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Inside a warehouse a precarious structure 70-100 feet long constructed from various items is set into motion via a chain reaction So begins a story about cause and effect, mechanism and art, improbability and precision. ... Read more
“Compelling, moving and thought-provoking… an intellectually-stimulating crowd-pleaser.” - Hollywood Reporter ... Swetlana Geier has spent sixty years of her life translating great Russian literature into German, including Dostoyevsky's five major novels - his ‘elephants' as she ... Read more
Giuseppe Verdi's "finest work" (Verdi's own opinion) still stands on the Piazza Buonorotti in Milan. The Casa di Riposa was founded in 1896 for people "less fortunate than I". People who never accomplished big careers, and have now lost all their earnings. Daniel Schmid's remarkable documentary ... Read more
Set in Senegal, Umbo and Samuel is a modern fable about a small white African boy who has been taken hostage and finds himself in a cell with Umbo, a Wolof tribesman. To escape they must first communicate. ... Sillig shows an assuredness as a director with his claustrophobic camera work, and ... Read more
The great Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler died in 1918. This film examines the development of his work over 47 years with a commentary based wholly on his own writings. ... Read more
A multiple award-winner, as well as short-listed for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Vitus not only plays the piano like a virtuoso, he possesses ultra-sonic hearing and a propensity for reading the encyclopaedia. In other words, he is an extraordinary boy. Everyone anticipates a ... Read more
The print that is being sent to the Festival is the only one available and has French subtitles An English subtitled version is not yet obtainable. ... "At every festival, there is always one film which comes from nowhere to grab the attention of the audience and make it all worthwhile In Mannheim ... Read more
Award winning animator Georges Schwizgebel creates a peripatetic tribute to the illustrator Rodolphe Toppfer. Set in an idyllic countryside of windmills and would-be Gallileos the playful and engaging imagery flows seamlessly. A succinct and |oyous animation. ... Read more
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