13th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival
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A four day celebration of the best in independent world cinema. Presenting over 60 screenings, panels, "Artists in Conversation", parties and networking events. Visit santafefilmfestival.com for
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Day 3 Films:
Directors: Katie Peters, Pat Hall Executive Producer: Michael Pettit
Category: Documentary |USA 2012| 60 minutes | English
Living Traditions explores the lives and arts of fifteen of New Mexico’s most distinguished traditional/folk artists. Musicians, potters, santeros, weavers, and woodcarvers are among those who reveal the sources and practices of their ancient arts, learned in pueblos and Hispano villages
Director/Screenplay: Jean-Francois Laguionie Screenplay: Anik Le Ray
Category: Animation | France 2012 | 78 minutes | French with English Subtitles
Helmer Jean-Francois Laguionie’s consistently enjoyable, inventive and beautifully crafted tale is a color riot suitable for all ages. Painted characters in various states of completion, and from several works of a French painter who probably lived in the 1930s, unite and go in search of their true colors in this enchanting animated film.
SECOND SCREENING: Saturday, 12/8 at 5:00-6:20PM at CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS (STUDIO)
Director: David “Tosh” Gitonga
Category: Drama | Africa 2012 | 97 minutes | In Swahili and Kikuyu with English Subtitles
A young, aspiring actor from upcountry Kenya dreams of becoming a success in the big city. In pursuit of this and to the chagrin of his brother and parents, he makes his way to Nairobi. This hard-hitting Kenyan movie about gang culture has become the country’s first-ever film to be considered for an Oscar.
Director: Chanoch Zeevin
Category: Documentary | USA, Germany, Israel 2012 | 80 minutes | English
Descendants of the most powerful figures in the Nazi regime and Hitler’s inner circle – Himmler, Goering, Hoess – reveal the effect their infamous bloodline has wreaked on their lives. “Superb! [An] extraordinary film!”- Andrew Billen, The Times (UK)
Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Category: Documentary | France, UK, USA 2012 | 87 minutes | English
Taking to the high seas of the North Atlantic – Herman Melville territory – LEVIATHAN captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the commercial fishing industry. Shot on a dozen cameras — tossed and tethered, passed from fisherman to filmmaker — it is a cosmic portrait of one of mankind’s oldest endeavors and captures the collaborative clash of man, nature, and machine.
Director: Tadashi Nakamura
Category: Documentary | USA 2012 | 52 minutes | English
On the road from Los Angeles to New York to Japan, the film captures the solitary life on tour of Jake Shimabukuro, an inspiring and inventive musician whose virtuoso skills on the ukulele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential. From the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame, to the loneliness of separation from home and family.
Director: Andrés Wood Screenplay: Eliseo Altunaga
Category: Biography | Chile/Argentina/Brazil/Spain 2011 | 110 minutes | In French and Spanish with English Subtitle
From Director Andrés Wood, the extraordinary story of Chilean folksinger and pop culture icon, Violeta Parra, tracing her evolution from impoverished child to international sensation to Chile’s national hero, while capturing the swirling intensity of her inner contradictions, fallibilities, and passions. Violeta’s heart wrenching, indelible songs permeate this film, and they will penetrate the viewer’s soul.
Director: Olympia Stone
Category: Documentary | USA 2012 | 76 minutes | English
Inspired by the baroque sculptor Bernini, and propelled by a crucial event documented in the film, artist James Grashow is driven to experience the process of creation and loss by making an extraordinary giant cardboard fountain, that will be destroyed in the end. This film follows Grashow’s journey, as he questions life’s fragility and the artistic process.
Director(s)/Screenplay: Ruben Reyes/Ali Allie Screenplay: Ali Allie
Category: Narrative | Central America 2012 | 100 minutes | In Spanish with English Subtitles
A Garifuna language teacher from a coastal village in Honduras, Central America struggles to preserve his indigenous culture and communal lands in the face of tourism’s encroachment and personal betrayal.
Director: Xackery Irving
Category: Narrative | USA 2012 | 95 minutes | English
A psych-patient, accused of a violent murder, turns to her court-appointed psychiatrist to prove her innocence and sanity. Her psychiatrist must help her decipher delusion from truth to unravel the mystery of her reality. This fast-paced thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.
Director/Screenplay: Christian Petzold Screenplay: Harun Farocki
Category: Drama | Germany 2012 | 105 minutes | German with English subtitles
East Germany, 1980. Barbara Wolff is a talented young doctor who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small pediatric hospital in the country. Even though she is constantly aware of the very real shadowy presence of, and overwhelming numbers of Stasi officers chronicling her every move, every waking hour, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of dangerous assignations with her lover, with whom she plans to escape to the West, to Poland.
Director/Screenplay: Dmitry Vasyukov/ Werner Herzog
Category: Documentary | Germany, Russia, Siberia 2012 | 94 minutes | Russian with English subtitles
Werner Herzog’s dramatic 90-minute re-edit of Dmitry Vasyukov’s four hour exploration of life in the extreme north of Russia, follows Gennady, a trapper who spends months in the brutally cold, isolated deep bush of the Taiga, his dog his only company. A fascinating meditation on ages old livelihoods that still exist in this modern age.
Director/Screenplay: Michael Haneke
Category: Drama | Austria/France/Germany 2012 | 127 minutes | In French with English Subtitles
Octegenarians George and Anne are cultivated, retired music teachers. When Anne suffers an attack,the couple’s bond of love is severely tested. “Michael Haneke’s new film, a study of the effects of ageing and dementia on a blissful married couple, is intelligent film-making of the highest order” – The Guardian.
Director: Walter Salles – Based on the novel by Jack Kerouac Screenplay: Jose Rivéra
Category: Drama | Brazil, France, UK, USA 2012 | 124 minutes | English
Walter Salles’s screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s generation-defining novel is a vibrantly visualized period piece about the birth of the American counterculture and features a star- studded cast – Steve Buscemi, Viggo Mortensen, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Stewart, Amy Adams, Cannes Review – “A beautiful and respectful adaptation of Kerouac’s landmark novel that intermittently leaves the ground to take flight”.
Director: Frederik Stanton
Category: Documentary | Egypt 2012 | 85 minutes
The inside story of the Egyptian revolution from the perspective of its principal leaders and organizers. Featuring four Nobel Peace Prize nominees, several presidential candidates, the former foreign ministers of Egypt and Jordan, with never-before seen footage, UPRISING provides the authoritative behind-the scenes view of one of the most dramatic events of our generation.
Director/Screenplay: George Jecel Screenplay: Brook Fuller
Category: Crime/Drama | Ukraine/Serbia /Montenegro 2012 | 104 minutes | In Russian with English Subtitles
FOLLOWING THE SCREENING THE FILMMAKERS AND SPECIAL GUESTS DISCUSS THE WORLDWIDE CRISIS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING FROM 9 – 9:45PM
Guests: WRITER/DIRECTOR George Jecel, WRITER Brook Fuller, DISTRIBUTOR Marc Halperin,
PUBLICIST Marla Halperin and U.N. OFFICE OF DRUGS AND CRIME LIAISON Piero Bonadeo
Film has an incomparable ability to reach across continents, cultures and conflict. This year’s 2012 SFFF highlights a group of films recognized for pairing film artistry with a conscious effort to inspire social change.
Among these titles is George Jecel’s powerful directorial debut, Little Dancer. Stunning and evocative, Little Dancer tell the tale of an ambitious and talented 13 year-old Eastern European dancer’s dream to escape the limits of her provincial life for classical training and international stardom. But, as the film progresses, Jecel deftly layers Tatijana’s familiar coming-of-age storyline with a seething and sinister plot to deliver the exquisite and innocent ballerina to the dark and tragic underworld of human trafficking.
Following Little Dancer, panelists explore the inspiration and genesis of the film, challenges and choices related to telling this story in a narrative film, the UNODC’s use of this powerful medium to raise awareness and build support for critical issues. Marketing and distribution strategies, opportunities and obstacles for exhibition and how we as individuals can support the global fight against human trafficking will also be addressed.
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