A Mao e a Luva - The Story of a Book Trafficker
Roberto Orazu | Brazil/Italy | 2010 | Exempt
The film takes place in one of the poorest and most needy areas in the city of Recife, the Pina favela, following the story of thirty-five-year-old Ricardo Gomes Ferraz, better known as Kcal, a poet and musician, who has turned his house into a library for the children of his community. Sacrificing his few resources for over fifteen years, he has bought second-hand books in dozens of different places all over the city. The library has become a meeting place for hundreds of children and adults, a place where dreaming is not forbidden, where imagination can fly to places very different from the favela in which they live.
Ilsa negra, White Island
Ventura Durall | Chile/Spain | 2004 | Exempt
After having travelled around the world, the poet Pablo Neruda had four homes built and renovated for him in his native Chile and in France. He wrote a good part of his work in these houses where he lived until 1973. The houses are closely associated with the poet’s friendship with the Catalan architect Germà Rodriguez Arias. Arias was hired to design most of the poet’s architectural follies. This film explores the history of these houses which the poet and the architect erected together, in two different esthetic styles: on the one hand, an irrational Nerudan world, and on the other Bauhaus lines and rationalism.