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Swallow

The old man found a swallow, fallen out of its nest, and made up his mind to raise it. Three times a day he would feed it with worms from over-ripe cherries. A few months later, the swallow became so bound to the old man that it stood on his shoulder while he was walking through the village, or it would fly down to his astrakhan cap while he was digging his corn. Autumn arrived and the old man became frightened that the swallow would not fly to the South because of its devoted love for him. He decided to save money and to take the swallow to the seaside...

Where we are

"Where we are!" Poetic essay from the region of Central Slovakia is portraying picturesqueness of this mountainous land with its roman and gothic architecture captured by camera and paintbrush. Snapshot evokes senseof purity and simple beauty that is echoed with intact natural scenery, romantic historical sites and characters. On the contrary, shots from contemporary slovak town of Banská Bystrica, cultural and business center of the region, act somehow disturbing..as it were not corresponding to the long-life nature of the place. Random chaplain is commenting on value of arts and life. The whole atmosphere of the snapshot is underlined by music.

Joe Goes To Serbia

It's the fourth summer in a row that Josef Arone from San Francisco comes to Serbia. He makes street-performances as Joe Mama the Clown and from July until September, over the countryside and around the capital - from the trumpet festival to the war zone - he is on a mission to spread joy. Joe parties wherever he can, but his idea of joy is more profound. He wants to share it, especially in the areas where people forgot it. Enter the world where a stranger is just a friend that you have not met yet!

Who Wants to Kill Ashley?

A superficial little probe into the big superficial world of the Czech porn industry. – Department of documentary film, FAMU – 2nd year (auteur portrait).

Table

The Table is a performance/music documentary about four men who play on tables. With sticks, bowls, knives, hands and a mixing desk, the Karibo Crew play on a specially designed table - a wooden instrument with unique acoustic qualities. It`s a piece of furniture with soul, sensitive to the slightest touch and uniquely resonating. Their music has been played across six continents to great acclaim.

Last Bus Stop

Last Bus Stop is both a tragic and comic film about people living in a divided village marked by strange phenomena on the eastern border of the European Union.As the European Union is building the Schengen-walls, a two-way street turns into a one-way exit only. For those living on the "wrong" side of the new borders even the opening of a new crossing can bring surprising results.

In Bed with Surrealism. Sukuts

The international film festival Arsenals has been a fixture on the Riga scene for the last 20 years. It has introduced new film aesthetic and was one of the only creatively free events in Soviet times. Over the years the festival has influenced culture and society in Eastern Europe, continually dazzling us with its creative craziness. The film is a portrait of director Augusts Sukuts, the father of Arsenals and the trusty knight of surrealism.

Two love stories

A visit to two Roma couples in Kosova opens up a parallel world both at the margins and in the midst of Kosovar society. Snapshots from a circle of life, love, labour and loss intertwine to tell very different kinds of stories. Almost without noticing, the viewer enters these lives and is intrigued to find out more about them. The tone and the images, while overall quiet and matter-of-factly, convey a wide range of emotions and moods, from vivacious to hopeless, from light to somber and back.

Henryk Wars, a Songster of Warsaw

A native of Warsaw, a student of Karol Szymanowski at the Warsaw Conservatory, Henryk Wars became famous as a court composer of hits for stars of fashionable Warsaw cabarets. He has also written music for fifty Polish feature films. He kept composing also in the USA, where he landed after WWII, back from the war trail of an officer of General Anders' Polish Armed Forces in the East. A friend of John Wayne, Henryk Wars worked in Hollywood, has provided musical scores for sixty films, and had his songs sung by Brenda Lee, Doris Day, Bing Crosby, and Margaret Whiting, among other world-class singers.

Cupboard

In the late 1960s, four strong men from a local bar in Wroclaw carried a 150 kg German-made vitrine from one side of Zgodna street to the other. A very personal film on the mysterious Polish "March of 1968".

 

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