THE SOUND Of OLD ROOMS is a film that has taken 20 years to complete. Filmed entirely in Calcutta in a combination of cinema-verite and neorealist styles from 1991-2011, this up-close documentary takes the viewer through the life experiences of Sarthak, an ordinary Indian man trying to hold on to his calling of being a poet while juggling a regular family.
Having witnessed the exodus of many of their friends, Luca and Gustav, an endearing young Italian couple throws out a question to themselves: Should they stay in Italy, or leave it? Looking for reasons to fall in love with their country again, they go on a trip through their country for 6 months in search of emblematic stories, anecdotes, and people.
From the daily diary of Oldrich S. which he wrote one sentence a day recording his impression of an incident, the village life or international events from 1981-2005, the director chooses eighty of the entries and pieces together zany animation. Edging between fact and fake, what lies in CHRONICLE is an interesting question - When the presentation is completely reconstructed, even the voice of the documented character, can we still call it documentary? Or does that even matter?
There are so many words that cannot be said in our lives, especially to whom created us. Maria-Claude made use of poetic stock footages and turned them into a leaden yet potent letter to her mother. Hovering between fear, guilt and forgiveness, this intimate work explores the intergenerational relationships touched by mental illness. Through complete manipulation over images and sound, THE BURDEN OF KINSHIP is a perfect example of how documentary can works as a psychotherapist.
Mauricio is a lifeguard who tries to steer clear from getting in the water, he believes that a good professional applies preventive measures to stop people from drowning, so he tries to make everything run according to his rules. The problem is that those who come to the beach in the summer want to forget someone tells them what to do. Nobody wants to do what they’re told and he doesn’t want to risk his life for them.
You know nothing about Laura, you think you do ... you don't know a thing. This is exactly how this documentary is like; a cat and mouse game between the director and his subject - LAURA. Laura is a 'socialite diva' who walks a delicate tight rope of her own making. While the director, enters her scene following his subject with a camera and a fascinated gaze. They soon find themselves in irreconcilable relation that will unravel both.
This is a poetic journey through the contemplations of a former refugee. It consists of an interior monologue detailing how she became a stranger: her farewell to her family, her trip through Europe, her arrival in a land completely unknown to her and the transformation of her identity. A personal film essay about immigration, seen through the eyes of a refugee. About what it's like to be a foreigner in a strange country, about loneliness, homesickness and doubt.
The man was identified as Kasper Sorensen. He was described as 'Male, Danish, 165-170 cm. Slender frame. Short, brown hair. Dressed in a white T-shirt, denim shorts and belt, holding a Zippo lighter in a case". This man is my father, the magician and the bank robber. This is how he was conceived when he committed suicide in the prison. Through his leftovers, I meet him for the very first time. This is an imagined documentary, my created memories about my Kasper Tophat.