DANSES MACABRES, SQUELETTES ET AUTRES FA
What if the danses macabres, beyond their grimacing folklore, staged the death of the Middle Ages and the invention, in the middle of the 15th century, of modern Europe? It is the hypothesis of writer Jean Louis Schefer. An investigation in the form of a conversation and walks between Paris and Portugal, with directors Rita Azevedo Gomez and Pierre Léon. A six-handed film. In the middle of the conversation, Pierre Leon asks Rita in gestures to give him a cigarette, the same does the artist Renaud Legrand, who is present at the shooting, a few scenes later. This film in the whole speaks about the pleasure and joy of sharing, about how people can generously share thoughts and ideas with each other. And how one can look at the world and art (as well as at life as art, art as a way to solve the puzzles of life); how one can interpret the world and through intellectual, sensual, “sentimental” impulses catch what is given by this world and life – dancing next to us, dancing, existing but not always visible. It is also a summer film! Schefer speaks of Bach’s music as a consolation; this film means consolation, where under the rays of the sun speech flows quietly and itself sounds like music.
Odessa, August 1970. A heat wave. The city is full of tourists. Boris, a journalist and foreign affairs specialist, and his eight-year-old son Valery arrive from Moscow to visit Boris’ in-laws, Grigori and Raisa Davydov. But on the day of their arrival, Odessa declares a quarantine due to a cholera outbreak, and the city is closed off. Having come for a few days, the son-in-law is plunged into a world changed by serious danger. Family secrets will be disclosed, improbable events happen, and a great forbidden love starts.
At a turning point in her life, the bright and tender Nicole meets a strange girl called Mila by the pond. They accidentally find out how many secrets this very pond holds and understand that it is now that they really need each other.
ONE ABSOLUTELY HAPPY MA
The film is dedicated to Sergey Solovyov, screen and stage director, scriptwriter, producer, teacher, People’s Artist of Russia, who turned 75 on August 25, 2019. The film tells not only about the Master’s cine works, but also about his theatrical performances – “The Seagull” at the Taganka Theatre, “Uncle Vanya” at the Maly Theatre. It also speaks about a very important period in his life – organization of an own theatre, where mostly his former students play. The viewer will also see how Sergey Solovyov prepares the annual international film festival “Spirit of Fire” in Khanty-Mansiysk, where the stars of world cinema art arrive