Updated: Nov 8, 2019
First list of films in International Diorama - International Competition for Feature Films at Diorama International Film Festival 2019
Lebendig (Alive) directed by M Siebert (Germany, 94 mins, 2019,IC)
Sophie and Wolfram, both theater actors, want to spend their last days together. They share a fate. Diagnosed with cancer Sophie wants to end her life on her terms. In her apartment the two share intimate and tender moments.
Wolfram leaves behind his daughters to explore the gentle love to Sophie. She lies to her friends about her condition at a dinner party to have one last life affirming evening. Uli her best friend promises to bring the life ending medication during the next days.
With ups and downs in the days of waiting, through the power of her imagination; Sophie takes Wolfram to the stage one last time before breaking down in her apartment.
(Para Além Da Memória) Beyond Memory, directed by Miguel Babo (Portugal 109 mins, 2019,IC)
Faced with his brother's death under suspicious circumstances, Alexandre, a successful writer, is faced with the need of protecting his mother and family home. Memories linger of his mother's suffering during her battle with Alzheimer's. Father of three daughters from two failed marriages, Alexandre calls upon the help of a friend, a government minister, to help him deal with his brother's compromising debts, including the loss of the family home, which he left behind him. Revelations show that the debts are to an individual who has relations with some top-ranking officials from the Portuguese and Angolan governments.
I Married My Mother, directed by Domenico Costanzo (Italy, 84 mins, 2019,IC)
Saverio shares his affection between his family, composed by his wife Anna and their daughters, with whom he has a conflicting relationship, and his mother Rosa. When the latter falls ill with Alzheimer’s disease, her life is turned upside down and her family relationships worsen. But something positive happens “from above”, when he finds the love letters that his father wrote to Rosa before their engagement. It is precisely this epistolary relationship, and Giulia, the entertainer of the assisted health residence where his mother resides, to call into play her life and that of her family ... because love is in the soul and the soul does not die.
Iliana, directed by Vladimir Koyfman
Feodor, a famous art patron and collector, meets Iliana at the opening of a gallery exhibition. Charmed by Iliana’s ethereal beauty, sophistication, and intellect, a casual tet-a-tet in front of the painting “A Polyanitsa’s Smile”* , becomes the sudden parallel to their newly merged fate. Years later, a er married life has taken its toll, Iliana confesses to Feodor about peculiar events that led to their former husband’s death, one that she herself observed. This out of the blue confession, in addition to a sudden shift in her personality and increasingly odd behavior, puts Feodor on edge. With their relationship having already become distant and Feodor’s interest in the marriage having waned, Iliana’s confession gives him reason to suspect that she might know about his numerous love affairs. does she know? What is she a er? What will she do? Feodor’s curious nature is more torturous than alarming as to Ilana’s plans. Iliana invites their mutual friends, Igor and Margarita, over for a casual dinner at home. During dinner we discover that Margarita is just one of a myriad number of Feodor’s lovers. What will happen at dinner? Who’s set up surveillance cameras in Feodor’s home to watch as the situation unfolds?
MS.Purple, directed by Justin Chon
(South Korea,87 mins,2019,IC)
A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father's life.