Films
Films of the 5th Annual

Petaluma International Film Festival®

All films are in English or have English subtitles


The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc

Director: Luc Besson, France, 107 minutes, Cast: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve

Showtime: 2 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

From revered filmmaker Luc Besson (Taken, The Fifth Element, Le Femme Nikita) comes the extravagant and wildly vivid adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, the coolest author and adventurist in all of Paris. The year is 1912. A 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg, housed on a shelf in the Natural History Museum, has mysteriously hatched, unleashing a prehistoric monster onto the Parisian streets. But nothing fazes Adèle, when she finds a connection with the ancient bird and reveals many more extraordinary surprises... Based on the acclaimed historical fantasy books by Jacques Tardi, The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adèle Blanc-Sec follows this intrepid adventurer as she uncovers mysterious Egyptian treasures, attempts to tame a wild pterodactyl, eludes dangerous enemies and braves a formidable phenomenon to save her ailing sister.

Luc Besson



Luc Besson was born in Paris to parents who both worked as Club Med scuba-diving instructors.  This had an influence on his childhood, as Besson planned on becoming a marine biologist. At the age of 17, Besson had a diving accident that left him unable to dive. Out of boredom, he started writing stories, including the backdrop to what later became one of his most popular movies, The Fifth Element.Besson directed and co-wrote the screenplay of this science fiction thriller with the screenwriter, Robert Mark Kamen. The film is inspired by the French comic books Besson read as a teenager.  In recent years, he has written and produced numerous action movies, including the Taxi and The Transporter series, and the Jet Li films Kiss of the Dragon and Unleashed/Danny the Dog.  Luc had been nominated for Best Director and Best Picture César Awards for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, but won Best Director and Best French Director for his film The Fifth Element.


Balkan Spirit


Director: Hermann Vaske, 2013, Germany, 80 minutes, Cast: Angelina Jolie, Isabelle Huppert, Emir Kusturica, Dušan Makavejev, Abel Ferrara, Jasmila Zbanic
 
Screening with: Penny Dreadful @ 12 pm ~ Friday, October 11



The Balkans is a European region that breathes and lives creativity. Borders come and go but the creativity of the Balkans remains. “Balkan Spirit” is full of contradictions. Where are the roots of this fresh and radical creativity? Ho does Balkan creativity in times of European crisis cope with Western views and prejudices? Philosopher Slavoj Zizek takes us along a roller coaster ride through the creative world of the Balkans. It is an exploration of the various facets of creativity: cultural, philosophical, political and artistic. Featuring world-renowned performance artist Marina Abramovic and actress Angelina Jolie, who chose the Balkan theme for her directorial debut. Musicians like Baba Zula and Goran Bregovic and filmmakers like Dusan Makavejev. Jasmila Zbanic and Emir Kusturica. All in all, Balkan Spirit shows that after decades of war and destruction, a new creative renaissance is happening in the region. The young artists are eager to destroy the outside views and prejudices of the West and find a new fresh creativity outside the box.

Hermann Vaske



Hermann Vaske
is the winner of the Grimme Award (Germany’s TV Oscar) and more than 100 creative awards including Cannes Lions and Clios. He runs Hermann Vaske’s Emotional Network, a creative boutique in Frankfurt and Berlin. Clients include ARTE, BR, MTV, BMW and ZDF. Hermann’s films include the feature length documentaries “The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money”, “The A – Z of Separating People From Their Money” and “The Ten Commandments of Creativity” starring Dennis Hopper and Sir Peter Ustinov, which won the Special Award of the International Television Festival of Venice.


Behind Closed Doors


Director: Mohammed Ahed Bensouda, 2013, Morocco, 102 minutes, Cast: Karim Doukali, Zineb Obeid, Ahmed Saguia

Screening with: Honeymoon Suite @ 4 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

Samira is a happily married woman. When a new office director arrives, his sexual harassment turns her life upside down. She tries everything to dissuade him.

Mohammed Ahed Bensouda



Born in Tetouan, a coastal city in the North of Morocco, 1969. Studied history and French literature at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Fes, Morocco, from 1989 to 1991. Studied filmmaking at the University of Paris, Sorbonne. B.A. In Art History and Archaeology. Member of the Moroccan Union of Cinema and Television Technicians.


John Ford at Monument Valley


Directors: Clara & Julia Kuperberg, 2013, France, 55 minutes, Cast: Martin Scorsese, John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart,  Peter Cowie

Screening with: Sunny + His War @ 5:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11



Who else could talk with authority about the record Oscar winning director John Ford but one of his favorite actors, John Wayne. And he does so in his documentary mainly on horseback and at Monument Valley! Ford is considered to be the grand old master of the American cinema, the heart beat of the Western myth and an inspiration for generations of film directors from Hitchcock and Orson Welles to Spielberg and Scorsese. Welles even admitted to have studied “Stage Coach” frame by frame before shooting CITIZEN CANE.

Clara & Julia Kuperberg‟s documentary tells the story of how the trader Harvey Golding set up his shop at Monument Valley to do business with the Navajos who settled there. One day he heard that United Artists looked for a suitable location in Arizona where John Ford was to shoot a Western. Golding went to Hollywood and convinced the studio that Monument Valley was the right place. John Ford subsequently shot eight of his most famous films at the valley, starting with STAGE COACH and ending with CHEYENNE AUTUMN.


Unknown Land


Director: Manuel de Coco, 2012, Greece/Cyprus/Yemen, 78 minutes, Cast: Manos Kokoromitis, Shaiya Salem, Mosiyed Saliyman, Salem Saied Mator, Jaber Al Thyieri

Screening with: Hint @ 3:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

  The Arab Spring, Yemen 2011. The revolution continues. It’s the monsoon season and life goes on smoothly for the inhabitants of Socotra Island. Not far from land, a sailing boat bearing an Israeli flag sinks and the search for survivors begins.
A castaway is washed ashore a secluded beach. A sudden development leads to an unexpected turn…
      On the other side of the island, a native dreams of the castaway seeking his help. He prays to God for answers. Now it has become difficult for him to distinguish the line between fantasy and reality. This adventure begins through the castaway’s body, a man who in the sinking of his life sees for the first time a chance to reawake, to know gratefulness, to be reborn.
 Will he overthrow destiny? Will he get back alive?

Manuel de Coco



Manuel de Coco was born in 1975 in Athens, Greece. His first feature film “UNKNOWN LAND” was filmed during 2011 and completed on 2012. The movie has been awarded at International Film Festivals and banned in many countries of the Arab world. Currently, he is at the stage of post production (editing) of the documentary film “Invisible world – Shambhala”, the shootings of which took place in Tibet, Mongolia, Russia (Siberia), Italy (Vatican), Greece, Israel and Palestine.


Liv & Ingmar

Director: Dheeraj Akolkar, 2012, Norway, 75 minutes, Cast: Liv Ullmann, Ingmar Bergman

Screening with: The Return @ 12 pm ~ Saturday, October 12


 
This feature documentary is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 films long relationship between legendary actress Liv Ullmann and master filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. Told entirely from Liv’s point of view, this rollercoaster journey of extreme highs and lows is constructed as a collage of images and sounds from timeless Ullmann-Bergman films along with behind the scenes footage, still photographs, passages from Liv’s book Changing and Ingmar’s love letters to Liv. “Liv & Ingmar” is a candid and humane look at two of the greatest artists of our time.

Festivals:
New York Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival

Dheeraj Akolkar



The life and work of Bergman and Ullmann has fascinated director Dheeraj Akolkar for many years. He comes from India and lives in London. At ten years old, he had a dream, a passion that would go forgotten and buried inside. After graduating with a Gold Medal in Architecture from Pune University in India, Dheeraj was exposed to the Indian film industry. It sparked something that had been kept inside for many years. He decided to listen to his inner voice and made his way to London to pursue his passion and have faith in his dream of making his own films.


Kuro


Director:
Daisuke Shimote, 2012, Japan, 85 minutes, Cast: Airi Kido, Yu Saitoh, Hideo Nakaizumi, Wakana Matsumoto

Screening with: Cupid @ 2 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

Kuro is a blithe young Tokyo woman who is fired from a boutique bakery for eating too many croissants on the job. While dawdling around the city, she meets two more aimless souls: Gou a director whose actress wife is unimpressed by his extra-marital flirtations, and Eito, a photographer whose long term relationship has recently begun to curdle. Together, apropos of almost nothing, the trio drives out to the coastal resort of Oshima, where an abandoned hotel becomes the setting for a kind of blissed-out collective daydream. In a series of liltingly funny skits, the trio go on day trips, bicker in the hotel or simply play games with one another, and all of these activities are shaped by the same wispy dream logic.

Festivals & Awards: Tokyo International Film Festival / Osaka Asian Film Festival / Warsaw Film Festival

Daisuke Shimote



Born in 1976 in Gifu. Studied at Nihon University College of Art, and received an MSc from Waseda University's Graduate School of Global Information and Telecommunication Studies. Returned to the school after graduation as a visiting researcher to further his study of Yasujiro Ozu. KURO is his first feature film.


Exit

Director: Boris Paval Conen, 2013, Netherlands, 90 minutes, Cast: Emmanuel Ohene Boafo, Romijn Conen, Werner Kolf, Goua Robert Grovogui, Adam Kissequel, Tony Bola‐Audu

Screening with: You Are the Terrorist @ 4 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Dutch feature film about the hard, cold reality of Dutch deportation policy. A night-time confrontation between five asylum seekers whose application have been rejected and law enforcement officials at Rotterdam airport degenerates into a pitched battle. Based on a true story.

Boris Paval Conen



Boris Paval Conen
(1968) ‐ director and scriptwriter, graduated in 1993 at the Dutch Film and Television Academy with the short film‘Horror Vacui’. In the following years he directed a number of productions including the controversial feature film ‘Temmink, the ultimate fight’ and the television series ‘The 9 days of the vulture’ awarded with a Golden Calf. His shortfilm ‘Dilemma’ and the dancefilm ‘Car Men’ (he made with renowned choreographer Jirí Kilián) won many international awards including the ‘Prix ‘d Italia (for Car Men). In 2010 his second feature film was shown in the cinema ‐shot in Argentina – inspired by the work of aid‐organisation MSF (Medicin Sans Frontiere). 2012 is going to be a special year; in the fall the series 'THE SECRETS OF BARSLET' (for the NCRV/NTR) is going to be broadcasted. Also two new productions wil start this year; Television‐featurefilm 'CEL 8' (for the NCRV) based on his own screenplay and a new dance film with choreographer Jirí Kylían (for the NTR).


88 Miles to Moscow


Director:
Karen Glienke, 2012, USA, 20 minutes, Cast: Brynn Samms, Priscilla Barnes, Roman Marshanski, James MacPherson

Screening with: Sake Bombs @ 7:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

15-year-old Niki gets more than she bargained for when she sneaks off a train for a quick smoke, stumbling into an offbeat adventure involving her ex-con dad, troubled mom, and a young Russian garbage man.

Karen Glienke



Karen Glienke
, born and raised in Chicago, Karen Glienke is a former Los Angeles middle school English teacher. One summer she was inspired by a local conflict between some punk rock dodgeball players and their neighbors, and started videotaping. The result was her first film, the 2005 award-winning documentary Punk Wall, which led to her pursuing an MFA in film directing at UCLA. Branching out to fiction filmmaking, her narrative directing credits include the shorts Orbiting and previous UCLA Spotlight Winner Wild Like Ego, which also won the “Best Director-Short Film” award at the Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival in 2009. 88 Miles to Moscow, another UCLA Spotlight Winner whose additional awards include “Best Short Film” and “Best Directing-Short Film” at the Women’s Independent Film Festival, is Karen’s graduate thesis film.  Her work explores family dynamics, coming-of-age struggles and relationships through characters, young and old, with different and often clashing cultural backgrounds. 


The Last Winter


Director: Salem Salavati, 2012, Iran, 95 minutes, Cast: Jafar Shaikhahmadi, Asiye Moradizar

Screening with: Double Occupancy @ 6:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

Baji and headman are the sole survivors of an isolated village that is going under the water little by little. They are the only companion and confidant of one another, who are waiting for their  travelers. One night haphazardly and due to constraints of nature, they stay away from each other and Baji is left alone at home . The headman does his best to pass through the snow while Baji, all alone in the village, is knitting the last part of her story on the cloth.

Salem Salavati



Born 1975 in Kurdistan, Iran. Directed 11 short films and 3 documentaries, two fictions: in The Departure Time (2011) and The Last Winter (2012). He has received more than 50 national and international awards in different categories for best movie, direction, script and photography.


Silvi


Director: Nico Sommer, 2013, Germany, 97 minutes, Cast: Lina Wendel, Harald Polzin, Iván Gallardo,Peter Trabner

Screening with: New Closeness @ 8:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

When Silvi's husband leaves her, she is at a loss; the two met in high school, and Silvi has never dated. Now, in her late forties, Silvi is playing the field, driven by a desire for companionship and simple curiosity. The film follows her adventures in romance as she experiments with emotionally needy divorcés and S&M enthusiasts with good-humored naiveté, proving that it's never too late to make youthful mistakes.

Festivals: Berlin Film Festival 2013

Nico Sommer



Nico Sommer, born in 1983 in Berlin, Germany, he studied feature and documentary film direction and visual communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel, graduating in 2006 with distinction. He founded suesssauer film in 2003 which has produced, amongst others, his feature film debut STILLER FRÜHLING in 2008.


Highway


Director: Deepak Rauniyar, 2012, Nepal, 80 minutes, Cast: Dayahang Rai, Asha Maya Magrati, Shristi Ghimire

Screening with: August @ 12 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

A stalled bus full of people in the breathtaking landscapes of eastern Nepal forms the backdrop of nine loosely interconnected stories of travelers who urgently need to reach Katmandu. Deftly moving between past and present—while the passengers attempt to circumvent several bandhs, the illegal protest blockades that plague Nepal’s endless highways—the powerful individual stories unfold to illuminate both universal and culturally specific human problems, adding up to a sweeping social critique that is being hailed by many as a benchmark in the burgeoning Nepalese film industry. Using largely improvised dialogue, nonprofessional actors, and stunning photography, first-time director Rauniyar has established himself as a filmmaker of great ability and visual imagination.

Festival: Berlin Film Festival 2013

Deepak Rauniyar




Jacobo


Director: David del Águila, 2012, Spain, 14 minutes, Cast: Santi Marín, Francisco Conde, Javier Mora, Daniel Albaladejo

Screening with: Agnus Dei @ 10 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Jacobo must to take the most difficult decision of his life.

David del Águila



David del Águila
was born in Almería in 1973 and studied Information Sciences. With another partner, he began 29 LETRAS, a production company specialized in short films and documentary production in August of 2005. To date, he has written and produced four short films and seven documentaries.


Isolated

Director: Justin Le Pera, USA, 2013, 90 minutes, Narrator: Ryan Phillippe, Cast: Travis Potter, Jenny Useldinger, Jimmy Rotherham, Josh Fuller, Andrew Mooney

Screening with: Via Tango @ 2 pm ~ Sunday, October 13



A group of feral surfers and modern day explorers embark on a journey to search for one of the world's last undiscovered waves in the journalist dead zone island of New Guinea. Their adventure becomes all too real as they encounter real life cannibals, discover human rights atrocities and expose an unethical mining corporation. This unique, visually stunning film craves an international spotlight as it brings to light one of the world's least documented places on earth. Isolated features never before seen footage of a ancient aboriginal culture as well as one of the most epic wave discoveries of the past 20 years. Already being lauded as Endless Summer meets The Cove, the film is guaranteed to cause international controversy and hopefully spark the change to save lives.

Justin Le Pera



Justin LePera was born in Boone, Iowa and grew up in Colorado before moving to Los Angeles California to pursue his passion in making films.  While working on his degree in Film Production at the California State University Long Beach, Justin served an apprenticeship for Warner Brother Studios working for some of the top producers in Hollywood.  While working at Warner Brothers, he developed and directed his first feature film “The Forgotten Coast” in 2006.  In 2008, Justin went on to direct the feature documentary, “The Arena: North Shore.”  While creating his first two documentaries, Justin continued to develop a documentary that would take him over 5 years to create.  “Isolated” is Justin’s third feature docuementary.


 Sake Bomb

Director: Junya Sakino, 2013, Japan/USA, 82 minutes, Cast: Eugene Kim, Gaku Hamada, Marlane Barnes

Screening with: 88 Miles to Mosco @ 7:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

A “Sake-Bomb” is a cocktail created by dropping a shot of sake into a pint of beer. It’s also a comedic road movie about a sarcastic Asian American and his Japanese cousin. Sebastian is a bitter, self-deprecating wannabe Internet star from Los Angeles. He has recently been dumped by his girlfriend and on the look-out for someone new. When his cousin Naoto, a naive sake maker from Japan, shows up to find his own ex-girlfriend, Sebastian takes him to north California, to Petaluma, to find her. They are a clash of cultures waiting to happen. Someone has to break first. Together they meet a colorful group of characters as they come to grips with who they are and the true nature of the girlfriends they are pursuing.

Junya Sakino



He was born and raised in Japan. He moved to the United States in 2000 to pursue his directing career. In Japan, Sakino produced and directed television programs. In the states, his directorial debut The Jazz Addict was an official selection for Crested Butte Film Festival. Soon after he attended California State University Long Beach’s film program where he went on to direct Vanity Mirror, The Spiral Ring and Orizuru. Vanity Mirror won the Grand Prize for UTB Picture Battle competition. Orizuru hit the worldwide film festival circuit in 2006 and received a generous handful of awards including the Hollywood International Film Festival award for Best Period Drama, the Best Screenplay award at the Media Arts Festival, Best Film at No Nuke Festival. The film was eventually aired on PBS. Currently, Sakino has been working in the commercial and film industry. He has also worked with acclaimed directors such Kazuaki Kiriya and Shunji Iwai. His credits include ”Takamine”, “Bandage”, “Bokutachi no Playball”, “Stolen”, “Halfway”, “Etienne!”…


Chocolatés


Director: Laura Owen & Aron Campisano, 2012, USA, 5 minutes, Cast: Ashley Peoples, Laura Owen

Screening with: Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase @ 6 pm ~ Saturday, October 12


 
Devastated by a sudden break up, Emily turns to her best friend Jessica for solace. But Emily's surprise visit puts her in a tender spot, with only a box of chocolates between them.

Laura Owen & Aron Campisano



Laura Owen
, originally from Houston, TX, migrated her way to Los Angeles after university and has since actively pursued a career in film and television.  Laura, a SAG-AFTRA / AEA actress and CEO of LEO Entertainment llc, has appeared in numerous films and television shows, including CSI: Miami and Reno 911!, in which she entered briefly into the world of stunt performing.  Most recently she joined the cast of Good Cops - an award-winning comedic series garnering 200,00 views and featured on the popular YouTube channel - Machinima Prime.  She has starred in and had an active role in development with the ongoing trans-media project "It's So LA".  Laura also wrote, produced and stared in the short film "Chocolates."

Aron Campisano is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer, an NYU Film and Cinema Studies grad, and a California Arts Scholar.  He directed The Master Plan which was featured in the NewFilmmakers New York series at Anthology Film Archives. He lives in Hollywood and originally he is from Santa Rosa. His favorite directors are Philippe Grandrieux, Gaspar Noé, Hitchcock and Tarkovsky.


Agnus Dei


Director: Agim Sopi, 2012, Kosovo, 85 minutes, Cast: Astrit Alihajdaraj, Zaklina Oštir, Dafina Berisha, Enver Petrovci

Screening with: Jacobi @ 10 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

'Agnus Dei' is a kind of Oedipus of our days. A young man Peter, who is around thirties, lives a desperate life with his mother Maria and her husband Stojan in one village of Serbia. Peter is born in Kosova from a forbidden love between his mother Maria and the young Albanian man, exactly the time of war between Serbs and Albanians. Peter is forced by his mother and the others to go to the war. He falls in love with Maria. They reach to come back in Peter's home in Serbia. As soon as they return home, Peter realizes that he had killed his biologic father during the war and he had fallen in love with his sister. What will he do next?

Agim Sopi



He is born on 23.07.1956, in Prishtina / Kosovo. He attended the University of Zagreb (Croatia). He has graduated on the Academy of Arts, the branch of directing the film. Since 1981, he is taking part with professional works in film and theatre.


Frank-Etienne


Director: Constance Meyer, 2012 France, 12 minutes, Cast: Gérard Depardieu, Marina Foïs, Samir Guesmi

Screening with: The Professor @ 8 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Frank-Etienne is a door-to-door salesman on a mission to sell empty boxes in the middle of nowhere. Things go awry when he meets a young woman who is determined to take advantage of his kindness and his car. Unable to resist her, Frank-Etienne finds himself in an increasingly absurd situation with the woman, her lover, and his dog.

Festivals: Venice International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, LA Film Festival


Constance Meyer



Constance Meyer
(February 4th 1984) Before becoming a filmmaker and photographer, Constance studied literature and history at La Sorbonne. After receiving her MA she started to work in theater and film in France. In 2010 she moved to New York where she entered NYU’s graduate film program. “Frank-Etienne” is her second short film.


Harisma

Director: Christina Ioakeimidi, 2012, Greece, 83 minutes, Cast: Vasso Kavalieratou, Efthymis Papadimitriou

Screening with: Youthless @ 9:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

Ismini is in her early 30s. She is cultivated, delicate, sensitive and...emotionally handicapped. She has developed a simplistic system of defense to protect her emotions: no one is to come near. It is exactly the moment when this collapses that unsophisticated, simple, impolite, aggressive and greatly passionate Haris appears in her life. This gentle comedy takes on the time-honored theme of opposites attracting while trying to understand the elusive nature of charisma.

- This film contains nudity, sex, and strong language.

Christina Ioakeimidi



Born in Athens, Greece, she studied at the London Film School, where she made the short films Day Out (1998), Hello (2001), Eve (2002), and Home (2003). Back to Greece, she directed Syntagma (2007), and worked in a number of Greek productions while writing the script for Harisma, her first feature film.


Penny Dreadful


Director: Shane Atkinson, 2013, USA, 18 minutes, Cast: David H. Stevens, Oona Laurence, Marnie Schulenburg, Rick Zahn

Screening with: Balkan Spirit @ 12 pm ~ Friday, October 13
 


A novice crook gets involved in a ransom plot, but winds up kidnapping the wrong girl. When Dennis is asked to help abduct a nine-year-old girl, he is eager to take the job. The plan is a simple one: he and another man will grab the girl after school and take her out to the desert until her father pays the ransom. But Holly, Dennis’s girlfriend, has other ideas. Recently pregnant and desperate for money, she convinces Dennis to steal the ransom for himself, so that they can start a new life. Things go well until Dennis tries to collect the money and realizes that he has taken the wrong little girl.

Shane Atkinson



Shane Atkinson was born and raised in Northern California. One of six children, his work is often inspired by his early years growing up in a large, chaotic family. Shane is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate Film Program. In 2010, he was selected for the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship. The following year, Shane was a winner at the Columbia University Screenwriting Competition. In 2012, Shane was listed on The Tracking Board’s “Top 100 Writers on the Verge.” His script Penny Dreadful was also listed on the 2012 Black List. Shane has directed a short version of Penny Dreadful that premiered at Clermont-Ferrand in February where the film won the Prix du Public (Audience Prize). The film has also received awards from the Independent Filmmaker Project and the National Board of Review.


The Return


Director: Daniel Torrisi, 2013, France, 30 minutes, Cast: Mathieu Delarive, Isabelle Caillat, Céline Bolomey, Alfredo Gnasso

Screening with: Liv & Ingmar @ 12 pm ~ Saturday, October 12



For David, a young thirty years old owner of a Parisian communication company he’s managing with his wife Michelle, life is comfortable and unhindered. Especially since the couple is expecting a happy event, as they will become parents. This is not counting on some news revealing them that David’s father is dying. Unrelated to him since its 15 years, David’s animosity prevents him to talk about the past and that father he calls “genitor”... But David cannot escape anymore... As a future father,
Michelle faces him. Pushed into a corner and wanting to prove he is worthy of his future responsibilities. David decides to travel to Switzerland and meet the man who broke his childhood to finally square things up…

Daniel Torrisi



After making several short films selected in various national and international festivals, Daniel Torrisi graduated from film school “ECAL” in Lausanne. While participating in a variety of writing workshops as TBC or Equinoxe he undertook various training screenwriting: Robert McKee (US), CEFPF, Femis (F) and follows various production and distribution workshops with Frédéric Corvez (Mk2 - Urban distribution - France). He develops his work as a writer and script doctor working between Switzerland
and France with several production companies. After participating in the development of various projects, including his own, Daniel Torrisi produced and directed “The Return” and continues to write various subjects including his first feature film : “The Great Correction” He now holds the position of producer / artistic director in PanoramicFilms.


Touba


Director: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, 2013, Senegal/USA, 83 minutes, Cast: MC Solaar, Sahr Ngaujah

Screening with: Studio Beirut @ 10:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

“Touba" reveals a face of Islam essential to these divisive times. It chronicles the Grand Magaal pilgrimage of 1 million Sufi Muslims to the holy city of Touba, Senegal. Shot on 16mm, its vivid cinematography and integrated soundtrack elevate it to the level of humanist film poem. This observational film takes us inside the Mouride Brotherhood: one of Africa's most elusive organizations. Pilgrims travel from all over the world to pay homage to the life and teachings of Cheikh Amadou Bamba. His non-violent resistance to French colonial persecution in the late 19th century inspired a national movement: freedom of religious expression through pacifism. These are lessons the world can learn.

Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi



Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi is a critically acclaimed NYC based filmmaker. Her film “Youssou N’Dour: I Bring What I Love” screened at over 50 festivals, winning numerous awards. Credits include “A Normal Life” and "Touba". She is currently in post-production on "Mr. President" and "Little Troopers". She is a Sundance Fellow and a graduate of Princeton University.Achievement Award from Creative Visions foundation in 2008. She has been featured in numerous publications including, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and New York Magazine. Chai has a B.A. from Princeton University in Comparative Literature.


Sunny


Director: Barbara Ott, Germany, 2013, 29 minutes, Cast: Vincent Krueger, Edin Hasanovic, Paula Kroh, Thorsten Merten

Screening with: Ford Monument Valley @ 5:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11



Young 19-year-old Hajo wrestles with caring for his 6-month-old son and finding both work and his role of being a father.

Barbara Ott



Barbara Ott was born 1983 in Tirschenreuth. Extensive travels in New Zealand. Interned with several film productions in 2003. Freelanced as assistant director and set dresser for various TV and theater films in Germany and abroad from 2004-2006. Studied Directing and Film at Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg 2006-2013, graduated in 2013 with the movie 'SUNNY'. Lives and works as freelancing script writer and director in Berlin.

Filmography: 2013 SUNNY (Short Feature), director and screenwriter / 2010 BEELZEBUB (Short Feature), director and screenwriter / 2010 Wie Elefanten in den Alpen (Feature Film) screenwriter / 2009 vogel.tot (Short Feature), director and screenwriter / 2006 Geschwister (Short Feature), director and screenwriter / 2005 Der verlorene Sohn (Short Feature), director and screenwriter


Double Occupancy


Director: Fabian Giessler, 2012, Germany, 9 minutes, Animation

Screening with: Last Winter @ 6:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13



Two old men share a hospital room, in which the window is the only connection to the outside world and thus becomes a highly demanded resource. "Double Occupancy"  is a parable about the greed of man - an animated intimate play about the power of imagination and illusion.

Fabian Giessler



Fabian Giessler, born 1980 in Germany. He studied Media Art and Design at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, Germany, and produced several short films that were presented and honoured on international Film Festivals. He works as freelance Filmmaker and lecturer for Film and Animation at the Bauhaus Film-Institute as part of the Bauhaus-University.


The World is My Stage


Director: Paul Winston, 2013, USA, 26 minutes, Cast: Jared Leedy, J.L. Faverio, Rey Tostado

Screening with: Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase @ 6 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

His dream is to be a movie star. His reality is a constant struggle. His persevering journey is a story to be told.


Paul Winston



Born and raised in Northern California, Paul Winston moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue an acting career. As an actor striving to make a name for himself, he's enhanced his resume to include: writer, director and producer. Always wanting to give back, Paul is set on bringing films and work to his hometown to help others build their careers and resumes. Paul has many other projects in the works and strives to be signed by a top theatrical agency in 2013.


The Professor


Director: Mahmoud ben Mahmoud, 2012, Tunisia, 92 minutes, Cast: Ahmed Hafiane, Azeiz Ramzi, Sondos Belhassen, Mlika Lobna, Dziri Lotfi, Jamoussi Lassaad

Screening with: Frank Etienne @ 8 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Set in 1977 Tunis, the film tells the story of a law professor, Khalil Kalsaoui, who is asked by the ruling party to defend it at the country’s brand-new Human Rights League in a period of tension between the Tunisian government and the syndicates. Meanwhile, he hears that one of his students, Houda, with whom he is having an affair, has been arrested in the south of the country along with two Italian journalists. When she is arrested for her political views and opposition to authorities, Khalil attempts to defend her – and soon finds his career and personal life in jeopardy. The film itself is a document of the revolution – shooting was repeatedly stopped during Ben Ali’s rule and could only be finished after the success of the revolution.

Mahmoud ben Mahmoud



Born in 1947, Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud studied cinema in Belgium in the 70s. His films include the music documentary ‘Les Mille et une voix’ in 2000 and three features: ‘Traversées’ (1982), ‘ChichKhan’ (1992) and ‘Les Siestes grenadine’, which won the Special Jury Prize in Turin in 1999. He currently teaches screenwriting at the Université Libre in Brussels.


August


Director: Pello Gutierrez, 2013 Spain, 17 minutes, Cast: Beñat Larrukert, Felisa García, Vega Iguarán

Screening with: Highway @ 12 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

Julen has to take care of his grandma during the hot afternoons of a rainy summer. As the days go by, his initial indifference turns into curiosity.

Pello Gutierrez



Donostia (Gipuzkoa), 1979. Bachelor of Media Studies (2001, University of Navarra), and Graduate Director of Photography (2002 ESCAC, Barcelona) In 2007 he founded the production company Zazpi T'erdi with David Aguilar. Here, he has made several documentaries, short films and video-art works as director, producer and editor. Meanwhile, he gives video workshops (writing, directing) since 2002 for children and adults. He has also worked as a comic book and television script writer.


Honeymoon Suite


Director: Zao Wang, 2012, China, 13 minutes, Cast: Zou Han Hong, Cary Woodworth, Nadia Hatta, Tian Tian, Zhang Chi

Screening with: Behind Closed Doors @ 4 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

Service is the top priority at a modern boutique hotel in Beijing, and the new guest service manager, Ally, aims to keep it that way after a mysterious American VIP arrives and begins wreaking havoc. As the night grows more fantastical, Ally must tame this beastly terror of a guest while risking her own life to protect his secrets, the hotel’s reputation and her own job.

Zao Wang



Zao Wang grew up in Beijing and moved to the United States at fourteen, later graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His short films have screened at several international film festivals, and he has directed features for Shanghai TV and a six-part international documentary series on the future of creativity.


Studio Beirut

Director: Mokhtar Beyrouth, 2013, Lebanon, 15 minutes, Cast: Charbel Kamel, Bshara Atallah

Screening with: Touba @ 10:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

Toufik, a young photographer owns Studio Beirut. His business is threatened when the mayor installs the city's first photo booth next door.

Mokhtar Beyrouth



Mokhtar is a fashion and portrait photographer, specializing in male conceptual photography. Inspired at an early age by cinematography, Mokhtar's visual style possess a very personal take on color, light and emotions. He just graduated top of his class in filmmaking at Saint Joseph University - USJ. Currently he’s based in Beirut city.


New Closeness


Directors: Sonja Vukovic & Chritian Stahl, 2011, Germany, 5 minutes

Screening with: Silvi @ 8:15 pm ~ Sunday, October 13

 

This is a video essay on the "Future of journalism". The topic of the future journalism / new media is one of the most important debates in the think tank of the publisher.

Sonja Vukovic & Chritian Stahl



Sonja Vukovic
started in 1998 as a freelance reporter for the city desk of the "Rheinische Post". Further ports of call were the WDR Aachen, the Germany office at "Der Spiegel" and thF; political department at "Spiegel Online". Two years later she started her traineeship at the publisher's academy, within the framework of which she, as managing editor, produced the cross-media project "Little Berlin" with her team. For this they were awarded with both the Axel Springer Prize as well as a Grimme Online Award. With a special budget "Neue Nahe" ("New Closeness") was created - her first video essay. She has been an editor at "Die Welt" and "Welt Online" since the beginning of 2011.

Christian Stahl (born 11 February 1970) is a German filmmaker, author and journalist. He studied German and History at the University of Bonn and at Queen's College, Oxford. Following a traineeship at the Sender Freies Berlin, he worked as a regional radio correspondent for the ARD and as a presenter at Radio Multikulti. He has run a media agency since 2005 and teaches film and video journalism at the University of Fulda, among other places. In 2004, he developed the fictional documentary "Hundeleben" ("Dog's Life") with punks from Berlin's Alexanderplatz. In 2007, Stahl produced the no budget short film "The future comes to Srebrenica" with young people in Srebrenica. In 2010 he received the Grimme Online Award as video lecturer and team member of the Axel Springer Akademie for the website


Hint


Director: Adi Bar Yossef, 2012, Israel, 19 minutes, Cast: Rama Messinger, Ami Weinberg, Florance Block, Ofer Alfasi

Screening with: Ford Monument @ 5:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

45 year old Sharona, goes folk dancing every week at the Community Center. Her husband’s frequent business trips abroad have left her to seek her thrills on the dance floor. Her permanent partner is clumsy Micha. Only after his sudden death does she discover his secret love for her. Knowing that she was loved grants Sharona new strengths to return to the circle and dance, even alone.

Adi Bar Yossef

Born in 1982, Jerusalem, Israel. Prior to her studies in film she studied photography. Hint is her first film.


His War


Director: Bruno Collet, 2012, France, 10 minutes, Cast: Claude Cottineau, Suzie Ripoche, Evelyne Grandjean

Screening with: Ford Monument Valley @ 5:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

With his family gathered to celebrate his birthday, patriarch Emile finds his mind drifting toward memories of his time as a soldier during the Indochina war, a time his family would rather he forget.

Bruno Collet



Bruno Collet was born in 1965 in France. After receiving his degree at the Fine Arts Academy at Rennes, he worked on sculpture and 3D objects exhibitions. Then he develops an interest in animation: Le Dos au mur, his first animation short, was produced in 2001 and awarded at International Critic’s Week in Cannes. His first stop‐motion animation short is Calypso is Like So (2003). Collet's work pays tribute to the world of classic movies and includes numerous homages and in‐joke references to iconic cinema scenes and characters. Employing sight gags, slapstick and a touch of macabre humor, the R.I.P. shorts reflect his unique and exhilarating animation technique. The Day of Glory (2007) is his first war short, followed by His War.


Youthless

Director: Juan Camilo Gonzales, 2012, Spain, 3 minutes, Music Video

Screening with: Harisma @ 9:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

Inspired by the myth of Sisyphus, the story is about a girl eternally condemned to repeat an impossible feat, an upward spiral several meters high, absurd and beautiful, a blend of skate and ballet, after which she falls violently against the ground only to get up and do it all over again.

Juan Camilo Gonzales



Born March 20th, 1990 in Bogotá Colombia, he was raised most of his childhood in Ecuador and Peru. After graduating from Colegio San Carlos in Bogotá in 2008, he moved to Paris to learn French and find inspiration to discover his true vocation. After deciding to follow art and choosing film as his medium, he got accepted into Prague Film School where he specialized in Directing and Writing. He moved to Madrid to study Art & Design at the Instituto Europeo di Design. After that, he enrolled into Complutense University of Madrid to study philosophy where he currently still is completing his BA. He has worked in over 20 short films, producing and directing 4 of his own. He is now specializing in the direction of music videos, making his debut with Millionyoung's song Youthless, which got picked up and premiered on VICE/Noisey in late August 2012.


You are a Terrorist


Director: Antoni Sole, Spain, 2013, 11 minutes, Cast: Nikol Kollars, Reg Wilson

Screening with: Exit @ 4 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Elizabeth Meyer is a captain of the U.S. Army, and a recent vet of the war in Afghanistan. She kidnaps one of the highest ranks in Middle East affairs, and tries to have him confess the involvement of the U.S. government in a series of attacks for which terrorist groups are wrongly accused of. But the confession takes an unexpected twist, and Elizabeth finds herself involved in a mediatic manipulation of the so-called War against terrorism. Inspired by future real facts, this story is there to warn us against the impact of media alteration, that will inevitably influence the world's public opinion very shortly...

Antoni Sole



Antoni Sole
(Barcelona 1974), has been making movies and documentaries since 2004. He was involved in movies of directors such Peter Greenaway "Tulse Luper Suitcases Trilogy," Tim Disney "Tempesta," Miguel Pereira "Destiny" or Aaron Gonzalez "Used Parts." In 2012 debuts as a writer with the script of the movie "Alpha" by Joan Cutrina, now in post-production and then writing and directing "You are a Terrorist." He is working right now in the pre-production of his first ferature movie "Webcam."


Kitty Litter


Director: Greg Blatman, 2012, USA, 9 minutes, Cast: Kari Wishingrad, Diana Grogg, Barton Smith

Screening with: Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase @ 6 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

Carol, a middle aged interior designer, is tending to one of her more difficult clients, Meghan, a New Age Petaluma purple person. Meghan’s cat has gone missing and how can anyone expect her to concentrate on drapery? Carol attempts to reschedule and as she’s about to drive away, she accidentally runs over Meghan’s cat. Carol panics, hides the Frisbee cat in her hatchback and drives home where her boyfriend JERRY buries it in the backyard. A few days have passed. As Carol arrives at Meghan’s for a follow up design consultation, she tries to disguise her guilt. Only Meghan is uncharacteristically cheerful. Carol hears a meow and suddenly Meghan’s cat appears. Carol faints and is taken to the hospital. As the ambulance pulls away, we soon discover the mystery of the dead cat.

Greg Blatman



Greg Blatman graduated from New York University with an MFA in Dramatic Writing where he received consecutive Tisch School of the Arts scholarships and was awarded   the Lew Wasserman Fellowship in Screenwriting. He has written numerous screenplays,   consulted on a variety of films, books and scripts and has been a frequent instructor in Advanced Screenwriting at the University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and De Anza College. Greg’s first full-length film as writer/director, “Porndogs: The Adventures of Sadie,” featured the voices of Marilyn Chambers, Too $hort, Paul Rodriguez, Heidi Fleiss, Tera Patrick and Dustin Diamond to name a few and played in festivals all over the world, winning in Sydney and Minneapolis. He’s presently directing a documentary “Outsourcing Love” and is in pre-production of his most recent project “Communion,” a dark erotic thriller.


Via Tango


Director: Adriana Navarro Álvarz, 2012, Spain, 3 minutes, Animation

Screening with: Isolated @ 2 pm ~ Sunday, October 13
 


Via Tango is an exciting way on train of fantasy, in which the inspector falls in love with a passenger, during the journey, he tries to seduce her helped by the rhythm of a tango. But to his surprise, another woman also wants to court hi. The Train becomes a dance floor, resulting from the overflowing imagination of the inspector, where everyone dances and dreams.

Adriana Navarro Álvarez



Adriana Navarro Álvarez
was born in Baracaldo (Vizcaya) the author is fascinated by animation from early childhood with special relevance produced by Disney. She graduated in Fine Arts at the Polytechnic University of Valencia continuing her studies at the Master of Arts Production. She has worked as an assistant animator on the short film “Vida Mia” by MCarmen Póveda and has worked recently in the journal “Con A de Animación”.


Aliena B


Directors: Delphine Hermans & Louise-Marie Colon, 2012, Belgium, 7 minutes, Animation

Screening with: Harisma @ 9:45 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

All day long, an insurance company worker repeats the same claptrap to the customers on the telephone. One day, he falls in love with a new employee but he doesn’t succeed in saying to her other thing than what he repeats to the clients…


Inside My Room

Director: Susanne Wiegner, 2013, Germany, 4 minutes, Animation

Screening with: Balkan Spirit @ 12 pm ~ Friday, October 11



"Inside this room all of my dreams become realities and some of my realities become dreams" (Willy Wonka and the Chocolat Factory) According to this quotation, the film explores the scenery of a working table,the mysterious and creative world of an artist and gives hints to different literary, architectural and artistic influences (Kafka, Jules Verne, Boullée, Caravaggio).

Susanne Wiegner



Susanne Wiegner studied architecture at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich and at Pratt Institute in New York City. She works as an architect and 3D-artist in Munich, Germany. In addition to projects in real space, for several years she has been creating 3D computer animations dealing with literature and with virtual space. Venues where her work have been shown include the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Jenisch Haus in Hamburg, the Art + Technology Center EYEBEAM in New York City, festivals in Marseille, Rotterdam, Berlin, Athens, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Budapest, Damascus, Ramallah and Vienna.


The Sky is the Roof


Director: Beth Nelsen, 2013, USA, 30 minutes, Cast: April Jackson, Jene McCovey, Cuauhtemoc Villa, Charlie Toledo

Screening with: Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase @ 6 pm ~ Saturday, October 12

 

This documentary gives a historical overview of pre-colonial Napa Valley and ecological impact of colonialism on the local river valley in the spiritual and physical sense.

Beth Nelsen



Local Napa Valley Filmmaker Beth Nelsen was born in Napa and raised in Yountville, Ca. She attended local St. John’s Lutheran elementary school and graduated Vintage High School in 1991. Also a graduate from Napa Valley College she went on to get her Bachelors degree at U.C.L.A., then her Master’s Degree from the Victorian College of the Arts and the University of Melbourne, Australia. After 18 years of world travel Nelsen has returned to Napa Valley where she will now be the first locally featured filmmaker at Napa Valley Opera House. These will also the first time two locally produced films are shown in this venue.


Cupid


Director: Simon Bau, 2012, France, 7 minutes, Animation

Screening with: Kuro @ 2 pm ~ Friday, October 11

 

The story of Cupid, confronted with a modern Narcissus and lived his worst day ever.



Cupid Directors: Simon BAU, Clémentine CHOPLAIN, Marie ECARLAT, Benoit HUGUET, Julien SOULAGE


Rat-Face Burattino

Director: Bret Smith, 2013, USA, 5 minutes, Cast: George Epsilanty, Liz Clare

Screening with: Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase @ 6 pm ~ Saturday, October 12



Michael is a reluctant mobsters working under a cruel employer named Rat-Face Burattino. He’s been asked by Burattino to commit a heinous atrocity that he can’t even tell his closest friend Maria. Michael and Maria must work together to stop Rat-Face Burratino once and for all.

Bret Smith



Bret Smith is 23 and currently in his senior year of Film School. Since childhood he has been a movie lover. He owes a lot of his enthusiasm to his parents. They bought hundreds of movies on VHS as well as rented a movie a week from the video rental store. The time he spent watching movies definitely paid off when he started creating his own movies with his friends. His 11th birthday was a monumental day in his life. On that day, his family got him Steven Spielberg’s Lego Studios. This was the program that taught him how to make movies. It also showed him that anyone could be a moviemaker. His goal is to be a Hollywood director, he has a lot of stories he wants to share with people, and he would love to inspire people through his films, the same way his favorite films have inspired him.

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