Time of History: Our World Today in 15 Documentaries

‘The Silence of Others’ will kickstart a section featuring films from ten countries and tackling issues like ‘fake news’, the situation of refugees, human greed or GMFs

Carlos Saura will present his documentary on Italian architect Renzo Piano

‘The Silence of Others’, by Almudena Carracedo y Robert Bahar

10/01/2018.- The doc film section of the 63rd edition of Seminci will screen a total of 15 titles from several nationalities. Thirteen of them will be competing  for the section’s first and second prize, respectively endowed with €20,000 and  €10,000, while some other three will be shown out of competition. Time of History will show films from Germany, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, US, France and the UK, to which we must add three Spanish productions or coproductions.

The scheduled documentaries deal with burning questions like the memory of Francoist victims, international solidarity with refugees, the war in Syria or fake news, as well as with a wide range of universal concerns like wealth and greed, leisure and sport or the effects of genetically modified food. Another set of documentary features revolve around the figures of several artists in their respective disciplines:  Edgar Degas, Enrique Granados, Renzo Piano and Carmen Maura.

The Spanish entries in this year’s Time of History section are The Silence of Others, a film directed by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar that will screen on 20 October: the section’s opening day; Arantxa Aguirre’s El amor y la muerte. Historia de Enrique Granados; Alba Sotorra’s Comandante Arian; and Altamira: el origen del arte, by José Luis López-Linares. The lineup is complete with the out-of-competition screenings of Carlos Saura’s  Renzo Piano, an Architect for Santander and Fernando Méndez Leite’s  Ay Carmen!.


Shorts in competition

The Time of History slot will likewise include twelve short films competing for the Best Documentary Short award, with a cash endowment of €3,000. Two of them are authored by Spanish women directors: Todas íbamos a ser reinas, by Ana Catalá, and  Luchar por Europa: la huella de Brandt, by Vicky Calavia.

The short doc subsection also includes the following titles: I Signed The Petition, by Mahdi Fleifel (UK, Germany, Switzerland); Juck (Thrust), by Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert and Ulrika Bandeira (Sweden)Mother And Baby, by  Mia Mullarkey (Ireland)Proszę o ciszę (Their Voices), by Eri Mizutani (Poland); Prisoner of Society, by Rati Tsiteladze (Georgia)Siostry (Sisters), by Michal Hytros (Poland)Skip Day, by  Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan (US);  Spårviddshinder (The  Traffic Separating Device), by Johan Palmgren (Sweden)Tungrusby Rishi Chandna (India, and Un monde sansbêtes (Facing The Beast), by Emma Benestan and Adrien Lecouturier (France).


Documentary features in competition:

Altamira: el origen del arte, by José Luis López Linares

El amor y la muerte. Historia de Enrique Granados, by Arantxa Aguirre

Comandante Arian. Una historia de mujeres, guerra y libertad, by Alba Sotorra

Degas: Passion for Perfection, by David Bickerstaff

Down para arriba, by Gustavo Garzón

Generation Wealth, by Lauren Greenfield

La grande-messe (Holy Tour), by Méryl Fortunat-Rossi and Valéry Rosier

Island of the Hungry Ghosts, Gabrielle Brady

Libre (To the Four Winds), by Michel Toesca

Nowhere, by Natalie Halla

Our New President, by Maxim Pozdorovkin

El silencio de otros (The Silence of Others), by Almudena Carracedo y Robert Bahar

A Journey to the Fumigated Towns, by Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas


Documentary features out of competition:

Ay Carmen!, by Fernando Méndez-Leite

Renzo Piano, an Architect for Santander, by Carlos Saura

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