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Founded in 2001, INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of Central and East European creative documentary film and its wider promotion.

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Turkey´s Documentarist and Eastern Europe

Documentarist, a Turkish documentary film festival that runs June 22 - 27, 2010, presents a wide range of East European films, including several Czech and Slovak titles. This year the festival programme takes a closer look at Balkan countries, Poland and Switzerland.

Many documentary films in the festival programme can be found also in East Silver catalogue, several of them were selected thanks to East Silver Caravan, e.g., Auto*Mate by Martin Mareček and the Slovak films Osadné (Marko Skop) and Arsy-Versy (Miro Remo), others attended past editions of Ex Oriente FilmEast European Forum or Docu Talents from the East

Thanks to special focus on Poland festival offers good selection of contemporary Polish documentaries. Visitors can see the films by Pawel Lozinski (Chemo), Tomasz Wolski (The Lucky Ones) or with the Silver Eye awarded film Six Weeks by Marcin Janos Krawczyk. Balkan section will be represented by award-winning documentary film by Ilian Metev, Goleshovo, about the dying mountain village or by the film The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories by Andrey Paounov about the life in the small Bulgarian village eagerly awaiting the completion of a nuclear power plant.


Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days
June 22 - 27, 2010

Istanbul / Turkey

The third edition of Documentarist - Istanbul Documentary Days takes place June 22 - 27, 2010, offering 120 films from 35 countries that will be screened at 6 different venues.

As one of the youngest film events of Istanbul, this year Documentarist presents a wide selection of films from all over the world with special focus on Balkan countries, Poland, and Switzerland. There are also various thematic selections in the 2010 programme: The Dead End of Capitalism includes films about exhaustion of natural resources; City and Cinema explores cinematic portraits of city life, especially in the metropolis; The Thin Red Line of the Middle East: Palestine-Israel focuses on the mortified issues of this most problematic region of the world; and Womanhood examines issues specific to women.

Moreover, Documentarist will introduce documentaries by Turkish master Mazhar Sevket Ipsiroglu, the co-founder of the Istanbul University Film Center, and after 50 years brings his films to international audiences.

For detailed information and programme, please visit:


East European films at Documentarist:


AUTO*MATE | Martin Mareček
Czech Republic | 2009 | 90 min
The film depicts a civic initiative that fights against the predominance of cars over pedestrians in the Czech capital and which is committed to making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to get around Prague. Auto*Mate is a playful and deeply personal film about people "who woke up one morning and decided to change their city."
East Silver 2009



OSADNÉ | Marko Škop
Slovakia | 2009 | 65 min
Osadne is a film about an encounter between current top European leaders and the local politicians from the last village on the edge of the European Union. The small village of Osadné welcomes a delegation from the European Parliament. And vice versa – the mayor and priest from OSADNÉ visit Brussels institutions on invitation from the European Parliament.
Docu Talents From the East 2008 / East Silver 2009





ARSY-VERSY | Miro Remo
Slovakia | 2009 | 23 min
The film is a story of a mother and her son Lubos who lives in a world turned upside-down, or, arsy-versy. Lubos broke free from the world as generally conceived by others to arrive at the supreme human-nature symbiosis; he flew away to a planet purely inhabited by butterflies - intelligent beings. The sole focus of his life energy, enriched by a great deal of empathy, is being channelled into his amateur photography and film making, the climax of his fascination with natural phenomenon being his unique study of bats. 
East Silver 2009



NYARMA | Edgar Bartenev
Russia | 2008 | 41 min
Film is about everyday life of reindeer-breeders in polar Ural mountain region of Russia.
Protagonist of the film is 17 years old farmer Gosha, who owns in his comparatively little age rather big deer farm. It's a film-portrait, film-destiny of the human and the silent melody of a mankind.
East Silver 2009




Serbia, USA | 2008 | 58 min
The Caviar Connection is a fishing roulette about the Rat brothers, hunting unsuccesfully for the big fish, which will bring them easy money to leave their small village in Serbia. And not for just any fish. They dream of finding a fat sturgeon in their nets, whose eggs are literally worth their weight in gold. The film follows the two brothers during the painful awakening after yet another late and inebriated night...
East Silver 2009





Bulgaria | 2007 | 100 min
A small town on the Danube and its hopeful citizens are about to embark on a bright new journey. Massive rusty cranes, foreign investors, and the joyful chants of cheerleaders carry the dream of a great nuclear future. Disturbed only by gigantic stinging mosquitoes and unhumbled by greenpeace protests, the townsfolk celebrate the atomic hurray by engraving the nuclear power plant logo on buildings and soup bowls. Amidst the apparent atomic prosperity, lies a past that no one wants to remember. An island holding terrifying secrets.
Docu Talents From the East 2006 / East Silver 2007




THE MOON INSIDE YOU | Diana Fabianová
Slovakia | 2009 | 75 min
Like many other women, Diana has been suffering from problematic periods for years. With every new cycle, the same question arises: “Why the pain and annoyance if I am healthy?”. Her initial innocent curiosity sparks off an emotional voyage to the very roots of femininity and life. A fresh look at a taboo that defines the political and social reality of both women and men in a more profound way than society might be willing to admit.
Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007 / East Silver 2009

CHEMO | Pawel Lozinski
Poland | 2009 | 58 min
Patients in an oncology clinic receive chemotherapy. Their faces can be seen in a close-up. They lie in pairs and hold fascinating conversations. Life seen from a different perspective, a distance offered by a hospital, reveals its value, sense and charm. Why so late?
East European Forum 2007 / East Silver 2009





SIX WEEKS | Marcin Janos Krawczyk
Polsko | 2009 | 18 min
Due to different life situations there are mothers who do not want or those who cannot bring up their children. They have the right to give the child away just after delivery. During the first six weeks of the newborn's life the mother has to make the decision about the definit resignation of her parental rights. She is free in making her decision however the decision she makes cannot be changed afterwards. A biological mother loses any contact with her child. She can only write a final letter to the child. The film shows in a poetical way the first six weeks of the small human being who was given away.
East Silver 2009 / Silver Eye Award 2009





POSTE RESTANTE | Marcel Lozinski
Poland | 2008 | 14 min
Church bells ring over a beautiful world of harmony which is under pinned with emptiness. Something is missing here. Is it sense? Or an aim? Or bonding? This documentary, which seemingly resembles an educational movie about the post, shows what happens to the letters without address sent to the persons who do not exist. Among them there is one on which a child’s hand has written ‘God. Heaven.’ The letters end up in the Department of Unsent Mail in Koluszki.
East Silver 2009






GOLESHOVO | Ilian Metev
Bulgaria, UK | 2008 | 34 min
The countryside of Bulgaria rejects one of the most severe cases of depopulation in the world. This is a tale about the death of Goleshovo, a forgotten town in the mountains. Here, a handful of old people struggle for survival: A couple fights with their donkey. A forgetful priest leads his congregation into confusion. A woman cheers up her friends with songs. Will their children ever return? Composed with rigorous attention to form, this observational documentary is an austere yet ultimately rewarding portrait of hope.
East Silver 2009





THE LUCKY ONES | Tomasz Wolski
Poland | 2009 | 27 min
The field of observation is limited to the seat of the Registry Office within its opening hours, or more specifically to its three rooms. One of them is used to register births, the second one - deaths and the third one - weddings. The observation of the clients' and clerks' behavior in each room unveils a picture of our everyday life as well as fate.
East Silver 2009





ANDRZEJ WAJDA: LET'S SHOOT | Maciej Cuske, Thierry Paladino, Marcin Sauter, Piotr Stasik
Poland | 2008 | 52 min
A record of a few months of struggle on the set, showing an atmosphere of work and a picture of immense film machinery, and at same time presenting the truest and intimate portrait of the Master of Polish Cinema, the Oscar winner. During the shooting of the film, 4 young documentary filmmakers - his former students had a chance to get closer and see how their Master works on his most intimate story. Extraordinary for his sensitivity, immeasurable passion, the feeling of mission and great diligence. But also in moments of tiredness, joy, failures, in conversations with people. Perhaps it is only on the set where one can see what Andrzej Wajda really is like.
East Silver 2009





TILL IT HURTS | Marcin Koszalka
Poland | 2008 | 25 min
The story of a lonely, 53-year-old psychiatrist living with his severely overprotective mother. When a woman steps into the picture, a bad conflict breaks out. After years of sexual abstinence, Ewa brings out the man in him. His mother yells, 'Wake up, you're fifty- three!". He answers in St. Paul's words, 'Children obey your parents, honour thy father and thy mother and ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath.
East Silver 2009




Serbia | 2008 | 58 min
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






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