2016, Grasshopper Film, 96 min, Spain/Morocco/France/Romania/Qatar, Dir: Oliver Laxe

Director Oliver Laxe’s new film is a breathtakingly shot “Eastern Western,” which follows a caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. The elderly sheik’s last wish is to be buried with his loved ones in the village where he was born. But death does not wait, and without their leader, the company grows fearful and entrusts the body to two men who agree to bring it to its final destination. Meanwhile, in another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan. Winner of the Nespresso Grand Prize at Cannes Critics’ Week 2016, among other international awards.

2015, 74 min, Dir: Mauro Herce

A freighter crosses the ocean; the hypnotic rhythm of its pace reveals the continuous movement of the machinery devouring its workers: the old sailors’ gestures disappearing under the mechanical and impersonal pulse of 21st century neo-capitalism. Perhaps it is a boat adrift, or maybe just the last example of an endangered species with engines still running, unstoppable. Awarded with a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival 2015 and Best Film at DocsLisboa 2015, among other international recognitions.

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