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Eastern Wind: The Film

Miqueu is a musician. His son Balthazar is a violinist. They head off to play in Budapest with Hungarian musicians. They arrive for the Dance House Festival in Budapest, where Michel gets busy recruiting musicians for the concert. Cue rehearsals with Vujicsics Band in Szentendre, and Márta Sebestyén, Ferenc Sebő, Csaba Ökrös in Budapest. Finally, the concert on A38, the music moat. Everyone’s there. This is a musical journeys in space, time and spirit. Just as we are Trying to find our place in terms of tradition, within Europe.

Escape to the Other Side

Tens of thousands of Europeans travel every winter with their mobile homes to Morocco, like birds are drawn southwards. Most of them belong to a generation that upheld the European work ethic: home, car, family and work until you drop dead. Suddenly these goals are questioned. Was the sacrifice worth it, if children don't care about the house? Or if at 50 you can't work anymore, are not allowed to or don't want to? A reflection of European society concentrated on Moroccan camping sites.

Escapeologists in Budapest

The special journey consisted of an open-air exhibition (Overture), video and slide installations (Gödör [Pit]), theatre performances by professional and amateur participants (LaborHotel and artProletarz), and a happening (Finale) by artists with the participation of the public. The film takes the audience through each station of this series of actions and at the same time endeavours to portray the artists.

Establishment

Film about Armenia in past 20 years seen through camera lens and memories of a photographer. It focuses on the self-determination movement of Nagorno Karabagh's majority ethnic of Armenian population, which aimed to gain autonomy from Azerbaijan in 1988, and disastrous earthquakes of Leninakan and Spitak, that killed thousands of people. The film also depicts Azerbaijan´s and Turkey´s blockade of Armenia as a result of the war in Nagorno Karabagh. The absolute lack of fuel, electricity and food during those cold and hard five years and the countrie's continuing political struggle since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Estonian Stories. A Letter from Ruhnu

A fateful newspaper ad brings a young teacher Kadri to teach on a small Estonian island called Ruhnu. Her job is to teach the youngest children in Ruhnu School’s 1st and 2nd grade - both grades have one student. At the same time, Kadri tries to get used to life on the island and understand the strange habits and tiny peculiarities of the villagers living in the island’s isolated conditions.

Estonian Stories. Miss Robinson

Olga, who already for seven years has been working as a waitress in a 24-hour bar, is seeking for love that would eventually lead to marriage. The first potential husband was sentenced. She is waiting for him to return and is even ready to marry him inside the prison. As time goes by, she realizes that a marriage to a prisoner cannot be her dream. Life goes on – Olga finds new love that is also distant and ambiguous. Yearning to run from solitude and to flee from reality forces her to go to her next loved one…

Eternal Life

Report on eternality between the walls, among the walls, as well as inside the walls of the Prague National Museum, accompanied by the comments of the curators and the larder beetles. A reportage on the form and changes within the memory of a nation, as well as on the immortality of desert fox, but also on the fact whether the grey hippopotamus is worried about his existence.

Evald Okas

A film about Evald Okas the biggest and the most controversial legend of Estonian art. His monologues open for us the important signposts of his life and creative work. Evald Okas became an artist before the World War II and has been a part of Estonian culture for over 70 years. In the film Okas is going back to the past opening for us a fascinating story of his life. We see his paintings, graphics, scissor cuts, book illustrations and Ex Libris. Okas' art is full of erotic power, passion and unexpected visual ideas.

The Five Cardinal Points

The film narrates the story of the inhabitants of the Mexican village Tres Valles in the region of Veracruz. For generations these people were rooted with their soil. They worked as farmers and craftsmen. Cultivation of rice, pineapple and sugarcane made a simple wealth possible. Everything changed because of globalization, the commodity prices went down. The families couldn't live from the salaries paid by the sugarcane factories anymore. Nowadays there are no future prospects, the families' only choice is separation. Either legal or illegal they move towards the USA to search for work. Most of them are settling down in Kansas were they “rebuilt” their home village Tres Valles to celebrate the Mexican provenance and to overcome their home sickness more easily.

The Flood

Kosinj and neighboring villages, passive parts of Lika are tormented by floods every twenty years or so, due to heavy rains and snow melting. Villages, couple of kilometers away from river Lika are under water. The whole region becomes one huge lake where the only communication mean is by boats. Film follows stories of two volunteers - during the flood, each of them becomes the only link with the rest of the world for their respective communities, Serbian and Croatian.

 

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