71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Oliver Stone
206 min.
A newly remastered cut set to release in 2014, Oliver Stone presents the epic story of Alexander the Great, the King of Macedonia, who over an eight year period managed to conquer 90% of the known world of his time by age 25.
Zachary Heinzerling
82 min.
Winner of Best Documentary Directing Award at the Sundance Festival, a reflection on love, sacrifice, and the creative spirit, this candid New York story explores the 40-year marriage of renowned "boxing" painter Ushio Shinohara and his artist wife, Noriko. As a rowdy, confrontational young artist in Tokyo, Ushio seemed destined for fame, but met with little commercial success after he moved to New York City in 1969, seeking international recognition. When 19-year-old Noriko moved to New York to study art, she fell in love with Ushio.
Wojtek Smarzowski
117 min.
In his latest work, Wojtek Smarzowski, director of the prizewinning film Róza (2011), presents seven friends, officers of Warsaw’s traffic police department. They work together, party together, together they play jokes, cut small deals and sport fast cars. Their small world is rocked when one of them is found murdered. Sargent Król becomes a chief suspect in the case. As he tries to prove his innocence he begins to uncover a corruption scheme which points towards high circles of authority in police and politics.
Liliana Torres
99 min.
In her directorial debut, Liliana Torres Expósito reflects her experiences on returning home after several years of living abroad. Her mother, a person of exceptional eccentric simplicity, forces Lili to visit her relatives (grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins) on a family tour of the abandoned landscape of her childhood as she explores her own frustrations and limits of tolerance with the faults we all inherit.
Emir Baigazin
115 min.
Winner of the Silver Bear to Cinematography , Harmony Lessons is the opera prima of Kazakh director Emir Baizagin. Aslan, a 13-year-old boy living with his grandma, is a student in a high crime rate village school in Kazakhstan. Corruption and violence conflict drastically with his obsession for perfectionism.
Izibene Oñederra
5 min. Short film
I told him I was a filmmaker... and nothing has changed. Amid these landscapes traipses the soul, at times certain, at others uncertain of its own existence, while the body is and is and is and has no place of its own.
Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud
82 min.
Director Thomas Szabo takes to the big screen the characters of the animated TV series Miniscule. In a peaceful little clearing, the remains of a picnic hastily abandoned spark warfare between two tribes of ants.  A bold young ladybug finds himself caught in the middle of the battle. An epic journey at ground level...
Verónica Chen
81 min.
An anything but conventional tale with a bold formal proposal that combines anime with real images. Ana, a beautiful young woman of Chinese origin who works as a municipal inspector in Buenos Aires, accidentally becomes involved in the local Chinese mafia. When they threaten her she flees to Argentina's Pampas region, invaded by mutant carnivorous bunnies.
Lav Diaz
The Philippines 
250 min.
Latest work from one of the most reputed Philippine filmmakers, Lav Diaz, presented in the Un Certain Regard section at the last Festival de Cannes. The lives of three people take an irreversible turn when one of them commits a crime. The wrong man is incarcerated, his wife is left to fend for their family, and the criminal, though he roams free, traps himself in a prison of his own making.
Lav Diaz
The Philippines-France 
31 min.
World premiere of a prologue to Lav Diaz’s most important upcoming feature film, The Great Desaparecido, which questions Truth and History around Philippine Revolution and Independence. It had been 325 years that the Philippines was under Spanish rule when the Revolution, led by Andres Bonifacio, exploded on August 21, 1896. But on May 9, 1897, Bonifacio was charged with death sentence by rival revolutionaries led by Emilio Aguinaldo. Bonifacio’s body has never been found. His wife, Gregoria De Jesus, searched for his body in the mountains for thirty days, calling for Andres and even spirits to help her find her husband...
Manuel Priede, José Antonio Blanco
78 min.
A documentary centring on the bizarre figure of Albert le Lay, a spy with the French resistance who hid behind the normal appearance of a French customs agent at the Canfranc railway station, strategic passing place for goods travelling between Spain and Germany.
Francesc Relea
83 min.
A documentary tour of Latin America with two like-thinking artists. Joan Manuel Serrat is an icon for an entire generation. Joaquín Sabina is el cuate, the affectionate Mexican word loosely translating as 'brother'.
Javier Corcuera
119 min.
In his new documentary, Javier Corcuera shows us characters who are part of a country. Although the film talks about music and musicians, it is not strictly musical but rather a reflection on personal stories apparently very far apart, stories that look for one another in a country also immersed in the struggle to find itself and create its own identity: Peru.
Park Hoon-jung
South Korea 
134 min.
A Korean thriller which won the Jury Award at the Festival du Film Policier de Beaune. After the untimely death of Korea’s biggest crime syndicate chairman, power struggle between top lieutenants begins - mob’s rank no.2 Jung Chung and no.3 Lee Joong-gu are the potential heirs to the throne. In order to control and observe this transition, the police begin a new operation called ‘New World’. Sitting at the pivot of this operation is none other than Jung’s right hand man, Ja-sung, who has been working undercover for 8 years.
Morgan Neville
90 min.
Millions know their voices, but no one knows their names. This documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival tells the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. A tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others. These gifted artists span a range of styles, genres and eras of popular music, but each has a uniquely fascinating and personal story to share of life spent in the shadows of superstardom. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, the documentary boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting to name just a few.
Oliver Stone
713 min.
Narrated and written by filmmaker Oliver Stone and co-author Peter Kuznick, a professor of History and Director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University, the new one-hour series in twelve aprts will feature episodes that focus on human events that at the time went under reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history over the 20th century.
Luiso Berdejo
90 min.
The latest film by Luiso Berdejo is a love story that kicks off in Santa Monica (California) when Álex finds an old Polaroid photograph of a girl he falls madly in love with, setting out to find her, despite having no clues as to who she is or when the picture was taken.
Asier Altuna
14 min.
Zela Trovke is an old Slovak moritat, a type of ballad that narrates the events surrounding a murder.
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