DOK.Incubator projects 2016
BURNING OUT /BE, FR, CH/
Director: Jérôme le Maire Editor: Matyas Veress Producers: Isabelle Truc, Felicie Roblin
Burning Out is literally a drama about life and death. For two years, the director Jérôme le Maire followed the members of a surgical unit in one of the biggest hospitals in Paris. Constantly under severe stress, understaffed and subject to severe budget cuts, employees fight each other for resources. Meanwhile the management imposes ever more stringent efficiency and profitability targets.
All over Europe burnout has reached epidemic proportions among employees in the public and private sectors. Will we end up killing ourselves? Or will we be able to find meaning and joy at work?
Date of release: November 2016
THE GOOD POSTMAN /FI, BG/
World Premiere: IDFA 2016
Festivals: IDFA 2016, Sundance 2017, Gøteborg Film Festival (Dragon Documentary Award Nomination), Glasgow Film Festival, London Human Rights Watch, Trieste International Film Festival (‘Premio Balcani Caucaso’ winner)
Director: Tonislav Hristov Editor: Nikolai Hartmann Producer: Kaarle Aho
Co-producer: Andrea Stanoeva
not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.
A small Bulgarian village just by the Turkish border has been resisting foreign invaders since the times of the Ottoman Empire. Now its electorate of 38 elderly Bulgarians is facing a tough decision.
The Great Gate, as the village has been called for centuries because of its location, has found itself in the middle of a European crisis, as at night asylum seekers sneak passing the border. The forgotten village has become the most important secret loophole of Europe.
Ivan, the local postman, has a vision. He decides to run for mayor and bring the dying village back to life by welcoming refugees. His opponents want to close their eyes, close down the border and reintroduce communism. As the campaign goes on, Ivan soon learns that while good intentions are not enough, even the smallest deeds matter.
THE WORKERS CUP /UK, QA/
Director: Adam Sobel Editors: Lauren Gillanders, Anne Juenemann Producers: Ramzy Haddad, Rosie Garthwaite
Sales Contact: Autlook /Salma Abdalla
and Asian migrants building the facilities of the 2022 World Cup competes in a football tournament of their own: The Workers Cup.
The Workers Cup is a close and personal look inside Qatar’s labour camps, where the World Cup is being built on the backs of a million-plus migrant workers. The film follows a team of labourers living a real-life version of fantasy football. By day they sweat to build the World Cup; while by night they compete in a ‘workers welfare’ football tournament, playing in the same stadiums that will one day host the world’s greatest players. We join one team of men from Nepal, India, Ghana, and Kenya whose only common ground is love for football. Each match offers a momentary escape from the homesickness and isolation they struggle with as the lowest class in the world’s richest country. Even as pawns in the World Cup’s marketing game, they can’t help but lose themselves in the purity of football.
Produced by: The Workers Cup Limited, Mediadante
Sales contact: tba
Date of release: January 2017
VENUS /DK, NO/
Directors: Lea Glob, Mette Carla Albrechtsen
Editor: Signe Rebekka Kaufmann Producers: Kirstine Barfod, Håvard Bustnes
on sexuality today.
Two female directors in their thirties, start an investigation based on their own sexual frustrations to understand desire from a female point of view. As an excuse to get more answers, they decide to make a film based on real women’s erotic memories and reflections. They send out a casting call and over 100 ordinary Copenhagen women reply. As the shootings progress it dawns on the Filmmakers that what was just meant to be a casting, instead becomes an overwhelming shared experience of intimacy. The casting couch is turned into an exploration space for the young women to share their true desires, fantasies and reflections on their experiences with sex, shame, lust and pleasure. The film gives a rare look into the secret language of young female sexuality.
THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN /UK, NO/
World Premiere: CPH:DOX 2017
Festivals: CPH:DOX (NORDIC:DOX Award 2017)
Director: Julia Dahr Editor: Adam Thomas Producer: Hugh Hartford
Over the last five years Kisilu, a Kenyan smallholder, has used his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the impacts of climate change. He has filmed floods, droughts and storms but also the more human costs – his kids are sent home from school when he can’t pay the fees; and men are moving to towns in search for jobs. Following a storm that destroys his house Kisilu starts building a community movement of farmers fighting against extreme weather and he takes this message of hope all the way to the UN Climate Talks, in Paris, COP21. Here, amid the murky cut and thrust of politics at the biggest environmental show on earth, Kisilu and Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr’s relationship takes on a remarkable twist, shedding a powerful light on the climate justice movement.
I AM ANOTHER YOU /US/
World Premiere: SXSW 2017
Festivals: SXSW 2017 (Special Jury Recognition for Excellence in Documentary Storytelling; SXSW LUNA® Chicken & Egg Award)
Director: Nanfu Wang Editor: Michael Shade Producer: Nanfu Wang
meaning of personal freedom – and its limits.
I Am Another You follows a 24 year-old drifter named Dylan who chooses a life of intentional homelessness. Award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang lives on the streets and documents the existence of micro-cultures composed of people who live separate from society: ex-criminals, people with mental illnesses, and people like Dylan who choose to ignore society’s expectations for their behavior.
Dylan comes from a middle-class family in Utah where his father, John, works as a homicide detective. In a key revelation, John explains that Dylan has a history of mental illness and that he has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.
The boundaries between the facts and fictions of Dylan’s life become blurred as Dylan recreates his hallucinations with the help of his homeless friends.
Director/ Producer: Balazs Simonyi Editor: Thomas Ernst Producer: Laszlo Jozsa
chronicled by the running director.
What makes people run several hundred kilometres, when they are sure that every single step will cause them lots of misery?
Year by year runners from around the world participate in one of the most prestigious and challenging of races, the Spartathlon. A historic distance of 246 km from Athens to Sparta within 36 hours.
Bela, Annett, Gilles and Angel all have their own personal reasons for joining the extreme run. None of them knows if they will ever be able to fulfill but they do know, that it is crucial for them to try and maybe reach the impossible.
The Hungarian director, Balazs Simonyi, who has finished the race three times, tells a touching and human story about the runners and their universe of cathartic self-discoveries, voluntary suffering, and hypnotic state of mind, punctuated at times with humour.
GUIDANCE THROUGH THE BLACK HOLE /UK, HR/
Director: Zlatko Pranjic Director and Editor: Aleksandar Nikolic
Producer: Monika Braid
Sule is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking poet; the last true bohemian left in London’s Portobello. But his free-spirited lifestyle is only a front for a deep loneliness plaguing his soul.
Sule and his Eastern European friends are never far from a drink or a cigarette. They discuss art and philosophy while delving into nostalgia and wasting their lives away in pubs and gambling houses. But when his best friend suddenly dies, Sule is jolted back into the real world. He is now 63 years old, estranged from his family and far from his homeland. Despite all his friends, he is utterly alone. He gets an unexpected opportunity to turn things around when he is invited to showcase an art project he has been working on entitled Guidance Through the Black Hole. It’s an chance to reconnect to his family, to redeem his artistic status and to find acceptance. But can Sule escape his dark past or will his vices keep him a perpetual loner?
CZECH AND SLOVAK PROJECTS
THE RUSSIAN JOB /CZ/
Produced by Krutart
„You can’t do this for money. Russia is something like a drug.“ A handful of pros from the West set out on a difficult mission in the East. Can they succeed?
Deep inside Russia on the mighty Volga river lies the largest factory in the country. It is the home of Lada, the legendary soviet car. On the outside the plant is still standing, but in reality it loses billions of roubles every year.
In order to save it, the Russian government hires a Swedish supermanager and a handful of European industry experts to turn the situation around. They have a vision. They have an incredible drive to make changes.
And there will be changes. Thousands will lose jobs. But it is the soviet mentality that will be the hardest nut to crack. What happens if you wake the Russian bear?
Director: Petr Horký Editor: Filip Veselý Producer: Martin Jůza
WILDER THAN WILDERNESS /CZ/
Produced by Produkce Radim Procházka
Near us, in the former mines, on mountain tops, on housing estates and at railway stations nature takes back what man stole. Wildlife film-essay about the resilient power and variety of Czech nature. Within the environment of open cast brown coalmines and spoil tips which is a reminder of a lunar landscape, one finds paradoxically a true tale of an impregnable wild countryside. For most people it is a symbol of an ecological catastrophe, same as the abandoned industrial complexes, former army training ranges or dense woods gobbled up by the bark beetle. But for nature they are untamed spots which bring with them a process of recuperation and self-preservation. Just beyond our backyard we see everyday dramas of animals and plants taking place which tend to fascinate us in films that come from the far reaches of our planet.
Director: Marian Polák Editor: Tomáš Doruška Producer: Radim Procházka
Produced by Film a sociologie
The protagonists of Passengers are young people who grew up in a children’s home. Pepa tries to pull himself together and struggle on despite his personal falls. His brother Milda sinks deeper and deeper into hopelessness. Bajdy lives with his mom and smokes grass every day. Pali used to run away from the children’s home to his family and he has two kids himself today. From an early childhood, they were separated from their families that couldn’t give them safety. Separation from one’s family causes pain that impacts on next generations. These young people didn’t get love and they require care. They don’t recognize limits and fall into addictions. It is too demanding for them to take responsibility for their lives and the lives of their children. The desire to experience real love has not gone away though.
Director: Jana Boršková Editor: Blanka Kulová Producers: Jarmila Poláková and Taňa Marková
LOVELY OIL HOMELAND /SK/
Produced by VŠMU
In the godforsaken part parts of Eastern Slovakia people live theirs lives in connection with the wild nature. All of sudden oil and gas company comes to the scene and wants to make some research because they believe that in the ground there is opportunity to earn money. Residents are afraid of loosing their calm live they use to live. They don’t like the idea that somebody else will be using their lands. Fight of two different types of worlds started. Should they be worried? They can’t understand each other, but both of them have their rights.
Director: Dominik Jursa Editor: Mária Hirgelová Producer: Filip Fleischer
NEVER HAPPENED /SK/
Produced by LEON Productions
Film shows contemporary state of Slovakia through two connected story lines. First line is the framing view of the author, who growing up in the 90ties personally reflects the process of the establishing democracy, capitalism and the revolutionary ambitions of society from 1989.
PEACE TO YOU ALL /SK/
SWEDES FROM A SLUM /SK/
Company: Blake Street Films AB
Kerstin Übelacker works as a producer at WG Film in Malmö, Sweden. Kerstin has a masters degree in film from Gothenburg University, with a focus on documentary and transmedia storytelling. Kerstin has built up the Scandinavian documentary screening network Doc Lounge to span across 14 Nordic cities. She has directed and produced the transmedia documentary Ghost Rockets. Kerstin has attended Eurodoc and been a board member of Filmcentrum Syd and OFF (Independent Filmmakers Association) in Sweden. Between 2014-2016 Kerstin worked as a producer at Momento Film in Stockholm.
Company: Solid Entertainment AB
Producer at Solid Entertainment AB (est. 1996), based in Malmö, Sweden. Worked in the industry since the late 80’s and has produced and co-produced documentaries, features and numerous commercials and music promos.
Company: POP Media
Ingvarsson is a Swedish/Australian filmmaker. Her short film Beneath the Spaceship premiered at Toronto International Film Festival and she was part of Berlinale Talens 2016. Ingvarsson was the 2014 recipient of the After Ingmar Bergman script award. She holds degrees from City University London & Sydney Film School, lives in Malmö, Sweden.
Company: Auto Images
Ann Lundberg began her career as a script supervisor and a directors assistent within fiction film. She started at the production company Auto Images in 2012 as a coordinator and junior producer. At Auto Images she´s been involved in the production team behind audience succeses such as “A Thousand Pieces” and “Becoming Zlatan” and Guldbagge-nominee “Every Face Has a Name”. She is now producing Klara Levins film “Love and hate in Malmö”