SELECTED PROJECTS 2017

OVER THE LIMIT /PL/

Director: Marta Prus     Editor: Maciej Pawliński     Producer: Maciej Kubicki

An intimate portrait of a great rhythmic gymnast, Margarita Mamun. She is the eldest representative of the prestigious Russian National Team. The film presents a ground breaking year in her life, from the 2015 World Championships to the 2016 Olympic Games, where she becomes an Olympic Champion. What does it mean to live constantly under the pressure of expectations? OVER THE LIMIT is a film about a distinguished individual’s solitude and fight for her dreams in the structure of the Russian sport system.

Produced by: Telemark

 

GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS /NO/

Director: Håvard Bustnes     Editor: Anders Teigen     Producer: Christian Falch

When representatives of Greece’s third largest political party get thrown in jail for allegedly leading a criminal organization, what happens to their family members, and to the organization itself? After the detainment of several Golden Dawn MPs, we follow several of their family-members through the trial proceedings, as they struggle to save their fathers, sons, and husbands from a maximum possible jail sentence of 20 years.

Produced by: Faction Film

 

MAMACITA /MX, DE/

Director: José Pablo Estrada Torrescano     Editor: Mechthild Barth 
Producer: 
Arne Birkenstock

José Pablo promised his 98-year-old grandmother Mamacita to make a film about her life. Pushing the boundaries of non-fiction, Mamacita, daughter of an incestuous relationship, meets her deceased grandfather to receive a long awaited apology, thus merging past and present. MAMACITA – the film – is a documentary of the imagination that explores – using the technique of reenactment – family history and memory in the quest for forgiveness.

Produced by: Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH

 

MY MARISH /HU/

Directors: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter      Editor: Nóra Richter 
Producers: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss

Rebellion of a modern day slave, who, despite her hopeless situation, is determined to break free of the physical and mental oppression she has been subjected to for 10 years, and to be a free person. Modern day slavery is – as the name suggests – a contemporary phenomenon, signifying a master-slave type of relationship between two individuals. Today an estimated 30-40 million persons live as modern slaves in Europe and around the world. Marish was one of them. The director has been following her for years, until on an early Tuesday morning Marish decides to run away with nothing but 160 euros in her pocket and the clothes she is wearing… This documentary tells the story of how she gathered all her courage and fought for her dream to be a free person.

Produced by: Éclipse Film

 

BEFORE FATHER IS BACK /GE/

Director: Mari Gulbiani     Editor: Sascha Seidel    
Producers: Tekla Machavariani, Aleksandre Shervashidze

The fathers of Iman (12) and Eva (13) have left the Pankisi Gorge (Georgia) months ago. As the girls know, they are working abroad. There is little information about where the fathers actually are, and even from abroad, they still control the girls’ lives: Eva loved dancing, but she isn’t allowed to dance anymore; Iman, who loved playing with her hairstyle, suddenly has to wear a hijab. The girls hear news on the radio, tv, and the internet about young men who left from Pankisi and perished abroad – including people they knew very well, who were private guards of notorious warlord Tarkhan Batirashvili (aka Abu Omar al-Shishani). News arrive: Eva’s father wants his family to join him. Eva’s family starts preparing, but Eva tells Iman she doesn’t want to talk or even speak about leaving. What will happen in the girls’ lives?

Produced by: Nushi Film

 

A MACHINE TO LIVE IN /USA/

Director: Yoni Goldstein     Co-Director, Editor: Meredith Zielke
Producer: Sebastian Alvarez    Executive Producer, Director of Photography: Andrew Benz

A Machine to Live In is a feature-length documentary about the imaginative and material processes of building one’s utopia. It documents the history of highly controlled modernist planning in Brazil alongside radical projects in transcendental and mystical architecture. The film’s attention radiates outward from Niemeyer and Costa’s capital, Brasília, to the flourishing landscape of UFO cults, energy gathering pyramids, mother temples, and futurist monuments. Complex landscapes and fractured vignettes describe new cosmologies that may one day disrupt the city’s fraught order. A Machine to Live In is about the people who travel between these parallel spaces. It ultimately reveals how the inhabitants of these built environments become subjects of collective experiments in the architecture of the future — a future that’s already outdated.

Produced by: Mass Ornament Films

 

EVENTS IN YDRE /SE/

Director: Per Bifrost, Alexander Rynéus     Editor: Mervi Junkkonen
Producer, Director: Malla Grapengiesser

Events in Ydre is a film about one of Sweden’s smallest rural municipalities and a way of life that is under threat. The pace of rural depopulation and urbanization in Sweden is one of the highest in Europe. In this film, we get to know a few people living in this part of Sweden and see what goes on at the municipal seat of local government, which is mainly focused on exploring solutions that would make their region more attractive, and their hopes of stopping and even reversing the trend of depopulation. The current influx of refugees impacts the inhabitants of Ydre in different ways too, while boosting population statistics. Accented by the mysterious and magical natural surroundings of this area, the various storylines come together. Folklore from olden days swirls throughout the film, evoking shadows of the past.

Produced by: Fosfor Produktion

 

NO KINGS /BR/

Director: Emilia Mello     Editor: Henrique Cartaxo
Producer: Camila Gaglianone

Exploring the porous nature of resistance and independence, NO KINGS is a kaleidoscopic portrait of the Caiçara people of coastal Brazil, just 150 miles from Rio. At the edge of modernity, a tomboy traverses treetops at the verge of womanhood, a fisherman circumnavigates his sense of belonging, and a new mother tests the contours of the outside world.

Produced by: Paideia Filmes

GUEST PROJECT

IMPEACHMENT /BR/

Director: Petra Costa     Editor: Jordana Berg     Producer: Shane Boris


©Orlando Brito

A behind-the-scenes look at the impeachment of Brazil’s first female president, which led the country into an epic political tragedy of corruption and betrayal. With exclusive access to the president and other key politicians we witness history in the making, as Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy, falls into disarray.

Produced by: Busca Vida Filmes

CZECH PROGRAM 

CENTRAL BUS STATION /CZ/

Director: Tomáš Elšík     Editor: Mariana Kozáková     Producer: Jitka Kotrlová

Yonathan is a guide of one of the most pitiful places in the world – the Central Bus Station. It has become the centre of a ghetto housing refugees from over the world. In its endless maze of corridors, Yonathan reveals a foster home of culturally different inhabitants who became his new family.  Everyday rush and the echoes of foreign languages create a contemporary Tower of Babel, through which Yonathan guides those who needs him. The visually experimental documentary shows the station as a character full of stories and people. Despite the diversity,  the station is very consistent in its nature. And Yonathan as a guide allows the audience to be absorbed into the building.

Produced by: Frame films s.r.o.

 

EMPIRE BUILDERS /CZ/

Director: Andran Abramjan     Editor: Michal Böhm     Producer: Hana Šilarová

They say we live in post-factual times, where events are not driven by facts but by emotions. Recently, they relate to phenomena such as Islamic terrorism and mass immigration. Some see it as a symptom of the decline of our civilization and decide to stop it by entering politics. Through the quirky cameraman of a right-wing populist movement, we follow a docu-fiction story of how the worlds we worked so hard to build, struggle not to collapse under their own weight.

Produced by: FAMU – Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

 

MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER /CZ, LV, SK, DE/

Director: Anna Kryvenko     Editor: Daria Chernyak     Producer: Michal Kráčmer

When in 1968 the armies of Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia, not only the Czechoslovak citizens suffered, but also the occupiers. They were often called in the army at the last minute, and were not told the purpose of their mission. Almost 50 years after this unfortunate moment in European history, we are discovering the surprising humanity of the occupying soldiers, who tried to cope with the terrible aftermath, which they personally caused. Some committed suicide as a result of the guilt, even though, as executors of someone else’s will, they were indirect perpetrators. This movie isn’t about general justice or truth. Instead, the opposite is true, i.e.: no truth is definite. This is a story about how one becomes an ‘occupier’ without choosing to.

Produced by: Analog Vision

 

THE RUSSIAN JOB /CZ/

Director: Petr Horký     Editor: Filip Veselý     Producer: Martin Juza

„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?

Produced by: Krutart

SLOVAK PROGRAM 

A GOOD DEATH /SK, CZ/

Director & Producer: Tomáš Krupa     Editor: Peter Kudlička 

Janette is terminally ill and she would like to die a dignifified death, however, this is not possible in her home in the United Kingdom. She gets in touch with Dr. Erika in Switzerland, who is willing to help her. Janette must plan her fifinal departure from the UK before her illness prevents her from doing so. Both children, Simon and Bridget try to convince Janette that she still has enough time to make a decision. Experiencing their mother‘s assisted death signifificantly impacts their attitudes toward life. Simon, in particular, faces a tough situation. His mother‘s death reveals to him the inevitability of his own fate. He knows that if no cure is found in his lifetime, he will want to walk in his mother‘s footsteps in order to die a dignifified death. Do we own our lives or does life own us?

Produced by: HAILSTONE, s.r.o.

 

LOVELY OIL HOMELAND /SK/

Director & Editor: Dominik Jursa          Producer: Filip Fleischer 

In the godforsaken part of Eastern Slovakia people live their 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 an opportunity to earn money. Residents are afraid of losing their calm life 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.

Produced by: FLEISCHER production s.r.o.

 

NEW LIFE /SK, CZ/

Director & Producer: Tina Diosi     Editor: Dušan Milko 

New Life is a feature-length documentary about the life of a Slovak community in Norway. The fifirst Slovaks appeared here after the Velvet revolution in 1989 and currently, the Slovak community counts about 450 people. Our protagonists mainly come from the region of Orava in Slovakia. Many factories were closed here and, as a consequence of the unregulated work market and transformation of state companies, many people became unemployed. Often desperate, they started to look for new opportunities for work and better life abroad. A meat processing factory in Norwegian Loen was a solution. In the beginning, just a few professional butchers came here, but currently, two-thirds of the employees are Slovaks who, as a cheaper workforce, gradually replaced domestic employees. People of all age groups live here, some bought a house or a car and don´t plan to return home. Others are here for just a couple of years and plan to move back to Slovakia.

Produced by: Furia Film+ s.r.o. Bratislava, Kontrafilm Praha s.r.o.