Saturday 10 October
Cinema La Compagnia – Via Cavour, 50r
THE UNITED di Amin Matalqa – Focus Music for Films
(USA, Giordania, 2012, 96’) v.o. arabo, inglese – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
A legendary Egyptian soccer coach is brought back from retirement by his former star player to train a group of misfits from around the Arab world at a new soccer academy in Jordan. While the boys fight and struggle to get along, it’s up to the coach’s granddaughter Laila to unite the team and their curmudgeonly coach in order to save the future of the Middle East Football Academy.
Introduzione video del regista
THE WASTELAND (DASHTE KHAMOUSH) by Ahmad Bahrami – Focus Iran
(Iran, 2020, 103′) v.o.: persiano, turco, curdo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Lotfollah is a brick factory supervisor, acting as go-between for the workers and the boss. The boss wants to talk to the them about the shutdown of the factory. All matters now to Lotfollah is to keep Sarvar, the woman he loves, unharmed. “The Wasteland” is the winner of the Orizzonti Award as best film at the last Venice Film Festival.
Il regista sarà in sala per un’introduzione con il pubblico
THE FRIEND’S HOUSE di Mohammad Reza Eyni – Focus Iran
(Iran, Francia, 2019, 60’) v.o.: persiano – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
A young Iranian documentary filmmaker, Mohammad Reza Eyni, decides to make a portrait documentary film about the most prominent Iranian painter, Abolghasem Saidi, who moved to Paris seventy years ago. With Saidi’s agreement, the 32 year-old filmmaker goes to Paris to start the film, only to face closed doors. The story of two generations, where each aims to understand and challenge another’s perspective. More than a film portrait about Saidi, throughout the process of filmmaking, the filmmaker starts to question and challenge himself.
Anteprima italiana, alla presenza del regista
CUTTING THROUGH ROCKS di Sara Khaki, Mohammad Reza Eyni – documentario work in progress
(Germania, Iran 2020, 15’) v.o. – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
37-year-old Sara Shahverdi, a motorcycle riding, land owning, former midwife-turned-fierce citizen advocate and recent divorcée, just won a landslide local election in her remote Iranian village — and everyone has an opinion about it; including her.
Anteprima work in progress, alla presenza dei registi
THE WEDDING DRESS di Mohammed Salman – Focus Winsperhead voices
(Arabia Saudita, 2016, 24’) v.o. arabo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Asmahan, a seamstress, prepares for her daughter’s wedding. Her community believes that a seamstress, who works on a wedding dress for herself, brings the curse of death. Will Asmahan follow tradition or will she cave into her daughter’s wishes and ignore it?
Anteprima italiana, introduce Laura Aimone curatrice del focus
BEIRUT, LA VIE EN ROSE di Èric Motjer Pintu
(Spagna, Libano, 2019, 73’) v.o.: francese, inglese, arabo, spagnolo – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
“Beirut, la vie en rose” enters for the first time into the lives of four of the most important members of the Christian elite in Lebanon, presenting a unique sweet-sour portrait of power, religion and conflict. The protagonists are the last representatives of the once called Switzerland of the Middle East: they have overcome their fears for the future and live life to the fullest as if nothing had changed. But, in a country that seems doomed to cyclical episodes of conflict, instability and change, there is something they cannot ignore anymore: the inevitable end of an era… their era.
Anteprima italiana (introduzione video del regista)
IL PUNTO DELLE 19:30
Cinema La Compagnia – ingresso gratuito
Arabpop. Arte e letteratura in rivolta dai paesi arabi
Presentazione del libro con le autrici Chiara Comito e Silvia Moresi
Arabpop è il primo libro in italiano che racconta le rivolte scoppiate nei paesi arabi a partire dal 2011 attraverso la produzione culturale nata in quei paesi.
SELFIE ZEIN di Amira Diab
(Palestina, 2019, 11’) v.o. inglese, arabo, ebraico – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Zein is a young woman from Bethlehem, determined to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque after Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While her 8.8-kilometer trip may seem short, her journey is disruptive, laden with obstacles. Challenges like the separation wall, security checkpoints, and the very nature of trying to live as a free woman in these circumstances stand between her and her goal. With just one change of clothes, Zein’s strength inspires her to get creative with her appearance in an attempt to overcome the many hurdles that lie ahead, and defeat her oppressors. The movie was shot as if Zein is using her iPhone to document her journey
Anteprima italiana (introduzione video della regista)
BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH di Najwa Najjar
(Palestina, Islanda, Lussemburgo, 2019, 95’) v.o.: arabo, inglese, ebraico – sottotitoli: inglese, italiano
Salma and Tamer, a Palestinian couple in their thirties, have been married for five years. Salma is from Nazareth, while Tamer is the son of a famous intellectual revolutionary who was killed in Beirut. The first time Tamer receives permission to cross the Israeli checkpoint is to file for divorce from his wife. In court, they make a shocking discovery about the past of Tamer’s father and have 72 hours to find a needed document before his permit expires. As the story unfolds, the secret exposes a time when religion was not an issue and love could survive a destroyed landscape even in a war-torn country.
Anteprima italiana, alla presenza della regista e del produttore