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Founded in 2001, the INSTITUTE OF DOCUMENTARY FILM (IDF) is a non-profit training and networking centre based in Prague, Czech Republic, focused on the support of East European documentary films and their wider promotion. Our activities support filmmakers through all stages of completion – development, funding, production, post-production, and distribution. We aim at individual filmmakers (tailored consultations), groups of carefully selected professionals with projects or films (Ex Oriente Film, East European Forum, East Silver, Doc Launch, etc.), broader professional community (East Doc Platform), as well as the general public (portal www.DOKweb.net). We closely work with key int. festivals, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents, markets, or training initiatives and serve as the GATEWAY TO EAST EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM.

Fortress

Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Imagine a space where the time has frozen. The time's stopped and life's been stuck in a shape resembling the era of Soviet Union. Somehow, people got used to the reign of the secret police and the fear of being spied on. Soviet-style propaganda of the authoritative, power-based regime of the president Igor Smirnov turns most of the PMR residents into simple workmen, without any will to understand how unbearable their situation is. Smirnov has been leading this non-existing country for as long as twenty years. The film focuses on a couple of characters being stuck in this geo-political gap, in between the European Union and Russia, in between the present and the past, crime and decency, decadence and hope for change. Framed by the time of presidential election, the film analyzes the organization of “no-state” and the rules of a regular life within.

The King

A documentary about one of the greatest sportsmen ever. Darko Kralj (the King) is the only sportsman in the history of sports who has beaten a world record five times in a row at one world championship. Seriously wounded in 1991 during the war in Croatia, Darko Kralj almost died. Today, he lives with a wife and three sons, the eldest one being the one Darko is particularly attached to. Towards the end of this unusual life story, we shall get a clearer understanding of where Darko's strength and incredible love for life comes from...

Children of Flamenco

This documentary introduces Flamenco from a different and original angle. Amós and Abraham are two 12 year old boys celebrated as child prodigies of the flamenco scene today. While the sui generis guitarist Amós performs around the world, composes his own music and is praised by such famous guitarists as Paco de Lucía and Tomatito, the spontaneous and charismatic Abraham is inculcated the rich tradition of flamenco singing in his family and Caño-Roto neighbourhood on the periphery of Madrid. This film provides an authentic excursion into the world of flamenco music and the fascinating music culture of Spanish Gypsies (Gitanos). The documentary also tells an intimate story of two different paths to acquiring virtuosity and of the passing of music and life philosophy from father to son.

Private Olympics

A Private Olympics depicts the swan song of a once-hopeful career. Grass skiing has never been an Olympic sport, but for Jan Nemec - the best grass skiier of all-time - it has been his life's mission to make it so. At 33, however, with no opening on the horizon, he decides to try to fulfill his destiny abroad. His best hope lies in renting himself out as a winter sports representative to countries trying to establish themselves in skiing, and leaving his own medals to gather dust at home. A Private Olympics is a highly visual meditation on the limits of human ambition and the very human cost that winning can sometimes incur.

Albert Cinema

It all started 5 years ago, when a group of homeless men living in the Brother Albert’s shelter began to shoot films, in which they are the actors, scriptwriters, directors and cameramen. Their films have official premieres in cinemas. For homeless filmmakers these meetings with their audience are more important than Oscar ceremonies. Very often they invite their long gone families and sometimes… miracles happen.

Heaven

38-year-old Robert is happy because he is very ill. For him it's a blessing. Finally, he has time to do what he always wanted. Painting changed his life completely. Each day for him is only about painting another icon. Nothing else matters.

Pygmies - Children of the Jungle

Adventurer Ivan Bulík has been all over Africa. He still had one dream left to fulfill: he wanted to record the life and customs of the smallest people of the planet; to find Pygmies unspoiled by civilization. He starts his search in the Central African Republic and the natives lead him across the borders of war-torn Congo. On his adventurous journey he is threatened by jungle elephants and gorillas. Finally, in the depths of the jungle, he discovers a tribe of natural Pygmies who have been living by gathering and hunting for thousands of years and whose joy of life, music, and dance seems without end. They truly are the naked children of the jungle, endangered by civilization and also by one of the biggest wars since WWII.

Man at War

The camera is following the international community of Internet players who, using flight simulators engage into air battles trying to change the course of history in the virtual world. Their passion smoothly turns into addiction and they become their own Avatars. The craftsmanship of the documentary film master is evident in both affectionate portraits of human weaknesses and in the panache of combat staging. If this is Bławut’s documentary farewell, it is extraordinarily spectacular.

The Palace

The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a despised gift from Stalin. After the political system transformation in Poland some suggested to pull it down. But the palace is still standing and doing fine, pulsating with the life of hundreds of offices, hosting a theatre, concert hall, cinema and even a swimming pool and city council room. Having already visited a clinic, hospital and registry office, this time Wolski takes his camera into the building that is a reflection of Poland’s everyday life and history. The nooks and crannies of the building make a backdrop to apt and witty observations as well as an inspiration to more general diagnoses.

Reception

One building, many young, „unique” people. They are sending strange rituals away in dimly lit corridors of one stately istitution. They are waiting for their five minutes. These five minutes can change their lives. Who are they and what are they doing here?

 

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