Selected projects 2020

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

HOW TO KILL A CLOUD /FI, DK/

director: Tuija Halttunen
editor:  Jussi Sandhu
producer: 
Niina Virtanen / niina@wackytie.fi
co-producer: Ulrik Gutkin

Her challenge is to make it rain in the desert. Her ambition has a price.

Scientist Hannele Korhonen has one ultimate passion: to be the best at what she does and be recognised for it. Her life changes dramatically when she is awarded a 1,5 million USD research grant by the United Arab Emirates to participate in their ambitious project to stimulate rainfall over the notoriously arid region. The opportunity to get proper funding and do good sounds amazing. But, gradually Hannele learns that the financiers have their own agenda. Her enthusiasm morphs into an ethical dilemma and inner conflicts. If she succeeds to make it rain, is she giving means to rule the clouds? What is the ultimate price for ambition?

length: 80’
sales contact: Rise & Shine World Sales / Stefan Kloos
estimated date of release: 
February/ March 2021

produced by:Wacky Tie Filmsco-producer: Copehagen Film Company


LIFE OF IVANNA /RU, NO, EE, FI/

director: Renato Borrayo Serrano
editor: Inge-Lise Langfeldt
producer: Vladislav Ketkovich / ethnofund.film@gmail.com
co-producers: Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas / Marianna Kaat

Ivanna is a young Nenets woman and mother of five children who lives in the Russian Arctic. She decides to take her life in her own hands, emancipating from an abusive relationship and abandoning the traditional nomadic way of life in the tundra.

Ivanna (26), a mother of five children, is living in the Arctic region in Siberia.
She lives a traditional nomadic life, driving reindeer at the tundra like her family did for centuries. But due to climate change, most of her reindeers are dying and she is forced to make a dramatic decision. Her husband Gena, has already left the family. He moved to the city, hoping to find a job but didn’t succeed and spent his time drinking.
Ivanna is willing to give her marriage a last chance. She will give up her traditional life, leave the tundra, and move to the city. But Gena’s become violent and alcoholic and Ivanna realizes that the civilized city life is not what she wanted. But there is no way back, she will have to take her life in her own hands and secure a future for herself and her five children.

length: 77’
sales contact: TBC
estimated date of release: 
April 2021

produced by:Ethnofund Film Companyco-producer: Ten Thousand Images, Baltic Sea Production, Illume OY


WE ARE INSIDE /LB, DK, QA/

director: Farah Kassem
editor: Anders S. Jepsen
producer: Cynthia Choucair / cynthia@road2films.com
co-producer: Patricia Drati

After more than a decade, Farah (31) returns to her hometown Tripoli in Lebanon to stay with her widowed aging father Mustapha (83). It’s her last chance to reconcile with him, though it must be through the only language he understands: poetry.

Farah (31) returns to her hometown Tripoli in Lebanon only to find her city in crisis. Staying with her widowed father Mustapha (83), they constantly fight as his only wish is for her to adapt to the city’s conservative identity. But there’s a secret refuge: Mustapha’s weekly all-male poetry club. Stubborn yet lovable, the men are fascinated by language. They share their poems over sweets and the agreement to disagree about everything. Realizing that in order to reach out to her father, Farah needs to get to the poet in him, she decides to join the club and address Mustapha in verses. But the poets will have to test her for weeks. Both Farah and Mustapha know that this is their chance for one last and important conversation — especially when the October revolution erupts nationwide.

length: 90’
sales contact: N/A
estimated date of release: 
January 2022

produced by:Road2filmsco-producer:Good Company Pictures


DIAGNONSENSE /NO/

director: Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård
editor: Stéphanie Morin
assistant editor: Truls Krane Meby
producers: Andrew Grant (andrew@mattimafilms.com) / Øyvind Gregersen

Having been diagnosed with 12 mental disorders over a 15 year period, a filmmaker reclaims her identity while questioning the very need for psychological labelling.

A fragmented coming-of-age tale, DIAGNONSENSE is Norwegian director Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård’s self-reflexive documentary about her experience of being diagnosed with several mental disorders over a fifteen year period. It takes a metaapproach towards her many failed attempts at making such a film while reliant on the mental health system. However, with a newfound critical distance from her diagnoses and years of reflection, she is ready to tell her story and to challenge the very need for psychological labelling.

length: 90’
sales contact:  CAT&Docs/ Maëlle Guénégues
estimated date of release: 
January 2022

produced by: Mattima Films AS co-producer: N/A


THE LABUDOVIC REELS /RS, FR, QA, ME, HR/

director: Mila Turajlić
editor: Sylvie Gadmer
producer: Carine Chichkowsky / carine@survivance.net

Stevan Labudović, the cameraman of Yugoslav President Tito takes us on an archival road trip through the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, revealing a battle of images where cinema gave voice to a decolonising world.

In an unexplored vault in Belgrade, the capital of the former Yugoslavia, lies a collection of films known as ‘the Labudović reels’. On them are images of African and Asian liberation movements and revolutionary leaders that defined the era of the 60s. As cameraman to Yugoslav President Tito, Stevan Labudović captured an era of politics, personality and promise, during which the Non-Aligned Movement was born. Sent on a mission by Tito to support the Algerian war of independence by providing them with images of their struggle, Stevan would play a key role in
the information battle that defined the era of decolonization. An archival road trip taking us into the intimate story behind the images, accompanying the man who filmed them.

length: 100’
sales contact: N/A
estimated date of release: 
September 2021

produced by: Dribbling Pictures co-producer: Survivance


BROTHERHOOD /CZ, IT/

director:  Francesco Montagner
editor: Valentina Cicogna
Producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková / pavla.kubeckova@gmail.com
associated producer: Dagmar Sedláčková

Three young brothers growing up in the shadow of their father’s influence must each decide: which man do they want to be?

Jabir, Usama, and Useir are three young Bosnian brothers, born into a family of shepherds. They grew up in the shadow of their father Ibrahim, a strict, radical Islamist preacher. When Ibrahim gets sentenced to two years in prison for war participation and terrorism, the three brothers are suddenly left on their own. The absence of their father’s demands and strict commandments radically change their lives. The brothers explore their newly acquired freedom on the journey to becoming men. Growing up has never felt more intimate or exhausting as they struggle, fight, and face each other, their own distinct identities developing in front of our eyes. Brotherhood is an intimate exploration of the transition from youth to manhood, the search for identity, finding love and your self.

length: 93’
sales contact: Deckert Distribution / Liselot Verbrugge
estimated date of release: 
April 2021

produced by: nutprodukce co-producer: Nefertiti, Rai Cinema, ARTE G.E.I.E., CZECH TV, FAMU, AJD


THE PAWNSHOP /PL/

director: Lukasz Kowalski
editor: Adriana F. Castellanos
producer: Anna Mazerant / anna.mazerant@4-30.pl

A couple of resourceful misfits run the biggest pawnshop in Poland. When their finances collapse and love begins to falter, they set out to fight the hardest battle of their lives.

Jola and Wiesiek, a couple of extraordinary entrepreneurs, runs the biggest pawnshop in Poland. Profitable in the past, today the business is only making a loss, as the locals mainly use the shop to pawn worthless objects. Wiesiek’s irrational marketing initiatives and Jola’s generosity are not conducive to improving the situation either. As the harsh winter takes hold of the neighbourhood and the money runs dry, their love begins to falter. To save the business and themselves, they decide to organize a grand spring sale.

length: 75’
sales contact: N/A
estimated date of release: 
March 2021

produced by: 4.30 Studio co-producer: Polish Film Institute, Silesia Film


UNTITLED TURKEY PROJECT /DE/ (working title)

director: Maria Binder
editor: Angelika Levi
producer: Florian Schewe / florian@filmfive.net

The UNTITLED TURKEY PROJECT profiles a dedicated woman with a strong sense of justice. But her perseverance exacts a high price.

The UNTITLED TURKEY PROJECT profiles a dedicated woman with a strong sense of justice. For more than 30 years she has been fighting for fundamental rights
and freedom in Turkey as a lawyer and human rights defender. She has been a key
player in the fight for women’s and LGBT-rights, against torture and sexualized
violence. Her hard work has made great contributions to the development of civil
society in Turkey even though she has been targeted, threatened, attacked and
imprisoned several times by the regime. With dozens of indictments against her
with sentences adding up to a lifelong imprisonment she knows what it takes
to sacrifice her own life for a greater cause. But her perseverance comes at a
price, when she wakes up every morning without knowing if this is her last day in
freedom.

length: 95’
sales contact: TBC
estimated date of release: 
March 2021

produced by: Film Five co-producer:


GUEST PROJECTS

Reconciliation

Director: Marija Zidar
Producers: Danijel Hočevar, Latif Hasolli, Jelena Mitrović, Drita Llolla
Editors: Uroš Maksimović, Mariana Kozáková

A 19-year-old girl is killed by the bullet intended for her father, to settle an old score. The
perpetrator, the father’s cousin, is thrown in jail; yet, there is also Kanun, the suppressed,
ancient, tribal Albanian law. Seeking to deal with the emotional and moral implications, a
scheming NGO chairman from the capital approaches the grief-stricken family, living in
the remote mountains of Albania. He pressures the religious father to forgive and
reconcile with the killer’s family. Filmed over the course of four years, with unique access,
the film offers, for the first time, an insightful, sensitive, feminine look into a patriarchal
society caught between an absurd, half-forgotten past and a dysfunctional present.

Producer by: Vertigo (SI), RTV (SI), Dera Film (XXK), Film House Baš
Čelik
(RS), Seagull Entertainment (ME)

AT FULL THROTTLE /SK, CZ/

Director: Miro Remo
Producers: Vít Janeček, Miro Remo
Editor: Šimon Hájek

The Slovak Jitka is the oldest autocross rider in the country and Jaroslav is her partner, a former classmate from elementary school. He takes care of her race car and provides her with the background. The story unfolds their attempt to defend the Carpathian motocross cup. But this is only the outer plane. Much more important is the image of their relationship, which is actually restoring the children’s love, to which they have returned from their lives, maybe full of wrong decisions. Change and courage can make a difference and “correct” the life. Love, hope and despair of generation, that feel lost in transition times…

Produced by: Arsy Versy (SK) Co-produced: D1film (CZ), Czech TV (CZ)


SLOVAK PROGRAMME

CAUTION, RISK OF FALLING EXHIBITS! /SK/

Directors: Jana Durajová, Lena Kušnieriková
Producer: Ľubica Orechovská
Editor: Alexandra Jonášová

The film tells the story of a public institution which, since its founding in 1948, has been under constant threat. Ever since the Communist days, the SNG has been faced with the same problem – will it receive enough state funding to furnish its premises in accordance with its supposed cultural import? The first large-scale, yet still partial, renovation of the gallery took place in 1977. The public reacted with outrage and blamed the architect, V. Dedeček, for the result. Dedeček’s wife, an art historian, could not cope with the attacks against her husband and died of a heart attack. Forty-three years have passed, and the SNG is still based on the same premises. Its current director is the ambitious Alexandra Kusá. For her, completing the gallery is a matter of living up to the ideals instilled in her by her father, an architect who incidentally won the international tender for the new project. Alexandra and her father live in the same house, and the gallery regularly features in their discussions. Dedeček did not live to see the gallery’s completion and reopening, and Alexandra is increasingly feeling that the whole project may go the way of the misfortunate architect. Her fight with the ever-changing ministers for culture and the contractor, who is trying to squeeze the most out of the lucrative deal, is taking a toll on her. And it is clear that, at any time, someone else could take her place at the director’s desk.

Produced by: PubRes s.r.o. (SK) Co-produced by: RTVS (SK), Slovak Film Institute (SK)


THE LINES /SK/

Director: Barbora Sliepková
Producer: Barbara Janišová Feglová
Editor: Máté Csuport
Script editor: Ingrid Mayerová

Bratislava is a city of thick lines. A post-socialist metropolis, it is defined by the stereotypes and doctrines of its inhabitants. We are part of an ongoing and everyday search for a right rhythm in an intimate and public setting. This urban essay about the loneliness of a city dweller is visually inspired by Slovak conceptual art and photography.

Produced by: Hitchhiker Cinema (SK) Co-produced by: RTVS (SK), ToxPro (SK), vidno (SK)


THE SAILOR /SK/

Director: Lucia Kašová
Producer: Nazarij Klujev
Editor: Marek Bihuň

What is the price of freedom? Paul Johnson sailed the world all his life. He loved and drank and lived foolish, never truly living on land. Now he is turning eighty. Both him and his boat are unfit to sail. He drinks a litre of vodka a day and contemplates his life, his death. Does fulfilling a dream always have a bitter end? This question is as much mine as it is his. I am a sailor. I want to live life with no compromises, but first I want to discover what awaits on the end of such a journey.

Produced by: ToxPro (SK)


CZECH PROGRAMME

AT FULL THROTTLE /SK, CZ/

Director: Miro Remo
Producers: Vít Janeček, Miro Remo
Editor: Šimon Hájek

The Slovak Jitka is the oldest autocross rider in the country and Jaroslav is her partner, a former classmate from elementary school. He takes care of her race car and provides her with the background. The story unfolds their attempt to defend the Carpathian motocross cup. But this is only the outer plane. Much more important is the image of their relationship, which is actually restoring the children’s love, to which they have returned from their lives, maybe full of wrong decisions. Change and courage can make a difference and “correct” the life. Love, hope and despair of generation, that feel lost in transition times…

Produced by: Arsy Versy (SK) Co-produced: D1film (CZ), Czech TV (CZ)


HOUSING AGAINST EVERYONE /CZ/

Directors: Tomáš Hlaváček, Petra Hlaváčková
Producers: Vít Janeček, Tomáš Hlaváček
Editor: Varvara Šatunova

The documentary HOUSING AGAINST EVERYONE presents a multi-layered time-lapse portrait of the promotion of the social project Rapid Rehousing. Its aim was to demonstrate the thesis that the pathological spiral of poverty can be eradicated by ensuring stable housing. Fifty families at risk of extreme housing deprivation were selected as part of this unique approach to tackling housing deprivation and the trade in poverty on a European scale. For two years, selected families were guaranteed stable and dignified housing and regular cooperation with social workers who were their helping partners, whether in debt resolution, labor market orientation or neighborhood relations, as well as providing regular education for their children. However, the introduction of a new ambitious approach, which significantly stirred up the waters of the traditional model of Brno’s social policy based on merit, has, from the very beginning, met with a high degree of resentment and mistrust among some of the public and part of the political opposition. The documentary is thus told chronologically, the viewer will encounter storylines dedicated to individual families and their social workers. At the same time, the line of political negotiations and conflicts that the ongoing implementation of the project evokes is monitored.The film is shot from inside of situations and is more or less character driven.

Produced by: D1film (CZ) Co-produced: Guerilla Films (CZ), D1film (CZ), VIRUSfilm (SK)

INTENSIVE LIFE UNIT /CZ/

Director: Adéla Komrzý
Producers: Kryštof Zelenka, Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Editor: Mariana Kozáková

An alarming 80% of the people die in hospitals. There is a reason behind it: terminally ill patients are usually not involved in the discussion of the choices of how, when and where they want to spend their last moments. 

Ondřej and Kateřina, two senior physicians, are deeply unsatisfied with status quo so they decided to set up the first hospital palliative care team in the country. We follow their effort of learning how to communicate with the patients and gently guide them through the decision making process of what’s the best way of how to spend their final moments in a physical as well as in a spiritual way.

Observational camera focuses on our protagonists in the moments of fragile intimacy, trying to prove that ‘dying’ is as much part of our lives as any other piece of our journey

Produced by: nutprodukce (CZ) Co-produced: Czech TV (CZ), UPP (CZ), FAMU (CZ)


THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE WORLD /CZ/

Directors: Matouš Bičák, Marie-Magdalena Kochová
Producer: Mikuláš Novotný
Editor: Filip de Pina

Houses, where nobody lives. Stores that nobody needs. Tourists in empty stage sets. This is Český Krumlov, the second most visited city of the Czech Republic. What had once been a sleepy, neglected town in the Eastern Bloc, suddenly became a crowded, unliveable area with an unbearable influx of tourists. The bitter realities of overtourism get especially visible as Kateřina Šedá, the situation artist arrives in Český Krumlov to create an unusual project. She hires families to live a normal life for a month in the tourist-crowded heart of Český Krumlov, with only a handful of locals left. Families with children grill on the street, while the locals organise a protest, go out for lunch, or practice yoga in the square, despite the flowing crowds of tourists and indignant locals. Through the project, conflicts between various interest groups, the impact of mass tourism on the lives of the local population, or the inability of the city management to intervene in any way come to light. The project itself brings about strong negative reactions. It becomes a catalyst for a debate around this long-suppressed issue, as long-lasting frustration, resignation, and powerlessness of locals or worries about business take out.

What does a normal life in the tourist centre of a small town look like? How should it look like? And does anyone aspire to live there normally? Is there any authenticity left in cities like this? Let us guide you to find out. Welcome to the Český Krumlov – the most beautiful city in the world.

Produced by: FAMU (CZ)