"Where can you see the critically acclaimed and hard to find film about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, an animated film about the Hindu legend of Sita and Rama, and a political-crime drama about out of control musicians in Stockholm? Right here at the 2012 Trenton International Film Festival. Join us at the Mill Hill Playhouse in Trenton for 7 exciting films from around the world. We even have two directors coming in to present their films in person. Hope to see you at the festival!
---curator, Nadine Patterson
Friday November 9th
Director Mariette Monpierre
Guadeloupe/France, 2011, 78 min. French with English Subtitles. Drama. Kick off the festival with writer/director Mariette Monpierre, and join us for a Q&A after the film!
WINNER: Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) - British Academy of Film and
Television Arts/LA (BAFTA/LA) Festival Choice Award 2012
|Director Mariette Monpierre|
Bernadette, a single mother in Paris, tries to provide her
daughters with everything.
thrilled when her eldest daughter, Elza, is the first in the family to graduate
from college earning a master's degree. But Elza breaks her mother's heart by
running away to their native Guadeloupe in search of a distant childhood
the father she barely
ELZA offers an
insider’s view of a lush island culture, capturing the passion and
contradictions of this family in transition.
WINNER: FESTIVAL PROGRAMMERS’ AWARD – Narrative PAFF/Los Angeles, 2012
WINNER BEST NARRATIVE FEATURE: Roxbury International Film Fesival 2012
NOMINATED FOR BEST PICTURE American Black Film Festival 2012
NOMINATED FOR CESAIRE AWARD 2011
Saturday November 10th
Director Chinonye Chukwu
USA, 2011, 76 min. Ibo & English. Drama. This is a special screening with writer/director Chinonye Chukwu joining us for a Q&A after the film!
| Director Chinonye Chukwu |
Chukwuma, an Alaskan-raised Nigerian struggles to balance
the expectations of his traditional Nigerian parents and the larger world
around him. After a tragic car crash, Chukwuma is separated from his younger
sister, Chidinma, who moves to Nigeria with their Uncle until she becomes of
legal age. Two years later the siblings reconnect to find their estrangement
has created new personal and cultural frictions in ways that bring them closer
to each other and their roots, as well as help them define what it means to be
a Nigerian in Alaska.
EL CAMINO DEL VINO
Director Nicolás Carreras
Argentina, 2010, 90 min. English & Spanish w/English
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL · 2011
The famous sommelier Charlie Arturaola arrives at the
Mendoza, Argentina, to take part in the glamorous event “Masters of Food and
Wine”, after having “travelled the world on a wine bottle”, as he usually says.
Once in the event and before his tasting, between glamour, stress and marketing
something unusual happens: he loses his palate. Charlie needs to recover it. In
the search of a solution for his problem, he has decisive encounters with the
most important people of the wine world, like Michel Rolland, who thinks that
he has to “wash” his palate with the best wines of the region. Charlie starts a
journey from huge wineries through small vineyards and wine harvest’s
processions getting closer with the people of the villages who work the
vine. “The ways of the wine”
oscillates with cruelty between comedy and the true drama of a man who got lost
because of his desire of belonging to a world, other than his own.
Director Luc Besson
. Starring Michelle Yeoh
as Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi. France, 2011, 132 min. English & Burmese w/English
The film tells the story of Aung San Suu Kyi
as she becomes the core of
) democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer
Michael Aris. Despite distance, long separations, and a dangerously
hostile regime, their love endures until the very end. A story of devotion and
human understanding set against a background of political turmoil which
continues today. THE LADY also is the story of the peaceful quest of the woman
who is at the core of Burma's democracy movement.
Text on card reads: "You can't separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom-- Malcolm X"
This timely film acts as a herald of the very real world events that have taken place this year in her life. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi won a seat to Parliament April 1, 2012. Democratic reform is happening, albeit very slowing. On June 16, 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi delivered her Nobel acceptance speech at Oslo's City Hall, two decades after being awarded the peace prize.
SOUND OF NOISE
Directed by Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjarne Nilsson. Sweden/France, 2010, 102 min. Swedish with English
Subtitles. Comedy/Political-Crime Drama.
Police officer Amadeus Warnebring was born into a musical
family with a long history of famous musicians. Ironically, he hates music. His
life is thrown into chaos when a band of anti-establishment musicians decides to perform a
musical apocalypse using the city as their instrument... Reluctantly, Warnebring
embarks on his first musical investigation.
Sunday November 11th
AUDRE LORDE: THE BERLIN YEARS
1984 TO 1992
Director Dagmar Schultz, in cooperation with Ika
Hügel-Marshall and Ria Cheatom
German, 2012, 84 min.
English and German w/English Subtitles. Documentary.
Audre Lorde, the highly influential, award winning
African-American lesbian poet came to live in West-Berlin in the 1980s. During
her stay as a visiting professor, she was the mentor and catalyst who ignited
the Afro-German movement. Lorde also had a decisive impact on white women,
challenging them to acknowledge the significance of their white privilege and
learning to deal with difference in constructive ways.
SITA SINGS THE BLUES
Director Nina Paley
USA, 2008 91 min. English. Animation/Musical.
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and
husband Rama. Nina is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her
by email. Three hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and
modern comedy in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana. Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita
Sings the Blues earns its tagline as
"the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."