Music lovers love good movies. A list of this year’s most interesting movies will be screened in the industrial surroundings under the stars on the big cinema theatre screen.
“Inconvenient Films” is an international documentary film festival, taking place in Vilnius, Lithuania. Established in 2007 as an annual film event it is currently the biggest documentary film festival in the country.
PRESENTING PRINCESS SHAW
Ido Haar / Documentary, 2015 / USA / 83 min
The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur Youtube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Kutiman “transforms sampling into a multimedia art”, whether at his home on a kibbutz in Israel or at a live performance at the Guggenheim in New York.
OFF THE NORTH
Dominic Gagnon / Documentary, 2015 / Canada / 74 min
In this new film that, like its predecessor, draws on amateur films posted on YouTube, Dominic Gagnon shows the descendants of Nanook in the process of making “their own” cinema. He creates an anti-exotic Vertovian “Kino-Eye”, which reveals trashy and unbridled acculturation and takes apart the existing clichés about the Inuit, too often confined to the borders of the contemporary world.
SHOULDER THE LION
Erinnisse Heuer, Patryk Rebisz / Documentary, 2015 / USA / 75 min
Using art as the catalyst, this film explores how the human spirit prevails in the face of tragedy. The film features three people; a photographer who becomes blind, a painter/sculptor who loses half her brain in a boxing match, and a musician losing his hearing to tinnitus. Using art to illustrate change, this film explores how the human spirit prevails in the face of tragedy and what new meanings emerge that otherwise would not have been found if not for their disability.
Vilnius International Film Festival (Vilnius IFF) “Kino Pavasaris” is unquestionably one of the most anticipated annual cultural events in Lithuania – perhaps even the one.
HEART OF A DOG
Laurie Anderson / Drama, 2015 / USA / 75 min
Heart of a Dog is a personal essay film that explores themes of love, death and language. The director’s voice is a constant presence as stories of her dog Lolabelle, her mother, childhood fantasies, political and philosophical theories unfurl in a seamless song like stream. The visual language spans animation, eight millimeter films from the artist’s childhood, layered imagery and high speed text animation. The director’s signature music runs throughout the film in works for solo violin, quartets, songs, and ambient electronics. The center of Heart of a Dog is a visual and poetic meditation on the bardo, the forty nine day period after death in which identity is shredded and the consciousness prepares to enter another life form.
Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah / Drama, 2015 / Belgium / 95 min
The city of Brussels, plagued by high rates of youth unemployment, is home to nearly forty street gangs, and the number of young people drawn into the city's gang culture increases each year. Maven, 15 years old, is a Black Bronx. She falls madly in love with Marwan, an extremely charismatic member of a rival gang, the 1080s. The young couple is forced to make a brutal choice between gang loyalty and the love they have for one another. An impossible dilemma.
THE SHOW OF SHOWS: 100 YEARS OF VAUDEVILLE, CIRCUSES AND CARNIVALS
Benedikt Erlingsson / Drama, 2015 / Iceland, United Kingdom / 77 min
Roll Up, Roll Up for an unforgettable experience! This film tells the story of itinerant circus performers, cabaret acts and fairground attractions. In this film, rarities and never-before seen footage of fairgrounds, circus entertainment, freak shows, variety performances, music hall and seaside entertainment are chronicled from the 19th and 20th century. We will see early shows that wowed the world and home movies of some of the greatest circus families.
Future Shorts is the largest short film network in the world. Working across exhibition, distribution and experiential events, Future Shorts is the product of 10 years of audience development, experimentation and of reacting to the demand for another way of experiencing film.
Nicholas Provost / Experimental, 2015 / Belgium / 3 min
A trippy journey to the furthest reaches of outer space.
Neol Loozen / Drama, 2015 / The Netherlands / 10 min
Sam crashes his moped by Gille's famous food-truck in No Man's Land. As Sam is put to work in the truck, he is struck by a dazzling beauty across the road.
Lovisa Siren / Fiction, 2015 / Sweden / 14 min
Gender roles are challenged as a group of male actors are asked by a female director to do things they may not be comfortable with.
Ewa Wagner, RCA / Animation, 2016 / UK / 4 min
Rooster and Owl meet online and spend the night together. But what happens when reality doesn't match the expectation?
Reka Busci / Animation, 2016 / Hungary / 14 min
Creatures on a distant solar system explore the meaning of Love in three parts.
IF MAMA AIN'T HAPPY, NOBODY'S HAPPY
Mea Dols De Jong / Documentary, 2014 / The Netherlands / 25 min
A mysterious pattern emerges as a mother and daughter explore the history of women in their family.
Cederuc Richer, Quentin Curtat / Music Video, 2016 / 3 min
Mai Lan observes weird human habits in this punchy and sometimes unnerving music video.
THE SPECIAL ONE
Lamin Oo / Documentary, 2015 / Myanmar / 7 min
A local fishmonger Myint Lwin in San Pya fish market in Yangon, has one passion in life: Chelsea Football Club.
John Threfall / Fiction, 2015 / UK / 14 min
Reverse chronological storytelling reveals what happened one night in quiet suburban neighbourhood.