28 April 2015

{Tuesday}, 8:00 pm

Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe, 64a Piłsudskiego St., Wrocław

Premiere presentation of the documentary directed by Nathalie Rossetti and Turi Finocchiaro, 72’

International coproduction: Borak Films, CBA (Belgium), Les Productions du Lagon, PACA, Procirep and Angoa (France), touchFILMS, Odra Films, Teatr ZAR, Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego, Polish Film Institute (Poland).
Associated producers: Andon Akayyan, Béatrice and Louise Mast.
With the support of Anadolu Kültür and Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

In order to pass on an their ancestral and endangered heritage, Aram and Virginia Kerovpyan, an Armenian couple from the diaspora with Jarosław Fret and international troupe of actors from Teatr ZAR based Wrocław travel on a journey to the places where this art was born, to Anatolia. On the way, their questions revive the wealth of a wiped-out culture, and singing becomes a language of creation and sharing, a breath of life.

Nathalie Rossetti (director) - after studies at the DAMS (University of Bologna) and Orazio Costa theater school in Florence, starting from 1991 year she worked in the audiovisual sector as a writer, documentary filmmaker, music assistant for films and assistant director for directors and producers in Italy and Belgium. Apart from writing screenplays for short movies, she has worked as co-author of four fiction movies among others “Le Main Rouge’ directed by Yvan Le Moin, awarded with Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Cannes festival in 1998. Author of the documentary Oltre il ring [Beyond the ring] (56’), 2005, awarded with Honorable Mention, FICTS in Milano. Starting from 2000, together with her husband Turi Finocchiaro, they realize and produce their own documentaries related to art, anthropology and justice.

Turi Finocchiaro (producer/co-director) - after completing film studies on the artistic level (France) and technical level (Belgium), he decided to go into the field of audiovisual production with an initial foray into fiction films (Italy), followed by documentaries (Belgium).  From 1993 onwards, he worked for a number of production companies in the field of project development and financing applications for European programes (Media, Eurimages). This led him to found E.F.C. in Rome in 1996 devoted exclusively to project development.  In 1998, he went on to create Impronte Digitali in Rome, an independent production company devoted to short films and creative documentaries. After returning to Belgium in 2004, he has directed several films with Nathalie Rossetti and together, along with Amel Bouzid, they have founded Borak Films in 2009.

Together they have created among others the Yiddish Soul, documentary (53’), 2006 and Yiddish Soul concert, musical (43’), 2006 shown in many festivals around the world. Their film Against Blood Justice [Oltre la legge del Sangue] (53’), 2008 was awarded among others with: Award for best European documentary on Eastern Europe - Astra Film Festival (Sibiu, Romania, November 2009), Special Award for Human Rights 'ADEM DEMAÇI', One World Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Prishtina 2009 (Kosovo, December 2009) and Grand Prix for Creative Documentaries, 8th International Human Rights Film Festival FIFDH (Paris, March 2010). In 2007 year in Italy they created an international documentary film festival "Faito Doc Festival" which is organized every summer (www.faitodocfestival.it).

What thrills us about documentaries, is meeting ordinary people with extraordinary stories. When their stories challenge our beliefs, break down barriers, prejudices or clichés and allow us to see things differently, it becomes absolutely necessary for us to make a film about it. We want as many people as possible to share in our access to stories and our amazement for them... Stories that involve individuals who are reborn particularly impact us [Nathalie and Turi].

Film is co-financed by The Lower Silesian Film Fund from the funds of City of Wrocław and Lower Silesia Region

A Polish Film Institute co-financed Production