Berlinale Forum _ Ecumenical Jury Prize (Forum)
Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival
Moscow International Film Festival
Seoul Eco Film Festival
Sheffield International Documentary Festival _ International Award
San Francisco Green Film Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
Planet in Focus
Austria – Documentary – RT 115’- In German, English, Spanish, Hungarian, Italian with English Subs
EARTH was filmed at seven locations where humans are transforming the planet on a grand scale: Entire mountains being moved in California, a tunnel being sliced through rock at the Brenner Pass, an open-cast mine in Hungary, the world-famous Carrara marble quarry in Italy, a copper mine in Spain, the salt mine used to store radioactive waste in Wolfenbüttel and a Northern Canadian tar sands site where the destruction of indigenous lands threatens local communities.
Director Nikolaus Geyrhalter contrasts these large scale projects with interviews with the individuals helping to realize them to highlight our fraught struggles for and against the planet.
Howard Bloom spent much of the 1970s and 80s as the publicist for iconic musicians like Michael Jackson, Prince, Joan Jett, Run-DMC, and Aerosmith. When a rare disease left him housebound for 15 years, Bloom reinvented himself as an author, publishing several books on evolutionary psychology and humanity’s role in the cosmos. Now in his 70s, the eccentric philosopher readies an unfathomably long masterwork that will unify all of his unorthodox theories, and makes plans for his legacy.
Documentary | 67 Minutes
Based on the acclaimed Jerzy Kosiriski novel, THE PAINTED BIRD is a meticulous 35mm black and white evocation of wild, primitive Eastern Europe at the bloody close of World War II. The film follows the journey of The Boy, entrusted by his persecuted parents to an elderly foster mother. The old woman soon dies and the Boy is on his own, wandering through the countryside, from village to village, farmhouse to farmhouse. As he struggles for survival, The Boy suffers through extraordinary brutality meted out by the ignorant, superstitious peasants and he witnesses the terrifying violence of the efficient, ruthless soldiers, both Russian and German. In a defining scene, one of the peasants shows The Boy the flight of a captive bird, whom the man has painted and then released back into its own flock. The bird is immediately ripped apart because it is different from its fellows. That lesson reinforces all The Boy already knows and will soon know better: difference is fatal. But there are rare moments of compassion: a German soldier spares The Boy, a priest intervenes on his behalf, and finally The Boy becomes the protégé of a Russian sniper, who is kind to the child, but ruthless with the enemy. And there are signs of love. The Boy is seduced by an older girl, finally re-discovering the comfort of intimacy, only to realize that he has been used. When he is miraculously reunited with his weakened father at the end of the war, The Boy is cold and impenetrable, hardened by his ordeal. Yet we can still glimpse something of the old, sensitive Boy behind the eyes of the new. Perhaps there is hope.
Director: Václav Marhoul
Cast: Petr Kotlár, Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Julian Sands, Udo Kier, Lech Dyblik, Jitka Cvancarová, Aleksey Kravchenko
Cinematography: Vladimir Smutny
Editing: Ludek Hudec
Producer: Václav Marhoul
Production Designer: Jan Vlasák
Screenplay: Václav Marhoul
Sound: Pavel Rejholec
Runtime: 169 min
Distributor: IFC Films
Allison Marie Volk
Christopher Glenn Cannon
Mikael Kreuzriegler’s black comedy DEANY BEAN IS DEAD premieres on digital July 10, 2020 from Global Digital Releasing.
A down-on-her-luck woman (Allison Marie Volk, “The Lone Ranger”, “Anya”) tries to win back her ex-boyfriend at his engagement party without revealing that her recently strangled boss is in the trunk of her car.
Sarah Sidak, Wendy Wilkins and Paulina Bugembe also star.
Available On Demand July 10.