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May 29 - June 4, 2009, for the 49th time Krakow opens its theatres to short documentary, fiction and animated films included in this year's festival. The International Competition includes 19 documentaries under 60 minutes; 12 feature documentaries will be presented in the Feature-length Competition. The East Silver Caravan will present two of its titles in the official programme, organize 5 industry screenings and offer 25 other docs in its digital video library. [photo: Sergei the Healer, dir. Juha Taskinen, Petteri Saario, Finland 2008]


49th Krakow Film Festival
May 29 - June 4, 2009
Krakow / Poland


The Krakow Film Festival will show 2 East Silver titles in the official programme and prepares 5 East Silver industry screenings.

The following Caravan titles will be shown in the official programme of the festival:
Oficial Program: The Pier of Apolonovka, dir. Andrei Schwartz, Germany 2008, 86 min.
Cycle Middle of Europe: Hick-Town Spy, dir. Gábor Zsigmond Papp, Hungary 2009, 51 min.

5 industry screenings will present East Silver Caravan titles:
Blind Loves, dir. Juraj Lehotský, Slovakia 2008, 77 min.
Cooking History, dir. Peter Kerekes, Slovakia 2009, 88 min.
Nazis and Blondes, dir. Arbo Tammiksaar, Estonia 2008, 58 min.
The Revolution That Wasn't, dir. Aliona Polunina, Estonia 2008, 58 min.
See You at the Eiffel Tower, dir. Valentin Valchev, Bulgaria, 96 min. 

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International Competition

Jury: Zbigniew Rybczyński (experimental film director, cinematographer and academic teacher, Poland); Eduardo Chapero-Jackson (film director, Spain); Chris Tidmann (Shorts International, UK); Christoffer Olofsson (film critic, artistic director of the Uppsala SFF, Sweden); Abdulhamid Juma (general director of the Dubai  IFF, United Arab Emirates).

19 documentary films under 60 minutes:

Pizza In Auschwitz, dir.  Moshe Zimerman, Israel, 52'
Wagah, dir. Supriyo Sen, Najaf Bilgrami, Germany, 12'
Goleshovo, dir. Ilian Metev, UK/Bulgaria 34'
Dans Les Entrailles De New York, dir. Lasbats Chantal, France, 52'
Familia 068, dir. Toni Edo, Rubén Margalló, Spain/Nikaragua, 27'
Da Bude Svetlost, dir. Vladimir Perovic, Serbia, 26'
Lumiere Du Nord, dir. Sergei Loznitsa, France, 52'
Kishalak...Nagyhalak..., dir. Lívia Gyarmathy, Hungary, 29'
Being Frank, dir. Jacob Kjær Pedersen, Denmark/UK, 30'
Nine Forgotten Songs, dir. Galina Krasnoborova, Russia, 20'
Nomad Market-Three Wanderers, dir. Péter Szalay, Hungary, 54'
Czelowiek iz Miedi, dir. Maria Miro, Russia, 21'
My Amulet, dir. Leah Thorn, UK, 5'
Happiness, dir. Galina Adamovich, Belarus, 20'
The Anatomy of Gag, dir. Josef Abrhám Jr., Czech Republic, 20'
Red Sands, dir. David Procter, UK, 24'
King Hugo, dir. Franco de Peña, Poland, 60'
Poste restante, dir. Marcel Łoziński, Poland, 14'
Usłysz nas wszystkich, dir. Maciej Drygas, Poland, 21'



Feature-length Documentary Competition

Jury: Sergey Miroshnichenko (director and producer, Russia); Paweł T. Felis (film journalist, Poland); Igor Heitzmann (director, Germany); Sérgio Tréfaut (director, artistic director of DocLisboa, Portugal); Andrea Prenghyová (film director, director of the Institute of Documentary Film, Czech Republic).


12 feature documentary films:


Poland 2008, 66'
D: Marcin Koszałka

The documentary film captures the life of women in prison. Prison world has its own specifics and rules. The locked cell gradually becomes a home in which the women make new friendships, discuss their plans for the future, problems or their loved ones.  






UK, The Netherlands, Denmark 2008, 80'
D: Weijun Chen

China's economic boom has caused transformative ripples across the world. Inside the country, the effects are even more pronounced, precipitating dramatic shifts of fortune and population. But for every person who rises to the top, thousands more serve below. The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World illustrates this dynamic, taking us from the front rooms to the back kitchens of the five-thousand-seater West Lake Restaurant in the city of Changsha.




Finland 2008, 102'
D: Juha Taskinen, Petteri Saario

Sergei the Healer is a touching and warm depiction of the life in a small Russian Karelian village, where young Sergei grows up in the middle of the most fabulous primeval forests in North Europe. He learns the skills needed for survival from his father Santeri and from the village’s grand old man: boat builder, Sulo. The documentary follows Sergei as he grows up and the struggle of Venehjärvi’s existence over a five year period.





India, Finlad 2008, 88'
D: Sourav Sarangi

Bilal is three years old and lives with his parents, his grandmother and his one and half year old brother in a poor neighbourhood of Calcutta. His parents are both blind and Bilal at three plays an important role in the household. Sourav Sarangi followed Bilal's daily life over the course of a year.





Italy 2008, 82'
D: Giovanni Piperno

A mad journey: 77 mental patients along with 130 health care workers, psychiatrists, relatives and volunteers, take a train from Venice to Beijing, passing through Hungary, the Ukraine, Russia and Mongolia.





Israel 2008, 102'
D: Nati Baratz

This documentary film chronicles a former disciple's search for his reincarnated Tibetan master. Visually stunning, emotionally gripping and shot over the course of four years, Unmistaken Child follows a sacred quest through the eyes of a remarkable attendant.






Norway 2008, 70'
D: Rune Denstad Langlo

Amina, Emir, Haji and Assad are all completely different, but despite this they have a lot in common. The thing that binds them most strongly is their passion for music. This is what prompted them to form the hip-hop group Forente Minoriterer (United Minorities). The name of the band refers to the fact that, although they all live in the Norwegian capital Oslo, none of them was born there.





Germany 2008, 86'
D: Andrej Schwartz

Summer on the waterfront: a nice beach, modern conveniences, sugary cocktails? Nothing of the sort on the pier of the Ukrainian port of Apolonovka. The bay is filled to the brim with refuse, chiefly from bombs and mines left by past wars. The view from the wharf is marred by grey warships, which secrete a tar-like goo when the wind blows the wrong way. Nevertheless, urban life largely takes place on the dreary concrete blocks of the pier...




Germany 2008 95'
D: Anton Pichler

Nine strangers from different mutually hostile countries set out on a joint 6,000km journey through the desert. Can they overcome mistrust and ideological differences? Will foes become friends? It's an experimental journey with one question in mind: Will they plant their olive tree?






Switzerland, France, Burkina Faso 2008, 72'
D: Berni Goldblat

A makeshift gold mine on the remote Diosso hillside in Burkina Faso has attracted a swarm of gold-diggers and dynamite blasters, healers and dealers, vendors and prostitutes, children, holy men and barbers. The film explores their desperate quest for fortune and elusive happiness.





UK 2008, 103'
D: Kim Longinotto

A women's petition is at the heart of the Bobbi Bear non-profit organisation, which has been established in the South African city of Durban in an attempt to provide effective help to raped and sexually abused children. This group of unsentimental and uncompromising social workers cooperates very closely with local police, but most importantly they also work intimately with child victims and their families.





Belgium 2008, 70'
D: Christophe Hermans

In the small French village in Dordogne, Alain and Richard look after elderly people hosting them in their house. For months, sometimes years, they live together as in a real family. Therefore, for Alain and Richard work and private life are strictly connected: they are a de facto couple with many projects for the future. One day they work out a project: trying to sell their house and move to the Antilles…