LUST FOR LIFE /CZ/
Director: Radovan Síbrt
Editor: Tomáš Elšík
Producer: Karel Poupě
What would you do with your life, if you knew that you have a limited time ahead of you? And also a very limited body? Members of The Tap Tap – a popular music band made up of physically disabled – or rather crippled as they cynically call themselves – have a pretty clear idea. They want to enjoy every minute of it and to taste the fame of improbable rockstars.
The Tap Tap orchestra shows how to confront difficulties and obstacles. And above all, how to have fun in your life. The members of the band are strong personalities with a direct attitude to life. They drink, smoke, curse, love as long as they enjoy it. But what lies behind this cheeky exterior? The film will explore the spirit of survival and the wild lust for life against all the odds.
Produced by: PINK (CZ)
ANOTHER CHANCE /CZ/
Director: Eva Tomanová
Editor: Marek Šulík
Producer: Jiří Konečný
The main protagonist is Mirek, a marriage swindler. For many years, he lived in several parallel relationships pretending to be the right one. Within several weeks, he would get hundreds of thousands of his victims’ savings. Gradually he was sentenced to five years in jail. Monika is one of the last people to have been bamboozled by him. She stayed with Mirek. When she got pregnant, unplanned, they both decided to keep the baby. She tested positive for HIV. Mirek started taking care of her and even proposed marriage to her before going to jail. Monika started fighting for his innocence, and went through the entire trial with him. She gave birth to a healthy baby. After break up they are back together again. Monika brings Andělka for jail visits, they plan their future and hope he might be released this June. But they ´re his victims who have the last word and not all have forgiven him.
Produced by: endorfilm (CZ)
AL AMARI – EVEN TODAY IS LIKE ANY OTHER DAY /CZ/
Director: Kristýna Kopřivová
Editor: Elvíra Dulskaya
Producers: Dagmar Sedláčková, Bára Kamarytová, Kristýna Kopřivová
The issue of searching one´s own identity and responsibility through prism of Palestinian refugee camp Al Amari, Ramallah. Al Amari was established after their inhabitants were expelled from their original homes with the promise that the situation is just for a week. This “provisional” has become permanent and has lasted for 70 years. The past has transformed into everyday reality and appears in any aspects of the camp environment. Protagonists Shams, Hannan and Jafar have their own ways how to get out from the camp and how to deal with their “refugee” identity, also written in their ID´s. People´s solidarity in this ghetto from concrete cubes almost transforms into eternal rubbernecking and uptight rules. It questions why the people are here and why they don´t do anything with that on a personal as well as wider level as an exemplary case of communication limits of two opposite sides.
Produced by: Masterfilm (CZ)
CIRCUS RWANDA /CZ, SK/
Director: Michal Varga
Editor: Alexandra Jonášová
Producer: Marek Novák, co-producer: Jakub Viktorín
Rosťa Novák, the principal of the circus ensemble “Cirk La Putyka” accepts an offer to make a joint show for a festival with artists from Rwanda. Eliseé Niyonsenga leads a group of orphaned acrobats on the shores of Lake Kivu. They’re trying hard to establish the art of contemporary circus in a country, which still resonates with its tragic past and is still heavily relying on foreign aid. For Eliseé and his group, the collaboration with a successful European group is their hope for a better future. For Rosťa, it’s a challenge, going back to roots and stepping out of his European comfort zone. Both in Rwanda and Prague, he is confronted with many differences: Rwandan attitudes towards work, communication, and perception of time.
Will they manage to bridge their differences in an authentic show or is it going to fall into African kitsch and stereotypes? And what will remain, after such cultural hit?
Produced by: Xova Film (CZ)
Co-produced by: nutprodukcia (SK)
EARTHLY PARADISE /SK/
Director: Jaro Vojtek
Editor: Peter Harum
Producer: Mátyás Prikler, Zora Jaurová
Earthly Paradise is a feature documentary about the private and professional life of Slovak journalist, reporter and photographer Andrej Bán. Through intimate conversations on their journeys, director Jaro Vojtek explores Andrej’s personal story, his struggle with loneliness and mental health, and his inability to maintain the functioning, long-term relationship which he so desires. In parallel, the film documents the complicated and often tragic histories unfolding in the world’s warzones and refugee settlements, as well as the societal perils of Slovak political life (neo-Nazism and its representatives). Paradise on Earth presents a topography of the immense struggles of mankind in the world, a continual therapy without end.
Produced by: MPhilms (SK)
STOLEN LIVES OF PETER KALMUS /SK/
Director: Adam Hanuljak
Editor: Peter Kotrha
Producers: Tomáš Kaminský, Peter Snadík
The documentary film ‘Stolen Lives of Peter Kalmus’ is not considered to be just a portrait of a man; there will not be just a description of all his artistic merits and his life. The focus is mainly on dealing with the past, indicating the wickedness of the totalitarian system in Slovakia, the modern manifestations of totalitarianism, the reoccurring blossoming of extremists’ demonstrations in the public space and on the Internet, on totalitarian symbols, artistic and political activities, on provocation as a means of triggering nationwide discussions, on leaving one’s comfort zone, risking legal consequences and being persecuted and threatened by extremists. Due to Kalmus‘; socially engaged art, he is becoming a star of TV news or a modern day Don Quixote, who fights against nostalgia after totalitarian systems. It’s a portrait of our state in terms of dealing with the skeleton in the cupboard.
Produced by: Mandala Pictures (SK)
ROMANO SUNO /SK, CZ/
Director: Roman Fábian
Editor: Peter Harum
Producer: Marek Urban, co-producer: Ján Melikant
‘Romano Suno’ (‘Gypsy Dream’) is a documentary film shot over a long period of time which follows the lives up of four young dancers with an ambition to be successful on TV. The film follows the dancers as they grow up and start families, and captures the transformation of their dream from commercial success to having a place to live.
After overcoming initial obstacles, such as finding a place for training, they finally mobilize each other and achieve their first small success at Roma Talent show. At the same time, a new issue bumps into their lives. The freshly elected local governor has an ambition to dismantle Roma settlements since he wants to build social housing there. Our protagonists are challenged by the governor’s demand, they must leave their settlements and find alternative accommodation. They also have to get three hundred euros somehow, as a deposit for their brand-new clean social housing.
Produced by: sentimentalfilm (SK)
FACING DEATH /SK/
Director: Juraj Mravec
Editor: Peter Morávek
Producer: Albert Malinovský
Shortly after establishing its reign, Islamic State began a religious purge. In the ruins of the Iraqi city Sinjar where IS committed genocide on the Yazidi people, Illias Haji Murrad runs 20 km every day in his Ronaldo jersey, preparing for his escape to Germany, where his wife and two small daughters have escaped. At the same time, the whole world is intensely watching the coalition offensive on the capital of IS – the city of Mosul. Two Slovak paramedics Oliver and Matej establish a unique non-profit organization specializing in providing first aid directly on the battlefield. Along with volunteers from the USA, they are present during the whole offensive. The film creator portrays two kinds of people. Those who desperately try to escape the war and those who voluntarily keep returning.
Produced by: All4films (SK)
PEOPLE FROM NOWHERE /LV, DE, CZ, EE/
A story of a young woman caught in the middle of spy games in which she has to make a choice, a choice that would sever her from her former life for good. This journey of hers becomes a search for the truth about her father and the investigation of the Cold War in which she herself, unwittingly, took part.
STORY OF B – The Disappearance of My Mother /IT/
Director: Beniamino Barrese
Editor: Valentina Cicogna
Producer: Filippo Macelloni
Seeking a solution for her uncertain future, the 1960s iconic model, feminist, writer and anthropology professor Benedetta Barzini (74) commits to a radical exit strategy: getting rid of all her belongings and disappearing to faraway island, cutting herself off from her family and the ties imposed by the Western world. Her plan is hindered by her son’s decision to make a film about her –a way to understand her but also a strategy to keep her close for as long as possible by capturing her with his lens. Standing on opposite grounds, mother and son have to find a compromise that could allow them to finally let each other go.
Produced by: NANOF (IT)
MERCURIUS OF MOLENBEEK /FI, BE, DE/
In Molenbeek-Saint-Jean Aatos, a playful and curious six-year-old boy, sets out to find his own god in a world shaken by suicide bombings. Aatos has come to the age where his mind is consumed by big abstract questions. The Muslim society in the neighbourhood has Allah all around their daily routines and has powers above all. This arouses also Aatos´s longing for something bigger than human.
AVENGE /SI, XK/
Director: Marija Zidar
Editor: Jurij Moškon
Producer: Danijel Hočevar
In the remote mountains of Albania, a young girl intercepts a bullet intended for her father, and is shot dead. Although the killer is in prison, the grieving father is now expected to either forgive her daughter’s blood to the killer’s family, his own neighboring relatives, or avenge her death by taking a life himself – according to the centuries-old Albanian custom of honor revenge killings, whose echoes were revived in the corrupt Albanian state after the fall of the Communist dictatorship.
SEARCHING EVA /DE/
Director: Pia Hellenthal
Editor: Yana Höhnerbach
Producer: Daniela Dieterich
SEARCHING EVA is the tale of a modern icon, growing up in the age of the internet and turning the search for oneself into a public spectacle. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, of offline and online, about a young woman searching for her place in a modern world.
Produced by: CORSO Film- und Fernsehproduktion
I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU /NL/
Director: Stella van Voorst van Beest
Editor: Riekje Ziengs
Producer: Simone van den Broek
Can we still defeat loneliness in a neighbourhood lacking social cohesion?
Active neighborhood residents Ada and her sidekick Wilma are motivated by a campaign of the municipality of Rotterdam to fight the loneliness among the elderly in their neighborhood. They join the home visits organized by the campaign, and through them we meet the main characters: The lonely residents Jan van Tol and Tilly van der Kleij. What will change in the lives of these lonely neighbors due to Ada’s meddling. Will they become less lonely? Will neighbors watch out for each other more? Or is this an impossible task in a society that is more and more focused on the individual?
Produced by: Basalt Film (NL)
Director: César Alejandro Jaimes
Co-director & editor: Juan Pablo Polanco
Producer: Julián Quintero Beltrán
It’s daybreak in the desert of La Guajira and Doris, a young Wayuu girl, wakes up uneasily in her hammock. She has had a dream that she doesn’t know how to interpret, but when discussing it with her family she understands that her cousin, who has died several years ago, is asking her to exhume her remains and re-bury them in the cemetery of the family in the upper Guajira.
A portrayal of rituals in Wayuu tradition, where dreams are an inseparable part of everyday reality.
Produced by: Los Niños Films (CO)
THE MEN’S CHOIR /NO/
Directors: Petter Sommer, Jo Vemund Svendsen
Editors: Jo Vemund Svendsen, Petter Sommer
Producers: Kari Anne Moe, Gudmundur Gunnarsson
«It’s harder to become a member of The Men’s Choir than Hells Angels», say the members – a rowdy party of beer thirsty middle aged ex-rockers. 15 years ago they promised to sing in each other’s funerals. «Of course, it will be awkward for the second last one of us alive», they joked.
But then the joke becomes a reality.
Their beloved conductor, Ivar, has been diagnosed with cancer and has just 3 months left to live. But Ivar refuses to die before their biggest gig ever: Warming up for Black Sabbathand Ozzy Osbourne on Midsummer’s Eve in front of 10.000 people. But for how long will the conductor stay alive? And how do tough middle aged tattooed men show their feelings for one another?
Produced by: Fuglene (NO)