Tuesday, 05/12/2017 | MADEIRADiG <> MMiFF OPENING
Cocktail Opening / Soirée | 17:00 at Cine Sol Rooftop
Space is the Place
Space is the Place (1974 / USA / Sci-fi/Music / 85 min) by John Coney (out of competition), 22:00 at Cine Sol.
Sun Ra – space-age prophet, Pharaonic Jester, shaman-philosopher and avant-jazz keyboardist/bandleader – lands his spaceship in Oakland, having been presumed lost in space for a few years. With Black Power on the rise, Ra disembarks and proclaims himself „the alter-destiny.“ He holds a myth-vs-reality rap session with black inner-city youth at a rec center, threatening „to chain you up and take you with me, like they did you in Africa“ if they resist his plea to go to outer space. He duels at cards with The Overseer, a satanic overlord, with the fate of the black race at stake. Ra wins the right to a world concert, which features great performance footage of the Arkestra. Agents sent by the Overseer attempt to assassinate Ra, but he vanishes, rescues his people, and departs in his spaceship from the exploding planet Earth.
Euthanizer by Teemu Nikki (2017 / Finland / Thriller/Comedy / 85 min), 18:30 at Cine Sol.
The Euthanizer is Veijo, (Matti Onnismaa), an older man with glasses always smoking a pipe who runs a black-market operation euthanizing people’s ailing pets. The people who go to Veijo either cannot afford having their pet put down by the local vet or have no guts to perform the killing themselves. Each commission also comes with a brutal lecture, as Veijo spills over with Old Testament–style indignation about what shoddy and appalling people his patrons are and how their pets have been mistreated. Veijo is in reality an animal lover.
Gook by Justin Chon (2017 / USA / Drama / 96 min), 22:30 at John Dos Passos Cultural Centre.
Eli and Daniel, two Korean American brothers, own a struggling shoe store and have an unlikely friendship with Kamilla, a street wise 11-year-old African American girl. Kamilla ditches school, Eli stresses about the store, and Daniel tries to have a good time. It’s just another typical day at the store until the Rodney King verdict is read and riots break out. With the chaos moving towards them, the trio is forced to defend the store while contemplating the future of their own personal dreams and the true meaning of family.
Pin Cushion by Deborah Haywood (2017 / UK / Drama / 85 min), 18:30 at Cine Sol.
Super close mother Lyn and daughter Iona (Dafty One and Dafty Two) are excited for their new life in a new town. Determined to make a success of things after a tricky start, Iona becomes ‚best friends‘ with Keely, Stacey and Chelsea. Used to being Iona’s bestie herself, Lyn feels left out. So Lyn also makes friends with Belinda, her neighbour. As much as Lyn and Iona pretend to each other that things are going great, things aren’t going great for either of them. Iona struggles with the girls, who act more like frenemies than friends, and Belinda won’t give Lyn her stepladders back. Both mother and daughter retreat into fantasy and lies.
Train Driver’s Diary
Train Driver’s Diary by Milos Radovic (2016 / Serbia / Comedy / 85 min), 22:30 at John Dos Passos Cultural Centre.
Statistics say that during his professional career every train driver unintentionally kills 15 to 20 people. Ilija is a 60-year-old train driver, close to retiring. He holds the infamous record of 28 kills committed during his career. Ilija’s 19-year-old adopted son Sima follows in his father’s footsteps. He’s terrified, unwilling to become a killer. But days go by and there are still no accidents, and Ilija, anxious his son is not going to become a proper driver, takes the matter in his own hands.
Les Affamés by Robin Aubert (2017 / Canada / Drama/Horror / 110 min), 21:00 at John Dos Passos Cultural Centre.
In a small, remote village in upstate Quebec, things have changed. Locals are not the same anymore – their bodies are breaking down and they have turned against their loved ones. A handful of survivors goes hiding into the woods, looking for others like them.
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