Projects 2014

DOK.Incubator Workshop 2014

+ special guest from DOK.Restart Program

DRIFTER /HU, DE/
Produced by: KraatsFilm Production & Weydemann Bros.
Sales Contact: Visible Film
Day of Premiere: November 20th 2014 at IDFA (Competition for First Appearance)
Festivals: Winner of the IDFA Award for the Best First Appearance Documentary 2014
Winner of the Best Documentary Award – Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2015 
Winner of the Special Mention of the Jury – goEast Film Festival 2015
Winner of the Special Mention of the Jury – Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2015

ZagrebDox Film Festival 2015, Sofia IFF 2015, Sarajevo Film Festival, Millenium IDFF Brussels 2015, L`Europe autour de l`Europe Film Festival Paris 2015, Belfast Film Festival 2015,Documenta Madrid FF 2015, Pärnu International Documentary and Anthropology Film Festival 2015, Nominated for European Film Award 2015 (Documentary Selection)

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.

THE QUEEN OF SILENCE /PL, DE/

Produced byma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH
Sales Contact: Deckert Distribution
Day of Premiere: November 23rd 2014 at IDFA (Competition for Feature-Length Documentary)
Awards:  THE SILVER HORN for the director of the best feature-length documentary film + Award for the best cinematography in Polish competition, Krakow Film Festival, Czech Jury Award One World HRFF, special mention in the international competition Dok.fest Munich 2015, award for the best film in Zoom competition MFF T-Mobile New Horizons,Wroclaw, Best Camera + Best Editing Deutscher Kamerapreis 2015

All festival appearances: IDFA 2014 Feature Length Competition, Tempo 2015 Sweden, Hot Docs 2015 (World Showcase), DocPoint Helsinki 2015, DocPoint Tallinn 2015, One World Romania 2015, Thessaloniki DFF 2015, Kino Pavasaris Vilnius IFF, Dortmund/Cologne IFF 2015, Parnu IFF 2015, DokuFest Kosovo, EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF 2015) – Seul, International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana – Perm, Budapest IDFF 2015, Reykjavik IFF, Let’s Cee IFF Vienna, Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival 2016

Director: Agniezka Zwiefka Editor: Thomas Ernst, Juan Miguel Salas Producer: Heino Deckert, Iris Pakulla

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-year old deaf girl, is an outsider among outsiders. As she doesn’t speak 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 and glamorous world she sees on the TV screen, and starts to create her own dance choreography. The result is a film full of imagination, surrealism and fantasy. Form loses itself as we enter the world of Denisa.

SUGAR BLUES /CZ/

Produced by: Golden Dawn
Sales Contact: Taskovski Films
Day of Premiere: November 8th, 2014 at CPH:DOX (F:ACT AWARD Competition)
Festivals: CPH:DOX 2014, One World Int’l Human Rights Film Festival Prague 2015, Ljubljana Documentary Film Festival 2015, Festival del Cinema Africano, d’Asia e America Latina Milano 2015, Docs Against Gravity FF Warsaw 2015, FIC Monterrey

Director: Andrea Culková Editor: Tomáš Elšík Producer: Christian Falvey 

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!

ALWAYS TOGETHER /CZ/
Produced by: endorfilm
Day of Premiere: November 20th, 2014 at IDFA (Competition for First Appearance)

Sales Contact: Visible Film
Festival appearances: IDFA 2014, Karlovy Vary IFF 2015, One World HRFF 2015, IFF Febiofest Prague 2015, IFFF Dortmund|Cologne, Thessaloniki IDFF 2015, Planet + Docs FF Warsaw 2015, Crossing Europe FF Linz, DokFest Munich 2015, MakeDox, BIFF – Bergen 2015, „Okiem Młodych” FF Poland, Parnu IFF 2015, International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana – Perm, Budapest IDFF 2015

Director: Eva Tomanová Editor: Kasimira Velitchko Producer: Jiři Konečný

Password: alwaysDOK

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?

GAME OVER /ES, DE/
Produced byGaia Audiovisuals
Sales Contact: Visible Film

Premiere: Karlovy Vary IFF
Festivals: Festival de Malaga, Documenta Madrid 2015, DocsBarcelona (Talent Award), Gaudi Award 2015 for the Best Spanish Documentary, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2016

Director: Alba Sotorra, Editor:  Gerard Gil Fargas, Producer: Carles Pastor

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?

Guest Project DOK.Incubator 2013
K2.TOUCHING THE SKY /PL/
Produced by: Wajda Studio
Premiere: Locarno IFF 2015
Festivals: Locarno IFF 2015 (Semaine de la Critique), IDFA 2015 official selection (Best of Fests), Tempo Documentary Festival 2016, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2016, Transatlantyk Festival 2016

Director: Eliza Kubarska, Editor: Bartek Pietras, Producer: Monika Braid

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 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.

BETWEEN SISTERS /IT, BE/
Produced by: Clin d’oeil films
Premeiere: Festival dei Popoli 2015
Festivals: 
True/False 2016, Ambiente Documentary Film Festival 2016, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2016, Valladolid International Film Festival 2016

Director: Manu Gerosa, Editor: Alehandro de la Fuente, Prodcuer: Hanne Phlypo

Should a family secret be told before it’s too late?

Two Italian sisters, Ornella and 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.

THE BEEKEEPER AND HIS SON /CH, CA/
Produced by: Mira Film
Premiere: Visions du Réel 2016
Festivals: DOC NYC 2016, Nara International Film Festival 2016, International Documentary Festival 2016, Cinema Asia Film Festival 2017

Director: DiedieWeng, Editor: Annette Brutetch, Producer: Susanne Guggenberge

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.

A FAMILY AFFAIR /NL/
Produced by: Conijn Film
Premiere: IDFA 2015 – The Opening Film
Festivals: Special Jury Award @Dutch Competition IDFA 2015, Thessaloniki IDF 2016, Millenium IDF 2016, It´s All True Brazil 2016, Documentary Edge New Zealand 2016, DOK.fest Muenchen 2016, European Film Festival South Africa, Taiwan IFF, Docs Against Gravity 2016, Sheffield Doc Fest 2016, Flahertiana IFF 2016, iDocs Beijing 2016, AFI Docs Washington DC, Ambulante Veracruz, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, EDOC – Encuentros del Otro Cine in Ecuador, Moscow International Film Festival 2016, Golden Apricot International Film Festival 2017

Netflix Network 2016, Best Film in the International Competition | Biografilm 2016 

Director: Tom Fassaert, Editor: Thabi Mooi, Producer: Wout Conijn

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On his 30th birthday, Tom Fassaert receives a mysterious invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother Marianne. Out of the blue she asks him to come to South Africa to help her with her will. At that time the only thing he knows about her are the myths and predominantly negative stories his father told him. She was a femme fatale who went through countless men, a famous model in the 1950s who put her two sons into a children’s home. And a mother who suddenly decided to emigrate to South Africa, far away from the rest of her family.

Fassaert decides to accept her invitation, but not without bringing his camera along. Through his lens we discover what lies behind persistent myths and why she still has such a huge influence on the family. But when he himself becomes the object of her obsession, his venture becomes much more complicated than he could ever have imagined.