Tuesday, 06/12/2016 | MADEIRADiG <> MMiFF SPECIAL
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present
Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present (2016 / Documentary / USA / 100 min) by Tyler Hubby with Tony Conrad, John Cale and David Grubbs. 22:30 at Cine Sol.
Tony Conrad was one the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large he remains criminally under appreciated. Utilizing intimate footage of Tony and his collaborators shot over the last twenty-two years, as well as his own archive of recordings and films, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art making. The non-linear structure allows Conrad to wildly free associate his streams of consciousness, revealing an honest and humane way of navigating a remarkable, creative life. Tony sat as head of jury at MMIFF in 2014 and took the stage at Cine Sol to announce the winning film. Tony passed away in April of this year, and this special screening will be in his honor.
Afterwards: Q&A with the producer Paul Williams
Wednesday, 07/12/2016 | MMiFF OPENING
17:00 | Cocktail Opening / Soirée
Aloys (2016 / Drama|Fantasy / Switzerland / 91min) by Tobias Nölle with Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck and Kamil Krejcí. 22:30 at Cine Sol.
A lonely private investigator is contacted by a mysterious woman who pulls him into a mind game known as ‚telephone walking‘, using his imagination as their only connection. As he is drawn deeper and deeper, falling in love with the voice on the other end of the phone, the woman opens up a new universe that may allow Aloys to break out of his isolation and into the real world.
23:00 | Cine Sol Bar Opening
Phantom Boy (2015 / Drama / France/Belgium / 84min) by Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol. 18:30 at Cine Sol.
The writing-directing duo behind the Academy Award-nominated A Cat in Paris returns with this marvellously animated adventure. Hospitalized with a serious illness, 11-year-old Leo discovers that he is able to leave his body and fly around the city, passing through walls just like a phantom. When a mob kingpin takes control of New York City’s power supply, Leo partners with a disabled police officer and a fearless reporter and races against time to save the city.
Under the Shadow
Under the Shadow (2016 / Horror / UK/Jordan/Qatar / 84min) by Babak Anvari with Narges Rashidi, Bobby Naderi and Avin Manshadi. 22:30 at John dos Passos.
Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise. With Tehran under the constant threat of aerial bombardment, her husband (Bobby Naderi) is drafted and sent to the frontlines by the army, leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa (Avin Manshadi). Soon after he leaves, Shideh finds herself slowly drawn into the ensuing turmoil, struggling to cling onto what is real and what is not. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.
The Alchemist Cookbook
The Alchemist Cookbook (2016 / Drama/Horror / USA / 86min) by Joel Potrykus with Ty Hickson and Amari Cheatom. 18:30 at Cine Sol.
Young outcast Sean has isolated himself in a trailer in the woods, setting out on alchemic pursuits, with his cat Kaspar as his sole companion. Filled with disdain for authority, he’s fled the daily grind and holed up in the wilderness, escaping a society that has no place for him. But when he turns from chemistry to black magic to crack nature’s secret, things go awry and he awakens something far more sinister and dangerous.
Death by Death
Je me tue à le dire (2016 / Comedy / Belgium/France / 90min) by Xavier Seron with Myriam Boyer, Jean-Jacques Rausin and Serge Riaboukine. 22:30 at John dos Passos.
A hypochondriac mother/son duo fears the worst in this gorgeously stylized absurdist comedy from Belgium. Michel, an unsuccessful actor only moderately better as an appliance store employee, obsesses over death at the expense of enjoying life. Splitting his attention between a mother who refuses to move into an elder-care facility (she couldn’t leave behind her phalanx of feline children, see) and a girlfriend with renewed interest in her more successful ex, Michel can barely find the time to tend to his own neuroses. Gorgeous black-and-white cinematography pairs with hilarious deadpan humor in this award-winning, off-kilter comedy.
00:00 | Ponta do sol village party
The Mesh and the Circle
The Mesh and the Circle (2014 / Portugal / 35min) by Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela. 18:30 at Cine Sol.
This complex, fragmentary film examines empirical thinking and the tactile. Footage of labour that threatens to become obsolete is symbolic to the transformation of matter. How do you actually depict knowledge or an abstract idea? The Mesh and the Circle wanders the labyrinth of brilliant visualisations and analogies.
Afterwards: Q&A with the directors Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela.
Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children
Psiconautas, the Forgotten Children (2015 / Drama / Spain / 86min) by Alberto Vázquez and Pedro Rivero. 21:00 at Cine Sol.
Aimed at young and adult audiences, Psychonautas tells an intense poetic and social story through animation. Teenagers Birdboy and Dinky have decided to escape from an island devastated by ecological catastrophe: Birdboy by shutting himself off from the world, Dinky by setting out on a dangerous voyage in the hope that Birdboy will accompany her.
23:00 | Closing Party
MMiFF JURY AWARD
Aloys (2016 / Drama|Fantasy / Switzerland / 91min) by Tobias Nölle with Georg Friedrich, Tilde von Overbeck and Kamil Krejcí.