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Doc Alliance Selection 2014
Striplife Andrea Zambelli, Valeria Testagrossa, Nicola Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Luca Scaffidi

Gardening, sporting boys and a demonstration. Life as usual – if it wasn’t for the shots, explosions and missile fragments on the beach. Life in Gaza.

Striplife

Documentary Film
Italy
2013
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Raffaele Aspide
Andrea Zambelli, Valeria Testagrossa, Nicola Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Luca Scaffidi
Walter Buonanno
Andrea Zambelli, Valeria Testagrossa, Nicola Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Luca Scaffidi
Luca Gasparini
A young man wakes up his brother. Someone works in the garden. A few boys do sports together. A photographer takes pictures of a demonstration. And if the young man wasn’t responsible for his brother because their parents are dead, if there were no shots ringing out while the man is gardening, if we didn’t see explosions behind the athletes and if the photographer was not in a wheelchair because both his legs were amputated, one might almost take this for normality. All of this takes place in Gaza, which looks like a twilight world. A world in which there are supermarkets crammed with goods, but also masses of missile fragments on the beach. The film portrays the people in Gaza and how they adapt to impossible living conditions, the inconsistencies of this region and the calm in the eye of the storm.
Doc Alliance Selection 2014
The Great Night Petr Hátle

In praise of the night! Sadness and ecstasy, loneliness and crystal. The fates of people in Prague gradually emerge from the shadows. The pull of darkness, set to baroque arias.

The Great Night

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2013
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Kubečková, Tereza Polachová, Hana Kastelicová
Petr Hátle
Prokop Souček
Šimon Hájek
Petr Hátle
Martin Klusák
Without light there are no colours. And that’s what they look like, these people of the night – as if they had been drained of all colour. Who knows whether they became this way because their life happens at night or whether they entered the night because of its fading colours. At any rate, they are looking for surrogates of everything they left behind or that simply stayed behind in a world ruled by a certain degree of timelessness and instability. Drugs, sex, alcohol, and gambling provide help or occasions to while away the time, pass the night and perhaps avoid delving into the oppressive blackness they carry inside and around themselves. “People are exactly like a bench or metal. People are only objects. They disappear like fog and leave nothing behind”, says Zdeněk, one of the protagonists. Maybe it doesn’t matter then when the great night begins and how it ends.
Doc Alliance Selection 2014
The Quest of the Schooner Creoula André Valentim Almeida

A group of scientists on Portugal’s biggest scientific expedition to date to the Ilhas Selvagens in the Atlantic Ocean. A journey of discovery, including one’s own past.

The Quest of the Schooner Creoula

Documentary Film
Portugal
2013
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Joana Miranda
André Valentim Almeida
André Valentim Almeida
André Valentim Almeida
André Valentim Almeida
André Valentim Almeida, Paulo Cunha Martins
In 2010, André Valentim Almeida set out on a journey of discovery. In an age when everything seems to have been explored and new land may only be found in space, perhaps a journey of discovery inevitably makes one look especially closely at and back at everything one encounters. On the schooner “Creoula” he meets a group of scientists who have embarked on Portugal’s greatest scientific expedition to the Ilhas Selvagens in the Atlantic Ocean. During the journey the filmmaker discovers connections to his uncle, a ship’s captain who used to fish in Newfoundland, Portugal’s maritime past and always himself. He looks at the past, the present and the future and discovers more than he expected from this expedition. And then, somehow, there is the World Championship and for a brief moment everyone is euphoric.