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Monk of the Sea

Tum, a student of economy, lives in Bangkok and starts his independent life without parents. He lives fast and enjoys his life – he parties and fools around with his friends. In Thailand, a 20-year-old boy becomes a rightful man for his society only after becoming a monk. For this reason, about 70% of young men join Buddhist monasteries – wats - every year. Most of the time, they stay there for a few weeks only. They come there to find their inner silence, to learn how to meditate, but also to please their families and to gain respect of other people. Tum hasn’t become a monk yet, as he claims that he leads a very busy life and has no time for it. However, he knows he should do it for his mother and for her karma to get better. But the most important thing is that Tum has also realized that his stay in a monastery could help him find his life goal, and he starts to long for it more and more desperately. Tum decides to become a monk in Wat Khun Samut Trawat near Bangkok. There are only five of other monks in the Wat and all of them are “permanent” monks – monks for life. The abbot of the Wat - Khun Samut Trawat is against the phenomenon of short-term monks. He claims that it’s unfeasible to learn the essence of Buddhism and to change your life just in a few weeks. No one has done that in Wat Khun Samut Trawat for a long time. Tum will be the first one who tries since years.

Shanghai Banzai

Shanghai Banzai is an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Poles, Romas) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. The film also tries to find out the origin of the district’s nickname Shanghai. Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers replace old wooden houses and nobody knows what the future holds for the people of Shanghai.

El Medico: The Cubaton Story

Can a capitalist music producer and a communist doctor and artist work together? In Cuba they can! Michel Miglis is a Swedish music producer, known for his provocative ideas and El Medico is a doctor and a singer, born and raised in the midst of the Cuban Revolution, whose values are in total contrast to the cynical, Western music industry.

Roma Rally

Two gypsy boys are trying to fulfill their childhood dream by competing in the local village rally with their only treasure: a thirty year old, rusty and wheelless BMW. While the driver struggles with the law due to petty thefts, the navigator is dealing with a handicap - his blindness. Ricsi and Manó are young countryside village kids, aged 17 and 16 and have been friends forever. The two gypsy boys have decided to take part in the famous car rally of their region. Despite their age and poverty one of them is perfect in car mechanics and they can drive. What makes things more complicated, that Manó lost almost all of his sight by the age of nine because of a disease. Nevertheless: while Ricsi would be the driver he would be the navigator of the car.The boys would like to take part in the game with a thirty years old, rusty BMW currently sleeping on bricks, without wheels. They are ready to raise money for the car no matter what and are committed to compensate the gap with their enthusiasm in the garage which they built in the backyard out of their barn. Despite all odds, they have faith in themselves, their ambition is endless. And they believe that creativity driven by the lack of money sometimes overcomes the greatest difficulties.

My Father's Name

There is a story behind every name. For some people Eugen Cicero represents a musical genius. For others he is totally unknown. His son Roger unveils the story behind his father’s name and music. “My Father’s Name” is all about musical legacy and a fascinating father-son relationship especially through their understanding of music. It turns on a stunning journey towards success - marked with adventure, ups and downs. On the one hand side it is the story of Eugen Cicero, an internationally acclaimed pianist for more than 3 decades. His son, Roger Cicero, reminds us about his father’s great musical talent. The documentary emphasizes two sides of Eugen Cicero: the first one is the style he innovated, with the help of his perfect and matchless piano technique combined Jazz and Classic - the other one is his way of understanding life. It will be the kind of story starting from a piece of music that makes you wonder What is behind? Who wrote and played it? . For that reason the film should be considered as a two-portrait documentary. “My Father’s Name” is based on emotions, life facts, history and most of all on great music. Eugen Cicero left behind a special musical inheritance which does not deserve to be buried in oblivion.

Into Oblivion

Stalin grasps a pencil in his hand as he prepares to draw a line on a map of the Soviet Union. Where the graphite touches paper, some 80,000 people - almost all of them gulag inmates - will build a railroad in the gruelling conditions of the polar taiga. It is a railway line of almost no strategic importance, built on permafrost and polar marshes, using limited technology and equipment. For four years, they will slave away, succumbing to exhaustion, illness, cruelty, and solitary confinement before, finally, the death of Stalin himself. In just a few weeks, there will be nothing left of their hectic activity except for empty camp barracks, old locomotives, bits of track, embankments, telegraph wires, all left to slowly return to the taiga.

Planet Kirsan

13-year old Alehan and his brother Amir spend several hours everyday hunched over a chessboard. It’s his biggest dream to become the next World Chess Champion. The first step on the way to become a grandmaster is a tournament in Chess-City. The event. Full of young players, allows us to see the actors and creators as well as expose the mechanisms behind the Kalmykian chess fairytale. For Alehan it’s a chance to examine his dreams more closely. Ilyumzhinov’s revolution was supposed to transform the whole republic, but can it even change the life of just one small boy?

Folds of the King

Leonid's Story

Old Mountain

 

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