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Belgrade Phantom

Belgrade, the capital of the Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia, August 1979. President Tito is on his last diplomatic journey, taking part in the world Summit of The Non-Aligned Movement in Havana, Cuba. Using a stolen Porsche, a mysterious man creates chaos by driving it around the central city square for ten nights. He even publicly challenges the police via popular radio station. The chase becomes more and more spectacular. But, Tito is coming back... The government is making great pressure on the police. The Phantom in the white Porsche has to be removed from the streets of Belgrade. "Fast and Furious" of the Socialist era at the end of the 70's and one of the most successful films of the Serbian cinema in the past 10 years.

Erotic Nation

The main line of the movie is comprised by a story of the first ever Sex shop in Slovakia. Karol Raffay had started his own business after the November revolution in 1989. He and his family sex-business as well as democracy in Slovakia basically undergo the same process and the movie is finding the parallels between these two.It tells a story of the shop, its customers, sexual history of the country with big volition and small self-confidence. It shows sexual life of Slovaks against a background of social, political and other changes. Slovak citizens can vote in free democratic elections for the first time, they can walk into a legal Sex shop for the first time as well. The situation is the same as in the postcomunist countries in the Europe. Both freedoms cause them problems.

Diaries and Novels by Pavel Kohout

Pavel Kohout precisely records anything that happens on any given day in his diaries; we can therefore recall the social and personal vicissitudes in the life of a Czech writer thanks to random readings from his diaries, against the background of preparations for the performance of selected parts of the novels under the leadership of J. A. Pitínský and the recordings of a public celebration of Kohout's 80th birthday, attended for representative reasons by Czech political and cultural elites.

Eisenwurzen - A Mountain Musical

Eisenwurzen is located in a longtime steel-factory region between Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria. EISENWURZEN (The Musical) is a 52 minute glance at the myths and toils of this country-like industrial landscape, a sung landscape portrait, unplugged.The heroes and heroines - all musicians - are miners, charcoal burners, mountain farmers, hunters and factory workers. With the strange musicality of their voices they create, within a meteorological as well as social politically rough climate, a spare hymn on an already historical worker's society. One that has portrayed itself with mineral wealth, mountain top, stable work and work ethics. They sing with their songs the Eisenwurzen Blues and, at the same time, it's avantgardistic arrival in contemporary song-culture. A Docu-musical for friends or foes of folk music.

FILM IST. a girl & a gun

Using images "from the first four and a half decades of cinematography," taken from 11 archives across the world, Gustav Deutsch has constructed a musical "film drama in five acts" (genesis, paradeisos, thanatos, imaginary, symposium). In detail, the editing of FILM IST. is again based on visual analogies, the external similarity of bodies, objects, movements and narratives. The film constructs its own amazing attractions from the juxtaposition of documentary, fictional, pornographic, and scientific and propaganda images that are literally alien to their original purpose. In other words, they are images that do not necessarily belong together, though they create visual contexts.

Gadjo

Music becomes a reason for the meeting of Gypsy boy and old Silesian man. Rebellious hip hop texts contrast with idyllic songs played on the old man's guitar. The confrontation of those two distinct worlds leads to the surprising and close relation between them.

Generace 0

Snezhana is 15 years old. She is pregnant. Her boyfriend Vova is 16 years old. What happens when children have children?

HEIM

An entire house open for viewing, from attic to cellar. The entire gamut of a parochial idyll in the provinces is laid bare in Claudia Larcher's video animation, in the form of photos and moving images assembled into a seemingly endless pan shot. The audio track drones in the background, awaking something uncomfortable and sinister.

House with the Green Roof

The film tells a life story of two women from the borderland of Czech Republic who were affected by Nazism. First woman comes from a mixed Czech-German Jewish family. Her family was forced by the German occupation into exile in Great Britain. After the war she returned to Czechoslovakia. The second protagonist comes from a German Catholic family in region of Liberec. She and her family were forced to leave home due to their German nationality after the end of the war. After sixty years, she returned to Liberec and started to do a research into the history of Jewish citizens of Liberec. Both women met. Their friendship helped us to reconstruct the pre-war diversity of the city where people of different nationalities and faiths had lived together. http://www.dumsezelenoustrechou.cz/

Otroci

Letter to a Child combines intimate conversations with perfect strangers and personal letters contemplating bits and pieces of life, collected and addressed to a child. In a series of "guided monologues" people - from kindergarten children to the vintage ages - are contemplating and re-living their lives. When they forget about the camera and they turn their eyes inside, the film starts. They are alone with themselves in front of us and then we are alone with ourselves, with our life, long passed, very present. Through the film the intimate diaries are silently drawing in the back a picture of human life of the last hundred years. In the front, the picture of a man's life gets more and more perspective and becomes more and more familiar.

 

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