Away

A boy winds up lost on a mysterious island, inhabited only by a few animals and a giant who insistently pursues our hero. This boy's journey across a strange landscape gives rise to minimalist, evocative animated film, made entirely by Gints Zilbalodis and winner of one of the most important awards at the latest Annecy festival. Away Directed: Gints Zilbalodis Produced by: Bilibaba Country: Latvia Year: 2019 Running time: 75'

Franco Zefirelli – Directing from Life

On 15 June 2019, at the age of 96, Franco Zeffirelli, one of the greatest erudites of cinema, passed away. He became famous for his film adaptations of William Shakespeare’s plays such as The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Othello (1986) or Hamlet (1990), as well as legendary operas including La Traviata, Don Giovanni, Carmen, Pagliacci.  Two years before Zeffirelli’s death, a British author of television programs Chris Hunt visited the director’s house in Rome and then joined him on the occassion of the opening of his foundation in Florence. It was then that he made numerous interviews with him, got to know his close collaborators as well as his artistic archives, which all led to the creation of this fascinating documentary – a film epitaph to the director. This engaging Zeffirelli’s story about art, life and inspirations was implemented with interviews with directors Stefano Trespidi and Marco Gardini, vocalists Placido Domingo and Joan Sutherland, actors Robert Powell, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Richord Burton and Joan Plowright, film and theatre producers Dyson Lovell and Sonia Friedman, longstanding secretaries Sheila Pickles and Angela Allen, as well as Pipp Pisciotto, an assistant and a friend of the Italian director. Hunt’s documentary, which was additionally enriched with fragments of interviews, operas, films and stage plays of the Italian artist, portrays a true Reneissance man who was larger than life. Franco Zeffirelli – Reżyserując z życia / Franco Zeffirelli – Directing from Life Directed: Chris Hunt Script: Marco Benedetti, Stephen J Brand, Simon Cox, Ant Leake, Daniele Nannuzzi Sound: David Bekkevold, Kevin Meredith, Lorenzo Ramerini Produced by: Chris Hunt Country: Wielka Brytania Year: 2019 Running Time: 58 min.      

Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling

Last year the world bid farewell to Bernardo Bertolucci, a great master of cinema, awarded with numerous prestigious prizes, including two Oscars. The Italian director left a great number of unforgettable films which became a part of the canon of classic cinema.
Mario Sesti, a director, who is also a film critic and journalist, met with Bertolucci a number of times throughout a period of thirty years. Their discussions were published in ”L’espresso”, and recorded interviews were included in DVD editions of films The Sheltering Sky and The Dreamers. A documentary No End Travelling, which had its premiere during this year`s Cannes festival, presents the last interview Sesti made with Bertolucci. It took place short before the director`s death, and even though it was planned as part of a series devoted to film professions, it became a symbolic farewell to him. The great filmmaker brings back his emotional and nostalgic memories of the most important moments in his film career. He tells about the initial successes among the international critics and the admiration that the young American directors of the 1970s had for his films. He reminds the adventure with Marlon Brando, who played the main character in The Last Tango in Paris, as well as the fabulous night of the Oscar gala when his The Last Emperor received the American Academy award. Cinecittà - I mestieri del cinema / Bernardo Bertolucci: To nie koniec podróży / Bernardo Bertolucci: No End Travelling Directed: Mario Sesti Script: Mario Sesti Photos: Emanuele Princi Sound: Federico Badaloni Produced by: Massimiliano De Carolis Country: Włochy Year: 2019 Running time: 55 min.      

The Swallows of Kabul

The Swallows of Kabul, directed by Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, is an animated adaptation of a bestselling novel by an Algerian writer Mohammed Moulessehoul, publishing his works under the name of Yasmin Khadr. The film was presented in Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.
The plot of the film takes place in summer of 1998 in the capital of Afghanistan, soon after the Talib fundamentalists came to power there. Moshen, a historian Moshen and Zunaira, a previouss teacher and now an artist, both young and in love with each other, are trying to live their lives as they used to, hoping that all will go back to normal one day. Atiq, a prison governor, and his fatally ill wife Mussarat, are both grief-struck and apathetic. Atiq, who has witnessed a lot of terror and suffering in his life already, is not capable of showing his wife how much she means to him. One day, due to Moshen’s carelessness, the fates of the two couple intertwine, forcing them to make some dramatic choices.
This tragic story about enslavement narrated in a poetic manner with the use of uniquely beautiful images in pastel colors make The Swallows of Kabul a film which stirs emotions and leaves a long lasting impression. Les hirondelles de Kaboul / Jaskółki w Kabulu / The Swallows of Kabul Directed: Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec Script: Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman Sound: Alexis Rault Produced by: Reginald de Guillebon, Stephan Roelants, Michel Merkt, Joëlle Bertossa Country: France Year: 2019