An annual presentation of 9 hand-picked feature documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe. Festival programmers, distributors, sales agents, members of the press and audiences get the first glimpse of films slated for theatrical release over the next year. The presentation helps films in making a successful transition into distribution.
Doc Launch Presentation:
October 28, 2011 / 18:30 – 20:00
Open for: Industry + Press accreditation
Where: Assembly Hall - Secondary Graphic Art School (Březinovy sady 31, Jihlava)
Trains of Thoughts , Austria, 89 min, 35 mm, Anthropology, Arts and Culture, Creative, Experimental, Music, Social Issues, Society, Travel
Trains of Thoughts is an audiovisual essay, which reflects upon and compares metro systems around the world. It is an exploration of a world inside the world as well as feelings, fascination, obsession, fear and themes – of survival, control and silence – that revolve it.
Bulgaria, 80 min
Where the Black River meets the Black Sea, the shore curves into a crescent of a pristine beach, known as Karadere (Black Gorge). Legend has it that in the 19th century, Vulchan Voivoda, a notorious outlaw and the first local pirate lured three gold-laden Ottoman galleys into the bay and robbed them. Today, the pirate flag flies over a green trailer nestled at the foot of the beach - home to the captain of the last Black Sea pirates, Jack the Whale. Social misfits for some and romanticized larger-than-life figures for others, Jack and his crew are modern-day pirates without a ship, whose beat-up boat is always in need of a working engine. But they have a pirate’s flag, a treasure to hunt and plenty of tattoos to make up for it. They have found peace far away from the outside world, in which the “period of transition” has turned into a rather permanent situation. But change is coming to Karadere. One day four men leap out of a helicopter and begin to gesticulate wildly. They’re painting in the air Black Sea Gardens – the biggest luxury green resort is to be built on the last deserted beach of the Bulgarian seaside. Set on the backdrop of Bulgaria’s fumbling European Union integration, the feverish embrace of half-understood Western values, and a heated ecological debate, this is the story of a few ordinary people as lived out in these extraordinary times and told in their unique voices.
BULGARIA / CROATIA / GERMANY
Poslednata linecka na Sofia , Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, 85 / 52 min, Beta SP, Digi Beta, DVD, Personal View, Portrait, Social Issues, Society
In a city where 13 ambulances struggle to serve a burgeoning population of several million, 47-year old Krassi Yordanov is our unlikely hero: chain-smoking and saving lives in a non-stop 48-hour shift. Krassi is the emergency doctor on one of Sofia’s last ambulances and today is the worst day of his life. This is a film about the regular working day of Dr. Krassi, nurse Mila and driver Plamen, a team working on an ambulance in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Struggling against an avalanche of absurdities in a crumbling medical system and scarcely earning enough to make a living, these three are simply trying to do what they do best – save lives.
Eugéniové , Czech Republic, 2012, 80 min, HD, Animated, Anthropology, Archive , Creative, Society
Eugenics was once considered more groundbreaking than the invention of the wheel. It was supposed to save mankind from serious genetic loads. After World War II, the term almost disappeared from the world’s dictionaries. Science was misused by criminal ideology for the selective criteria of a perfect nation. However, it was not the politicians but the scientists who determined the criteria. Unique archive material will be used to create a fantastic vision of the future which turns into a mass murder. A reflection on the boundaries between science and pseudoscience in the past, present, and future.
GERMANY / ITALY
Germany, Italy, approx. 35 min, Creative
No Peace Without War is a film project with Ewa and Piotr Sosnowski. It explores the "impossible" life of a brother and a sister, descendants of a well-off bourgeois Polish family of Hungarian descent. No Peace Without War is meant to be the story of a forgotten world that takes place behind the door of a two-room apartment in Cracow, Poland.
LATVIA / FRANCE
15 Young by Young , Estonia, Latvia, 9 x 13 / 90 min, Creative, Docu Series
A multimedia documentary project consisting of a series of fresh, colourful insider point-of-view short stories on the present-day life of young people, linked by animated episodes and directed by 15 young and talented filmmakers from the 15 republics formerly annexed by the USSR.
Lithuania, 52 min, Creative, Portrait
Vidas Zenonas Antonovas has been recorded in the book of the most interesting criminals of Soviet Union. He stole around a million rubles from the state's institutions. With a few accomplices, he hijacked a plane with passengers in order to split for Africa. When he was first released from prison in a newly independent Lithuania, he founded a criminal gang and made his living from racketeering. He has been nicknamed the Father of Mafia. 20 years of his time he did in 15 different prisons. Now he is 71 and has a big family – 10 children, 2 grandchildren and a newborn son. He promises to bump up the number of his children to 19 before he is 93, thus beating his own grandfather's record of 18 children and becoming the oldest father in the world. It is a documentary about the values of an ex-con, about the drives of an insatiable lust for life and a man challenging time and destiny. It also captures love in a family that defies traditional understanding of what a family should be.
Lithuania, United Kingdom, 52 min, Beta SP, Digi Beta, DV, DVD, HD, Personal View, Religion, Social Issues, Youth Documentary
A problematic 12-year-old Mongolian kid Galbatrakh (Galaa), who has no father, tries to survive in Mongolian ger (Mongolian house) district by selling goods in the black market and skipping school. However, one day his mother decides that Galaa should try becoming a lama, a Buddhist monk. This becomes the boy’s dream and a plan for survival. Galaa visits Pethub, one of the most rigid Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia, and tries to be accepted. In order to achieve his goal, he needs to study hard, get permission from different high lamas and pass complicated bureaucratic requirements of the monastery. Will he succeed?
Comeback , Slovak Republic, 90 min, 35 mm, Beta, Beta SP, Digi Beta, DV, DVD, HD, Current Affairs, Social Issues
Recidivism is a serious problem. Things that people in the outside world consider normal and ordinary pose great problems for ex-convicts. No place to stay, disowned by their families, jobless and with a criminal record. They have no clothes to wear and no food to eat. The film is a social study of the world of prisoners. It follows the life of two recidivists while they are in prison and later, as they make their first steps outside the gates of the most closely watched Slovak jail accompanied by a journalist.