From burlesque surrealism to poetic realism. This year's three winning films are unique and very different from one another. Yet they all take you on a journey, and like the eye in this year's festival profile, invite stories to unfold in the eye of the beholder.
The past decade has seen an explosion of activities related to cinema from across the African continent, particularly in Sub-Sahara Africa where historically there’s no strong presence of film, besides the phenomenon that is Nigeria’s Nollywood.
The emergence of Middle Eastern and South Asian cinema over the years has given us a broader perspective of an often misunderstood region of the world. With the success of directors like Asghar Farhadi and Yesim Ustaoglu, festival audiences have been treated to some pretty awesome films so far. But it doesn’t end there. As we progress into the final few days of Films from the South there are even more new and exciting films to look forward to!
The climate between the Pacific and Caribbean oceans seems to be particularly suited to filmmaking. A steady stream of good films are finding their way to us, from this cinema heavy weight. Since 2005 the Mexican film industry has been growing, and more than 70 films are made each year. At this year's Films from the South Festival we will introduce you to 5 directors with ties to Mexican cinema, and what is being called Nuevo Cine Méxicano – The New Mexican Cinema.
The world's largest film industry is found in India, which in 2013 celebrates its 100th anniversary. For this reason we want to honour India and its array of colourful films at this year's Films from the South. You can look forward to political dramas, a high feel good factor and fabulous dance numbers.
Listen to French-Algerian writer/director Nadir Moknèche in conversation with Kalle Løchen at tonight's Gala screening of 'Goodbye Morocco'.
Turkish filmmaker Yeşim Ustaoğlu has made her mark internationally with a row of award-winning feature films. We are delighted to present her as one of this year's four main guests at the Films From the South Festival.
Documentaries are one of our times most valuable, yet neglected, art forms. They’ve become essential to improving our world, our minds and our common future more than ever before. Rather than simply observing, documentaries now hold the possibility of changing the world by asking critical questions and inspiring action in its viewers to make a difference.
Mangapolis launched at FFS 2012 as a special side programme for anime film lovers. Well received by festival audiences, both the young and the young at heart, the programme is back this year with a broader selection of films from a variety of genres.