PIAZZE DI CINEMA
THE GLOBAL MARKET OF MOVIES
CICFF – PIAZZE DI CINEMA is one of the finest film markets of the world cinema for the world cinema. We are here to develop a platform on which the film fraternity can access the worldwide dialogue on research, production, co-production and distribution. In order to render the world film industry a new distinctive identity and bring the producers, exhibitors and the skilled and creative personalities right under one roof.
Our goal at the PIAZZE DI CINEMA is to help you make the connections. Together with our partners, we are building on the success of our networking initiatives that promote collaborations and provide platforms for productions in development. Whether you are a first-time filmmaker or a seasoned industry professional, our series of events, panels, screenings and talks make connecting at the Market both relaxed and rewarding.
PIAZZE DI CINEMA is a unique online program with an annual live event dedicated to the promotion of high quality, director driven films with a focus on International Independent cinema. The Annual event will take place in Kolkata along with the CICFF main program in October, 2017.
There is a Video Library, where you can screen at your convenience most of the films of the Festival and also a large selection of the latest International productions.
The Annual Film Market is a meeting point for film professionals. You are welcome to set up your meetings here. It is also the place where you can advertise your films, leave documentation, post cards and other promotion materials.
CICFF – PIAZZE DI CINEMA presents Productions ready for national and international distribution. The online submission of films are now open. Filmmakers, if you want to be listed on this page please
LIST OF THE AMAZING FILMS
Directed by Shailik Bhaumik
‘Dasein’ is a postmodern, meta-narrative avant-garde feature film. It tells the story of a young painter Aniket Chatterjee, who commits suicide by taking sleeping pills. When he slowly approaches towards death, standing at the boundary of life and death, what comes to his mind, what he realises, this film is all about that. It is a voyage from one’s consciousness to sub consciousness and at times the boundary becomes blurring.
The film deals with issues such as person hood, mortality and the paradox of living in relationship with other humans while being ultimately alone with one self. The story revels that morality does not inherently exist, and that any established moral values are abstractly contrived. It explores the roots of eternal human desire and despair. The crisis of existence and human values in today’s material world has been portrayed in the film.
Finally it is all about one’s search for his inner self, the absolute truth and his salvation.
Directed by Sandip Pratihar
Story of a new film maker’s struggle to bring forth his creations in front of the world. Taking a cue from the practical world of film making where producers look for formula based stories which guarantees them an assured return on investment.
The story is about a director named Abhirup Mitra whose initiative to make movies on good stories does not find any producers. Frustrated by his efforts going wasted, Abhirup destroys most of his writings.
Sometimes later a reporter named Satarupa discovers Abhirup’s stories in a cover diary which is found in a book store. This reporter brings forth the talent of Abhirup in front of the world.
Directed by Sara Eustáquio
Cristi has just moved to an unknown country, far away from family and friends.
At first, she is happy for the challenge. But soon she begins to question her place in this new world that seems to be a lost town, made of absences, distances, silence and indifference.
‘4242’ is the story of a young female immigrant, a story of a teenager’s anguish who is trying to redefine her identity after being forced to leave home.
CONVERSATION WITH LUCIFER
Directed by Cody Boesen
Darby Quinn (Shevaun Kastl) is a 23 year old recovering addict who is headed for a relapse. She abides, albeit begrudgingly, by the suggestions set forth by her sponsor, Brooke, and the traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. But she is unable to share honestly about her feelings regarding her dysfunctional family and history of drug abuse. On her 30th day sober, Darby gets a cat to mark the milestone. The unlikely bond she forms with this furry companion provides Darby with the impetus she needs to face her demons; And it is this bond that sets her back on the road to recovery and ultimately saves her life.
The idea for this story came to me in the middle of a sleepless night back in May. As a member of a 12-step program myself, I constantly struggle to maintain control of my life, and often put up a facade to the outside world in an effort to maintain order. But when my fears and insecurities surface in the middle of the night, I am able to speak uncensored and exposed about the things I fear most. The funny comes from the fact that I am speaking to my cat And ridiculous as it appears, this scenario I believe is more common then one might suppose! Darby’s story is one of hope and recovery, but also of dealing with pain and loss. It’s a very real cinematic portrait of one woman’s war with addiction told with irony and acerbic wit. My prayer is that it’s message of hope will speak to all those touched by this illness and inspire them as they continue their journey toward sobriety.
Directed by Sandip Pratihar
According to Indian mythologies, women are considered to be the center of immense energy and power. At the same time women have been a target of social evils and objects of oppression. Sita is a provocative short film, revolving around the issue of rape in the modern world. The protagonist is about to be attacked by three men for rape and what she does, depicts a deep universal meaning and significance. Sita is inspired by Ramayana, where mother Sita is believed to be born out of the Earth and after a life of displeasure and suffering, she chose to merge with the Earth. The “laxman Rekha” drawn by her brother -in- law was to protect her from any evil. Despite that she was taken away by Ravana, the villian in the story. Sita is a representative for all women out there who have the blessing of nature to procreate, the power to give birth to a new entity in the world. A mother’s womb is a symbol of universal power that a woman possesses. The crime against women such as rape is a disrespect of this universal energy which human beings are bound to protect and preserve.
THE MOURNING HOUR
Directed by Susan Cohen
Simply put, The Mourning Hour is the story of one woman’s journey to wholeness… In the wake of news that her husband has been tragically killed in a train accident, Virginia Bakely, a 1950’s suburban housewife and mother, unwittingly embarks on an emotional and psychological journey of reawakening. She finds herself traveling through two distinct spaces of time: one in her typical 1950’s home with oven timers, bicycles and rubber gloves, and the other in the F.W. Walker Music Auditorium when she was a 19 year old cellist in the student orchestra. One might say that her experiences in the theatre lie somewhere between dream and delusion, speckled with fragments of memory. Still, they are very real and lead Virginia to a buried truth and resurrected love. As she struggles to reconcile predictable feelings of loss and grief with newfound independence, Virginia finds herself at a crossroads where she alone must answer the question “What sustains the human heart?”
Directed by Sara Eustáquio
She’s young. She’s in trouble. She’s staring at the mirror looking for answers. But what she’s about to find can change her life.
Micro short film directed by Portuguese multi-award winning Sara Eustáquio, 16, starring Canadian young actress Jaimie Marchuk. Student project produced at New York Film Academy, in NYC.
IMDB page: www.imdb.com/title/tt5958158
Official Facebook: www.facebook.com/MirrorShortFilm
THREAT CONDITION ORANGE
Threat Condition Orange is an experimental film dealing with the crisis of complacency. After 9/11 the world changed literally over night and life in America would never be the same. As security measures were put in place, a national warning system defined by threat levels was devised by the Department of Homeland Security. In the event of a level orange security threat, the citizens’ freedom of movement and privacy would be greatly impared as a necessary evil.
As we willingly trade our liberty for security the question becomes: How complacent and ill-effected is a society that’s taken its own liberty and security for granted for so many years?
At an art exhibit an attendee is abducted from the recpetion by a soldier and a man in plain clothes.
Resisting detainment she is wrestled into a dark room as the door slams behind her. Moments later the show’s attendees are able to enter the room to find no one. Nothing but an empty interrogation room showing signs of a scuffle. The victim and her captors have vanished. All that remains is a video projection of her experience on the wall.
There were no false pretenses about the production quality of this piece. Shooting in black and white was an attempt to give it some unglorified sense of reality. It was loosely scripted around the same location, the Iowa State Fair. The questions were formulaic and repeated over and over again. Each interrogation was unrehearsed and built on the various dynamics between the interrogator and the abductees.
The piece was produced and directed by EJ Wickes. The two interrogations that stood out were performed by Lauren Hickman and Joshua Boyd. Jeff Ashe was the interrogator.
Inspired by the love poem ”A Birthday,” by Christina Rossetti, the film takes place close to the Birthday of Ron, a nineteen-years-old girl who is deeply in love with May, her best friend. A short time after Ron moves from Taipei, May decides to join her in Berlin. The love between them is strong but contrasting: Ron doesn’t openly tell May her feelings but May is conscious of what she represents to her friend. Nethertheless she keeps enjoying her life, taking all she can from Ron until she takes too much. Her choices lead both girls to face who they are and how they might live life to the fullest.
WHEN I DANCE
Four dancers from Israel, Spain and Italy decide to take part in a cultural project and investigate the stories of some refugees from Pakistan living in camps outside Berlin. A reflection about the possibility of the body to tell stories, deleting social and ethnic distinctions, and connecting people from different groups. The project focuses on the work of the dancers who decided to take part in the performance “Connecting Fingers” that had its premiere in Berlin at the English Theatre in June,2015. The show shares stories from some refugees who live or have lived in camps outside Berlin. The refugees were interviewed about their personal lives, and they shared private anecdotes and political situations they experienced.
HOW DO WE KILL LUISA
When they were younger a group of five friends committed a crime. At adults, one of them went to tell the secret to the police, the remaining four got together to plan how to convince her not to talk, but the reunion became on something unexpected.