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Fromer EEF / Ex Oriente Film Participants at East Silver

A total of 14 documentaries that in the past attended the East European Forum / Ex Oriente Film workshop have been included in the 2010 East Silver market. East Silver is the largest digital market dedicated to documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe. The recently completed films that were submitted for this year’s East Silver include, among others, All That Glitters (awarded at the One World IFF), Katka and Pit No. 8 (supported by the Sundance Documentary Fund).

Ex Oriente Film workshop (October 21 – 28, 2010)

East European Forum (October 25 – 26, 2010)

East Silver (October 25 – 31, 2010)

Industry programme (October 25 – 28, 2010)

For more information about the industry programme see the Quick Overview.

 

The following 14 recently completed Ex Oriente Film/East European Forum films were submitted to the East Silver market:

 

Armenia / USA / Japan

Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007

 

Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia

Production company: Bars Media, ITVS International, NHK - Japan Broadcasting Corporation

Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia, Armenia, Japan, USA, 2009, 52 min, Beta, Creative

Two old men, 78, 75, are shouting at each other under the tightrope, arguing whose student is the best; ‘I started to walk when I was thirteen, 30 musicians died whilst I was dancing!’ ‘But I won the competition in the fifties; the cultural minister said if there was a science of tightrope I would be a Professor.’ These are the last two tightrope masters in Armenia, who were once treated like gods. With a smile we will show the ‘funeral’ of their art: even though their troupes walk now, they are sure that their students will not continue.
Belarus

Lobotomy

Producer: Kaat Marianna
Production company: Baltic Film Production, FreeProVideo, Belsat TV

Lobotomie, Belarus, 2010, 52 min, Creative, Politics, Social issues

The film is a social-political documentary film that raises questions about the roles we play in history and about the conditions that make it possible to overlook the onset of authoritarian regimes and live in them for years. What is our place in history and what roles do we (un)conciously take on ourselves? The film follows the victims, executioners as well as the disinterested observers.

 

Croatia

Village Without Women

Director: Sarenac Srdjan
Production company: les films du balibari, Mainframe Film Production, Rekreativna Produkcija

Selo bez žena, Croatia, France, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Social issues, Society

In Southwest Serbia, atop a mountain and four kilometres from the nearest road, the Jankovic brothers hold down the fort in the womanless village of Zabrdje. Dragan, Zoran, and Rodoljub, along with their neighbour, Velimir, represent the entire population of what was once a vibrant rural community. They live in tough conditions. No running water, no roads, not even a hint of a woman’s touch. Not to mention, the three brothers still share the same bedroom. Zoran, the eldest brother, dreams of marrying a woman capable of handling life in Zabrdje. Can he fulfil his dream and renew hope in his village?

 

Czech Republic

East European Forum 2006 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010

All That Glitters

Director: Kudrna Tomáš
Producer: Kudrna Tomáš
Production company: Armada Films, Česká televize - Czech TV

Mlčeti zlato, Czech Republic, 2010, 99 min, HD, Ecology, Personal view, Politics, Social issues, Society

Situated at the crossroads of global interests, Kyrgyzstan reflects the political rivalry between Russian and American influence, reveals the religious rivalry between Christianity and Islam, and lies between the economic predominance of China and Russia. All That Glitters examines how strange capitalism and democracy can be when introduced to a former Soviet country, where people who were never given autonomy are suddenly expected to make their own financial and political decisions.

 

East European Forum 2008 / Docu Talents from the East 2008

Czech Peace

Producer: Remunda Filip
Production company: Hypermarket Film, Česká televize - Czech TV

Český mír, Czech Republic, 2010, 103 min, 16 mm, 35 mm, Society

The story of the Star Wars, the Cold War and the War On Terror one small Czech village. As part of its National Missile Defense Program, the US plan to build a military base in the Czech Republic, a former hiding place for Soviet nuclear rockets during the Cold War. Despite the fact that 73% of Czechs are against the project, the government has continued with negotiations. Supporters of the base claim that it will strengthen the country's defense against the global threats of the 21st century. Opponents point out that the plan essentially shifts the Iron Curtain toward the east; they also insist that it represents an attempt of the US to rule the world.

 

Ex Oriente Film 2008 / East European Forum 2008

Filmmaker, Fan, Freak

Producer: Kallista Jan
Production company: Ad Wood s.r.o.

Filmař, fanoušek, podivín, Czech Republic, 2010, 59 min, Portrait

Josef F., a young cartoon film-maker, living in the world of cinema and theatre is a social case – he is slightly mentally handicapped. Josef is in frequent contact with the environment of film and theatre celebrities. At the same time, he lives a rather lonely and chaotic life with his curator, in a house without running water. The contrast between the glittering world of the celebrities and the colorless, slow-paced existence of the social cases, creates the framework of the film. The director intends to explore if and how these two worlds can be interconnected, whether they have anything in common, and to search in each of them something, that would be really surprising for us.

 

East European Forum 2008 / Docu Talents from the East 2009

Katka

Production company: Negativ s.r.o., Česká televize - Czech TV, RWE - Jihomoravská plynárenská

Katka, Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, DVD, Creative, Time Laps

Helena Třeštíková''s film is a remarkable documentary tracing fourteen years in the life of a young junkie and her futile battle with drug addiction. Why did she start taking drugs? She claims she wanted to be different. The year is 1996 and 19-year-old Katka lives in the Sananim therapy community in the town of Němčice with hope for a normal life. But there''s no happy ending. The director records Katka''s descent over the years into a spiral of theft, prostitution, physical and psychological deterioration – a spiral that is broken only by brief flashes of hope and resolutions to stop taking drugs. Katka''s desire is sincere, but in the end drugs always win. Will Katka finally find the strength when she becomes pregnant and motherhood offers her life-sustaining motivation?
Estonia / Ukraine

Pit No. 8

Director: Kaat Marianna
Producer: Kaat Marianna
Production company: Baltic Film Production, Interfilm Production Studio

Auk Nr 8, Estonia, Morocco, Ukraine, 2010, 95 min, HD, Cinema Release, Creative, Human Rights, Personal view, Social issues, Society

In the heart of a once thriving Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere!!! The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the head of the family working as a miner in the illegal pit. Most Jura wants to run his own cafe somewhere far from home, but the responsibility for the two sisters and looming economic crisis pushes his dreams in the distant future.
Poland

At the Edge of Russia

Director: Marczak Michał
Production company: Ozumi Films

Koniec Rosji, Poland, 2010, 72 min, Digi Beta, Society

Alexei is a nineteen year old recruit being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean. There are five other seasoned and long serving soldiers stationed here, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves in their daily interactions and private moments as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land, hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement.

End of Summer

Director: Stasik Piotr
Production company: Centrala Sp. z o.o.,

Koniec lata, Poland, 2010, 52 min, HD, Creative, Personal view, Society, Youth Documentary

Two years ago, when I was at my parents’ in the village, I was looking for a book to read. Instead I found my old diaries. I was surprised to see that the oldest one was written when I was 8. Two weeks later I went to Penza ?, 700km from Moscow. Provincial Russia looks like Poland twenty years ago. I felt as if I was back in the scenery of my childhood. By accident I got to a cadet school. I noticed a group of boys wearing military uniforms marching in a column. The youngest were 7 years old and the oldest were 17. Having found the diary and visiting the school brought back my childhood memories and I decided to make a film about it. Out of 400 students of this school I chose 5 to be the characters of my film. The youngest one is 8 and the oldest is 17. I discovered a small part of myself from before in each of them. I observed their ordinary day with a camera. This is how I made a film which, on the one hand, is a travel back to my childhood and, on the other hand, is a story of a not easy lot of contemporary Russia. When does our childhood end, how does it run, is it necessary, what do we lose when we become adults? (Piotr Stasik, director)

 

La Machina

Production company: Centrala Sp. z o.o., les films du balibari, Polish Television. - Poltel Ent.

La Machina, Poland, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, HD, Art and Culture, Creative, Culture, Personal view, Society, Youth Documentary

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. He lives in the South. Here, Nice is called Nissa. 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. This summer, they will begin their journey together for the first time to discover the hospitable and picturesque area of Nice. Travelling from town to town, they will show the world of imagination to children and adults. Adrien, full of admiration and enthusiasm, may prove to be Sergio’s last disciple, the one who will take over his skills, the last one who may become a master one day.

Other Side of the Poster

Production company: Telewizja Polsat S.A., Kalejdoskop Film Studio

Druga strona plakatu, Poland, 2010, 52 min, DVD, Art and Culture

This film is about one of the most important graphic movements of the XXth Century: the Polish Poster School. It became a phenomena world-wide in the 1960-70’s. Polish posters expressed the freedom of their creators in the communist times. The posters, present in everyday life and linked to the cultural and historical events, also tell the story of post-war Poland, of censorship in the communist times. Now that Poland has integrated into the European Union, dominated by mass entertainment and the market laws, is there still a place for the heritage of the post-communist countries in the contemporary culture?

Planet Kirsan

Director: Pieta Magdalena
Production company: Eureka Media

Planeta Kirsan, Poland, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Culture, Current affairs, Personal view, Politics, Social issues, Society

Over the hills and far away, in the middle of the Russian steppe, you will find Chess City. It was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation.In Kalmykia, there also lives a boy called Alekhan, who dreams of becoming the World Chess Champion. And his younger brother Amir, who shares the same dream.The road to make their dreams come true passes through the Chess Competition in Chess City.

Themerson & Themerson

Production company: Luna W, 24 images Production

Themerson & Themerson , France, Poland, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, 2010, 72 min, 16 mm, Digi Beta, Archive , Art and Culture, Creative, Experimental, Portrait

The film is retracing the love story of an unusual and unique creative union. It is a well-hidden treasure in the culture and art of the 20th century. Franciszka and Stefan Themerson lived and worked together for almost sixty years, first in Poland, then in France and eventually they settled in England. The only time when they were separated was the outbreak of WW2 but even then they remained connected.