Selected projects 2021


INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

THE GULLSPÅNG MIRACLE /SE, NO/

Director: Maria Fredriksson
Editor: Orvar Anklew
Producer: Ina Holmqvist

May, a Norwegian woman on a holiday to Sweden, receives a premonition that she is going to move there and buy an apartment. When the flat owner turns up to exchange contracts, she comes face to face with Olaug, a dead ringer of her sister who committed suicide years earlier. Who is Olaug and what does she want?

Produced by: Met Film


MOTHERLAND /BY, SE, UA/

Directors: Alexander Mihalkovich, Hanna Badziaka
Editor: Olya Zhurba
Producer: 
Mario Adamson

 Our state of violence and fear.

Pproduced by: Sisyfos Film Production /SE
Co-produced by: Voka Films /UA


WE ARE ANIMALS /FI/

Directors:  Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen  
Editors:
Jussi (Jan) Sandhu, Anniina Kauttonen 
Producers: 
Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt

Over 12 years the film follows Saila, Kristo and Mai, the three activists who have been seeking ways to change the way farm animals are treated. What kind of commitment does the struggle require from animals, what price they pay – and will it ever be enough?


A MASS FOR WANDERING SOULS /ES/

Director: Pablo Lago Dantes
Editor: Juan Carrano
Producer: Diana Toucedo

As every year, Alicia receives in her winery the seasonal workers for a month, to elaborate her “aguardiente” (handmade brandy). This year her grandson, and director of the film, will go to spend this time with them, trying to reduce the temporal abyss that separates the two generations.


EMMA SHOW /HU/

Director: Gábor Hörcher
Editor: Réka Lemhényi
Producer:
Marcell Iványi

Emma and Eddie are an award winning sex chat couple from the States. They have been working on the internet providing highly successful live porn shows together. They are reality stars living a perfect luxurious life and having crazy perfect sex. But only while other people are watching and paying for it? 


WHITE LIES /NO/

Director: Emilie Beck
Editor: Christoffer Heie
Producer: Karianne Berge

Adopted to Norway from Sri Lanka, Kine, like several thousands of other adoptees experienced bullying, racism, and exclusion. She decides to go on a quest to Sri Lanka to learn the painful truth about her past. Her story shows the personal consequences of international adoption and reveals the complicated structures facilitating trade with children across continents.


MY FATHER’S PRISON /VE/


Editor: Juan Soto
Producer:
Rodrigo Michelangeli

The son of a Venezuelan political prisoner tells the story of how his father was used as a scapegoat and thrown in jail by President Chavez. The film addresses the psychological effects of family separation in a country that threatens to destroy the love between his mother and father.

Produced by: La Faena Films


TOO CLOSE /RO/

Director: Botond Püsök
Editor: Brigitta Bacskai
Producer: Irina Malcea

A single mother is fighting to move away from her home village, as her former partner, her young daughter’s sexual abuser, comes out of jail and moves back into the small, religious community.


CZECH PROJECTS

ADAM ONDRA: PUSHING THE LIMITS /CZ, IT/

Directors: Petr Záruba, Jan Šimánek
Editor: Josef Krajbich
Producers: Alice Tabery, Sebastiano Luca

Born in 1993, Adam Ondra was a child prodigy who quickly became known as the “Mozart of Climbing”. He has astonished the world with his performance his whole life, constantly pushing the limits of human abilities. For him, the everyday hard work and overcoming of himself that some might see as a sacrifice are the means to freedom. Climbing is his life. Adam gets ready for a new challenge: the Summer Olympic Games 2020 that will take place in Tokyo, where sport climbing will be recognised as an Olympic sport for the first time. Adam wants to cement his reputation: to become the best climber in the world with the first ever Olympic gold medal in climbing. But at the very last moment, the coronavirus crisis postpones the Olympic Games to 2021. Adam, who is known for his strong will, stretches his faith and abilities, immersing himself in increasingly radical and complex training methods, trying to keep his hopes, motivation and positive mindset high while the whole world around him comes to a halt. Will he have the chance to compete for the Olympic medal and achieve his dream? A journey into Adam’s world always balancing the needs of his inner world and the demanding rules of the professional sport.

Produced by: CINEPOINT, Jump Cut


PONGO STORY /CZ, SK, UK/

Director: Tomáš Kratochvíl
Editor: Marek Bihuň
Producers: Radim Procházka, Barbara Janišová Feglová, Dave Evans

He saved his Roma family from racial discrimination by escaping from the Czech Republic to Great Britain. He succeeded there and then decided to save all European Roma. The most watched truck driver, fifty-year-old vlogger Pista Pongo, is on his way from the Manchester suburb to a better life for millions of second-class Europeans. Will Pista’s obsession with his activism create a rift with his wife Iveta as she remains behind in Manchester while he saves the world? How will Pista overcome the jealousy within his own community to his campaigning and relative financial success? Will his children Ivetka, Marek and David abandon their Roma roots and assimilate?

Produced by: Kuli Film
Co-produced by: HITCHHIKER Cinema, Shoot From The Hip Films


KAPR CODE /CZ, SK/

Director: Lucie Králová
Editor: Adam Brothanek
Producers: Andrea Shaffer, Martin Řezníček, Vít Janeček, Zuza Piussi

A Documentary Opera featuring the contradictory life of progressive composer and prominent communist Jan Kapr (1914-88), Stalin award laureate, later banned in socialist Czechoslovakia. While Kapr’s life escalates towards pivotal moments, we follow opera songs reflecting these crucial life junctures, those establishing an artist’s fate. The film explores the nature of memory, and narration, using Kapr’s personal, never before seen amateur films manifesting his humor, inner struggles and desire to leave traces for eternity. The film transfers Kapr’s extraordinary life story into a radical form of New Opera. The storyline in the form of “documentary libretto” will guide us through Kapr’s life. It’s based on deep research within Kapr’s personal archive. Kapr’s amateur 8mm film footage shows his inclination to play, experiment and passion for staging (Kapr himself is a frequent “object” of these films) creates substantial narrative layer.17 opera singers from the internationally renowned Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno sing scenes from Kapr’s life, including his meeting with secret police or battle with the president. The Choir is under the direction of the Choirmaster, 77 year old Petr Fiala, Kapr’s last living student. Chronological narrative focuses on the essential situations of Kapr’s dramatic life and is organized using the structure of an opera. Kapr Code is a playful reconstruction of life after death where the memory of film and Kapr’s music interacts with the story of an artist’s fight for inner integrity and freedom in an unfree world.

Produced by: Mindset Pictures, DOCUfilm, VIRUSfilm


LA REINE /CZ, FR /

Director: Nikola Klinger
Editor: Karolína Čejková
Producer: Karolína Nováková

La Reine is an experimental documentary shot on Super 16. Originally a portrait of
Ian, 73, has later evolved into a portrait of a former lavender distillation station
and a group of people living around it. Ian makes a living by making essential oils,
doing on a small scale what lavenderie was originally used for. Dark side of the
place is drug addiction, a problem that affects Ian and other people associated
with lavenderie. The film is an essay on the duality of things. It is possible to make
fragrant essences and medicines as well as destructive drugs from these plants.
The same comes to the people around the lavenderie – they live freely, cut-off
from society and its problems, but they also have their demons…

Produced by: Studio FAMU


SLOVAK PROJECTS

OH, MY WAR! /SK/

Director: Paula Reiselová
Editor:
Marek Bihuň
Producer:
Tereza Tokárová

The film is attempting to find its way into the collective unconscious of our society, where the presence of war is deeply rooted. We are repeatedly placing wreaths on the graves of veterans and we’re hoping to learn from it. History is becoming a myth or legend, even though reality is behind our borders. The film shows a certain phenomenon that we perceive as normal – War, as part of our common existence. It evolves in front of our eyes, and we are observing it from a safe place of untouchable peace. From the original intention, avoiding the mistakes of the past, we have basically created entertainment for leisure time. In the background of mass events, which primarily serve as a necessary reminder of historical events, but look more like bizarre celebrations of war, we play with the viewer the imaginary Telephone Game, where the concept of war changes with variations across generations. War, as a permanent exhibition in the museum of our society.

Produced by: Academy of Performing Arts


SACRIFICE /SK, ES/

Director: Denis Dobrovoda
Editor:
Ona Bartolí
Producer:
Matthew Bremner

Very early on, the locals of Mejorada del Campo, a town some 20 km from Madrid, suspected there might be something wrong with Justo Gallego. They gossiped that he was as a man of absurd ideas and strange visions. A man of God, yes, but his devotion to the church bordered on the feverish. After overcoming serious illness, expulsion from a monastery and bouts of depression, he began to see his illness as a test: a test he would overcome by doing something extraordinary. For the next 6 decades, he built a cathedral the size the Sagrada Familia with no help, no architectural knowledge, and using purely recycled materials. He laboured 10 hours a day well into his 80s. But the project was vast and complex and as he built new sections, old sections fell into decay. By the time he reached his 90s, Justo no longer had the energy to build his cathedral. And worse still, Justo’s cathedral was declared illegal. So immersed in its construction, Justo had not registered it with the local town council, and now they want it torn down. With his health now deteriorating, and his desire to live withering, the future of the cathedral and legacy of Justo’s life is in danger.

Produced by: Kolsa Films SK


THE BOUNDARIES OF FIDELITY /SK, CZ/

Director: Diana Fabianová
Editor:
Mária Hirgelová
Producer:
Silvia Panáková

Diana grew up in communist Czechoslovakia, where a culture of oppression and secrecy was also present in partner relationships. Love affairs, quarrels and whispers remained engraved on her subconscious mind. Scepticism about marriage led her to look for forms of relationships other than the generally accepted monogamous model. Then Tomáš showed up and the hormones undermined her resolutions. Out of blue, they had a child, then another, and ultimately got married, too. Over some time, old doubts began to awaken behaviour patterns that are not in line with the family life we imagine and which both Diana and Tomáš have encoded in their genes. What is fidelity and what is already beyond its limits? How to prevent the urge to have more, just because we can, despite we have more than enough? While looking into the world’s realities about infidelity and own relationship, the inner side of the family, Diana reveals a long-hidden family secret. It shakes the foundations of the main character’s identity and makes viewers think about what makes us who we are.

Produced by: ARINA Ltd., CINEART TV PRAGUE


FRAGILE MEMORY /UA, SK/

Director: Ihor Ivanko
Editor:
Ihor Kosenko
Producer:
Mariia Ponomarova
Co-producer:
Peter Kerekes

A famous Soviet cinematographer Leonid Burlaka, who worked for 30 years at Odesa Film Studio, suddenly gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. At the same time Ihor, his grandson and emerging Ukrainian DoP, accidentally finds a heavily damaged grandpa’s photo archive from the Soviet 1960s: shots made by Leonid who starts establishing his career during the ‘Khrushchev Thaw’. Ihor realises that actually he knows almost nothing about the grandpa and his youth, so he starts his journey learning who Leonid really was, diving into the controversiality of the Soviet cinema machine and getting closer to his own grandfather. Yet the time is running out: soon Leonid’s memory will completely deteriorate, and he will not remember his close ones at all.

Produced by: Burlaka Films, Kerekes Film

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