It takes artists with a vision and a voice to bring our hopes, desires, dreams and nightmares to life in ways that challenge us to see more. Such an artist is Bernardo Bertolucci and we are extremely honored to have this august and uncompromising filmmaker as the festival’s Guest Artistic Director in 2012.
Several themes resonate throughout this year’s program. One is the intersection of reality and fiction — explored in both narrative and documentary form in films including LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE, ONLY THE YOUNG, PEARBLOSSOM HWY, REALITY and TCHOUPITOULAS. Other filmmakers delve even more deeply into subjects they have tackled before, with Cristian Mungiu revisiting the issue of women’s rights and Thomas Vinterberg providing an even more intimate insight into Danish society with his social drama THE HUNT. The tragic ramifications of religious extremism are rendered in BEYOND THE HILLS and Ulrich Seidl’s PARADISE: FAITH.
A number of foreign filmmakers are working in black and white, telling stories that exude the energy and spirit of American independents and the inspiration of the French New Wave and 1960s Italian cinema — EVERYBODY’S GOT SOMEBODY…NOT ME, NOT IN TEL AVIV and OH BOY. And there are exciting films from established artists revisiting the moment of their intellectual and artistic self-discovery — Sally Potter with GINGER & ROSA and Olivier Assayas with SOMETHING IN THE AIR.
We’re rewarded with epic spectacle in 42ND STREET, FINAL CUT — LADIES & GENTLEMEN, THE IMPOSSIBLE, KON-TIKI and LIFE OF PI, films meant to be experienced on the big screen, as is the experimental LEVIATHAN, the fresh NAIROBI HALF LIFE, TABU and Alain Gomis’ TEY.
Our 2012 program offers an essential view of the themes, stories and experiences of contemporary and artistic life around the world. Many of the filmmakers will present their films to you in person and we invite you to join us to celebrate their work.