Cine Club

Thursday 25 April 2013 at 20:00
CERN Council Chamber

In partnership with the 8th Festival International du Film Oriental de Genève (FIFOG)

Unknown Land

Directed by Manuel de Coco (Yemen/Greece/Cyprus, 2012)

Original version arabic / english; english subtitles; 80 minutes

The Arab Spring, Yemen 2011. The civil war continues. It's the monsoon season and life goes on smoothly for the inhabitants of Socotra Island. Not far from land, a sailing boat bearing an Israeli flag sinks and the search for survivors begins. A castaway is washed ashore a secluded beach. A sudden development leads to an unexpected turn... On the other side of the island, a native dreams of the castaway seeking his help. He prays to God for answers. Now it has become difficult for him to distinguish the line between fantasy and reality. This adventure begins through the castaway's body, an ordinary man who in the sinking of his life sees for the first time a chance to reawake, to know gratefulness, to be reborn. Will he overthrow destiny? Will he get back alive?

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Thursday 2 May 2013 at 20:00
CERN Council Chamber

Ashik Kerib

Directed by Sergueï Paradjanov (USSR, 1988)

Original version azerbaijani / georgian; english subtitles; 73 minutes

Wandering minstrel Ashik Kerib falls in love with a rich merchant's daughter, but is spurned by her father and forced to roam the world for a thousand and one nights - but not before he's got the daughter to promise not to marry till his return. It's told in typical Paradjanov style, in a series of visually ravishing 'tableaux vivants' overlaid with Turkish and Azerbaijani folksongs.

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