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THE VENEZUELAN FILM “HERMANO” WILL OPEN THE 9th HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL ON APRIL 8th

Fotograma de la película hermanoThe Venezuelan film Hermano (2010), directed by Marcel Rasquin, will open the 9th San Sebastian Human Rights Film Festival at the Victoria Eugenia Theatre on April 8th.

For 8 days, the Victoria Eugenia will serve as the Festival’s main stage. Some forty titles will be screened including feature films and shorts competing for the event’s three awards: Audience Award for Best Feature Film; Youth Jury Award for Best Short Film and the Amnesty International Award for Best Feature Film.

Like every year, different activities will round off the Festival programme: five exhibitions, dance, theatre and music on different stages across the city will accompany the film programme.

Hermano, winner of the Golden Colon for Best Feature Film at the Huelva Latin American Film Festival, will open these days intended, through film and other arts, to raise awareness and understanding in spectators on violations of human rights across the planet.

CHILDHOOD AND YOUTH: “MORE PROTECTION, LESS VIOLENCE”
HERMANO (2010)

In a country of baseball, two brothers try to get out of the most dangerous place in the world... by kicking. Daniel is an exceptional striker. Julio is the team’s captain, a born leader. They were raised as brothers and play football in their slum, La Ceniza. Daniel dreams of playing professional football, while Julio feeds the family with dirty money: he has no time to dream. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to tryout with one the city’s most famous team: Caracas F.C. But tragedy strikes. They must decide, kicking and on a dirt pitch, what is more important: keeping the family together, the taste of revenge, or the dream of their lives.

There’s a saying in Venezuela: “What we create with our hands we destroy with our feet.” It’s time to build with our feet.


PREVIEW OF THE FEATURE FILMS OFFICIAL SELECTION

Another films that will be screened this year at the Festival:

ABUSE BY INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING FORCES
ARMADILLO (2010)

In February 2009 a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentary filmmaker Janus Metz and a small team, are sent on their first mission: Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, less than a kilometre from Taliban positions. They’re there to help the local population, but as the situation becomes complicated, the soldiers grow increasingly cynical, more aware of the abyss between them, that land and their inhabitants. Disillusion, paranoia, mistrust, alienation... are some of the feelings arising from their six-weeks on mission. Armadillo is a unique look into the mind of a 21st Century soldier and the tale of a nonsensical war which provoked furious debate in their country concerning the controversial behaviour of certain Danish soldiers during a shootout with Taliban fighters.

DISABILITY AND ART
BENDA BILILI! (2010)

Ricky has a dream: he wants to make his group, Staff Benda Bilili, the best in Kinshasa (Congo). Roger, a street boy, wants to join these stars from the ghetto, who, handicapped by polio, get around on tricycles specially designed for them. Together, they must manage obstacles in the street, keep close ranks and draw strength and hope from their music. Benda bilili! (“see beyond”) accompanies them for five years, from the moment they make their first record until their triumphant European concert tour. This is the story of a dream come true.

THE BREAKDOWN OF COEXISTENCE IN THE BALKANS
CIRKUS COLUMBIA (2010)

Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1991. The Communists have been toppled from power and Divko Buntic returns to the village of his birth to reclaim the family home. After 20 years of exile in Germany, Divko rolls up in his fancy Mercedes with his young girlfriend Azra, his lucky black cat, Bonny, and his pockets full of German marks. Divko uses his money and connections to have his estranged wife Lucija thrown out of the house, but does everything he can to find his son Martin. Most of the people in the village seem to ignore the rumour of political upset: Croatia has become independent, all Yugoslavs are forced to take sides, and the Serbs start bombing Dubrovnik. The birth of a war from Danis Tanovic, maker of No Man’s Land (2001), L’enfer (2005) and Triage (2009).

TOXIC MORTGAGES AND THE CRISIS
CLEVELAND VS. WALL STREET (2010)

On 11th January 2008, hired by the City of Cleveland, lawyer Josh Cohen and his team filed a lawsuit against 21 banks, which they held accountable for the wave of foreclosures that had left their city in ruins. Since then, the bankers on Wall Street have been fighting by with all available means to avoid going to court. This film is the story of a trial that may never be held but in which the facts, the participants and their testimonies are all real: the judge, lawyers, witnesses, even the members of the jury play their own roles. Step by step, one witness after another, the film takes apart, from a plain, human perspective, the mechanisms of subprime mortgage loans, a system that sent the world economy reeling. A universal fable about capitalism and the financial crisis.

REPRESIÓN AL PUEBLO GITANO
LIBERTÉ (2009)

Théodore, the vet and mayor of a small French town occupied during WWII, takes in Claude, a 9 year-old son of disappeared parents who arrives with a group of gypsies come to town for the grape-picking season. Their situation is complicated following prohibition by the Vichy government of the free circulation of people in the country, not to mention the persecution they suffer from the Gestapo. Despite opposition from many of the locals, Théodore lends them a piece of his family’s land so that they can set up home. But gypsies have a nomadic spirit. Latest film from the “official” chronicler of the gypsy people, Tony Gatlif, who for the last two decades has directed titles like Latcho Drom (1993), Gadjo dilo (1997), Exils (2004) or Transylvania (2006).

HISTORICAL MEMORY AND NATIONAL RECONCILIATION
NOSTALGIA DE LA LUZ (2010)

Film about the distance between the sky and the earth, between light and human beings and the mysterious comings and goings arising between them. At a height of 3,000 metres, astronomers from all over the world gather in the Atacama Desert to observe the stars of northern Chile. Here, the transparency of the sky means that you can see to the very limits of the universe. Below, the dryness of the ground keeps human remains intact forever: mummies, explorers, miners, Indians and the skeletons of the political prisoners of the dictatorship. While the astronomers seek extraterrestrial life, a group of women move stones: they're looking for their relatives. New work from the veteran Chilean documentary-maker, Patricio Guzmán, author of important works including the La batalla de Chile trilogy (1977-1980), Chile, la memoria obstinada (1997) and Salvador Allende (2004).


ASSAULT ON THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AND THE RIGHT TO KNOW THE TRUTH
POST MORTEM (2010)

Mario Cornejo works in the morgue, typing out the reports of the autopsies carried out by the medical examiners. In the days of the Chilean coup d’état in 1973, he has an affair with his neighbour Nancy, a cabaret dancer at the Bim Bam Bum, who disappears on September 11. Following a violent search of her house by the Army, he learns that they have arrested her brother and father, a staunch Communist and supporter of Salvador Allende. Third feature from the Chilean Pablo Larraín, maker of Fuga (2005) and Tony Manero (2008), presented at the last Venice Festival.

THE MASS MEDIA AND POLITICAL INTERESTS
VIDEOCRACY (2009)

In Italy, for the last 30 years, image has been controlled by a single man. The president and tycoon Silvio Berlusconi has wielded an influence over the country’s commercial television never seen before in Italy. Its channels, with its skimpily-clad young girls, are seen by many as a mirror of his own taste and personality. In this documentary, the Italian Erik Gandini portrays the consequences of the television experiment suffered by this trans-alpine country in the last three decades, worming its way into the most powerful media spheres in the nation. An unusual tale born from the terrifying reality of Italy’s “TV-republic.”

DESCOLONIZACIÓN O NEOCOLONIZACIÓN
WHITE MATERIAL (2010)

In an African country in revolution, surrounded by rebel soldiers and government troops, lies a coffee plantation owned since three generations by a white family. Marie, who runs the business, refuses to leave. For her it would mean giving in, a sign of weakness and cowardice. She won’t even consider it and decides to resist. But her ex-husband has other plans for them all, and for the plantation. Violence lurks in every corner of the area, ready to break out at any time. Latest film from the French moviemaker Claire Denis, a regular in the big European festivals with works like Beau travail (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001) and L'intrus (2004).