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A Two Way Mirror

“A Two Way Mirror” is a film about surviving losses. The loss of four unborn children, the loss of health, the loss of inner peace. The film could take place in any abandoned location. I have decided that it should take place in Lika, a forgotten mountain region of Croatia. It is the birthplace of my parents. There I have learned to be in touch with the nature and wilderness. It helped me to overcome the loss of four unborn children and to understand epilepsy, the illness which in many ways determines the life I lead. The Film has a six-part structure: prologue, spring, summer, autumn, winter and epilogue. Apart from the nature, I am also filming four characters that serve as metaphors for my grandparents. They represent four stages of human life. Every character is connected with one season of the year: an old man with spring, a mature man with autumn, a young woman with spring and a child with winter. The characters, nature, animals, even me (parts of my body, shadows, footprints...) serve my voice-over story which is a mosaic of my memories, experiences and my poetry. Lika is full of caves, wells, abysses. When I was a little girl, we used to play the game of waiting: take a stone, throw it in the hole and then listen for the stone to hit the bottom. I threw so many stones in my life, but I never found the time to listen. One day I decided to listen, and this film is what I have heard. This film is the answer from the cave called life.

A Two Way Mirror

“A Two Way Mirror” is a film about surviving losses. The loss of four unborn children, the loss of health, the loss of inner peace. The film could take place in any abandoned location. I have decided that it should take place in Lika, a forgotten mountain region of Croatia. It is the birthplace of my parents. There I have learned to be in touch with the nature and wilderness. It helped me to overcome the loss of four unborn children and to understand epilepsy, the illness which in many ways determines the life I lead. The Film has a six-part structure: prologue, spring, summer, autumn, winter and epilogue. Apart from the nature, I am also filming four characters that serve as metaphors for my grandparents. They represent four stages of human life. Every character is connected with one season of the year: an old man with spring, a mature man with autumn, a young woman with spring and a child with winter. The characters, nature, animals, even me (parts of my body, shadows, footprints...) serve my voice-over story which is a mosaic of my memories, experiences and my poetry. Lika is full of caves, wells, abysses. When I was a little girl, we used to play the game of waiting: take a stone, throw it in the hole and then listen for the stone to hit the bottom. I threw so many stones in my life, but I never found the time to listen. One day I decided to listen, and this film is what I have heard. This film is the answer from the cave called life.

Ukrainian Sheriffs

Funny, sometimes shocking film about the people of Stara Zubrievka who are learning to organize their community life and cope with their problems on their own, without waiting for help from the state. There is no district police officer in the village of Stara Zburyevka in southern Ukraine. He lives in a neighboring village more than 20 kilometres away. Whatever happens in Stara Zburyevka, there is no use waiting for the police – they just don't come if you call them. The villagers have chosen two men, the smartest and the strongest among their own midst, to take care of public order in the village. They have given them power, a car, shiny tokens and named them "Sheriffs". Their detective stories are sometimes wild, sometimes violent, sometimes funny, but, according to the village community, their actions are always fair. On the example of their story, we want to show how ordinary Ukrainians are creating their own self-help structures, separate from the state to ensure their own protection and security.

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Everything Is Possible

The title suggests that this time (after difficult Entangled) Lidia Duda has an optimistic story to tell. The protagonist is Teresa Bancewicz, a woman of an amazing biography, who is an almost 80-year-old traveller and hitch-hiker. What made Teresa travel all of a sudden? Was it the need to fulfil her long- hidden desires or the will to overcome linguistic, financial and health-related barriers? Or did she have other, more dramatic reasons?

727 Days Without Karamo

In “The 727 days without Karamo”, couples, whose love is put to a special test, give us insight into their lives. One partner of each couple is not originally from Europe and the lovers find themselves confronted with immigration law and its impact. Anja Salomonowitz combines very different facets into an exciting, very moving and strongly expressive documentary mosaic. A compelling, filmic plea for love without borders.

Tomorrow Will Be Better

In January 2010, Libor Podmol arrived in the USA to buy a motorbike from one of the biggest names in freestyle motorcross. The battle for the freestyle motorcross world champion is on. This attractive sport full of dangerous jumps and stunts has captivated fans and sponsors around the world. After a bumpy career start, Czech rider Libor Podmol has gradually established himself as one of the best FMX riders in the world. As the first-ever European rider, he signed a sponsorship deal with Rockstar. Now at 26, he is trying to grab the most coveted trophy and become the world champion. The film follows Libor's fascinating journey and his world in which dreams come true even as they defy the laws of gravity.

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...

 

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