Δευτέρα, 28 Ιουνίου 2010

The magic of cinema Ecofilsms 2010 awards


An air of celebration prevailed on Saturday June 26th outside of “Rodon” open air cinema throughout the Award Ceremony of the 10th International Festival of Films and Visual Arts Ecofilms.
The ceremony begun shortly after 21:00 with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kallithea which filled the cinema with happy melodies. Representatives of the Parliament, the Prefectural and Municipal Authorities of Rodos were present as well as diplomatic representatives of foreign countries, Greek and foreign directors, important people of the field of cinema and ecology. Among the cheery audience, one could recognize many old friends of the festival, coming from Rodos and the whole country.


The jury of feature length films composed of the directors: Angeliki Antoniou (Greece), Nic Balthazar (Belgium) and George Ovashvili (Georgia) The jury gave the 1st award to “Garbage Dreams”, of the Egyptian director, Mai Iskander.
The award was given by the Vice Mayor of Rodos, Mr. Yiannis Yiannakakis. The considerations according to which the selection was made are:
“A great story about THE zebellin the garbage kings of Cairo, combining the personal and the global, the ecological and the social, simplicity and yet depth. An unpretentious tale of recycling against all odds, made with lots of love and tenderness, combining personal stories with an original tale of globalisation and the threat of powerful international companies. A moving story of personal strength against an ecological nightmare, but without wagging the finger or being overly didactic.”
The award was received by the Egyptian Daniel Spartalis who wished that the creators will always be competent and they will keep suggesting their sensitive regard to the society.

The Second Feature Length Award was shared by the films “Bananas*!” of the Swedish director Fredrik Gertten and “The Peddler” of the Argentineans Eduardo de la Serna, Lucas Marcheggiano, Adriana Yurcovich. The jury underlined that it is
“A surprisingly well told story of killer capitalism told as a haunting legal thriller and a gripping court room drama. A gripping drama of poor workers in Nicaragua that try to get justice in THE court rooms of Los Angeles against powerful multinationals. A suspenseful saga of David and Goliath in a world where justice does not always come to those who need or deserve it.”
Fredrik Gertten sent us a note from Los Angeles, saying: “First of all congratulations to the winner. Our collegues. Also congratulations to the people of the beautiful island of Rodes for having such a well organized and cool festival. There are many festivals around the world, very few meets the standards of Ecofilms festival. So be proud. I write this from Los Angeles. As you might know DOLE food company sued us for this film. The corporation continued a hundred year long tradition, shooting the messenger, fighting the truth with aggressive power. We survived and fought back supported by people all over the world. So that's my message to you in Greece. Keep fighting back. Don't let the corrupt win.”
The Jury was impressed by the film “The Peddler”: “This original story walking on the borders between fiction and documentary draws a compelling and unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable cinematographer who makes movies literally single handed. Even though this is not a purely ecolological theme or story, still it is à very well crafted tale of à loner courageously making movies and Art to spread love and bring communities together.”
The directors sent us a note saying: “First of all we would like to say that we are very happy to get this “second prize for feature length films’ in the international competition. We thank the jury for this award and we thank the people who work in Ecofilms festival and specially Nikos Nikolaides who proposed our documentary to the festival. Our film is a film that tries to rescue the magic of cinema, a film that tries to stress his social function as a collective ritual. Is a hopeful view about life and about the future of cinema. We are happy that we could share it with you all. We hope that you have enjoyed it, that is our main prize We are sorry we cannot be with you this evening, we would like to be in such a wonderful prize. Again, thank you very much!”

Special Mention was given to the film “U-turn” of the Spanish Sergio Garcia de Leaviz because this film offers “An insightful look at our fascination with cars and everything causing this addiction that is menacing our environment and ourselves. This film opens our minds and makes us conscious of the hidden strategies of the automobile industry. A film that has the courage of its conviction but also the power to drive its point home with creative editing and a dynamic rhythm”.
The director sent us a note expressing his gratitude for the special mention and his regret for his absence and urged us to spread his message: “We would like to thank everyone at Ecofilms Festival 2010, to the organizers, to the jury and to the audience, for recognizing our documentary “U-Turn”. We wish that we could have attended this prestigious festival on the beautiful Island of Rodos. Unfortunately, we are currently in the United States in the middle of pre-production for our next project. Our main intention with “U-Turn” was to raise awareness about our addiction to cars and its consequences. This is not just a documentary; this is a call to action. Please, spread the word!”


The jury of medium length films was consisted of: Odysseas Sgouros (architect), Dimitris Indares (director) and Christos Zouras (economist). The jury announced the results of the medium length awards and the awards were given by the deputy of the Greek Parliament of Dodecanese, Mr. Stathis Kousournas.
The first medium length award was given to the film “Countryside 35x45” of the Russian director Evgeny Solomin because: “He managed to bring out, through an excellent cinematic language, all the aspects that characterize the social and moral values of a small Siberian town at the time of transition into the post soviet reality. The film uses a very substantial way to illuminate the depth of the human person that beyond political transformations, manages to stay connected to the vast internal limits and the heartbreaking nature of existence.”
The award was delivered to the representative of the Russian school of Rodos, M. Faidra Malandri, while the director sent us his greetings from the cold Siberia: “In my name and on behalf of the members of the shooting crew I wish to express my deep gratitude. We are touched by your attention to our film. It's the gratitude to the Jury first of all and it's the gratitude to the festival's team for the selection of “Countryside 35x45”. And it's the gratitude to audience too. I am really happy that the film was shown in Greece.”
The Second medium length award was given to the film “The Latent City” if the Indian director Krishnendu Bose: “An excellent film organized in a multilevel perspective on the transformation of the wider natural and cultural environment experienced by residents of large urban centres in developing countries and emerging capitals like New Delhi. Artistic and situationalist gestures appear in order to form a wider space of understanding trying to contribute through an interactive way to the establishment of a new urban consciousness that takes advantage of the synapses of local culture to illuminate issues of public space.”
The award was received on behalf of Krishnendu Bose by the Indian photographer Hari Sundaram while the director sent us his greetings: “I am delighted to accept this award. I would have love to be here in person, in this beautiful place and the festival but couldn’t make it. I am grateful to the Jury for acknowledging the ecological and cultural destruction; we are bringing on to our urban spaces, in the drive to globalize our cities. The true world class cities will be those which will be inclusive. Inclusive in conserving the resources the city has and providing for ALL the citizens within. My humble appreciation to Goethe institute, India to unconditionally support this project and to all the artist who gave their time for this film.”
Special Mention was given to the film “Pretend not to see me” of the Canadian director Katherine Knight: "The house, the personal space of the artist close to nature as a reservoir of life but also as an engine of personal and collective memory that can be turned into a tool of conquesting internal balance and an enlarged creative search for truth that energizes the truth and our relationship with the natural hierarchy of existence.”
The award was received on behalf of Katherine Knight by the Canadian Embassy’s representative, Mr. Christos Michalakis, while the director sent us a message saying: “I am thrilled that my film found a home here at this festival. Cinematographer Marcia Connolly, artist Colette Urban and I entered a magical zone during the month we filmed in Newfoundland. In making the film, I wanted to open a window into Colette’s world and her commitment to her art. To feel deeply is a gift and I think that Colette does that. I want to thank you for believing in this film. Thank you to the Canada Council for the Arts for financially supporting the project and to Sam Shabali for his great music. Congratulations Ecofilms for this fantastic festival and thank you for this special mention, which I treasure.”
The plea was then taken by Mr. Stathis Kousoumas who plead friend of the festival saying:
“This institution which is consolidated in Rodos allows the audience to watch films that they wouldn’t be able to watch in cinemas. All this reflection generated trough these films helps the local community to develop a different regard on international problems and transform them into action, seeing that everyone has the same problems but action is necessary in order to overcome problems.


The teacher Anastasia Zeppou, the Italian architect Marco Gaudenzi and the Swedish director Hasse Wester constitute the jury of short length films. The awarded were given by the Mayor of Rodos, Mr. Xatzis Xatziefthimiou.
The Jury gave the First Award to the film “Bringing life to space 1.3 – One year locked in a container” of the Danish directors Jakob Gottschau & Ojvind Hesselager , for the following reasons: “
“This historical Documentary shows unique archive material from Russian experiments conducted in the 1960’s, secret experiments aiming at sending people to other planets. People were locked in containers imitating the situation of living in a spaceship for very long periods of time. The Russian researchers found that we humans are very much dependent on nature to survive both from physical and psychological aspects and small farms had to be installed on board. The film incorporates this ecological aspect in a surprising and entertaining way and highlights our need for environmental protection in a most convincing way.”
Mette Lise Papathanasiou which comes from Danmark received the award on behalf of Jakob Gottschau & Ojvind Hesselager while the director Ojvind Hesselager who was in Rodos some days ago sent us the following message: “We – Express TV production in Copenhagen – herby thanks the jury and Ecofilms festival for winning the first prize in the short length films competition with the film “Bringing life to space 1.3 – One year locked in a container. The message from Ecofilms festival becomes more and more important. And it is a great honour to stand as a winner because so many fantastic films were represented and the competition was very hard. We saw many films at the festival that inspired us a lot. And we hope that Express TV Production in the future can use some of this inspiration in our further work. We are looking forward to come back to Ecofilms festival. We wish all you film-lovers a good celebration. Sorry we can not join you. We take a good glass of wine and say: Cheers from Copenhagen to Ecofilms festival!”
The second medium length award was given to “Underground Inferno” of the Indian directors Sanjeev Sivan and Umesh Aggarwal because: “The film deals with the effect of burning coalmines, fires that spread underground and cause terrible disasters in terms of distraction of villages and cities. These fires are also responsible of a large amount of emission of CO2, thereby contributing substantially to global warming. The alarming effect is that these fires cannot be stopped, and they occur in several countries all over the world.We feel that the film has a shocking message and is made in a very compelling and convincing way with a skillful blend of documentary, fiction and animations.”
The filmmaker sent us his greetings: “I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. I thank Luicia, the jury & the audience to have liked my work & awarding it. More than the award I am happy that I could present an issue of global concern to a global audience. Coal Mine Fires are not even considered a danger to our environment. That's an irony. If environmentalists, policy makers, scientists & fire fighter world over can just recognize this danger I would feel that I have contributed by bit to mother earth.”
Special Mention was given to the Greek director Vasilis Tanos for his film “Love at first sight” which “In a synthesis of three minutes it communicate to us that innocence, irony and sentiments are the secrets of the ecology of the mind.”
The Cinema Club of Rodos who coordinates the audience awards, awarded two equal awards to: “Goodbye, how are you?” by Boris Mitic from Serbia and “Eyes Wide Open” by Gonzalo Arijon from Uruguay.
Special Mention was given to the directors of the film “Remained” Kostas Agiannitis, Maria Geraki and Chrysanthi Zouroudi.


Feature length film award was given to the film “Rainbow warriors of Waiheke island” by the Dutch director Suzanne Raes.
Renske de Zwart, the scriptwriter and researcher of the film received the award on behalf of Suzanne Raes and said: “It was a great experience to be here in the festival with you, among so many good films. The struggle of people who fight for a better tomorrow is being continued by all ways all over the planet.”
Medium length film award was given to the Israeli director Regev Contes for his film “The worst company in the world” who said: “Rodos Ecofilms is a very bold festival. This is the first award we win and so I hope that it is going to change our karma!”
Short length award was given to the film “Winter Rest” from Hong Kong. The director Leung Man Ki and the producer Cheung Ming Yee were present in the ceremony and said: “We are very excited! Participating to this festival is a great honor for us. We saw many excellent films that inspired us and we had a great time here in Rodos”.

Πέμπτη, 10 Ιουνίου 2010

Εναλλακτικο Σινεμα στη Ρόδο

δημοσιευμα της εφημεριδας ΒΕΤΟ

Το Φεστιβάλ πλέον σήμερα είναι μια μοναδική πλατφόρμα στον κόσμο για το εναλλακτικό καινοτόμο ανεξάρτητο εκείνο σινεμά που αποποιείται τις νόρμες της εμπορικής συναλλαγής, φωτίζει την γόνιμη σκέψη και δράση που παράγεται σε όλο τον πλανήτη και έχει να κάνει με τη ζωή που επιλέγουν να ζήσουν κάποιοι σε ισορροπία με τη φύση μελετώντας την σοφία που συναντά κανείς στην φύση.
Κάθε χρόνο φιλοξενούμε ότι πιο όμορφο αισιόδοξο και πολύχρωμο έχει να δείξει ο πλανήτης, σε σινεμά που δεν ποζάρει στο ταμείο, αλλά αντανακλά ως καθαρός καθρέφτης την ψυχή μας. Και αυτή η επιλογή δεν μας πρόδωσε ποτέ. Γι αυτό και το κοινό αυξάνει. Οι σχέσεις μας με τους δημιουργούς μεταγράφονται σε όλο και πιο στενό βαθμό συγγένειας. Το γεγονός ότι υπάρχουν ακόμη κάποιοι που ούτε που αντιλαμβάνονται με τι υλικά ανθίζει τέτοιος κήπος κάθε χρόνο στη Ρόδο, μπορεί να σκιάζει κατά καιρούς τον ουρανό μας αλλά ταυτόχρονα μας δείχνει ότι πρέπει να επιμένουμε, όχι για να τους πείσουμε αλλά για να υπάρχουμε ερήμην κάθε συστήματος ...που κωφεύει.

more Ecofilms 2010 !!

visit our website http://www.ecofilms.gr/
for more information on films and schedule
The screening schedule in English
Ολες οι ταινιες στα Ελληνικα
αν πατησετε τον τιτλο μιας ταινιας σας οδηγει σε ειδικο πραθυρο με ολες τισ πληροφοριες για την σχετικη ταινια
Το προγραμμα προβολων στα Ελληνικα

Ιδου τρευλερς απο ορισμενες ταινιες
Here are the trailers of some more films




NUCLEAR NTR: Nothing to report (in French)

Pretend not to see me

Reviving Faith

The soul of Appliances

To North East

Arsy Versy

Concrete Coast


Plastic and glass

2755 Miles


Disarm and live

Unlimited-renewable energy in the 21st century

Waste: The nuclear nightmare (in French)

SKHIZEIN (in French)

Τρίτη, 8 Ιουνίου 2010

Ecofilms 2010 an overview

All ecofilms in english at the link
press each film title to get a pop up window with all the information on the film
The screening schedule in English
Ολες οι ταινιες στα Ελληνικα
αν πατησετε τον τιτλο μιας ταινιας σας οδηγει σε ειδικο πραθυρο με ολες τισ πληροφοριες για την σχετικη ταινια
Το προγραμμα προβολων στα Ελληνικα

Ιδου τρευλερς απο ορισμενες ταινιες
Here are the trailers of some films
More will follow
Θα aκολουθησουν κι αλλες


BANANAS!* trailer from WG Film on Vimeo.

The Rainbow Warriors of Waiheke island

The Piano Forest

Space Tourists

The Peddler

Το Κάλεσμα του Βουνού

The Worst Company in the World

Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

The Ice Sculptor

Garbage Dreams

Ένα δέντρο μια φορά


Seed Warriors


The painter of skies

Πέμπτη, 4 Μαρτίου 2010

Κινηματογράφος με ψυχή απ’ όλο τον κόσμο στο Ecofilms 2010…

Σήμερα, στις 4/3, στις 12:00, στο Αμφιθέατρο του ΥΠΠΟ πραγματοποιήθηκε συνέντευξη τύπου του ECOFILMS 2010.
Αυτή την ξεχωριστή ημέρα για το Φεστιβάλ ECOFILMS 2010, τίμησαν με τη παρουσία τους ο Δήμαρχος Ροδίων κ. Χατζής Χατζηευθυμίου, η Πρόεδρος του Οργανισμού Πολιτιστικής Ανάπτυξης της Νομαρχίας Δωδεκανήσου κ. Τζένη Φάκκα-Βασιλαράκη και ο Σχολικός Σύμβουλος 1ης Εκπαιδευτικής Περιφέρειας Α/θμιας Εκπαίδευσης Ν. Δωδεκανήσου κ. Πέτρος Σπανός.
Εκεί ήταν, όπως πάντα, η καλλιτεχνική διευθύντρια Λουκία Ρικάκη και ο συντονιστής Νίκος Νικολαϊδης, για να παρουσιάσουν το πρόγραμμα, αλλά και τις παράλληλες εκδηλώσεις του Φεστιβάλ, όπως και αυτές του ECΟKIDS ’10, που προηγείται χρονικά.

Στη συνέντευξη τύπου παραβρέθηκαν, επίσης, η Διευθύντρια της Γεν. Δ/νσης Κινηματογραφίας του ΥΠΠΟΤ κ. Λίλα Δασκαλάκη, η Εκπρόσωπος του Υπουργείου Παιδείας κ. Έφη Μεγαγιάννη και ο Διευθυντής του National Geographic κ. Νίκος Μάργαρης.
Το ECOFILMS ‘10 θα διεξαχθεί στην πόλη της Ρόδου, που έχει αγκαλιάσει θερμά το κινηματογραφόφιλο κοινό που την επισκέπτεται.
Οι προβολές και οι άλλες εκδηλώσεις θα αρχίσουν την Τρίτη 22 Ιουνίου, ενώ θα ολοκληρωθούν την Κυριακή 27 Ιουνίου 2010.

«Θα έρθουν και καλύτερες μέρες…»
«Σίγουρα πρόκειται για την σπουδαιότερη δράση που υλοποιεί ο Δήμος Ροδίων παρά τις δυσκολίες που έχουμε αντιμετωπίσει» αναφέρει ο κ. Χατζηευθυμίου για το φεστιβάλ ECOFILMS ξεκινώντας την ομιλία του.
Είναι, ωστόσο, αξιοσημείωτες οι δράσεις ECOKIDS που απευθύνονται στους μαθητές: «Έχουμε γίνει μάρτυρες κάποιων συγκινητικών εκδηλώσεων παιδιών που δεν θα μπορούσαμε να φανταστούμε. Οι μαθητές τοποθετούν σοβαρά αιτήματα και απορίες γεγονός που μας εκπλήσσει θετικά».

Άλλωστε, όπως μας λέει ο κ. Σπανός «Σε μια εποχή που όλοι μιλούν για περικοπές, το φεστιβάλ ECOKIDS δημιουργεί συνθήκες για τη διαμόρφωση ανθρώπων σκεπτόμενων, με πνεύμα ανήσυχο»

Σύμφωνα με την κ. Φάκκα, σε περιόδους κρίσης, με όπλο τον πολιτισμό και την τέχνη, «το φεστιβάλ ECOFILMS διεκδικεί τις καλύτερες μέρες που θα έρθουν, δίνοντας βήμα σε σκέψεις και προβληματισμούς ικανούς, αν όχι να μας δώσουν απαντήσεις, να διεγείρουν τη μισοκοιμισμένη ευαισθησία μας».

Η κ. Ρικάκη συμπληρώνοντας ανέφερε ότι «το Φεστιβάλ φιλοξενεί τις προτάσεις ανεξάρτητων δημιουργών οι οποίοι φωτίζουν τη θετική πλευρά της ζωής, προτείνουν δημιουργικές λύσεις απεμπλοκής μας από την κρίση και υπογραμμίζουν τις πιο σημαντικές αξίες της ύπαρξής μας»

Τον κύκλο των ομιλιών έκλεισε ο κ. Νικολαίδης τονίζοντας την προσφορά του φεστιβάλ όλα αυτά τα χρόνια: «Αυτή η ελπιδοφόρα διοργάνωση κάθε χρόνο έχει να κάνει μια κατάθεση για το περιβάλλον που ζούμε. Ας σκεφτούμε την μέχρι τώρα πορεία της: κάποια χρόνια πριν, όταν η οικολογία δεν ήταν ακόμα στη μόδα, ‘‘μίλησε’’ για τα προβλήματα της Λατινικής Αμερικής, τα μεταλλαγμένα τρόφιμα, τους μετανάστες, την προστασία των υδάτινων πόρων και πολλά άλλα φτάνοντας σήμερα να παρουσιάζει ένα πρωτότυπο-διεθνώς- οπτικοακουστικό υλικό από την Ινδία. Και όλα αυτά σε ένα περιφερειακό φεστιβάλ, με χρήματα της τοπικής αυτοδιοίκησης»
ΕCOKIDS: Το «μικρό αδελφάκι» του Ecofilms σύντομα στη Ρόδο
Πριν όμως φτάσει το κινηματογραφικό αυτό καλοκαίρι, οι μαθητές της Ρόδου, όπως κάθε χρόνο, θα ζήσουν μία φεστιβαλική εβδομάδα από τις 8 μέχρι τις 12 Μαρτίου. Φυσικά, πρόκειται για το ECOKIDS 2010, τη γνωστή διοργάνωση που φτάνοντας αισίως στην 5η χρονιά της, φαίνεται να έχει «μπει για τα καλά» στην καρδιά και το μυαλό παιδιών και εφήβων της Ρόδου.
Σκοπός των προβολών και των δραστηριοτήτων του μικρού αλλά μεγαλόψυχου αυτού φεστιβάλ είναι η ευαισθητοποίηση σε θέματα περιβάλλοντος, αλλά και της τέχνης του κινηματογράφου. Έτσι, 6.000 μαθητές θα επιλέξουν ανάμεσα σε 15 ταινίες από 11 χώρες εκείνες που ταιριάζουν στα γούστα και τα ενδιαφέροντά τους.
Το φετινό πρόγραμμα περιλαμβάνει αφιέρωμα στο ανθρώπινο, φυσικό και κατασκευασμένο περιβάλλον που ζούμε, στο κινούμενο σχέδιο «manga» και τις ταινίες animation που δημιουργήθηκαν από τους φοιτητές του ΤΕΙ Γραφιστικής Αθήνας.
(Περισσότερα στο ειδικό αναλυτικό δελτίο τύπου).
Τι θα δούμε στο ECOFILMS 2010;
Τι πιο όμορφη εικόνα από το να βλέπεις το νησί της Ρόδου σε κινηματογραφικό πυρετό… Πέντε ημέρες αφιερωμένες στο σινεμά, το περιβάλλον και τον πολιτισμό. Το ECOFILMS 2010 δε θα μπορούσε να γίνεται αλλού από την πόλη των Ιπποτών, με την πιο καλοκαιρινή διάθεση, μακριά από την πολύβουη Αθήνα. Κάπου να υπάρχει χρόνος και ψυχραιμία ώστε ν’ ακούγονται οι αλήθειες του ανεξάρτητου κινηματογράφου. Με φιλόξενη ατμόσφαιρα και κοινό που να διακρίνει τη μαγεία της δημιουργίας. Σίγουρα, το ECOFILMS είναι ένα από τα πιο οικεία φεστιβάλ, όπου υπάρχει πραγματική επαφή μεταξύ δημιουργού και θεατή. Μία επικοινωνία που επιτυγχάνεται με τις συζητήσεις μετά από τις προβολές, αλλά και τα σκηνοθετικά «πηγαδάκια» που είναι ανοιχτά στο κοινό κάτι ζεστά μεσημέρια...
Έτσι, ο κινηματογραφικός μαραθώνιος που ίσως κάποιοι θελήσουν να βιώσουν, ξεκινάει με 100 περίπου ταινίες δημιουργών από 47 χώρες, που καταθέτουν την αγωνία τους για το μέλλον του πλανήτη αλλά και των ανθρώπινων σχέσεων.
Οι δημιουργοί παρουσιάζουν με ψύχραιμη ματιά και γνώση, κάποτε όμως με αγανάκτηση και καταγγελτική διάθεση, τις διάφορες πλευρές των περιβαλλοντικών προβλημάτων, όπως η φωτορρύπανση, η ρύπανση λιμνών και ποταμών, η εξαφάνιση σπάνιων ειδών ζώων, η δραματική μείωση πρώτων υλών κτλ αλλά και την έλλειψη σεβασμού στην βιοποικιλότητα, τον περιφρονητικό τρόπο αντιμετώπισης άλλων πολιτισμών και άλλων τύπων κοινωνικών σχέσεων από το κυρίαρχο δυτικό μοντέλο.
Ταινίες που αγγίζουν με ποιητική ευαισθησία την ομορφιά του πλανήτη, τη πολυπλοκότητα των σχέσεων και των αντιλήψεων, την τέχνη και τον έρωτα. Με κλασική αφήγηση ή με τολμηρά και πρωτότυπα αφηγηματικά μέσα, με μια μίξη τεχνικών που προέρχονται από το ντοκιμαντέρ και την μυθοπλασία, αποτυπώνουν την εικόνα του κόσμου μας. Ο καθένας καταθέτει την υπογραφή, καθώς και τη δική του ιδιαίτερη εθνική, πολιτική, καλλιτεχνική και ηθική του στάση.

Κυριακή, 21 Φεβρουαρίου 2010

ecokids 8-12 March in Rodos 2010

Με τη πρώτη ματιά 2‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Η επικοινωνία δύο μοναχικών παιδιών τη στιγμή που κοιτάζουν έξω από το παράθυρο τους.
Το πιάνο στο δάσος 97‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Δύο μικροί γιαπωνέζοι πιανίστες ζουν τη μοναδική ιστορία του πιάνου που ζωντανεύει ήχους μαγικούς μέσα στο δάσος.

Πεταλούδες 2‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Ο κύκλος της ζωής της πεταλούδας.
Το σύστημα 102‘
Η Βενεζουέλα δίνει στα παιδιά που ζουν στις φτωχογειτονιές ένα σύστημα εκπαίδευσης στη Μουσική. Οργανώνουν συναυλίες και γυρίζουν όλο τον κόσμο.
Η πρώτη φωτια 22‘
την φωτια την πηρε το κορακι που εδεσε στο ραμφος του ενα ξυλο και το αναψε απο τη φωτια που εκαιγε στην ακτη της φυλης των Αλμυρων Νερων
Η γάτα που περπατούσε μόνη 13‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Πως άρχισαν να συνεργάζονται τα ζώα με τους ανθρώπους που ζούσαν στις σπηλιές.
Ο πιο γρήγορος εργάτης 19‘
Ένα μικρό παιδί δουλεύει στην κατασκευή τούβλων.
Το παλληκαράκι 14‘
Η δύσκολη ζωή μιας ομάδας παιδιών.
Παιχνίδι με πιστόλι 27‘
Δύο φίλοι δοκιμάζουν διαφορετικά παιχνίδια μέσα στο δωμάτιο και στην πολυκατοικία τους.

Δύο πλευρές της ζωής 2‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Η σχέση του ανθρώπου με τη φύση.
Μείνε μαζί μας 75‘
Η ιστορία του αγοριού που ταξίδευε μόνο και αναζητούσε πατρίδα, τροφή και κατοικία.

Μικροσκοπικά πλάσματα της θάλασσας 29‘
Ο David, εικονολήπτης και εξερευνητής μας ξεναγεί με υποβρύχιες λήψεις στον κόσμο των μικροσκοπικών θαλάσσιων οργανισμών.
Ψαρεύοντας 60‘
Η ζωή τριών φυλών Ινδιάνων που φροντίζουν τον ποταμό γιατί προμηθεύει τροφή και υποστηρίζει την υγεία τους.

Η γάτα που περπατούσε μόνη 13‘
Κινούμενο σχέδιο. Πως άρχισαν να συνεργάζονται τα ζώα με τους ανθρώπους που ζούσαν στις σπηλιές.
Οι κουρούνες που μιλούν 44‘
Ένα σοφό κοράκι ξεναγεί τα παιδιά του νηπιαγωγείου της Μόσχας στην πόλη και στην ιστορία της.
Ωμά 25‘
Η ζωή και η τροφή ενός αγοριού που ζει στην Ολλανδία και δεν τρώει τίποτα μαγειρεμένο.

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Δευτέρα, 29 Ιουνίου 2009

ecofilms 2009 awards see you in 2010

Ecofilms awards 2009 www.ecofilms.gr

The feature film jury: Jim Quilty, Richard Kwietniowski, Stergios Niziris,
Awarded their first award to
Pachamama” , by Toshifumi Matsushita (Japan-Bolivia).
Though the film’s director was not native Bolivian, it was a movie that rose above the limits of anthropology and documentary to tell a story about human and environmental matters in a context of change. “Pachamama” is an immensely well-made, imaginative and visual film with a very big heart.
The director was in New York and could not attend the ceremony, but Lucia Rikaki had a telephone conversation with him where he expressed his emotion and his joy for the prize and promised to join Rhodos as soon as possible.
The second prize was awarded to the movie:
King Corn, by Aaron Wolf (USA).
The jury agreed that it was very important to have a film in which the filmmakers turn their camera on their own country. “King Corn” is especially significant because the film-makers turn their very critical eye on America, the centre of the international economy. The film succeeds in developing a complex analysis on screen, a problem that is profoundly disturbing, yet delivered with a great sense of humor. A Hollywood-esque buddy movie about the world coming down with diabetes.
Special Jury prize was awarded to the movie
El Sistema, by Paul Smaczny (Germany)
An extraordinaire subject with far reaching implications that very few people know about. It’s an incredibly well made film in which it demonstrates the movement of the underprivileged children in the centre of the film as well as the bourgeois musicians who devised it.
The director, who also received by the Staff Award of the feature film competition has left Rodos after the screening of its film. In its message he said that he felt extremely flattered adding that:
I take this as a recognition for what El Sistema has achieved in Venezuela. As a recognition for José Antonio Abreu's visionary work, his humanistic approach to art and to the social problems in Venzuelian society. Thank you very much.

The medium film jury consisted of Aneta Lesnikovska, Irena Taskovski and Yiannis Mylopoulos. The jury made comments on the vast variety of this year’s films and underlined that:
One can reach the conclusion that Cinema on ecology looks like the object it cures. Its characteristics include a wide variety equivalent to the biodiversity that exists in Nature. And as long as biodiversity is threatened, this Cinema blooms, like an effort of mankind to restore, through Art, the damage that other sectors of human activities cause. But that’s always the way Art is. When not copying Life, Art opens new paths and saves our souls…
The jury gave the first award to the movie:
“The golden beach” by Hasse Wester
Because it records the dramatic changes of the magical and exotic beach in India due to the development of tourism, through the personal view of the director-traveller. He also describes the changes of the inhabitants due to the sudden invasion of money into their lives.
The director Hasse Wester while receiving the award said
I have spend 20 years of my life visiting this beach, noticing the changes of the people living there as their economical conditions where constantly changing. This has not happened solely in that beach. Virgin coasts lose their characteristics every day Thus, I tried to demonstrate the way of thinking of the people who live in that beach
The second award went to the movie:
“The beetle” by Yishai Orian (Israel)
The director not only looked for and managed to locate the car’s previous owners, who narrated their personal stories of their relationship with the car, but he also recorded his trip to neighboring Jordan which he took in order to repair the car for an affordable price. As the director shows us in the end, his son- who was born when the director was in Jordan – grows up with the car as well.
Karina Rubinstein received the award on behalf of the director and wished for peace
The special mention went to the movie

“The Deadline” by Phil Stebbing (UK)

The title of the film reminds us the fact that natural wealth is limited on the earth. A film that showed in a wonderful way, the problem of the catastrophe of the Oceans through overfishing and illegal fishing in the Atlantic and the huge issue of the quality and the source of our nutrition. The film did not limit itself to the presentation of the problem, but it extended and proposed activism as the effective solution for dealing with it.

The award was received by Thanasis Anapolitanos, President of the Mediterranean Antinuclear watch representing . Nikos Charalabides, General Director of the Greek Bureau of GREENPEACE who commented on the award
The fact that specialists – as you – consider that the story of the film contains something special, gives us the courage to go on. Sometimes I have the impression that there’s a conspiracy of those who engage in battles that some others consider already as defeated. That is why I personally believe that the roads of Greenpeace and those of the Ecofilms Festival get intertwine. I am sure that we will meet again in the future. Don’t give up! Be courageous and we cordially thank the organizers and the jury committee once more.
The director Phil Stebbing thanked the jury and said
Hopefully the Deadline film will alert people to the blatant destruction of the world's fish stocks and put pressure on governments everywhere to put down their napkins, clear away the fish bones from their plates and start to create a lifeline for the world's oceans by eradicating piracy once and for all from the world's fishing fleets.

Elena Giuffrida, Christos Georgiou and Evanthia Tsantila the short films jury
Awarded . the first jury prize to the movie
“Raw” by Annoeleck Sollart (Holland)
For highlighting with sensitivity the world of a very special child and for encouraging through the film the discussion on important social issues.
Annoeleck Sollart while receiving the award said I feel extremely happy that I am awarded for this film especially as this is a documentary for children and I wish to defend this genre which is now threatened by limited funding
The second prize went to the film
“The Big Ask” by Nic Balthazar (Belgium)
For communicating with strength the impeding environmental disaster and encouraging the world to take a stance.
The award was received on behalf of the director Nic Balthazar by the Dodecanese Consul for Belgium Mr.A.Kabourakis who conveyed the directors gratitude and congratulated the festival organizers


The ECOFILMS FESTIVAL 2009 gave the GREENAWARD, the green OSCAR, that is awarded by the Environmental Film Festival Network to a movie that was screened in Network’s Festivals last year. This year the awarded movie was “Encounters at the end of the world” by Werner Herzog. The movie had participated last year in the Ecofilms 2008 Festival and received the First Prize of the feature film competition. The award was given to the President of the Environmental Film Festival Network (EFFN), Gaetano Capizzi, by the deputy Spiros Kouvelis, who noticed the importance of the Ecological Festivals. “In crucial moments for the future of the environment it is important that artists contribute to the development of ecological thought and force governments to act, putting a limit in the environmental disasters and slowing down lawlessness. I attend the Ecofilms Festival for many years and I think that is a dynamic contribution to the cinema and to the ecological thought as well.


The Cinema Club of Rhodos awarded equally two movies:
“Trading the Future” by b.h. Yael (Canada) and
“Pachamama” by Toshifumi Matsusita (Japan)
The Cinema Club of Rhodos awarded equally two movies:
On behalf of the Club Mr. Giannis Hajicostas and Mr. Costas Calligas said
We award the movie “Trading the Future” because it demonstrates the difference between two possible worlds. On the one hand, revelational religious theories bound towards the end of the world, that encourage fatality and passivity, and on the other hand the conviction that no battles are beaten for the planet nor for the people, as long as we realize the situation, have faith and keep on struggling to change the world.
We also award the movie “Pachamama” for the way it deals with relationships among the members of a remote society and the values that regulate these relationships. It is a film visually perfect with a clear environmental message.


A new award was established this year. The award of the team working for the festival .
The short film competition award went to the movie
“The power of light” by the Anthony Utkin (Russia)
The medium length competition award went to the movie:
Addicted to plastic” by Ian Connacher (Canada)
The feature film competition award went to the movie:
El Sistema” by Paul Smaczny and Maria Stodtmeier (Germany)

Antigoni Mixafenti presented the awards and the vice-prefect of the Dodekanese Adrianna Bafiti gave the awards on behalf of the festival’s staff.
Paul Smaczny send the following message.
“Thank you very much for this wonderful award! I feel extremely honored and would like to thank the entire, wonderful team of Ecofilms for this most appreciated recognition. I'm very sorry not being with you tonight celebrating the closing ceremony but hope to see you all again in 2010 when you will be celebrating the 10th anniversary!
Ian Connacher received the award itself. In his thank you speech he mentioned that
the struggle for the decrease in the use of plastic as well as of all contagious elements, should be constant. He said that he loved the festival and discovering Rodos but he also underlined the fact that he observed here too the extensive use of plastic
Antony Utkin when receiving the award he said was really surprised as this was his first ever festival , he thanked the team and said that he would like return to the Rodos with another movie.

Afroditi Athanasopoulou, Evanthia Tsantila and Christos Georgiou. were the members of the jury of the greek film competition
The first award sponsored by the Greek Film Center was awarded to the fiction film
“Instructions” by Costas Yiallourides
Because it expresses with a simple and successful dramaturgy the desires and the fears of a love affaire.
The director received the award by the vice-mayor Mr. Taraslias and the vice- president of Greek Film Center Mr D.Sofianopoulos,
The second award went to the film:
“SOS, animals in danger” by Aggelos Kovotsos
Because it achieves to communicate its theme in a manner which is attractive to children and it also conveys important educational information which is of a great interest to all of us.
The writer of the film, Vaso Kanellopoulou, received the award and said that
The documentary is the participation of ERT in an EBU documentary series which contributes to the environmental awareness of young children. The script writer also reffered to the contribution of the 8-year-old student, the little reporter, who worked for the film. She loved the wildlife and realized that after all we are nothing different from the rest ecosystem.
The special mention was given to the film:
“Bells, threads and miracles” by Marianna Ekonomou
Because it focuses on a very special case, addressing religious and cultural matters.
The award was received by the writer of the film, Niki Tsiligiroglou, on the behalf of the director.

Δευτέρα, 22 Ιουνίου 2009

Lights, camera, Rodos Ecofilms

From a girl’s solo trek in Bolivia to plastic’s mass penetration, June 23-28 festival reflects the environment
A scene from ‘Alice in the Land’ (Chile), directed by Esteban Larrain (left). Right: From ‘Hair India,’ by Italian filmmakers Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi.
By Vivienne Nilan - Kathimerini English Edition
The ninth edition of the Ecofilms Festival runs June 23-28 on Rhodes, with 120 films from around the world. In addition to documentary and fiction films on environmental themes, visitors can expect to see previously unpublished archival film from the War Museum, and a tribute to innovative Greek filmmaker Stephanos Tsivopoulos.
Films in competition will contend in three categories, short, medium and feature length, and this year it’s Ecofilms’ turn to confer the Green Award from the Environmental Film Festival Network.
Presenting the program to the press on June 16 in Athens, the organizers emphasized the Rhodes connection. Not only does the festival receive most of its funding from the island’s municipal authority, plus a contribution from the Dodecanese prefecture – support that has outlived changes in political leadership – but it also achieves an impact on Rhodes that would be hard to attain elsewhere.
Aspiring local filmmakers are emerging, as the Ecokids spin-off attracts active participation from schools, and islanders have embraced the festival. “Ecofilms is a model of thinking locally and acting globally,” said the festival’s artistic director, Lucia Rikaki, who believes that people were more likely to be inspired to take action “in the heart of the country” than in large urban centers.
Kathimerini English Edition sampled some of the films on offer.
Esteban Larrain from Chile uses purely cinematic means to create visual poetry in his hauntingly beautiful documentary “Alicia en el pais” (Alice in the Land). Alicia Esquivel, a young Quechua woman, re-enacts a 180-kilometer walk she did in her early teens, crossing from Soniquera in Bolivia to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile seeking work. That is what we see: a girl, alone, striding through sun, rain and snow, living outdoors in a majestic landscape of rivers, plains, mountains and glaciers. Apart from brief encounters with villagers, there is nobody else and no dialogue in this 86-minute film, just music. Only at the end do we learn why she is walking, that she was deported from Chile as an illegal immigrant within a month of getting a job as a housekeeper, and that her trek echoes the traditional maturity rituals of Quecha adolescents. By then the film has cast its spell, taking us into Alicia’s world as if we too were walking.
“Hair India” by Italian filmmakers Raffaele Brunetti and Marco Leopardi also shows rather than tells. A family of villagers have their hair shaved off at a temple as a sacrifice, praying that the deity will cure the son’s eyesight. For them it is a matter of tradition and they have no idea what becomes of the hair. Meanwhile in Mumbai, a high-flying magazine editor orders hair extensions from Great Lengths, a company whose executives we see bidding for hair auctioned by temples.
The film shows the complex interplay of needs in a rapidly developing country.
“Addicted to Plastic” (Canada) uses more conventional means to send a message about the alarming amount of plastic we produce and discard.
Director Jim Connacher uses a mix of interviews and animation to show the extent of the problem. As one speaker says, “Plastic is being thrown away and the biggest problem is that there is no ‘away.’”
Yet there is some hope. Connacher also shows people working on alternatives and solutions: railway ties that are made not only from plastics but also trash; water-soluble bio-plastics made from plants; even a Sony PlayStation cover that is biodegradable in orange peel oil.
Screenings are at the Municipal Cinema and Rodon Open Air Cinema in downtown Rhodes, Admission is free.

Ecofilms starts

see the screening schedule at the link http://www.ecofilms.gr/04.SCHEDULE_09_gr.htm

Τρίτη, 31 Μαρτίου 2009


Ecokids 09 festival in action Screenings and a choice of hands-on activities turn children on to both ecology and cinema Suzie Templeton’s 2008 Oscar winner ‘Peter and the Wolf’ (above) will have its Greek premiere at Ecokids Rodos 09. Left: Pupils from Rhodes and Tilos participate in the first day of Ecokids.
By Vivienne Nilan - Kathimerini English Edition
Enthusiastic children from primary schools on Rhodes and a contingent that came by boat from Tilos enjoyed the first session of Ecokids Rodos 09 yesterday. A groundbreaking offshoot of Ecofilms International Film and Visual Arts Festival, Ecokids uses screenings and hands-on activities to get youngsters thinking about the environment and cinema.
The 16 films in this year’s program include several Greek and European premieres, notably Suzie Templeton’s 2008 Oscar-winning animated short “Peter and the Wolf.” With the emphasis on getting children actively engaged, classes choose one of five alternative screening programs and one of three activities – or they can suggest an alternative.
This year’s activity options include choosing an environmental topic for a one-minute film, contributing to an anthology of participants’ reactions to the festival that will be published and exhibited at next year’s festival, and making a storyboard. And there’s a blog where they can post their impressions (ecokidsrodos.blogspot.com).
Every year Ecokids offers a workshop on a different aspect of cinema and this time children will have a chance to learn about the different techniques of animation.
Ecokids continues to April 4 and 6,000 pupils are expected to attend, including a school group from Mytilene who will be on Rhodes for a school excursion.
For the first time this year, the festival has collaborated with the teacher training department of the University of the Aegean, whose students will attend the screenings and help evaluate the festival by handing out questionnaires to teachers and schools.
Ecokids is funded in its entirety by the Municipality of Rhodes, which also bears the lion’s share (80 percent) of the cost of Ecofilms.
Speaking to the press on March 26, Lucia Rikaki, artistic director of Ecofilms, paid tribute to local government authorities on Rhodes for their support. Ecofilms 2009 will be held on Rhodes June 23-28, with 108 films from 42 countries. And 67 films from 34 countries will compete for two awards in each category of short-, medium- and feature-length films. A new Green Award from the Environmental Film Festivals Network, of which Ecofilms is a founding member, will go to the film that best promotes awareness of environmental issues. Artistic qualities and originality will also be taken into consideration.

Τετάρτη, 25 Μαρτίου 2009

Festival press conference

Πέμπτη, 26/3/2009 11.30 π.μ.
Αμφιθέατρο Υπουργείο Πολιτισμού Μπουμπουλίνας 20-22

Αγαπητοί φίλοι,
το ECOFILMS 2009, το Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Οικολογικού και Κοινωνικού Κινηματογράφου στη Ρόδο, έχει τη χαρά να σας προσκαλέσει στην συνέντευξη που διοργανώνει για τους δημοσιογράφους του έντυπου και ηλεκτρονικού τύπου, την Πέμπτη, 26/3/2009, και ώρα 11.30 π.μ. στο Αμφιθέατρο του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού, Μπουμπουλίνας 20-22, πίσω από το Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο.
Η Λουκία Ρικάκη, καλλιτεχνική διευθύντρια και ο Νίκος Νικολαΐδης, Συντονιστής, θα σας ενημερώσουν για τις φετινές ταινίες που μετέχουν στο Φεστιβάλ, διαγωνιζόμενες ή μη, αλλά και για όλες τις άλλες δραστηριότητες, πρωτοβουλίες ή νεωτερισμούς της φετινής διοργάνωσης, όπως το Greenaward 2009, του οποίου την διοργάνωση έχει φέτος αναλάβει, τα αφιερώματα και όλες τις άλλες παράπλευρες εκδηλώσεις αλλά και για τις προσωπικότητες από την Ελλάδα και το εξωτερικό, που θα πλαισιώσουν τις επιτροπές ή τις δραστηριότητες του Φεστιβάλ.
Τη Δευτέρα στις 30/3 ξεκινά στη Ρόδο το ECOKIDS 2009, http://ecokidsrodos.blogspot.com/ το Φεστιβάλ κινηματογράφου για τους μαθητές με ταινίες που στοχεύουν στην οικολογική και κοινωνική ευαισθητοποίηση των παιδιών και των εφήβων και στη μύησή τους στα μυστικά της τέχνης του κινηματογράφου, στη συνέντευξη θα παρουσιαστεί και υλικό από αυτό το Φεστιβάλ, που φέτος επικεντρώνεται στη μαγική τέχνη του κινουμένου σχεδίου. Σας περιμένουμε για να συζητήσουμε από κοντά και να απαντήσουμε σε όλες τις ερωτήσεις σας.

Γραφείο τύπου Μαρώ Τριανταφύλλου
Τηλ. 6945976771
email triamaro@gmail.com info@ecofilms.gr

Κυριακή, 1 Μαρτίου 2009

το νεο μπλογκ για το Ecokids

Οι προφεστιβαλικές εκδηλώσεις για παιδιά και μαθητές απέκτησαν το δικό τους μπλογκ!

Σε αυτό θα δημοσιεύονται ολες οι πληροφορίες γιά τις ταινίες και οι μαθητές μπορούν να δημοσιευουν τα δικά τους σχόλια για την κάθε ταινία που θα βλέπουν

Τρίτη, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

τα προγραμματα προβολων στο Ecokids

Ecokids festival 30 Μαρτίου ως 4 Απριλίου Ρόδος

Πριν επικοινωνησετε με τον Πολιτιστικο Οργανισμο του Δημου Ροδιων για κρατησεις θεσεων για τις προβολες ενημερωθειτε απο τα τελευταία ποστ εδω στο μπλόγκ για το περιεχόμενο των ταινιών (foto-trailer) που θέλετε να δείτε
Οι Προβολες πραγματοποιούνται
στο Δημοτικό Θεατρο και στο Ενυδρείο

πρόγραμμα 1
διαρκεια 95 λεπτα
1.Γραμμένο απο τον Γκάντι 1’
2.Ο Μότσαρτ στην Κινα 94’

πρόγραμμα 2
διαρκεια 92 λεπτα
1.Η γέφυρα Tsuribashi 3’
2.Tony ο Χρυσοθήρας 89’

πρόγραμμα 3
Αφιερωμα στο Κινούμενο Σχεδιο
διαρκεια 61 λεπτα χωρις τα διαλειματα
1.Η Γεφυρα Tsuribashi 3’
2.Απαγορευται στους πιγκουίνους 5’
3.Βηματα 15’
4.Πέτρος και ο Λύκος 38’
πρόγραμμα 4
διαρκεια 55’ λεπτα χωρις τα διαλειματα
1.Απαγορευται στους πιγκουίνους 5’
2.Ρόζ Συννεφο 8’
3.Η ιστορία του Baba 20’
4.Ταξιδιωτικός οδηγός 2’
5.Ακόμη ενας φίλος ERT EBU 15’
6.SOS! Ζώα σε Κίνδυνο Η Οχιά της Μήλου (6΄)
πρόγραμμα 5
διαρκεια 56’ λεπτα χωρις τα διαλειματα
1 διαφημισεις απο την αναποδη 5’
2. SOS! Ζώα σε Κίνδυνο Ο Αργυροπελεκάνος (6΄)
3. SOS! Ζώα σε Κίνδυνο Η Καφέ Αρκούδα (6΄)
4. Πέτρος και ο Λύκος 38’

Δευτέρα, 23 Φεβρουαρίου 2009

Ο Μότσαρτ στη Κίνα μία ακόμη απο τις ταινίες του Φεστιβάλ γιά μαθητές

Οι μαθητές στη Ρόδο θα δουν σε πρεμιέρα πριν απο τους γονείς τους μια υπέροχη ταινία γυρισμένη στην Κίνα που θα προβληθει και στο φεστιβάλ τον Ιουνίο. Ευχαριστούμε το Φεστιβάλ Ολυμπίας και τον σκηνοθέτη Νικο Θεοδοσίου για την υπόδειξη της ταινίας
των Bernd Neuburger & Nadja Seelich
Η ιστοσελίδα είναι στα Γερμανικά αλλα εχει πολλες ενδιαφέρουσες πληροφορίες γιά την ταινία για όσους γνωρίζουν τη γλώσσα
Διάρκεια Running Time: 90'
Συμπαραγωγή Co- Production: Kick Film, Bavarian Television, COOP99, Kery Film
Ένα αγόρι με ρίζες από την Κίνα και την Αυστρία, καλεί την φίλο του τον Ντάνι να περάσουν μαζί τις καλοκαιρινές διακοπές στο σπίτι του παππού του, στο νησί Χαϊνάν στο νότιο άκρο της Κίνας. Ο Μότσαρτ, μια μαριονέτα, το βράδυ εκείνο ζωντανεύει, κρύβεται στην βαλίτσα του Ντάνι και πετάει με τους δυο τους στην Κίνα.
Με την βοήθεια της εγγονής του της Λιν-Λιν ο παππούς αποκαθιστά το κουκλοθέατρό του. Ο Ντάνι και η Λιν-Λιν γίνονται φίλοι, ενώ ο Μότσαρτ ερωτεύεται την πανέμορφη πριγκίπισσα της σκιάς, για την οποία συνθέτει την «Κινέζικη Σονάτα».
Έρχεται όμως μεγάλη συμφορά όταν ο τοκογλύφος χτυπάει την πόρτα του παππού. Καθώς οι πολύχρωμες κούκλες ζωντανεύουν για το κουκλοθέατρο, ο Μότσαρτ και τα παιδιά πρέπει να βρουν τρόπο να μην πάθει τίποτα το θέατρο. Θα τα καταφέρουν; Αποφασίζουν να ανεβάσουν μια παράσταση για να μαζέψουν χρήματα, με λίγη βοήθεια απ’ τον Μότσαρτ. Μια γοητευτική ιστορία που ενώνει τον Κινέζικο και τον Αυστριακό πολιτισμό και το κουκλοθέατρο με την μουσική.Η Ανατολή συναντά την Δύση σε αυτή την ιστορία κουκλοθεάτρου, μουσικής και αναπάντεχης φιλίας.
Σκηνές απο τα γυρίσματα της ταινίας στη Κίνα
A young Chinese Austrian boy invites his friend Danny to spend their summer vacation at the house of his grandfather on Hainan Island on the southern tip of China. Mozart, a theatre marionette, comes alive that night, hides in Danny’s suitcase and flies with the two to China.
With the help of his granddaughter Lin Lin, Grandfather restores his shadow theatre.
A friendship develops between Danny and Lin Lin, and Mozart falls in love with the beautiful shadow princess, for whom he composes the “Chinese Sonata.”
A catastrophe arrives when the loan shark comes knock at Grandfather’s door. As the colourful shadow puppets come to life in the shadow theatre only, Mozart and the kids have to find a solution to keep the theatre intact. Will they succeed? They decide to put on a show to raise money, with a little help from Mozart. This is an enchanting story that seamlessly brings together Chinese and Austrian culture, puppetry and music. East meets west in this tale of puppetry, music and unexpected friendships. FIFEM - Festival du Film pour les Enfants Montreal WINNER: “Prix du Public” Filmfest MünchenLondon Children’s Film Festival 2008 Musikfilmtage OberaudorfInternational Film Festival CairoFilm Festival Zlin, Czech Republic Film Festival Hamedan, IranFilm Festival Seoul, Korea La Matatena Film Festival, Mexico City International Film Festival Tel Aviv Divercine Film Festival Montevideo, Uruguay Fünf-Seen-Festival 2008 Στις τελευταίες φωτο Οι δημιουργοί της ταινίας
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