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In the Shadows of Casablanca

Few people know that if it wasn’t for porridge, the fate of the Second World War could have developed in a completely different way. Few people know that the Operation Torch – the landing of the Allies in the North Africa – succeeded thanks to one man. Few people know that if Rick, the American really had had his bar in Casablanca, that man could have been his neighbour. A spy. A Pole. Mieczysław Słowikowski. History forgot about him and his considerable achievements…

Itelmen Stories

The action in the film revolves around an ancestrally used practice of hunting sable by net. Set in rural Kamchatka in the Russian Far East, where fewer than 20 speakers of Itelmen remain, the film goes beyond its original aim to recapture a language and a hunting practice that are remembered but no longer in use. Two hunters encounter the wild environs and villages of Kamchatka as a history laden homeland and memories, nostalgia, resignation and hope echo throughout the film.

Ivan and Ivan

In present-day Magadan region of Russia, Marfa and Ivan are raising their grandson little Ivan to live off the land, herding reindeer and fishing. Ivan junior is a happy nine year-old boy who loves his grandfather, his dog, the beautiful hills and rivers, and, of course, his grandmother's tasty flat cakes and kasha. Elder Ivan loves having his grandson close-by, learning and maintaining the traditional culture and language of the Evens people. Ivan and Ivan do everything together. But it's time - young Ivan must leave all that is dear to him.

Job Center

We first see a roundabout in the periphery, controlling the flow of lorries and cars, before the film reaches its actual destination: the "Jobcenter", a course for unemployed people. How is "success in the job market" being taught there? The film follows five people, who reflect on their situation in the course and then start searching for a new job.

Journey through Lithuania

A documentary film proposed by British artist/writer/curator & cultural historian David Ellis to commemorate Lithuania’s anniversary of regaining independence and to gauge the tempo and success of the transition. Almost twenty years ago David Ellis first came to Lithuania lead by curiosity of post soviet culture and constantly continued his visits up until now. It is a diary-based film documenting a journey through Lithuania’s towns, meeting people and discussing how twenty years of independence reflect on their lives. This journey documents David’s meeting with present Lithuania and allows him to compare it with his early experiences.

Keep the Rhythm!

Using the music of Bohuslav Martinů, The Chap-Book project was inspired by Rhythm Is It!, a successful social and art project developed by the Berlin Philharmonic. Working with the graduates of the Duncan Centre, the Czech project aimed to open up the process of art creation also to children who have no experience with the arts. As one of the outcomes of the project, the film shows the children's transformation as they acquire better dancing skills, become actively engaged in the show and express their excitement and joy from the success of the show and a big applause at the sold-out venue.

Kick Off

The Prater Stadium in Vienna. Thirty thousand spectators are watching Austria play Turkey. At half time there’s a very special item on the programme. “It’s a proud moment for me”, says the stadium announcer, “to present a very special team today. Courageous men who’ve fought their way back from the edge with the help of football. They will be representing Austria at the Homeless Street Soccer World Cup in Australia.” These players have the joy of the game in their blood. Now they have to learn to play consistently, using tactics and discipline. Qualities that they will need not only in the championship but also afterwards in their lives. “Football as a social stepping stone”, was the headline of a report on this unusual project in the Kurier, an Austrian daily...

Kill the Day

An ordinary village in Belarusian Palessje. An old pair, Antanina and her husband Viktar, sit knee by knee in their small village hut, decorated with home-made cloths. He drinks badly and wonders “what does one live in this world for?” It is very sad and gloomy in winter, but when the spring comes, the nature revives, and so do the people and the animals. Life goes on. But why does the old woman sigh so heavily? A very colorful and realistic image of old-time people microcosm. Sometimes amusing, sometimes tragic. There is swearing, quarrelling, disagreement; and at the same time harmonious coexistence of people and nature, man and woman.

Killing Czech Style

The film attempts to shed some light on the post-war massacre in Postoloprty, in which 763 local German residents died. Nobody was punished after the war. This film captures the tragic event through the eyes of direct witnesses who travel to Postoloprty from Germany, a police officer who pushed on with the investigation, the dead victims or young playwright Miroslav Bambušek who wrote a play based on the event. One of the witnesses to the massacre would like to build a memorial in the fateful place. The film might also follow another line that would explore the reactions of a small town that refuses to acknowledge the dark blemish in its history.

King Mathias

The story of a fallen son. Seppl has turned his back on his family and the conventions of society. Inspired by the legend of Kralj Matjaž, who ruled in Carinthia (Austria) in the middle ages, he is now setting out to save the world - from Catholicism, Capitalism and the strata of society who are destroying everything, academics. When Seppl sees his sister again his hard shell is softened for a short time. Their family history has left its wounds on both sides.

 

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