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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Low Tide
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Low Tide

Low Tide

director: Roberto Minervini
original title: Bassa marea
country: United States, Italy, Belgium
year: 2012
running time: 92 min.

synopsis

The film follows the life of a 12-year-old boy in an average, small town in Texas. Being in the great outdoors and exploring the local fauna on hot days is the only form of entertainment the boy ever gets when he’s not cleaning or running the household he shares with his emotionally distant mother. Whether she’s exhausted from a poorly paid job as a nurse at the old folk’s home or drunk after a sleepless night, her son takes on the role of a parent and provides her with loving care. Documentary aesthetics that use minimalist dialogues and cast non-actors as the main characters of the film reflect the social and economic problems of the lower class in the American South.

 

“Undeniably powerful & eye-wateringly beautiful. Minervini is such a confident filmmaker; his films are both spontaneous but evidently controlled. Low Tide is a mesmerising watch -- stripped back and quietly devastating.” 
– Jimmy Dean

https://letterboxd.com/film/low-tide/ 

biography

Roberto Minervini (1970) is an Italian film director, screenwriter, photographer, music producer, and university lecturer living in the United States. He studied economics in Italy, media studies in New York, and earned his doctorate in film history in Madrid. His films often blur the lines between documentary observation and dramatized storytelling.

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director: Roberto Minervini

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The Other Side
What does the concept of American freedom and independence even mean for a community full of drug addicts, strippers, war veterans, and ex-convicts living on the margins of society in a Southern small town? This detailed portrait of Louisiana residents from low-income backgrounds reveals how easy it is to despise people who are more inclined to be racist and militaristic regardless of what their life stories are or the difficulties they face in their daily lives. This feature film based on real characters and stories creates the illusion of a documentary that acts as a socio-critical and empathetic study of "rednecks" excluded from liberal-democratic discourse.   “Departing from reality means being held accountable and that makes my job deeper, I believe, and more meaningful.” – Roberto Minervini https://www.altkino.com/roberto-minervini-on-the-other-side
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The Other Side

Roberto Minervini
France, Italy / 2015 / 92 min.
section: Tribute: Roberto Minervini
What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?
In 2017, the American South saw a growing wave of violence and brutal killings against the African-American population caused by both police and right-wing extremists. The film documents the African-American community's response and its strategy to resist racially motivated violence and fight for justice for its people. The camera remains a silent observer witnessing protests in the streets, meetings of the reemerging Black Panther movement, and the day-to-day struggle of local entrepreneurs and community leaders, while the film itself offers intimate insight into the reality of systemic racism in the US and the Black community’s fears, hopes, dreams, and family lives.    “Why don’t they respect us? Because we were never considered people from the beginning. We was already considered animals.” 
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What You Gonna Do When the World's on Fire?

Roberto Minervini
Italy, United States, France / 2018 / 123 min.
section: Tribute: Roberto Minervini
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