Krakow Film Festival
May 23 - 29, 2011
Krakow / Poland
The KKF international documentary film competition is open to documentaries with a running time of 30 to 60 minutes and more than 60 minutes (only premieres). The competition consists mainly of films spotted at foreign festivals, complemented by titles picked from the record 2700 festival entries.
Lekarze , Poland, 2011, 90 min, Creative, Health, Portrait
What happens behind the closed doors of the operating, treatment, and specialised medical consultation rooms? In a surgical department we are observing the physicians’ everyday work: the existing hierarchy between them, the importance of decision making, and the struggle with economic hardships. Although most of the time they speak the jargon which is incomprehensible to an ordinary mortal, the doctors also play jokes and recall professional anecdotes. Regardless of the knowledge and experience gained, unexpected moments also take place in their profession.
Kołysanka z Phnom Penh , Poland, 2010, 98 min, Creative, Portrait, Social Issues
Everyone holds a secret. The secret of the future. Phnom Penh Lullaby is an intimate story of a man looking for love and acceptance. Ilan Schickman left Israel dreaming of a new life. He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his Khmer girlfriend Saran and daughters Marie, 2 years old, and Jasmine, 6 months, trying to make ends meet as a street fortune-teller.
Láthatatlan húrok - A tehetséges Pusker nővérek , Hungary, 2010, 72 min, HD, Music, Portrait
A documentary about an almost mysterious relationship between two sisters, and about the power of music that plays a determining and essential part in their lives.
Featuring 10 films altogether, the International Mid-length Competition will also present three documentaries from Eastern Europe:
Poland, United Kingdom, 2010, 58 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Personal View, Portrait, Religion, Social Issues, Society, Travel
In the contemporary world of multiculturalism it is more and more difficult to define one’s identity. Dari Manoo and his family of Indian Sikhs have experienced this phenomenon. Originally from Kenya, after many years of living in London, they finally decide to immigrate to Australia. Before they do so, they plan a family trip to India to explore the Sikh culture and pass this tradition to the children. To European born teenage Kiran, this journey will be an unforgettable experience.
Argentyńska lekcja , Poland, 2011, 56 min, Creative, Portrait
In 1998 Wojciech Staroń made a documentary film The Siberian Lesson. The film told the story of a young teacher, who had emigrated to the vicinity of Lake Baikal in order to teach Polish deportees’ descendants their mother tongue. Many years later, as a married couple with two children, the director and his former protagonist are leaving for Argentina. For their little son this trip will not only be an encounter with the unknown language - influenced by their Argentinian friend, Janek enters the fascinating world of child fantasy, and is introduced to the bitterness of the childhood prematurely contaminated with the problems of the grown-ups.
Инокиня , Belarus, 2010, 56 min, Portrait, Religion
What has motivated a mature woman with three children and a successful professional career to abandon her hitherto life and join St. Elisabeth’s convent? Irina Denisova has been an acclaimed Belarussian conductor, a composer, and an academic. Beyond the gates of the monastery she has not given up her passion for music and begun conducting the choir. Although a common man associates such a decision with great sacrifices, for the protagonist it is a true spiritual fulfillment.
Polish National Competition - documentary films. For the first time this year, feature documentaries are included in the National Competition.
- Phnom Penh Lullaby, dir. Paweł Kloc, 97’
- The Doctors, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 82’
- Pomeranian Illusions, dir. Jacob Dammas, Helge Renner, 70’
Ex Oriente Film 2006 / East European Forum 2006 / Doc Launch 2010 / Ex Oriente Film Babies 2011
- Tonia and Her Children, dir. Marcel Łoziński, 57’
- Downtown, dir. Piotr Śliwowski, Marta Dzido, 54’
- Argentinian Lesson, dir. Wojciech Staroń, 52’
- Agnieszka Is Not Here, dir. Paweł Jóźwiak-Rodan, 52’
- Planet Kirsan, dir. Magdalena Pięta, 51’
Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007 / East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010
- Scrap Odyssey, dir. Łukasz Gutt, Paweł Ferdek, 48’
- Kwiekulik, dir. Joanna Turowicz, Anna Zakrzewska, 48’
- Far From the City, dir. Maciej Cuske, 45’
- Jewish Moon, dir. Michał Tkaczyński, 45’
- Paparazzi, dir. Piotr Bernaś, 30’
- Bon Apetit, dir. Kuba Maciejko, 31’
- My Father Lazaro, dir. Marcin Filipowicz , 29’
- Hakawati, dir. Marcin Sauter, 27’
- Hermits, dir. Kacper Czubak, 26’
- Decrescendo, dir. Marta Minorowicz, 22'
- Rescued, dir. Wojciech Szumowski, 22’
- Returns, dir. Krzysztof Kadłubowski, 7’
More details will follow soon... For a full lineup of films in the competition sections, please visit the Krakow Film Festival website.
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