Festival in Media

Horizons is one of the traditional sections which consists of a diverse ensemble of films from all parts of the world except Europe. This year “Horizons” offers 8 films from Israel, Philippines, Iran, USA, Brazil, EgyptChile and Argentina.

‘’James White’’ is a 2015 American drama film written and directed by Josh Mond. James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. As the pressure on him mounts, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely. The directorial debut of MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE producer Josh Mond, JAMES WHITE, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2014 where it was the winner of the "Best of Next" Audience Award, is a confident and closely observed debut that explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son.

Unreeling with near-cyclonic force in a nonlinear style, “Lantouri” marks another ambitious examination of the churning frustrations of Iran’s disenfranchised younger generation from multihyphenate Reza Dormishian. Lantouri is the name of a gang that mugs people in broad daylight on the streets of Tehran and breaks into homes in the city’s rich northern district. The gang also kidnaps children from families who have become wealthy through corruption and embezzlement of state funds. The film begins with the confessions of individual gang members. Sociologists, human rights activists and political hardliners also have their say. After the screening there will be Q&A with director Reza Dormishian.

‘’The Long Night of Francisco Sanctis’’ is a 2016 Argentine drama film directed by Francisco Márquez and Andrea Testa. Their paranoid period thriller was the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and won the top prize in the international competition as well as best actor honors for lead Diego Velazquez. Set in 1977 when Argentina was under brutal junta rule, the film follows a man tasked by an acquaintance with warning two strangers of their imminent arrest. Rather than any outward show of police or physical repression, the directors suffuse their drama with a sense of paranoia and constant surveillance, chillingly capturing the fear of one man forced into a moral dilemma. Understated, minimalist and ultra-smart with its visuals, “Long Night” is a festival natural.

Brazilian–French drama ‘’Aquarius’’ directed by Kleber Mendonça Filho and Led by a powerful performance from Sônia Braga, Aquarius uses a conflict between a tenant and developers to take an insightful look at the relationship between space and identity.

Chilean drama directed by ‘’You'll Never Be Alone’’. At the beginning of the film, two teenage boys sprint through the streets of Santiago. When the camera catches up to them, they're in an alley, pressed up against the wall, kissing hungrily. It's a startling sight for viewers accustomed to coyer gay-themed American fare, in which LGBT adolescents, if they exist, spend more time agonizing over identity than getting to first base.

Lav Diaz’s ‘’The Woman Who Left’’ is a vast, dark behemoth of mystery and anguish, as forbidding as a starless night sky. This is the film that won Diaz the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice film festival and took the Filipino director’s global reputation to a new level. Diaz here returns to the inspirations of classic Russian literature – guilt, shame, the burden of forgiveness, the existence of God, the search for Christian grace. His Norte, the End of History was freely adapted from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. The Woman Who Left is inspired by Tolstoy’s short story ‘’God Sees the Truth, But Waits’’.

Tamer El Said’s ambitious debut feature ‘’In the Last Days of The City’’ tells the fictional story of a filmmaker from downtown Cairo played by Khalid Abdalla as he struggles to capture the soul of a city on edge while facing loss in his own life. Shot in Cairo, Beirut, Baghdad and Berlin during the two years before the outbreak of revolution in Egypt, the film’s multi-layered stories are a visually rich exploration of friendship, loneliness and life in cities shaped by the shadows of war and adversity.




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