LARS AND THE REAL GIRL
Director: Craig Gillespie/Writer: Nancy Oliver/Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson/Cinematographer: Adam Kimmel/Editor: Tatiana S. Riegel/Music: David Torn/Producer: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Distribution: DNC (Italy)/Origin: USA, Canada, 2007/Running time: 106’
In this comedy, Lars Lindstrom is an awkwardly shy young man in a small northern town who finally brings home the girl of his dreams to his brother and sister-in-law’s home. The only problem is that she’s not real – she’s a sex doll Lars ordered off the Internet. But sex is not what Lars has in mind, but rather a deep, meaningful relationship. His sister-in-law is worried for him, his brother thinks he’s nuts, but eventually the entire town goes along with his delusion in support of this sweet natured boy that they’ve always loved.
“This movie is about community, the opportunity to be part of a community. I wanted to portray the parishioners in a realistic way. It isn’t unusual [for people to be accepting], it’s just unusual in film. In real life, there’s always family drama going on. In my mind, there’s no such thing as a normal family. This is just a more absurd case of that. You never shut the door on people, you try to help them. The movie deals with the innate goodness of people, and in life I find that’s actually more true than not. People genuinely want to help each other and do right by each other.” Craig Gillespie
LO AND BEHOLD
Director: Werner Herzog/Writer: Werner Herzog/Cinematographer: Peter Zeitlinger/Editor: Marco Capalbo/Music: Mark degli Antoni, Sebastian Steinberg/Produced: RUPERT MACONICK, WERNER HERZOG PER SAVILLE PRODUCTIONS/Distribution: I WONDER PICTURES/UNIPOL BIOGRAFILM COLLECTION/Origin: USA, 2016/Running time: 98’
In LO AND BEHOLD, REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD, the Oscar®-nominated documentarian Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams) chronicles the virtual world from its origins to its outermost reaches, exploring the digital landscape with the same curiosity and imagination he previously trained on earthly destinations as disparate as the Amazon, the Sahara, the South Pole and the Australian outback. Herzog leads viewers on a journey through a series of provocative conversations that reveal the ways in which the online world has transformed how virtually everything in the real world works – from business to education, space travel to healthcare, and the very heart of how we conduct our personal relationships.
“It is something that’s become all-pervasive, so of course it seeps into the dark sides of human existence as well. It is a phenomenon that is really changing our way of life more than anything that we thought about when we thought about the future. There are still many areas of the Internet that fascinate me. I think this may be the first coherent tour around its horizons, but there is still is a lot out there”. Werner Herzog
TODOS SON MIS HIJOS
Director: Ricardo Soto Uribe/Writer: Ricardo Soto Uribe/Cast: Madres de Plaza de Mayo/Cinematographer: Facundo Geli/Editor: Emiliano Collado/Music: Peteco Carabajal/Producted: Audiovisual Madres/Origin: Argentina, 2016/Running time: 85’
In 1976, a civil-military dictatorship in Argentina establishes in a new economic model. They unknowingly, fathered their pursuers: a group of women claiming the lives of her 30,000 missing children. Today, in the twilight of their lives, the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo continue to build new forms of collective identity, memory and anti capitalist struggle.
Ricardo Soto Uribe was born in Chile in 1981, where he studied Art History and then Filmmaking. In 2004 filmed the short film “Locked Out” (16mm). In 2005 settles in Argentina and made the short film “Luck of Estanvito” (2009) and as a producer “Made in USA” (2010). It is receiving several awards. Since 2011 he is part of the audiovisual area of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo team.
Directors: Lucy Walker, João Jardim e Karen Harley/Cast: Vik Muniz, Fabio Ghivelder, Isis Rodrigues Garros, Zumbi, Tiao, Valter dos Santos, Irmã, Magna de França Santos, Suelem Pereira Dias/Cinematographers: Ernesto Herrman, Dudu Miranda e Heloísa Passos/Editor: Pedro Kos/Music: Moby/Produced: ALMEGA PROJECTS, O2 FILMES/Distribution: OFFICINE UBU/Origin: Brasil, United Kingdom, 2010/Running Time: 99’
Filmed over nearly three years, the Academy Award-nominated WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” – self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the “catadores” with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the “catadores” as they begin to re-imagine their lives.
“The moment when one thing turns into another is the most beautiful moment. A combination of sounds turns into music. And that applies to everything.”“I have always been interested in garbage. What it says about us. What in there embarrasses us, and what we can’t bear to part with. Where it goes and how much of it there is. How it endures. What it might be like to work with it every day. I read about one woman’s crusade to show her appreciation for all the sanitation workers in New York by hugging each of them, and I applauded the sentiment … and yet … there had to be some other way for me to show my appreciation.” Vik Muniz