BIAFF International Competition - Feature Films

Yellow Cat

Kazakhstan/France, 2020; 90 min.

 

Director: Adilkhan  Yerzhanov
Executive producer: Assel SADVAKASSOVA, Kanat BITEMIROV, Yerbol TOIBAYEV
Producer: Serik ABISHEV, Olga KHLASHEVA
Co-producer: Guillaume de Seille
Scriptwriter: Adilkhan YERZHANOV, Inna SMAILOVA
DoP: Yerkinbek PTYRALIYEV
Editor: Adilkhan YERZHANOV
Production designer: Yermek UTEGENOV
Composer: Alim ZAIROV, Ivan SINTSOV
Principle cast: Kermek – Azamat NIGMANOV, Eva – Kamila NUGMANOVA, Zhambas – Sanjar MADI
Production company: ZERDE FILMS, Short Brothers, QAZAQFILM, Arizona Productions

 

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Biography

Adilkhan YERZHANOV (1982, Kazakhstan) was born in the Jezkazgan region of Kazakhstan. He was educated as a filmmaker at the Kazakhstan National Academy of Arts. After this, he continued studying in New York thanks to a scholarship. He has made several shorts and features, among which The Owners (2014), which premiered at Cannes and was subsequently screened and received awards at many film festivals all over the world. The Plague at the Karatas Village had its world premiere at IFFR 2016. Yerzhanov won the Asia Pacific Screen Award for Achievement in Directing for his A Dark, Dark Man (2019).

 

Synopsis

Ex-con Kermek and his beloved Eva want to give up their crime-ridden lives in the steppes of Kazakhstan. He has a dream: to build a cinema in the mountains. Will Kermek's love for Alain Delon be strong enough to keep them away crime gangs' violent clutches?

 

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There is no Evil

Germany/Iran/Czech Republic, 2020; 151 min.

 

Director/Script: Mohammad Rasoulof

Cinematography: Ashkan Ashkani

Editing: Mohammadreza Muini, Meysam Muini

Music: Amir Molookpour

Sound: Hasan Shabankareh

Producers: Mohammad Rasoulof, Kaveh Farnam 

Executive Producer: Farzad Pak


 

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Biography

Born in Shiraz, Iran in 1972, he began directing documentaries and short films while studying sociology. After his second film, Iron Island, opportunities for him to make and screen his work grew increasingly restricted. All seven of his feature films have fallen victim to the censor in Iran. In 2010, he was arrested on set while working alongside Jafar Panahi and sentenced to a year in prison. He has won numerous international awards for his work including several prizes in Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Since 2017, he has been officially barred from leaving Iran.

 

Synopsis

Every country that enforces the death penalty needs people to kill other people. Four men are put in front of an unthinkable but simple choice. Whatever they decide, it will directly or indirectly corrode themselves, their relationships, and their entire lives.

 

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The Salt of Tears

France, 2020; 100 min. 

 

Director: Philippe Garrel

Screenplay: Philippe Garrel, Jean-Claude Carriere, Arlette Langmann

DoP: Renato Berta

Editing: François Gedigier

Cast: Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Louise Chevillotte, André Wilms, Souheila Yacoub, Aline Belibi

Producer: Edouard Weil

Production company: Rectangle Productions, Close Up Films, Arte France Cinema

 

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Biography

Philippe Garrel was norb in France in 1948, he directed numerous short films in his youth before making his feature debut in 1967 with Marie pour mémoire. Three years later, he directed the celebrated cult film La cicatrice intérieure with and about the rock icon Nico. His more than 25 feature films have screened and won awards at the most prestigious international festivals,

 

Synopsis

Luc travels to Paris for the first time to sit the entrance exam for a carpentry school. There he meets Djemila, a young worker with whom he enjoys a short romance, before returning to his home town and beginning a relationship with Geneviève, whom he has known since childhood. Caught between two passions, Luc runs, resolving to fulfil his father's dreams by devoting himself to his future... until finally, he experiences true love.

 

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Sole

Italy/Poland, 2019; 102 min.

 

Director:

Carlo Sironi

Production:

Kino Produzioni (Giovanni Pompili), Lava Films (Agnieszka Wasiak)

Main Cast:

Sandra Drzymalska, Claudio Segaluscio, Barbara Ronchi, Bruno Buzzi

Screenplay:

Giulia Moriggi, Carlo Sironi, Antonio Manca

Cinematographer:

Gergely Poharnok

Editor:

Andrea Maguolo

Music:

Teoniki Rożynek

Sound:

Stefano Sabatini, Marzia Cordò, Michał Fojcik

Visual Effects:

Magui Studio

 

 

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CARLO SIRONI is The Italian director studied photography and started in film as an assistant cinematographer and then assistant director. His first short film Sofia competed at Torino IFF and other festivals. He was also successful with his second short First Timer which was nominated for the competition at Venice IFF. Sole is his feature debut.

 

SYNOPSIS

Ermanno is an Italian low-life. Lena is a Polish girl, seven months pregnant. They are two strangers. Lena has come to Italy to sell her baby. Ermanno has to pretend to be the father so that he can entrust the newborn to his uncle Fabio in an adoption between relatives. But Sole, Lena’s daughter, is born pre-term so she must breastfeed her before she can go away with her money. Lena tries to deny the bond with her baby but Ermanno starts to take care of them as if he was the real father.

 

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Sisters Apart

Germany / Greece 2020; 93 min

 

Director: Daphne Charizani
Screenwriter: Daphne Charizani
Director of Photography: Falko Lachmund
Editing: David J. Rauschning
Music: Florian Tessloff
Producers: Thanassis Karathanos, Martin Hampel, Michael Weber, Viola Fügen, Kostas Lambropoulos
Production Companies: Pallas Film, Match Factory Productions, View Master Films

 

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Biography

Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, she grew up in Greece and Germany. She studied stage design in Paris, and politics in Hamburg. Her documentary Make Up screened in the 1999 Berlinale Forum and won the Hessian Screenplay Award. In 2003, her feature film Madrid was nominated for the screenplay award in the New German Cinema section of the Munich film festival and won the Hessian Film Award. With Ina Weisse she co-wrote the screenplays for Das Vorspiel and Der Architekt, the latter of which won the Screenplay Award at the 2009 Max Ophüls Award film festival.

 

Synopsis

Rojda is a young German soldier with Kurdish-Iraqi roots who has lived in Germany since childhood. She is now looking for her mother Ferhat in a Greek refugee camp. When the two finally find each other after so many years apart, they are overjoyed. But their happiness soon fades when Rojda learns that her sister Dilan is still in Iraq. Rojda succeeds in bringing her mother to Germany, but she is unable to reach her sister. When the phone rings and Dilan mentions Kurdish fighters, Rojda is filled with fear. She decides to request a redeployment to Erbil in Iraq so she can find her sister. Once there, Rojda quickly wins the trust of the female fighters. But the more intensely she searches for her sister, the more she becomes caught between the two sides.

 

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Persona N2

Georgia/Germany, 2020; 85 min. 

 

Director/ scriptwriter: Nino Basilia

Scenography: Teimuraz Gabashvili, Gela Chinchaladze

Composer: Alex Ingo Becker

Invited composers: Andro Dgebuadze, Ishwanat Kalburg (India)

Cast: Lamzira Chkheidze, Tatuli Dolidze, Daredjan Kharshiladze, Nana Butkhuzi, Ekaterine Demetradze, Ana Nikolashvili, Ani Imnadze, Ana Javakhishvili, Ana-Maria GurgeniSvili, Maro Roinishvili, Luka Tarkhan-Mouravi

Editing: Niko Tarielashvili, Davit Kiknadze

Sound design: Goglik Giorgi Gogoladze, Paata Godziashvili

Producers: Nino Basilia, Alex Ingo Becker

 

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Biography

Nino Basilia - Director and screenwriter. She studied at the High School Of Scriptwriters and Filmmakers in Moscow (VGIK) and at the Tbilisi Pedagogical Institute, Faculty of Philology and journalism, at the school of Marketing and Management in Austria, as well.

In 2003-2004 based on her script was shot TV serials – Taste of Dust and Carousel. She directed several spectacles at theater – Sexual Revolution, Junkies, Jews etc. 

Since 2011, Nino worked at Public Broadcaster (TV) and shot around 30 doc films.  In 2016, via support of Georgian National Film Center she directed the film “Anna’s Life” which was screened at around 30 international film festivals and received 8 prizes. 

 

Synopsis

Loud thoughts of nine women on existential topics, on being human, on feelings/emotions. Each of them is fulfilling the act of meeting with themselves. Person #1 meets person #2, his  Alter-Ego. The question is, who am I? Where did I come from and where am I going? The world comes into the contact with them through music and lyrics. A path of self-perception begins, which they pass via with various emotional backgrounds and which is fully saturated with love.

 

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Mare

Switzerland/Croatia, 2020; 84 min.

 

Director: Andrea Staka
Writter: Andrea Staka

Cinematography: Erol Zubčević
Editing: 
Redžinald Šimek, Thomas Imbach
Sound: 
Benoît Barraud
Sound Design: 
Igor Čamo, Peter Bräker

Music: Ephrem Lüchinger
Cast:
Marija Škaričić, Goran Navojec, Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Mirjana Karanović

Production: Okofilm Productions, Dinaridi Film, ZDF Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, ARTE, SRF Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen
Producer: Thomas Imbach, Andrea Staka, Tena Gojić

 

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Andrea Štaka was born in Switzerland in 1973. She obtained her B.A. and her M.A. at the School of Visual Arts in Zurich. Her earlier films, such as Hotel Belgrad and Yugodivas, were shown to considerable acclaim at numerous festivals, including Sundance, Locarno and Munich, and won several awards. In 2005 she won the NYSCA Individual Artist Grant. Her first feature, Das Fraulein, won several festival awards, among them the Golden Leopard of the Locarno Film Festival and the Heart of Sarajevo at the 12th SFF. Mare is her third feature film.  

 

Synopsis

Mare has never flown, although she lives right next to the airport with her husband and their three teenage kids. She loves her family, cares for them, but sometimes almost feels like a stranger in her own home. Who are these people she lives with? Mare finds herself gazing at the planes overhead, longing for change and the unknown. When one day a younger man moves into the house next door, she puts her life to the test.

 

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In Between Dying

Azerbaijan/Mexico/USA, 2020; 88 min. 

 

Director: Hilal Baydarov

Scriptwriter: Hilal Baydarov

Director of photography: Elshan Abbasov

Editor: Hilal Baydarov

Music: Kanan Rustamli

Cast: Orkhan Iskandarli, Rana Asgarova, Maryam Naghiyeva, Murvat Abdulazizov, Huseyn Nasirov

Producers: Hilal Baydarov, Elshan Abbasov

Co-producers: Carlos Reygadas, Joslyn Barnes

Production Company: Ucqar Film

Co-production Company: Splendor Omnia Studios, Louverture Films

 

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Hilal Baydarov was born in 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan. During his high school years, he won the national championships of mathematics twice in 2004 and 2005. After a master in computer sciences, he left for Sarajevo to study film directing with Bela Tarr. His debut feature film HILLS WITHOUT NAMES was premiered at the Montreal Film Festival in 2018, the same year he won the Docu Talent award at Sarajevo Film Festival for his film BIRTHDAY. WHEN THE PERSIMMONS GREW is Baydarov's third feature film which will premiere in competition at the Visions du réel film festival in Nyon.  “In Between Dying” was premiered at Venice film festival 2020. 

 

Synopsis

In Between Dying is the love story of Davud, a young man trying to find his "real" family, who completes his life cycle in a single day.  When he does find Love, it's in the place he has always lived. But it is too late.

 

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Conference

Estonia/Italy/Russia/UK, 2020; 135min

 

Director: Ivan Tverdovsky

Writer: Ivan Tverdovsky

Editor: Ivan Tverdovsky

Cinematography: Fedor Glazachev

Sound: Rustam Medov

Cast: Anna Mikhalkova, Natalya Pavlenkova, Natalya Potapova, Kseniya Zueva, Yan Tsapnik 

Producers:  Katerina Mikhaylova Konstantin Fam Egor Odintsov

 

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Born in 1988 in Moscow (Russia), he graduated from Moscow’s Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in 2011. His short and feature documentaries have garnered awards at Russian and international festivals. He holds the job of curator of short Russian films at the Moscow Film Festival. Corrections Class, inspired by the novel by psychologist Ekaterina Murashova, i s his feature debut.

 

Synopsis

Natalia, a nun from a remote Russian monastery, comes to Moscow 17 years after the terrorist attack in Dubrovka Theatre. She was sent there to organize a memorial evening for the victims of the attack that happened in October 2002. We soon learn that Natalia and her family were the witnesses of the attack. Almost forgotten now by the outside world the organizers and participants of the memorial evening or the Conference (as they were asked to call it officially) are made feel like a burden by the rest of the society. Following the chronology of the events as told by a few participants in the memorial evening we learn the dark details of Natalia’s personal story.

 

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Germany / Netherlands, 2020; 183 min. 

 

Director: Burhan Qurbani

Screenplay: Martin Behnke, Burhan Qurbani

Cinematography: Yoshi Heimrath

Editing: Philipp Thomas

Music: Dascha Dauenhauer

Casting: Suse Marquardt, Alexandra Koknat

Producers: Leif Alexis, Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach

Co-producers: Leontine Petit, Erik Glijnias

Co-production: Lemming Film, Amsterdam; ZDF und Arte, Mainz

 

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Burhan Qurbani was born in 1980, his parents fled Afghanistan as victims of political persecution in 1979 and came to Germany. His father’s work in the US army meant he grew up in various German cities. After gaining experience at the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Stadttheater Hannover, he began a degree in fiction directing at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg in 2002. His graduation film, Shahada, screened in the 2010 Berlinale Competition; his second feature, Wir sind jung. Wir sind stark., opened Rome Film Fest as well as Hof International Film Festival in 2014. Both films won several awards.

 

Synopsis

 As Francis, 30, the only survivor of an illegal crossing from Africa, awakes at a beach in Southern Europe, he swears an oath to God: From now on he wants to be a new, a better, a decent man. Soon after Francis finds himself in Berlin, where he realizes how hard it is to be righteous when you are an illegal refugee in Germany – without papers, without nation and without a work permit. When he receives an enticing offer from the charismatic German Reinhold, 31, to earn easy money, Francis initially resists the temptation, maintains his oath and stays away from Reinhold's shady dealings. But eventually he is sucked into Berlin's underworld and his life spirals out of control.

 

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BIAFF International Competition - Doc Films

The Whale from Lorino

Poland, 2019, 59 min

 

Film Director: Maciej Cuske

Cinematography: Piotr Bernaś

Script: Maciej Cuske

Music: Michał Jacaszek

Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk, Jarosław Sadowski

Editing: Katarzyna Orzechowska

Production: Mikołaj Pokromski, Aldona Pokromska (Pokromski Studio)

 

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Biography

 Filmmaker dedicated to independent film and music videos. In 2004 he finished Andrzej Wajda’s Film School and has been creating documentary cinema since. His main subject is plain life, where he looks for humor and warmth. In a surrounding reality, regardless of it being far away of just outside his window, he aims to find the cinema in life. 

He conducts workshops for young cinematographers across Poland, and since 2007 is a part of his hometown’s Bydgoszcz Film Chronicles – a place for the young and creative people. He is a member of the board of experts in the Polish Film Institute since 2009 and has been the head of
a documentary course in Warsaw Film School since 2012. 

 

Synopsis

Chukotka, a place located on the edge of Siberia, where the cold winter lasts ten months. It's a severe land, where only the strongest are able to survive. One of the oldest Siberian tribes live there for centuries. Its tradition, culture and life in harmony with nature, were brutally destroyed by the Soviet regime. Since the USSR collapsed they have been trying to survive, missing the wisdom of their ancestors and hope for the future.

One of the last sources of life and tradition of Chukchi is whale fishing, whose fate is also threatened. For the Chukchi people, the whales are hope to survive the next winter. When the land of Lorino warms up from the sun, the hunting begins.

 

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The Gift

Italy, 2019; 89 min.

 

Directed by: Giuliano Fratini

Screenplay: Giuliano Fratini

Cinematography: Francesco Crispino, Stefano Talone

Editing: Maurizio Baglivo

Music: Bernardino Fratini, Pipe's Not Dead

Producer: Giuliano Fratini

Production: Infinitas Film

Cast:Giuseppe Lanci, Ali Chamraev, Andrej A. Tarkovskij, Marlen M. Chuciev, Norman Mozzato, Krzysztof Zanussi, Donatella Baglivo, Enrica Fico, Manolo Bolognini, Renzo Rossellini, Luciano Tovoli

 

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Biography

Giuliano Fratini was born on September 27th 1972 in Tivoli (Rome). Graduated at DAMS Roma Tre University with a thesis on Marlen Khutsiev's Infinitas. He won the Special Jury Prize at the Franz Kafka Italia with his first novel, Three Days (Cleup, 2014). Il Dono (Dar/The Gift) is his first movie.

 

Synopsis

After the release of Nostalghìa, Andrei Tarkovsky runs out his Soviet authorities permission to work abroad: he has to go back home. He understands from the messages of some friends and colleagues that his life in Russia would be even tougher than before. He then decides to break with Soviet authorities and leaves his friends that are hosting him in Rome and takes refuge in a secret location.

 

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The Disqualified

Tunisia, France, Qatar, 2020; 114 min.

 

Director: Hamza Ouni

Screenwriter: Hamza Ouni, Cecile Vargaftig

Producer: Erige Sehiri, Stephane Jourdain, Ahmed Kefi

 

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Hamza Ouni is a Tunisian filmmaker who began his career at the School of Arts and Cinema in Tunis. Hamza Ouni’s first full-length documentary, El Gort, received an international critique from the International Federation of Cinematographic Press (FIPRESCI) and was premiered at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, where he earned the prize for Best Filmmaker from the Arab World. He also received the Talent Dove Award at the Leipzig DOK festival in 2014 and the Bronze Tanit Award at Carthage in 2014.

 

Synopsis

Hailing from Mohammedia, Tunisia, the film documents twelve years in the life of Mehrez. A gifted dancer and actor, but also irresistibly addicted to gambling and horse races, he struggles on a daily basis with himself and the bewildering contradictions of his country. In his unstoppable quest for truthful emotions, Mehrez defies all rules.

 

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Promised Land

Italy, 2020

 

Director: Daniele Tommaso

Screenplay: Daniele Tommaso

Editing: Angelo Musciagna

Cinematography: Iari Marcelli

Music: Valerio Vigliar

 

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Daniele Tommaso is an Italian filmmaker and a documentary director. He founded Videocast which from the 80s produces films about culture, arts and fashion.

 

Synopsis

The Mediterranean Sea has always been a crossing point allowing people to find welcoming shores and a better future. During and after the World War II the Jews who survived the Shoah crossed it from Italy to get to the land they left 2000 years before, Palestine or, as they preferred to call it, Eretz Yisrael. In fact, Italy - responsible of Fascist Racial Laws during the war - later granted them protection and the possibility to leave from their coasts. Great Britain took position against the mass migration, fearing the Arabs in the Region would become a minority irritated by the circumstances. Ben-Gurion charged the Mossad LeAliyah Bet, the ancestor of the Israeli Secret Intelligence Service, with the operation of bringing to Eretz Yisrael the greatest number of Jews and lobbying for the recognition of the State of Israel among the International Community. Yehuda Arazi and Ada Sereni were leading the operation. The director met witnesses and experts as well as Yehuda Arazi and Ada Sereni’s heirs in order to retrace this political thriller and at the same to tell a touching story.

 

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Paris Calligrammes

France/Germany, 2020, 129 min.

 

Written and directed by: Ulrike Ottinger

Cinematography: Ulrike Ottinger

Editing : Anette Fleming

Sound: Timothee Alazraki

Producers: Thomas Kufus, Kornelia Theune

Co-producers: Pierre-Olivier Bardet, Gerald Collas 

Co-production: Idéale Audience, Paris INA- Institut national de L’audiovisuel, Paris ZDF/3sat, Mainz

 

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Born in Konstanz, Germany in 1942. She worked as a painter and photographer in Paris from 1962–1968. She founded the Visuell film club in Konstanz in 1969, and led it until 1972; she also founded galeriepress, an art gallery and press. She has lived in Berlin since 1973. Alongside her film work she also produces operas and theatre and is present on the international art scene with photo exhibitions.

Her films have run at the most important international film festivals and tribute has been shown in many retrospective shows, for example in the New York Museum of Modern Art, in the Parisian Cinémathèque française, the Centre Pompidou, the Biennale di Venezia and in the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive.

 

Synopsis

Ulrike Ottinger in Paris Calligrammes, she explores the landscape of her memories of the city that she called home for 20 years and that helped shape her beginnings as a painter and filmmaker. Ottinger moved to Paris in her twenties and immersed herself in the cultural scene of the 1950s populated by heroes of the avant-garde and a new generation of artists and intellectuals. Meandering between bookshops, concert halls, theatres, cinemas, museums and cafés, Ottinger presents her personal pantheon, and at the same time maps a decisive era both in art – as Dada and Surrealism gave way to Situationism and Pop Art – and in politics where, in-between post-war hopes, the Algerian conflict and the student movements of 1968, there was much to discuss. Nonetheless, the film maintains its intimate stance throughout, assembling a rich and emotionally charged repertoire of film clips, news reports, photos and songs with the same meticulous affection that people used to stick newspaper clippings and photos in a diary so they could write around them

 

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Bazyl

Ukraine, 2020; 65 min. 

 

Director: Roman Shirman

Script: Roman Shirman / Semeon Sluchevsky

Director of Photography: Oleksii Stepanov

Producer: Hennadiy Kofman 

 

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Professor Roman Shirman (25.10.1952) is one of the leading and most respected film directors in Ukraine. In 1975, he graduated with honors from the directing department of the All-Union State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) in Moscow. Author of more than 50 documentaries and feature films, television programs. Roman Shirman collaborated and continues to work with leading film studios and television channels (Kiev film studio of popular science films, National Cinema of Ukraine, Ukrainian film studio of documentaries, Interfilm, Cinema Studios, ICTV, INTER, Russia and others). Roman Shirman is a laureate of many national and international film festivals.

Along with work in films and on television, Roman Shirman successfully conducts teaching work.   From 1997 to the present, he teaches directing, heads the departments of directing and film and television art at the Institute of Cinema and Television of the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. He is the author of six books on directing and screenwriting. Since 2009, Roman Shirman - Secretary of the Board of the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine.  

 

Synopsis

The film is not only about football. This story is about how, on the whim of the authorities, the famous coach Oleg Bazylevich was declared a pseudo-scientist and thrown out of work. He could not fight the lawless, anti-human communist system - all he had was his dignity and willpower.

This was a man who never asked for anything and did not complain about anything. Shortly before his death, Bazylevich was asked if he wanted something. Bedridden Bazyl, as the fans called him, replied: “I want... At least one more time to strike the ball…”

 

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Ayouni

UK/Qatara, 2020; 75 min.

 

Director: Yasmin Fedda

Screenwriter: Yasmin Fedda

Producer: Hugh Hartford, Elhum Shakerifar

 

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Yasmin Fedda is a BAFTA-nominated documentary director. Her films have screened extensively at festivals including Sundance and Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have been broadcast on BBC and Al Jazeera. She has made three films in or on Syria, most recently 'Queens of Syria' (2014), which won the Black Pearl award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and best female director at Carthage Film Festival. Yasmin has a PhD in Transdisciplinary Documentary Film, and is also a co-founder and programmer of Highlight Arts, an organisation that works with artists in times of conflict.

 

Synopsis

Bassel was a successful open source developer and hacker in Damascus. Paolo was a well-known priest based in Mar Musa monastery. Both men were active in the 2011 revolution, and witnesses to crimes before they were forcibly disappeared. ‘Ayouni’ follows these two high-profile figures of the Syrian revolution and asks how to rebuild a country when its civil society has been disappeared, killed and scattered across continents. Much like archaeologists, we are left to dig through the dirt in the hope of finding mere fragments of the truth.

 

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BIAFF International Competition - Short Films

Broccoli Soup

Georgia, 2020, 16 min.

 

Director: Nikoloz Verdzadze

Screenplay: Nikoloz Verdzadze

Cameraman: Tornike Tavadze

Painter: Davit Romanadze

Cast: Giorgi Kurava, Anano Chanidze, Gocha Guntaishvili, Nina Diasamidze, Davit Verdzadze

 

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Nikoloz Verdzadze was born in 1992 in Batumi. Since 2018, he is a film directing student at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Stage and Film/TVof Batumi Art University (Zaza Khalvashi Film Studio).

 

Synopsis

Irakli and Elena escape city life in a highland village. They want to restore a good relationship. Elena tries to create spiritual peace through yoga, while Irakli is addicted to alcohol, therefore they do not have a harmonious relationship, nevertheless they continue to live together.

 

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Tirishko

Iran, 2020; 12 min. 

 

Director: Shakiba Khaleghi

Writer: Shakiba Khaleghi

Cast: Shakiba Khaleghi, Sharif  sharigi, Ali Davoudnejad 

Producer: Bahram KHALEGHI

 

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Shakiba Khaleghi was born in Ispahan, Iran,  in 1986. She graduated with a degree in Cinema Direction from the Tehran University of Art and Architecture in 2011, and has since been director’s assistant on several feature films and theatre plays. She has also edited various shorts and features. Tirishko is her first very own short film.

 

Synopsis

A young woman lives alone in Tehran with her cat, Tirishko. Having learnt that her mother in Ispahan is ill, she decides to go and look after her. But as she cannot find anyone to take care of Tirishko, she sets off with the cat in tow. Her subsequent journey is not without incident.

 

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Spring 2020

Spain, 2020; 14min. 

 

Director/script: Valentine Iconaru

Producer: Valentine Iconaru

 

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Valentine Iconaru lives in Spain. He is author of several short fimls  - Hero (2013), Smartphone (2016), Spring 2020  etc. 

 

Synopsis

Valentine is a professional photographer who has lost the inspiration and desire to create while living alone in his home, confined by the Covid-19.

 

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Perpetual Night

Portugal, 2020; 17 min.

 

Director/Script: Pedro Peralta

Producer: João Matos

Cast: Paz Couso, Domicilia Nunes, Sara Piris

 

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Biography

Pedro Peralta was born in Lisbon, where he lives and works. In 2012, he directed the short film MUPEPY MUNATIM (2012), selected and distinguished in several national and international festivals. In 2016 directed the short film ASCENSION, internationally premiered at the Critics' Week of the Cannes Film Festival and selected in more than seventy festivals (it was shown at BIAFF too). He is currently working on the development of his first feature film, KA.

 

Synopsis

Castuera, Spain, April 1939. During the night two Falangist Guards appear at the door of the house where Paz is taking refuge with her family. They request her presence at the police station. Paz immediately understands the fatality of this visit. With no chance to escape, she asks to breastfeed her newborn daughter one last time.

 

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Lumina

France, 2020; 19 min.

 

Director/script: Julien Feret

Cinematographer: Fiona Braillon

Editor: Denis Bedlow

Producer: Julien Feret

Cast: Tornike Gogrichiani

 

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Paris, in a bourgeois apartment, Lumina, an ageless Vietnamese woman, dreams of another life.

 

Biography

Julien Feret is Producer for AMA Productions since 2009.   In 2019 was Co-producer of AND THEN WE DANCED directed by Levan Akin. In 2020 he made short film LUMINA 

 

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Lolo

Poland, 2020; 12 min.

 

Director/script: Michał Piotrowski

Producer: Agata Jarmułowicz, Aleksandra Kubisa

Director of photography: Fryderyk Potoczek

Cast: Bartłomiej Błaszczyńsk, Aleksandra Fielek, Maciej Nogieć

 

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Biography

Michał Piotrowski - born in 1990 in Katowice, Poland. Student of film directing at Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. Professional actor in Silesian Theatre in Katowice, leader of Gry i Ludzie Theatre, co-founder and leader of Czwarta Scena Theatre. Author of six theatre performances and two short films: „Lolo” and "Kattowitz". 

 

Synopsis

"Lolo" is a steampunk parable story about where the role exchange can lead. The title character is a cleaner who gets the chance to see how the world looks from a completely different perspective.

 

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The kites

Iran, 2020; 14 min.

 

Director/Script: Sayed Payam Hosseini

Producer: Sayed Payam Hosseini

 

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Seyed Payam Hosseini Born in Sanandaj, Iran.  Graduated in Architecture Faculty.  Graduate of Iranian Young Cinema Association (Sanandaj Office). Managing Director of Priya Film Haghighat (Filmmaking) Company

 

Synopsis

Border boy falls in love with a girl who lives across the border. She tries to reach out to the girl through the missing girl's kite on the other side of the border.

 

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Kids

Georgia, 2020; 7 min. 

 

Director/script: Levan Chkonia 

Cinematography:  Ignacy Ciszewsky

Editing: Levan Chkonia

 

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Levan Chkonia - Studies fiction film directing at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University (under supervision of Dato Janelidze). Besides studying in university, he also have taken part in international project during which he worked with students from foreign countries and also from Batumi.  

Ignacy Ciszewsky - Studies cinematography at National University in Lodz

 

Synopsis

In Adjarian village Kirnati is a well organized kindergarten, which everyday hosts dozens of children, but one day huge snow came and teachers had nothing to do but wait for children all day.

 

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I Need the Handshakes

Belarus, 2020; 18 min.

 

Director: Andrei Kutsila

Script: Andrei Kutsila

 

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Andrei Kutsila in 2007 earned his degree in International Journalism from the Belarusian State University and later the Belarusian Academy of Fine Arts in Minsk. Since then he has collaborated with various producers and TV stations as a freelance filmmaker and participated in many international education programmes (including IDFA Academy and Berlinale Talents). In 2018 he won the IDFA award in the Best Medium-Length Documentary Film category for "Summa". In 2019, he was awarded with the Silver Hobby-Horse for the best documentary film in the National Competition of the Krakow Film Festival. 

 

Synopsis

Old woman, being in the latter years of her life, opens the worn-out notebooks of her daughter in a remote village, and together we go on a journey to the unknown world of the person who is abandoned and forgotten.

 

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Good Man

Albania, 2020; 14 min.

 

Director/Script: Ergys Meta

Cast: Kastriot Ramollari, Neritan Liçaj 

Producer: CIRCE, Apulia film commission,ERA film 

 

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Ergys Meta is known for the retrieval of neo-noir sub-genres in Albania. He studied in Bologna  per Cinematography Critic at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Lettere e Filosofia corso DAMS cinema mediologico. Ergys during the Academy years had a recognition and appreciation from the cinematic community in Tirana, where immediately after finishing the academy won three projects at the Albanian National Center of Cinematography.

 

Synopsis

An middle aged man is going in his hunting cabin in the middle of nowhere. After his wife loss, the only company is his hunting dog. The silence is disturbed by an escaped prisoner. The man is in dilemma: either to help or report the prisoner.

 

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Their Earth Chronicles

Georgia, 2020; 20 min. 

 

Director: Anna Sarukhanova

DOP Anna Sarukhanova

Editor: Tornike Mezvrishvili

Special Thanks to Nini Rtveliashvili, Marianna Akopian, Dima Gomberg

 

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What do children do when the whole world is in isolation due to the coronavirus and they have to spend all their time at home? Do they go to online classes? Do they call friends? Improvise on the piano? Sunbath on the balcony? Do they easily adapt to their isolation? This film follows the lives of two small dreamers, stuck in isolation in Tbilisi during the spring of 2020, the spring of the coronavirus.

 

Biography

Anna Sarukhanova was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1988. She graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University and continued her education at the Directors’ Faculty of the Postgraduate School of Screenwriters and Film Directors (V. Khotinenko, V. Fenchenko and P. Finn workshop). In 2016 her short film «Till the end of the day» - was in official selection of Locarno Film Festival, (Pardi di Domani section). In 2018 Anna took part in Berlinale Talents.

 

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Everything About Nothing

Georgia, 2020; 10 min. 

 

Director: Mirian Oragvelidze, Saba Kareli 

Script: Mirian Oragvelidze, Saba Kareli

 

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Saba Kareli – since 2018, student of  film faculty of Shota Rustaveli State University of Theatre and Film. Studies film directing at film class of director Dato Janelidze and his assistant Vakho Jajanidze. Besides studying on university, participated in two international projects.

Mirian Oragvelidze – since 2017   studding in Batumi art teaching university’s faculty of theater and TV/Film art faculty. Film Class of Zaza Khalvashi. 

 

Synopsis

The film tells the story of a large family in a village, which is locked in one space due to snow, but despite being in the same building, they do not have close contact with each other. The main character is Nika, disabled persons. He is excluded from siblings and only has a relationship with the father.  

 

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BIAFF 2020 - MASTERS COLLECTION

Valley of Gods

Poland/Luxembourg/USA, 2019; 131 min.

 

Director: Lech Majewski
Screenwriter: Lech Majewski
DoP: Lech Majewski, Paweł Tybora
Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

Producer: Lech Majewski, FIlip Jan Rymsza

Production design: Christopher R. Demuri, Lech Majewski
Costume design: Ewa Kochańska, Eva Minge, Carolyn Leone
Cast: Josh Hartnett, John Malkovich, Keir Dullea, Jaime Ray Newman, Berenice Marlohe, Joseph Runningfox, John Rhys-Davies, Steven Skyler, Saginaw Grant, Owee Rae, Tokala Black Elk, Marek Probosz, Cris D’Annunzio, John A. Lorenz, Lech Dyblik

 

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Born 1953, Katowice, Poland. Lech Majevski is a film and stage director, screenwriter and author, and is regarded as a leading filmmaker of our time. In 2006 the Museum of Modern Art in New York organized a major retrospective of his work; Majewski was the first Polish artist to be honored in this way. He began as a film director at the end of the 1970s. After martial law was declared in the early 80s, he left his native Poland and emigrated to England and subsequently to the USA. He became celebrated not only as a filmmaker but also as an important opera director. He received considerable critical acclaim for The Garden of Earthly Delights (2004), which took away the Grand Prix from the Roma Independent Film Festival.  Awarded at numerous international festivals. Lecturer at many universities and colleges around the world.

 

Synopsis

VALLEY OF THE GODS stars Malkovich as the reclusive richest man on earth and Hartnett as his would-be biographer, and intertwines their stories with an ancient Navajo legend as it explores how supernatural visions clash with reality, creating a fascinating, mysterious and idiosyncratic vision of America.

 

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Undine

Germany/France, 2020; 90 min.

 

Written and directed by: Christian Petzold

Cinematography: Hans Fromm

Editing: Bettina Böhler

Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka

Producers: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Executive Producer: Anton Kaiser

Co-production: Les Films du Losange, Paris

Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Maryam Zaree, Jacob Matschenz

 

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Born in Hilden, Germany in 1960, he has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German and drama at Freie Universität Berlin and then, from 1988 to 1994, film at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). He directed his first feature film in 1995. Made in 2000, his film The State I Am In won Gold at the German Film Awards; he was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director for Barbara in 2012. Undine marks his fifth film to be presented in the Berlinale Competition and, following Transit, his second collaboration with Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski.

 

Synopsis

Undine is a city guide in Berlin. But when the man she loves leaves her, the ancient myth catches up with her. Undine has to kill the man who betrays her and return to the water.

 

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The Best Years of a Life

France, 2019; 90 min. 

 

Director: Claude Lelouch

Screenplay: Claude Lelouch, Valérie Perrin

Cinematography: Robert Alazraki

Film editing: Stéphane Mazalaigue

Music: Francis Lai, Calogero

Cast: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Anouk Aimée, Souad Amidou, Antoine Sire, Marianne Denicourt, Monica Bellucci, Tess Lauvergne, Vincent Vinel, Jean-Yves Cressenville, Laurent Prudhomme

Producer: Samuel Hadida, Victor Hadida, Claude Lelouch

Production: Les Films 13, Davis Films, France 2 Cinéma

 

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Claude Lelouch, (born October 30, 1937, Paris), French director and screenwriter who was noted chiefly for his lush visual style. Taking a simpler, more straightforward approach to narrative than his colleagues in the “New Wave”, Lelouch has consistently found success at the box office despite frequent disparagement of his work by critics.

He achieved prominence in 1966 with his film Un Homme et une femme (A Man and a Woman), which shared the Grand Prize at the Cannes film festival and won two Academy Awards (for best foreign film and for best original story and screenplay). Lelouch’s later notable movies included the musical Les Uns et les autres (1981; Bolero) and Les Misérables (1995), an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic novel. The latter won a Golden Globe Award for best foreign film. Lelouch continued to direct into the early 21st century, and the dramedy Chacun sa vie (Everyone’s Life) was released in 2017.

 

Synopsis

They knew each other long ago: a man and a woman whose dazzling and unexpected romance captured in the now-iconic film, revolutionized our understanding of love. Today, the former race car driver seems lost in the pathways of his memory. In order to help him, his son seeks out the woman his father wasn’t able to cherish but whom he constantly revisits in his thoughts and dreams. Anne reunites with Jean-Louis and their story picks up where they left it…

 

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Charlatan

Czech Republic/Ireland/Slovakia/Poland 2020; 118 min.

 

Director: Agnieszka Holland

Writer: Marek Epstein   

DoP:  Martin Štrba

Editor:  Pavel Hrdlička 

Sound: Radim Hladíkjr.   

Music: Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz 

Producer: Šárka Cimbalová, Kevan Van Thompson

Cast: Ivan Trojan, Josef Trojan, Juraj Loj, Jaroslava Pokorná

Production Company: Marlene Film Production, Czech Anglo Productions, F&ME, Madants sp. z o.o., Furia Film, Czech Television, RTVS, Barrandov Studios, Studio Metrage

 

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Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1948, she graduated from the FAMU film school in Prague and began her career assisting Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. She collaborated with Krzysztof Kieślowski on the screenplay of his Three Colors trilogy. Her film Gorączka screened in Competition at the Berlinale in 1981, the year in which she emigrated to Paris. Since then she has made over 30 films, winning awards including the Golden Globe and a Berlinale Silver Bear, and being nominated for a BAFTA and an Emmy. Her films In Darkness, Europa Europa and Angry Harvest were all nominated for an Academy Award.

 

Synopsis

Inspired by the true story of herbalist Jan Mikolasek, who dedicated his life to caring for the sick in spite of the immense obstacles he faced in his private and public life. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Mikolasek wins fame and fortune using unorthodox treatment methods to cure a wide range of diseases. Already a local institution in Czechoslovakia before World War II, the healer gains in reputation and wealth whether during the Nazi occupation or under the Communist rule. One after the other, every regime will want to use his skills and in return gives him protection. But how high shall be the costs to maintain this status as the tide turns?

 

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BIAFF 2020 - Georgian Panorama

Twelve Lessons

Georgia, 2019, 74 min. 

 

Director: Giorgi Mrevlishvili

Screenplay: Giorgi Mrevlishvili

Music: Nino Janjghava

Editing: Giorgi Mrevlishvili

Sound: Davit Khositashvili

Cast: Valerian Kotrikadze, Vako Kotrikadze

Producer: Jeremy Gaskill

Production: MAC Georgia

 

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Valerian Kotrikadze and his grandson Vako live in the rural village of Buknari, about 300 km away from the capital city. Valerian is a former soldier with a strong sense of organisation and discipline. The grandfather wants Vako to become an independent person and works tirelessly with him to help him learn a craft and to become a full member of a society.

 

 

Biography

Giorgi Mrevlishvili was born in 1983 in Tbilisi. In 2006, he graduated from Tbilisi State University with Master’s degree in International Journalism, then he earned his MFA in Film from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (USA) in 2013. Mrevlishvili has produced and directed numerous documentaries, short fiction and experimental films through 2004-2019. He is interested in practicing different modes of filmmaking and writing a book exploring experimental processes in documentary films. 

 

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Shindisi

Georgia, 2019; 105 min.

 

Director: Dito Tsintsadze

Screenplay: Irakli Solomanashvili

D.o.p.:  Konstantin Mindia Esadze

Editors: Levan Kukhashvili

Art Director: Teo Baramidze

Costume Designer: Ketevan Kalandadze

Music Score: Zviad Mghebri

Sound: Beso Kacharava

Cast: Goga Pipinashvili, Dato Bakhtadze, Tamuna Abshilava, Mariam Jibladze

Produced by: 20 STEPS PRODUCTIONS , FREE MOVIE STUDIO 

Producers: Vladimer Katcharava, Edmond Minashvili, Konstantin Esadze.

 

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Dito Tsintsadze  was born in 1957 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Gradueted from attended the Tbilisi Theater and Film Institute in 1981. After assisting various directors, he made his first short film in 1984 and then began working for the private film production company "Shvidkatsa". His feature film ON THE BORDER (Zghvardze, 1993) won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1993. In the late nineties he moved to Berlin, where he currently lives. His first feature shot in Germany, LOST KILLERS, premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2000, and won Grand Prize in Cottbus, Silver Alexander in Thessaloniki and Silver Prometheus in Tbilisi. His next feature film, SCHUSSANGST, won the Golden Seashell at the San Sebastián IFF in 2003. His latest film, INHALE-EXHALE, was awarded the Golden Goblet – Grand Jury Prize (Dito Tsintsadze) and Golden Goblet for Best Actress (Salome Demuria) at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2019.

 

Synopsis

A story of the film is based on real events that occurred during the Russian military intervention in Georgia in 2008. Shindisi is the name of the place where Russian occupation forces sieged Georgian military after the peace corridor was promised, this is when ordinary villagers took risks to save wounded Georgian soldiers.

 

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Kakhetian Train

Georgia, 2019; 44 min. 

 

Director: Lali Kiknavelidze

Screenplay: Lali Kiknavelidze, Archil Kikodze, Mikho Mosulishvili

Cinematography: Gela Chinchaladze

Production Design: Mamuka Esadze

Costumes: Ketie Kalandadze

Sound: Beso Kacharava

Producer: Lali Kiknavelidze, Dato Kiknavelidze

Cast: Misha Gomiashvili, Ia Shugliashvili, Nika Tserediani, Giorgi Beridze, Mamuka Javakhishvili, Vaja Khutsishvili, Mamuka Tevzadze, Giorgi Gogishvili

Production: Lira production Studios

 

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Film tells the story of the father, Misha, who in the daily bustle of life lost the moment when his son becomes a man, and now he is the unknown person for him. Very late Misha realizes that his son's criminal life is only his fault, but it's already very late now – his son is dead. This ruins his life and personality, he can't find a place in life anymore. One day Misha finds painting of Nikala Pirosmani, this moment helps him come to terms with himself.

 

Biography

Lali Kiknavelidze  was born in 1969 in Tbilisi. She graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Georgian State University of Theatre and Film, film directing department in 2003, and from theTbilisi State University, faculty of philology and scriptwriting in 1991.

 

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Negative Numbers

Georgia/France/Italy, 2019, 90 min. 

 

 

Director: Uta Beria

Screenplay: Uta Beria

Cinematography: Tato Kotetishvili

Costumes: Tinatin Kvinikadze 

Editing: Alexander Khuranov, Nodar Nozadze

Cast: Sandro Kalandadze, Giorgi Khurtsilava, Gaga Shishinashvili, Tedo Bekauri, Biko Barbakadze, Ana Javakhishvili, Lasha Katsiashvili

Sound: Olivier Leroy

Music: Tete Noise, Sandro Chinchaladze

Producer: David Isakadze,  Konstantine Takaishvili

Co-Producer: Loic Magneron, Brett Walker, Miguel Govea, Alfredo Federico, Simona Banchi

Production: Magnet Films, Wide, Alief, 39 Films

 

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Synopsis

The film is based on real events. Rugby training is introduced in the juvenile detention center of Georgia, which, in agreement with the administration, is run by the prisoners, according to the criminal laws. Rugby, along with physical improvement, causes mental changes too, and the main character is facing a dilemma. He needs to make a choice between authoritarian power and inner freedom.

 

Biography

Uta Beria was born in 1987. In 2009 he graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University, Faculty of Television and Film (Tinatin Chabukiani’s workshop). In 2011 he received a master’s degree in Film Directing at the same University (Kote Jandieri’s workshop).

 

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Dead Souls’ Vacation

Georgia, 2020; 67 min.   

 

Director: Keko Chelidze

Script: Keko Chelidze, Kote Kalandadze

Cinematography: Kote Kalandadze

Editing: Keko Chelidze, Kote Kalandadze, Elene Asatiani

Sound: Kote Kalandadze

Music: Levan Svanidze, Gia Toidze

Colour Correction: Levan Kukhashvili

Cast: Levan Svanidze, Lamara Svanidze, Inga Mghebrishvili, Gia Toidze

Producer: Kote Kalandadze, Elene Margvelashvili

Production Company: Parachute Films

 

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A once-popular musician in Tbilisi is now jobless, joyless and crammed into a shoebox-sized one-room

apartment with his elderly mother, leaving little space for independence or optimism in this absurd,

intimate slice of ex-Soviet life. 

 

Biography

Keko Chelidze is a young Georgian director and scriptwriter. She studied Film and Television Directing at the Tbilisi State University and since 2012 has been working with the production company 'Parachute Films' as a writer, director and assistant director. In 2016, Ekaterine completed her first short documentary ‘Better Than Dog’ and in 2017 her co-written script for Kote Kalandadze’s feature fiction film ‘The Drummer’ won 1st place at the Georgian National Film Center's debut film competition. Having recently completed her debut feature documentary 'Dead Souls' Vacation’, Ekaterine is in pre-production with her feature fiction film 'No More'.

 

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BIAFF - COVIDEO short films competition

CINEDOC Doc films program

Varda by Agnès

France, 2019,  115 min.

 

Director: Agnès Varda
Script: Agnès Varda
Cinematography: Agnès Varda
Producer: Rosalie Varda
Editing: Agnès Varda, Nicolas Longinoti
Sound: David chaulier, Alan savary

 

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Agnès Varda was born in Ixelles, Belgium in 1928 and grew up alongside four brothers and sisters. Agnès Varda spent her teenage years in Sète then moved to Paris where she studied at the École du Louvre and took evening classes in photography at the École de Vaugirard.  She held her first personal exhibition in 1954 in the courtyard of her home. That same year, Agnès Varda made the move to cinema without any formal training. She founded Ciné Tamaris (a cooperative) to produce and direct her first feature, LA POINTE COURTE, which has earned her the title "Godmother of the French New Wave." She has since directed short films and features, both fiction and documentaries. In 2003, she began her third career as a visual artist at the Venice Biennale.  

 

Synopsis

Agnès Varda takes a seat on a theatre stage. This professional photographer, installation artist and pioneer of the Nouvelle Vague is an institution of French cinema but a fierce opponent of any kind of institutional thinking. In this film, she offers insights into her oeuvre, using excerpts from her work to illustrate – more associatively than chronologically – her artistic visions and ideas.  

Whether in front of the camera or behind it, Agnès Varda is a visual storyteller who eschews convention and prescribed approaches to drama. Together with some of her fellow travelers, she takes the audience on a journey through her world of unorthodox images.

 

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Sunless Shadows

Iran/Norway, 2019; 74 min

 

Director: Mehrdad Oskouei

Cinematography: Mehdi Azadi

Editing: Amir Adibparvar

Music: Afshin Azizi

Sound Designer: Mahmoud Khorsand

Executive producer: Siavash Jamali for Emrooz film

Production: Mehrdad Oskouei for Oskouei Films, Carsten Aanonsen for Indie Film

 

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Biography

Mehrdad Oskouei, independent producer, filmmaker, photographer and Iranian researcher, graduated in directing at the Arts University and turned to theater before directing his first short film: Another Birth (1988). He is a cultural ambassador of the United Nations Humanitarian Committee and a founding member of the Institute of Anthropology and Culture of Iran.

In 2010, Mehrdad Oskouei received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iranian Documentary Filmmaker Association, as well as the Prince Claus Award in the Netherlands.
According to the New York Times, he is one of the most important documentary filmmakers in Iran.

 

Synopsis 

In an Iranian juvenile detention center, a group of adolescent girls serve their sentences for murdering their fathers, husbands or other male family members. Beyond a prison, we slowly come to understand that this closed, female-only environment is also a shelter for women, away from an aggressive, male-dominated society.

The director has forged a remarkable relationship with these women prisoners, filming their honest conversations and joyful interactions, and who privately open up about the consequences, and sometimes the reasons, for their actions.

 

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Faith

Italy, 2019,  93 min.

 

Director: Valentina Pedicini
Script: Valentina Pedicini
Cinematography: Bastian Esser
Sound: Simone Brizio, Oscar Stiebitz
Editing: Luca Mandrile
Original music: Federico Campana
Production: Donatella Palermo for Stemal Entertainment

 

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Biography

Valentina Pedichin was born in 1978 in the province of Brindisi. At the age of 18 she moved to Rome, where she studied Italian philology and linguistics, after that she continued her studies at the Zelig Film School. Her documentaries are distinguished by their special individual style and have been presented at numerous  nternational film festivals. Valentina's latest work, Faith, participated in the competition section of the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (2019). 

 

Synopsis

An isolated monastery in the Italian hills. A kung fu master. A community of Christian monks, with a touch of Asian disciplines. A single faith: to fight evil in the name of the Father. For twenty years, the Warrior Monks, former martial arts champions, have been preparing for a “higher” war, amid night-time prayers and gruelling train- ing sessions. A poetic, emotional journey in an unknown world. A film to investigate the profound motivations for a radical choice, the reasons for devotion. What is one willing to lose, in order to win in the name of faith?

 

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In a Whisper 

Spain/France/Switzerland/Cuba, 2019, 80 min.

 

Directors: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Script: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Producer: Daniel Froiz
Cinematography: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Editing: Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández, Diana Toucedo
Sound design: Sergio Fernández Borrás, Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández
Music: Olivier Militon, Patricia Cadaveira

 

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Heidi Hassan 

Heidi Hassan (Cuba, 1978). After getting a degree in Cinematography from the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba in 2002, she emigrated to Switzerland where she continued her professional training at the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design in Geneva (HEAD). Her work has been presented in prestigious international film festivals where they received several awards and critical acclaim.   

Patricia Perez

Patricia Pérez Fernández (Cuba, 1978) After getting a degree in Drama from Havana’s Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA), she continued her training at the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, where she got her diploma in Film Directing in 2002. In 2003 she got a scholarship to pursue postgraduate studies at the Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia (ESCAC) and migrated to Spain. Since then, she has made several fiction short films and documentaries 

 

Synopsis

Childhood friends Patricia and Heidi grew up in Cuba, where they both went to the film academy. As children of the 1970s, they were brought up with the communist ideals of Che Guevara, but the promised bright future failed to materialize. Independently of each other, they fled the malaise and censorship of their homeland. Heidi ended up in Switzerland, Patricia in Spain. They had no contact for years. Now both 40, they seek a way to approach each other again, choosing the medium that suits them best: video letters. Both have continued to film their lives, even though it seemed unlikely that they would ever work in film again.  FILM premiered at IDFA where it won the top award (Best Feature-Length Documentary).

 

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BIAFF Meet the Jury

Inner Fire

Russia, 2019; 106 min. 

 

Director: Misha Mareskin

Director of photography: Mikheil Kvirikadze

Music:  Artem Vasiliev.

Cast: Andrey Panin, Mikhail Pavlik, Sofia Sinitsina, Yakov Shamshin, Maria Skuratova

Producer: Evgeny Tarlo

 

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Biography

Misha Mareskin was born in Nizhy Novgorod, Russia. In 2003, he graduated from the Nizhny Novgorod Theater School specializing in Theatrical Drama Acting. In 2008, he graduated from the St. Petersburg State Film and Television University, specializing as a director of drama film. In 2011, he completed a graduate degree in the St. Petersburg State Film and Television University in Art Criticism

 

Synopsis

In the luxuriously apportioned St Petersburg apartment of Gaga, a former drug lord, four strangers meet. The man of the house is running late, and there is nothing left for the four to do but sit and talk. One has come to ask Gaga for money, another for a weapon, the third for blackmail, and the fourth to kill the third. One word leads to another and what first starts out as a harmless conversation between the waiting strangers becomes a series of taunts and insults at the expense of the weakest of them. This escalates into what threatens to be a bloody massacre and then… mystical encounters with the Inevitable

 

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The Golden Thread

Georgia, 2019, 90 min. 

 

Director: Lana Ghoghoberidze

Screenplay: Lana Ghoghoberidze

Cinematography: Goga Devdariani  

Music: Giya Kancheli

Costumes: Keti Alexi-Meskhishvili

Editing: Nutsa Alexi-Meskhishvili, Elene Asatiani

Producer: Nutsa Alexi-Meskhishvili, Koka Togonidze

Co-Producer: Jean-Louis Padis

Cast: Nana jorjadze, Guranda Gabunia, Zura Kipshidze, Dato Kvirtskhalia, Temiko Chichinadze, Nino Kirtadze, Marita Beridze

Production: 3003 Film Production in co-production with: Manuel Cam

 

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The main character of the film, 80 year old Elene is a writer. She lives together with her family and is stuck between four walls because of her health conditions. Her tranquility cracks  after her parent-in-law-Miranda moves to their house. Miranda is a former soviet high rank system employee who suffers from Alzheimer and who banned Elene’s book once.

 

BIography

Lana Ghoghoberidze  was born in Tbilisi in 1928. She is a Georgian film director, translator, writer and diplomat. Lana graduated from Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Philology, in 1950. In 1958- faculty of film directing at The Union Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). From 1958 she worked as a film director at a film studio “Georgian Film”.  Between 1983-1988 she supervised film directing workshop at the Tbilisi State University of Theatre and Film. Her films were screened at several film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Tokio, Sanremo and Geneva. In the years 1999-2004 Lana Ghoghoberidze was an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Council of Europe. She is the author of a number of books, has published few collections of poetry translation. 

 

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festival news

20 Sep

#BIAFF2020 – Audience Prize for COVIDEO Section films

 #BIAFF2020 Batumi Film Festival this year has introduced special competition section –...

12 Sep

BIAFF International Film Festival will be held in October instead of September

BIAFF International Film Festival will be held in October instead of SeptemberDue...

09 Sep

#BIAFF2020 – COVIDEO Section films are available online for watching and voting for COVIDEO AUDIENCE PRIZE

 #BIAFF2020 Batumi Film Festival this year has introduced special competition section –...

07 Sep

BIAFF 2020 – Full Line-up (Competition & Non-competition Sections)

 BIAFF film festival will be during   13-20 September. BIAFF festival organizers –...