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Previews at Cinecittà 2021

All films in this section are shown at Cinecittà, Kino 9. The films are available in their original version with German subtitles. Tickets for the screenings are available exclusively at the Cinecittà box office or online.

Adam
آدم

MA, FR 2019, 98 min, language(s): Arabic, subtitles: German, directed by: Maryam Touzani

Screenings
05.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Borga
Borga

DE, GH 2021, 104 min, language(s): German, English, French, subtitles: German, directed by: York-Fabian Raabe

Screenings
06.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Father – Otac
Otac

RS 2020, 120 min, language(s): Serbian, subtitles: German, directed by: Srdan Golubović

Screenings
04.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Great Freedom
Große Freiheit

AT, DE 2021, 116 min, language(s): German, directed by: Sebastian Meise

Screenings
02.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

I am not your Negro
I am not your Negro

US, FR, BE, CH 2016, 93 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German, directed by: Raoul Peck

Screenings
03.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Man Who Sold His Skin, The
homme qui a vendu sa peau, L’

FR, TN, BE, SE, DE 2020, 104 min, language(s): Arabic, English, subtitles: German, directed by: Kaouther Ben Hania

Screenings
01.10., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Night Shift
Police

FR 2019, 98 min, language(s): French, subtitles: German, directed by: Anne Fontaine

Screenings
29.09., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Nowhere Special
Nowhere Special

GB, IT, RO 2020, 96 min, language(s): English, subtitles: German , directed by: Uberto Pasolini

Screenings
30.09., 20:30, Cinecittà, Kino 9

Father – Otac

Otac

DIRECTED BY: Srdan Golubović COUNTRY: Serbia YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Serbian SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 120 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
A small town in Serbia. Nikola, day laborer and father of two, is ordered to give up his children to social services after poverty and hunger drive his wife to commit a desperate act. Until he can provide adequate conditions for their upbringing, the children will be placed in foster care. Despite Nikola’s best efforts and several appeals, the head of the social services centre refuses to return his children and his situation seems hopeless. But when Nikola discovers the local administration may be corrupt, he decides to travel across Serbia on foot and take his case directly to the national ministry in Belgrade. Against all odds and driven by love and despair, this father refuses to give up on justice and his right to raise his children.

BIOGRAPHIE
Srdan Golubović wurde 1972 in Belgrad, Serbien (ehemaliges Jugoslawien), geboren und studierte Theaterwissenschaften, während er mehrere Kurzfilme drehte. Zusammen mit anderen jungen Filmemachern gründete er die Produktionsfirma Baš Čelik. Im Jahr 2001 drehte er sein Spielfilmdebüt APSOLUTNIH STO, das auf mehreren internationalen Festivals mit Preisen ausgezeichnet wurde. Seine Filme KLOPKA und KRUGOVI wurden beide auf der Berlinale gezeigt. Er ist Dozent für Film- und Fernsehregie an der Universität der Künste in Belgrad.

FILMOGRAPHY
Absolute Hundred (2001), The Trap (2007), Circles (2013), Father (2020)

SCRIPT: Srdan Golubović, Ognjen Sviličić PRODUCER: Jelena Mitrovič, Čedomir Kolar, Alexander Ris, Marc Baschet, Danis Tanović, Boris T. Matić, Lana Matić, Danijel Hočevar, Amra bakšić Čamo, Adis Djapo CINEMATOGRAPHY: Aleksandar Ilič EDITOR: Petar Marković SCORE:CAST: Goran Bogdan, Boris Isakovic, Nada Sargin

PRODUCTION COMPANY: ASAP Films (ckolar@noos.fr), Film House Bas Celik, Neue Mediopolis Filmproduktion, Propeler Film, SCCA/pro.ba (office@pro.ba), Vertigo Films ( prensa@vertigofilms.es) WORLD SALES: The Match Factory (info@matchfactory.de) 

Nowhere Special

Nowhere Special

DIRECTED BY: Uberto Pasolini COUNTRY: United Kingdom, Italy, Romania YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): English SUBTITLES: RUNNING TIME: 96 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS

John, a 35-year-old window cleaner, has dedicated his life to bringing up his 4-year-old son, Michael, after the child’s mother left them soon after giving birth. When John is given only a few months left to live, he attempts to find a new, perfect family for Michael, determined to shield him from the terrible reality of the situation. Although initially certain of what he is looking for in the perfect family, John gradually abandons his early convictions, overwhelmed by doubts on the decision. How can he judge a family from a brief encounter? And does he know his own child well enough to make this choice for him? As John struggles to find the right answer to his impossible task, he comes to accept the help of a young social worker, opening himself to solutions he would never have considered. And he finally comes to accept his anger at the injustice of his destiny, the need to share the truth with his son, and to follow the child’s instincts on the biggest decision of their lives.

BIOGRAPHY
Uberto Pasolini was born in Rome in 1957, surprisingly not related to Pier Paolo Pasolini, but a nephew of Luchino Visconti. After studying economics and working for a few years in the banking business in London, his first film job was as a set runner on the set of the multiple Oscar-winning film THE KILLING FIELDS (1984, directed by Roland Joffé). Uberto Pasolini then worked for Columbia in Los Angeles, and in 1988 he moved to Enigma Film in London, with whom he was associate producer on films including MEETING VENUS (1991, directed by István Szabó). In 1994 Uberto Pasolini founded Redwave Films, with which he first produced PALOOKAVILLE (1995, directed by Alan Taylor), for which he was awarded the London Critics Circle prize for “British Producer of the year”, among others. Uberto Pasolini’s first directorial effort MACHAN – GAME OF THE DREAMS (2008) won, among others, the Europa Cinemas Award and the FEDIC Award in Venice, Best Film at the Palm Beach, Brussels and Trencin festivals, and the Audience Award at the Kerala International Film Festival.

FILMOGRAPHY
Machan (2008), Still Life (2013), Nowhere Special (2020)

SCRIPT: Uberto Pasolini PRODUCER: Roberto Sessa, Cristian Nicolescu CINEMATOGRAPHY: Marius Panduru EDITOR: Masahiro Hirakubo, Saska Simpson SCORE: Andrew Simon Mcallister CAST: James Norton, Daniel Lamont

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Digital Cube SRL, Nowhere Special Ltd, Picomedia SRL WORLD SALES: Beta Cinema (beta@betacinema.com) GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Piffl Medien (info@pifflmedien.de)

Man Who Sold His Skin, The

homme qui a vendu sa peau, L’

DIRECTED BY: Kaouther Ben Hania COUNTRY: France, Tunisia, Belgium, Sweden, Germany YEAR: 2020 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic, English SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 104 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecitta

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.

BIOGRAPHY
Tunisian director and writer Kaouther Ben Hania studied cinema in Tunisia and then in Paris (Femis and la Sorbonne). She directed her first short film La Brèche in 2004 followed by Me, my Sister and the Thing in 2006, Wooden Hand in 2013 and Sheikh’s Watermelons in 2018. In 2014, she directed her first feature film The Blade of Tunis followed two years later by her documentary Zaineb Hates the Snow. She directed many award winning films among them Beauty and the Dogs which has been selected at the Festival de Cannes Un Certain Regard in 2017. Her last movie The Man Who Sold His Skin, selected in Venice Mostra 2020 official selection Orizzonti competition, where it received the award of best actor, has been nominated for the Oscar of Best International Feature at the Academy Awards 2021.

FILMOGRAPHY
Moi, Ma soeur et la chose (2006), Les Imams vont à l’école (2010), Peau de colle (2013), Le challat de Tunis (2014), Zineb n’aime pas la neige (2016), Le Belle et la Meute (2017), The Man who sold his Skin (2020)

SCRIPT: Kaouther Ben Hania PRODUCER: Nadim Cheikhrouha, Habib Attia, Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Annabella Nezri, Andreas Rocksen CINEMATOGRAPHY: Christopher Aoun EDITOR: Marie-Hélène Dozo SCORE: Amine Bouhafa CAST: Yahya Mahayni, Dea Liane, Monica Bellucci

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Tanit Films WORLD SALES: BAC Films (contact@bacfilms.fr) 

I am not your Negro

I am not your Negro

DIRECTED BY: Raoul Peck COUNTRY: United States, France, Belgium, Switzerland YEAR: 2016 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): English SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 93 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and successiveassassinations of three of his close friends—Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, he left behind only thirty completed pages of his
manuscript. Now, in his incendiary new documentary, master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter. It is a film that questions black representation in Hollywood and beyond. And, ultimately, by confronting the deeper connections between the lives and assassination of these three leaders, Baldwin and Peck have produced a work that challenges the very definition of what America stands for.

BIOGRAPHY
Born 1953 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Peck lived for a time in Zaire and worked as a journalist and photographer. He later graduated from the Berlin Film Academy in 1988, made a dozen short and features from his Velvet Productions, based in France and Germany, and served until recently as the Minister of Culture of Haiti. A book of screenplays and images from four of Peck’s major features and documentary films, called Stolen Images, was published in February 2012 by Seven Stories Press. He has been Chairman of La Fémis, the French state film school, since January 2010. In 2012, he was named as a member of the Jury for the Main Competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He won the Best Documentary prize at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2013 for Fatal Assistance. His documentary film I Am Not Your Negro (2016), about the life of James Baldwin and race relations in the United States, was nominated for an Oscar in January 2017.

FILMOGRAPHY
Legut (1983), Merry Christmas Deutschland (1984), Haitian Corner (1988), Lumumba: Death of the Prophet (1990), Man By The Shore (1993), Desounen: Dialogue with Death (1994), Lumumba (2000), Profit & Nothing But! Or Impolite Thoughts on the Class Struggle (2001), Sometimes in April (2005), Moloch Tropical (2009), Assistance mortelle (2013), Murder in Pacot (2014), I Am Not Your Negro (2016), The Young Karl Marx (2017)

SCRIPT: Raoul Peck, James Baldwin PRODUCER: Rémi Grellety, Raoul Peck, Hébert Peck CINEMATOGRAPHY: Henry Adebonojo, Bill Ross, Turner Ross EDITOR: Alexandra Strauss SCORE: Alexei Aigui

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Artémis Productions (info@artemisproductions.com), Close Up Films, Velvet Film (contact@velvet-film.com) WORLD SALES: Wide House (festivals@widehouse.org)  GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR Salzgeber & Co. Medien Gmbh (sales@salzgeber.de)

Great Freedom

Große Freiheit

DIRECTED BY: Sebastian Meise COUNTRY: Austria, Germany YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): German SUBTITLES: RUNNING TIME: 116 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
In post-war Germany Hans is imprisoned again and again for being homosexual. Due to paragraph 175 his desire for freedom is systematically destroyed. The one steady relationship in his life becomes his long time cell mate, Viktor, a convicted murderer. What starts as revulsion grows into something called love.

BIOGRAPHY
Sebastian Meise is an Austrian director and screenwriter. His acclaimed debut feature film STILLIFE premiered at San Sebastian IFF and won several awards such as Best Feature Film at Diagonale Film Festival. His documentary film OUTING was presented at the Hot Docs Festival in Toronto. His second feature film GREAT FREEDOM with German shooting star Franz Rogowski and Berlinale Silver bear awardee Georg Friedrich in the leading roles will have its world premiere in the Official Selection Un Certain Regard of the Cannes Film Festival 2021. He co-founded the Vienna based production company FreibeuterFilm.

FILMOGRAPHY
Prises de Vues (2003), Random (2005), Daemonen (2006), Still Life (2011), Outing (2012), Große Freiheit (2021)

SCRIPT: Thomas Reider, Sebastian Meise PRODUCER: Sabine Moser, Oliver Neumann, Benny Drechsel CINEMATOGRAPHY: Crystel Fournier EDITOR: Joana Scrinzi SCORE: Nils Petter Molvaer, Peter Brötzmann CAST: Franz Rogowski, Georg Friedrich, Anton von Lucke, Thomas Prenn

PRODUCTION COMPANY: FreibeuterFilm GmbH (welcome@freibeuterfilm.at), Rohfilm Gmbh WORLD SALES: The Match Factory GmbH (info@matchfactory.de) 

Borga

Borga

DIRECTED BY: York-Fabian Raabe COUNTRY: Germany, Ghana YEAR: 2021 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): English, French, German SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 104 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS

The two brothers Kojo and Yoofi grow up on the electronic waste dump Agbogbloshi, which is based within Ghana’s capital Accra. In order to survive, they are extracting valuable metals by burning western electronic devices. Kojo is a second born son who wants to gain the acknowledgment and respect of his father. One day Kojo meets a Borga from Germany. His dream of going there is born. 10 years later he leaves his family behind in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a Borga. Arriving in Germany after a five-year odyssey through the continents he realizes quickly that he was chasing a myth. Germany does not welcome him with open arms. But going back is no option! Being ashamed of coming home not having made it, he has to fulfil the picture of the wealthy Borga from Germany… (Source: Borga Website)

BIOGRAPHY
BORGA is the feature film debut of the award-winning director York-Fabian Raabe. He studied at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Based in Berlin he focuses on artistic, social and cultural relevant movies, like the African refugee tragedy BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH and the Ghanaian e-waste documentary CHILDREN OF SODOM. They won numerous awards and were screened at the most renowned international film festivals.

FILMOGRAPHY
Zwischen Himmel und Erde (2010), Sodoms Kinder (2013), Borga (2021)

SCRIPT: York-Fabian Raabe PRODUCER: Alexander Wadouh, Elaine Niessner, Tommy Niessner CINEMATOGRAPHY: Tobias von dem Borne EDITOR: Bobby Good, Kaya Inan SCORE: Tomer Moked, Ben Lukas Boysen CAST: Eugene Boateng, Christiane Paul, Lydia Forson

WEBSITE: https://borga-themovie.com/home

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Chromosom Film Gmbh (info@chromosom-film.de), east end film

Night Shift

Police

DIRECTED BY: Anne Fontaine COUNTRY: France YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): French SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 98 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Based on a novel by Hugo Boris, NIGHT SHIFT focuses on three Parisian police officers charged with driving a stranger back to the border. However, Virginie realizes their prisoner will most likely be killed upon return to his country and so goes about attempting to convince her fellow officers to release him.

BIOGRAPHY
Anne Fontaine was born in Luxembourg in 1959, the French filmmaker began her career as a dancer and actress before becoming a director and screenwriter. She made her directorial debut in 1993 with LES HISTOIRES D’AMOUR FINISSENT MAL EN GÉNÉRAL, which won the French Prix Jean Vigo. Her films include: NATHALIE, COCO CHANEL – THE BEGINNING OF A PASSION, GEMMA BOVERY – A SUMMER WITH FLAUBERT as well as AGNUS DEI – THE INNOCENT, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won several awards.

FILMOGRAPHY
Love Affairs Usually End Badly (1993), Augustin (1995), Dry Cleaning (1997), Augustin, King of Kung-Fu (1999), How I Killed My Father (2001), Nathalie (2003), In His Hands (2005), Oh La La (2006), The Girl From Monaco (2008), Coco Before Chanel (2009), My Worst Nightmare (2011), Perfect Mothers (Adoration) (2013), Gemma Bovery (2014), The Innocents (2016), Marvin (2017), Pure As Snow (2019), Bis an die Grenze (2019)

SCRIPT: Claire Barré, Hugo Boris PRODUCER: Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi CINEMATOGRAPHY: Yves Angelo EDITOR: Fabrice Rouaud CAST: Virginie Efira, Omar Sy, Grégory Gadebois

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Ciné-@, F Comme Film WORLD SALES: Studiocanal GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Studiocanal

Adam

آدم

DIRECTED BY: Maryam Touzani COUNTRY: Morocco, France YEAR: 2019 SPOKEN LANGUAGE(S): Arabic SUBTITLES: German RUNNING TIME: 98 min

SECTION: Previews at Cinecittà

SCREENINGS

SYNOPSIS
Abla runs a modest local bakery from her home in Casablanca where she lives alone with her 8 year old daughter Warda. Their routine of housework and homework is interrupted one day by a knock on the door. It is Samia, a young woman looking for a job and a roof over her head. The little girl is immediately taken with the newcomer but her mother initially refuses to allow a pregnant stranger into their lives.

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Tangier in 1980, Maryam Touzani spent her childhood in her hometown before pursuing university studies in journalism in London. Passionate about writing, she returned to Morocco after her studies and worked there as a journalist, specializing in Maghreb cinema. Quickly, she felt the need to express herself through her own films. In 2019 Maryam becomes a member of the Academy of Oscars. The same year, ADAM will be the official selection of Morocco for the Oscar race in the category of best foreign film.

FILMOGRAPHY
Quand ils dorment (2012), Aya wal bahr (2015), Adam (2019)

SCRIPT: Maryam Touzani PRODUCER: Nabil Ayouch CINEMATOGRAPHY: Adil Ayoub EDITOR: Julie Naas CAST: Lubna Azabal, Nisrin Erradi

Ali N’ Productions (houda.lakhdar@alinprod.com), Artémis Productions (info@artemisproductions.com), Les Films du Nouveau Monde WORLD SALES: Films Boutique (info@filmsboutique.com GERMAN DISTRIBUTOR: Grandfilm (verleih@grandfilm.de)

Sorry We Missed You

DIRECTOR(S):

Ken Loach

COUNTRY: Belgium, France, United Kingdom   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: English   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 100 min

SCREENINGS

Sunday, 06.10., 8.00 pm, Cinecittà

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

DIRECTOR(S): Céline Sciamma   COUNTRY: France   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: French, Italian   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 120 min

SCREENINGS

Monday, 07.10., 8.00 pm, Cinecittà

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Gi-saeng-chung

DIRECTOR(S): Bong Joon-Ho   COUNTRY: South Korea   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: Korean   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 131 min

SCREENINGS

Friday, 04.10., 8.00 pm, Cinecittà

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Honeyland

DIRECTOR(S): Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov   COUNTRY: Macedonia   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: Turkish   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 87 min

SCREENINGS

Tuesday, 08.10., 8.00 pm, Cinecittà

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It Must Be Heaven

DIRECTOR(S): Elia Suleiman   COUNTRY: France, Germany, Turkey, Canada   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: French   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 97 min

SCREENINGS

Saturday, 05.10., 8.00 pm, Cinecittà

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Crescendo – #Makemusicnotwar

DIRECTOR(S): Dror Zahavi   COUNTRY: Germany   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: Hebrew, German, English, Arabic   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 106 min

SCREENINGS
Wednesday, 09.10., 8 pm, Cinecittà

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2040

DIRECTOR(S): Damon Gameau   COUNTRY: Australia   YEAR: 2019   LANGUAGES: English   SUBTITLES: German   RUNNING TIME: 92 min

SCREENINGS
Thursday, 03.10., 8 pm, Cinecittà

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