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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.

Eyes of a Tiger

Stanislav Tišer is the previous reigning Boxing Champion of our country and he is a gypsy. Several years ago he opened a gym, teaching children to box. His originally ´gypsy only´ club changed to an open space which now has seen over six hundred people passing through. This Boxing club is now a space where both gypsies and the white can meet with each other, learn new paragons and customs, different from those they would come across in their traditional environment. Thus the gym has become a refuge for many…

Stalin? Why Not

In 2009, after renovating the underground station Kurskaja in Moscow, also the lines of the Soviet anthem from 1943 regained its old splendour: Through storms the sun of freedom has shined upon us / And the great Lenin has lighted the way / Stalin has taught us faithfulness to the people / To labour, and inspired us to great feats! The authors of the film ask ordinary passers-by and passengers on the underground, who Stalin was for them and how he is perceived nowadays. A large part of society does not believe the historical facts. Many dream of the dictator and great Russia. Stalin's cult is still alive.

What Happened on Pam Island

A couple of Polish alpinists, Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski, take a lonely journey to the fjords of southern Greenland to reach the world's highest cliff. The vertical wall is reachable only from a boat. Despite the fact that the team consists of mere two members, it is decided to travel on dangerous sea-kayaks. There is a storm, the water around is freezing - dips to 0° centigrade - and capsizing in this area would mean hypothermia and death within minutes. Deserted Pam Island becomes their home base… But this movie tells a different story. Trusting only in themselves, the characters open their exciting world to the viewer: the world of passion and strange, original love. 30' version also available.

 

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