Live for Today, don’t worry about Tomorrow
The young rebel, Ricsi, lives his life on the edge. ‘Trouble’ is his middle name. He is unruly, restlessly scaring up problem after problem. Driving cars without a license, theft and escaping from the cops are all just a part of his daily routine much for his parents’ despair. Ricsi won’t stand for routines nor the expectations of his deadbeat father. After all, where was he when Ricsi needed him the most?
DRIFTER was shot over a period of five years and it is a portrait of a unique young man who takes life in his own hands.
Is there a recipe for an ideal family?
25 years ago, Petr used to be an urban man studying computer science. Then he met Simona, and they decided to pursue their dream of freedom together. Choosing a traditional lifestyle of self-sufficiency, love and togetherness, the couple live in a self-made house in a meadow in the Bohemian Forest, with the bare essentials – and their nine children.
Can fatherly love become suffocating for the children? Petr’s frugal, bohemian life choices mean sacrifices for the whole family. Will they be able to fit into modern society
A deaf girl from an illegal Roma settling escapes the brutal reality of everyday life into the world of rhythm, dance and imagination.
An uncommon documentary film, experiment between fantasy and reality. The Queen of Silence is a story set in a marginalized community of illegal Roma settlement portrayed through the eyes of a child. Denisa, a 10 years old deaf girl, is an outsider among outsiders. As she doesn’t speak the other children call her “stupid” or “mute” never using her real name. Denisa tries to escape from the difficulties of everyday life into a fantasy world. There she feels save. One day, after finding DVDs with Bollywood films in a local dumpster Denisa gets fascinated by the colorful, glamourous world she sees on the TV screen and starts to create her own dance choreographies. The result is a film full of imagination, surrealism and fantasy. Form loses itself as we enter the world of Denisa.
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME /PL/
Produced by: Danish Documentary
Day of Premiere: November 22nd at IDFA 2015 (Competition for Feature-Length Documentary) – A special Jury Award in Feature-Length Competition at IDFA
[media url=”http://jedensvet.cz/2015/download/h264/1924.mp4″] Right outside of Moscow – home to the highest number of billionaires pr. capita – you’ll find the largest junkyard in the world: The Svalka. It’s a hard place run by the Russian mafia. And it’s where Yula lives with her mother, her friends and many other people. Life is tough in the Svalka, but it’s also a place where beauty and humanity can arise from the most unlikely conditions. It is from this place that Yula dreams of escaping and changing her life, even if it seems impossible. Oscar-nominated director Hanna Polak followed Yula for 14 years, bringing us along on Yula’s journey to achieve this dream.
GAME OVER /ES, DE/
Produced by: Gaia Audiovisuals
Estimated Day of Premiere: February 2015
When facing reality, boys become men.
Djalal was obsessed with war toys even before he could walk. He was the only child of a middle class Spanish family, raised and admired by his parents. He was given all kind of toy guns, pretending to be a soldier in dangerous missions. One day he fulfills his fantasies and goes to the Afghan War, but discovers that reality doesn’t match his boyish dreams. Djalal returns to his parents home to realize that nothing is the same. The economic crisis struck his family and he is forced to take action. The game is over and he needs to find his own place in the real world. Who is to blame for your own failures?
BETWEEN SISTERS /IT, BE/
Produced by: Clin d’oeil films
Estimated Day of Premiere: Spring 2015
Should a family secret be told before it’s too late?
The two Italian sisters Ornella & Teresa have cared for each other through their whole lives, sharing their love for Ornella’s son, Manu, the film director. Teresa is now in her life’s twilight and having problems facing fate. Before it’s too late, Ornella decides to confront Teresa with a painful untold story that goes back to their childhood and might change their close bond forever. The film is a warm portrayal of an Italian family, seen through the eyes of the son, Manu. With humor and tenderness he brings out what it means to build a life upon a secret.
A female Don Quixote and her family’s fight against the global sugar mafia.
The director, Andrea, is diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She must avoid any form of refined sugar. But it’s impossible, because she finds sugar everywhere and in everything. Why is sugar so ubiquitous? Fear for her unborn baby changes the eating habits in Andrea ́s family and starts her investigation of the sugar industry. Facing doctors and scientists Andrea explores the influence of sugar on human physical and mental functions. With the obsession of a detective, she identifies the ties between multinational corporations, politicians and health care. “Donna Quixote ́s adventures” begin in Andrea’s kitchen table and continue worldwide. But her family needs a mummy at home, especially her youngest son. Is sugar really the cause of his health problems?
A tragicomic, vibrant and emotional story full of information and inspiration…
A film that will liberate you from the SUGAR BLUES!
THE BEEKEPER AND HIS SON /CH, CA/
Produced by: Mira Film
Estimated Day of Premiere: Summer 2015
An intimate insight into a Chinese rural family and their struggle between traditional manner and the dreams of a young migrant worker in limbo.
The old beekeeper Laoyu is losing his hives to the most severe worm outbreak he has seen in his fifty-year long beekeeping career. However, he feels even more anxious about the future of his only son Maofu, who has been wandering from city to city as a migrant worker. When Maofu returns home in the summer, Laoyu hopes that together they will rebuild the beehives. While Laoyu is disappointed by Maofu’s focus on profits instead of the bees, Maofu feels suffocated by his father’s authoritarian tunes. Their unspoken expectations tensely echo with the harsh weather conditions and a mischievous goose.
K2 PASSAGE /PL/
Produced by: Wajda Studio
Estimated Day of Premiere: May 2015
The children of acclaimed alpinists who lost their lives on K2, are taken on an expedition to the Himalayan mountains to face their parents’ fatal destiny.
Eliza, the director and alpinist, together with an international group of grown-up children of acclaimed climbers, sets out on an expedition to reach K2 base camp, the burial place for those who lost their lives on K2. Hania, Łukasz, Lindsey and Chris will challenge themselves to face the past and to understand the force that once seduced their parents and eventually killed them during “black summer” in 1986. On the contrary, Eliza will challenge herself to face her future. Being a woman and an experienced alpinist, she asks herself a question, if her passion is worth the risk she takes? And – more importantly – should she have a child? This emotional journey will not bring neither easy nor obvious answers, but will close the old chapters and open the new ones.
A FAMILY AFFAIR /NL/*
Produced by: Conijn Film
Estimated Day of Premiere: June 2015
A Family Affair is a dramatic yet humoristic documentary exploration of family taboos.
Ever since my childhood I have been fascinated by my grandmother Marianne who lives in South Africa. A renowned fashion model in the fifties with a diva lifestyle that accommodated my father and his brother in an orphanage. This film is an attempt to go beyond the surface, exploring this fascinating character who to this day has so much influence on the family, my father and indirectly on me. And at the same time a chance to look behind the persistent tales and myths that revolve in my own family. An attempt, however, that instantly became much more complicated than I could ever imagine. While filming my grandmother on my first visit to South Africa, she made a disturbing confession: to be in love with me… her own grandson. Combined with the countless hours of personal recordings on film, video and audio and written material produced within past four generations of a family obsessed by capturing themselves, this film is an exploration of family love. Finding myself as the grandson dealing with this ‘larger than life’ family member focusing all her desires upon me.
* based on the filmmakers’ wishes we will publish the videos after the film’s release. Thank you for understanding.