Our „International“ program has been further enlargened in 2009, now presenting 15 films. We again invite our audience to experience current international cinema from 13 countries on exground filmfest’s screens. For years, only festivals have been offering the chance to see "big" films that mostly go straight to DVD – if they are released at all by the distributors. The only film in this program with a planned cinema release in 2010 is the terrific science fiction movie MOON by Duncan Jones from the UK.
Politically explosive subjects are addressed by the Iranian entry TEHRAN WITHOUT PERMISSION and by the Palestine film LAILA’S BIRTHDAY: they show the day to day life in Tehran and Ramallah. The visually impressive film AUTUMN from Turkey deals with a former political prisoner’s fate. In BOMBER, you can travel through Germany with a former war pilot on a compensation mission. As was the case in 2008, a small focus in the international program lies on the current Latin American cinema. The four feature films in this series address their respective protagonist’s microcosms. All stories take place in closed but highly different worlds: A WEEK ALONE and DIOSES offer insights into the dubious world of the upper class in Argentina and Peru. I LOVE YOU MUM from Chile uses great visual imagination to show a harrowing family fate, PARQUE VÍA, the Lorcano winner 2008, tells the story of a caretaker in Mexiko City, whose little world threatens to collapse. FAVELA ON BLAST looks at and behind the party culture of Rio’s favelas.
Also represented in the program are:
ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES
Jonathan Caouette, United Kingdom 2009, OV
Javier Fesser, Spain 2008, OV engl ST
Kornél Mundruczó, Hungary/Germany 2008, hungarian OV engl. ST
Carla Lia Monti, Switzerland 2009, germ. OV engl. STU
NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD: THE WILD, UNTOLD STORY OF OZPLOITATION
Mark Hartley, Australia 2008, OV