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:: Cinema from Around the World ::

Twelve international films, some of which in international preview, are going to be shown in the cinema halls of the Congress Centre. From this year on, this section is a competition, and its films will be judged by an international Jury which will confer the Taormina FilmFest Awards to:
a) Best director
b) Best actor
c) Best actress
d) Best supporting actor
e) Best supporting actress
f) Best photography director
The Taormina BNL FilmFest 2005 International Jury is made up of five leading personalities of the international cinema, some of them already awarded during their prestigious careers: the director Hugh Hudson (president), the actors Malcom McDowell and Laura Morante, Moritz de Hadeln (former president of the festivals of Locarno, Berlin and Venice, from this year general scheduling delegate of the Montreal
FilmFest) and Diego Lerer, film critic of the Argentine newspaper El Clar&igrave.
These are the full-length films on competition:

NORDKRAFT

Date: 12/06/2005

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Plot:
The unflinching story of Maria, Allan and Steso, who are struggling for survival in urban life. Maria is a pusher, wandering restlessly among addicts, abusers and bikers in a relentless search for love, love which her dealer boyfriend Asger is unable to give her enough of. Allan has just returned from an ill-fated trip across the Pacific and must be careful and stay clean, but ghosts from his past return to haunt him, so he finds himself at risk of losing both his newfound love and his rejuvenated life. Steso, the intellectual, god-forsaken and prophetic cynic, does his utmost to unite the two polar opposites that give meaning to his life: his girl and drugs. All three try desperately to make some sense of the madness, but how do you find meaning in the chaos of life? And how do you find love if you can’t recognize it?


LIMBO

Date: 12/06/2005

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Plot:
Adam Moses is trapped in Limbo, a place where time stands still. In a world where his actions no longer have meaning or consequence, he will discover the darkness of his soul. Adam races against his decline into madness to find a mysterious assassin and the answers to escaping his imprisonment. A film with a dark side, Limbo connects with our most personal and secret fears of self discovery, where the one thing to fear… is yourself.


GUY X

Date: 13/06/2005

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Plot:
1979: Qangattarsa, Greenland – US Military Base. Rudy enlisted in order to escape a little prison time for burglary. His fellow soldiers are a rag-tag bunch of misfits. There’s Lavone, a wannabe beat-poet, the sadistic Sergeant Genteen, and Petri, the base dealer who thinks sci-fi movies are the pinnacle of art. And there’s the base’s commanding officer, Colonel Woolwrap. Then Rudy meets Sergeant Irene Teale – beautiful, intelligent and most importantly, sane. Unfortunately, she’s the Colonel’s girlfriend. Things get worse when he uncovers the secret of The Wing: a hospice for American casualties from a reckless mission in the Vietnam war. Woolwrap has been sitting there, waiting for the last of the men to pass away. Meanwhile, the “patients” remain unconscious, vegetative, erased as the men they once were. Except for Guy X.


APNEA

Date: 13/06/2005

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Plot:
After a brilliant career as a fencer, at thirty-five Paolo is a sports journalist of a local newspaper in Vicenza. A friend of his, Franz, an exchampion like himself, dies of a heart attack. The man had become an businessman in an industrial district of the rich province. Unexpectedly, Paolo finds out that his friend was hiding some shadows in his life, and even his death seems to be concealing a mystery. For Paolo the search for truth becomes an intrusion in a hostile world that fascinates him but also exposes him to ever increasing risks. Among the people he meets is Leo, a 10-year old child with a form of autism. Indirectly, Leo will help Paolo clear things on Franz’ life and on his death.


SHIZA

Date: 14/06/2005

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Plot:
Fifteen year old Mustafa is nicknamed Schizo. He is hired by his mother’s boyfriend to find fighters for illegal fistfights. His life changes forever when a young man mortally beaten in one of the fights asks Schizo to deliver his prize money to his girlfriend and young son. Schizo takes the money to the woman as promised and falls in love with her. Now he knows for whom he has to make money, no matter what the cost. In fistfights there are no rules… until blood is spilled…


BYE BYE BLACKBIRD

Date: 14/06/2005

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Plot:
When Joseph’s best friend dies
unexpectedly, he is left lost and
alone. Strangely drawn to a circus
poster of a beautiful girl, he instantly
falls in love and decides to join to win
her affections. By creating a fantastical
trapeze act for both of them,
Joseph intends to woo Alice and
bring the circus back to its former
glory. However Joseph’s grand act
fails tragically, leaving him destroyed
forever…


GLI OCCHI DELL'ALTRO

Date: 15/06/2005

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Plot:
Barbara Cagli is a tanztheater dancer in her early thirties. Her sense of freedom and lightness made David Grünblatt, an English professor of Physics in his fifties, fall in love with her. The couple lives together in Trieste. Suddenly a friend of Barbara’s, Nadir Bacha, a forty year-old Kurdish refugee released from prison, enters their lives. Living together doesn’t have a good start, in spite of Barbara’s generosity, David’s goodwill and Nadir’s expansive vitality that often ends up being pushy. The tension increases with every passing day. David becomes obsessed and eventually violent. Many things that appear insignificant to Barbara, or even nonexistent, are blown up by David’s paranoia. To emerge from the depths of misunderstanding, perhaps reality should be observed through the eyes of another.


HILL 16

Date: 15/06/2005

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Plot:
Suburbia Dublin. Summer gang wars and a local drug problem has led to Niall living under curfew. As his friends enjoy the typical trappings of teenage life he is bored to death. When Niall befriends Cel, a very attractive teacher, he does his best to keep Cel secret from his friends and family. At this point a series of events start to hinder Nialls’ fantastical plans for himself and Cel. A major crackdown on the drug gangs in the area creates a paranoid environment amongst Niall and his school friends, furthermore there is the sudden arrival of his older cousin Joe from Northern Ireland. When Joe meets Cel, Niall’s world turns upside down, leading him to contemplate and fantasise terrible plans of revenge, blind to the reality of Cel and Joe’s station in his life…


RH +

Date: 16/06/2005

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Plot:
Agata, Marta, Ola, Paulina and Pawel often meet at parties, go to clubs together, and during weekends go to a country house at Mazury Lakes, where they scuba dive. The night before going to the lake they go to a club. The girls have an impression that someone is watching them. They spot a handsome guy looking at them. Two foreign guys they just met invite them to their place. The handsome guy – Szymon – turns out to be their driver. Szymon wakes up the next morning in a hospital. He was supposed to drive one of the girls home last night. All he remembers are vague images – the car, speed, the woods, blood… The nurse brings him to a girl, all in bandage. She’s dying. It turns out that someone by accident gave her the wrong type of blood…


CALL OF GABRIEL
Ava-Ye Jebreyeel

Date: 16/06/2005

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Plot:
Gabriel and his two sisters, Medina and Zeynab, leave a village in Ardebil and set for Qiravan, situated beyond the jungles of the northern part of Iran, known as the “Cloud Jungle”. They reach a nearby village and are advised that they should be assisted by a guide in order to reach Qiravan. Despite the advise, they set out for the town but can’t reach it and have to return to the village to find a guide. However they are informed that the guide has left and will not be back for a few days. So Gabriel decides to leave his two sisters in the village and go find the place alone, but fails once again and returns to his sisters…


I AM A SEX ADDICT

Date: 17/06/2005

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Plot:
It all started in Paris about twenty years ago when Caveh is mired in the midst of an unhappy marriage to a French woman. Or maybe it all started when Caveh was nine and his father had an affair with another woman, precipitating his parent’s divorce. Or maybe it all started in college, when Caveh fell in love with Anna. However it started, one day in Paris Caveh makes love to a prostitute and ruins his marriage. He moves to Los Angeles to attend film school but starts cruising the streets in his car, picking up prostitutes. At each encounter he vows to himself it will be his last, and yet each encounter feeds his desire for more. His love life is at a dead end. Could it be sex addiction? And if yes, is there a cure?


THE FEVER

Date: 17/06/2005

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Plot:
An Englishwoman wakes up in the middle of the night in a small hotel in a city where a civil war is being fought. She has a fever, and tries to remember why she returned to this frightening country. During the night, she starts to retrace her happy childhood and her relatively happy adult existence as a kind, hard-working professional woman. It will be a long night, but as the dawn breaks, her fever subsides and with it comes an honest appraisal of herself: she fi- nally understands how she, too, is responsible for the violence, poverty, and exploitation she sees in the world.


A jury formed by the audience will confer the BNL Award for the Best Long Feature
Film for the best first or second work, it is sponsored by the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro and amounts to E. 25.000.
As usual, another jury formed by five critics will confer the FIPRESCI Prize to the best full-length film. This jury is presided by the great French critic Michel Ciment (France) and is composed by Borislav Andjelic (Serbia - Montenegro), Pamela Bienzobas (Chile), Francisco Ferreira (Portugal) and Umberto Rossi (Italy).


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