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Confusion, Life & Art

A mosaic-like story about the 47th October Salon, the largest contemporary art exhibition held in Serbia, as well as all the seemingly invisible aspects of such an apparently calm event. Envisioned by Europe's heavy weight German curator Rene Block as his last statement, the machinery of workers, beaurocrats and world famous artist are there to really make the exhibition happen. When a camera is pointed toward such an event in present day post-war transitional and timid Serbia, a humorous, witty and insightful story is told portraying artistic pursuit as an attempt to overcome the confusions of human condition. Featured Artists (in order of appearance): Endre Tot (Hungary/Germany), Yufen Qin (China), Milica Tomic (Serbia), Maria Kanervo (Finland), Jakob Dahlgren (Sweden), Abidin Adel (Iraq/Finland), Bjorn Norgaard (Denmark), Dan Perjovschi (Romania), Braco Dimitrijevic(Bosnia/France), Dragoljub Raša Todosijevic (Serbia), Carles Santos (Spain).

Evropa jedna báseň

Documentary series that maps contemporary European poetry. 27 European poets will be presented in 27 episodes (1 country = 1 poet).

The Sea Through Your Eyes

Alice sets off on an unusual voyage – a trip on the sailing ship “Zawisza Czarny”. Full of doubts and anxiety about the wisdom of her decision, she slowly starts to see the value of the situation. This is not just a trip. It is hard work, adventure, but most of all, the chance for her to see her life from a different perspective... The main character of this 25' long documentary, is one of the blind people who are half of the crew of the ship. Until the last minute of the film we may doubt if she is really blind, as she behaves as if she could see. She's even not wearing dark glasses. We may observe her changing, sailing from Holland to Poland, across the North sea and the Baltic sea.

A Man Came and Took Her

When eight-year-old Ola goes missing, her rural community grows abuzz with gossip and rumour. Her grief-stricken mother remains convinced that her daughter is alive, placing more faith in fortune tellers than the police investigation.

Rocking All Over the Year

A creative documentary film portrait of Olda Říha, frontman of a famous Czech rock band Katapult celebrating 35 years of its existence. The first day of shooting captures the funeral of bass guitar player and Říha's lifelong friend Jiří "Old Man" Šindelář in January 2009 and the last day of shooting records an opening concert of the new album tour "Joys of Life", which took place in the largest church in Eastern Bohemia. Almost a thousand people attended the concert. The film follows the music, but particularly the life path of Říha and his band Katapult from the "church of death" to the "church of rebirth." It is a path full of doubt, fault, conflict and happiness, but above all it is a journey with no end. Against the backdrop of the death and rebirth of the band, open and often conflicting situations take place between director Jan Gogola and Olda Říha, making it possible to find out whether Říha really sings what he lives and lives what he sings.

In the Lands of Silence - Nikolai and Ludmila

The Oath

Unraveling like a lush, gripping novel that constantly subverts expectations, The Oath is the interlocking drama of two brothers-in-law, Abu Jandal and Salim Hamdam, whose associations with al Qaeda in the 1990s propelled them on divergent courses. The film delves into Abu Jandal's daily life as a taxi driver in Sana’a, Yemen, and Hamdan’s military tribunal in Guantanamo Bay prison. Abu Jandal and Hamdan’s personal stories—how they came to serve as Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver respectively—act as prisms through which to humanize and contextualize a world the Western media demonizes. As Hamdam’s trial progresses, his military lawyers challenge fundamental flaws in the court system. As charismatic Abu Jandal dialogues with his son, Muslim students, and journalists, he generously unveils the complex evolution of his belief system since 9/11.

Everything Is Crap

The film portrays an ever-unhappy, swearing but also pensive necro-ranter who had spent half a year of his life in a romance with a mass-murderer-to-be before her crime. The film shows an aged, resentful being who hasn't lost a sense of humor despite his suffering and who sees the world as a place where dividing things into left and right seldom leads to anything worthwhile.

Od višní do višní

The director made the documentary film From Cherries to Cherries about her mother after the death of her father. Against the backdrop of one year in the garden, which the father used to take care of, mother and daughter are looking for emotional attachments to men in the family and their mutual relationship. Although the film's main theme is death of close relatives, the starting points are life itself, understanding and forgiveness.

Když kámen promluví

This philosophically-laden portrait of Jaroslav Dušek looks at his relationship with nature, which this eccentric performer sees as a living creature. It containes excerpts from productions in which the popular actor has taken part with mentally-handicapped and deaf people. The title of the film refers to Dušek´s fondness for communicating with apparently inanimate stones.

 

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