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Osadne

Osadne is a film about an encounter between current top European leaders and the local politicians from the last village on the edge of the European Union. The small village of Osadné welcomes a delegation from the European Parliament. And vice versa – the mayor and priest from OSADNÉ visit Brussels institutions on invitation from the European Parliament.

Pier of Apolonovka

The Pier of Apolonovka is a film about a summer on the jetty, from the first day of the holidays to the last. I call them albatrosses, these boys and girls on the quay of the Sevastopol Bay. The Sevastopol albatrosses are a symbol of the inextricable dilemma in which the city finds itself: A city too impoverished for splendor and glory, and much too alive for the scrap-heap. At some point, the young and old albatrosses took us home with them and showed us their Korabelnaja, the once famous shipyard workers' neighborhood. There socialist pathos has now yielded to dusty reverie. We soon recognized that many of the residents there were failed, reconciled or defiant albatrosses. They still have one thing in common: Sooner or later their paths meet on the quay. The harbor is the most important stage. For the children, leaps from the concrete ledge are something like first initiation rites. A little further on, the pier is a stage for their parents' after-work dreams.

Noahs Rainbow

Noah's rainbow is the metaphor of our vision of human existence on the Earth together with God's promises to forever protect mankind from the flood. The story of the project is specific in a way, it moves from macrocosms to microcosms and vice versa, with the story of biblical Noah as the common element. We try to show Noah’s story in today’s world. From the general analysis about global warming and flooding in the Netherlands and biblical stories, we get to the main character Noah from the Bohemian Forest. He is the actual catalyst of the story: We will get to know him, his family, job, airplanes and his neighbours, a Dutch family whom we will follow from the beginning, capturing their life in the Netherlands, their relocation to a wooden house in the Bohemian forest and their meeting with Noah.

On Sufferance

On sufferance tells the story of a romanie family who has been living in Germany for 15 years with the residence permit status of being tolerated. Hajrije, the single parent mother, is 42 years old. She lives with her 3 kids Arduan (16 years old), Ramize (14 years old), Bobby (12 years old), her grandniece Melissa (7 years old) and Mee (Arduan's girlfriend) in the problem district Stuttgart Fasanenhof. Indeed, the life in Germany might offer a certain security for the romanie family concerning racist assaults; nevertheless, is not easy for the Husenis to manage their everyday life. Because of their residence permit status they can be deported to the Kosovo at every time. Efforts to get a stay permit seem to be hopeless after 15 years of trying. Especially the younger family members worry how the life of the family will go on and what could be done to get another chance to stay in Germany.

Sevdah - The Bridge That Survived

At the Height of the war in Bosnia, a group of outstanding musicians gathered to form Mostar Sevdah Reunion Band, to make music that would transcend the communal strife around them. Ten years later, fate has scattered them across Europe and despite the restoration of its bridge, Mostar remains divided. So the group take their songs abroad, hoping to build bridges further afield among people of good will.

Desk-based Assassination

Can Czech politicians acknowledge their own mistakes? Do they have a sense of humour? The answers are explored in a film account of the so-called Sarajevo assassination which was meant to unseat Václav Klaus as Prime Minister. With the help of Václav Klaus (current Czech President), Václav Havel, Jan Ruml, Ivan Pilip and many other participants and observers, we put together a portrait of Czech politics in the second half of the 1990s.

New Year's Eve 2008

Vlad and Madalina are riding the train for New Year's Eve. This film is their story of traveling through the eastern part of Romania. They meet guitar singers on their way to Focsani, four railway people playing cards, a bussinessman, a seventh day adventist and an old woman debating religion, and three girls going home after a party in a neighborhood town. People, music, fireworks - the new year on the train.

Heaven, Hell

Heaven Hell is a full-length documentary film project dealing with human diversity that doesn't necessarily lead to hell even though it might seem like that from the outsider's point of view. It is an attempt to defend even very extreme notions of freedom if such notions are well-founded and lead to new horizons of human understanding. The film portrays people who have found pleasure in pain and decided not to hide this passion, or at least not to suppress and deny it any more. These people either inflict pain or demand it from others, but they do not force anyone to do anything. This closed society is often labelled by its members as BDSM.

Them, Us and Skitskoj /A Dialogue in the Editing Room/

The island Skitskoj is located on the North European patr of Russia, in an inaccessible forest on Pizma River, in the Pechora river basin. The Old Believers' community lives there - hidden from civilization and the surrounding world of changes. The documentary traces the progress of the transforming relationship between the Old Believers and us - the filmmakers. The very central point of the film is this Meeting. The documentary joins two stories together - the "dramatic" meeting which happened on the Skitskoj island, and the calm inner "meeting" after the return - during the "dialogue in the editing room" while finishing the film. It is a film about inner barriers, "islands" - isolation, fear and prejudices - on both banks, inside us and inside them. It is a story about the effort to build a common joining "bridge".

Oleg Kulik - Challenge and Provocation

The Kiev-born artist Oleg Kulik made his first major appearance in Western Europe when he delivered his "Reservoir Dog" performance outside the Kunsthaus Zurich in 1995. On the opening day of a major exhibition, he chained himself stark naked outside the museum. Barking and sniffing like a dog, he bit the guests as they arrived and defecated on the public square - until the police arrived and arrested him. Since then, Kulik has appeared in many other towns, often imitating animals, but also with shows of his photographs, sculptures and installations. Working with interviews and archive footage, OLEG KULIK - CHALLENGE AND PROVOCATION provides an insight into the life and work of this controversial contemporary artist.

 

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