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39 DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION THE GRIERSON AWARD RECOGNISES FILMS WITH INTEGRITY, ORIGINALITY, AND SOCIAL OR CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE Dir Elvira Lind. Prod Sara Stockmann, Julie Leerskov. With Bobbi Jene Smith. Denmark-Sweden 2017. 95min. Sales Autlook Filmsales Captivating dancer Bobbi Jene, star of the Israeli dance company Batsheva, lays herself bare as she embarks on a solo career in this sensitive and richly layered documentary. ‘It made me want to puke, or come, or both at the same time’. This is how Bobbi Jene recalls her first experience with Gaga, the dance movement created by acclaimed choreographer Ohad Naharin (Mr. Gaga, LFF2015). After spending ten years in Batsheva, under the instruction of Naharin, Jene finally decides to go home to the US and explore her own creativity as a choreographer. First-time director Elvira Lind joins her, subtly capturing the young woman’s ambitions, doubts, and creative process. The extensive rehearsal and performance footage, intertwined with observational moments of Jene’s life with her mother or in the intimacy of her relationship with her boyfriend, unveil a brave, hugely talented and unconventional artist, who pushes the limits of her body and mind. Laure Bonville SUN 8 MON 9 21:00 ICA 21:00 CINÉ LUMIÈRE THU 5 FRI 6 TUE 10 20:50 ICA 12:00 VUE7 15:50 NFT2 BOBBI JENE DOC BEFORE SUMMER ENDS AVANT LA FIN DE L’ETE It’s all about the journey in Maryam Goormaghtigh’s warm-hearted road movie about three Iranian men taking one last trip through the South of France. Three young Iranian men living in Paris decide to spend summer on the road before one of them moves back to Tehran. In many ways, Before Summer Ends has all the familiar features of the male road-trip buddy movie: goofing around, beer cans piling up, sceptical female company, aimless in-car banter. But there are two differences. One: we’re seeing Iranian men as they’re rarely depicted on screen, vulnerable and with social decorum relaxed. Two: this is an inventive hybrid between documentary and improvised fiction, with director Goormaghtigh – who also provides her own superb camerawork – capturing her likeable, sometimes exasperating subjects at close quarters with their guard down. The result is a tender, wry view of the young Iranian male, as you’ve genuinely never seen him before. Jonathan Romney Dir-Scr Maryam Goormaghtigh. Prod Andrea Queralt, Luc Peter. With Arash, Hossein, Ashkan. France-Switzerland 2017. 80min. Sales Upside Distribution DOC THE GRIERSON TRUST


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