DOK.Incubator Workshop 2015
UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS /UA, LV, DE/
Premiere: IDFA 2015
Festivals: Special Jury Award @ Feature Length Competition IDFA 2015, Grand Prix Docs Against Gravity 2016, Hot Docs 2016, Zagreb Dox, One World HRFF 2016, Sofia IFF 2016, Tempo Documentary Festival, Thessaloniki IDFF 2016, Bergamo Film Meeting, One World Romania, Sarasota International Film Festival, Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, DOK Munich, Go East
Director: Roman Bondarchuk Editor: Kateryna Gornostai Producer: Uldis Cekulis, Darya Averchenko, Tanja Georgieva
In Stara Zburyevka, a remote Ukrainian village, in a middle of nowhere, the everyday life for an outsider might remind a hillarious spectacle from the Theatre of Absurd. There is no district police officer and whatever happens, there is no use waiting for the police – they just don’t come if you call them. Therefore the mayor appoints two local heroes, Victor and Volodya, to keep the Order and Law. Their tasks varies from dealing with burglers, comforting the hobos and mediating between the wranglers and drinking with them.
Little by little the times are changing – news of War reaches the village and complicate the matters. ‘Cops’ – being a perfect guides into Ukrainian reality of today – are now emiting the summons for joining the army…
HOLY COW /AZ, DE, RO/
Day of Premiere: November 20th 2014 at IDFA (Competition for First Appearance)
Festivals: IDFA 2015, Hot Docs 2016 World Showcase, One World 2016, DocPoint Helsinki 2016, Transilvania International Film Festival, Special Jury Mention – South East European Film Festival of Los Angeles, Crossing Europe Film festival in Linz, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2016
Director: Imam Hasanov Editor: Philipp Gromov Producer: Andra Popescu, Veronika Janatková
Tapdig has a dream of bringing a European cow into his picturesque village in Azerbaijan to improve the condition of his poor family. He decides to call it Madona. His passion unsettles the traditional community, the Old Men see a threat in having a foreign cow among them as they say its milk is full of chemicals. Even his wife Vafa does not want to take care of such a strange breed. But Tapdig is ready to risk it all and challenges the conservative mentality to open up and rethink the attitude. How do human beings handle change while remaining true to their own traditions? Holy Cow questions the prejudices against the unknown and how ready are we to accept a newcomer.
Thy Father’s Chair /IT, US/
Day of Premiere: IDFA 2015 (Feature Length Competition)
Festivals: IDFA 2015, True/False Film Fest 2016, DocuDays Kiev – awarded by Main Prize of ‘DOCULIFE‘, Thessaloniki IDFF 2016, Open City Documentary Festival London, Docaviv, docs Against Gravity, Documenta Madrid, Belfast Film festival
Director: Antonio Tibaldi, Alex Lora Editor: Alex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi Producer: Enrica Capra, Antonio Tibaldi
Abraham and Shraga are two Orthodox aging twins who live a secluded existence in their inherited Brooklyn home. Since the death of their parents, they have stopped throwing away anything, hosting stray cats and accumulating all sorts of stuff. Now, their upstairs tenant threatens to stop paying them rent unless they proceed to a radical cleaning. Abraham and Shraga have no choice but to open their doors to a professional company. A traumatic invasion of privacy ensues, forcing them to confront their memories in order to try to find a new beginning…
THE INVISIBLE CITY [KAKUMA] /BE/
Premiere: Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains 2017
Festivals: Human Rights Nights 2017, The African Film Festival 2017
Director: Lieven Corthouts Editor: Jan De Coster Producer: Emmy Oost
Can you build a home in a place called nowhere?
Kakuma refugee camp, built in the middle of the Turkana desert (Kenya), is the fastest growing city in the region. Many of its new arrivals are children sent out of conflict zones by their parents. Against all odds, these children grab all opportunities in the camp to rebuild their life. While waiting for her mother to return from South Sudan, Nyakong (8) starts to go to school. Slowly she creates for herself a new home in the camp. At the age of 17, teenagers like Claude and Khadijo consequently compete for international scholarships, get a job, and even build their own house.
Filmmaker Lieven Corthouts decided to stay in one of the toughest places on earth and make this camp his home. From this unique position, living among Kakuma’s inhabitants for more than 4 years, he tries to understand the mass migration of young adults to Europe.
Can Kakuma really become a permanent home for these children on the verge of adulthood? Or is this camp a false bubble, where the only option is to continue your journey to Europe?
Produced by: Cassette for timescapes
H*ART ON /CZ/
Premiere: DOK.Leipzig 2016
Festivals: Chiayi International Art Doc Film Festival Taiwan
Director: Andrea Culková Editor: Thomas Ernst Producer: Miroslav Novák, Christian Falvey
The artist pushes borders, creates within a maelstrom of emotion, provocation, and finds worth. Then the artist puts his brush down and he dies in obscurity. Who will pick it up again, if anyone? The museum guide infatuated with him, half a century after his death? The decadent curator who inhabits his house? The Czech performance artist who carries his torch? How will they understand what that vibrant life left behind? H*Art On follows several artists shuffling through the fragments of their long-forgotten predecessors – contemplating oblivion, struggling to justify their existence and lusting to live beyond life. A portrait of the artist, lost in time.
Produced by: Duracfilm
Premiere: IDFA 2016
Festivals: ZagrebDox 2017, Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2017, Docs Against Gravity Film Festival 2017, Biografilm Festival 2017, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017, EBS International Documentary Festival 2017, DOC NYC 2017
Director: Clare Weiskopf Editor: Gustavo Vasco Producer: Nicolas Van Hemelryck
This is the story of Val and Clare: a mother and a daughter. After the tragic death of her eldest daughter, Val left her kids and family behind and escaped into the Colombian jungle in order to search for her identity. Clare was only 11 years old when her mother left and couldn’t understand what she was looking for. A son who became an addict, three break-ups and a fractured family remained behind.
Now Clare is pregnant and decides to confront her mother, heal the wounds of the past and try to define motherhood on her own terms. Together they go on an intimate journey exploring the boundaries between responsibility and freedom, the power of love and the meaning of family.
Produced by: casaTarantula
CHEER UP /FI, CA/
Premiere: Hot Docs 2016
Festivals: Love & Anarchy Film Festival 2016, Edinburgh International Film Festival 2016, (Helsinki International Film Festival 2016, Reykjavik International Film Festival 2016, DOC NYC 2016
Director: Christy Garland Editor: Thor Ochsner, Graeme Ring
Producer: Liisa Juntunen
Miia, the ambitious coach of Finland’s worst competitive cheerleading team, is sick of losing and stuck in Rovaniemi, on the Arctic Circle. So she takes a trip to the motherland, Texas, where she’s inspired by the American mindset and focus of the world’s best cheerleaders. Returning to Finland a tougher coach, she pushes her girls to the breaking point… but is that what the team really wants?
For Aino and Patricia, the team’s success is the least of their concerns as they struggle to fight painful battles in their teenage lives. For them cheerleading is a comfort, a stepping stone and a source of support along the path of life. For Miia, the team is all she thinks she has, until life steps in and surprises her.
Cheer Up takes us into the teenage lives of a team of losing cheerleaders who try their best to get better and look perfect doing it, while really, life feels like a train wreck. For Patu, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is much more important than any trophy.
IFP GUEST PROJECT 2015:
HOOLIGAN SPARROW /US/
Premiere: Sundance 2016
Festivals: Sundance IFF 2016 World Cinema Documentary Competition, Full Frame Documentary Festival 2016, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2016, Docudays UA 2016, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights, One World Film Festival 2016, Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2016, Movies That Matter 2016, Doc10 Film Festival, Athens International Film Festival 2016
When a Chinese elementary school principal who raped six of his students seems poised to receive a light sentence, famed women’s rights advocate Ye Haiyan leads a small group of activists in a protest – a move that could end with each participant’s arrest. As filmmaker Nanfu Wang films the demonstration and its aftermath, she becomes embroiled in the government’s effort to harass and intimidate everyone associated with the protest. After being threatened by angry mobs, chased by police, and interrogated by national security agents, Wang discovers the Chinese government’s willingness to target anyone they perceive to be a threat to their control.
THE CITY OF SUN /GE/
Premiere: Berlin International Film Festival 2017
Festivals: Sheffield DOC/Fest 2017, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2017, Golden Apricot International Film Festival 2017, Golden Apricot International Film Festival 2017, Reykjavik International Film Festival 2017
Director: Rati Oneli Editor: Ramiro Suarez Producer: Dea Kulumbegashvili
Several remarkable stories intersect in a half deserted ghost town whose daily life is dominated by an international mining corporation. A young father struggles to cure his son’s asthma and repay his debts; a young miner turned actor has to choose between his passion and his family; and two malnourished sisters have to win the next Olympic games to survive.
Produced by: OFA, Liber8Films
DREAMING OF DENMARK /DK/
Premiere: CPH:DOX 2015
Festivals: CPH:DOX 2015 F:Act Award nomination, Thessaloniki IFF 2016, One World Romania, Human Rights Arts & Film Festival Melbourne, Giffoni Film Festival 2016 (2nd prize at the Main Documentary Competition), Amnesty International Award (Giffoni Film Festival 2016), BUFF Film Festival 2017
Director: Michael Graversen Editors: Rebakka Jørgensen, Sofie Steenberger Producers: Lise Saxtrup, Sofie Rørdam
What happens to the many unaccompanied refugee children that disappears from the Danish asylum centres year after year? In DREAMING OF DENMARK director Michael Graversen follows the fate of one of these young boys on the shady side of European society.
Wasiullah lives like any other young man. He hangs out with his friends, cracks jokes, takes selfies, and flirts with girls. Denmark has become his home after spending three years in a children’s asylum center, arriving alone as a young boy from Afghanistan. But as Wasi turns eighteen and his application for asylum is rejected, he is forced to leave the country. Fearing for his life in Afghanistan, Wasi flees to Italy, hoping to here obtain a residence permit that will allow him to return to Denmark.
The director Michael Graversen has followed the young Wasi for many years. The close relationship between them has given Graversen a unique access to Wasi’s life underground in Europe. For Wasi, the dream of one day returning to his friends and a safe future in Denmark has become the driving force for his survival. Wasi struggles to maintain life as a normal young man, but it is not easy when life is spent on the streets, waiting for a future that never gets started. Without a home and an identity, are you anyone at all?
Czech and Slovak Projects
JOURNEY TO SUCCESS /SK/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Leon Productions
A feature long time-lapse documentary film project titled Journey to Success is a story of Mongolian women after fifty who tries to escape her hopeless post-communistic reality through some “desperate” activity. UN development program “Slovak Aid” may make their dreams about better life true by cheese-making but is it possible with express aid projects? An observational documentary film on which we are working intermittently since 2005 shows the Mongolian reality and struggle.The development project ended, like most of the development projects – trivial. The Film reflex one of the many aid projects and through Mongolian experience may serve as an inspiration to think about development aid as such…
Director: Daniela Meressa Rusnoková Editor: Janka Vlčková Producer: Mario Homolka
THE DANGEROUS WORLD OF RAJKO DOLEČEK /CZ/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: MasterFilm
Festivals: Jihlave IDFF 2015, IDFA 2015
A young director sets out to visit an old professor to ask him for the recipes for the body and soul. What advice can a girl with family in Bosnia receive from a Serbian nationalist and close friend of Ratko Mladič? A dialogue about overcoming one’s own prejudices and ideologies that seeks reconciliation.
Director: Kristýna Bartošová Producer: Kristýna Hněvsová
DIAGNOSIS /PL/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Entertain Studio
Festivals: Krakow Film Festival 2015, Karlovy Vary 2016, Cannes Film Festival 2017
The worlds first ever urban psychoanalyst comes from France to a city in the heart of Poland. He invites its residents to the therapeutic couch. They have a chance to express their deepest cravings, pains and desires. “Diagnosis” is a formal experiment and artistic interpretation of urban psychoanalysis. It is to take the viewer on an emotional journey to the insides of the modern citys subconscious but also on a journey to the viewers own subconscious. The viewers are to feel as though they were lying on the therapeutic couch themselves. What answers will they give to the questions asked? And how will they see the place they live in afterwards?
Director: Ewa Podgórska Producer: Małgorzata Wabińska
FC ROMA /CZ/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: nutprodukce
Football is one of the most popular sports in the world. Every football fan surely knows the UEFA campaign Say No To Racism.
However not everywhere in the world are all players considered equal on the football field. The case of TJ Roma in North Bohemia, a team composed mainly of Romani players from the district league, serves as an illustrious example. They want to be a normal team but other teams don’t want to play against them. TJ Roma therefore wins all the matches by default. Will the Roma in Decin get to play football or will they get into a higher-level competition without playing?
Directors: Tomáš Bojar, Rozálie Kohoutová Producer: Pavla Janoušková Kubečková
FREEDOM UNDER LOAD /SK/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: K2studio s.r.o.
Festivals: Banskofilmfest 2016, BBVA Mountain Film Festival 2016, Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival 2016, Eho Mountain Film Festival 2016, Cinematik 2016, International Mountaineering Film Festival 2016, Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2017,
Slovakia is the only European country where porters carry loads to mountain huts. Every day, in thunderstorm, gale, deep snow, despite of a more economical helicopter. However, behind this paradox is more. The documentary explores souls of the
old generation of High Tatras porters. It shows the meaning of their physically and mentally demanding work. The film should support the humanity versus technology. Vision of profit let this old profession to vanish. But there is no way back.
Director: Pavol Barabáš Producer: Alena Koščová
HAPPILY (UN)FAITHFUL /SK/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Smart Life Production
Sasha is married with two children. She and her husband share a more or less a happy life. They just recently bought a piece of land and are about to start building a new house. Shortly after though, she finds out that her husband has had a long term affair with a colleague. It’s definitely a moment of catharsis. And the emotions are all over the place. This intimate account is analysed by various experts. Their statements reveal the complexity of emotions triggered by infidelity. Ondrej, a chronic womaniser, is another story. He has a compulsive need for cheating on his girlfriend and seducing every woman around him. Later on, he undergoes a therapy in order to heal his emotional traumas. This, he hopes, will help him to be monogamous. His story is entwined with stories of variety of people that share their experience of being either the cheater or the cheated.
Director: Diana Fabianova Producer: Lenka Gondolova
I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU EVERYTHING /PL/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Plesnar & Krauss FILMS
In every human being, love to his child is deeply encoded. This movie is about parental love that desires to be fulfilled, but was suddenly interrupted. About three men – fathers who haven’t seen their children for over a decade.
Director: Zvika Portnoy Producer: Maria Krauss
Lorm´s Alphabet /CZ/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Produkce Radim Procházka
Honza (John) Pavlíček (43) named himself as ‘Big Hungry Bizon’ some thirty years ago. He was born blind and is partially deaf,
using a hearing aid and special tactile signing to get by. He works as a tour guide in a cave where great heroes from national history are carved into the sandstone. Navajo Shaman called Black Horse has invited him to Arizona to take part in a special
ceremonial ritual. Bizon believes it will fundamentally alter his life. Scientists from Berlin have chosen him to work together on developing an electronic glove for deaf and blind people. The glove electronically transmits impulses to and from the palm of
your hand, allowing the user to send and receive email and SMS messages via the medium of a touch alphabet, known as Lorms, dating back 150 years. Glove will serve Bizon in USA as a travel diary, and to maintain communication with his beloved
Director: Pavel Jurda Producer: Radim Procházka
Racing with Time /SK/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Arina
The experience of Slovak women in Slovak hospital is the basis for the film: the wishes of mother in labor are not being respected; humiliation, intimidation and manipulation are taking place; and harmful practices and techniques such as routine episiotomy, speeding up of the birth, Kristeller expression and separation of mother and child immediately after the birth are commonplace procedures. In addition, Slovak women do not have the opportunity to give birth at home. Birthing has to happen in hospitals with doctors and hospital personnel being present. It was the frequently repeated stories shared by women full of painful memories that inspired us to work on this film. Our goal is to gather together thought-provoking protagonists and experts so that we can view the topic in a complex way, but at the same time, sensitively – through their personal stories.
Director: Maria Martiniakova Producer: Silvia Panakova
Waking up the Listening Body /SK/ – DOK.Incubator 2015
Produced by: Mandala Pictures
Waking up the Listening Body is a multi-layered message of specific group: professional actors and dancers from all over the world. Its about their own identity in the artistic group and motivation to work under unique, laboratory condition. In this age of mass-production where performance became a product, emerged a community of dancers and actors, that experiment for one and half year in a laboratory conditions without the need to create an actual performance. But will their passion be enough?
Director: Adam Hanuljak Producer: Tomáš Kaminský
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