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Muestra Cuba

Muestra Cuba is a film on Cuban "interiors" - in the largest sense of the word. We meet six people of different social standings, who take us into their houses - Jose Emilio, the artist, Eduardo, the maniac car restorer, Yaquelin - the santería-believer surviver, Nadia, the young artist who is in a priviledged situation, Martha - the memento of the good old times, and Homero and Magalys, the art-collectors- old couple. While they take us through their big or small dwellings, we get an insight into their lives. The optimistic and joyful atmosphere of the film can be a great lesson to many of us living in the "western" society.

My Wehrmacht

Some people still believe that the Hitler´s army was the right one. But this film does not speak about political extremists. It shows a normal life of good citezens, who work, love their children, and feel good in Wehrmacht and SS uniforms.

New Day Dawns in the Eastern Corner

Estonia regained its independence in 1991. The Bronze Soldier Alyosha, located in the center of Tallinn, remained in its place. For Estonian nationalists this monument was the symbol for Soviet occupation and marked the beginning of Stalinist repressions. However, for many Russians the monument was one of the few remaining symbols that connected them to Russia and Russian identity.Documentary Alyosha brings us the people who gathered to the Bronze Soldier in 2005-2007 and whose behaviour created a new line in our cultural memory. What mattered were the rituals around the monument, not the monument itself. Differences of opinion about history resulted in tragic conflicts and relocating the monument.


„The Optimist" is a documentary about the heroic struggle of a man against all odds in the complicated geopolitical space of Central Europe in the first half of the 20th century. Born in 1870 to a Hungarian-Jewish family in today's Slovakia, Lajosz Winter was a man of entrepreneurial genius and unbreakable spirit. He was the founder of the Slovak Balneological Society and a builder and modernizer of the world-famous Slovak spa town of Piešťany. Despite surviving four political regimes and anti-Semitic, anti-Hungarian and anti-capitalist persecution, he remained a steadfast optimist until his death in 1968.

Our Street. Cinema Version

For over three years the author of the film has accompanied a poor family from Łódź living opposite the former textile factories. They worked there for generations. After the fall of communism they watched a slow collapse of the plant. Today they are witness to another civilizational change: Manufaktura, which is the biggest shopping and entertainment centre in this part of Europe, is being built in place of the factories. How will the Furmańczyk family fit into this new landscape?

Peking 2008

Just turn off one of the major streets in Katowice to find yourself in another world: in the "district of wonders" called "Peking". Old, rotten industrial blocks accommodate people sinking in addictions and despair. Most of them are out of jobs and live on small benefits received from the social care centre. They call themselves the "condemned ones", sent here for their overdue rent debts. Poverty is shared here by the Silesians and the Gipsies.Last spring Peking was all abuzz; the film crew appeared to shot some scenes for the feature film "Sleepiness" directed by Magdalena Piekorz, a young Polish film-maker. First from the windows, then in front of their doors, the anxious inhabitants watched the crew reorganising the gear and filming the doubles. The film by Dagmara Drzazga is the record of a year long observation of the people living in Polish "Peking" - the story of their joys and daily problems.

Pharao Bipolar

Werner Ludvig Buchmayer is suffering of a bipolar disorder since he is 15. The film makers accompany him during his work on his own "Pharao film". PHARAO BIPOLAR documents his mental ups and downs.The inner diremption of a man caught between two extremes is the centre point of PHARAO BIPOLAR. The film follows the different states of Buchmayer's alternating psychosis. It shows fragments of an artist's biography and a story of illness at the same time. Also the reactions of his environment and the society in general are in main focus. Questions like "Who is crazy and who is normal?" are coming up constantly.


What do Lang Lang, Alfred Brendel and Pierre-Laurent Aimard have in common? All three star pianists swear by the same piano tuner. Stefan Knüpfer is responsible for the fine, almost imperceptible nuances of sound that separate a good concert from a virtuoso one. PianoMania follows this perfectionist's unusual routine, and takes a look behind the scenes of the classical music business. A film about the love of perfection and the rare moments when it can almost be attained, at least musically.

Polar Explorer

Protagonists of the film are polar explorer Tomash Petrovsky, the chief of a floating station "Northern Pole SP-33" and his mother Romualda Flyorovna, waiting for his son in a small Byelorussian village Petrovskaya. Eternal story of a son, who leaves the house for dangerous and exhausting scientific work in the deep of the North and his mother, waiting and praying for him in warm land with flourishing garden and bumbling bees.

Redemption Attempt of a TV Repairman Josef Lávička in Nine Scenes

The short film recounts the pursuit of redemption of Josef Lávička, a village alcoholic. In its course, Lávička tries to get to grips with the Catholic tenets of a text given to him by a local pastor. Making use of staging and re-enactment, the film goes beyond the trivial day-to-day existence of the main character. In the contextof Christian rhetoric and symbolism present in the film, Lávička's persona is virtually drinking itself towards a spiritual order.


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