October 2010 films

Bermuda Docs – October 2010 lineup

Friday, October 22 – Day 1


> 6.30 p.m. – Kings of Pastry

France-Netherlands-US-UK / 2009 / 86 minutes / Rated G
Directors: D. A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus
English, and French with English subtitles

“Marvellous … irresistible … a total delight.” – LA Times

The Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) designation is France’s highest honour for chefs, and every patissier’s dream. That’s why, every four years, 16 of the world’s finest pastry chefs come together in Lyon for a three-day marathon of back-breaking competition, creating round after round of gorgeous, delectable, and sometimes gravity-defying, confections – from delicate chocolates and elaborate cream puffs to six-foot-high sugar sculptures – all under the probing eyes of a team of judges. This irresistibly engaging and crowd-pleasing concoction captures the competitors’ incredible artistry, their equally impressive dedication to a time-honoured craft – and the high-stakes drama of their quest for the ultimate prize.

> 8.30 p.m. – Restrepo

United States / 2010 / 93 minutes / Rated AA
Directors: Sebastian Junger, Tim Hetherington

“Explosive, deeply moving and impossible to shake.” – Rolling Stone

Ever wonder what going to war is really like? Author Sebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) and photojournalist Tim Hetherington dug in with the U.S. Army’s Second Platoon in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley for a year. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. Up close and personal,Restrepo may be one of the most visceral war films you’ll ever see.

Saturday, October 23 – Day 2


> 2.00 p.m. – Monica and David

United States / 2009 / 68 minutes / Rated G
Director: Alexandra Codina

“One of the most humane and emotionally rich films you’ll see this year.” – Now Magazine, Toronto

A love story, and favourite of festival audiences worldwide, exploring the marriage of two adults with Down syndrome and the family who strives to support their needs, this film is full of humour, romance and everyday family drama. Monica and David are blissfully in love and want what other adults have — an independent life.  Using intimate fly-on-the -wall footage to reveal the complexity of their story, we discover that while Monica and David are capable beyond expectations, their parents, aware of mainstream rejection of adults with intellectual disabilities, have trouble letting go. Ranked second in audience voting at International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (out of 300 films).

PRECEDING SHORT:

St. Peter’s Church – Celebrating 400 Years

Bermuda / 2010 / 30 minutes / Rated G

Bermudian filmmaker Lucinda Spurling has crafted a history of St. Peter’s Church, the oldest Protestant church outside the British Isles, and one of Bermuda’s best-loved landmarks.

> 4.15 p.m. – Enemies of the People

Cambodia-United Kingdom / 2009 / 94 minutes / Rated PG
Directors: Thet Sambath, Rob Lemkin
Khmer with English subtitles

“Stunning, amazing, gripping, moving.” – BBC Radio

Cambodian investigative journalist Thet Sambath lost his family to the Khmer Rouge’s Killing Fields. In this riveting film that was 10 years in the making, he gains the trust of Nuon Chea, the notorious “Brother Number Two”, and for the first time Pol Pot’s right-hand man makes unprecedented on-camera confessions, breaking a 30-year silence and finally revealing the truth behind the shocking genocide that killed two million people. This compelling journey into the heart of darkness is a personal search for closure by the filmmaker, and a profound meditation on the nature of good and evil. Winner of 15 international awards.

> 6.15 p.m. – Pelada

United States / 2010 / 92 minutes / Rated G
Directors: Luke Boughen, Rebekah Fergusson, Gwendolyn Oxenham, Ryan White
English, and various languages with subtitles

“An extended love letter to soccer.” – International Herald Tribune

When their dreams of playing professional soccer don’t pan out, former U.S. college all-stars Luke Boughen (Notre Dame) and Gwendolyn Oxenham (Duke) take their silky skills on the road to look for a kickabout – in Portuguese, a pelada. Three years and 25 countries later, the result is a film that combineseye-popping cinematography with compelling stories about people worldwide who play the beautiful game for fun. From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada takes us to the heart of the world’s most popular sport.

> 8.15 p.m. – Waste Land

United Kingdom-Brazil / 2010 / 99 minutes / Rated G
Director: Lucy Walker
English, and Portuguese with English subtitles

“A joy to watch.” – Hollywood Reporter

This uplifting and inspirational film highlights the transformative power of art and the beauty of the human spirit. Charismatic contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an entertaining and emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world’s largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. Vik collaborates with the brilliant catadores, pickers of recyclable materials, true Shakespearean characters who live and work in the garbage quoting Machiavelli and showing us how to recycle ourselves. Soundtrack by Moby. Winner of 12 international awards.

PRECEDING SHORT:

A Tiger’s Tale

Bermuda / 2010 / 45 minutes / Rated G

The Bermuda Shark Project comes alive in this entertaining and educational film by director and marine biologist Choy Aming, featuring Dr. Neil Burnie and the marine world’s apex predator.

Sunday, October 24 – Day 3

> 1.00 p.m. – A Film Unfinished

Israel / 2010 / 89 minutes / Rated R
Director: Yael Hersonski
English, and German, Hebrew, Polish and Yiddish with English subtitles

“Historically invaluable.” – Hollywood Reporter

In 1942, the Nazi propaganda machine was hard at work creating filmed images of the “good life” in the Warsaw Ghetto that for years became a resource for historians seeking an authentic record of life under German occupation. Seventy years later, the deceit is finally unmasked in this riveting expose. Combing through the journals of a ghetto social leader, the testimony of a Nazi cameraman, and newly discovered outtakes, this captivating story reveals the extent to which residents were forced to put on a show to back up the official narrative. Winner, festival awards, at Jerusalem and Sundance, and Best Doc Screenplay, Writers Guild of America.

> 3.00 p.m. – They Came to Play

United States / 2009 / 91 minutes / Rated G
Director: Alex Rotaru

“Will make you laugh and cheer.” – NYC Film Guru

This inspirational and entertaining film chronicles the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, hosted by The Van Cliburn Foundation. Amateur pianists from all over the world, ranging from self-taught to classically-trained, aged 35 to almost 80, convene for a week of competition, music and camaraderie. Their years of dedicated preparation culminate in competition performances before a professional jury and a discerning audience during three nerve-wracking elimination rounds. For all, it represents an overwhelming desire to express a deeper side of themselves, musically and otherwise. Critic’s Pick, The New York Times.

> 5.00 p.m. – Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

United States / 2010 / 84 minutes / Rated AA
Directors: Ricki Stern, Anne Sundberg

“One of the best documentaries ever made about show business.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work takes us on a hilarious year-long ride with legendary comedian Joan Rivers in her 76th year of life.  It peels away the mask of an iconic comedian and exposes the struggles, sacrifices and joy of living life as a ground breaking female performer. Emotionally surprising and revealing, Joan’s story is both an outrageously funny journey and a brutally honest look at the ruthless entertainment industry, the trappings of success and the ultimate vulnerability of the life of a performer.

> 7.00 p.m. – Last Train Home

Canada-China / 2009 / 87 minutes / Rated PG
Director: Lixin Fan
Mandarin and Sichuan dialect with English subtitles

“Last Train Home is a documentary masterpiece!” – INDIEWIRE

Every spring, 130 million Chinese migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday – their only trip home all year — in the world’s largest human migration. Emotionally engaging and visually beautiful, the film travels with the Zhangs, who abandoned their young children 16 years ago to find work in the city, consoled by the hope that their wages would lift their children into a better life. But in a bitter irony, the Zhangs’ hopes for the future are undone by their very absence. This intimate observation of their efforts to repair their ruptured family paints a human portrait of the dramatic changes sweeping China.