The projects are presented by directors and producers within the Karlovy Vary IFF industry programme. Each project is given 10 minutes, including the trailer or clip.
Docu Talents consists of a presentation, networking cocktail, individual consultations with world sales and festival programmers, other networking events at the Karlovy Vary IFF and an ongoing promotion at www.DOKweb.net.
Date: Tuesday, July 6 2010
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: Cinema A, Hotel Thermal, Karlovy Vary IFF
Open for: all industry guests and journalists
An original portrait of a Czech village that houses a giant car plant built by South Korea's Hyundai. Before the village turned into an industrial zone, many of the landowners had no intention of selling their plots of land... Not until many of them faced pressure from their neighbours who had accepted approx. EUR 4000 in compensation and not until they received death threats. Using nine protagonists, the film paints a portrait of a village changed beyond recognition. A humourous yet compelling film about a field that yields cars.
BEAR ISLANDS (working title)
In Bear Islands, director Martin Ryšavý continues his exploration of subjects related to the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. The film captures the life of residents in the remotest part of the territory, Nizhnekolymsky Ulus. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River. The camera follows park rangers who take care of the nature reserve as they travel to an isolated polar station through the vast space where the past meets the present. A portrait of a landscape, its history and people who inhabit it.
Director: Erika Hníková
Producer: Jiří Konečný, endorfilm
Estimated date of premiere: October 2010
A situational documentary about a generation of singles in their 30s who live in a medium-sized Slovak village, and their mayor who, in an effort to maintain the village population, sets out to bring them together. The village of Zemplínske Hámre lies in eastern Slovakia close to the Slovak-Ukranian border. It took its mayor, a retired army general, seven years to straighten out the whole village. Nearly all houses have been repaired, the gardens are in bloom, there are four grocer’s shops and two pubs, and the brook is crystal clear. However, there is a persistent problem bothering the mayor. The village is slowly but surely dying out. The issue has made its presence felt in all European villages in regions with inadequate work opportunities. However, he has decided to tackle the “pan European countryside trend” and he tries to motivate the singles in the village to marry each other and start families. After more than a year no one has responded to his extensive financial reward and now he is organizing a big party for all the singles from the region.
Estonia / Ukraine
Director: Marianna Kaat
Producer: Marianna Kaat, Baltic Film Production, Olena Fetisova, Interfilm Production Studio, supported by Sundance Documentary Film Program
Estimated date of premiere: November 2010
Set in the heart of a once thriving Ukrainian coal mining region, the film is timely portrait of parents and teenagers trying to earn a living in abandoned coal pits, as poverty overtakes their world. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining on their own; they excavate everywhere: in abandoned mines, under the basements of demolished buildings, in the neighborhood woods and leisure parks, as well as in their own vegetable gardens. The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura wants mostly to run his own cafe somewhere far from home, but the responsibility for the two sisters and looming economic crisis pushes his dreams in the distant future.
A three-story brick building in the provincial Georgian town of Chokhatauri. A Chinese man comes out to hang red lanterns in front of his shop. A refugee couple stares out of a window. Their next-door neighbor, a woman in a nightgown, tries to kick a dog out of a corridor where laundry is hung to dry. A boy’s chorus starts singing a patriotic song. Opposition activists try to persuade others that there needs to be a change in the government. At the center of the building is a restaurant whose walls are covered with bright green and orange plastic foam and where tables are set, waiting for customers – who rarely come.
This building, which resembles Noah’s Ark, is a microcosm, a model of this troubled country with its endless demonstrations and opposition rallies. Against the backdrop of political events, somehow, all of life is here.
Director: Gyula Nemes
Producer: Gyula Nemes, Absolut Film Studio Bt.
Estimated date of premiere: October 2010
Negative Hungarian Film History is a reconstruction of never-produced Hungarian films.
Family Instinct is a film about incest - an illegal act, social taboo and a violation of religious norms. Zanda is a 28-year-old woman, worn out by hard work. Surrounded by poverty and despair, she is trying to survive with her two children in a god-forsaken Latvian village. Her hardships can be traced back to living in a relationship with her brother Valdis. When Valdis is put in jail, the local community forces her to make a difficult choice: to stay with him or with her children. Despite her ill fortune, she manages to express her love for the children, still hoping to save her family. The film offers a tragicomic but highly authentic insight into the bleak reality of Latvian countryside today.
He has left the first one and has become fond of the second. Then he realized he actually loves the first but he cannot leave the second... Equipped with video cameras, they each shoot their own truth. The project's hallmark is the absence of conventional distance between the main character, the narrator, and the viewer. This is achieved through a subjective, hand-held video diary. The film primarily focuses on young people and their lives, desires, hypersexuality, ennui and paradoxical freshness. The absence of narrative distance in this no-holds-barred experiment provides unprecedented levels of sincerity and reality to be captured, offering a dose of erotic adventures, simple honesty and thirst for life.
Cans of Time is a film rendering of the themes and outcomes of the Family Archives project. The aim of the Family Archives was to collect and digitize amateur footage from various regions across Slovakia. Over five years the project collected approx. 450 hours of footage. Apart from the popular amateur footage that captures family events, the project has also obtained some rare historical footage, such as the 1937 construction of a huge sculpture of Slovak politician M. R. Štefánik, or the Russian invasion of 1968. The material also provides an intriguing glimpse into various forms and shapes of the life of Slovakia's middle class.
In the past years, the following directors presented thein films at the Docu Talents from the East:
Sergei Loznica (Russia), Martin Mareček (Czech Republic), Marko Škop (Slovakia), Jaroslav Vojtek (Slovakia), Beata Dzianowicz (Poland), Tibor Kocsis (Maďarsko), Andres Maimik a Jaak Kilmi (Estonia), Boris Petkovic (Slovenia), Valentin Valchev (Bulgaria), Daniela Gébová (Czech Republic), Leszek Dawid (Poland), Atanas Georgiev (Macedonia), Lucie Králová (Czech Republic), Peteris Krilovs (Latvia), Róbert Lakatos (Hungary), Juraj Lehotský (Slovakia), Andrey Paounov (Bulgaria), Karel Vachek (Czech Republic) Peter Kerekes (Slovakia), Jana Boková (Czech Republic, Argentina), Jana Ševčíková (Czech Republic), Nikita Michalkov (Russiao), Zoltan Torok (Hungary), Robert Kirchhoff (Slovakia), Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino, Marcin Sauter a Piotr Stasik (Poland), Laila Pakalnina (Latvia), Razvan Georgescu (Romania), Linda Jablonská (Czech Republic), Vít Janeček (Czech Republic), Vít Klusák a Filip Remunda (Czech Republic), Jaak Kilmi a Kiur Aarma (Estonia), Bojana Papp (Hungary), Bartek Konopka (Poland), Boris Mitic (Serbia), Mila Turajlic (Serbia), Srdjan Sarenac (Bosnia and Hercegovina), Helena Třeštíková (Czech Republic), Karel Vachek (Czech Republic), Jan Gogola (Czech Republic), Karel Žalud (Czech Republic), Erzsebet Racz (Hungary), Piotr Stasik (Poland), Ana Vlad a Adrian Voicu (Romania), Zuzana Piussi (Slovakia), Petra Seliskar (Slovenia)
Docu Talents from the East is co-organized by Institute of Documentary Film,
Jihlava IDFF, and Karlovy Vary IFF.
Docu Talents from the East Coordinator