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West of Sunshine

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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / West of Sunshine

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

West of Sunshine

DIRECTOR : Jason Raftopoulos
COUNTRY : Australia
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 80min

Nu Metro 4, 14 Oct @ 10am | SK Nouveau 4, 18 Oct @ 8.30pm

SYNOPSIS

Separated from his family and caught in a cycle of gambling and debt, Jim has less than a day to repay a violent loan shark. His day is turned upside down when he must look after his young son who is on school holidays.
Jim’s relationship with his son is tested as his plans to pay back the loan fail. When his last desperate effort to repay the debt puts his son’s life at risk, he must make a choice between his past and a second chance at life.

 
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01:  Jason Raftopoulos attends the 'West Of Sunshine' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy.  (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Jason’s obsession with cinema started when he shot his first images with a 8mm camera on a trip to Greece as a nine-year-old. Storytelling, images and sound soon became his language of choice. He lived in New York working in theatre for over ten years before going to film school. His short films have screened in Australia and internationally. His documentary From Dope to Dali Lama won the IF Award for Best Short Documentary, his final university film Father’s Day won Best Film and Best Screenplay.
Jason’s films explore themes of love, identity, relationships, loss and redemption. West of Sunshine is his first feature film.

The Whale Caller

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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / The Whale Caller

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

The Whale Caller

DIRECTOR : Zola Maseko
COUNTRY : South Africa
YEAR : 2016
TIME : 107min

Nu Metro 2, 14 Oct @ 10am | SK Nouveau 5, 16 Oct @ 2.45pm

SYNOPSIS

Based on the novel by renowned South African author, Zakes Mda. The seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale-watchers; foreign tourists determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn.
When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the whale caller frets like a jealous lover, oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him. The two misfits eventually fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance, and their relationship suggests the deeper concern is not so much the fragility of love, but the fragility of life itself when one surrenders wholly to the foolish heart.

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AWARDS

Joburg Film Festival 2016
Best African Film
 
The Whale Caller_Zola Maseko

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Zola Maseko is a South African filmmaker who was born in exile in 1967. He was educated at Waterford / Kamhlaba College in Swaziland and the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College in Tanzania. In 1987, he joined Umkhonto We Sizwe the armed wing of the African National Congress. He later headed to the UK where he graduated from the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield. Maseko’s first film was the documentary Dear Sunshine, released in 1992. In 1993 he produced and edited Scenes From Exile, four short films about his life in exile.
In 1994 he returned to South Africa to write and directed his first fiction film The Foreigner a hard-hitting film about xenophobia. The film went on to win several international awards.
In 1998 he directed a documentary The Life and Times of Sara Baartman which was a co-production between French 3 and South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) 2. He was honored as the most promising South African Director when he won Best Newcomer Award at Sithengi (South African Film and TV Market) in Cape Town that same year. The documentary also won the award for Best Documentary. Maseko also won Best Documentary at the African Milano Film Festival the following year. 2002 was a busy year for Maseko in which he completed two documentaries The Return of Sarah Bartman and Children of the Revolution. He also wrote and directed A Drink in the Passage, which won the Special Jury Award at the Pan African Film Festival FESPACO in Burkino Faso.
A three part TV series he wrote titled, Homecoming was produced and screened on SABC in 2003. It traces the fates of three former freedom fighters trying to re-establish themselves in the new South Africa after years in exile. His first feature film Drum, starring Hollywood actor Taye Diggs was released in 2004. Set in 1950s Johannesburg, the film focuses on Henry Nxumalo, a journalist fighting apartheid. Drum received the top prize – the Golden Stallion of Yennenga and a $20,000.00 cash prize at Africa’s premiere film festival FESPACO in 2005, the first South African to do such.

The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting)

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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting)

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

The Real Estate (Toppen av ingenting)

DIRECTOR : Måns Månsson & Axel Petersén
COUNTRY : Sweden
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 88min

Nu Metro 5, 10 Oct @ 10pm | 19 Oct @ 5pm

SYNOPSIS

Nojet inherits an apartment building. But the building turns on her and she realizes that the cash cow was in fact a curse. She takes control of the building by becoming more ruthless than the business around it.

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The Real Estate_Axel Petersen

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Måns Månsson & Axel Petersén have created features, shorts & docs shown world wide in Film festivals, art institutions & galleries. Their first feature-collaboration Avalon premiered in Toronto 2011 and was awarded the Fipresci Prize for Best First Feature, followed by numbers of nominations & awards.

The Place

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

The Place

DIRECTOR : Paolo Genovese
COUNTRY : Italy
YEAR : 2017
TIME : 105min

Nu Metro 2, 10 Oct @ 10am | Nu Metro 19 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

A man is sitting at a table at the far end of a bar. He is always there, day and night, receiving continuous visitors. Each of his clients wants something and is driven by a deep desire, a wish that is difficult, if not impossible to realize. Yet… to that man everything seems possible. “I can do it” he repeats to each of them. But there is a price to pay. Who is this man and who sets the rules? It’s not important. Because choices and consequences only concern the men sitting in front of him in that café, it is up to them to define what is good and what is evil; they are completely free to choose their own path. They are men in need of miracles. From time to time they return to the café to tell how their lives are proceeding. There stories are interwoven in a plot that gets more and more complicated and tense, wonderful or terrible, tragic or full of poetry. And even that humble intermediary, facing so much humanity, will no longer be impatient …

 
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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in Rome in 1966, Paolo Genovese earned a degree in Economics and Business. He began to work in advertising with McCann Erickson Italiana, realizing commercials that won awards at various domestic and international events. He taught “Tecnica e linguaggio audio visivo – Techniques and Audio Visual Language” at the European Institute of Design and “Tecnica e linguaggio pubblicitario – Techniques and Advertising Language” at the Telecom Italia (Res Romoli) school of communication. In the field of advertising he directed more than three hundred commercials, winning several domestic and international awards. Among these there are: Tim, Tre, McDonalds, Buitoni, Algida, indus, Corriere della sera, Rai, Perlana, Q8, FIAT Kelloggs, Renault, Citroen, Coop, National Geographic, Motta, Vitasnella, Cirio, Birra Moretti, Vanity Fair, Repubblica, Ferrarelle, Universal Studios, Lasonil, Volkswagen, Alleanza and Alpitour.

In 2003 he was elected best advertising director of the year by a panel nominated by magazines in the field.

Regarding the movie-making, in 2001, together with Luca Miniero he wrote and directed the movie Incantesimo Napoletano, which was awarded with a David di Donatello and two Golden Globes. Working again with Miniero. In 2003, he wrote and directed Nessun messaggio in segreteria with Carlo Delle Piane, Pierfrancesco Favino and Valerio Mastandrea while, in 2006, he turned his attention to Viaggio in Italia with Licia Maglietta and Antonio Catania, an interesting experiment of a movie “in pills”, broadcast in 20 micro-episodes by Rai Tre “Ballarò” presented by Giovanni Floris. Three years later, in 2008, he returned to writing and directing with Miniero, for Buena Vista, Questa notte è ancora nostra with Nicolas Vaporidis. That same year he directed Amiche mie, mini-series for Channel 5 with Margherita Buy, Elena Sofia Ricci, Luisa Ranieri and Cecilia Dazzi.

In 2010 Genovese began a particularly fruitful period with, each year, highly successful comedies, winning a gold ticket and two silver tickets: La Banda dei Babbi Natale (December 2010) with Aldo, Giovanni and Giacomo, box office hit with more than € 23 million, Immaturi (21 January 2011) and Immaturi – Il viaggio (5 January 2012). Both were box office hits. He obtained several nominations at the David di Donatello and the Silver Ribbons for Immaturi. The song in the movie was by Alex Britti.

In 2012 he made Una Famiglia perfetta with Sergio Castellitto, Claudia Gerini and Marco Giallini, which, in addition to winning the Ciak d’oro for the best comedy, received awards from a large number of international festivals and was a candidate for the David di Donatello, the Silver Ribbons and the Golden Globes.

In 2013 he wrote and directed Tutta colpa di Freud with Marco Giallini and Anna Foglietta, which was highly successful and acclaimed by the critics, with the sound track by Daniele Silvestri.

In 2014 he wrote and directed the comedy Sei mai stata sulla luna? The movie came out in theaters on January 2015, the song of the movie was written by Francesco De Gregori and won the Silver Ribbon for the best song. The movie won the Miami Film Festival.

Perfect Strangers (2016) is his tenth full-length feature film. He continues to work with the greatest Italian singera. In 2016 he directs Perfect Strangers, which triumphs at the David of Donatello (Italian Academy Award) as Best Film of the Year, and is also awarded with the David for Best Screenplay. Among the many prizes collected by the film, there are three Silver Ribbons, the Golden Globe, four golden Ciak. Perfect strangers also wins the Tribeca Film Festival in New York as best screenplay.