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Agadah

Based on the novel “Manuscript found in Saragosse” of Jan Potocki.

Un viaggio da Bitonto a Napoli fuori dalle rotte più comuni. Come è fuori dagli schemi e controcorrente il film di Rondalli, che si svolge in un’Alta Murgia popolata da briganti, zingari, forche, cabalisti e demoni. Se Matteo Garrone si era cimentato con l’opera di Giambattista Basile, Rondalli si è spinto oltre, partendo da Il manoscritto trovato a Saragozza del nobile polacco Jan Potocki. Il conte dedicò a questa complessa opera buona parte della vita, prima di suicidarsi, nel 1815. Difficile anche solo accennare ai vari livelli del film, tra sogno, fantasy ed esoterismo. Rondalli comunque ha “ridotto” le sessantasei giornate del romanzo, ambientate in Spagna, in dieci giorni nell’Alta Murgia, e la definizione di Decamerone nero o gotico è perfetta. Il film comincia con il conte polacco che scrive e medita il suicidio. Poi si passa al 1734, all’indomani della battaglia di Bitonto. Alfonso van Worden, un giovane ufficiale vallone, deve raggiungere il suo reggimento a Napoli. Si mette in cammino, nonostante il suo servitore cerchi di dissuarderlo dall’attraversare l’altopiano delle Murge. Il seguito è un intreccio fantastico tra sogno e realtà. Un percorso iniziatico per Alfonso, tra allucinazioni, magia, caverne, locande malfamate, apparizioni diaboliche e amori scabrosi.

 

 

Alberto Rondalli: Director
Alberto Rondalli: Writer
Ramo Spa: Producer
Nahuel Perez Biscayart: Key Cast “Alfonso”
Alessio Boni: Key Cast “Pietro da Oria”
Valentina Cervi: Key Cast “Ines”

 

Film Type: Feature
Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
Completion Date: December 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Italy
Country of Filming: Italy
Film Language:  Italian, French, Spanish
Shooting Format: Alexa
Film Color: Color

 

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Grand Tour Omeopatico

Il film è il racconto di un grande viaggio interiore e geografico, con la scuola di omeopatia “Il risveglio del guaritore”.
Il Maestro è una Maestra: una donna eccezionale, italiana dell’Alto Adige, dal destino unico, di essere un’omeopata a Berlino, un Guru , una guaritrice. Seguendo i suoi insegnamenti facciamo un’immersione nell’omeopatia, un’arte di guarire e un’arte di vivere.

 

Giovanna Poldi Allai: Director
Giovanna Poldi Allai: Writer
Giovanna Poldi Allai: Producer
Homöopathisches Welttheater/ Annalisa Adami: Producer
Annalisa Adami: Key Cast
Nathanael Schwartz: Key Cast

Project Title (Original Language): Grand Tour Omeopatico
Film Type: Documentary
Genres: spititualià, arte di guarire
Runtime: 1 hour 25 seconds
Completion Date: January 14, 2018
Country of Origin: Italy
Film Language: German
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

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Holy Terrors

Six Weird Tales by Arthur Machen

Arthur Machen (1863-1947) was a writer and journalist. Born in Caerleon on Usk, South Wales, he is most widely remembered today as the author of The Bowmen, which gave rise to the legend of the Angels of Mons. Machen’s other fiction, novels and short stories are fantastic and surreal, playing most often around the edge where the familiar world may suddenly fall into abeyance. His non-fiction works include literary criticism, cultural history and spiritual polemic, all of which justify his memory as the apostle of wonder’

 

 

Mark Goodall: Director
Julian Butler: Director
Mark Goodall: Producer
Julian Butler: Producer
Joyce Branagh: Key Cast
Tim Greenwood: Key Cast
Lloyd Peters: Key Cast
Jon Preece: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Feature
Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Supernatural, Ghost Stories
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds
Completion Date: April 30, 2017
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Country of Filming: United Kingdom
Film Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Black & White and Color

 

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Tau, the daemon and the city

Tau is, at once, a fiction film on spirits, a documentary on the passing of time in a small town and a portrait of Catalan traditional culture.

An immaterial being talks us through the streets of a coastal town. Moving between people’s feelings, dreams, and mindscapes, the spirit relentlessly looks for his double among the city inhabitants.

Tau is a docu-fiction portrait of a city, Tarragona, as seen through the “eyes” of a daemon who dwells in a parallel, and yet close to ours, reality. The story takes place somewhere between the contemporary world and the ancient times of myths, spirits, and daemons. The film also explores cultural archetypes showing the eternal conflict between centralized and decentralized structures, between pyramids and networks.

 

 

Gerard Gil: Director
Gerard Gil: Writer
Gerard Gil: Producer

 

Project Title (Original Language): Tau, la ciutat i el daimon
Film Type: Documentary, Experimental, Feature
Genres: docu-fiction, fiction documentary
Runtime: 2 hours 3 minutes 33 seconds
Completion Date: December 1, 2017
Country of Origin: Spain
Country of Filming: Spain
Film Language: Catalan
Shooting Format: DVCam
Film Color: Color

 

Director Statement:
The idea for “Tau, the daemon and the city” came at the time I was working as a cameraman for tv. I was often sent to record images of certain programmes. Sometimes it was a contest, sometimes news or cultural events; and, many times, while I was filming those “commissioned images”, I noticed, around me, other images that were much more interesting than the ones I was supposed to take. I soon realized that this was not a rare occurrence and that, in fact, every time one spends enough time, it doesn’t matter where, if one is patient, valuable images show up. I recalled VictoThere are saying: “There are things that time doesn’t give you if you can’t wait”. I decided to put this assumption to practice and It soon came to me that I should make a film about my hometown. And, since I needed some departure point, I decided to capture an annual cycle.

I kept going out to the streets regularly with the camera, looking for the images reality had to offer. It took more than one year, but gradually I filmed less and less. Finally, in 2017, watching some of the raw footage after having long forgotten about it, I noticed that the images already looked old, that my city had changed and that technology had evolved too. My old camcorder didn’t work properly anymore and I would better hurry to capture all those tapes if I didn’t want them to disappear in the drawer of abandoned projects and obsolete technologies.

An image says a lot about an eye, and this is true in the same measure for creators and viewers. I can say I feel the images in this film as a personal process (even if I was possessed by the daemon when I filmed them) and I can perfectly recall the total fusion with the present that I experienced shooting each one of them. As to the voice over text, it was fully dictated to me by the daemon after a reading of Plotinus’ Enneads. It’s hard to say whether we have ideas or ideas have us. Sometimes I feel as if the spirit has abandoned me and I miss him (or her), but on other occasions, I’m not sure of where my thoughts end and where the daemons begin.

Gerard Gil,
March 24th, 2017

 

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JENNY LOVES SATAN

Jenny Loves Satan is a comedy about an outrageous 12-year old girl, who becomes a
Satanist to rebel against her retro-perfect world. But after Jenny is mocked at school by
her peers, suspended by her ruler-wielding teacher, lovingly misunderstood by her
father, yelled at by her drunk, June Clever mother, and on top of it all– sent to bed
without supper, Jenny has no choice but to pray to Satan for help.

 

 

Jenna Bryant: Director
Paul Jones: Writer
Nikolaj Wejp-Olsen: Producer
Ricardo Salinas: Producer
University of Southern California: Producer
Tasha Ames: Key Cast
Julia Kern: Key Cast
Allison Dae: Key Cast

 

Film Type: Short, Student
Genres: comedy, family, youth
Runtime: 14 minutes 21 seconds
Completion Date: December 10, 2016
Country of Origin: United States
Country of Filming: United States
Language: English
Shooting Format: Digital
Film Color: Color

 

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