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CIRCLE Showcase at Cannes Docs
2022

CIRCLE Showcase at Cannes Docs presented four projects. Find more about the selection on Variety.

TWICE COLONIZED

Directed by: Lin Alluna
Produced by: Emile Hertling Péronard, Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Bob Moore

Developed through: CIRCLE 2020

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Renowned Inuit lawyer Aaju Peter has led a lifelong fight for the rights of her people. When her youngest son unexpectedly passes away, Aaju embarks on a highly personal journey to bring her colonizers in both Canada and Denmark to justice. But is it possible to change the world and mend your own wounds at the same time?

Awards and festival presence:  “Twice Colonized” by Lin Alluna won the Docs-In-Progress award in Cannes in 2022 and the Cineuropa award 2022 before premiering in Sundance and opening both CPH:DOX (Copenhagen) and Hot Docs (Toronto) film festivals in 2023. 

BECOMING EMA

 

Directed by: Patricia Drati

Produced by: Sidsel Lønvig Siersted


Developed through: CIRCLE 2020

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When expecting their second child Ema and Tomas decide to abandon modern city life and start a life deep in the countryside of Mallorca. At a distance from society's dogmas of career, wealth and success, they bring up their children in a simple and sustainable way, close to nature. One year into their dream, the pandemic hits, Tomas loses his job, and the family is forced to reevaluate their life. Becoming Ema explores what 'the good life' is - for us and for our children - but also challenges the consequences of the family's radical choices.

LIGHTS FALL VERTICAL

Directed by: Efthymia Zymvragaki
Produced by: Angelo Orlando, Patricia Sánchez Mora, Anna Bofarull, Valentin Thurn


Developed through: CIRCLE 2020

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“Lights fall vertical” explores what happens when an abusive man speaks out, positioning himself as a critic of violence. Without excusing his acts, the film creates a space in which the abuser has a voice, bringing a new perspective on violence and abuse with a focus on the breaking of violent cycles and the urgent need for a healing process in society. As a child Ernesto experienced his father’s violent attacks against his mother. Once an adult it turned out that he had inherited the patterns of violence. He ended up in a psychiatric hospital after trying to kill his wife and son. It took decades of abusive behavior with different relationships until he recognized he had an issue. He then described his inner conflict in an autobiographical novel. Now it is time to turn it into a movie.

Awards and festival presence: "Lights fall vertical" by Efthymia Zymvragaki had its World Premiere at IDFA festival in 2022 and nominated for IDFA Best First Feature Award. It premiered in Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2023, Málaga Film Festival, DOK.fest München, Docs Barcelona, Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara and TIDF - Taiwan International Documentary Festival 2024.

NEM HALTAG MEG (A SUCCESSFULL MAN)

Directed by: Asia Dér 
Produced by: Noémi Veronika Szakonyi, Máté Artur Vincze

Developed through: CIRCLE 2019

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A life loving, successful gallery owner’s life turns upside down when at the age of 50, he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He takes it as a chance to confront his long suppressed existential questions. But coming face to face with his true self turns out to be more frightening than death. He, a son of poor factory workers, learned how to march forward and be strong, but now has to embrace his weak side too. Through the intimate portrayal of Gabor’s fight, the film deals with the existential struggle of the modern world. If not a fatal illness, what can make us slow down to be able to listen to what we really need?

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