Unless indicated otherwise, films are screened in original language with English and Hungarian subtitles.
Renate Costa / Spain / 2010 / 95 min / Spanish
Dark family secrets explored by a filmmaker tracing her gay uncle's fate under the Paraguayan dictatorship.
You won't often come across a street number 108 in Paraguay. The first blacklist of homosexuals from the days of dictator Alfred Stroessner included 108 names, and the number has remained a derogatory term up to the present day. On the list was Rodolfo, filmmaker Renate Costa's uncle, who was later found dead in his room. The death was surrounded with a great deal of secrecy in the family, and Costa’s father still seems uncomfortable about the whole affair. Rodolfo was the black sheep, the one who wanted to be a dancer rather than a blacksmith like his brothers. To find out just who her artistic uncle was, Costa visits his old friends, uncovers the notorious lists in the archives, listens to tales of persecution and torture, and attempts to reestablish contact with her father. Witnesses and clues gradually reveal Rodolfo's true identity as a persecuted gay man and the terrifying "108" homosexual blacklists that ruined lives, careers, and families.
producer: Marta Andreu, Susana Benito
editor: Carlos García, Núria Esquerra
camera: Carlos Vásquez
sound: Amanda Villavieja
music: Berta Rojas
Urban Distribution International
14 rue du 18 Aout, 93100
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Hamza El Adulla / Spain / 2012 / 57 min / Arabic
The role of social networks in mobilizing a new generation of young activists
in Syria and abroad.
Amer and Obaydah are new media activists of the Syrian Revolution. Living outside Syria, they spend most of their time spreading information about the events in the country using a variety of social networks and online platforms. They devise new ways of working with digital technologies, cooperating with other activists, refugees from Syria, as well as other social groups trying to bring about a change in the country while the civil war unfolds. The film highlights the role of platforms like Facebook and Twitter in the Syrian revolution and looks at the part they play in mobilizing a young generation and spreading the news about events which often remain beyond the reach of the traditional media channels.
editor: Hamza El Abdulla
camera: Jalid El Abdulla
sound: Anas Assayed Omar
music: Malik Jandali
Hamza El Abdulla
5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi / The Netherlands & France & Israel & Palestine / 2011 / 90 min / Arabic & Hebrew
A family saga with 4 children, 5 broken cameras, and countless burnt olive trees. A first-person story of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village.
Audience Award, IDFA 2011, Directing Award, Sundance 2012
Emad is a farmer in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. He bought his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. With it, his passion for recording his family and his village was born. During the following years, Emad filmed the bulldozers ripping the olive trees out of the ground, the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall, burgeoning Israeli settlements, and the villagers’ non-violent protests, as well as their arrests and deaths. Emad keeps on filming even when his cameras are destroyed one after another by the soldiers’ bullets and despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. Palestinian Emad Burnat joins forces with Guy Davidi, an Israeli, and — from the wreckage of five broken cameras — the two filmmakers create one extraordinary work of art about one village's struggle.
producer: Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
editor: Veronique Lagoarde-Segot, Guy Davidi
camera: Emad Burnat
sound: Adnan Joubran, Samir Joubran, Wissam Joubran
music: Adnan Joubran, Samir Joubran, Wissam Joubran
18, rue Quincampoix
tel: +33 144 596 353
5 Minutes of Freedom
Kirill Sakharnov & Ksenia Sakharnova / Russia / 2012 / 86 min / Russian
Generations of dissent in Russia: the protesters against the 1968 invasion
of Czechoslovakia through the eyes of the opposition youth in today's Russia.
On August 25, 1968, a group of seven people gathered on Red Square in Moscow to protest the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact troops. Their demonstration lasted only five minutes before they were forcefully removed and detained. These five minutes of freedom in the main Soviet square cost them years in prisons and mental institutions. The filmmakers bring together the surviving protagonists of the Red Square protest with the new generation of fighters for democratic rights in present-day Russia. The film follows the dedicated young activists of the opposition movement -- the modern dissidents willing to make real sacrifices when life in a democratic society is at stake.
producer: Ksenia Sakharnova
editor: Kirill Sakharnov
camera: Oleg Mamonov, Kirill Sakharnov
sound: Pavel Fediunin, Kirill Sakharnov
music: Marina Makarova
SugarDocs Film Production
tel.: +7 916 178 1913
Kirill Sakharnov: Lighthouse Lady (2012) / Stalin? Why not? (2010) / Moscow: Liverpool (2009)
Anton's Right Here
Lyubov Arkus / Russia / 2012 / 110 min / Russian
"People endure. People are finite. People fly," – the wisdom of an
autistic teenager triggered a 4-year cinematographic journey
of love, pain, and compassion.
Venice Film Festival 2012
How is it possible to feel someone else’s pain? The hero of this film is an autistic boy. His life is divided between an apartment on the outskirts of Saint Petersburg and a mental hospital. The distance between the protagonists and the filmmaker shrinks with every passing minute, and the director herself becomes a character in the story. The stunning debut of Russian film critic Lyubov Arkus follows Anton Kharitonov through a variety of traumas and institutions, encompassing not just his parents, caregivers and friends, but also the film crew. Anton's Right Here is a first-person documentary which exposes the inadequacies of care-provision in a Russia where mental disorders are still a source of considerable social stigma.
producer: Sergey Selyanov, Alexander Golutva, Konstantin Shavlovsky
editor: Georgiy Ermolenko
camera: Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
sound: Aleksei Antonov
music: Max Richter
CTB Film Company
tel.: +7 812 326 8330
Igor Bezinović / Croatia / 2012 / 93 min / Croatian
A protest cocktail of Marx, Che Gevara, and Croatian Spring reborn: a day-to-day account of the student occupation of Zagreb University in 2009.
The Blockade is a unique view from within of the longest, most massive, and politically most significant student protest in Croatia since 1971, which started in April 2009 at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. The struggle against the commercialization of education and the blockading of classes lasted for 34 days. The rebellion spread onto more than 20 faculties across the country and the students became an active and relevant political subject. The director followed everything: from the exhilarating preparatory meetings and picketing of classrooms to the first signs of exhaustion, from the initial support of most faculty members to the moment they turned their backs on the movement and the attempt to reach the missing minister of education. This film shows that the blockade was not just about physical barriers and that it has a much broader meaning.
producer: Oliver Sertić, Nenad Puhovski
editor: Hrvoslava Brkušić, Maida Srabović, Miro Manojlović
camera: Đuro Gavran, Eva Kraljević, Igor Bezinović, Haris Berbić
sound: Vladimir Božić, Milan Čekić
music: Zli Bubnjari, Antenat, Ibrica Jusić, Naš Mali Afro Bend, Tigrova Mast, Idoli
Nova Ves 18
10 000 Zagreb
tel.: +385 1 4854 821
tel.: +385 91 531 5205
Naked Hours (2011) / In Fond Memory of TDZ (2010) / Non-Recyclable (2009) / An Encounter (2009) / Above Average (2008)
Born in the USSR: 28 Up. Children of Change
Sergey Miroshnichenko / Russia, UK / 2012 / 104 min / Russian & English
Dreams, fears, and hopes of today's 28-year-olds in Russia. Revisiting its protagonists
every seven years, the film provides a unique glimpse into the turbulent life trajectories of the "last Soviet generation."
Following the idea of Michael Apted, film director Sergey Miroshnichenko documented the lives of the “last Soviet generation” from across the former Soviet Union. Starting when they were seven – just before the collapse of the communist empire – the director returned to the protagonists every seven years to re-examine their lives, decisions, and opinions. Now 28 years old, most of them seem rather disillusioned with the modern Russia in which they find themselves. While some are pining for the old order of their childhood, others are determined to master their own destinies.
producer: Sergey Miroshnichenko, Jemma Jupp
editor: Alexandra Marchenko, Arthur Anayan
camera: Vyacheslav Sachkov, Yuri Ermolin
music: Ilya Demutsky
Bryusov per. 2/14 stroenie 8
tel.: +7 495 983 0335
River of Life (2011) / Born in the USSR: 21 Up (2005) / Georgy Zhzhenov. Russian Cross (2002) / Moscow Angel (2001) / Unknown Putin. Peace and War (2000) / Born in the USSR: 14 Up (1998) / Time of Great Lies (1996) / A Minute of Silence (1995) / Born in the USSR: 7 Up (1990) / The Past Seems Like a Dream (1988) / Lady Tundra (1987) / Island (1981)
Péter Gábor Németh / 2012 / Hungary / 60 min / Hungarian & Bosnian
After 17 years in a Hungarian psychiatric institute, the patients rescued
during the Bosnian War return home.
In 1992, patients from a local psychiatric institute in Bosnia were rescued from the war and brought to Hungary, where they stayed in a makeshift secure psychiatric unit in the country’s biggest refugee camp. Since then they’ve been waiting impatiently to return home. For seventeen years their case seems to be stuck in the labyrinth of politics and bureaucracy. Finally, long after the end of hostilities, the two countries arrange for their return. Some of the asylum residents did not live long enough to see that day. Others are so weak that they risk their lives just making the journey. What kind of future awaits them in their homeland? The makers of the film follow the tragic and heartbreaking story of the last victims of a war that lasted from 2003 to 2011.
producer: Balázs Wizner
editor: Balázs Féjja
camera: Zoltán Lovasi, Aurél Kiss
sound: Ferenc Gerendai
music: Szabolcs Szőke, Krisztián Nagy
Metaforum Film Studio
Kalászi út. 50.
1039 Budapest, Hungary
tel.: +36 70 434 82 54
Happily Ever After (2010) / Escapology (2009) / Terminus (2005) / Introducing Mr. Fekete - Portrait About Banker Mr. János Fekete (2004) / Candle Light (2003) / The Champion (2002)
Maggie Betts / USA / 2011 / 88 min / Tonga
The drama of an HIV-positive pregnant mother from a polygamous Zambian family.
The documentary follows Mutinta, a dutiful and loving 28-year-old mother living in the landlocked African country of Zambia with her polygamous husband. Polygamy is still a legal and common practice in the country. When their humble farming life is infiltrated by the rapidly spreading HIV/AIDS epidemic, the family is shaken by the implications. In Zambia it has been estimated that more than 250 people are infected with the disease every day and fewer than 15 percent of adults know their own HIV status. When Mutinta, now pregnant, learns that she is HIV positive, she sets out to keep the child virus-free and to break the cycle of transmission.
producer: Maggie Betts, Ben Selkow, Joedan Okun, Benjamin Prager
editor: Flàvia de Souza
camera: Kathryn Westergaard
sound: David Hocs
music: Daniel Miller, David Della Santa
Tent Full of Birds Production
tel.: +1 212 352 3007 (245)
Cheonggyecheon Medley: A Dream of Iron
Kelvin Kyung Kun Park / South Korea / 2010 / 79 min / Korean
An arresting experimental documentary on the secret alchemy of heavy industry and modernity in South Korea.
In the Cheonggyecheon district of Seoul, merchants started casting scrap metal salvaged from military hardware after the Japanese occupation. Generations later, iron workers continue their labor by hand in a gentrifying city and in an era where technology has far surpassed their industrial skills. Filmmaker Kelvin Kyung Kun Park locates his fevered experimental dream in this waning world, addressing his deceased grandfather who once ran his own scrap metal business. Drawing clues from fragments of dreams and myths related to metal, the film reveals the secret alchemy of third world modernity in Cheonggyecheon, where this obsolete form of manual labor still survives. The film’s stream-of-consciousness narration, haunting archival footage, and palpable aural and visual textures question whether society has progressed or regressed under the specter of technology.
producer: Kyungmi Kim, Hwayoung Lee
editor: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
camera: Kelvin Kyung Kun Park
sound: Chul-Ho Chang
music: Paulo Vivacqua
tel.: +1 646 925 6149
David Fedele / UK / 2012 / 20 min / English
Ever wondered what happened to your old fridge?
It might have ended up in the largest e-waste dump in Ghana.
Have you ever wondered what happens to your discarded electronics? Almost 50 million tons of electronic waste are generated worldwide every year. Around 200,000 tons of second-hand and condemned electrical goods arrive in Ghana, West Africa, most of them coming from the “developed” world. Many of the unwanted electronic items are exported there as “second hand goods.” E-wasteland is set entirely at the Agbogbloshie slum in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Situated on the banks of the highly polluted Korle Lagoon, Agbogbloshie is home to over 30,000 settlers, mainly from the poorer northern regions of Ghana. It is also home to the largest e-waste dump site in Africa. Generally uneducated and with few employable skills, many of the settlers at Agbogbloshie are forced to make a poor living salvaging and recycling e-waste. Without dialogue or narration, this film presents a visual portrait of unregulated e-waste recycling.
producer: David Fedele
editor: David Fedele
camera: David Fedele
Bikpela Bagarap (2011) / PNG Style (2010) / Reflections (2012)
Family Portrait in Black and White
Julia Ivanova / Canada / 2011 / 85 min / Russian, Ukrainian
17 children from broken relationships between Ukrainian women and African students,
raised by a foster mother. Race and racism in Ukraine.
Family Portrait in Black and White follows a passionate supermom, Olga, during three turbulent years that see her brood of 17 foster children grow into rambunctious teenagers. Olga does not see the color or creed of her foster children, 16 of whom are bi-racial, results of amorous relationships between local Ukrainian girls and African students. She is a loving mother but she is no Mother Teresa. Raised under the Soviet regime, she believes in communal responsibility over individual freedom and runs the family with headstrong determination. As a single mother, Olga fights tooth and nail to keep her family together and to give it strength and support - with sometimes overbearing control. "When the kids grow up, at least they will have a mother to blame for all the failures that will happen in their lives." In many ways, Olga's words sum up the immense value of living with a mother, ideal or not, biological or adoptive, versus being raised in the best orphanage where a child calls every caregiver "a mom" without knowing what a mother is.
producer: Boris Ivanov
editor: Julia Ivanova
camera: Julia Ivanova, Stanislav Shakhov
sound: Jamie Mahaffey
music: Boris Sichon
tel.: +1 604 638 8920
Love Translated (2010) / Fatherhood Dreams (2007) / From Russia, For Love (2000)
A Farmer's Desire
Rebecka Rasmusson / Sweden / 2010 / 14 min / Swedish
Born in the wrong body, a transsexual farmer discovers his identity after he turns fifty.
Knut is a farmer from southern Sweden who has lived all his life with the feeling that he was born in the wrong body. He didn't know what transsexualism was until after he turned fifty but now he wants to live fully as the woman he feels he is. The only thing he wants to keep is his name, because he grew fond of it, though the guy named Knut vanished over time. A warm humorous film about the search for gender identity and the courage to stand up for who you are.
producer: Rebecka Rasmusson
editor: Bernhard Winkler
camera: Rebecka Rasmusson
sound: Rebecka Rasmusson
music: Per-Henrik Mäenpää
Tostarödsvägen 3, Kivik
tel: + 46 703 662 386
Framing the Other
Ilja Kok & Willem Timmers / The Netherlands / 2011 / 25 min / English
Exotic photo hunt. The life of an African tribe transformed by modern tourism.
The Mursi tribe lives in the basin of the Omo River in the south of the East African state of Ethiopia. The women are known for placing large plates in their lower lips and wearing enormous, richly decorated earrings. Every year hundreds of Western tourists come to see the unusually adorned natives; posing for camera-toting visitors has become the main source of income for the Mursi. To make more money, they embellish their "costumes" and finery in such a way that little of their authentic, original culture remains. The film contrasts the views of Mursi women and those of Dutch tourists preparing for a meeting. This humorous and at the same time chilling film shows the destructive impact of tourism on traditional communities.
producer: Ilja Kok, Willem Timmers, Keith Bowers
editor: Tracy Pallant, Willem Timmers
camera: Yidnekachew Shumete
sound: Robin Fuller
music: Tewoldebirhan Girmay
I Camera You productions
GermanUnity@Balaton – Honeyland
Péter Forgács / 2011 / Hungary / 78 min / Hungarian & German
Summers in the "happiest socialist barrack": recollections of Balaton in the 1970s and 80s.
Home movies, interviews, photographs, and documents from East German and Hungarian secret police archives reconstruct the atmosphere of summers at Balaton in the late socialist period. East German tourists enjoyed coming to Balaton for more than its silky waters and sunny weather and not just because they could not travel anywhere else. It was a meeting place between the East and the West where divided families could enjoy Hungarian hospitality, even if they could not escape the surveillance of the East German Stasi and Hungarian secret agents.
producer: László Kántor, Cesar Messemaker
editor: Péter Sass
camera: Gusztáv Hámos
sound: Tamás Zányi
music: Mihály Víg, Károly Cserepes, János Másik, Illés
Új Budapest Filmstúdió
Donáti u. 59.
1015 Budapest, Hungary
tel.: +36 1 316 0943 (+(+36 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-1009(+36 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-100936 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-1009
Hunky Blues - The American Dream (2009) / Own Death (2009) / I am Von Höfler (Variation on Werther) (2008) / Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen in Wien (2006) / El Perro Negro: Stories from the Spanish Civil War (2005) / The Bishop's Garden (2002) / A Bibo Reader (2001) / Angelos' film (1998) / The Danube Exodus (1998) / The Maelsrom: A Family Chronicle (1997) / Kádár's Kiss (1997) / Class Lot (1997) / Free Fall (1996) / The Land of Nothing (1996) / Meanwhile Somewhere 1940-43... (1994) / The Notes of a Lady (1994) / Bourgeoisie Dictionary (1992) / Wittgenstein Tractatus (1992) / Photographed by László Dudás (1991) / D-FILM (1991) / The Diary of Mr. N.(1990) / Either – Or (1989) / Dusi & Jenő (1989) / The Bartos Family (1988)
David Redmon & Asley Sabin / USA / 2011 / 78 min / English & Japanese & Russian
Russian teenagers hunted down by fashion scouts.
The promise of glamour and the exploitative
world of modelling.
Despite the lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours Siberia looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career. Yet the ideal way of fleeing poverty turns out to be harder than she had expected. Nadya's model scout Ashley knows all about it. Resigned to the situation, she observes how the Japanese are obsessed with youth and beauty. She looks back on her career and sees how not every girl in a bikini is really earning her money from photo shoots. The filmmakers followed the two women, who speak frankly about their lives and represent two extremes of the tough world of modeling; while Nadya's determination to make it as a model intensifies, so does Ashley's ambivalent and pessimistic view of the modeling world.
producer: David Redmon, Asley Sabin, Marcy and Robert Garriott editor: David Redmon, Asley Sabin, Darius Marder, Alan Canant camera: David Redmon, Asley Sabin sound: Tom Hammond
Unit 211 Hatton Square Business Centre,
16-16a Baldwins Gardens
EC1N 7RJ UK
tel: + 44 020 783 172 52
David Redmon & Ashley Sabin: Kingdom of Animals (2012) / Intimidad (2008) / Kamp Katrina (2007)
David Redmon: Invisible Girlfriend (2009) / Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005)
Give Up Tomorrow
Michael Collins / USA / 2011 / 95 min / English & Filipino & Spanish
A shocking decade-long account of a murder and rape trial with corrupt public officials
and a frenzied legal and media circus in the Philippines.
Audience Award, Tribeca Film Festival 2011; Audience Award, Sheffield Doc Fest 2011
As a tropical storm beats down on the Philippine island of Cebu, two sisters – 21-year old Marijoy and 23-year old Jacqueline – leave work and never reach home. That same night, hundreds of miles away in Manila, on a different island, 19-year old Paco Larrañaga is at a party with his friends and classmates. The missing women are Chinese-Filipinos, belonging to one of the poorest classes in Philippino society. Paco, accused with his friends of rape and murder, is part of a prominent mestizo political clan that includes the former president. There is frenzied media coverage of his arrest and trial, and his eventual sentence to death by lethal injection is widely applauded. Reflecting schisms of race, class, and political power at the core of the Philippines' tumultuous democracy, the film introduces families, institutions, and individuals clashing over Paco's future. Their irreconcilable versions of reality and justice play out in a case that puts a stop to a country's use of capital punishment, yet fails to set the accused free.
producer: Marty Syjuco, Eric Daniel Metzgar, Ramona Díaz, Steve Bennett, Carmen Vicencio
editor: Eric Daniel Metzgar
camera: Joshua Z. Weinstein
sound: Adam Crystal
Thoughtful Robot Productions
Gerthy's Roots (2010) / Caught in an Injustice (2005)
Házgyár Street 1
Juli Börzsei, Péter Szabó / 2012 / Hungary / 30 min / Hungarian
Teddy bears, military uniforms and stuffed fish - eccentric collectors in a run-down block of flats.
This delapidated block of flats used to be a factory dormitory. Today it is inhabited by people who have no other place to go. Others try to avoid going near it, and the residents themselves wish they could have moved to a better place. Squatters, homeless people and hooligans have ruined the building. The media spotlighted it as a dangerous, run-down and dirty corner of the city. The film shows a different side of the notorious building, offering a rare chance to visit local residents, each of whom shares a very personal story.
producer: Juli Börzsei
editor: Péter Szabó
camera: Péter Szabó
sound: Péter Szabó, Juli Börzsei
Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem
Szentkirályi u. 32/b
1088 Budapest, Hungary
tel.: +36 30 581 1517
Here We Drown Algerians - October 17th, 1961
Yasmina Adi / France / 2011 / 90 min / French & Arabic
The untold story of the October 17, 1961 demonstration of Algerians in Paris against the imposed curfew.
On October 17, 1961, thousands of Algerians from Paris and its suburbs responded to the call of the National Liberation Front by marching in protest against the imposed curfew. Fifty years later, Yasmina Adi has taken on the painstaking task of unearthing the memories of the event along with a variety of documents: newspaper articles, radio and television reports, and previously unpublished photographs. The documents are put in perspective with actual eyewitness testimonies and accounts from the families of the missing. The records show overwhelming proof of the violence that costs the lives of many demonstrators whose bodies were gradually found, often thrown into the Seine, while many others were wounded, imprisoned, or sent to Algeria, exhausted, dirty and without their belongings. A powerful story which begins with denial and falls into oblivion.
producer: Blanche Guichou
editor: Audrey Maurion
camera: Laurent Didier
sound: Pierre Carrasco
music: Pierre Carrasco
tel.: + 33 1 5336 3232
L'autre 8 mai 1945 - Aux Origines de la Guerre d'Algérie (2008)
How We Played the Revolution
Giedrė Žickytė / Lithuania / 2011 / 67 min / Lithuanian
Lithuanian punks crack the wall of Soviet power.
The story begins in 1984, the very beginning of perestroika in the USSR, when a group of architects in Kaunas, Lithuania decided to put on a one-night gig as a New Year party prank. The joke went so well that rumors about the exciting new rock band Antis began to spread. The impressive make-up and props, the stylized showmanship and lyrics added up to a pervasive caricature of Soviet propaganda and perfectly discredited the absurdity of Soviet reality. Soon the group's intellectual clowning spawned the Rock Marches – massive events involving thousands of people. These turned into the great assemblies for Lithuanian independence that later became known as the Singing Revolution. This is a story about a small country that made headlines right across the world.
producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė
editor: Giedrė Žickytė, Samuel Lajus
camera: Audrius Kemežys, Eitvydas Doškus
sound: Vytis Puronas
music: Viktoras Diawara, Vytautas Bikus
Just a Moment
tel.: +370 686 889 80
After sun and goats (2010) / Baras (2009) / Europe (2006) / Born innocent (2005) / Role (2004)
Nóra Lakos / 2012 / Hungary / 39 min / Hungarian
In Hungary a moustache is more than just hair.
What does a moustache have to do with national identity? Quite a lot, some would say. The big bushy mustache appears as an official "Hungarian Moustache" category in the European Mustache Championship. The film focuses on a group of Hungarian men who see their moustache as a symbol of manhood and patriotism. Their only problem is that for the past ten years a German has won the Hungarian style category at the European Moustache Championship. The documentary presents the preparations of the Hungarian and German teams for the championships, revealing that while the German competitors consult stylists and master ways of waxing their moustaches, the Hungarians reject any moustache dressing as "not masculine" and go out and drink home-distilled palinka instead.
producer: Iván Angelusz, Gregor Streiber, Nóra Lakos, Péter Reich
editor: Béla Barsi
camera: Eszter Csepeli
sound: Dániel Bőhm
Katapult Film, Insel Film
Frankel Leó út 21-23.
1023 Budapest, Hungary
tel/fax.: +36 1 787 3558
Edina (2011) / Home (2009) / Hanna (2007) / Coming Soon (2006)
The Last Day of Summer
Piotr Stasik / Poland / 2010 / 29 min / Russian
7- to 17-year-olds growing up
in a military school 700 km from Moscow.
Piotr Stasik's film gives an insight into contemporary Russia by focusing on the young students and their everyday life at cadet school in Penza, 700 kilometers from Moscow. The director follows young boys of different ages, showing how the school shapes their lives, how their personalities change, and discovering their hopes and dreams. We observe the process of growing up – from a 7-year-old who is learning how to read to a 17-year old who is finishing school and has to decide about his future. This film is a journey to the times of childhood and a story about the difficulties of entering the world of adults.
producer: Jacek Nagłowski
editor: Anna Dymek
camera: Piotr Stasik
sound: Maciej Diduszko
music: Tomasz Gwińciński
Centrala Sp. z o.o.
tel.: +48 697 991 639
Andrzej Wajda: Let's shoot! (2008) / Above Pavements (2008) / 7 x Moscow (2005)
Alfonso Moral & Roser Corella / Spain / 2011 / 15 min / Bengali
Men as machines – millions perform back-breaking manual work
in 21st century Bangladesh. A reflection on modernity and global development.
In Bangladesh thousands of people perform machine-like repetitive manual work. Barefoot women collect coal. Boys produce 18,000 bricks a day. A man weighing fifty kilos moves hundred-kilo sacks. Children sort plastic bottles for twelve hours each day. Men dismantle rusty wrecks in a polluted river. When they speak of the work that destroys their health, which in Europe would be considered inhumane, many say: "I feel like a machine." Despite the proliferation of modern machinery, this film captures people still performing back-breaking and dangerous work by hand.
producer: Alfonso Moral, Roser Corella
editor: Roser Corella
camera: Alfonso Moral
La riquesa maleïda (2011) / Fallou (2010) / Manuscritos en el Libano, un camino para la paz (2010)
Loghman Khaledi / Iran / 2011 / 58 min / Farsi
Garbage collector by day, Shahriyar is an obsessive writer by night. Despite harassment and rejection,
he strives to escape the suffocating realm of the ordinary.
Shahriyar is a Kurdish garbage collector in Kermanshah with an obsessive passion for the written word. He loses himself in reading at the risk of forgetting the world, his family, and the demands of his job. His tastes are eclectic: he reads Jack London, Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, and Samuel Beckett; and he also writes – obstinately filling notebooks, journals, pages and scraps of paper with love stories populated by beautiful princesses in brightly-colored costumes. He writes using every moment of peace and quiet, when his two small children are asleep. He has written many novels, but nobody wants to publish them. Like his wife, his colleagues and neighbors do not understand him. The only audience ready to follow his flights of fancy are his pigeons on the terrace; closed behind bars, they, too, are unable to reach the heavens. A manifest ambassador of forbidden hopes struggling against the dampening conformism of a society where everyone is obliged to remain in his place, Shahriyar relentlessly continues to write his stories so that one day he can "move up."
producer: Katayoon Shahabi
editor: Loghman Khaledi
camera: Ashkan Ashkani
sound: Hossein Mahdavi
music: Saba Nedaei
Sheherazad Media International
tel.: +98 212 2863 260
Nessa (2011) / Mobile In Tehran (2010) / And I am a Passenger (2009) / Private (2008) / Without Noise (2007)
My Fancy High Heels
Ho Chao-Ti / Taiwan / 2010 / 55 min / Chinese & English
Luxurious designer shoes - ever wondered where they come from?
Trace their footsteps across the backstage of the fashion industry.
A tale bound together by luxurious high-heel shoes. Brand-name high heels sold for $300 to $1000 – where and how are they made? From procuring the leather, to the assembly line, to the contract manufacturer, to the moment when lily-white feet slip into each pair of high heels, how many people's hands do these shoes pass through? The farming woman who tends the cattle, the worker, the manager of the contract manufacturing firm, the young New York-based fashion designer – they all have their own difficulties and dreams in life. This film centers on their lives, revealing the story behind a pair of luxury high heels, and tracing their footsteps from China to the streets of Manhattan, from an impoverished farm town to the prosperous metropolis.
producer: Ho Chao-Ti
editor: Huang Yi-Ling
camera: Wang Ying-Shun, Tsai Yen-Shan
sound: Chen Kuan-Yu
music: Ke Chih-Hao
tel.: + 886 926 203 418
Wandering Island (2009) / El Salvador Journal (2009) / The Gangster's God (2006)
My Soviet Pen Pal
Gábor Zsigmond Papp / Hungary / 2011 / 54 min / Hungarian & Russian & Italian & English
A search for the director's long-time Soviet teenage pen pal turns into an unexpected journey.
This story started thirty years ago. I was a seventh grader in the January of 1980 when I got a Soviet pen-friend. Our Russian teacher handed out some envelopes with Cyrillic writing on them saying that those were our pen-friends. I was lucky because mine was a girl from Moscow. Her name was Julia. We corresponded for three years and though we never met in person, I have kept all her letters. Now I decided to travel to Moscow, find her, and make a film about our childhood during the socialism.
producer: Gábor Zsigmond Papp
editor: Bence Bartos
camera: Zoltán Lovasi
sound: Attila Bánk
tel.: +36 20 435 7454
The Enemy is among Us (2010) / East-West Passage (2009) / Spy in a One Horse Town (2009) / Balaton Retro (2007) / The Life of an Agent (2004) / The School of the Empire (2003) / Budapest Retro II. (2003) / Budapest Retro I. (1998) / Tandori (1996)
Juliet Brown / UK / 2011 / 44 min / English
The journey of Noah, a female to male transgender, as he moves from a difficult past into a healing future,
finding his place as a man in a family of his own.
Noah's dream has always been to move back home to the North Woods of Maine, USA, and work with his father, building wooden canoes. But every time he tries to return to his father's canoe shop he is overcome with fear. The mystery of the film unfolds as Noah and his mother talk of the decade when Noah lived with physical illness. Noah's letter to his friends and family tells us about the 10 years he spent in turmoil: "The truth that has been so long hidden from even my own consciousness is that I am transgender… The parts of me that are surfacing have been suffocated and tortured…I will now be going by the name Noah. I have been waiting years for this." The film follows Noah as he finds the courage to go home. There he confronts the ghosts within himself and the constant reflection of Holly, the person he used to be. A healing that he never expected begins as Noah finds his place as a man in a family of his own.
producer: Juliet Brown
editor: Katherine Lee
camera: Juliet Brown
sound: Howard Peryer, Tudor Petre
music: Lennert Busch
National Film and Television School
tel.: +44 1494 731 452
The Fate of our Fields (2010) / Return (2009) / Low Tide (2009)
Celina Murga / Argentina / 2012 / 88 min / Spanish
Student council elections in a school in Paraná, Argentina. Rivalry, intrigues, and manipulation – the "adult" world cast in miniature.
Student council elections are coming up at a school in Paraná, Argentina and the two main parties are putting the finishing touches to their campaigns. As they present their positions to the student body, all the elements of political grandstanding appear: quibbling over slogans, circular rhetoric, the benefits of an attractive candidate, and the final mudslinging. Celina Murga's observational camera is subtly tuned to the traces of the political in the everyday, whether in the flag-raising ceremony, classroom discussions on the constitution, or the workings of the student council. As the teachers question the independence and knowledge of the students, their comments shed light on political generation gaps. An attentive portrait of the ambivalent role of school in preserving the social status quo.
producer: Juan Villegas, Inés Gamarci, Celina Murga
editor: Juan Pablo Docampo
camera: Fernando Lockett
sound: Federico González
tel.: +54 11 4775 1614
A Week Alone (2008) / Ana and the Others (2003) / Interior-Noche (1999)
Nostalgia for the Light
Patricio Guzmán / Chile & France & Germany & Spain / 2010 / 90 min / Spanish
Chilean desert, the starry sky above, and the bones of the opponents of the Pinochet regime below.
Legendary documentarist Patricio Guzmán explores the boundaries of the cosmos and the human microcosm.
Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Patricio Guzmán travels 10,000 feet above sea level to the driest place on earth, the Atacama Desert, where atop the mountains astronomers from all over the world gather to observe the stars. The sky is so clear that it allows them to see right to the boundaries of the universe. The Atacama is also a place where the harsh heat of the sun keeps human remains intact: those of Pre-Columbian mummies; 19th century explorers and miners; and the bodies of political prisoners who were "disappeared" by the Chilean army after the military coup in September 1973. While astronomers examine the most distant and oldest galaxies, at the foot of the mountains, women, surviving relatives of the disappeared whose bodies were dumped here, search, even after twenty-five years, for the remains of their loved ones, to reclaim their families' histories. Melding the celestial quest of the astronomers and the earthly one of the women, Nostalgia for the Light is a moving, and deeply personal odyssey.
producer: Renate Sachse
editor: Patricio Guzmán, Emmanuelle Joly
camera: Katell Djian
sound: Freddy González
music: Miranda y Tobar
8–10, Rue Titon
tel.: + 33 143724766
My Jules Verne (2005) / Salvador Allende (2004) / Madrid (2002) / The Pinochet Case (2001) / Isla de Robinson Crusoe (1999) / Chile, Obstinate Memory (1997) / Pueblo en Vilo (1995) / The Southern Cross (1992) / In the Name of God (1987) / The Battle of Chile I, II, III (1977, 1978, 1980)
Eline Flipse / The Netherlands / 2010 / 58 min / Russian
A devoted journalist couple starts a private newspaper, challenging the state-run media in the Ulianovsk region.
An unforgettable tale of dedication and desperation.
Best Documentary, Hot Docs 2011
Quitting his job at the old-style state-run regional newspaper The Leninist, entrepreneurial and ambitious journalist Andrei Shkolny launches a private newspaper in the largely rural, often snowbound Ulianovsk region on the Volga river. With only his wife to help, he self-publishes stories concerning the local community in Our Newspaper. The couple takes on local apathy, isolationism, criticism, and ridicule; they are determined to serve the local population, located over 550 miles from Moscow. Week after week, everything from writing and researching the articles to designing the layout takes place in their small home. They even work to distribute the paper with their tiny family car. Andrey and Marina's light-hearted local news quickly gathers gravity, eventually putting its creators in danger. Juxtaposing small, personal stories against the background of contemporary Russian history, Our Newspaper paints a portrait of personal integrity and bravery under increasingly desperate circumstances.
producer: Eline Flipse
editor: Puck Goossen
camera: Erik van Empel
sound: Alex Tugushin
music: Maurice Horsthuis
tel.: +31 20 330 2478
Anybody There…? (2009) / Eat Your Enemy (2005) / Biografi (2000) / Broken Silence (1995)
Palazzo delle Aquile
Stefano Savona & Ester Sparatore & Alessia Porto / France & Italy / 2011 / 128 min / Italian
The day-by-day chronicle of the month-long occupation of the Palermo City Hall by eighteen homeless families.
Cannes Film Festival 2011, Best Film at Cinéma du Réel, 2011
Palermo, Sicily. A group of homeless people occupy the City Hall and declare that they won't move out until they get a house. The film is the day-by-day chronicle of the month-long occupation by eighteen families. The authorities allow them to stay, and they –advised by some militant legislators – sleep on the benches and in hallways. As time goes by, the internal struggle starts to deteriorate; conviction and ideals start to fight against weariness. A team of filmmakers led by Stefano Savona stayed inside the building throughout the occupation, with unlimited access to both the occupants – who were in permanent assembly – and the increasingly nervous City officials. Palazzo delle Aquile shows the comings and goings of the political negotiations from within; it builds up the suspense as the conclusion approaches, and follows the case to its touching end.
producer: Penelope Bortoluzzi, Stefano Savona
editor: Ilaria Fraioli
camera: Stefano Savona, Alessia Porto, Ester Sparatore
sound: Jean Mallet
tel.: +33 1 7710 4463
Stefano Savona: Cast Lead (2009) / Notes from a Kurdish Rebel (2006)
Alessia Porto: Questa è la mia Terra (2003)
Ester Sparatore: Fuori Luogo (2005) / Asile (2004)
A Pestering Journey
K. R. Manoj / India / 2010 / 66 min / English & Hindi & Punjabi & Tulu & Malayalam
A voyage across India examining the effects of one of the most efficient and damaging pesticides in the world.
A voyage through two pesticide tragedies in India, A Pestering Journey investigates the legitimate forms and technologies of killing available in a culture. The film traces the history of the pesticide endosulfan, from the time when it was first used, twenty years ago, through the turning point in 1999 when the first case was filed, to the 2011 Stockholm convention which negotiated a global ban on the manufacture and use of the product. The film starts in the villages of South Punjab, from which the notorious "cancer train" chugs its way to Bikaner, where the nearest cancer hospital is located. It continues in Kasargod, northern Kerala, also fatally affected by the indiscriminate use of endosulfan. The journey blurs the boundaries of nature and culture, of life and death, and many other comfortable binaries. A heart-wrenching voyage facing and representing human suffering in modern India.
producer: Ranjini Krishnan
editor: Mahesh Narayanan, Ajay Kuyiloor
camera: Shehnad Jalal
sound: Harikumar Madhavan Nair, N Harikumar
music: A.S. Ajithkumar
tel.: + 91 9446217315
16mm – Memories, Movement and a Machine (2007) / Agni (2003)
Phnom Penh Lullaby
Paweł Kloc / Poland / 2011 / 98 min / English & Khmer
The oddest of odd couples – an Israeli fortune-teller
and an alcoholic Cambodian woman, neither of whom speaks
the other's language - share two daughters and a curious
sense of love.
Best Feature Documentary, Krakow Film Festival 2011
Saran and Ilan Schickman are an unlikely couple in Phnom Penh. She is an alcoholic Cambodian, and he an Israeli who moved to Phnom Penh looking for a better life. It quickly becomes clear that their relationship is extremely problematic. They don't speak one another's language, nor do they possess enough money or affection to raise their young daughters Marie and Jasmine properly. She wants to get married and go to Israel, but he wants a new life, love and acceptance. Slowly but surely the parents' heartbreaking quarrels tear the family apart in front of the camera. Saran's parents are worried that the children will be sold to a foreigner, and Ilan also begins to be increasingly suspicious of his partner. Meanwhile, they are forced to survive on the margins of society - Ilan tries to earn some money by reading tarot cards to tourists in the city's red light district. Phnom Penh Lullaby portrays people trapped in their lives, dreaming of happiness but prevented from reaching it by forces they cannot control.
producer: Paweł Kloc
editor: Jacek Tarasiuk
camera: Przemysław Niczyporuk
sound: Mareusz Adamczyk, Wojtek Blaszczyk, Sebastian Witkowski
music: Mark Marder
Krakow Film Foundation
31-143 Krakow, Poland
tel.: + 48 122946945
Pit No. 8
Marianna Kaat / Estonia / 2010 / 95 min / Russian
Cold, hungry, out of work? Dig a hole in your backyard and mine some coal.
Ukrainian know-how for a "post-industrial" society.
Snizhne, once a flourishing Ukrainian mining town, is plagued today by crushing poverty. For years, the town's desperate residents have been illegally mining coal on their own, dangerously excavating abandoned mines, the basements of condemned buildings, the nearby woods, and even their own backyards. Everyone digs to survive – women, pensioners, unemployed miners, even children. After leaving his alcoholic mother's home, 15-year-old Yura has put his schooling and his dream of becoming a cook on hold. He takes it upon himself to provide for his sisters the only way he knows: by working the illegal pits. In the absence of adults, Yura shoulders family responsibilities – parenting, shopping, cooking meals, and making ends meet. A heart-rending story of children forced to grow up too quickly with no role models.
producer: Marianna Kaat, Olena Fetisova
editor: Max Golomidov
camera: Rein Kotov
sound: Ivo Felt
music: Timo Steiner, Dakha Brakha
Baltic Film Production
P.O. Box 4752
13517 Tallinn, Estonia
tel.: + 372 502 7509
The Last Phantoms (2006) / In Your Own Words (1990) / Now Not Only Off-shore (1989)
Magdalena Pięta / Poland / 2010 / 50 min / Russian
Chess-fever in Kalmykia.
A fascinating journey to the core of an authoritarian government.
Autocratic leaders have a tendency to imprint their own passions on their subjects, but the former president of the Kalmykia, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, a former chess champion and the head of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), has taken the phenomenon to a completely new level. He has made chess mandatory in schools and founded a private school for exceptionally gifted players. "The king is the most important piece," – chant generations of Kalmyk children about to learn the most important rule of chess, but also of political life in their country. Elected president of The Republic of Kalmykia within the Russian Federation in 1993 and staying in office through 2010, Ilyumzhinov required every student to study chess in the first three grades, as part of a wider plan to turn Kalmykia into a future world capital of chess. The game is expected to change everything. As the game clock is set, a fascinating journey into the workings of an authoritarian government begins.
producer: Krzysztof Kopczyński
editor: Mateusz Romaszkan
camera: Michał Popiel-Machnicki
sound: Agnieszka Janowska
music: Anna Widermanska
tel.: +48 228 284 810
Planet of Snail
Seung-Jun Yi / South Korea, Japan, Finland / 2011 / 87 min / Korean
A love story like no other - a disabled couple with a unique sense of touch.
IDFA Best Feature Documentary 2011, Best World Feature at Silverdocs 2012
Young-Chan has been deaf and blind since childhood. As he puts it, "In the beginning there was darkness and silence." Young-Chan had no idea how to participate in the world until he meets Soon-Ho, who also has a physical handicap. He marries her and learns to communicate with the outside world through her. By softly tapping each other's finger, they can understand one another; sometimes it is as if they are tenderly playing a piano. This documentary follows the couple in the same gentle tempo as Young-Chan moves through his life. We see them replacing a light bulb together, receiving friends, working on a theater piece, reading a book, and gliding on a sleigh down a mountain. These everyday scenes are accompanied by a poetic voice-over by Young-Chan, in which he reflects on his existence without sight and hearing. He feels like an astronaut, but that doesn't mean he is without a sense of beauty in the world. This becomes palpable when Young-Chan touches the bark of a tree, runs his hand through sand, or brushes raindrops on a window pane with his fingertips. A unique testimony of love and the will to overcome obstacles.
producer: Min-Chul Kim, Gary Kam
editor: Seung-Jun Yi, Simon El Habre
camera: Seung-Jun Yi
sound: Sami Kiiski
music: Min Seongki
Children of God (2008)
Lise Birk Pedersen / Denmark / 2011 / 85 min / Russian
The future of a rising star in the Russian pro-government youth movement Nashi
falters as she befriends a group of liberal opposition journalists.
Eyes on Russia Program
Westerners may view Russia's newly elected president Vladimir Putin as an undemocratic tyrant, but to many Russians he embodies all the qualities of a strong and charismatic father figure. A whole new generation has been united in the patriotic youth movement Nashi ("Ours"), which seeks to rid Russia of its "enemies." And quite naturally, these turn out to be anyone who does not support Putin and Prime Minister Medvedev. Masha, an intelligent 19-year-old, is the spokesperson for Nashi. She once kissed Putin on the cheek, and after that she made no secret of her adoration for this "Napoleon of the Kremlin." Until she came into contact with members of the liberal opposition, that is. Masha finds herself on the horns of a moral dilemma: does Nashi allow enough scope for her own opinions, or must she give herself completely to the will of "the party"? What follows is a coming-of-age documentary that also paints a grim picture of the Russian political climate. Open political debate is conspicuously absent, leaving no option but to take sides. Masha's kiss gradually transforms into a clenched fist.
producer: Helle Faber
editor: Janus Billeskov Jansen, Steen Johannesen
camera: Lars Skree
sound: Peter Albrechtsen
music: Tobias Hylander
tel.: +45 39 166 000
Nastya in Love (2011) / Margarita (2003)
Rap Behind Bars
Bojána Papp / 2012 / Hungary / 52min / Hungarian
The first rap talent scout competition of the Juvenile Prison of Tököl, Hungary
"Sleezy stuff, you are a sleazo / See for yourself, you are a zero" – goes a juvenile rap song. The film follows the first rap talent competition in the Juvenile Prison in Tököl, Hungary. It shows the preparations, rehearsals, and the contest. How can a juvenile prisoner show his talent? Rap and hip-hop is a lively musical style in prisons worldwide, constituting a complex subculture with its own hierarchies, symbols, and slang. Rap is the language of prisons. How does it sound in Hungarian?
producer: Bojána Papp
editor: Bojána Papp
camera: Tamás Dobos, Marcell Gerő, Attila Csoboth
sound: Péter Benjámin Lukács, Gergely Máté Tóth
music: fiatalkorú fogvatartottak Tökölön
Jules (2012) / Generation L (2006) / TV and Me (2004)
The Redemption of General Butt Naked
Eric Strauss, Daniele Anastasion / USA / 2011 / 85 min / English
Once he went into battle naked with his army of child soldiers;
now a Liberian general reinvents himself as a Christian evangelist.
The captivating transformation of a war criminal into a "man of faith."
Best US Documentary, Sundance 2011
The Redemption of General Butt Naked follows Joshua Milton Blahyi, also known as General Butt Naked – a brutal Liberian warlord who once believed he was blessed with supernatural powers that enabled him to dodge bullets. He went into battle naked with his army of child soldiers, ruthlessly delivering death and destruction. Today, Blahyi has renounced his violent past and reinvented himself as a Christian evangelist; he travels the nation of Liberia as a preacher, seeking out those he once victimized in search of an uncertain forgiveness. Is it possible to forgive such crimes? Filmmakers Eric Strauss and Daniele Anastasion track his often troubling path up-close, finding both the genuine and the disconcerting in Blahyi's efforts, raising questions about the limits of faith and forgiveness in the absence of justice. A compelling portrait of an extraordinarily complex personal odyssey, a film that explores both the power and the limitations of faith and forgiveness.
producer: Daniele Anastasion, Eric Strauess
editor: Jeremy Siefer
camera: Ryan Lobo
sound: Jacques Boulanger
music: Justin Melland
tel.: + 1 718 797 0581
Gergő Somogyvári / 2012 / Hungary / 55 min / Hungarian & English
In search of money and freedom – Hungarian rickshaw taxi drivers working on the streets of Amsterdam.
In recent years, Hungarian rickshaw taxi drivers have populated the streets of Amsterdam. For some it is a journey of self-discovery, for others the only way to provide for the family. Going after money and freedom, the new-age rickshaw drivers are tempted to start a new life, breaking away from the old home routines. Some make a decent living while others end up on the street, losing their last ties to family and relatives. This film is a sketch of East-West migration: a documentary about hope and disillusionment, riding and chilling, and about days and nights in the touristy city center. The director follows the protagonists through two eventful summers as they hunt for subsistence and adventure.
producer: György Durst
editor: Judit Feszt
camera: Gergő Somogyvári
sound: Rudolf Várhegyi
music: Tudósok, Pozvakowsky, Puszi Együttes
Kép-Árnyék Bt, Innerpiece Production, Diametrus Kft.
Kossuth u. 62.
1211 Budapest, Hungary
tel.: + 36 1 489-1609 (+(+36 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-1009(+36 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-100936 1) 316-0943, (+36 1) 336-1009
Yad Hanna – A kollektív ember (2009) / Tile Mail (2008) / Lanterna – Ahol a magány se jár (2007) / Zuhanás a környéken (2004) / Utasok (2003)
Martin Mareček / Czech Republic / 2011 / 83 min / Czech & English
Solar power batteries and two Czech engineers in a Zambian village.
A tragicomic insight into the pitfalls of humanitarian development projects.
Audience Award, Jihlava, 2011
In 2006, two Czech development experts implemented an electrification project that brought power to a school and hospital complex and light to the village of Masuku, Zambia. After four years, they return for the last time to find out about their system's failures, repair it and hand it over at last. The film follows them through both the chaotic days and the pitch black nights and provides a fresh insight into the pitfalls of humanitarian development projects. The film portrays short circuits of all sorts, the blending and dissolving of different worlds, rituals of gratitude and concepts of solutions. Making no attempt to declare or evaluate anything, Solar Eclipse becomes a situation probe examining various forms of light and darkness.
producer: Tereza Horská, Filip Remunda
editor: Martin Mareček
camera: Jiří Málek
sound: Martin Mareček, Ondřej Ježek
tel.: + 420 222 937 341
Auto*Mate (2009) / The Source (2005) / Dust Games (2001) / Egg Methods (1999) / Maple '98 (1998)
Fernand Melgar / Switzerland / 2011 / 103 min / French
Friendships, fears, and a one-way ticket – visit a Swiss detention center for illegal immigrants.
Fernand Melgar's intimate and emotionally charged portrait of the rejected asylum seekers and illegal migrants in Switzerland's Frambois detention centre reveals a world that few know from the inside. There are three possibilities for every resident: to leave free, with asylum granted, to leave the country voluntarily on a regular flight, or to leave under guard on a so-called "special flight" back to their country of origin. As planes come and go in the background, the staff — who are caretakers, counselors, and friends to the men there — have heart-felt conversations about the well-being of the residents. With amazing access to his subjects, Melgar introduces us to a community of men who share friendships, fears, and a similar fate.
producer: Fernand Melgar
editor: Karine Sudan
camera: Denis Jutzeler
sound: Christophe Giovannoni
music: Wandifa Njie
tel.: +41 216 483 561
La Forteresse (2008) / Limites Invisibles (2006) / Exit – le Droit de Mourir (2005)
Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad and the Politician
Amr Salama & Tamer Ezzat & Ayten Amin / Egypt & Germany / 2011 / 90 min / Arabic
An insider's view of the life of a young generation of Egyptians who chose to have their say in the future of the country.
When Egyptians woke up on January 25, 2011, they never expected the one-day demonstration planned for that public holiday to evolve into a revolution aimed at breaking the regime's 30-year-long grip on power. For the following 18 days, the world watched as millions of Egyptians marched out, calling for an end to injustice, poverty, and corruption. This movement was led by several inspirational and influential young individuals who galvanized support for the movement through the media and social networks. Three young filmmakers decided to tell the yet unfinished story of the revolution from their own point of view, concentrating on the protestors, the police force, and the former president Hosni Mubarak. The focus is on the personal experiences of a handful of individuals whose choices would change the future of their country.
producer: Mohamed Hefzy, Frédéric Sichler
editor: Ayman El Tonsi, Doaa Fadel, Wael Farg, Eric Magriau
camera: Ahmad Gabr, Ahmad Yaaqoob, Hussein Asser, Mohamed El Raouf, Salah Yaaqoob
sound: Ahmed Gaber
music: Khaled Shokry, Ousso
tel.: + 202 25 268 050
Amr Salama: Asma'a (2011) / On a Day Like Today (2008)
Tamer Ezzat: The Ring Road (2010)
Ayten Amin: Spring '89 (2009)
This is Not a Film
Jafar Panahi & Mojtaba Mirtahmasb / Iran / 2011 / 75 min / Persian
Forbidden to film and awaiting sentence, Jafar Panahi proves that human creativity cannot be incarcerated.
Official Selection, Cannes
This clandestine documentary, shot on an iPhone and a modest DV camera and smuggled into France in a cake for last-minute submission to Cannes, depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed director Jafar Panahi (Offside, The Circle, The White Balloon) under house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his sentence – six years in prison and a 20 year ban from filmmaking for alleged crimes against national security – Panahi is seen talking to his family and lawyer on the phone, discussing his plight with his close friend filmmaker Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and reflecting on the meaning of the art of filmmaking. This Is Not a Film is a compelling personal document, a quietly passionate statement of artistic intent, and an uncompromising testament to Panahi's belief in cinema.
producer: Jafar Panahi
editor: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
camera: Jafar Panahi, Mojtaba Mirtahmasb
Jafar Panahi Film Productions
Offside (2006) / Crimson Gold (2003) / The Circle (2000) / The Mirror (1997) / The White Balloon (1995)
The Tiniest Place
Tatiana Huezo / Mexico / 2011 / 104 min / Spanish
Talking and walking ghosts return to a tiny village annihilated during the civil war in El Salvador.
Grand Prix at Visions du Réel 2011, Best Documentary at Leipzig 2011
To walk into the jungle-shrouded village of Cinquera, El Salvador, is to enter a world where ghosts walk, passing back and forth between the past and present. Even though it happened almost three decades ago, the village is still haunted by memories of the tragedy that occurred there. During the 1980–92 civil war, Cinquera was literally wiped off the map, disappearing temporarily from official charts in a conflict that resulted in 80,000 deaths, with tens of thousands more missing. Years later, survivors return to bury their dead and rebuild the community from the ashes. In an unobtrusive portrait of collective memory, we mingle with villagers as they recall horrifying ordeals, mutilation and torture.
producer: Nicolás Celis
editor: Paulina del Paso, Tatiana Huezo, Lucrecia Gutiérrez
camera: Ernesto Pardo
sound: Federico González
music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica
tel.: +52 554 155 0090
Retrato de Familia (2008) / El Ombligo del Mundo (2001) / Tiempo Caustico (1998)
Andrey Gryazev / Russia / 2012 / 90 min / Russian
A white phallus on the Liteiny Bridge and an upended police car in St. Petersburg – an unnerving portrait of Voina (War),
a Russian anarchist art collective.
Tomorrow is an unnerving portrait of Voina (War), a Russian anarchist art collective whose pranks and stunts have won them thousands of fans worldwide and support from the likes of Banksy. Vor (Thief) and his girlfriend Koza (Goat) lead the group on missions with their toddler, Kasper, strapped across their backs. The overturning of an empty police car brought the group acclaim in the international art scene while landing its core members with prison sentences and international arrest warrants. Andrey Gryazev incorporates the public images of Voina performances into his film, extending them with discussions, private scenes and television footage. What emerges is a film that is not just about Voina but also with, by and for them, with the director becoming part of the artgroup in the process. The rough-at-the-edges, dogme-style adventure quickly escalates into an unforgettable and thought-provoking drama.
producer: Andrey Gryazev
editor: Andrey Gryazev
camera: Andrey Gryazev
sound: Aleksandr Dudarev
Miner's Day (2010) / Sanya and Sparrow (2009) / Ice Age (2009)
Turn Off the Lights
Ivana Mladenović / Romania / 2012 / 77 min / Romanian
Love, money and abuse. Three Roma ex-cons trying to find their way in the outside world.
Tribeca Film Festival 2012
After years behind bars, three young Roma men are released from prison. Bidding an emotional farewell to their fellow inmates, they exit to find a variety of welcomes – Giani Versace, the beloved son of a large Roma family, is greeted by a boisterous welcoming committee, while Chilibar Papan meets an empty street with a hurt and lonely glare. The film's third character, Alexandru Mititelu, is released after serving four years for killing his girlfriend at the age of 14. Alex addresses his past with a disturbingly blasé attitude toward violence, women, and guilt. Offering a rare peek into different sub-cultures of Roma communities, the film shows the three ex-cons trying to reconcile the outside world with the gray-shaded areas of morality with which they all struggle. Depicting the cocoon of their former one-room existence in stark contrast to the realities of their outside community, Turn Off the Lights is a portrait of reintegration in a society where indulgence, violence, and excess are a matter of survival.
producer: Cătălin Mitulescu & Daniel Mitulescu
editor: Anca Iliesiu
camera: Luchian Ciobanu & Claudiu Ciprian Popa
sound: Vlad Voinescu
tel.: + 40 21 411 8099
View From the Prison
Attila Kékesi / 2012 / Hungary / 52 min / Hungarian
Crime, punishment, and repentance – male prisoners on their road to God.
Six inmates of the Vác Penitentiary reflect on how their lives went astray and what the future holds for them, as well as about how their thinking and understanding of crime and punishment were changed by the protestant chaplain of the prison. The protagonists of this film are all "tough guys" doing long sentences for crimes that today they themselves condemn.
producer: Attila Kékesi
editor: Attila Kékesi, Pap Levenete
camera: Attila Kékesi
sound: Attila Kékesi
music: Attila Kékesi
Arted Művészeti Stúdió Kft.
Bimbó út 216-226.
1026 Budapest, Hungary
tel.: +36 30 330 23 63
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Winter, Go Away!
Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov, Askold Kurov et al / Russia / 2012 / 79 min / Russian
Russia on the move – a humorous and insightful chronicle
of the winter 2011 protests in Moscow, filmed by a young
generation of filmmakers.
Winter, Go Away! was filmed by graduates from Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov's Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School. Ten young directors went on filming for two months during the protests following the parliamentary elections of 2011 in Russia. The result was a chronicle of Russia's growing opposition mood – a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers: faces, conversations, rallies, victories and defeats prior to the presidential election. A living camera interacts with living heroes. The occasional sparks of humor and absurdity only underscore the overall seriousness of this multifaceted chronicle.
producer: Marina Razbezhkina
camera: Elena Khoreva, Denis Klebleev, Dmitry Kubasov, Askold Kurov, Nadezhda Leonteva, Anna Moiseenko, Madina Mustafina, Sofia Rodkevich, Anton Seregin, Alexey Zhiryakov
Marina Razbezhkina Studio
tel.: +7 496 1148 695