The documentary film competition at the Moscow International Film Festival (June 22-29) includes 6 films:
”A Hellish Chaos” by Sergey Debizhev, that refers to ” the 100th Anniversary of the revolution in Russia. Film researches the reasons of the “Russian revolution”, First World War, external and internal conspiracies, which led to the collapse of the monarchy and traditional world order. Narration is build of quotes, memoirs and inferences of eyewitnesses. The facts are told based on the views of the authors of the film…” Curious to see how this historical period in interpreted by Russians of today.
”Devil’s Freedom” by Mexican Everado Gonzalez, is an investigation into ”the phenomenon of violence (that) has emerged
as a tragic feature of the country’s life and subconscious”, the Japanese/American ”The Departure” by Lana Wilson, ” A punk-rocker-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan has made a career out of helping suicidal people find reasons to live”, Russian Ulia Bobkova’s portrait of Oleg Karavaichuk, ”eccentric musical genius and famous St. Petersburg composer”, a man I have heard so much about when in the city, title ”The Last Waltz”, French Jean-Stéphane Bron’s ”The Paris Opéra”…
and two films I saw at the Krakow Film Festival, Chilean Lisette Orozco with her ”Adriana’s Pact” (Photo), winner in the Polish festival, well-deserved because of its strong family story, and Swiss Jacqueline Zünd’s aesthetically strong ”Almost There” about three old men = males.
As usual the festival also has a panorama section called ”Free Thought”, where you find Raoul Peck’s masterpiece ”I am not your Negro”, Laura Poitras controversial Assange-film ”Risk” and late Michael Glawogger and Monika Wille’s ”Untitled”.