Glocal Images 2021

180 Rule

Farnoosh Samadi
83’, 2020, Iran

SCREENING: RIALTO (19.04) › 18:00 / ZENA  (20.04) › 18:00

A school teacher from Tehran is preparing to attend a wedding in northern Iran.  When her husband suddenly forbids her to go, she makes a choice that will place her on a painful path to atonement.

Award

2020 Best Feature Film, Valladolid International Film Festival, Valladolid, Spain.

Ballad of a pierced heart

Yannis Economides
140’, 2020, Greece, France, Germany, Cyprus

SCREENING: RIALTO (17.04) › 18:00 / ZENA (18.04) › 18:00

In a small town in Greece, when amorous passion meets with greed for money, dead bodies start piling up and “Sleeping Beauty” Olga will never know the horrors she has been spared.

Between Heaven and Earth

Najwa Najjar
93’, 2019, Palestine, Luxembourg, Iceland

SCREENING: RIALTO  (19.04) › 20:30 / ZENA (21.04) › 18:00

A gripping drama follows the troubled relationship of a married couple.  As they start with the divorce procedures, a secret from the past resurfaces, changing everything.

Selected Awards

  1. 2020 Best Narrative Feature, Boston Palestine Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  2. 2020 Audience Award, Middle East Now, Florence, Italy.
  3. 2019 Best Screenplay Award, Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt.
  4. 2020 Best Actor Award, Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani, Spain.

Identifying features

Fernanda Valadez
95’, 2020, Mexico, Spain
SCREENING: RIALTO (21.04) › 20:30 / ZENA (19.04) › 20:30

Miguel has just been deported from the US back to Mexico and is trying to make his way home, longing to see his mother again. Magdalena sets out on a quest for her missing son who disappeared while attempting to cross the border.

Selected Awards

  1. 2021 Best International Feature, Gotham Independent Film Awards, New York City, USA.
  2. 2020 Audience Award, World Cinema – Dramatic, Sundance Film Festival, USA.
  3. 2020 Best Screenplay World Cinema – Dramatic, Special Jury Award, Sundance Film Festival, USA.
  4. 2020 Grand Prix, Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival, Ukraine.
  5. 2020 Best Director Award, Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden.
  6. 2020 Golden Alexander, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece.

Jumbo

Zoé Wittock
94’, 2020, France, Belgium, Luxembourg
SCREENING: RIALTO (17.04) › 20:30  / ZENA (20.04 ), 20:30

A shy young woman develops an intense connection with the star attraction of the amusement park where she works.

Selected Awards

  1. 2021 Nominated for Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards, USA.
  2. 2020 Best Arab Film, Feature Narrative Competition, El Gouna Film Festival.
  3. 2020 Best Screenplay Award, Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden.
  4. 2020 Best Actor, Venice Horizons Award, Venice Film Festival, Italy.

L’ homme qui a vendu sa peau/A man who sold his skin

Kaouther Ben Hania
100′, 2020, Tunisia, France, Belgium
SCREENING: RIALTO (24.04) › 18:00  / ZENA (23.04) › 18:00

His own body turned into a living work of art and promptly exhibited in a museum, Sam, a Syrian refugee, will soon realize to have sold away more than just his skin.

Selected Awards

  1. 2021 Nominated for Best International Feature Film, Academy Awards, USA.
  2. 2020 Best Arab Film, Feature Narrative Competition, El Gouna Film Festival.
  3. 2020 Best Screenplay Award, Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden.
  4. 2020 Best Actor, Venice Horizons Award, Venice Film Festival, Italy.

Senior Citizen

Marinos Kartikkis
84’, 2020,  Cyprus
SCREENING: RIALTO  (18.04) › 20:30 / ZENA (23.04) › 20:30

Theoharis, an elderly and lonely man, takes refuge every evening in the hospital, spending the night on the benches and chairs of the outpatients department. One night he is discovered by a young nurse who tries to
learn more about him. Theoharis is initially skeptical and refuses to give her any information. Gradually, however, a relationship of trust between the two begins to build.

Awards

  1. Best Feature Film, 3rd Rome Prisma Independent Film Awards, Rome, Italy.
  2. Best Director Award, Bangkok Thai International Film Festival, Bangkok, Thailand.
  3. 2nd Prize for Best Film, 33rd Panorama of European Cinema, Athens, Greece.
  4. Best Feature Film – Spiritual Film Section, 19th Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh.

Sole

Carlo Sironi
100’, 2020,  Italy, Poland
SCREENING: RIALTO (20.04)› 18:00 / ZENA (19.04)› 18:00 

Ermanno and Lena are two strangers. Lena has come from Poland to sell her
baby. Ermanno has to pretend to be the father so that he can entrust the newborn to his uncle. As Lena rejects her motherly desire, Ermanno starts to assume his role as if he were the actual father of Sole.

Awards:

  1. 2020 European Film Award, European Discovery, EFA.
  2. 2020 Grand Jury Prize for Best Film, Bastia Italian Film Festival, Corsica.
  3. 2019 People’s Choice Award, Pingyao International Film Festival, China.
  4. 2020 Best Director Award, Mons International Festival of Love Films, Belgium.

The Last Bath

David Bonneville
95’, 2020, Portugal, France
SCREENING: RIALTO  (20.04) › 20:30/ ZENA (22.04) › 18:00

A nun is called upon to adopt her 15-year-old nephew and, as a consequence, religion, family and love become entangled

Winona

Alexandros Voulgaris
88’, 2019,  Greece
SCREENING: RIALTO (23.04) › 20:30 / ZENA (17.04) › 18:00

It appears as if it is an ordinary outing to a beautiful beach: four women – none of which is Winona – enjoy the warmth of the sun and the coolness of the sea. What secret hides behind their games?