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THE OPEN REEL
@ 66th BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Open Reel will be in Berlin from February 11 to 21.
To set up a meeting please contact Pierre Emö at festivals@theopenreel.com
or visit us at MGB-Stand N. 101
B E R L I N  E F M  2 0 1 6  L I N E - U P
THE BEAR TALES

by OLMO AMATO and SAMUELE SESTIERI
Italy/Finland/Norway, 2015, 67', col.


In a world abandoned by humans, a mechanical monk follows a strange little red man. After crossing forests, dead cities and desolate plains, the two odd characters reach the top of a magic hill. The discovery of a torn teddy bear who’s in bad shape reconciles the two. They join forces, in hopes of bringing the inanimate toy to life and escaping the void that surrounds them.

TRILOGY OF OUR LIVES UNDONE

by VINCENT DIEUTRE
France/ Netherlands/Belgium, 2016, 81', col.

 

Our feelings, our choices, even our death wander on the web like options, like ghosts. For the time of a last train journey, for the time of a love chat, a deadly chat, or an unlikelycasting, three generations will try to definitively wrest from virtual nomadism, to put an end to self-exile that undo our lives…
Between Rotterdam and Tourcoing, diving in the Flatlands, tenuous and fragile…

BACK FOUR

by DIEGO BLIFFELD and NICOLAS DIODOVICH
Argentina, 2016, 91', col.

 

Back Four tells the story of four 30 years old friends who are reunited after a long time without seen each other to watch the worlcups Brasil 2014 final game between Argentina and Germany. After a long debate they decide to make a gamble, if Argentina loses the game two of them will tell a truth the others doesn´t know, if Argentina beats, the other two must say their own truths. Everytihing is surrounded by an increasing level of tensión. Each truth can´t wait to be realised until the end of the game and this pull ut the real conflicts between them, like the death of their fifth friend.

THALA MY LOVE

by MEHDI HMILI
Tunisia/France/Germany, 2016, 82', col.

 

Beginning of January 2011, during the Tunisian revolution, Mohamed, a political prisoner, escapes from jail and returns to his native town Thala. He finds it in the midst of a revolt. He has only one goal: to find his fiancée Hourya. Mohamed is helped in his flight by Belgacem a coalman and former agent of the regime who is hoping to be redeemed. Hourya who was raped in prison after Mohamed’s arrest, believes that Mohamed has died under torture and to save her own life, she accepted to get married to Adel whom she does not love. But when she discovers that Mohamed is still alive, she decides to leave her husband and go to Thala to meet him.

TIERRA VIRGEN

by GIOVANNI ALOI
Italy, 2016, 14', col.

 

In a Peru choked by drug trafficking, more and more farmers decide every day to escape the yoke of organized crime, gathering in cooperatives.
Tierra Virgen investigates the life of a farming family who is about to start walking on this legality’s path. Nesto, as a teenager, lends a hand in the field of the parents even if would like to stay close to its peers. His father Eusebio , the old farmer, proud and tireless, he is persuaded by his wife Angelica to enter the local cooperative, but, just hidden by a wall of cane, continues to grow coca.

CLUB AMAZONAS

by ROBERTO FIESCO
Mexico, 2015, 19', col.

 

Many types of legal and social oppression cause people to leave their homelands and including misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia.
The documentary Club Amazonas features two young transwomen from Honduras, Jessica and Angela, who seek tolerance and opportunity across the Mexican border while pondering the freedom and security promised by the U.S..

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AN AFTERTHOUGHT

by MATTEO BERNARDINI
Italy, 2016, 17', col.

 

A mother puts her little daughter to bed and tells her stories about the legendary Peter Pan. But is the Eternal Boy just a fruit of our imagination?

XAVIER

by RICKY MASTRO
Brazil, 2016, 13', col.

 

Nicolas notices that his eleven year old son Xavier spends his time not only playing drums, but also paying attention to a certain type of boys.

SELECTION FROM THE CATALOGUE
ANAPESON - SLEEPLESS

by FRANCESCO DONGIOVANNI
Italy, 2015, 40', col.

 

Count Karl Ulysses von Salis-Marschlins was a Swiss botanist and naturalist. He travelled widely observing and studying the lands he visited. In 1789 he travelled in the Kingdom of Naples. On returning home, he wrote a book about it. Here is how he described his visit to the “Casino del Duca” at San Basilio, the largest estate of Apulia, South Italy. “Anapeson” are these places, now, sleepless and abandoned within the distracted modernity. The History as ruins.

C'EST L'AMOUR

by PAUL VECCHIALI
France, 2015, 97', col.

 

A woman (Odile) suspects her husband (Jean) to be unfaithful to her. Thus she decides to give him a taste of his own medicine. Fate gets her in touch with an actor (Daniel) she will use for her revenge. The actor, living with a former serviceman (Albert), will make love with her. But this action will suffer some unexpected consequences: Odile and Daniel will be bound forever by an irrepressible love. To the detriment of their entourage.

IN CALIFORNIA

by CHARLES REDON
France, 2015, 78', col.

 

Charles Redon immerses himself in his wife’s environment, the ballet dancing, and starts documenting it. Slowly, he begins to understand that he can build a drama with his own life.

AGOSTO

by ADRIANO VALERIO and EVA JOSPIN
Italy/France, 2015, 15', col.

 

Two children in the countryside.
Time lazily goes by on a very hot month of August as they long for adventure.

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FESTIVALS: Pierre Emo festivals@theopenreel.com
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