FILMS ABOUT FILMS
SECTIONl: FILMS ABOUT FILMS
We will give the floor to big names in “Portraits: Dolan, Lynch, von Trier”. Look for Agnès Varda's latest film and the first documentary about famous film critic Pauline Kael. In Sudan, a group of crazy cinephiles will try to resurrect a film industry there. In the end, we will find out how much power Harvey Weinstein had in Hollywood and was he actually untouchable? Five portraits, five voices of the people, stories about enthusiasts and monsters. We will listen to the men who are still shaping it and we will say goodbye to the women who “changed” industries.
Conception: Piotr Szczyszyk, Paweł Panfil
TALKING ABOUT TREES
dir. Suhaib Gasmelbari, France, Germany, Sudan, Chad, Qatar, 2019, 93’
Ibrahim, Manar, Soliman and Eltayeb are members of a Sudanese film club who decide to restore a long since closed movie theatre near Khartoum. The erstwhile graduates of international film schools meet today and talk about the past, the persecution and even tortures to which opposition artists are subjected. They read letters written when abroad and dream of Sudan in which there is freedom of speech and artistic expression.
WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL
dir. Rob Garver, USA, 2018, 100'
A riveting account of Pauline Kael’s arduous way to the top. Kael was one of the most influential and personally committed women critics in the history of cinema; her pen could change the fates of an apparently doomed production—such as Bonnie and Clyde—whose innovativeness remained wholly unnoticed at first. The film shows her multilayered persona and her legacy through dozens of extremely divergent opinions of the major 20th-century filmmakers and archival footage. It is also a story of how she shaped her style, forged her authorial voice and remained faithful to the fundamental experience of being the viewer in the cinema auditorium.
VARDA BY AGNÈS
dir. Agnès Varda, Francja, 2019, 115'
The most recent and at the same last picture of the master filmmaker (died March this year) recounts her experiences as a director and offers an astonishing recapitulation of her oeuvre and style, which had been evolving over the prolific decades. It is by no means a typical cinematic self-portrait, but a collection of Varda’s contemplative commentaries concerning her life and the work of a director, photographer and installation artist that follows a discontinuous narrative enriched by conversations with her collaborators. Varda speaks about her inspirations, films, photographs, installations and paintings, providing insights into their creation. Regarded as a pioneer of contemporary feminist cinema, Varda came to be recognized as an epitome of self-actualization and activity at an elderly age.
THE FIRST IMAGE: XAVIER DOLAN, DAVID LYNCH, LARS VON TRIER
dir. Pierre-Henri Gibert, France, 2018, 85'
The First Image is a series of five documentaries, with each episode devoted to a renowned director who speaks about the very fundamental experience of their career – the making of their first film.
dir. Ursula Macfarlane, USA, 2019, 98'
Giant, visionary, one who made dreams come true: Harvey Weinstein, the self-proclaimed emperor of Hollywood who believed he had built himself a monument more lasting than bronze. A monument which crumbled under the burden of allegations of harassment, blackmail, sexual assault and rape. It is a story of the Hollywood scandal of all times and the #metoo movement, which had the courage to expose it.