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East European Forum

IDF would like thank all the applicants to show an interest in the opportunity to publicly present their projects at this year’s East European Forum. For 2011 edition the board of experts went through 58 applications and eventually picked 8 projects with the greatest potential to successfully negotiate with film professionals. We congratulate to the authors and producers of the selected projects and look forward to see you in Jihlava in October 24 – 30!

 

East European Forum | October 24 – 31, 2011 | Assembly Hall at Secondary Graphic Art School

  • East European Forum Workshop | October 24 – 28, 2011
  • Doc Presentations | October 29 – 30, 2011 + followed by Feedback Round Tables

For the 11th time this year, East European Forum invites the delegation of authors and producers of documentaries from Central and East European region who are going to hold presentations of their projects in front of commissioning editors, distributors, buyers and film fund representatives. On October 24, the EEF 2011 participants will join the crew of the third Ex Oriente Film 2011 workshop and, tutored by various film professionals, practice together for the final pitching session. An important extension of the pitching session itself is the follow-up meeting series with film professionals at Feedback Round Tables, which takes place right after the public presentations.

Further details about 2011 edition of East European Forum.

Besides Ex Oriente Film 2011 projects the following selection will be presented at EEF 2011 (listed alphabetically by title):

 

Baltoro Passage

Director: Kubarska Eliza
Production company: Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, Braidmade Films Ltd

Droga przez Baltoro , Poland, 80 min, HD, Adventure and Sports, Drama doc, Nature, Personal View, Portrait, Travel

Baltoro Passage is an intimate story set against the breathtaking views of Karakoram. It is also a multilayered portrait of children who are trying to understand the choices of their parents. But most of all it’s a story about love, passion and forgiveness. This emotional journey is led by Eliza Kubarska. Being a woman and an experienced alpinist, she often asks herself if her passion is worth the risk she takes? And – more importantly – can she be a mother and a mountaineer? To find the answer, along with an international group of grown-up children of acclaimed climbers, she sets out on an expedition along the Baltoro Passage on the Karakoram Highway. Our heroes will walk the same road that took their parents away. None of them is a professional climber. They will challenge themselves to face the past and to understand the force that once seduced their parents. The expedition will last one month and its main goal is to reach K2 base camp where parents of our protagonists are buried.

Gangster of Love

Production company: Restart, Sub-Cult-Ura Production

Gangster Te Voli , Croatia, Romania, 52 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Drama doc, Society

Gangster of Love is a documentary comedy which points out some serious social issues. The story takes place in the mountainous Balkan region on the historical border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Our film follows matchmaker Nedjeljko Babic aka Gangster. His life is devoted to helping young men and women from the region to find a soul mate. But lately his job has been more difficult than ever - women do not want to live in villages anymore. When Maya, a young Bulgarian girl, comes to Gangster looking for a new boyfriend, it seems that it will be an easy case for him. But the fact that she is the mother of a 3-year-old, and a foreigner, makes it mission impossible for Gangster - it seems that Croatian guys, no matter how desperate they are to find a woman, do not want a Bulgarian with a child. Her case discloses all the tragic absurdity of the traditional men in modern society: although they are lonely and desperate to find a woman, their stubborn conservatism prevents them in adopting different.

Heralds from the Big World

Producer: Ketkovich Vlad

Посланники большой земли , France, Russia, 52 min, DVD, HD, Anthropology, Creative, Health

How does it feel to float on the ship half a year if you are not a sailor but an ordinary woman with a child back at home? Vika is a nurse at a floating hospital that travels across Siberia, a territory with harsh climate - taiga, swamps and mosquitoes, six months of winter. Oil is being drilled here, that’s why the regional capital Khanti-Mansiysk is a beautiful city, with a modern big hospital, theatre and university. Villages in the area are not so lucky, lacking in infrastructure and basic services. It is only in May when the ice melts that they are accessible by water. Doctors from the big city go on a six-month shift - until the river gets covered with ice again. They travel to patients in the villages, leaving behind their families and comfortable life. Residents in all the villages along the river are waiting. As the ship approaches, the two worlds finally meet - people from the big world and residents of these remote places. What will they take back and what will be left here in the small world?

My Village

Director: Rose Itamar

היישוב שלי , Israel, Palestine, 80 min, HD, Society

In fourth grade, each Israeli student writes a paper dealing with his hometown. Itamar Rose, a real nerd from a wealthy Israeli family, puts on his historian’s hat and writes a 100-page paper on his village Ganey Yehuda located in the center of Israel. His paper was declared a historical property for the school archive. Going back twenty-two years later, Itamar discovers that in the thousands of words he wrote, only once had he mentioned the Arab village Kefar Ana that had been there before and was occupied during Israel's establishment in 1948. For hundreds of years a big community of Arab farmers lived in the area, and was eventually expelled by the Israelis. Itamar decides to go on a quest following the history and the people in order to create, for the first time, a dialogue between the past and present residents. Using his unique provocative style, Itamar deals with one of the most sensitive issues in Israeli society, the Palestinian expulsion. While creating a fascinating dialogue between the Palestinians and Israelis, My Village makes each side softer and more tolerant of the other's suffering.

The Bloody Sands of Libya

Director: Kaboš Ladislav
Production company: Media Film

Krvave piesky Libye , Slovak Republic, 80 min, DCP, Current Affairs

The Sahara sand has many colors – usually yellowish, brick-colored or black… And in the latest days also red – the color of blood. The Arab Spring has been taking place in Africa and a terrible civil war is raging in Libya. Nasrallah and Luba are planning to return to Misurata. Both of them have a mission of their own...

The Second Meeting

Production company: Optimistic film

Drugi Susret , Serbia, 90 min, 35 mm, Beta SP, Digi Beta, HD, Creative

A documentary film about the meeting of two men - American pilot Dale Zelko and Yugoslav missile officer Zoltan Dani In March 1999. When the two men met for the first time, the news spread around the world in a matter of seconds: an invisible aircraft F-117A was shot down. There were two main protagonists of the event: the pilot of the F-117A, and the missile officer who shot him down. Their first meeting was on the radar. Dale Zelko and Zoltan Dani decided to meet 11 years later. A human story of a unique encounter.

Velvet Terrorists

Director: Kerekes Peter
Producer: Kerekes Peter
Production company: Peter Kerekes s. r. o

Zamatovi teroristi , Slovak Republic, 80 min, 35 mm, Creative, History, Social Issues

Velvet Terrorists is a film about minor and foiled terrorist plots in former Czechoslovakia. The film focuses on three protagonists. The first one wanted to blow up a decorated stage during the May 1 celebrations in the 70s. The second one planned to assassinate the President and start an anticommunist revolution but his letter to the CIA was so naive that nobody cared to reply. The third one blew up communist billboards. Acts that were once considered criminal are now viewed as acts of heroism. The film is about our relative views of history and about the various perspectives from which one can view these individuals and their actions.

Village City

Director: Gogola ml. Jan
Production company: endorfilm

City Vesnice , Czech Republic, 70 min, DCP, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Personal View, Portrait, Society

From Morning Till Night, a one-day event created by Czech artist Kateřina Šedá took place September 3, 2011 as part of Šedá's project for Tate Modern. Šedá invited eighty residents of all ages from Bedřichovice, a small village in Czech Republic, to perform a one-day action in London. The eighty volunteers from Bedřichovice became participants of a game, created and orchestrated by Šedá, for one day. The area chosen by the artist extended from Tate Modern to St Paul’s Cathedral with the church of St Benet at the centre, to replicate the area of the village. An additional eighty UK-based professional and amateur artists assisted Šedá in representing the imaginary borders of the village. Each of them positioned at the outskirts of the new locality, painted a specific angle of Bedřichovice while facing the urban landscape of London.