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Patricio Guzmán just presented his last part of the trilogy about the nature of his natal country Chile at the Cannes film festival 2019. In «El botón de nacár» he invited us to a dive into Patagonia, its people, its nature and history. Wonderful!
Wolf And Sheep (2016)
Shahrbanoo Sadat
Afghanistan
86′
In rural Afghanistan, people believe in the stories they invent to tell each other, explaining the mysteries of the world, they don’t understand. Shepherd children own the mountains. Even though there are no grown ups around, they know the rules very well; the main one is that boys and girls are not allowed to be together, they have to be separated. The boys practice with their slings to fight the wolves should they attack the flock. The girls smoke dried branches of wheat secretly and play wedding, dreaming of getting a husband soon. They gossip about every one and everything, but mostly about Sediqa, 11, an outsider among the shepherd children. They think she is cursed, as an evil ghost disguised as a snake bewitched her grandmother. Sediqa picks up her sheep and goats every morning and drops them in the owner’s house every evening. She dreams of having a sling and learn to swing it like the boys and hit a wolf. Qodrat, 11, becomes the gossip topic of everyone after his mother remarries with an old man with two wives. He prefers to be alone in the most isolated parts of the mountains. This is where he meets Sediqa and they become friends until Qodrat’s mother has to send him away.
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The Cannes Film Festival 2019 is on and therefore we recommend a film from Afghanistan that caught the attention of many a film lover around the world back in 2016 with its story of a childhood on the Hidukush. In 2019 director Shahrbanoo Sadat will be at the Croisette in Cannes with her new work.
The season of the mountains is going to start, here comes the portrait of an artist who has been driven higher and higher by the search for light. The camera was directed by Pio Corradi, whose sensitive eye here is dedicated to Segantini's gaze.
Félicité (2017)
Alain Gomis
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Kinshasa)
123′
Félicité is a proud and independent woman who works as a singer in a bar in Kinshasa. Whenever she goes on stage, she appears to leave the world and her everyday worries behind. Her audiences are quickly infected by the rhythm of her music and her powerful, melancholy melodies. But then one day Félicité’s son has a terrible accident. Whilst he is in hospital she desperately tries to raise the money needed for his operation. A breathless tour through the impoverished streets and the wealthier districts of the Congolese capital ensues. One of the bar’s regulars is a man named Tabu who has been known to get carried away in every sense of the term. Tabu offers to help Félicité. Reluctantly, she accepts. After his spell in hospital, Félicité’s son has a hard time picking up his old life, but it is lady’s man Tabu of all people who manages to coax him out of his shell. Félicité’s sparsely furnished flat with its permanently defunct fridge becomes a mini utopia in a country that holds no hope for most of its population. The trio forms an eccentric community thrown together by fate, each of whom is free to go their separate ways together.
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What about a dive into the life of a singer living in Kinshasa? This woman is unique, proud and independent. Somehow she falls in love with Tabu, the guy who repaires her fridge. And we just follow this breathless storytelling told by life itself.
The photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. Now he is following a fascinating project to protect nature.
What a love story! Three friends love the same woman and one of the is a fan of cinema like we all are. In one of the many crucial scenes Fellini appears while he's shooting the legendary scene at the Trevi fountain in Rome. A film one enjoys to watch every year.
Sometimes beautiful films don't get the attention they deserve in cinema. BLAZE was one of them last autumn. Film star Ethan Hawke tells the life story of his favourite musician Blaze Foley and also captures much of the groove of the 1970s and the country scene. Listen to some of the great Foley songs!
How about a trip to a whiskey distillery? Ken Loach will take you there with film character Harry in a cheerful comedy.

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