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Grasshopper Film (Firm)

Overview
Works: 115 works in 202 publications in 8 languages and 5,536 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Drama  History  Biography  Biographical films  Detective and mystery films  Case studies  Thrillers (Motion pictures)  Comedy films 
Roles: Distributor, Publisher
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Most widely held works by Grasshopper Film (Firm)
Last men in Aleppo by Khaled Umar Harah( Visual )

7 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in Arabic and English and held by 696 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets, an organization comprised of ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards explosions in the hope of saving lives ... the documentary draws us into the lives of three of its founders - Khaled, Subhi, and Mahmoud - as they grapple with the chaos around them and struggle with an ever-present dilemma: do they flee with their families or stay and fight for their country"--Container
Right now, wrong then by Sangsu Hong( Visual )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in Korean and English and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A deliciously intricate comedy of manners that exposes the fissures in male-female relationships and in cinema itself.. Quite by mistake, art-film director Chunsu arrives in Suwon a day early. With time to kill before his lecture the next day, Chunsu stops by a restored, old palace and meets a fledgling artist, Yoon Heejung. She's never seen any of his films, but knows he's famous. They talk. And together, they go to Heejung's workshop to look at her paintings, have Sushi and Soju.. Their romantically-charged chance meeting continues all the way to a brilliant and achingly funny end point, at which time ... we begin again. But now some things appear different ... Winner of the Golden Leopard and Best Actor (Jung Jae-young) at the Locarno International Film Festival.. "This doubled up story is thoughtful, introspective, and reflective on how subtle changes can affect outcomes large and small."--Bradley Gibson, Film Threat
Kate plays Christine( Visual )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In preparation for a film role, actor Kate Lyn Sheil conducts an investigation into the death of Christine Chubbock, a Sarasota, Florida newscaster who in 1974 committed suicide on the the air, the event that served as inspiration for Sidney Lumet's Oscar-winning film Network
Don't blink, Robert Frank( Visual )

4 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Frank revolutionised photography and independent film. He documented the Beats, Welsh coal miners, Peruvian Indians, The Stones, London bankers, and the Americans. This is the bumpy ride, revealed with unblinking honesty by the reclusive artist himself. Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. "Rather than being a film about an artist, it's an attempt to show us what it's like to actually be an artist."--Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times. "Enthusiastic, excited, and earthy celebration of artistic creation and the life that makes it inevitable." - Jacob Olier, Film Stage
The prison in twelve landscapes( Visual )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An examination of the prison and its place -- social, economic and psychological -- in American society. Excavates the often-unseen links and connections that prisons and our system of mass incarceration have on communities and industries all around us-- from a blazing California mountainside where female prisoners fight raging wildfires to a Bronx warehouse that specializes in prison-approved care packages to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of new prison jobs to the street where Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson. Includes interviews with ex-convicts, prisoners and people who live near prisons
Did you wonder who fired the gun?( Visual )

3 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Filmmaker Travis Wilkerson investigates his great grandfather S.E. Branch's 1946 murder of Bill Spann, an African American man, in Dothan, Alabama, asking questions about the culture that allowed Branch to get away with the crime without any measure of punishment
[Lu bian ye can] by Gan Bi( Visual )

1 edition published in 2017 in Chinese and held by 186 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen, decides to fulfill a family wish and sets off on a train journey to search for his brother's abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where past, present, and future--as well as fantasy and reality-- become one
Nocturama by Bertrand Bonello( Visual )

5 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in French and held by 181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A group of tense, shifty adolescents prowl the streets and subways of Paris, learning through carefully delineated sequences that they're already well underway with a bombing plot. And then it becomes something familiar, yet altogether different, as these subversives tuck away inside a shopping mall and lose themselves in consumer culture
Casa de Lava by Pedro Costa( Visual )

4 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in Portuguese and English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In only his second feature, Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa brilliantly reworked Jacques Tourneur's classic I Walked with a Zombie into a reflection on his country's colonial legacy. A nurse, Mariana, accompanies Leão to his home on the volcanic islands of Cape Verde after an accident sends him into a coma. Yet he goes unrecognized by fellow denizens, leaving Mariana trapped with and eventually entranced by a mysterious community. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. "New enigmas reveal themselves with each new viewing."--Jacques Rivette. "Costa creates moody, luminous tableaux to conjure an incantatory, Faulknerian earthiness." - The New Yorker
Spettacolo( Visual )

6 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in Italian and held by 159 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Once upon a time, villagers in a tiny hill town in Tuscany came up with a remarkable way to confront their issues: they turned their lives into a play. Every summer, their piazza became their stage and residents of all ages played a part - the role of themselves. Monticchiello's annual tradition has attracted worldwide attention and kept the town together for 50 years, but with an aging population and a future generation more interested in Facebook than farming, the town's 50th-anniversary performance just might be its last. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, interweaving episodes from its past with its modern-day process as the villagers turn a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world"--Container
Kaili Blues : Lu bian ye can by Gan Bi( Visual )

4 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in Chinese and held by 151 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A stunning debut from Chinese director Bi Gan, KAILI BLUES is an audacious, mesmerizing work that announces the arrival of a major new filmmaker. In a small clinic in the rain-drenched city of Kaili, two preoccupied doctors live ghost-like lives. One of them, Chen, decides to fulfill a family wish and sets off on a train journey to search for his brother's abandoned child, only to find himself in a dreamlike world where past, present, and future--as well as fantasy and reality--become one. This remarkable visual achievement, was shot in the mining village Kaili, the director's birthplace, and incorporates poetry he has been writing since he was a teenager
The Thoughts That Once We Had( Visual )

3 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Described in an opening text as a "personal history of cinema, partially inspired by Gilles Deleuze," THE THOUGHTS THAT ONCE WE HAD from master cinematic essayist Thom Andersen (Los Angeles Plays Itself, Red Hollywood) is a richly digressive journey through cinema. A found-footage film composed entirely of unidentified, yet often recognizable, film Filmclips and concise intertitles written by Andersen, Thoughts leap associatively, like Deleuze, across a vast territory spanning from Griffith to Godard, using dynamically cinematic images and sequences not to explain, but to embody Deleuzian ideas in all their rich ambiguity and nuance. "We don't just learn about Deleuze; we learn it is possible to love blues music, Maria Montez, Communist propaganda films, and Cheech and Chong in equal measure."--Sam Weisberg, Village Voice. "This is a fascinating meditation on film and history and if you're not careful, you just might learn somethin'." - Bradley Gibson, Film Threat
The Illinois Parables( Visual )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this breathtaking new documentary, noted filmmaker Deborah Stratman recounts eleven episodes from American history to consider how societies are shaped by belief and ideology.. Concentrating on her home state of Illinois (often referred to as a miniature version of America), Stratman extracts, and reflects upon, a series of disruptive historic events-from the violent eviction of the Cherokee to the establishment of a utopian community of French Icarians, the invention of the nuclear reactor and the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton.. Utilizing an array of cinematic tools, including reenactment, archival footage, observational shooting, inter-titles, sound design and voiceover, Stratman probes beneath the surface of our national identity, examining the larger forces at work, and specifically, the role belief and ideology played in its construction.. Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Winner of the Independent/Experimental Film and Video Award at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.. "Stratman's oblique and moving collage argues that ... collective memory ... [resides] not so much in human consciousness as in the lore and topography of places."--A.O. Scott, The New York Times
The 100 Years Show by Alison Klayman( Visual )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From architecture studies in Cuba to New York's Art Students League to Le des Réalités Nouvelles in Paris, Carmen Herrera's life has spanned continents and art movements, and demonstrates a persistent devotion to her work. She was a pioneer and a peer of many male artists who received great recognition in their time. Her story is just one example of the many great artists whose accomplishments were overlooked because of their gender, ethnicity or nationality. Directed by Alison Klayman, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed documentary Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, THE 100 YEARS SHOW demonstrates the power of artistic vision to sustain itself. Official Selection at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Winner of Best Short Documentary at the Ashland Independent Film Festival and Best Documentary Short at the Heartland Film Festival
Fengming( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Winter in China. A town in the snow. Night is falling. Wrapped in her red coat, an elderly woman walks through a housing complex to her modest apartment. Inside, Fengming settles into her armchair and remembers. She begins to recount the gripping and almost unbelievably heartrending story of her troubled experiences as a once-ardent member of the socialist movement - a former journalist accused of harboring right-wing tendencies, separated from her family, and sent to a re-education camp where she endured hard labor, starvation, and humiliation. Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival. "Gripping. A sweeping saga. FENGMING stands alongside first-person precedents like Shirley Clarke's 'Portrait of Jason' and Errol Morris's 'The Fog of War' in its ability to wrest powerful effects from the deceptively simple setup of a lone raconteur."--Artforum
Half-Life in Fukushima( Visual )

2 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in Japanese and English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a Japanese farmer ekes out a solitary existence within the radiation red zone. As Naoto wanders through the empty streets of his hometown, he confronts the remnants of a lost society
Fireworks Wednesday by Asghar Farhadi( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Academy Award winning director of A Separation and About Elly, Asghar Farhadi's FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY is a dramatic story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a housemaid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is immediately thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. The wife, Mojdeh, is convinced her husband is having an affair with a recently divorced woman living next door and enlists Rouhi as a spy, to follow her husband, and confirm her suspicions. What Rouhi discovers threatens not only the couple's marriage but her own hopes for a happy future. Nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival. "Mournful, enigmatic and compulsively engrossing, FIREWORKS WEDNESDAY gives viewers a chance to watch a master at work - before he was acknowledged as a master."--Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post
Estate, a Reverie( Visual )

2 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When it was built in the 1930's, the massive Haggerston Estate in East London was the model of public housing and what it could achieve. After decades of neglect, however, the whole area was condemned and with it the utopian dream it promised.. Award-winning filmmaker Andrea Luke Zimmerman, herself a resident for 17 years, chronicles the project's passing and celebrates its inhabitants in this beautiful, poetic documentary.. Weaving together intimate resident portraits with historical re-enactments (performed by the residents themselves), landscape and architectural studies, and dramatized scenes, the film questions how stereotypes - based on class, gender, disability, even geography - are constructed.. Nominated for Best Documentary at the East End Film Festival.." ... A deeply moving portrait ... Multilayered and profound, Andrea Zimmerman's film masterfully immerses us in a dreamlike lost-world of misfits, outcasts and survivors whom she films with love and aching tenderness."--Joshua Oppenheimer, Director of The Act of Killing
In the Game( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Directed by Peabody award-winner Maria Finitzo and produced by Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams), IN THE GAME is a moving, timely documentary that follows the story of the girls' soccer team at Kelly High School on Chicago's south side.. Set in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Brighton Park, Kelly High School is an inner city public school struggling to provide the basic necessities for their students, many of whom do not make it to college, either because they cannot compete academically or because their families do not have the financial resources to send them. The girls of IN THE GAME face an uneven playing field, but remain undaunted thanks to their teammates and the dedicated mentoring of their coach, Stan Mietus.. "There are no statistics emblazoned on the screen ... yet [it's] more important than that. It feels empowering, even inspirational. You will lose some games. In life, you will play some games that you never had a chance of winning. But the important thing is that you keep playing."--Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com
Fish Tail by Joaquim Pinto( Visual )

1 edition published in 2018 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The impact of global industrial overfishing on a small community of fishermen in the Azores is explored in this intimate, beautiful documentary.. Official Selection at the Berlin International Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival.. "An insightful documentary ... sheer depth of thought and rare sensitivity pulses through every frame."--Screen Daily. "An enchanting documentary. If Rossellini had ever made it to the Azores, he might have come up with something akin to FISH TAIL." - Senses of Cinema
 
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