Regional Competition


Roberto Minervini
Screening time  
22.02. / Monday, 14:00 - 16:00 Theatre 4  
23.02. / Tuesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 2  
24.02. / Wednesday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5  
Disturbing image of contemporary America.

On the heels of his superb trilogy of Texas-based films (The Passage, Low Tide, Stop the Pounding Heart), Minervini moves his focus to Louisiana, where we come face-to-face with a group of people who seem to have stepped out of Deliverance. Faces carry the lines and scars of hard living, clothes are tattered, living conditions are chaotic. Some of his subjects are drug addicts; others are libertarian fanatics who hate the federal government. Yet Minervini finds a compassion and tenderness behind their gruff exteriors. Much of the film focuses on a small-time drug dealer and the girlfriend he lives with (and shoots up with). But, as The Other Side gradually shifts its attention to a group of local militia who are convinced that the feds are on the verge of declaring martial law and taking away their freedom, we are shown a more disturbing image of contemporary America. Sometimes it takes the eye of an outsider to provide a new perspective.  


Roberto Minervini

Roberto Minervini was born in Italy and graduated with a master's in media studies from the New School University in New York. He has directed the shorts Notes (2005), Voodoo Doll (2005), Come to Daddy (2005), Las luciérnagas (2006), and the features The Passage (2011), Low Tide (2012), Stop the Pounding Heart (2013) and The Other Side (2015).

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France, Italy
2015, 92'

Directed by:
Roberto Minervini

Diego Romero Suarez-Llanos

Edited by:
Marie-Hélène Dozo

Muriel Meynard, Paolo Benzi, Dario Zonta

Produced by:
Agat Films & Ex Nihilo, Okta Film, ARTE France Cinéma, Rai Cinema

Festivals & Awards:

International Film Festival Message To Man 2015 – Student Jury Prize, Busan International Film Festival 2015 – Cinephile Award, Sevilla European Film Festival 2015 – Best Director Award, Best Cinematography Award, Cannes Film Festival 2015, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2015, Toronto International Film Festival 2015, CPH:Dox 2015, Dokufest 2015, DOK Leipzig 2015, Athens International Film Festival 2015, Bergen International Film Festival 2015, Festival do Rio 2015, Film Fest Ghent 2015, Mar del Plata International Film Festival 2015, Night Visions International Film Festival 2015, Festival Tous Ecrans 2015, Pravo Ljudski Film Festival Sarajevo 2015, RIDM – Rencontres Internationales du documentaire de Montréal 2015, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2015