MY FATHER, THE SPY
/LV, DE, CZ, EE/
Directors: Jaak Kilmi, Gints Grūbe, Writers: Gints Grūbe, Jaak Kilmi
Editor: Armands Začs
Producer: Antra Gaile, Gints Grūbe
As a young Soviet student in 1978, Ieva could not have predicted that a holiday visit to her father, Imants Lešinskis, then working at the United Nations in New York City, would irreversibly split her life in two.
Entangled in a murky game she would be unable to quit, Ieva is forced to leave her former life behind, never to see her mother or her homeland of Latvia again.
Pulling back the curtain on the shady behind-the-scenes world of the Cold War, this film tells a daughter’s dramatic story of her double-agent father, exploring their relationship against the backdrop of events which have their roots over four decades ago.
In order to find herself and understand the game she was part of, Ieva sets out on a journey to the past, confronting family secrets, lies and betrayal. Will Ieva be able to find the truth and find herself?
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF MY MOTHER /IT/
Director: Beniamino Barrese
Editor: Valentina Cicogna
Producer: Filippo Macelloni
Benedetta wants to disappear. As iconic fashion model in the 1960’s, she became a muse to Warhol, Dali, Pen and Avedon. As radical feminist in the 1970’s, she fought for the rights and emancipation of women. But at the age of 75, she became fed up with all the roles that life imposed upon her and decides to leave everything and everybody behind, to disappear to a unknown place as far as possible from this world.
Hiding behind the camera, her son Beniamino witnesses her journey. Having filmed her since he was a kid in spite of all her resistance, he now wants to make a film about her, to keep her close for as long as possible – or, at least, as long as his camera keeps running.
The making of the film turns into a battle between mother and son, a stubborn fight to capture the ultimate image of Benedetta – the image of her liberation.
GODS OF MOLENBEEK
/FI, BE, DE/
Director: Reetta Huhtanen
Editor: Jamin Benazzouz
Producer: Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen
The Molenbeek district of Brussels. A believed jihadi capital to some but home sweet home to the 6 year-old boys Aatos and Amine. This is where they listen to spiders, discover black holes and quarrel over who gets to command the flying carpet that is to take them to the lands of their ancestors. They live in the same building, yet come from different worlds.
Together they search for answers to the big questions. Aatos wants a god of his own, as Amine already has Allah but the question is complicated by his friend Flo’s belief that people who believe in God have gone crazy.
The threat of the adults world suddenly interrupts the children’s play as terrorist bombs explode in a metro station nearby. The streets are filled with tanks, armed soldiers and policemen. Bedtime stories now evoke images of violence and even friendship is put on trial until an expected twist reshapes their lives for good.
THE BUSINESS OF REVENGE
/SI, RS, XK/
Director: Marija Zidar
Editor: Jurij Moškon
Producer: Danijel Hočevar
The killing of a young woman, Gjyste, becomes the setting for a Balkan drama revolving around pride, power, and family secrets. Her killer is convicted and imprisoned, yet the victim’s father is bound to the remnants of an ancient Albanian tradition — blood revenge. He must forgive his daughter’s killing or slay a member of the killer’s family. A group of local men mediate, led by a former Secret Service agent from the capital. Under the guise of ritual, they pressure the father to forgive in order to prevent a catastrophe.
Director: Pia Hellenthal
Editor: Yana Höhnerbach
Producer: Daniela Dieterich
“I dedicate my life to showing the world that one can pretend to be whoever they want.”
Eva, 25 – drifter, Berliner, pet-owner, poet, sex worker, virgo, recovering addict, housewife, feminist, model – declared privacy an outdated concept at the age of 14.
This is the tale of a young woman growing up in the age of the internet, turning the search for oneself into a public spectacle, challenging you on what a woman “should be”. Through her fragmented personalities you see the emergence of a generation, in which the concept of a fxed identity has grown old.
A portrait of modern existence.
When Rotterdam citizen Bep de Bruin is found dead in her home, lying there unnoticed for 10 years, the city is in shock. How could this happen? Ada (59) and her best friend Wilma (70) decide to volunteer for the local government’s response: a campaign against loneliness. Together, they go door to door to check in on elderly citizens, looking for lonely people that fit the profile and need help.
This is how they meet Jan, who has barely left his home in seven years. In fighting to stay independent, his loneliness intensifies, and Ada and Wilma are upset by his insufficient quality of care. They also encounter Tilly, a strong and stubborn woman who has contact with no one but her beloved dog, and refuses every offer of support. Overwhelmed by the loneliness they encounter, and by their fear for what this means for them and their city, Ada and Wilma stop observing — and take action.
Director & editor: César Alejandro Jaimes
Director & editor: Juan Pablo Polanco
Producer: Julián Quintero Beltrán
Lapü takes us on a sensory journey in the desert of La Guajira, Colombia.
The film blends the world of the living and the world of the dead accompanying Doris, a young Wayuu girl, through a traditional ritual. She will give her dead cousin, who passed away ten years ago, her last farewell by cleaning the flesh from the bones of her dead body. Lapü is a very broad Wayuu concept that refers to a way of inhabiting reality. The film invites us into a world of dreams, to reflect on the beginning and ending of existence and on our own relationship with life and death.
THE MEN’S ROOM /NO/
Director: Petter Sommer
Editor: Jo Vemund Svendsen
Producers: Kari Anne Moe, Gudmundur Gunnarsson
Every Tuesday 25 tattooed, middle aged men take a break from their everyday lives to drink beer, tell bad jokes and sing dirty rock songs. Behind closed doors, in a femalefree zone, they spend time with their buddies and let their steam out. The brotherhood means a lot to them. They have even promised to sing in each others funerals – a joke of course, it has never occurred to them that it’s going to happen. But one day, when one of them confides he’s got little time left to live, they realise that life is fragile and that none of them are immortal. This summer they have landed their biggest and most absurd gig ever – warming up for the legendary hard rock band Black Sabbath. They just hope they will all live long enough to experience it together.
LESSONS OF LOVE /PL/
Director: Malgorzata Goliszewska
Co-director, cinematographer: Katarzyna Mateja
Editor: Alan Zejer
Producer: Anna Stylinska
Jola is the brightest star in Café Smile, a dancing club for seniors. Unfortunately, her strong make-up covers a tragic story: 50 years with an abusive husband, struggling to survive with her 6 children. Suddenly she realizes she has little time left. “This part of life belongs to me!” – says Jola and runs away from the marital nightmare to her hometown Szczecin, to begin a new life. Finally, she can do what she always dreamt of: she fools around with her best friends, dances, writes poems and songs. In Jola’s eyes, the world is always romantic, colourful, dramatic, grotesque even. Such are her costumes, make-up, decorations in her Italian style villa, as well as her songs. To her surprise, a strong feeling appears between her and Wojtek. But Jola promised to her husband lifelong fidelity in front of God. Will she leave her past behind and accept new love? Is it what she really wants?
Produced by: Widok Foundation (PL)
EMMA SHOW /HU/
Director: Gábor Hörcher
Editor: Csaba Gyula Hernáth
Producer: Marcell Iványi
The famous sex chat couple is out to save their marriage by stopping to perform and starting their own studio in Budapest as they have been expelled form the States.
Produced by: KraatsFilm (HU) and HBO
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)