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Memory of the Twentieth Century: The Events of Pavel Štecha

Pavel Štecha is one of the leading Czech photographers and documentarists. His black-and-white photos from 1968-89 are well-known, but his photographs of ordinary life from the period are also of crucial importance - cottage-goers, shops, streets and the clothing of the time... In his art, he often managed to capture features of the Czech character. The film visits him at a time when his life is dominated by a serious illness.

Positive Emotions

Ever since they fell in love, Tsveta and Yanko have dreamed about having three children and a big dog. Their dream has come true. Tsveta is a puppet-show director, something she has always wanted to do. Several years ago, Yanko got a USA Green Card, and together with one of his daughters, Vlada, went to New York, where she continued her education at prestigious music school. However, Tsveta got ill and doctors gave a severe diagnosis: multiple sclerosis. Although Yanko's dream of possessing a US passport seemed almost fulfilled, he had to come back to Bulgaria. Film reveals challenges that the family is facing in the new circumstances, and also the way each member is trying to deal with them.

No Borders

Four short stories - the winter, spring, summer and autumn cyclicity of the Russian-Chinese relations on the border of two countries. The attitudes of two small cities on opposite coasts - the Russian Blagoveshchensk and the Chinese HeiHe - develop quite differently.

No Collapse

Two men - Rafal and Wiktor have gone through an ordeal. The first one - nine years ago, the other one is going through it now. They meet in a hospital where Rafal helps patients to recover physically and mentally. Each of them, in their own way, tries to face the difficulties of everyday life.

Mummy Will Come!

He has always been the prettiest, smartest and best loved - the centre of the world. When he turned two years old, his mother took him to a nursery school. This is his first day apart from his family.

Play Me Allegro

The film follows Julia, a Russian Immigrant, and her five year old daughter, who live on the border between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, 4 km from Gaza city, in Kibbutz Nir-Am. Due to its close proximity to the border, Kibbutz Nir-Am has the highest ratio of rocket hits per square kilometer, and the least amount of time for advance warning - less than 18 seconds from the time the "Red Dawn" siren is sounded. This is an intimate and surprising story of a mother and daughter who raise each other in their barbed-wired Garden of Eden.

Clouds

Slightly meteorological film about creating, behaving and blustering of clouds, about how the invisible (e.g. water in atmosphere) can become visible and in what way formating of ideas is similar to that of clouds. Also a painter and a physicist participate, to talk about elements (the first one) and colours (the latter one). Film, that works with unique images of clouds, introduces metheorologists (who talk about creation and behavior of clouds and about a storm) and different people who have worked with clouds in some outstanding way – physicist Richard Feynman (who is an author of the biggest artificial cloud in the world – during testing the atomic bomb), painter Kazimir Malevich (suprematist, who adored abstract qualities of the visible), poet Sylvia Plath (who used clouds in her poems in a rare non-pathetic way), director Sergei Eisenstein (who found out that effect of flash can “give” a motion to motionless things) etc. In the film, also philosopher and biologist talk – they try to use a cloud as a metaphor of thought, they think about the similarities between the both. The whole story of the film starts with creation of the cloud, observes its existence, its blustering and finally peaceful white-blue sky – in the same time it is a story about creation of a thought, about its growing and clearing, than the conflict (a storm) comes and finally it either stands or disappears. Department of documentary film, FAMU-bachelor degree film.

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.

 

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