Director's Choice: Ciro Guerra

With his EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, which premiered in Cannes, the Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra has been hugely successful at various festivals and in the cinema. His latest film BIRDS OF PASSAGE (co-directed with Cristina Gallego) celebrated its world premiere at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes and its Swiss premiere at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and was Colombia's Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film 2019.

«Glauber Rocha's debut feature, which opened the Pandora's box of his genius.»
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia (2011)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkey
151′
Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...
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«Ceylan had already made it clear before how well he was mastering his craft, but from this film on his cinema took a new poetic flight towards the infinite, the unfathomable. The night scenes are simply unforgettable.»
The Cranes Are Flying (1957)
Michail Kalatosow
Russia
91′
Veronika and Boris come together in Moscow shortly before World War II. Walking along the river, they watch cranes fly overhead, and promise to rendezvous before Boris leaves to fight. Boris misses the meeting and is off to the front lines, while Veronika waits patiently, sending letters faithfully. After her house is bombed, Veronika moves in with Boris’ family, into the company of a cousin with his own intentions.
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«Kalotozov's technical mastery is one of the great wonders of the history of cinema. His films are full of astonishment and audacity.»
«Another masterpiece by Patricio Guzmán, which takes documentary language to the level of poetry and the highest science.»
Teza (2008)
Haile Gerima
Ethiopia
133′
Anberber has studied in Germany and returns post-graduate to Ethiopia. He is full of hope that he can support his country with his newly acquired knowledge. It's a story about hope and disillusionment, about foreignness and homeland.
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