in turning The Act of Killing into both a sharply confrontational vehicle for bearing witness and a craftily layered meditation on the cinematic medium itself” (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post).​

Week 6: 02/13 — M Sí se puede: siete días en PAH Barcelona [Sí se puede: Seven Days at PAH Barcelona] (Pau Faus, 2014, Spain, 52 min.) — Presented by Palmar Alvarez Blanco, Q&A with director Pau Faus

The documentary, SÍ SE PUEDE: Seven days at PAH Barcelona, is an account of the day to day of Barcelona‘s Platform for People Affected by Mortgages. Following various participants it illustrates what a usual week looks like and its tireless activities. This documentary places cameras at the heart of the PAH to visualize, not only the post-housing bubble drama, but also the huge and often invisible work behind this social movement. It shows the process of transformation and empowerment of those who join its ranks.

Week 7: 02/20 M — As Old As the World [Tan antiguo como el mundo] (Nayra Sanz Fuentes & Javier Sanz Fuentes, 2012, Spain, 87 min.) — Presented by Palmar Alvarez Blanco, Q&A with director Nayra Sanz Fuentes

“Speed, consumerism and technology have become the main benchmarks for the 21st century. In a context where all these realities are submitted to the generation of financial profit, we have no choice but to ask: What space is left for poetry, painting and art as ways of approaching existence? On a never-ending journey with no certain destination, the artist Antón Lamazares comes across friends and relatives to reflect on memories, violence, creation, time and death: all fundamental matters when we try to find an answer to this question.” (Rinoceronte Films)

Week 8 : 02/27 M — Mapa (León Saiminiani, 2012 Spain/India) — Presented by Palmar Alvarez Blanck, Q&A with director León Siminiani

This is the story of a young Spanish director burned out by his job on TV, who went to India in search of his first feature film only to discover that the real search was not for him in India but back home. However, upon return in Madrid, everything went the opposite as he expected…

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