Pietro Marcello – Bella e perduta AKA Lost and Beautiful (2015)

The foolish servant Pulcinella is sent from the depths of Mt. Vesuvius to present-day Campania to honor the last wishes of the poor shepherd Tommaso: his mission is to save a young buffalo called Sarchiapone. Pulcinella finds the animal at the former royal palace of Carditello, where Tommaso had looked after the ruined Bourbon estate in the heart of the Land of Fires. He takes the buffalo off to the north and the two servants, man and beast, travel through a beautiful and lost Italy, but their long journey’s end does not bring what they were hoping for. Read More »

Antoine d’Agata – Atlas (2013)

A man with no emotional ties, a survivor of a long journey, collects giddy images, scattered fragments of a splintered identity like the regions he crosses through. He wears himself out with the strangeness of signs, places, and unfathomable languages. There is no god or indulgence in his nights, but the acceptance that there is only flesh.
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Cameron Bruce Nelson – Some Beasts (2015)

Working in an insular farming community in Appalachia, Sal Damon, a modern-day Thoreau, seeks solace from a past relationship. After a sudden death in the community and the discovery of a feral child living on the lam, Sal must reconcile his place in a world that lives outside of the law. Read More »

Beatrice Gibson – The Tiger’s Mind (2012)

Synopsis: The Tiger’s Mind is a crime thriller set against the backdrop of a Brutalist villa. In it, six characters – Tiger, Mind, Tree, Wind, Circle and a girl called Amy (that respectively correspond to the set, music, sounds, special effects, director and narration) – battle one another for the control over the film, which explores the unfolding of their relationships. Read More »

Fabrizio Terranova – Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival (2016)

Through the act of story-telling, the documentary operates as cat cradle of past and speculative futures guided by American philosopher Donna Haraway whose theoretical framework crosses the subjects of science, technology, gender and species, proposing new ways of thinking beyond dualisms. Read More »

Roman Zhigalov – Les (2018)

In a small village lost in the middle of a boundless forest a teenager is in love with an older woman. He does not know how to strike up a conversation with her, much less how to tell her about his feelings. The boy’s father is pursuing the same woman and is ready to leave his family for her. The personal conflict between father and son is swept up in the turmoil of outside events which turn neighbor against neighbor, dividing them into ‘us’ and ‘them’. Every day those who are stronger show more and more disregard and contempt for the values of the weak, pushing everyone’s life towards a disaster. Read More »

Alireza Khatami – Los Versos del Olvido AKA Oblivion Verses (2017)

When the elderly caretaker of a remote morgue discovers the body of a young woman killed during a protest, he embarks on a magical odyssey to give her a proper burial before the militia returns. Read More »