MakeDox - Creative Documentary Film Festival
June 5 - 11, 2010
Skopje / Macedonia
In its Official Selection, the festival will present The English Surgeon (dir. Geoffrey Smith, UK 2007); Burma VJ (dir. Anders Østergaard, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom 2008); Border (dir. Harutyun Khachatryan, Armenia 2009); Goodbye, How Are You? (dir. Boris Mitić, Serbia 2009); Cooking History (dir. Peter Kerekes, Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic 2008); The Player (dir. John Appel, Netherlands 2009); Mostar United (dir. Claudia Tosi, Italy, Slovenia 2009); The Edge of Dreaming (dir. Amy Hardie, Scotland 2009); The One Man Village (dir. Simon El Habre, Lebanon 2008).
More details on some of the notable East European docs presented at MakeDox below:
Slovakia, Austria, Czech Republic 2008, 86 min
D: Peter Kerekes
A documentary film about army cooks. It shows how the everyday need of thousands armed stomachs affects the victories and defeats. About the field "kitchen" as a model of a world where food preparation becomes a fight strategy; a fight for great ideals standing on strong legs of the kitchen table. The film is based on eleven recipes of the cooks since the Second World War till the war in Tchechenia; from France through the Balkans to Russia.
Docu Talents From the East 2007 / East Silver 2009
GOODBYE, HOW ARE YOU?
Serbia 2009, 58 min
D: Boris Mitic
Introducing Serbian satirical aphorisms, the smart kind of humour which enraged Tito and the communists, ridiculed Milošević and the nationalists and soothed our way through transition and the Eurocrats. Like it or not, you are also in there.
Docu Talents From the East 2008 / East Silver 2008
Italy, Slovenia 2008, 72 min
D: Claudia Tosi
Mensud fought in the Bosnian war, defending his hometown Mostar and the Old Bridge. Now that peace has returned and the Old Bridge has been rebuilt, Mensud is fighting once again, this time against the new nationalist mentality.Torn apart and enraged by ethnical conflict, Mostar is more like two ghettos divided by a big boulevard, than the joyful Montmartre of the Balkans that it was before the war.
East Silver 2009
Slovakia 2008, 77 min
D: Juraj Lehotský
It is very often difficult for us, those who can see, to find our true fulfillment and happiness in the world. The more complicated, but maybe the more interesting this journey might be for the blind. Their perspective of the world is much more essential and sincere in many ways, and it often uncovers the invisible dimensions of the world. This film is about love amongst the blind and about the different forms it can take.
Ex Oriente Film 2006 / East European Forum 2006 / East Silver 2008
CASH & MARRY
Austria, Croatia, Macedonia 2009, 56 min
D: Atanas Georgiev
Marko and Atanas are two dudes whose lives would be sweet as strudel but for an annoying little problem with their papers. They need a European passport and they are prepared to do almost anything to get one, including buying a wife. With nothing but their brass necks and 7,000 euros, they set out to find the woman of their dreams — one who will walk them down aisle and then hang around long enough for the divorce. An odyssey through Vienna's immigrant netherworld, this real-life Green Card is an hilarious and touching insight into what it takes to jump the barriers of Fortress Europe.
Ex Oriente Film 2006 / East European Forum 2006 / East Silver 2009
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, 66 min
D: Marina Andrée
Sevdah is a feeling about life imbued with melancholy, yearning and beautiful sorrow. In Bosnia it is expressed through their traditional sad song - sevdalinka. The death of their mutual friend and lover of sevdalinka, Farah, has brought musician Damir and director Marina together. Trying to deal with their own loss and grief, they decide to create a film about sevdah. They create it as an emotional, musical, lyrical and visual journey through the soul of Bosnia, through their own emotions and memories.
Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007 / East Silver 2009
Kirijana A. Nikoloska