The East European Forum project awarded by IDFA Award, gaining also the invitation for the Amsterdam IDFA co-production Forum, is the Croatian-Romanian project Gangster of Love. "It is nice surprise for us. We didn't succeed with the application to Amsterdam ourselves. But eventually, we are going there anyway," Nebojsa Slijepčević.
Gangster Te Voli , Croatia, Romania, 52 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Drama doc, Society
Gangster of Love is a documentary comedy which points out some serious social issues. The story takes place in the mountainous Balkan region on the historical border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Our film follows matchmaker Nedjeljko Babic aka Gangster. His life is devoted to helping young men and women from the region to find a soul mate. But lately his job has been more difficult than ever - women do not want to live in villages anymore. When Maya, a young Bulgarian girl, comes to Gangster looking for a new boyfriend, it seems that it will be an easy case for him. But the fact that she is the mother of a 3-year-old, and a foreigner, makes it mission impossible for Gangster - it seems that Croatian guys, no matter how desperate they are to find a woman, do not want a Bulgarian with a child. Her case discloses all the tragic absurdity of the traditional men in modern society: although they are lonely and desperate to find a woman, their stubborn conservatism stands in the way of love.
The Golden Funnel Award for Ex Oriente Film project to make the most significant progress is Bells of Happiness by the Slovakian couple Martin Šulík and Jana Bučka. It is a story from a gypsy village. The pregnant Mariena and her cousin remade the song of their idols Karel Gott and Darina Rolinc. For the whole next year the filmmakers will receive the support of IDF, designed for tehir particular needs.
Zvonky šťastie , Slovak Republic, 80 min, 35 mm, Creative, Drama doc
Perhaps the film is best described as a ‘documentary happening’. We see a group of Roma people watching the film “Gypsies Go to Heaven’ in Dolina, a small Roma settlement in Slovakia. Inspired by the film, they decide to create their own theatre play, which would reflect their lives. They rehearse in real locations, at home and in different places within their living environment. The characters from the movie are replaced by authentic inhabitants of the village. They want to show situations that they are afraid of. They have fear of death, pain and Gadjos and they are afraid of the world outside of their village. They want to invite Gadjos from the neighbouring villages to watch the play. The Roma people with the help from the film crew have to tackle small tasks. With the small cameras they record their own life and situations which cause them fear. The film will be a fluid image of a wild organism that grows in its own unforeseeable ways.Where is the border between illusion and reality. How can Roma people overcome their fear and escape the cycle of the outsiders’ life that they live in their village.