Selected projects 2020

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

CLOUDS /FI/

Director: Tuija Halttunen
Producer: Niina Virtanen
Editor: Jussi Sandhu

Scientist Hannele Korhonen from the Finnish Meteorological Institute has one ultimate passion: to work at the top of the atmospheric science community in the world. She wishes to be totally independent and concentrate on her science while maintaining high ethical values.
Her life changes when she is awarded a 1,5 million USD research grant by the United Arab Emirates. The funder expects her to find ways to make the migratory clouds above the UAE to rain on the UAE territory – to the ground suffering of extreme drought. A grant in this scale is seldom available in her research field, and the opportunity to get proper funding for her work is perfect. But an initiative in weather modification as massive as this has never been done before, and no one knows what the impact will be. 
Korhonen’s enthusiasm about her research is gradually accompanied by omnipresent questions regarding the scientist’s responsibility and the role of money, that slowly create unavoidable inner conflicts.

Produced by: Wacky Tie Films (FI)


LIFE OF IVANNA /RU, NO, FI/

Director: Renato Borrayo Serrano
Producer: Vlad Ketkovich
Co-producers:
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas, Pertti Veijalainen
Editor: 
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas

Ivanna, a young woman mother of five children, is living the traditional way of life of the Nenets nomadic reindeer herders in the Taymyr peninsula, in the Russian arctic. She decides to leave her husband. Ivanna starts to live alone in the tundra, doing the work that traditionally is done by two people in order to survive. She takes care of the reindeer, keeps the household, and raises her five children. But due to the ecological disasters caused by the reckless exploitation of natural resources in the region, most of her reindeer have died, and Ivanna realizes there will be nothing left for her children to inherit, thus they will not be able to continue living in the tundra. She decides to emigrate to the city, following a new dream. She manages to emigrate by selling her last reindeer, and this is a point of no return to the tundra for her and her family.
This film is an intimistic narration of the dramatic changes in Ivanna’s life, bringing her emotions and her struggle to the front of a big civilizationt confict.

Produced byEthnofund (RU), Ten thousand images (NO), Illume Ltd. (FI)


WE ARE INSIDE /LB/

Director: Farah Kassem
Producer: Cynthia Choucair
Co-producer:
Patricia Drati
Editor: 
Anders Jepsen

After more than a decade, Farah (31) returns to Tripoli only to witness her hometown getting increasingly conservative and her widowed father Mustapha (83) aging. They have a lot of love and respect for each other, but still disagree over politics or religious beliefs. Farah’s struggling to find her space and wondering whether she is to stay or leave.

After Farah’s many visits to the Tripoli poetry club run by men, of which her father is also a member, the poets start enjoying the presence of a young female spectator. However, every communication keeps on ending on one note: “You haven’t married yet?”. Coming to terms that it’s only through poetry that she’ll be able to have a real and equal dialogue with them, she challenges herself and asks to be granted permission to become the first young female member at the club. While the poets are listening to Farah’s poem recital, a revolution erupts all over Lebanon bringing the outside to the inside.

Produced by: Road[2]Films (LB, QA, DK), Co-produced by: Good Company Pictures (DK), Al Jazeera Documentary channel (QA)


DIAGNONSENSE /NO/

Director: Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård
Producers:  Andrew Grant, Øyvind Nyborg Gregersen
Editors: Truls Krane Meby, Stéphanie Morin

A self-reflexive documentary, DIAGNONSENSE begins with filmmaker Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgard who was diagnosed with multiple mental disorders over a fifteen-year period, and prescribed a staggering number of psychotropic medications. Ten years ago, she embarked on the first of many attempts to make a film about living with a mental disorder, but each effort was cut short due to new diagnoses, new medications, and new side effects. Now, having weaned herself off the drugs, and obtaining a critical distance from her diagnoses, she is ready to tell her story and to challenge the very need for psychological labeling.

Produced by: Mattima Films (NO)


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

Director: Mila Turajlic
Producers: Carine Chichkowsky, Mila Turajlic  
Editor: 
Sylvie Gadmer

In an unexplored vault in Belgrade, the capital of the former Yugoslavia, lies a collection of films known as ‘The Labudovic Reels’. On them are images of African and Asian liberation movements and revolutionary leaders that defined the era of the 60s and 70s. How is it that the images of these revolutions lie on another continent, forgotten in a film archive?

The answer to this question takes us into the story behind the images, on an intimate voyage with Stevan Labudovic, who was assigned at the age of 27 to be the cameraman of Yugoslav president Tito. For more than two decades he travelled with Tito on ‘Voyages of Peace’- trips undertaken to newly-independent countries during which the Non-Aligned Movement was born. From Burma to Mali, from Ethiopia to Indonesia and the halls of the United Nations, Labudovic’s camera captured an era of politics, personality and promise.

Sent on a mission by President 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.

Produced by: Dribbling Pictures (RS), Survivance (F) Co-produced by: Restart (HR), Kino (ME)


BROTHERHOOD /CZ, IT/

Director:  Francesco Montagner
Producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
Co-producer:  Nadia Trevisan
Editor: Valentina Cicogna

Džabir, Usama and Uzejr are three young brothers in a Sunni family of shepherds. Since childhood, their father Ibrahim has rigidly trained them in the principles of the Quran and has filled their minds with stories of the Bosnian War. After a brief experience in ISIS, Ibrahim returns to Bosnia and is convicted of terrorism. Brothers are immediately thrown into crisis. The imprisonment of the father for two years creates a deep void.

For the first time in their life, the brothers have lost their firm guidance and they have to manage on their own. Which paths would they take now free from the father’s presence?

In an intimate portrayal of contemporary Bosnia and its insular Salafi community, Brotherhood is an anthropological exploration of youth, brotherhood, religion, and extremism in the most radicalized region of Europe.

Produced byNutprodukce (CZ), Nefertiti Film (IT)


THE PAWNSHOP /PL/

Director: Lukasz Kowalski
Producer: Anna Mazerant
Editor: Adriana F. Castellanos

Jola and Wiesiek, a couple of extraordinary entrepreneurs, run the biggest pawnshop in the south of Poland. Profitable in the past, today the business only generates loses. Financial troubles affect their relationship. The problems have several causes. Residents of the neighbourhood in which the pawnshop operates more and more often pawn worthless objects to make their ends meet. Wiesiek’s irrational marketing initiatives and the good heart of Jola who financially supports poor clients are not conducive to improving the situation either. The love of Jola and Wiesiek begins to falter when the money to live on runs out and they feel overburdened with protracted problems and fights. At the same time, in the back of the pawnshop,a new love is born between two young employees, Roksana and Tomek. Meanwhile, a harsh winter is coming and the conditions in the shop deteriorate. The owners get into another big brawl. To save the business, they decide to organize a grand spring sale.

Produced by: 4.30 Studio (PL)


UNTITLED TURKEY PROJECT /DE/

Producer: Florian Schewe
Editor: Eytan Ipeker

The UNTITLED TURKEY PROJECT follows a lawyer in Turkey, who has successfully defended human rights for decades. Now the lawyer is threatened by life imprisonment and declared the enemy of the state even before a fair trial. In a few months Turkish courts will hand down the sentence. This threat hangs over everything, it eats into the daily life of the whole team at the law office. The film tells the story of the last year before the possible imprisonment. 

Produced by: Film five (DE)


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)