DOK Leipzig Co-Production Meeting
Dates: October 29 - 31, 2007
Focus: Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Poland
Projects selected in cooperation with:
European Documentary Network
Institute of Documentary Film
The following authors will present projects from the Czech Republic:
Jaroslav Pašmik, director (producer: Armada Films)
Hero of Red China
The film tells the story of an ordinary peasant Fu Xiancai living in a communist regime who is brave enough to talk freely. But now he suffers. Three Gorges - the biggest hydroelectric power plant in the world was the reason why Fu lost his house and his field. He has been protesting against it. Now he lies in a Beijing's hospital after his vertebrae was crushed in an assault. (The project attends this year's Ex Oriente Film workshop).
Jiří Konečný, producer, Endorfilm s.r.o. (directed by Jakub Hejna and Lucie Králová)
I happened to live next to somebody thousands of people know, somebody recognized by the whole world of theater. I grew up in a house of a man who seems to be a brilliant stage designer, but who also was my grandfather to whom I did not talk much. I used to play in his studio, I used to watch him making models for theater and I used to listen to Beethoven with him. I was 25 when he died and I realized I did not know almost anything about him. Darkness and emptiness he would often talk about as his materials filled up my head. I decided to explore the darkness and the emptiness through a film: I am filmmaker, editor, and film could help me to explore and save what did not die with him. And search for things that outlive us. (The project attends this year's Ex Oriente Film workshop).
Other Ex Oriente Film participants at DOK Leipzig:
Zahnmekka - The Mecca of Teeth (Hungary)
Dierctor: Dániel Béres
Producer: Bojana Papp / Eszter Gyarfas
Right after Los Angeles, little Hungarian city of Mosonmagyaróvár has the second highest dentistry rate per inhabitant in the world. A film about the place often referred to as the Mecca of Teeth. (Ex Oriente Film 2006)
Planet Kirsan (Poland)
Director: Magdalena Pięta
Producer: Krzysztof Kopczyński, Eureka Media
There is place within the borders of Europe where the President most of all loves Chess. In this little republic lives a 12 years-old boy who studies at the Moscow University and who mainly loves the President. Planet Kirsan is a film about a child’s dreams, and the way it confronts with the world around it: the world which at first seems full of metaphysics and poetry, but which turns into a cold-blooded political calculation when you watch it up close.
(Ex Oriente Film 2007)
Director: Ileana Stanculescu and Artchil Khetagouri
Producer: Ileana Stanculescu, Art Doc
An old Romanian sociology professor (N. S. Dumitru) has been teaching and dreaming of "Noosfera" for more than thirty years. Noosfera means the era of knowledge and creativity, when human beings are liberated from physical work and follow their vocation and talents. The professor is convinced that we will reach Noosfera in a few decades. In Bucharest nobody takes him seriously. But, on the other side of the ocean, a young American professor, Richard Florida, has developed a similar theory: "The Rise of The Creative Class". It seems that in the United States and in some European countries, parts of their theory came true. This documentary will focus on the contemporary world and will question the human condition in a new creative age. (Ex Oriente Film 2007)
DOK Leipzig - International Festival of Documentary and Animated Film takes place October 29 - November 4, 2007. For more information about the programme and industry events, please visit the festival website.