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A Snake's Tail  .  director Bijan Daneshmand
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director Bijan Daneshmand
screenplay Bijan Daneshmand
country UK
year 2006
duration 74 minutes
media Digibeta PAL
color Color
language OmeU
producer Bijan Daneshmand
cast

Bijan Daneshmand, Manou Marzban, Omid Gholami


cinematography Paul Cronin
sound Dan Weinberg
editor Paul Cronin
music Fariborz Kiani, Arash Moradi
distribution

"The Film Exchange

Andy Isaac

5 Pall Mall Deposit

124-128 Barbly Road

London WI0 6BL

Fon: +44 208 960 0622

Fax: +44 208 960 8022

andy@thefilmexchange.biz

www.asnakestail.com"



synopsis

?A Snake?s Tail,? written, acted and directed by Bijan Daneshmand is a film about the quest of a successful Iranian businessman for his roots, his friendship with a Mullah, his addiction to opium and his eventual spiritual awakening. The film is set in London and is about the relationship between Kami, a forty year old businessman whose father has just passed away, and Agha, the Mullah or Priest who conducts the burial ceremony. The story shows how Agha, an opium addict with a penchant for Persian Sufi poetry, takes Kami, who is distraught by the death of his father, under his wings. During their weekly meetings Agha not only exposes Kami to the beautiful poetry of Rumi and Hafiz but to the euphoric pleasures of opium, the preferred drug of Iranians since time immemorial.


biography

Bijan Daneshmand Writer, Director, Actor. Lives in London, England. Trained at the London Centre of Theatre Studies 2001, and commenced his artistic career in 2001 as an actor. As Producer and as Director: 2004- Produced and acted in 20 Fingers This film won the Best Film Digitale at the Venice Film Festival 2004, The Spirit of Freedom Prize at the Bahamas International Film Festival 2004, and Best Film at Barcelona Di, screened at over 30 festivals worldwide. 2005- Wrote and directed debut feature A Snake?s Tail


 
Appel on a Tree  .  director Astrid Rieger
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director Astrid Rieger
screenplay Zeljko Vidovic
country Germany
year 2006
duration 4.50 minutes
media MiniDV
color Color
language OF
cast

"Phoenix The Devourer

Anja Arncken

Tim Bollinger

David B?hrer

Jos Diegel

u.a."


cinematography Mark Liedtke
editor Astrid Rieger
music Phoenix The Devourer
distribution

"Astrid Rieger

Tempelseestr. 50

63071 Offenbach

Tel: 0049-069-85708955

astridrieger@web.de

www.astridrieger.de

 

Zeljko Vidovic

Hermannstra?e 24

63069 offenbach am main

Tel: 0179-3186539

herr@zeljkovidovic.com

www.zeljkovidovic.com"



synopsis

He's an apple on a tree, happily hanging among other apples, enjoying the sun and letting the wind caress his body. But there is one thing intriguing him: he wants to find out what it?s like to be a man.


biography

"Astrid Rieger

1979 born in Kronstadt- Romania

1990 immigration to Germany

since 1999 studies of ?Visual Communication? at Academy of Art and Design Offenbach

 

Zeljko Vidovic

1975 born in Livno

since 1999 studies of ?Visual Communication? at Academy of Art and Design Offenbach"


filmography

Astrid Rieger

(2001) Maudi

(2002) Die Expedition zum S?dpol

(2002) Luftl?cher

(2003) Scharlach

(2004) Rimbaud

(2006) Apple On A Tree

(2006) Mammal


 
Arcana  .  director Cristobal Vicente
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director Cristobal Vicente
country Chile
year 2005
duration 96 minutes
media Beta SP Pal
color Color
language OmeU
producer Cristobal Vicente
production "Aurelio Gonzalez 3548 dep.6 Vitacura Santiago Chile Fon: +56 32 963 028 info@proyectoarcana.cl"
cast

Raul Astudillo


cinematography Cristobal Vicente
editor Cristobal Vicente, Carlos Klein
music Carlos Canales, Luis Alvares
distribution

"Cristobal Vicente

Aurelio Gonzalez 3548 dep.6

Vitacura

Santiago

Chile

Fon: +56 32 963 028

info@proyectoarcana.cl"



synopsis

This film presents the last working year of the old prison of Valparaiso (Chile), which closed in 1999. It?s a homage to the prison and to the values and customs of the men who have lived within it during its 150 year history.


biography

"Cristobal Vicente Cruz. Chile. 20/06/1975X1994-2001: Degree in architecture, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile. Thesis develops the concept of an archetectural perspective of cinematography. Also involved in organising artistic events, study trips around South America and exhibitions.

1997: Studied cinematography under the established Chilean director Hector Rios.

1998: Work begins on Arcana, a documentary film concerning the last days of the old prison of Valparaiso.

1999: Undertakes audio-visual workshops with a group of inmates of the new prison.

2005: The Arcana project is completed, consisting of a documentary film, a book and a website.

2006: Initiates international distribution and exhibition of the project."


 
Argentina Beat  .  director Hern?n Gaffet
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director Hern?n Gaffet
screenplay Hern?n Gaffet
country Argentina
year 2006
duration 120 minutes
media Beta SP Pal
color Color
language OmeU
producer Jorge Poleri
cinematography Diego Poleri
editor Hern?n Gaffet
music Litto Nebbia
distribution

"Jorge Poleri

Fon: +54 11 48 62 89 61

vanpol@speedy.com.ar

 

Ana Foligna

Fon: +54 911 57 22 54 76

anafoligna@arnet.com.ar"



synopsis

"From second half of the ' 60, the Beat movement and the first National Rock were flag of the young people, protagonists like never until then, of a society in transformation towards modernity. The built of the first bands, the scope for the first concerts, the difficulties of the pioneers to be able to sing in Spanish and the communion of the rockers with artists of other disciplines, speak of new codes until then non-existent. Before the boys of the Cave began to write the History of the Argentine Rock, the young people went up to around the 25-35 years. Suddenly they did not arrive at 20, they occupied his space in the press and in the public opinion, and defied the vision that the adults had of them. While the political class failed in the decade of the ' 60, the ""Military Party"" occupied its place and exerted its repressive power against students and unionists, also persecuting to the young people by carrying of guitars and long hair. Some saw to the Rock like ""Foreigner and colonizing"". Today the connoisseurs of the entire world get at Buenos Aires to buy those first vinyls of the Argentine Rock ""because their music and its poetic are absolutely original"". Also there was who read in his speech ""a romantic and unworkable utopia""... Peace and Love. If today we continued yearning for the same, was about an utopia or an idea that not knew/want to interpret? Defendant of apolitical, represented a true cultural resistance the authoritarianism. It is time to review the history of the ARGENTINA BEAT."


biography

"Hern?n M.L.Gaffet (Buenos Aires, 18/01/1964) is graduated like Cinematographic Producer of the CERC, (today ENERC) collaborated like critic of cinema in the magazines ""Cinema in the Culture"" (85-87) and ""Videol?nea"" (93). Like educational,? coordinated the workshop of cinema for adolescents of National School of Buenos Aires (84) and? gave to particular classes of History of the Cinema and Introduction to the Cinematographic Language. Since writer has published the poetry notebook ""Brief Poems"" (85). Author like scriptwriter and director of seven short films. Its first length was documentary the biographical "" Oscar Aleman - Life with swing"", that obtained the Best Prize to the Documentary in the Festival of Latin American Cinema of Trieste, Italy, in the 2002 and Silver Condor to the Best Videofilm in 2003. ""Argentina Beat"" is his second documentary full length film and today rolls his first fiction, the dramatic comedy ""Affection almost Love"". He is cofounder and member of the Directive Commission of the Association of support to the audio-visual patrimony (APROCINAIN, in spanish)."


 
Backseat  .  director Bruce van Dusen
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director Bruce van Dusen
screenplay Josh Alexander
country USA
year 2005
duration 80 minutes
media Digibeta PAL
color Color
language OF
producer Josh Alexander, Terry Leonard
cast

Josh Alexander, Rob Bogue, Aubrey Dolar, Will Janowitz


cinematography Ari issler
editor Andy Keir, Gavin Cutler
distribution

Melanie Backer (sales representative)

265 S. Doheny Dr. #204

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

USA

melbacker@earthlink.net



synopsis

In BACKSEAT, a 'coming of age late' story about prolonged adolescence, two old friends flee New York City on a three-day road trip to Montreal to escape their problems and meet the great Donald Sutherland. Between running drugs and meeting a man who only communicates through instant messaging, they run head-on into the always lingering problem of real life. Directed by award-winning commercials director, Bruce van Dusen (who wrote and directed the Sundance hit COLD FEET) and written by and starring Josh Alexander, BACKSEAT is an off-beat and refreshing comedy about generation x as it struggles through prolonged adolescence and into adulthood. With a cast of truly wonderful up-and-comers (Will Janowitz from The Sopranos, Rob Bogue from Guiding Light, Aubrey Dollar from Fox's Point Pleasant) and featuring a soundtrack with some of the biggest indie acts currently playing the US music scene, BACKSEAT is that rare gem at film festivals - an entertaining, and ultimately moving snapshot of a few regular folks struggling to make sense of their lives and what they want from them.


 
Battles of Troy  .  director Krassimir Terziev
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director Krassimir Terziev
country Bulgaria
year 2005
duration 51 minutes
media Beta SP PAL
color Color
language OmeU
production "Belluard Bollwerk International St?phane Noel CP 214 1701 Fribourg Schweiz Fon: +41 26 321 2420 info@belluard.ch"
cast

Alexander Dafinov, Alexander Peltekov, Alexander Yordanov, Alexey Cvetanov, Alexi Yovchev u.a.


cinematography Svetla Neykova
editor Krassimir Terziev
music Alexander Yanev
distribution

"Belluard Bollwerk International

CP 214

1701 Fribourg

Schweiz

Fon: +41 26 321 2420

info@belluard.ch"



synopsis

?Battles of Troy? is a study on the internal economy of today?s globalized cinema production, seen through the eyes of the lowest unit in the hierarchy of movie making - the extras. On focus here is the making of the Warner Bros Motion Picture ?Troy? (2004), and more specifically - the secret life of the extras in the movie. Starting in 2003 with a budget of 185 million dollars. Troy is one of the most expensive productions ever made. It interprets on screen Homer's Iliad. The project is based on the fact that 300 men from the ?specialized? extras in ?Troy? are Bulgarians. The Warner Bros project, executed by the British branch of the company, shot in UK, Malta and Mexico suddenly appeared to be in need of an elite group of extras that not only possessed the physical prowess necessary to convincingly stage the battle scenes, but also had a believably Mediterranean look. The perfect soldiers were recruited from the Sports Academy in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria and flown to the Mexican coast to spend 3 months in training and shooting massive battle scenes as background of the feats of arms of Eric Bana and Brad Pitt. This background is the subject of ?Battles of Troy?.


biography

Krassimir Terziev (*1969) is an artist and organizer on contemporary arts and media culture. Lives and works in Sofia, BG, where he had graduated MA in Arts Academy in Sofia (1997). In 1998-2004 he has been chair (founding member) of interSpace Media Art Center.


 
Beg, Borrow or Steal  .  director Andreas Koefoed
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director Andreas Koefoed
country Denmark
year 2006
duration 36 minutes
media Digibeta PAL
color Color
language OmeU
production "Koefoed Film Andreas Koefoed Sorgenfrigade 1, 3th 2200 Copenhagen N D?nemark Fon: +45 40 914 031 andkoef@yahoo.dk"
cinematography Andreas Koefoed
sound Jakob Nygard
editor Michael K. Ebbesen
music Bo Rande & Kristor Brodsgaard
distribution

"Koefoed Film

Andreas Koefoed

Sorgenfrigade 1, 3th

2200 Copenhagen N

D?nemark

Fon: +45 40 914 031

andkoef@yahoo.dk"



synopsis

"Rahi has seen it all: 36 countries on three continents - on his bicycle from India! Now, 89 years of age and a self-appointed Professor of the World, he sets out in a rented taxi on an intellectual tour de force across India. He plans to gatecrash universities all over India to give lectures to young people and sell his mystical books on the origins of language. Although inhibited by very limited funds Rahi finds himself experiencing the joyful life on the road once again. However, he soon realizes that the world has changed: people are not buying his books, and his theories are frowned upon. Suddenly his journey turns into a real struggle for survival. Beg, Borrow or Steal is a road movie about a man turning old in a world turned modern. It is an intimate study of old age and a universal story about the basic human need for recognition."


biography

Andreas Koefoed (1979) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. Andreas received a BA in sociology from Copenhagen University. Since 2000, he has worked as director and cinematographer of documentary films and television programmes. At present, he studies at the documentary department at The National Film School of Denmark.


 
Bittersweet Place  .  director Alexandra Brodsky
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director Alexandra Brodsky
screenplay Alexandra Brodsky, Jen Albano
country USA
year 2005
duration 86 minutes
media Digibeta NTSC
color Color
language OF
producer Eric J. Bender, Alexandra Brodsky, Evan T. Cohen
cinematography David Tumblety
editor Steven Gonzales
music Peter Salett
distribution

Samantha Dean & Associates

847a Second Ave. #258

New York, N.Y. 11017

USA

Fon: +1 212 490 8006

Fax: +1 212 490 2340

sam@samantha.dean.com

www.bittersweetplacethemovie.com



synopsis

Things are hard enough for the Schaffer family of Bittersweet Place, Long Island. Pappy, the widowed patriarch and his hapless son-in-law run a local car service that?s seen better days. His two adult daughters live at home in rooms they knew as children?posters from out-dated rock bands fading on the walls. Their neighborhood is changing, the insular town developing. Pappy idealizes the past, nostalgic for a simpler time. But when Paulie, the youngest daughter, stops taking her lithium and Pappy discovers he is ill, things quickly spiral out of control. Bittersweet Place is a portrait of a family in crisis, learning to love and survive. Troubled characters fighting fear and uncertainty--trying to overcome their own selfishness and xenophobia--people who know no boundaries, bumping and clawing furiously at each other?s lives. With empathy and humor, this story describes the messy production of a family, the burden and the intensity of feeling towards those we love.


biography

ALEXANDRA BRODSKY --- WRITTER/DIRECTOR/PRODUCER Alexandra received her MFA from The Yale School of Art. She is an adjunct instructor at Long Island University. Alexandra has directed two short films, Didactic Encounter, based on the play by Elizabeth Benjami and Rabbi Rick and the Hamburger Choo-Choo. Both films have been screened at several international film festivals. Bittersweet Place is her first feature-length debut.


 
Bokura Wa Mo Kaerenai (We Can't Go Home Again)  .  director Fujiwara Toshi
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director Fujiwara Toshi
screenplay Fujiwara Toshi
country Japan
year 2006
duration 111 minutes
media 35mm
color Color
language OmdtU
producer Fujiwara Toshi, Kan Hirofumi, Hirato Jun-ya, Alexander Wadouh
production Compass Films
cast

"Mao Torii

Atsushi Shimoda

Kurumi Takasawa

Yushin Katori

u.a."


cinematography Fujiwara Toshi
sound Kubota Yukio
editor Fujiwara Toshi
music Simon Stockhausen, Craft

synopsis

"Tokyo at the beginning of the 21st Century.

Mao feels very insecure these days. She works as an editor in a publishing house specializing on books on cinema, but every day she feels she doesn?t have enough knowledge and experiences in her job. Recently, another headache has been added to her already-not-so-wonderful life: wherever she goes, she finds the same young man who immediately starts following her.

Yushin, a university student, joins the publishing house as a part-time worker. He studies films and is very happy working here, feeling he has joined the ?film industry? (or the adult world), even though his actual job is in most parts, just maintaining the books in stock. But outside of the job, he is frustrated with his girlfriend who always behaves childishly and always comes late to their dates.

Kurumi works as a ?Queen? in a Sado-Masochistic club; a profession she took because she fest she enjoyed beating men, but recently she rarely takes pleasure in her work. Every weekend, she meets an old classmate from her hometown, Masato in a park, with whom she seems to find not attraction, but relaxed moments. Unlike Kurumi who earns her own living, Maato has continued his studies and now is a graduate student. But Kurumi innocently considers him an intellectual unlike herself, and a future university professor, that?s seems not to be exactly what Masato thinks of himself?

Atsushi always carries a Polaroid camera and takes photos at everywhere he goes; not of the places he visits, but of his own face?

In the extremely urbanized contemporary metropolis which is Tokyo, the lives of those young people start to cross mysteriously with each other, and each of them will experience unexpected turns of their lives?"

 


directors statement

"This film was created as a ?collective improvisation? with non-actors. Each participant had only the character loosely based on him/herself, and the stories have developed as improvisations along the way of filming, reacting to each other as well as to the surrounding environments: the reality of Tokyo where even private spaces like apartments are constantly invaded by sounds and noises from the public space outside. Most scenes were carefully composed as continuous, uninterrupted sequence shots. The desire was to capture the atmosphere as a whole; as slices, or fragments, of our contemporary urbanized reality, and to observe how we cope (or very often we cannot) with it.

Toshi Fujiwara, Tokyo, Dec. 2005"

 


biography

Fujiwara Toshi, born on July 23, 1970 in Yokohama, grew up in Tokyo and Paris. He studied film sciences at Waseda University, Tokyo, and at the faculty for film and television at the University of Southern California. Bevor making films himself he worked as a film critic. WE CAN?T GO HOME AGAIN is his first full-length feature.


 
Born into Brothels  .  director Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
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director Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
country India/USA
year 2004
duration 85 minutes
media DVD
color Color
language OF
producer Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
cinematography Ross Kauffman, Zana Briski
editor Nancy Baker, Ross Kauffman
music John McDowell
distribution

ro*co films international

Annie Roney

20 Hillcrest Road

Tiburon, California 94920

USA

Fon: +1 415 435-4631

Fax: +1 415 435-4691

annie@rocofilms.com



synopsis

The most stigmatized people in Calcutta's red light district are not the prostitutes, but their children. In the face of abject poverty, abuse, and despair, these kids have little possibility of escaping their mother's fate or for creating another type of life.

In Born into Brothels, directors Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman chronicle the amazing transformation of the children they come to know in the red light district. Briski, a professional photographer, gives them lessons and cameras, igniting latent sparks of artistic genius that reside in these children who live in the most sordid and seemingly hopeless world.

The photographs taken by the children are not merely examples of remarkable observation and talent; they reflect something much larger, morally encouraging, and even politically volatile: art as an immensely liberating and empowering force.

Devoid of sentimentality, Born into Brothels defies the typical tear-stained tourist snapshot of the global underbelly. Briski spends years with these kids and becomes part of their lives. Their photographs are prisms into their souls, rather than anthropological curiosities or primitive imagery, and a true testimony of the power of the indelible creative spirit.

 

 


biography

Ross Kauffman is the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor of Born into Brothels, winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary.

Kauffman worked as a documentary film editor from 1992 - 2000. He spent three years at Valkhn Film and Video Inc., a post-production company where he worked on a wide variety of films for producers such as Jim Lipscomb, Kevin Bachar and Melvin Van Peebles.

In 2001, Kauffman teamed up with award winning photojournalist Zana Briski to direct and produce Born into Brothels, a feature documentary about the children of Calcutta's prostitutes. In 2002, Kauffman formed Red Light Films and along with Briski was awarded grants from the Sundance Institute, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts to complete the film. Prior to the Academy Awards, Born into Brothels was accepted into over 30 film festivals and has since received over 40 awards, including National Board of Review Best Documentary 2004, LA Film Critics Best Documentary 2004, and the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2004.

Kauffman is currently working on Project Kashmir, a documentary that takes viewers into the war-zone of Kashmir and examines the conflict from an emotional and social point of view.

 

Zana Briski was born in London, England. After earning a master's degree in theology and religious studies at the University of Cambridge, she studied documentary photography at International Center of Photography in New York. In 1995 she made her first trip to India, producing a story on female infanticide. In 1997 she returned to India and began her project on the prostitutes of Calcutta's red light district. Since 2000 she has conducted a series of photographic workshops with children of prostitutes in Calcutta.. In 2002 Zana created Kids with Cameras, a non-profit organization to empower marginalized children through learning the art of photography.