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Australia2016 • 00:55 • Drama • Competition
Based on the provocative novel by acclaimed writer, Christos Tsiolkas, and re-uniting key creatives who brought us The Slap, Barracuda is an unflinching look at Australia’s national obsession with sporting heroes. It’s a brutal clash of cultures, dreams and expectations and the relentless demands we place on our young athletes, their families, schools, friends and coaches. Episodes 1 and 2 will be screened at Fipa.
Brazil, France2016 • 01:10 • Reportage and Investigation • International creation
The recent Belo Monte hydroelectric dam is the second largest of its kind on the planet, diverting the Xingu River in the heart of the Amazon on the edge of Brazil’s largest indigenous reserve. Environmentalists, indigenous peoples, and the inhabitants of the region were only able to delay the work; they could not prevent the completion of this very controversial project, which endangers a unique environment and whose benefits may not meet expectations.
Israel2016 • 00:24 • Drama • New Talent
Beyond the city lights, between two dim lit apartments, Noah, a young basketball player, finds out he won't be able to play the next game until his parents pay the debt to his coach. Suppressing his frustration, Noah observes as his parents relationship begins to crumble between the walls.
Belgium, France, Switzerland2016 • 01:25 • Documentary • European creation
For two years, Belgian director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit in a large Parisian hospital. The ultra-high-performance unit works like an assembly line: 14 theatres, each with a target turnaround of 8-10 operations daily. Though the management is extremely sophisticated, it has become pathogenic. Chronic stress, burnout, and psychosocial risks lead the administration to order an audit to try to stop the spark from reaching the powder keg.
Argentina2016 • 00:19 • Drama • New Talent
A girl, alongside her guitar, reunites with her father in a hotel room. She’s back from playing at a concert. He’s a businessman on a visit to Argentina, the country he once called home. Night falls between those four white walls, until the sun rises again.
Belgium2015 • 00:27 • Drama • New Talent
Billie is a mechanic in a village in Wallonia. Isolated and in debt, she has to both confront Wilhem, her creditor, and take in Loup, her disabled brother, over the course of a single weekend…
Belgium2016 • 00:50 • Series • Competition
Three gigolos set up shop together as the Callboys. They form the go-to escort collective for women in search of courteous company. What the Callboys lack in wit, they make up for in testosterone, making things harder rather than simpler. They start to fancy themselves as businessmen. Once they decide to start selling their own personalised dildos, their fate is sealed. Episodes 1 and 2 will be screened at Fipa.
France2016 • 00:13 • Documentary • Special Screenings
In Bucharest, the Casa Familie, or “family home”, shelters around 30 young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, where they are raised by Sister Maria, a Greek-Catholic nun. The film portrays the solidarity they live by, despite their loneliness, and immerses us in their communal life, without disclosing their personal difficulties. It aspires to the beauty of “what is silenced”, as expressed by the poet Paul Celan.
France2016 • 01:15 • Performing Arts • French creation
A daily insight into the progress of a concerto for cello and symphonic wind ensemble, from writing to completion. The composer tries his hand, uses trial and error, grumbles, and rejoices. The conductor unveils the sheet music, with the words, “First look at it like a painting, from afar.” The cellist smiles, saying, “The solo for cello looks puzzling!” “180 crotchets a minute! But that’s impossible!” the musicians exclaim in harmony. Indeed, the composer had warned the conductor that his tempi were always too fast.
France2016 • 00:52 • Reportage and Investigation • Competition
There are 50 million domestic servants in the world, most of whom are Asian. They are often cloistered in their employers’ homes, and subjected to high levels of verbal, physical, and sexual abuse. In Hong Kong, they work 17 hours a day. In Lebanon, where the master’s rule over his foreign employee is absolute, one servant commits suicide every week. In Saudi Arabia, they are constantly calling for help on social media. Who cares about them? Will these women ever be able hold their heads high?
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