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Valletta Film Festival Weekend
22 March - 24 March| €7
Dates: Friday 22 March – Sunday 24 March 2019
Venue: Spazju Kreattiv Cinema
Six documentary films will be screened at the first edition of the Valletta Film Festival Weekend. The programme includes ‘The Magic life of V’ and ‘Shooting the Mafia’ that premiered at Sundance last January and other acclaimed titles that won various festivals around the world in the past couple of years.
The Magic Life of V
Dates and Times Friday 22 March, 2019, 9pm
Sunday 24 March, 2019, 5pm
Duration: 87 minutes
Language: English, Finnish
Wizards, magic spells, and heroic sword battles are just fantasy for some, but for Veera they’re a meaningful part of conquering her inner trauma. When Veera transforms into her LARP (live-action role-play) persona V, the game’s fantasy-battlefields give her a space to combat her psychological turmoil. Tormented by her past, Veera finds in LARP the support and solace she needs to become the hero of her own story.
Directed by Tonislav Hristov, Winner of Best Documentary at Valletta Film Festival 2017 for the film ‘The Good Postman‘.
by Tonislav Hristov (Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria)
Shooting the Mafia
Dates and Times: Saturday 23 March, 2019, 9pm
Sunday, 24 March, 2019, 7pm
Duration: 97 minutes
Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to ditch traditional family life and become a photojournalist, she found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens—to tell the narrative of the community she loved forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.
by Kim Longinotto (Ireland, USA)
Dates and Times: Saturday 23 March, 2019, 7pm
Sunday 24 March 2019, 9pm
Duration: 98 minutes
In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying violence and sexual attraction. Although the project became known in the press as “The Sex Raft”, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three-month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full-scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind “one of the strangest group experiments of all time.”
by Marcus Lindeen (Sweden, USA, Denmark, Germany)
In Praise of Nothing
Dates and Times: Friday 22 March, 2019, 7pm
Sunday 24 March, 2019, 1pm
Duration: 78 minutes
A satirical documentary parable about Nothing, in which Nothing, tired of being misunderstood, runs away from home and comes to address us for the first and the last time.
by Boris Mitic (Serbia, France, Croatia)
Dates and Times: Saturday 23 March, 2019, 5pm
Sunday 24 March, 2019, 3pm
Duration: 66 minutes
Dionis is a retiring biology teacher with a passion and a dream. He owns over a hundred rusty old cars, most of which do not work, and every night he sleeps by their side, dreaming of turning this unusual collection into a large museum. Yet, his passion and his dreams come at a price. Every night his younger wife sleeps alone and by day, she makes ends meet by making wedding and birthday cakes. While dreaming of his project, surrounded by decaying cars, it is exactly in these piles of rust that Dionis finds the joy of existence.
by Ilija Cvetkovski (Macedonia)
Dates and Times: Friday 22 March, 2019, 5pm
Saturday 23 March, 2019, 3pm
Duration: 93 minutes
Language: French, bambara
Mali’s Music defines the country’s cultural identity. It is considered by many as the birthplace of the blues and jazz, brought later by abducted slaves to America’s cotton fields. Musicians in Mali hold strong positions in society but radical Islamists are treating the musicians. Together with the stars of Malian Global Pop – Fatoumata Diawara, Bassekou Kouyaté Master Soumy and Ahmed Ag Kaedi the documentary takes viewers on musical journey to Mali’s agitated heart. Can their music reconcile the country?
by Lutz Gregor (Germany)
- 22 March
- 24 March
- Event Category:
St James Cavalier
Castille Place, Valletta VLT1060 Malta
- Valletta Film Festival
- Spazju Kreattiv
- Different language with English subtitles
- Creative Team
- Valletta Film Festival