Producer: ROBERTA DURRANT
SOUTH AFRICA / 2012 / 97 MIN. / COLOR
14-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil’s music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.
THE LEGEND OF TIMM THALER OR THE BOY WHO SOLD HIS LAUGHTER / TIMM THALER ODER DAS VERKAUFTE LACHEN
Producer: ANDREAS DRESEN
GERMANY / 2017 / 102 MIN. / COLOR / DOLBY
Timm Thaler is a carefree little boy who loves jokes and laughter. Even poor life does not prevent him from feeling happy. He lives only with his father whom loves very much. Together they bet at the horse races but without a result. An accident at the construction site takes the life of the boy’s father. Timm is dreaming to put on a monument at his grave, but where can he find such money? The boy goes to the racetrack almost every day, but luck is not on his side. One day a strange man tricks him off his infectious laughter in exchange for assured wins in all his bets.
BALLAD FROM TIBET
Producer: ZHANG WEI
CHINA / 2017 / 100 MIN. / COLOR / 5.1
“Ballad from Tibet” is a story about a group of Tibetan kids embarking on an odyssey, each for a different reason. Thupten, with one eye partially working and the other completely dysfunctional, wants to see the world before his life goes completely dark. Droma, a beautiful weaving girl, wants to prove to her granny that she is more than a weaver by getting into a TV show. Sonam, a blind masseur, is fed up with his boring job. Kalsang, the youngest of them, simply follows others because it sounds terribly fun. With the help of a nomad family, a fleet of bikers, and a TV producer, the band marches to the metropolitan of Shenzhen. Their goal is to sing for everyone through the TV network…
THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT
Producer: KIRSTEN CARTHEW
CANADA / 2016 / 93 MIN. / COLOR / DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1
In the wake of her mother’s death, Lia, a 16 year-old urban princess, is sent to spend the summer with her Gwich’in grandmother in a small Canadian Subarctic community. Desperate to return to city life she steals a boat and sets out into the vast Northern wilderness hoping to reach the nearest town. Totally lost, she is discovered by Alfred, a Gwich’in hunter who reluctantly takes her under his wing as he navigates the massive landscape in search of caribou. When Alfred is severely wounded in a bear attack Lia pushes on and fights to save both of their lives.
MA VIE DE COURGETTE / MY LIFE AS A COURGETTE
Producer: CLAUDE BARRAS
SWITZERLAND — FRANCE / 2016 / 70 MIN. / COLOR
An animation movie prompted by Gilles Paris’ novel “Autobiographie d’une Courgette”, a poetical and tender story about growing up. Courgette is not a plant, but a little boy’s nickname. His mother died, he is left all alone and does not know how and where to live. Simon, Ahmed, Jujube, Alice and Beatrice are Courgette’s new friends whom he met at the orphanage. There he will fall in love for the first time with a very special charming Camille. This is a movie about children whose life is filled with small and big tribulations, but they find the strength to believe people, to love the world around them, to enjoy everything new. ÌÌ Oscar nominee