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8TH DOCPOINT'S SELECTION OF EAST EUROPEAN DOCS

DocPoint, Finland's premier documentary film festival launches its 8th edition January 20, 2009. Offering well over 100 documentaries over the course of 6 days, the festival programme will boast new Finnish documentaries, animated docs, retrospectives dedicated to Nick Broomfield and Richard Leacock, North by Northeast focussing on Finland's neighbours or Tell Me the Truth, a section that will include, among others, Citizen Havel and Helena Třeštíková's René.

 

DOCPOINT - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival
January 20 - 25, 2009
Helsinki, Finland


SECTIONS

AnimaDoc
Apollo Award - Epidem
DOKKINO
Special Screenings
Italy for Beginners
Kekkoslovakia - The Land of Illusions
The Child We Once Were
New Finnish Documentaries
I, a Perfect Human
Images of Change
Nick Broomfield - Detective Stories
North by Northeast - Neighbours Exposed
Documentary films from Finnish film schools
Tell Me the Truth
A Tribute to Richard Leacock
New India
Winners and Bestsellers

 

Documentary films from Central or Eastern Europe:

 

Apollo Award - Epidem
A selection of societal documentary films by the production company Epidem from Finland and abroad over several decades.

LAST BUS STOP (Finland/Hungary)
2007, 52 min
D: Zsuzsa Böszörményi, Kai Salminen
For 60 years, the village of Szelmenc has been split by a barbed-wire fence, a demarcation of post-World War II power politics. Over the decades the political and social development of the two countries – now Slovakia and Ukraine – has gone in different directions with one half of the village part of the West, the other part of the Eastern Bloc. Old people remember the united village and grieve for their loved ones left behind the border.

The film was pitched at the 2005 East European Forum, under the working title The Long Goodbye.

 

 

 

Special Screenings
A selection of quality documentary films.

 

BORIS KOSHELOKHOV - TWO HIGHWAYS (Russia)
2008, 26 min
D: Alexander Markov, Nick Teplov
The street is thick with impermeable greyness and incessant drizzle as Boris Koshelokhov works on his new piece. Two Highways is the tireless artist’s gigantic three-part project, which started in 1994. Part one consisted of 1,200 black-and-white sketches, part two of 6,000 pastel drawings. The ultimate goal is to create a wall painting covering a total of 5,000 square meters, starting with the drawings from stages one and two.

 

 

 

 

 

LOW LEVEL FLIGHT (Czech Republic)
2006, 52 min
D: Jan Šikl
Jan Šikl has skilfully assembled Low-Level Flight from a family's home videos to tell the story of life in socialist Czechoslovakia in the 50s and 60s, a love-filled marriage, and finally a chilling family tragedy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Child We Once Were
Stories about childhood, youth and parenthood by filmmakers such as Volker Koepp, Thomas Ciulei and Kim Longinotto.

 

THE FLOWER BRIDGE (Romania, Germany)
2008, 87 min
D: Thomas Ciulei
The Moldovan siblings Alexie, Alexandra and Maria haven’t seen their mother in over three years. Their mother has gone to work abroad to fund the children’s education, which the poorest country in Europe can’t offer for free. Their father is farmer, who has had to take on both parental roles. The soil of Moldova is fertile, but the farming techniques are centuries old, and the children must work to help their father.

 

 

 

 

I, a Perfect Human
What can a single person do to contribute to a better world? This question will be offered answers by the films in the selection I, a Perfect Human.

 

MARCELA (Czech Republic)
2007, 82 min
D: Helena Třeštíková

Marcela is a portrait of a Czech woman who appeared in an early 1980s television series about the lives of newlyweds. Fame brought her money, letters and phone calls. Director Třeštíková decided to make a film about Marcela’s later, tragic phases in life; about her struggle with unemployment, divorce and single parenting. The documentary covers 26 years of Marcela’s life.

 

 

 

 

North by Northeast - Neighbours Exposed
New documentary films from the Baltic Region, Russia and the Nordic Countries. In Russia, girls offer their virginity for sale, in Estonia, people discuss the meaning of a famous bronze statue and in Poland, a middle-aged man and his mother swell in a strange relationship of possession.

ALYOSHA (Estonia)
2008, 67 min
D: Meelis Muhu
Alyosha broadens the view on the bronze statue dispute that strained ties between Russia and Estonia. Director Meelis Muhu interviews people near the statue. They either object to the symbol of national humiliation or remember the Great War and its victims; two groups build their own concept of history. Despite the different opinions, the greatest divide is surprisingly not between Estonians and Estonian Russians. There are pacifists with experience of the war in both camps, and the same applies to nationalists engaged in aggressive talk and action.

 

 

 

 

REVUE (Russia)
2008, 82 min
D: Sergei Loznitsa
Revue portrays the history of communism through old Soviet Union propaganda films. Its main focus is on the earthy life on the collective farms; the stages of industrialisation and modernization are touched upon with imagery that shows the bustle of factories and the wonders of mechanisation.

 

 

 

 

 

PERPETUAL REHEARSAL (Israel, Latvia)
2008, 102 min
D: Herz Frank
Herz Frank, the grand old man of Latvian documentary, took part in creating the school of poetic documentary in the 60s. In this film shot in Israel, Russia and the United States, he delves into the world of theatre. Perpetual Rehearsal is compiled of video journals, which Frank recorded for over ten years, as the loyal chronicler of the theatre group Gesher.

 

 

 

 

 

TILL IT HURTS (Poland)
2008, 25 min
D: Marcin Koszalka
This film is like a captivating, infernal chamber play in which an ageless mother and her 53-year-old psychiatrist son battle it out. The mother’s furious arguments flare up as her son gives his professionally restrained comments. Another woman has entered his life at last and the possessive mother cannot tolerate this. In its preciseness this grim and painful story is like family therapy, resembling Marcin Koszalka’s first work Such a Nice Boy I Gave Birth to, in which he untangled the relationship with his mother by shooting with a hidden camera in his home.

 

 

 

VIRGINITY (Russia)
2008, 86 min
D: Vitali Mansky
Vitali Manski is one of the most interesting and harrowing names of the new Russian documentary. In his new film Virginity, Manski explores extreme forms of Russian capitalism. Moscow is portrayed as a "megamarket", where everything is for sale and everyone must participate. New products flow into the city to be sold, and even human beings are above all commodities. At the centre of the story are three young women, who each have a sought-after commodity – their virginity.

 

 

 

 

Tell Me the Truth
In the selection bold and enthusiastic filmmakers discover the ultimate truth through individual people. Includes e.g. the film Citizen Havel about the life of Vaclav Havel.



CITIZEN HAVEL (Czech Republic)
2007, 119 min
D: Pavel Koutecký, Miroslav Janek
”Is there dandruff on my shoulders?” asks Václav Havel, the newly elected President of the Czech Republic, before stepping in front of the cameras. But one camera is already there - that of Havel’s friend, filmmaker Pavel Koutecký. The former enemy of the people begins to steer the new republic towards a democratic future. The documentarist follows him, recording the private side of Havel’s reign. Citizen Havel is a rare close-up of a politician.

 

 

 

CONFESSIONS (Georgia)
2007, 52 min
D: Giorgi Khaindrava
Confessions gives a voice to Zurab Zhvania, one of the key politicians of independent Georgia and the Rose Revolution, a man whose work has been left in the shadow of Eduard Shevardnadze and Mikheil Saakashvili. Zhania died of gas poisoning during his premiership in 2005. According to the official account, the poisoning was caused by an installation error of the gas heater, but assassination suspicions have been connected with his death.

 

 

 

 

 

RENÉ (Czech Republic)
2008, 83 min
D: Helena Třeštíková
The warden turns the key and locks the door to the cell. René Plasil is in prison again. From his cell, he writes letters to the documentarist Helena Tøeštíková who has become his most stable link to the outside world. The documentary, which is made possible by their unusual acquaintanceship, maps the life of a habitual criminal over a period of twenty years.

 

 

 

Winners & Bestsellers
Superb documentary films from around the globe.

BLIND LOVES (Slovakia)
2008, 77 min
D: Juraj Lehotský
Is it harder for the blind to find happiness and their place in the world than for the seeing? Juraj Lehotsky opens up the world of the blind by showing four stories about blind people’s happiness. A music teacher and his wife find strength to overcome life’s problems by losing themselves fully in a music-filled imaginary world. A Romany boy finds love despite his blindness and the prejudices against his ethnicity. A teenage girl searches for happiness and acceptance on internet discussion forums like others of her age.

Pod pracovním názvem Hladanie se s filmem Juraj Lehotský a Marko Škop zúčastnili vzdělávacího programu Ex Oriente Film 2006 a ve stejném roce jej představili také na Docu Talents from the East.

 

 

 

GOLESHOVO (Bulgaria, UK)
2008, 34 min
D: Ilian Metev
Only old people are left in the derelict village of Goleshovo in a forgotten, remote corner of the Bulgarian mountains. And what a village: no running water, no telephone, and people people that could be from a story by Chekhov. They talk to the camera like an old friend, sing to the camera, cry, laugh, drink, pray and joke.

 

 

 

 

 

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