Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
Defiant Brasilia // Avenida Brasilia formosa (Orig.)
2010 / Brazil / 84 min
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Pirambu, a fisherman, was removed from both his home in the slums and his livelihood, in order to make way for the construction of the Brasilia Formosa Avenue, which occupies a valuable stretch of Recife’s urban coastline. Fabio, who works with video, registering important events in the community, holds rare images of an historic and emblematic visit by President Lula to the neighbourhood when the slum was destroyed. Fabio is hired by Debora, a manicurist, to film her Big Brother application video. He also films the birthday party of Cauan, a five year Spiderman fan. Through the day-to-day routine of Pirambu, Fabio, Debora and Cauan and a poetic web of encounters, memories and desires the film Defiant Brasilia provides a sensorial insight into the contemporary reality of its residents and their relationship with the newly constructed avenue. Placing real characters within a fictional structure and with a strong photographic conceptual framework, the film draws you into a cinemagraphic dance, a ballet that suspends and sustains reality on the very points of its toe
|Dir. of Photography||Ivo Lopes Araújo|
|Sound||Gera Vieira, Carlos Montenegro|
|Tags||cities, social issues, society, staged|
Plano 9 Producoes
Plano 9 Producoes
International Film Festival Rotterdam ...
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2010-Bright Future -World Premiere Bafici, Argentina 2010-Official Competition Filmfest München 2010-Official Competition IDFF Jihlava 2010