Documentaries become important again thanks DocuFICX, new competition section
After giving last year more relevance to documentaries again, in Gran Angular, the festival goes a step further and creates a new competition section called DocuFICX, consisting of six nonfiction films telling stories of very different origins and competing for a 5,000 euros prize.
The feminist and sextremist movement FEMEN will be on one of them thanks to Je suis Femen, a Swiss documentary directed by Alain Margot that tells the story of Oksana Shachko. It will be presented by the director himself, the star herself and another of the co-founders of the movement, Oleksandra Shevchenko.
In The Mystery of the King of Kinema, Spanish director and writer Elio Quiroga digs into Max Linder, one of the biggest stars of French silent films, and delves into the actor’s personality thanks to her daughter’s, Maud Linder, work. Paco Toledo and José Domingo Rivera portray in Yorgos the effect the shooting of the film Rapa Nui had on the inhabitants of Easter Island.
Northerner Anna Eborn travels to South Dakota to depict life on an Indian reservation in Pine Ridge. The story takes place in a landscape that reminds us of Terrence Malick’s Badlands. Darius Clark Monroe, meanwhile, reflects on his past. Starting from a robbery he took part in at sixteen, he analyses what leads someone to break the law in Evolution of a Criminal, presented at the last edition of SouthBySouthWest Austin, Texas.
Starting from the law banning female singers to perform solo in public in Iran, No Land's Song, winner of the Best Documentary at the Montreal Film Festival, tells the story of composer Sara Najafi, who defied the authorities by organizing a concert of female soloists in Tehran.
DocuFICX also includes, out of competition, Natural Resistance, a documentary directed by Jonathan Nossiter (Mondovino) which presents an interesting and spontaneous dialogue with vineyard owners in Tuscany. They reflect on new ways of making, selling and consuming wine. We will also see, out of competition as well, the short film competition La Marcha Negra, a chronicle of the miners’ journey to Madrid in 2012 to denounce the situation of the Cuencas Mineras. The film is directed by Alex Zapico and Willy Toledo.
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