SELECTED PROJECTS 2017

 

GOLDEN DAWN GIRLS /NO, DK, FI/

Director: Håvard Bustnes
Editor: Anders Teigen
Producer: Christian Falch
Sales contact: DR-Sales / Kim Christiansen kimc@dr.dk

A close-up look at the women inside one of Europe’s most dangerous nationalist parties.

When the members of Neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn are imprisoned and accused of heading a criminal organization, their daughters, wives and mothers step up to take over the leadership and maintain Golden Dawn’s position as the fourth largest party in Greece for the upcoming elections. Ourania, daughter of the party’s leader, interrupts her psychology studies to take charge of the organization. Meanwhile Jenny and Dafni, the wife and mother of two other imprisoned MPs juggle motherhood and the work of furthering Golden Dawn’s cause – from their point of view a fight against Jewish conspiracy fueled by fake news.

As the elections and trial unfold, the Golden Dawn members give the Norwegian film crew surprising access to the secret chamber and family lives of one of Europe’s most notorious nationalist parties – exposing the mindset, values and personalities of the people on the front lines of modern nationalism.


Produced by: 
Faction Film
Co-produced by: House of Real, Napa Films

MAMACITA /MX, DE, FR, FI/

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

José Pablo promised his extravagant grandmother, Mamacita, to make a film about her life, without knowing that this would lead to revelation of secrets, lies and deceptions affecting 5 generations of a high-society Mexican family. 

Mamacita is an extravagant Mexican beauty queen living in her own kingdom in the company of her loyal servants: gardener, chauffeur, chef, housekeeper and nurses. The 95-year-old lady has turned her house into a castle, hiding the open wounds of a prominent Mexican upper class family behind its stone walls. When José Pablo went abroad to study film, Mamacita made him promise to return to Mexico one day to make a film about her life. He conquers his granny’s empire like a Trojan horse, discovering the haunted spirits of his own past and the lack of love that his entire clan has suffered from for generations.

Produced by: Fruitmarket Kultur und Medien GmbH
Co-produced by: Bellota Films, Filmimaa

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 A MACHINE TO LIVE IN /US/

Director: Yoni Goldstein
Co-Director, Editor: Meredith Zielke
Producer: Sebastian Alvarez
Executive Producer, Director of Photography: Andrew Benz
Sales contact: N/A

A dream that hovers over the landscape of a Brazilian experiment in the city of the future. A Machine To Live In is a film about social control and space age architecture set against a frontier landscape of mysticism and utopia.

A Machine To Live In is a hybrid documentary in the form of letters addressed to a frontier utopia. Situated in the remote landscapes of Brazil, the film radiates outwards, from the modernist city of Brasilia to the world of UFO cults, energy pyramids, cosmic monuments, and new age cities. Compelling cinematography and intimate text combine to reveal the essence of life against the architecture of the future – a future that has already expired.

Produced by: Mass Ornament Films

OVER THE LIMIT /PL, DE, FI/

Director: Marta Prus
Editor: 
Maciej Pawliński
Producers:
Maciej Kubicki, Anna Kępińska
Sales contact: TBA

Over the Limit portrays a young sportswoman on her journey to the Olympic gold. Will she reach the ultimate goal despite struggling with her ambitions and expectations of the extreme Russian training system?

Margarita Mamun, an elite Russian rhythmic gymnast, is struggling to become an Olympic champion. It is the most important year of her career and her last chance to achieve the ultimate goal, the gold Olympic medal.

The film creates a captivating portrait of a young woman who is desperately trying to handle her own ambitions and meet the expectations of the official Russian training system. It offers an exclusive access to the hidden world of the elite gymnastics and an insight into the strict yet successful triangle between the young sportswoman and her two trainers. Over the Limit is an intimate drama about the brutal relationships that lead to success.

Produced by: Telemark
Co-produced by: Ventana-Film, Marianna Films

 

BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK /GE, FR, DE/

Director: Mari Gulbiani
Editor: Nina Graafland
Producers: Tekla Machavariani, Aleksandre Shervashidze
Sales contact: Syndicado / Aleksandar Govedarica aleksandar@syndicado.com

In a Georgian village, from which many men have left for Syria, two girls escape a shared longing for their fathers through the magic of cinema.

In a darkened classroom, the white cracked walls serve as a movie screen. We are in a remote mountain village of Georgia. The light from the projector breaks the darkness: the kids’ first cinematic experience is about to begin. Among them are Iman and Eva, two Muslim girls for whom the experience becomes a turning point and inspires them to take the camera and start filming their daily lives.

The girls are growing up in a valley infested by radicalism, where most people are living in a constant fear of their relatives sacrificing their lives abroad in the name of God. Through the magic of cinema, Iman and Eva try to escape the harsh reality of their everyday life in the village.

Produced by: Nushi Film
Co-produced by: LuFilms, Filmpunkt

GIANTS AND THE MORNING AFTER /SE, FI/

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

Sales contact: Syndicado / Aleksandar Govedarica aleksandar@syndicado.com

Deep in the forest a small rural community struggles to survive. The mayor has made the survival of the community his top priority.

Giants and the Morning After introduces us to a small rural community that is located off the beaten path. Sustainable living in the countryside is under threat – and the village of Ydre is no exception. Despite that, in the film, we meet the viable countryside, the believers, the ones who want to stay on. The everyday ups and downs of our characters build the story with subtle humour.

But change is on the horizon – the outside world, immense and complicated is knocking at the door.

Ydre’s small-town spirit shapes the tone and atmosphere, which are further highlighted by the mysterious and magical natural surroundings of the area.

Produced by: Fosfor Produktion
Co-produced by: Tuffi Films

NO KINGS /BR/

Director: Emilia Mello
Editors: Henrique Cartaxo, Adam Kunitz
Producer: Camila Gaglianone
Sales contact: TBA

In a place where conventional structures of authority fall away, a tomboy hurtling towards womanhood treads the water between urban and traditional life.

An ode to nature and human relations, No Kings explores the freedom of a hidden community descended from indigenous people, escaped African slaves and European pirates. Beyond roads and electricity, 150 miles from Rio, this is a place where fishing, carving canoes, and building clay walled houses by hand are still a vital part of daily life.

What begins as a simple ethnography becomes a deeply personal journey and a rolling visual exploration of how we love, and live, on earth. A tomboy hurtling towards womanhood, a fiercely independent single mother, and a doubtful sea captain carry on at the edge of the sea, in a liminal space between urban and traditional life. The director starts to ask herself: What freedoms are found when the bounds of authority defined by urban society fall away?

Produced by: Encyclopedia of Imaginary Places

A WOMAN CAPTURED /HU, DE/

Directors: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Editor: Nóra Richter 
Producers: Julianna Ugrin, Viki Réka Kiss
Co-producer: Erik Winker
Sales contact: Syndicado / Aleksandar Govedarica aleksandar@syndicado.com

A European woman has been kept by a family as a domestic slave for 10 years. She is one of over 45 million victims of modern day slavery today. Drawing courage from the filmmaker’s presence, she decides to escape the unbearable oppression and become a free person.

My movie is about Marish, a 52-year-old Hungarian woman who has been serving a family for a decade, working 20 hours a day – without getting paid. Her ID was taken from her by her oppressors and she’s not allowed to leave the house without permission. Treated like an animal, she only gets leftovers to eat and no bed to sleep in. Marish spends the days with fear in her heart, but dreaming of getting her life back.

The presence of the camera helps her realize she isn’t completely alone. She begins to show signs of trust; after 2 years of shooting, she gathers her courage and reveals her plan: “I am going to escape.”

The film follows Marish’s heroic journey back to freedom.

Produced by: Éclipse Film
Co-produced by: CORSO Film

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.

 

BEFORE I MET YOU /IT, SK/

Director: Zuzana Límová     Editor: Morgana Tinebra     Producer: Heidi Gronauer

It is supposed to be the happiest day of a woman’s life. In Slovakian maternity wards, however, the joy of motherhood can quickly turn into a nightmare. In their isolation, women face strict routines, loneliness and different forms of violence. The documentary ‘Before I Met You’ provides an intimate look at what goes on behind the closed doors of delivery rooms, where nobody but mothers-to-be are allowed to enter. Here the miracle of birth is nothing more than a routine chore and everyone, including midwives and doctors, must submit to absurd rules made decades ago. Instead of trusting their intuition during the most natural process of human life, mothers must obey the medical staff and follow the out-of-date procedures with no regard to their own feelings. The voices of women who dare to speak up complement the film’s images captured during delivery in a public hospital. Situational interviews with staff members uncover the dark side of the healthcare system that prefers routine and medication to humanity. What does it feel like to bring a new life into the world under these conditions? Before I Met You will answer this question.

Produced by: ZeLIG – School for Documentary, Television and New Media

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.