Almost everyone would like to turn back the hand of time and once again become a child. Why do we come back to those years with such nostalgia? When does the childhood end and when does the adulthood start ? What do we loose when our childhood comes to an end? “The Last Day of Summer” is an emotional journey to the times of childhood and a story about difficulties of entering the world of adults. The film consists of 5 parts. Each of them presents a cadet in different age and his ordinary day. It starts from the youngest one that is 7 and finishes with the oldest one that is 17. Within one hour we show how the cadets’ life changes together with their age. Apart from everyday activities we would like to show some interesting events and behaviors typical for cadets at different age ( e.g.: the first day at school – a 7 year old boy, the first date with a girl – a 15 year old boy). We want to take a closer look at the relations between peers, between children and adults (teachers, parents) to see what are the stages of growing up, how do they differ and what is typical for different age groups. During 50 minutes of the film we observe the process of growing up – from 7 year old kid who learns how to read to a 17 year old graduate who has to decide about his future. This film is a journey to the times of childhood. The first and the youngest characters are to recall our memories from those times, which will allow us to identify with them.
Somewhere in the South of France a boy and an older man live: Sergio – a Master Dollmaker and Adrien – his disciple. They will begin their journey for the first time this summer. They will meet cheerful and fascinating residents of colourful towns. "La machina" is a story of this travel, a story about the meetings, a story about a relation between the master and the disciple. Sergio Dotti is one of the last Master Dollmakers in France. Once, after the show Sergio met a nine-year-old boy called Adrien. The boy had been so interested in the performance that he came back the following day to be in this magic world again. Travelling together from town to town, they will show the world of imagination to children and adults.
It is late summer of 2006. Within the last few weeks, Dimitri and Tatiana, last herdsmen alive in the Taiga, have lost their reindeer, which were killed by wolves. This misfortune is going to force them to leave their life in the forest for the village. Their oldest son, Kola, already lives there. Kola is trying to prevent his parents from settling in Tutonchany village. He knows they are going to die there. He knows what happens to the old man nicknamed "Boatswain" who was in the same situation few years ago. This is the story of the decline of a small Siberian community. This observative documentary describes the paradoxical world of former nomads and reindeer herds that were forced to abandon their ancient life-ways. Characters of the film are on the different stages of forsaking world which was known us traditional way of life.
Zofia Kulik has fulfilled her dream: her work, an autobiography “Splendour of Myself” was exhibited next to the Rembrandt´s paintings during the famous exhibition Documenta XII in Kassel. She is at the top of her carrier but she decides to give up her individual work to create a great archive of the works, that she produced together with life and artistic partner Przemysław Kwiek between 1971-1987. They both still create but they work and exhibit their works separately. Apart from the precious archive including thousands of negatives, slides and films showing their art, one more thing connects Zofia and Przemysław. It is their son, whom they included in their radical artistic activities when he was a child.
Far from the City
A group of boys stays in the countryside for the summer, far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Bored, they spend time talking about their future adult life and make a film. It brings back the memories of childhood holidays that lasted forever. There was enough time to do anything: sleep in a tent or talk about ghosts at night. "They are just a different race", as one of the protagonists says. The boys are still immature - they can still have a serious discussion about the Bermuda Triangle.
The main character of the film is a young twenty-something-year-old yuppie leaving in Bangkok, just starting an independent life without parents. He works in a big corporation, lives fast and enjoys his life – apart from observing him at work, we accompany him during parties and discos. He knows how to have fun.Most of his peers have already fulfilled their socio-cultural duty and become temporary Buddhist monks. Our character cannot avoid that any longer. His family pressures him enormously. Even his boss claims that joining a wat (a Buddhist monastery) would be good for him. Many people keep telling him that he should do it for his mother and for her karma – owing to that his mother’s life is suppose to become much better. Because of the pressure put on him by his parents and surrounding, the character starts to prepare for the monk exam. He has to memories 227 orders that oblige each Buddhist novice. Time passes and the character takes the exam that is to check his knowledge of those basic lessons of Buddha.After passing this exam, he takes monastic ordination. His family walks him to the temple where an abbot asks him many questions in an ancient Pali language. Having heard his correct answers a priest hands him special robes and bowl to collect alms. The week of being a monk is totally different than his everyday life, which we saw before. He spends the monastery days meditating, calming down, collecting alms in nearby villages. Together with the character, we meet other monks who live in the monastery. Some of them are also temporary monks – they joined the monastery only for one or two weeks, or sometimes for one month. There are also some older, permanent monks who decided to stay them for life. How is our character adjusting to the life in monastery? Is this going to become a serious matter for him or only an one-off adventure? Is one week enough to learn something? We can answer these questions observing him after he leaves the monastery and comes back to his everyday life.
Monk of the Sea
Tum, a student of economy, lives in Bangkok and starts his independent life without parents. He lives fast and enjoys his life – he parties and fools around with his friends. In Thailand, a 20-year-old boy becomes a rightful man for his society only after becoming a monk. For this reason, about 70% of young men join Buddhist monasteries – wats - every year. Most of the time, they stay there for a few weeks only. They come there to find their inner silence, to learn how to meditate, but also to please their families and to gain respect of other people. Tum hasn’t become a monk yet, as he claims that he leads a very busy life and has no time for it. However, he knows he should do it for his mother and for her karma to get better. But the most important thing is that Tum has also realized that his stay in a monastery could help him find his life goal, and he starts to long for it more and more desperately. Tum decides to become a monk in Wat Khun Samut Trawat near Bangkok. There are only five of other monks in the Wat and all of them are “permanent” monks – monks for life. The abbot of the Wat - Khun Samut Trawat is against the phenomenon of short-term monks. He claims that it’s unfeasible to learn the essence of Buddhism and to change your life just in a few weeks. No one has done that in Wat Khun Samut Trawat for a long time. Tum will be the first one who tries since years.