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Cinema, mon amour

Cinema, mon amour is a film about the love and passion for cinema, yet a love that was not enough to stop the destruction and disappearance of hundreds of movie theaters. Of the 400 cinemas that existed in Romania in the 1990s, less than 30 are still active today. They are somber places, yet equally full of life, which conceal nearly surreal stories, sometimes more powerful than those in the screened films, but with real-life heroes whom life did not put up on the silver screen, but behind it.

Always together!

Petr was an urban man from a block of flats in Pilsen. He studied cybernetics at Charles University in Prague. His wife Simona grew up in a rich neighborhood in Prague and was studying Czech language and history at Charles University when she met Petr. Today, they have been together for 25 years, have nine children, no running water, no standard bathroom or toilet, living all together in a caravan building on the meadow, reducing their notion of an alternative life style ad absurdum. What’s life like with a man who has used his own family for his lifestyle experiments?

Sickfuckpeople

A documentary triptych about a group of homeless kids, who have survived their drug-addicted childhood, grew up and start to live an adult life. It’s a story about a boy facing the surreal, degenerated society of his native village full of hate and sadistic anger while searching for his mother. It’s a story about a pregnant girl who wants to give birth to her child whose childhood probably will be even worse then hers. But her own sisters are forcing her to make an abortion.

Naked Island

Some sixty years ago, a man went missing for four years. He returned back as a changed man carrying along a painful secret. He later built his family’s life around this unspoken secret. Talking about the past was forbidden in the family. It was his granddaughter, also the director of this film, who first started asking questions, wanting to find out what lay hidden beneath her grandfather’s scar-covered body ever since childhood. However, he died without revealing the entire story to anyone. Naked Island is an investigation built upon the ruins of the past, a mosaic made of clues – family photos and intimate testimonies of a tight-knit group of people who were brought together by the same place, a political prison in ex-Yugoslavia that was also known as an island of broken souls, and consequences that this place left on three generations. At the same time, it is a fascinating portrayal of a moment in which a past can finally become history and a brave documentary defying silence and fear.

Stream of Love

Love and desire fill the minds of villagers in a Hungarian-speaking village in Transylvania, Romania, even in their old age. Time has stood still here, and although most of the inhabitants of the village are elderly, they are refreshingly young at heart. Feri, for example, is an incurable romantic. Way past his 80th birthday, he’s still making moves on the village’s 25 widows – although he claims that only two or three of them are really worth the effort. And the women speak plainly when sharing their most intimate thoughts and dreams to the camera. Stream of Love is funny, surprising and heartwarming, revealing how these tragicomic tales prove the ancient game of love and romance is still being played in this remote village.

Wellness Process trailer

Baile Herculane one of the oldest SPA resorts in Europe, where centuries ago kings and queens slipped their bodies into the healing waters, becomes a labyrinth where the low – middle class people get lost searching for „Well Being”. The city displays an old impressive architecture now degraded alongside communist hotels and treatment centers, and improvised healing water pits along the road. The documentary proposes a portrait of the nomad community formed here every summer without infrastructure to support their pursuit of wellness. They sleep in tents, caravans or cars. Small entrepreneurs rise in this community becoming mentors, masseurs and healers. The motley crowd in the improvised pools is in strong contrast with the semi-functional treatment centers and the apathy inside the hotels. The main character Aurel Ungureanu (Relu – 70 years) is an ex-train conductor nowadays a seasonal physiotherapist here, combining different massage techniques and Hata Yoga therapy. Dumitru Lungu (Nea Mitica – 55 years) an ex-miner reinvented himself as a masseur in one of the improvised water pits on the roadside, and also a spiritual guide. He’s been Relu’s main competitor for 15 years. Everything peaks with their attending the first edition of a massage contest organized by the mayor house, where Relu wants to prove himself, to Mitica and the whole community that he is the best physiotherapist. A micro universe of a society in perpetual transition in which people decide according to their own notion of wellness in lack of a social system that offers recipes.

The Caravans of the Last Vagabond Gypsies

Little known and unloved in Europe, vagabond gypsies consider themselves to be Children of God, happy to live under the open sky. Their mobility is part of a traditional culture that is seemingly simple and carefree. However, real life is harsh for them. Nevertheless, vagabond gypsies have strong faith and believe in giving. This film bears witness to their spirituality, and the beauty and simplicity of their life.

The Happy Ending Story

Natalya lives alone with her own son and one foster daughter. She needs to bring herself water from the spring - it's far away and there is so much snow on her way. But she doesn't yield - she is going adopt another little orphan girl and find herself a new husband on the internet. She dreams to get water and washing-machine in house, to get a car from Russian President, to take more foster children, to find a new husband… A tall order? It seems all you need to do is to want it badly…

Nikola Tesla - Visionary of Modern Times

Lawnswood Gardens

A portrait of the world's renown sociologist Zygmunt Bauman during a four day visit in his Leeds home, combined with the exploration of links between his scholarly work Modernity and the Holocaust and Winter in the Morning, a Warsaw ghetto memoir by his late wife, Janina Bauman.

 

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