European Film Academy’s short film tour

The Unliving

Sweden, 2011; 28 min.

 

Director:  Hugo Lilja

Editor: Rickard Krantz

Producers: Bonnie Skoog Feeney

Cast: Emelie Jonsson, Jonatan Rodriguez, Anneli Martini 

 

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Synopsis

Thirty years after a zombie outbreak, people have started taming and using the zombies as cheap workforce. The young couple, Katrine and Mark, struggle with the tidies everyday life of dirty zombie catching, bloody lobotomy experiments and a relationship on the verge of falling apart.

 

Biography

Born in Umeå, Sweden. Studied Cognitive Science at Umeå University. Founded a production company in Malmö and directed several short films before studying film directing at Dramatiska Institute. His graduation film The Unliving won 1km Film at Stockholm Filmfestival 2010 and won a EFA nomination at Berlinale Shorts 2011  

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Frozen Stories

Poland, 2011, 26 min

 

 

Director:  Grzegorz Jaroszuk

Cinematographer:: Marcin Wadyniak

Editor:Barbara Fronc

 

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Biography

Born in Warsaw in 1983. In 2011 he finished directing department in Polish National Film School in Lodz. During his studies, he made six short films and some of them were shown on many festivals in Europe.

Synopsis

The worst employees of a supermarket have to find goal in their life. They have two days to make it.

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Hypercrisis

Austria 2011, 17 min.

 

Director:JosefDabernig

Cinematographer:ChristianGiesser

Editor:Josef Dabernig

Producers:JosefDabernig

 

Biography

Josef Dabernig was born 1956 in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria. He is a visual artist and graduated in sculpture in 1981. Dabernig has made films since 1994 and is based in Vienna.Recent solo exhibitions at P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana (2011), Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2011), Galerie Andreas Huber, Vienna (2011) and MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna (2010).

 

Synopsis

The former recreation home for Soviet cinematographers in the South Caucasus has been repurposed to accommodate writers. But that does not seem to work very well either. At present, only Boris Martow from Moscow, a talent from the promising times of the perestroika, is on the guest list.

 

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Incident by a Bank

Sweden, 2011; 12 min.

 

 

Director:Ruben Östlund

Cinematographer:Marius DybwadBrandrud

Editor:Ruben Östlund

Producers:Marie Kjellson, Erik Hemmendorff

 

Biography

Ruben was born in 1974 on the small island of Styrsö on the Swedish West Coast. In 2004,

he made his feature debut with the controversial fiction film THE GUITAR MONGOLOID, which won the FIPRESCI Award at the Moscow International Film Festival 2005. In 2006, his  short film AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SCENE NUMBER: 6882 was nominated for the EFA Award. In 2011, Rubens third feature PLAY premiered in Cannes Director’s Fortnight, where it won the Prix Coup de Coeur.

 

Synopsis

”Incident by a bank” is a detailed and humorous real-time account of a failed bank robbery, an observation of how people react to the unexpected. Shot in a single take and with over 96 people meticulously choreographed, the film recreates an actual event that took place in 2006.

 

 

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Sundays

Belgium, 2011; 16 min.

 

 

Director:Valéry Rosier

Cinematographer:Olivier Boonjing

Editor:Nicolas Rumpl

Producers:Nicolas Guiot, Valéry Rosier, Fred De Loof

 

Biography

After studying Management Engineering, Valéry Rosier starts a film school in Belgium (IAD).  His final film, YETI, get selected in numerous festival and receives a few prices. In 2008, he shoots GOOD NIGHT, a short film that wins more than ten prizes all over the world and gets nominated at the European Film Awards in 2009

 

Synopsis

Sundays or how Mankind faces the passage of time.That free time we are trying to fill at all costs.That same time we look at passing by, with laughter or boredom.

 

 

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DERBY

Romania, 2011, 15 min.

 

Director: Paul Negoescu                     

Cinematographer: Andrei Butica                     

Editor: Alexandru Radu

Producer: Paul Negoescu

 

 

Biography
Born in 1984, in Bucharest. He graduated film directing at the national film school (UNATC). He directed several shorts selected and awarded in many international film festivals (three times at the Berlinale, Karlovy  Vary, Rotterdam, London, Slamdance). It’s his second nomination at the European Film Academy Awards after his film “Renovation” was nominated in 2009. 
Synopsis
Mircea has a 15 year old daughter whose boyfriend is invited to dine with the family. He arrives earlier and they go to her bedroom. While watching TV, Mircea can hear his daughter moaning from her room. The dinner starts and Mircea finds out that the boyfriend supports a different football team.

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Berik

Denmark, 2010; 16 min.

 

 

Director:Daniel Joseph Borgman

Cinematographer:Niels Buchholzer

Editor:Dan Loghin

Producers:Katja Adomeit

 

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Daniel Joseph Borgman, born 1981 in Dunedin, New Zealand. After studying Film Science at Otago University, he moved to Copenhagen and worked as a VFX artist and colourist. His first short THE MAN & THE ALBATROSS (2008) premiered in the Leopards of Tomorrow competition at the Locarno Film Festival. BERIK (2010) won the Grand Prix in Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique.

 

Synopsis

Berik, a short drama about friendship and understanding, takes place in Semey, Kazakhstan. Berik, 33, blind and deformed due to radiation poisoning, spends his days at home alone, while his brother is at work. That is until Adil, 11, the smallest and least popular of the kids in the apartment block, turns up on Berik's doorstep looking for the local bully’s football, which he has lost.

 

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The Great Race

Spain, 2011; 7 min.

 

Director:Kote Camacho

Cinematographer:Kote Camacho

Editor:Kote Camacho

Producers:MarianFernández Pascal, Txintxua Films

 

 

Biography

Kote Camacho born in  Oiartzun, 1980. A graduate in Fine Arts by the University of the Basque Country, Kote Camacho has been a comic scriptwriter and artist for Napartheid. He has been a storyboard artist (Caótica Ana by Julio Medem; 28 Weeks Later by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo), traditional and 3D animator and he has also worked in post production.

 

Synopsis

Year 1914. A horrible crime is suddenly committed in the Lasarte racetrack. A mystery how it happened. Only one thing is for sure: best horses in the world have registered, and heavy betters gathered for a race with a never-before-seen prize for the winning horse: the Half Million Grand Prize. 

 

 

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Jessi

Germany, 2011; 31 min.

 

 

Director: Mariejosephin Schneider
Screenwriter: Mariejosephin Schneider
Editor: Inge Schneider

Director of Photography: Jenny Lou Ziegel
Producer: HartmutBitomsky, BodoKnapheide, MaximilianMüllner

 

Synopsis
11-year-old Jessi lives with a foster family, her mother is in prison. Her longing for identity takes her back to the village she grew up in. Here she discovers that her search will have to continue beyond the confines of her old life. 

 

Biography
Born 1976 in East Berlin. Following her secondary school examinations, she assisted in the areas art production and production, followed by assistant directorships. Student at the dffb since 2002. Directed numerous shorts during the course of her studies, whereby her social spot LOVE HURTS (a collaboration with DöndüKilic) ran successfully at international festivals.

 

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Little Children, Big Words

Sweden, 2011; 12 min.

 

Director:Lisa James Larsson

Editor:Roberth Nordh

Producers:Andreas Emanuelsson

 

Biography

Lisa grew up in central London, studied film at Brunel University '97-'00 before working as an editor and camera operator for 5 years. In 2009 she completed a masters in screenwriting. Little Children, Big Words has won 13 film festivals worldwide and was shortlisted for Oscar nomination at the Academy Awards 2011.

 

Synopsis

When it’s Alex’s turn to tell his seven year old class mates what he wants to be when he grows up an uncomfortable discussion begins about the meaning of an unknown but loaded word. The teacher’s explanation reveals her own story – a story of victim and offender.

 

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The Wholly Family

Italy, 2011; 20 min

 

 

Director:Terry Gilliam

Editor:Mick Audsley

Producers:Gabriele Oricchio, Amy Gilliam

 

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Biography

Terry Gilliam is an American-British screenwriter, film director, animator, actor and member of the Monty Python comedy groupe. Gilliam is also known for directing several films, including Time Bandits (1981), Brazil (1985), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), The Fisher King (1991), 12 Monkeys (1995), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), Grimm Brothers (2005) and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009).

 

Synopsis

A crowded street in Naples city center, plenty of shops selling presepi.A wealthy American couple and Jake, their 10 years-old child, try to push their way through thecrowd. While husband and wife argue which street to take, the boy is unwillingly separated from them.

 

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International Competition - Feature Films

BROKEN

UK,  2012; 90 min.

 

Director: Rufus Norris 
Screenplay: Mark O’Rowe
Cinematography: Rob Hardy B.S.C. 
Editing: Victoria Boydell 
Sound: Paul Cotterell 
Pproduction design: Kave Quinn 
music: Electric Wave Bureau 

Cast: Tim Roth,Cillian Murphy, Rory Kinnear, Robert Emms , Zana Marjanovic , Clare Burt, Bill Milner, Denis Lawson

Biography


Rufus Norris is an award-winning British theatre director who trained as an actor at RADA before turning to directing. In 2001 he won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer for his production of Afore Night Came at the Young Vic. In 2004, Norris won another Evening Standard Award, a Critic's Circle Award and an Olivier Award nomination for Best Director, for his production of Festen. In 2009, Norris' first film King Bastard was produced by BBC Films. In the same year, he directed the Royal National Theatre's production of Death and the King's Horseman which played in the Olivier Theatre. Broken is his first feature.

 

SYNOPSIS


Skunk is 11, diabetic, and pretty cool. The summer holidays have just begun and her days are full of easy hopes. Then Mr. Oswald, the ugly man who lives opposite, beats up Rick, the sweet, but unstable boy next door after his daughter accuses the boy of rape, and Skunk's innocence begins to be drained away. Skunk seeks solace in the unspoken friendship with Rick - and falls into a chaos where suddenly, joyfully, she has choice thrust back into her hands. The choice to remain in this place, or to leave it entirely - to live or to die.

 

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The Last Step

Iran, 2012; 88 min,Color

 

Director & Scriptwriter: Ali Mosaffa

Director of Photography:AlirezaBarazandeh

Editor:FardinSahebzamani

Art Director: Leila Hatami

Cast: Leila Hatami, Ali Mosaffa, AlirezaAghakhani, HamedBehdad

Producer: Ali Mosaffa

Production: Road Movie Production

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Biography


Born in 1966 in Teheran, Ali Mosaffa is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Tehran University and he started his film career an actor in early 90s, earning praise for his work in a loose adaptation of J. D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey entitledPari (1994, dir. DariushMehrjui); for this performance he took Best Supporting Actor at the 13th Fajr International Film Festival). In 1991 he began making short films, including Incubus (1991), Rush (1993), The Deceit of Poesy (1996) and The Neighbour (1999; Best Experimental Film at the Iranian short film fest). The Last Step is his second feature film, screened at Tehran’s Fajr Film Festival in February 2012 and received the best script award.

 

Synopsis

 

Leila is a movie superstar mourning for her husband's loss. On the set of her film, she suddenly finds herself totally powerless to control her laughter before the camera and no one could ever guess the reason behind the hysteria which began at the scene of her husband's death.

 

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BEYOND THE HILLS

Turkey, Greece, 2012; 94 min. Colour, HD CAM

 

 

Director: Emin Alper

Script: Emin Alper

Director of Photography: George Chiper-Lillemark

Music: Volkan Akmehmet, Inanç Şanver

Editor: Özcan Vardar

Producer: Enis Köstepen, Seyfi Teoman

Production: Bulut Film

Starring: Temer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür, Berk Hakman

 

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Biography

 

Emin Alper born in 1974, Konya (Turkey), holds a PhD in modern Turkish history from Boğazici University in Istanbul. He became passionate about film during his time at college, however, unfavorable conditions in the profession prevented him from pursuing his career any earlier. He gained experience during his studies as an actor in short films by fellow colleagues, Apartment (Apartman, 2004) and Crash(Carpisma, 2005), and subsequently as a director himself with the short films Rifat(2006) and The Letter (2005). He is currently lecturing in the Humanities and Social Sciences Dept. of Istanbul Technical University. Beyond the Hill (2012) is his feature film debut; the film was premiered in Berlin, where Alper was awarded two prizes (Caligari Film Award for Best Film in the Forum section, and a Special Mention for Best First Feature).

 

 

Synopsis

This striking debut by Turkish director Emin Alper is set in an isolated valley in rural Turkey, where a man comes to visit his father, a herdsman, accompanied by his two children. The serene summer’s day, however, is gradually disrupted by the proximity of uninvited guests from beyond the hills, who come to graze their goats on this particular piece of land. The sense of threat slowly builds up, with each side intent on defending their territory. This visually exquisite film, in many ways reminiscent of the work of another successful Turkish filmmaker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, manages to create a singular atmosphere while, at the same time, drawing attention to the paradoxes of the situations and instilling them with gentle irony.  The film may be seen not only as a parable about the contemporary Turkish political scene, but also as a testimony of the nature of human society in general. Co-producer Seyfi Teoman, himself an excellent director, tragically died in May of this year.

 

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LONELY ISLAND

Estonia / Belarus / Latvia, 2012, 100min.


Producers: GatisUpmalis, EndaLehtmets, Ivan Kolb
Director: Peeter Simm
Script: Mihkel Ulman, Peeter Simim
Director of Photography:VadimPoteev
Editors: Olga Reshetnikova, ArmandsZvirvulis
Cast: LembitUlfsak, JuhanUlfsak, LennaKuurmaa, Igor Sigov, SvetalanaZelenkovskaya, Boris Polunin,

Production Companies: LegeArtis Film 

Biography

Peeter Simm is a seasoned professional with a knack of involving audience. One of his early films Arabella – Pirate’s Daughter got a staggering 9,2 million cinema admissions in the former Soviet Union. Simm is graduate cum claude from Director’s course at Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) 1976, studied under the supervision of professor A. Stolper. He’s made 11 feature films and 12 documentaries, he’s also directed theatre.

 

Synopsis

A present day ensemble film. Five stories and many more lives that are affected, they flow by each other and sometimes intersect. In one way or other it’s about emotional scars that each of us carries around. Events take place in a space of a few days as the heroes try to cope with their past and move on with their lives

 

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The Almost Man

Norway, 2012, 80 min ,Colour

Director: Martin Lund

Script: Martin Lund

Dir. of Photography: Morten Forsberg

Editor: Lars Apneseth

Cast: Henrik Rafaelsen, Janne Heltberg Haarseth

Producer: Ruben Thorkildsen

Production: Ape&Bjørn AS

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Martin Lund born in 1979, studied art direction at Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo before being accepted into the directing program at the Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer; he graduated in 2008 with the short filmBalloon Moods. Four years previously, however, he toured a number of festivals with Home Game (Hjemmekamp, 2004), including Clermont-Ferrand and Sundance. In addition to other short films (Shall We Dance?, 2007, and Pistachio, 2009), he is a multiple award-winning director of commercials. His feature debutTwigson Ties the Knot (2010) is part of an enormously successful Norwegian film franchise.

 

Synopsis

Despite the approaching birth of his first child, plain-looking, 30-something Henrik does everything he can to maintain the illusion of youth by following its unbridled conventions. He also enjoys a fair amount of adolescent wisecracking, but this doesn’t seem to bother his partner. Yet when kindhearted Tone organizes a pleasant evening party for friends and colleagues in their newly acquired home, Henrik takes off, preferring his high school buddies, who share his fondness for wild piss-ups and crude humor. His inept behavior, however, masks an insecure individual who escapes the surrounding world through irony. Laced with bitterness, this psychological study banks on authenticity and strong acting performances, above all from Henrik. Rafaelsen, recently seen in the successful comedy Happy, Happy. He acted multiple aspects of the problematic main character, combining them to achieve a provocative ambiguity.

 

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In the Fog

Germany / Russia / Latvia / The Netherlands / Belarus, 2012; 127min, Colour


Director: Sergei Loznitsa 
Script: Sergei Loznitsa, based on the novel by VasiliBykov 
Director of Photography: Oleg Mutu
Editor: DanieliusKokanauskis
Sound: Vladimir Golovnitsky 

Cast: Vladimir Svirski, VladAbashin, Sergei Kolesov, Nikita Peremotovs, Julia Peresild, Kirill Petrov

Production: MA.JA.DE. FICTION, GP CINEMA COMPANY, RIJAFILMS, LEMMING FILM, BELARUSFILM 

 

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Biography

Sergei Loznitsa was born in 1964 inBaranovichi, Belarus. He grew up in Kiev, where he took a degree from the local Polytechnic Institute. For many years he has been interested in the development of artificial intelligence. He graduated from Moscow’s VGIK in 1997, and began producing his own documentaries in St. Petersburg, includingPortrait (Portret, 2002), which won a Special Jury Mention at KVIFF 2003. Artel(2006) took Best Documentary under 30 Minutes at the 2007 Karlovy Vary festival. His other films have been awarded at festivals in Oberhausen, Leipzig, and Kraków, and they are regularly presented at Karlovy Vary. Loznitsa has lived in Germany since 2001. My Joy (Schastyemoe, 2010), screened in the Open Eyes section at KVIFF 2010, is the director’s feature debut, and was selected to compete at Cannes. His latest film, In the Fog, also competed for the Palme d’Or.

 

Synopsis

Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign.

A train is derailed not far from the village, where Sushenya, a rail worker, lives with his family. Innocent Sushenya is arrested with a group of saboteurs, but the German officer makes a decision not to hang him with the others and sets him free. Rumours of Sushenya’s treason spread quickly, and partisans Burov and Voitik arrive from the forest to get revenge.

As the partisans lead their victim through the forest, they are ambushed, and Sushenya finds himself one-to-one with his wounded enemy.

Deep in an ancient forest, where there are neither friends nor enemies, and where the line between treason and heroism disappears, Sushenya is forced to make a moral choice under immoral circumstances.

 

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House with Turret

Ukraine, 2011, 81 min., Black & White, 35 mm

 

Directed by: Eva Neymann

Script: Eva Neymann (based on the novel by Friedrich Gorenstein)

Director of Photography: RimmvydasLeipus

Music: Jürgen Gröziner, Erik Satie

Designer: Gennadiy Popov, Aleksey Yurov

Editor: PavelZalesov

Producer: AleksanderTkachenko

Production: 1+1 Production

Starring: DmitriyKobetskoy, YekaterinaGolubeva, Mikhail Veksler

 

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Biography

Eva Neymann was born in 1974, Zaporozhye, Ukraine. She graduated in law from Philipps-Universität in Marburg, Germany, and in film direction from the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin). After the successful short Friereein, taue auf (2001), she shot a number of documentaries that screened at many international film festivals (Allen beimalten, 2004, Das Meer sehen, 2005, WegeGottes, 2007). In 2007 she debuted in features with At the River (U reki), which premiered internationally at the Rotterdam IFF. House with a Turret is her second feature film.

 

Synopsis

An eight-year-old boy and his ill mother are traveling by train to his grandfather’s house. On the way, however, the mother’s health takes a critical turn for the worse, and they are forced to abandon the train in a nameless town where the mother is admitted to a hospital. The plot of this small-scale wartime drama unfolds in Soviet Russia over the course of a winter’s day. Through the boy’s eyes, we witness the state of a society exhausted by the interminable war and persistent food shortages, benumbed by ever-present death, and indifferent to the suffering of others. The picture was based on motifs drawn from the autobiographical story of the same name by writer and screenwriter Friedrich Gorenstein, who also penned the script for Tarkovsky’s Solaris.

 

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CHICKEN WITH PLUMS

France/Germany, 2011, 91 min, Color

 

Directors: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

Screenplay: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi

Editor: Stéphane Roche

Music: Olivier Bernet

Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Edouard Bear and Maria de Medeiros

Producer: Hengameh Panahi 

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VINCENT PARONNAUD

Born in 1970, Winshluss is the creator of numerous comics and graphic novels that have garnered awards and acclaim across Europe. Winshluss is the pen name of Vincent Parronnaud, perhaps best known as co-director of the animated film Persepolis (with MarjaneSatrapi), which won the Jury Prize at Cannes and was nominated for numerous awards, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Cannes’ Palm d’Or. He and Satrapi are teaming up again to adapt Satrapi’s 2006 book "Chicken with Plums.” 


MARJANE SATRAP

MarjaneSatrapi an Iranian-born French contemporary graphic novellist, illustrator, animated film director, and children’s book author.In 1983, at the age of 14 Satrapi was sent to Vienna, Austria by her parents in order to flee the Iranian regime. There she attended the LycéeFrançais de Vienne. According to her autobiographical graphic novel, Persepolis, she stayed in Vienna through her high school years, staying in friends’ homes, but spent three months living on the streets. After an almost deadly bout of pneumonia, she returned to Iran. She studied Visual Communication, eventually obtaining a Master’s Degree from Islamic Azad University in Tehran.

 

SYNOPSIS

Tehran 1958 – Nasser Ali Khan, the most celebrated violin player, has his beloved instrument broken. Unable to find another to replace it, life without music seems intolerable. He stays in bed and slips further and further into his reveries from his youth to his own children’s futures. Over the course of the week that follows, and as the pieces of this captivating story fall into place, we understand his poignant secret and the profundity of his decision to give up life for music and love.

 

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In Darkness

Canada/Germany/Poland, 2011, 143 min


Director: Agnieszka Holland

Screenplay: David F. Shamoon

Director of Photography: Jolanta Dylewska
Editor: Michał Czarnecki

Cast: Robert Wieckiewicz, Benno Furmann, Agnieszka Grochowska, Maria Scharader, Herbert Knaup, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Skonieczny

Producer(s): Leander Carell, Paul Stephens, WojciechDanowski, Eric Jordan, Patrick Knippel, Marc-Daniel Dichant

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Biography

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw. Film director and scriptwriter. Having graduated from FAMU, the Prague film school in 1971, Agnieszka Holland returned to Poland. She began her film career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her TV film debut was Evening at Abdon's (1975) and her first feature film was Provincial Actors (1978), one of the flagship pictures of the "cinema of moral disquiet" and the winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. In 1981, Holland decided to emigrate to France. Her Europa Europa (1990) received an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay (Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle winner). Holland had also received an Academy Award nomination in 1985 for Best Foreign Language Film for Angry Harvest (1985). She also collaborated with her friend, Krzysztof Kieslowski, on the screenplay of Blue, the first film of his trilogy, Three Colours (1993).

 

Synopsis

In Darkness tells the true story of Leopold Socha, a sewer worker and petty thief in Nazi-occupied Lvov, Poland. Stumbling upon a group of Jews in the sewers, he agrees to hide them for a price. What starts out as a straightforward business arrangement becomes something unexpected, as they all try to outwit certain death during 14 months of intense danger.

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Keep Smiling

France/Georgia/Luxemburg, 2012, 91 min.


Film director / screenplay: Rusudan Chkonia
Cinematography: Konstantine Mindia Esadze
Editing: Rusudan Chkonia, Jean-Pierre Bloc, Levan Kukhashvili
Sound: Paata Godziashvili
Art direction: Sopo Bazghadze, Mamuka Esadze, Dima Arsanis, Giga Iakobashvili
Cast: Ia Sukhitashvili, Gia Roinishvili,Olga Babluani,Tamuna Bukhnikashvili, Nana Shonia, Shorena Begashvili,

Producer: Rusudan Chkonia, M. Nicolas Blanc
Production: Nikê Studio, Ex Nihilo

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SYNOPSIS

The film recounts the dramatic events that take place at a beauty contest involving ten mothers, five of whom belong to the poorest sections of society. The mothers are desperately trying to win a beauty contest which main prize is an apartment and $25,000. Dreams are quick to vanish as realization dawns that the competition is a complete farce. The media and organizers of the show are exploiting the misfortunes of the participants: Georgian women, the Abkhazian war and patriotism are all themes constituting a ploy to create entertainment for the audience, ending up causing a massive fight among participants.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Rusudan Chkonia (Tbilisi, Georgia, 1978) graduated from film directing studies in 2001. That same year, she directed Bediani - Lucky Village and Children Without a Name - her diploma film, which earned her numerous prizes. The following year, she followed with Spring and Land of Promise. Between 2005 and 2006, Chkonia took part in Berlinale´s Talent Campus. In 2007, she was invited to The Résidence at Cannes´ Cinéfondation foundation. After receiving a number of scholarships and taking on several projects, in 2012, she produced, wrote and directed Keep Smiling.

 

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Future Lasts Forever

Turkey/France/Germany, 2011, 108min.

 

Director: ÖzcanAlper 
Screenwriter: ÖzcanAlper
Cinematographer: FezaCaldiran

Editor: AyhanErgursel, Thomas Balkenhol, ÖzcanAlper, UmutSakallioglu
Music: Mustafa Biber
Cast: Gaye V. Gürsel, DurukanOrdu, SarkisSeropyan, Osman Karakoc, ErdalKirik

Producer: ErsinCelik, SonerAlper 

Production Company: Nar Film /Unafilm/Arizona Films 

 

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Biography

ÖzcanAlper  born 1975 (Hopa, Artvin, Turkey). He studied Physics and History of Science at Istanbul University. He participated in cinema workshops in Mesopotamia Culture Center and Nazım Culture House between 1996-2000. Since 1997 he has been working as assistant director and production manager on a variety of productions. He directed short fiction and documentaries. His feature debut, Autumn, won awards at Locarno,  Batumi, Sofia, Ankara IFF, Yerevan etc.

 

Synopsis

Sumru, an ethnomusicology student from Istanbul, is traveling the Turkish countryside collecting folk elegies for her thesis. Seeking out survivors of the anti-Kurdish violence that has plagued the country in recent decades, she records their testimonies—some spoken, some sung—with patience and deep empathy. Along the way she meets Ahmet, the local head of an improvised cinematheque who shares her interests and, smitten with this pretty stranger, helps her in her search. But the results of the quest, far from leading her back to Istanbul, instead propel her on toward Hakkari, the mountainous hometown of her former boyfriend whose mysterious disappearance she can’t forget.

 

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Bakhmaro

Georgia, 2011, 58min.

Director: Salomé Jashi
DOP: Salomé Jashi
Editor: Derek Howard
Sound Designer: Paata Godziashvili
Producer: Anna Dziapshipa, Heino Deckert 

 

Biography


Salome Jashi is a documentary filmmaker based in Georgia. She was born in Soviet Union (1981) and grew up during struggle for Georgia’s independence followed by civil wars. After Graduating from Tbilisi State University in 2002 and Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in 2003, Salome Jashi worked for Georgian Broadcasting Company Rustavi 2 as a journalist. She later completed an MA in Documentary by Practice, department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London.

She was invited as a member of jury at Norwegian Short Film Festival, 2007, and Lessinia International Film Festival, Italy, 2009, and her short documentary Their Helicopter toured international film festival and received four awards. In 2009 she was a participant at Doc Station of the Berlinale Talent Campus and Ex Oriente Film Workshop with her documentary film project Restaurant Bakhmaro and Those Who Work There. The film was finished in 2011 and was premiered at “Silverdocs” film festival in USA. Salome is a founder of production company Sakdoc Film.


Synopsis


A journey into a lively but rotting building in a provincial Georgian town. It once used to be a hotel called ‘Bakhmaro’. At the center of the building is a restaurant whose walls are covered with bright green and orange plastic foam and where tables are set, waiting for customers – who rarely come. A Chinese shop, a slot machines and a political party office can also be found here. The building is a microcosm intruded by the constant anticipation of change. It is a model of this troubled country with its endless demonstrations and opposition rallies. On the backdrop of political events, somehow, all of life is here.

 

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Modest Reception

Vanue: Movietheater "Apollo" 


Iran, 2012, 100 min, Fiction, Colour

Director: Mani Haghighi 

Screenplay: Mani Haghighi & Amir-Reza Koohestani

Director of Photography: Houman Behmanesh

Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

Music: Feuermusik: Jeremy Strachan & David Weinkauf

Cast: Taraneh Alidoosti,Mani Haghighi,Saeed Changizian,Esmail Khalaj,Saber Abar,Mohammad Aghebati,Danial Fathi,Himan Dehghani

Producer: Jalal Shamsian

Biography

 

Born in 1969, Mani Haghighi studied  Philosophy for several years before making his first feature, Abadan, in 2003. His second feature, Men at Work (2006) made with a handicam on a shoestring budget, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and won him several prestigious international prizes. He has also written a few screenplays for other Iranian directors, including Fireworks Wednesday (Asghar Farhadi, 2006, and  acted in the Berlinale Silver Bear winner About Elly (Asghar Farhadi, 2009) as well as in Iranian veteran filmmaker, Dariush Mehrjui’s  Mahboub’s Sky (2010). Modest Reception is his fourth feature film.

 

Synopsis

 

A man and a woman drive through a war-torn mountain road in their SUV. The vehicle is stuffed with plastic bags full of cash. The man and the woman are giving the money away to the poor souls they encounter on the road. Is this a good-will mission? A game of honor and temptation? A psychotic gamble? As the car ploughs through the icy terrain, answers become increasingly elusive and tension is built up to an unbearable pitch.

 

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Waves’ Secret Keeper – Message to Sea

Georgia, 2012, 5 min.

 

Film Director/Script/Editor: Levan Tsulukidze

Producer: Levan Tsulukidze

Producing company: ART WAVE

 

SYNOPSIS


Film is inspired by little phantasmagorical sketches, dedicated to city where artist lives himself. Film is kind of observation about Batumi, seaside city - the emotions received during daily walk, when micro and macro world integrate and everything ends by meeting the Waves’ Secret keeper.

 

Biography


Georgian multimedia artist Levan Tsulukidze was born in 1969 in Batumi. He is founder and leader of experimental rock group NIJARA. Levan started his activity in various sphere of Art from 90’s. He worked in radio/TV, participated in exhibitions, video installations etc.

Levan has arranged various performances combining poetry, music and visual art. He also directed several music animation and short films.

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Stances for Keti

Georgia, 2012, 2 min.

 

Film Director/Script/Editor: Levan Tsulukidze

Producer: Levan Tsulukidze

Producing company: ART WAVE

 

Synopsis

This is stances dedicated to Batumi based photographer. Miniature film – photo poetry inspired by photos, shoot using ZENIT photo camera.


Biography

Georgian multimedia artist Levan Tsulukidze was born in 1969 in Batumi. He is founder and leader of experimental rock group NIJARA. Levan started his activity in various sphere of Art from 90’s. He worked in radio/TV, participated in exhibitions, video installations etc.

Levan has arranged various performances combining poetry, music and visual art. He also directed several music animation and short films.

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Let’s Dream of Nature

Russia/Germany, 2011, 30min.


Director: Jenya Gorin

Directors of Photography: Yury Goryanoy, Alexander Zolotarev, 
Christoph Wieczorek, Patrick Meuller

Editors: Yury Goryanoy, Alexander Zolotarev

Dancers: Jeanna Serikbaeyeva (Grand Theatre de Luxembourg), 

Justin F Kennedy (Alonzo King's Lines Ballet Repertory Ensemble),Oren Lazovski (Deutche Oper Berlin), Denis Noack (Deutche Oper Berlin).

Music: Nino Katamadze & Insight “GREEN”

Producers: Alexander Skrastin

 

BIOGRAPHY

Jenya Gorin born March 13, 1965 in Kaluga, Russia. After graduating from high school he went travelling around the world. In some cities he established cultural and philosophical communities. Gorin attended film directing classes in Moscow’s famous VGIK and classes on psychoanalysis in Berlin University as an auditor. In recent years he’s been giving classes on phycology and psychoanalysis in universities around the world. Gorin is an ideologist and a producer of various bands (Pinball, The Postman of Nobel, Tadzio). Film “40000 minutes in red” was his directorial debut. Currently he is working on feature film “Dreams of a guitar teacher”, dedicated to widely famous guitar players

 

SYNOPSIS

October 2011. In Trixx Studio located in kreuzberg, one of the districts of Berlin, Nino Katamadze & Insight are recording their new album “GREEN”.  At the same time, on the other side of the river, in JACKI, mecca of berlin underground, located in friedrichshain district, four jazz-modern dance groups are working on the project “Let’s dream of Nature”. Improvised choreography, spontaneous dance moves, freedom of gestures are combined with the music by Nino Katamadze & Insight.

Message from the author: “………no history, no politics, no ideology, no informational fascism, no people with their points of view. The film is about the interaction of human body with the music and the camera is just a witness of this interaction.

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Masters’ Collection

THE ANGELS’ SHARE

UK/France/Belgium/Italy,  2012,  106 min.

 

Director:Ken Loach

Screenplay:Paul Laverty

Cinematography: Robbie Ryan

Editor: Jonathan Morris

Music: George Fenton

Sound:Ray Beckett

Cast: Paul Brannigan, John Henshaw, Gary Maitland, Jasmin Riggins, William Ruane , Roger Allam, Siobhan Reilly

 

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Biography

Ken Loach (b. 1936, Nuneaton, UK) studied law, had a short stint in the theater, and was hired by the BBC in 1963 as an assistant director. He grabbed the limelight with the TV play Cathy Come Home (1966) and with his first two features, Poor Cow (1967) and Kes (winner of the Crystal Globe at the 1970 KVIFF). Loach spent the next two decades working in TV and making commercially unsuccessful pictures. The turning point came with Riff-Raff (1990), followed by award-winning titles, including Hidden Agenda (1990), Raining Stones (1993), Land and Freedom (1995), My Name Is Joe (1998), Sweet Sixteen (2002), Ae Fond Kiss (2004), The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006), It’s a Free World (2007), Looking for Eric (2009), Route Irish (2010), and The Angels’ Share. Loach’s films have snatched up multiple prizes at various IFF (Cannes, Venice, Berlin) and at Britain’s BAFTA Awards.

 

Synopsis

A bittersweet comedy about a Glasgow boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led.

On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives - not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with 'Uisge Beatha,' the 'Water of Life'? Only the angels know...

 

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TURIN HORSE

Hungary / France / Germany / Switzerland / USA,  2011, 146 min.

 

Director: Béla Tarr 

Screenplay: Béla Tarr, László Krasznahorkai

Cinematography: Fred Kelemen 

Production design: Sándor Kállay 

Music: Mihály Víg

Sound: Gábor Erdélyi jr. 

Editing: Ágnes Hranitzky

Producer(s): Gábor Téni 

Cast: Erika Bók, János Derzsi, Mihály Kormos, Ricsi

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Born in Pécs on 21.7.1955, he first made amateur films at the age of sixteen, later joining Béla Balázs film studio in Budapest and studying at the College of Film and Theatre. After 1984's Őszi almanach (Almanac of Fall), Tarr (who had written his first four features alone) began collaborating with Hungarian novelist László Krasznahorkai for 1988's Kárhozat(Damnation). The 415-minute adaptation of Krasznahorkai's epic novel Sátántangó finally appeared to international acclaim in 1994. The Turin Horse, the latest and reportedly last film from Hungarian maestro Béla Tarr, premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival, where it received the Jury Grand Prix.

 

Synopsis

While travelling in Turin, Italy, in 1889, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche witnessed a horse being whipped. He tossed his arms around the horse's neck to protect it, and then collapsed. Less than a month later, Nietzsche would be diagnosed with a mental illness that left him bedridden and mute for the next eleven years, until his death at age sixty-five. But whatever hap¬pened to the horse? After opening with this ingenious set-up, the film plunges us into a feat of speechless, spellbinding storytelling.

 

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Holy Motors

France/Germany, 2012,115 min.

 

Director: Leos Carax

Screenplay: Leos Carax 

Cinematography: Caroline Champetier

Editor: Nelly Quettier

Music: Neil Hannon

Sound: Erwan Kerzanet

Cast: Denis Lavant, Edith Scob, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Cordelia Piccoli, Elise Lhommeau 

 

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Born 22 November, 1960. French-born film director, critic, and writer. Carax is noted for his poetic style and his tortured depictions of love. His first major work was Boy Meets Girl (1984). His professional name is an anagram of his first and middle names.

He began his film career with a series of short films, and as a film critic, before he released Boy Meets Girl (1984). That piece established Carax's reputation for a mature visual style. It also saw the first grouping of Carax with Denis Lavant and cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier. He followed the piece with the science fiction themed Bad Blood in 1986, which alienated some of his audience, but the work continued to explore the complexities of love in the modern world, this time through a darker, more criminal viewpoint. The work was clearly homage to French New Wave cinema, and his use of such actresses as Juliette Binoche proved a touching tribute to his influences, especially Jean-Luc Godard.

His notable works include The Lovers on the Bridge (1991) and the controversial Pola X (1999).

 

SYNOPSIS

From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man...

He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part - but where are the cameras?

Monsieur Oscar is alone, accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He’s like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives.

But where is his true home, his family, his rest?

 

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Blue Mountains, or Unbelievable Story

Georgia, 1983, 93 min.

 

Director: Eldar Shengelaia

Script: Revaz Cheishvili

Director of Photography: Levan Paatashvili

Production Designer: Boris Tskhakaia

Composer: Gia Kancheli

Cast: Ramaz Giorgobiani, Temo Chirgadze, Vasil Kakhniashvili, Sesilia Takaishvili, Ivane Sakvarelidze, Darejan Sumbatashvili

Production Company: Kartuli Pilmi

 

SYNOPSIS

The story takes place in a Soviet office. A young author brings his opus The Blue Mountains to the Publishing House. Nobody shows any interest to read it. There is chaos in the Publishing House, the building is in ruins. The film is an allegory of the Soviet system.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Eldar Shengelaya  was born in 1933, Tbilisi, Georgia. A Georgian film director and scriptwriter, People’s Artist of Georgia (1979) and of the Soviet Union (1988). He graduated from the Directing Department of the All-Union State Cinematography Institute in Moscow (VGIK, master class of S. Yutkevitch, S. Skvortsova), in 1958. Worked at Mosfilm Studio, starting from 1960 was a director at Georgia Film Studio. Ran a Directing Master Class at the Tbilisi Theatre Institute after Rustaveli (1975-1980). He was the First Secretary of Filmmakers’ Union of Georgia (1979 - 1990), since 1990 - the Chairman of the same Union. In 1992, he was elected a member of the Parliament of Georgia. A member of the Jury at Venice IFF in 1986 and at Berlin IFF in 1992.

 

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DISTANT

Turkey, 2002, 110 min.

 

Director : Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Screenplay : Nuri Bilge Ceylan 
Line Producer : Feridun Koc
Sound : Ismail Karadas 
Art Director : Ebru Ceylan
Editor : Ayhan Ergürsel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Sound Mix : Erkan Aktas, Fono Film
Produced by : NBC Film
Producer : Nuri Bilge Ceylan
CAST: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak¸Zuhal Gencer Erkaya, Nazan Kirilmis, Feridun Koc¸Fatma Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan

 

BIOGRAPHY

Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in Istanbul, 1959. After graduating from Engineering Department of Bosporus University, he studied Film Making for two years at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. Ceylan’s short film Koza (Cocoon) was screened in the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. He received many awards with his debut feature Kasaba (Small Town) and his second feature Mayis Sikintisi (Clouds of May). His third feature Uzak (Distant) received the Grand Prix and award for Best Actor at Cannes 2003, and was praised internationally. His 2006 film Iklimler (Climates) won the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes in 2006 and received international prize by critics and experts. He won the Award for the Best Director in the 2008 Festival de Cannes for his last film, Uç Maymun (Three Monkeys).

 

SYNOPSIS

A photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap is growing between his life and his Ideals finds himself obliged to put up in his apartment a young relative who has left behind his village, looking for a job abroad to go aboard a ship in Istanbul.

 

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The Orange Suit (Man in Orange)

IRAN, 2012, 107 Min,Color

 

Producer & Director: Dariush Mehrjui

Scriptwriters: Vahideh Mohammadi-far &Dariush Mehrjui

Cinematography: Farokh Majidi

Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari

Music: Christoph Rezaee

Cast: Hamed Behdad, Leyla Hatami, Mitra Hajjar, TanazTabatabaei, Homayoun Ershadi, Ferdos Kaviyani, Ardeshir Rostami, Omid Ruhani, Mohammad Javad Jafarpour,  Mahyar Pourhesabi

Executive Producer: Reza Dormishian

 

Biography

Dariush Mehrjui was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1939. As an adult, he moved to the United States and entered the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Cinema. He switched his major to philosophy and graduated from UCLA in 1964. His second featured film, Cow (1969), brought him national and international recognition. In 1971, the film was smuggled out of Iran and submitted to the Venice IFF, where, without programming or subtitles, it became the largest event of that year's festival. The film was a turning point in the history of Iranian cinema. In 1973 Mehrjui began directing what was to be his most acclaimed film “The Cycle”. The film won the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin IFF in 1978.

In 1981, he traveled to Paris and remained there for several years, during which time he made a feature-length semi-documentary for French TV. In film “Hamoun” (1989), Mehrjui sought to depict his generation's post-revolutionary turn from politics to mysticism. The '90s also found Mehrjui releasing films dealing with women's issues. Leila (1996) was all Mehrjui's own and the first to receive any sort of wide theatrical release in the West. His last films include Santoori (2007), Tehran, Tehran (2010).

 

Synopsis 

HamedAban, a professional magazine photographer is suddenly affected by a book on FengShui and becomes profoundly interested in environment cleanliness and protection. He goes as far as getting employed by the city council, wearing an orange uniform and getting famous under the name of the “licentiate in orange”. As Hamed’s credit and fame start having an effect on his personal life, he begins to face severe emotional issues which change the direction of his life…

 

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLYA

Turky/ Bosnia Herzegovina, 2011’ 150 min. Color

 

Director : Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Producer : Zeynep Özbatur Atakan
Co-producers: Mirsad Purivatra (Prod2006),  Eda Arıkan (1000 volt), İbrahim Şahin (TRT), Müge Kolat (İmaj), Murat Akdilek (Fida Film), Nuri Bilge Ceylan (NBC Film)
Scriptwriters : Ercan Kesal,   Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Director of Photography : Gökhan Tiryaki
Editors : Bora Gökşingöl,  Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Art Director : Dilek Yapkuöz Ayaztuna
Sound Editor : Thomas Robert
CAST: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Fırat Tanıs, Ercan Kesal

 

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SYNOPSIS

Life in a small town is akin to journeying in the middle of the steppes: the sense that "something new and different" will spring up behind every hill, but always unerringly similar, tapering, vanishing or lingering monotonous roads...

 

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BATTLE OF WARSAW 1920

Poland , 2011, 115min, Color

 

Director:Jerzy Hoffman
Screenplay:JaroslawSokol, Jerzy Hoffman
Camera:SlawomirIdziak
Editor:MarcinKotBastkowski
Music:KrzesimirDebski
Cast:DanielOlbrychski, Michal Zebrowski, GrazynaSzapolowska, Bogusaw Linda, WiktorZborowski, WojciechPszoniak, Adam Ferency, EwaWisniewska, StanislawaCelinska, AleksandrDomogarov
Producer:Jerzy R. Michaluk, MariuszGazda
Production company: Zodiak Jerzy Hoffman Film Production

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Biography

Born in 1932, Krakow (Poland). Director and screenwriter. Studied film directing at the State Film Institute in Moscow, received the diploma in 1955. Between 1954 and 1965 he worked in a team with Edward Skorzewski. They co-directed 27 documentaries and 3 features: The Gangsters and the Philanthropists,1962 (Gangsterzyifilantropi), The Law and the Fist, 1964 (Prawoipiesc) and Three Steps on the Earth, 1965 (Trzykrokipoziemi). 1966 was the year of Jerzy Hoffman’s first independent project. After the successful adaptation of the last part of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Trilogy, Pan Wolodyjowski (1968), he made its prequel, The Deluge, which was nominated for the 1974 Academy Award for Best Foreign Picture. In the late 1990s Jerzy Hoffman made his greatest dream come true: he filmed With Fire and Sword (1999), thus making the Sienkiewicz Trilogy complete. The movie proved to be the biggest box office success in the last 20 years of the Polish film history. —rochester.edu 

 

Synopsis

Back in 1920, one of the most decisive battles of the 20th century was fought in Poland. The First World War had ended, but the Bolsheviks, having taken power in Russia, now marched the Red Army towards Warsaw. It looked like certain defeat for the Poles, but a ferocious counter-attack saw the Bolsheviks routed. Renowned Polish director Jerzy Hoffman, whose 'The Deluge' was nominated for an Oscar in 1975, recreates that historic battle on an epic scale. The story is told through the eyes of newlyweds Ola (NataszaUrbanska), a dancer in Warsaw's revue theatre, and Jan (BorysSzyc), a Polish cavalryman. Cinematographer SlawomirIdziak (Oscar nominated for 'Black Hawk Down') uses the latest 3D technology to take viewers into the thrilling heart of the action.

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International Competition - Documentary Films

BELLA VISTA

Uruguay/Germany, 2012, 73 min

 

Directed by: Alicia Cano 

Script: Alicia Cano

Director of Photography: Arauco Hernández

Editor: Fernando Epstein

Producer: Alicia Cano

Production: Alicia Cano Films, MJ Producciones,     Filmproduktion Thomas Mauch 

 

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Biography

Alicia Cano born in Uruguay, 1982. After earning an undergraduate degree in Media Studies, she travelled to Italy in 2006 to complete a Master’s degree in documentary cinema. In the following years she worked as a filmmaker on the successful Italian docu-soap series “RepartoMaternità” (Maternity), shooting 26 episodes inside a Maternity Hospital in Bologna, for Fox Life International Channel. In 2010, she was selected to participate in BAFICI Talent Campus in Buenos Aires. The Bella Vista is her first feature-length film.

 

 

Synopsis

El Bella Vista is the story of a house started as a football club, becoming a successful transvestite brothel and changes at last to a Catholic Chapel, all in a small conservative village in Uruguay. Two transvestites, one brothel’s Madam, a gaucho football player, and a charming old lady will bring to life this battle for control of a single physical space, driven by the same motivation: passion.

 

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MY HOME

Iran,  2012, 49 Min.  HD Color

 

Director & Scriptwriter: Mohsen Amiryousefi

Photography: Roozbeh Rayga

Editor: Bahman Kiarostami

Sound: Hossein Mafi

Production Manager: Mohammad-Hossein Karkheiran

Still Photographer: fariba rahbar

Producers: Saied Rashtian & Pirooz Kalantari

 

Biography 

 Born in 1972 in Abadan, Mohsen Amiryousefi is a graduate of “Mathematics” from Isfahan University. He started making short and documentary films since 1997 and Stone Hands (2000) was a great success at home and abroad. His first feature film, Bitter Dream (2004) was selected for Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and then screened at 50 more film festivals around the world and collected 10 international prizes. His second feature film, Fire-Maker (2007-2010) received Innovation Award of Montreal Film Festival. In 2012, he’s completed two documentaries, My Home and one episode of Kahrizak, Four Views.

 

Synopsis

Mohsen Amiryousefi, the film director, intends to buy an apartment, after many years tenancy. He's collected all his money and properties and he narrates the procedure of buying an apartment in Tehran in which housing is one of the most important issues.

 

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Nachman

Alexander Shapiro, Ukraine, 2012; 41 min

BIOGRAPHY 

Alexander Shapiro was born in 1969. Has been directing features since 2000. His films, starting from his debut Cikuta, have won acclaim among film connoisseurs. Shapiro's films were more than once presented at prestigious film festivals, in Berlin and Cannes. Shapiro is the leader of arthouse film in Ukraine. He lives and works in Kyiv.

 

SYNOPSIS

"The film" Nachman "- the result travels cult Ukrainian director Alexander Shapiro inside Ukraine, inward and to Uman Rosh Hashanah in the year 5772. According to the plan directed the film "Nachman" is the introduction to a series of films "Hasidic tzadiks. Ukraine ", which will be created in a fundamentally different, narrative style, which combines the unique archival materials, fixation of the evidence of life and death of heroes, the impact of their teaching, attitudes and actions on our contemporaries."

 

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Argentinian Lesson

Poland,  2011,  56min.

 

Director: WojciechStaroń

Screenplay: WojciechStaroń

Cinematography: WojciechStaroń

Sound: MalgorzataStaroń

Music: AgataSteczkowska

Cast:  AgnieszkaBojanowska, WojciechStaroń, ZbigniewOsinsk

 

 

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Biography

Born in 1973, Poland. Graduated from the Polish Film Academy in Łódź as a cinematographer in 1996. Among his most well-known films as a director are "Siberian Lesson» (1998) awarded at the Cinéma du Réel festival in Paris and the Krakow International Film Festival. He was also a director of photography for «El Misionero» (2000) and «My Nikifor» («MójNikifor», 2004). In 2011, he received the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Achievement at the 61st Berlinale for his camera work in Paula Markovitch's feature “El Premio”.

 

Synopsis

An eight-year-old boy named Janek travels from Poland to Argentina, where his mother works as a Polish-language instructor. A little lonely and a little confused, Janek meets Marcia, a beautiful and brave young girl, 11 going on 30. Romance blossoms. This is all captured in breathtaking 16mm film by Janek’s father, whose Argentinian Lesson is a landmark of nonfiction cinema. Steeped in a rich atmosphere of rain and Catholicism, marked by immersive sound design, and carried by its camera-ready (but not camera-mugging) leads, this is a film that inhabits its own world. –True/False Film Festival

 

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BACK TO THE SQUARE

Norway/Canada, 2012; 83 min.

 

Director: PetrLom
Script: PetrLom, Torstein Grude
Director of Photography: PetrLom
Sound: JeroenGoejiers
Editors: PetrLom, Erik Andersson
Producer: Torstein Grude
Production Company: Piraya Film

Cast: Wally Hosny, Mohamed Sayyd, LamizRagab, SalwaHosseiny, Mark Nabil

 

Biography

PetrLom was born in Prague in 1968, and grew up in Canada. A former academic with a Ph.D in political philosophy from Harvard, he gave up his university career in 2003 to become full-time documentary filmmakerspecializing in human rights subjects. His first film was “Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan” in 2004. “Back to the Square” his latest documentary is set in Egypt and examines the lives of five characters after the revolution.

 

Synopsis

The film is shoot in Egypt for ten months since the beginning of the Revolution in January. A year later, protests continue, but the euphoria of Tahrir Square and its Egyptian Velvet Revolution have given way to a more sober realization that Egypt has a long struggle ahead to free itself of old power structures, entrenched elites, endemic corruption, and above all, widespread abuse of basic human rights. We follow five different characters from very different aspects of Egyptian society, all of whom have suffered State injustice since the revolution.

 

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NOSELAND

Austria, 2011, 82 min,Colour

Director: Aleksey Igudesman

Dir.of Photography: Sebastian Leitner

Editor: Sebastian Leitner

Music: Aleksey Igudesman

Cast: Julian Rachlin, John Malkovich, Sir Roger Moore

Producer: Julian Rachlin, Aleksey Igudesman, George Votis

Production: SLfilm

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Biography

Aleksey Igudesman (Petersburg) gained a name primarily as a violinist and conductor, but also as an occasional actor and filmmaker. At age twelve he was accepted to the Yehudi Menuhin School and later he studied at the Vienna Conservatory. He has recorded with the foremost classical music ensembles, and has also worked with actor Roger Moore and with film music composer Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack for Sherlock Holmes, among others. He and pianist Hyung-kiJoo, performing as “A Little Nightmare Music,” bring together classical music and comedy performance, and their act went viral on the internet. Igudesman not only directed and produced Noseland, but he acts in it as well.

 

Synopsis

NOSELAND is a humorous ode to the world of classical music and some of its star musicians.

It features the world famous violinist Julian Rachlin and many other great classical musicians,

alongside John Malkovich and Sir Roger Moore. Although it is a feature length documentary, it

crosses genres into fiction and comedy. As a mockumentary it shows classical musicians like never before: private, crazy and authentic.

 

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CANNED DREAMS

Finland, 2012, 81min, Color

 

Director: Katja Gauriloff 
Cinematography: HeikkiFärm,TuomoHutri 
Screenplay: Jarkko T. Laine,JoonasBerghäll, KatjaGauriloff 
Editor: TimoPeltola 

Music: Karsten Fundal 
Producer: JoonasBerghäll 

Production: JoonasBerghäll for OktoberOy

 

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Biography 

KatjaGauriloff was born in Inari, Lapland (1972). She has studied film directing (2000- 2004)at the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Art and Media. She has been involved in film making since 1 998. Today she is a film director and a part-owner of the October Production Company. Her documentary A Shout into the Wind was awarded the State Quality Support for cinema productions in Finland in 2008. The film has been screened at various festivals.

 

Synopsis

CANNED DREAMS is a lyrical journey across the world. It builds a portrait of ordinary workers through their own personal stories. All this happens within a frame work of following the route of one canned food product, which starts its journey at other side of the world and travels all across Europe. Canned Dreams show the uncountable pairs of hands and their stories behind the making of this product.

 

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THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY

UK/Ireland, 2012; 70 min. 

 

Director: Sean McAllister

Cameraman: Sean McAllister

Cast: Quais Al-Qalisi

Producer: Elhum Shakerifar

Executive Producers: Sean McAllister,  Nick Fraser, Alan Maher

 

BIOGRAPHY

Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sean McAllister is celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. From his early films WORKING FOR THE ENEMY (1997) and MINDERS (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning LIBERACE OF BAGHDAD (2004) and JAPAN: A STORY OF LOVE AND HATE (2008), Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences.

Sean McAllister’s films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in.

Sean’s intimacy and knowledge of the Middle East informs THE RELUCTANT REVOLUTIONARY, a film that portrays the uprisings inspired by the wider Arab Spring in one of the region’s least accessible countries. With vast experience of Iraq under Saddam and after his fall, Sean was keen to explore the roots of discontent of the Arab Spring and to understand what spurred on the uprisings in another tyrannical regime.

 

Synopsis

An intimate portrait of Yemen as the revolution unfolds, told through the eyes of tour guide leader Kais, an intelligent commentator on the changing times in Yemen, offering poignant moments of reflection, loss, anger and hope on the unknown road to revolution. Filmed over the course of the past year with exceptional access to a country where no other camera crews or journalists were allowed to remain, we see Kais's journey from pro-President to reluctant revolutionary, joining angry protesters in the increasingly bloody streets of Sana'a.

 

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SPECIAL FLIGHT

Switzerland,  2011, 103min.

Producer: Fernand Melgar
Director: Fernand Melgar
Editor: Karine Sudan
Director of Photography:Denis Jutzeler
Production Company: Climage (www.climage.ch)

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BIOGRAPHY

Fernand Melgar (born 1961, Tangier, Morocco). A Swiss actor, producer, director and film editor. The son of Spanish immigrants, Melgar has lived in Lausanne since 1963. In the early eighties, he cut short his business studies in order to found, together with several friends, Le Cabaret Orwell in Lausanne, soon a mecca for French-speaking Switzerland’s underground culture; later, he created the internationally renowned rock music venue La dolce Vita. In 1985 he joined Climage, a collective to which he belongs to this day, and under whose auspices he has realized around a dozen documentaries. Melgar's documentary The Fortress garnered eleven international film festival awards including the Golden Leopard, at Locarno IFF and Grand Prize at the Tehran International Documentary Film Festival, Silver Magnolia as the Best Social Documentary at the MIDA Shanghai Festival.

 

SYNOPSIS
Near Geneva, in Frambois prison, live 25 illegal immigrants waiting for deportation. They are offered an opportunity to say goodbye to their families and return to their native countries on a regular flight, escorted by plain-clothes police officers. If they refuse this offer, the special flight is arranged fast and unexpectedly.

 

 

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International Competition - Short Films

The Most Precious

Georgia, 2012, 28 min.

 

Director/Scriptwriter: Joseph Bliadze

Director of Photography: Dito Dekanosidze

Editing: Joseph Bliadze

Cast: Mirian Sulakauri, Ninuca Makashvili, Lasha Samadalashvili

 

Biography

 

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, 1986. Graduating from high school, I studied at Tbilisi State University, Faculty of Exact and Natural Sciences, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Major in Informatics. 2008 - Prior to 2012 I studied at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University, Faculty of Film and TV, Major in Directing. In This 4 years I have directed 7 short and 1 documentary film.

 

Synopsis

 

The  film is about a beggar boy, who lives in non-functioning trolleybus. His regular begging place is opposite the laptop shop. Every day he stands there watching his beloved red laptop. His life changes when “he’s” notebook is bought by a young boy, as a present for his wife.

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BEFORE 2 WEEKS

Georgia, 2011, 28 min

 

Director:  Papuna Mosidze

Script: Papuna Mosidze

Cinematography: Gela Chinchaladze

Editor(s):  Temo Ezugbaia, Papuna Mosidze

Prodiucer:  Papuna Mosidze

Cast: David Brodsky, Levan Sturua

 

Biography

PapunaMosidze was born in 1983. In 2005 he Graduated Georgian state university of Theatre and Film, film directing department.

 

Synopsis

An ordinary young man from Tbilisi needs money to go abroad, but a host of bureaucratic and financial problems make his goal unachievable. He can't get money legally and is constrained to do something that is against his principles.

 

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BLACK MULBERRY

Georgia, 2012, 22 min.

 

Director: Gabriel Razmadze

Screenplay: Gabriel Razmadze, Tinatin Kajrishvili

Director of Photography: Goga Devdariani

Production: LTD Gemini; Tinatin Kajrishvili; Ad Astra Films; Sebastian Aubert

 

SYNOPSIS

 

Nick and Ann meet each other by accident. One day will be enough for both of them to think over something, fall in love and part with each other. They live in different towns that determine their mode of life. When Ann meets Nick, she remembers the book about gull, which wants to learn to fly. Unlike other gulls that fly only with the aim to get the food, it just wants to fly above the clouds, in the sky, where it is only wind and rain.

 

BIOGRAPHY


Gabriel Razmadze was born in Tblissi, 1977. He graduated from Theatre and Film University in 1999. He is one of the best advertisement directors in Georgia. He has made more than 500 advertising and Musical clips. He was awarded the « Golden Apple » several times at the advertisement festival in Georgia. Black Mulberry is his first short film.

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Carrot Soup

Georgia, 2012, 6 min.

 

Director: Salome Sagaradze

Director of Photography: Salome Sagaradze

Editors: Salome Sagaradze

Screenwriter: Salome Sagaradze, Luka Chkhaidze

Principal Cast: Luka Chkhaidze, Salome Philishvili

Executive Produce: Nino Gamisonia

 

Synopsis

Carrot soup, crisis of relationship of two under the same ceiling and expressive dance in the kitchen.

 

Biography

Salome Sagaradze was born in 1979 in Georgia. She is the author of 6 short movies, about 30 advertising and musical videos, 5 documentaries; she is the director and author of 8 TV projects. The short “Paper Letter” was awarded Grand-Prix at the International Student Film Festival “Debut”, the film “Third Half” was invited to the International Student Film Festival in Tel-Aviv. The movie was also awarded “Kin” Prize at Erevan Women’s International Film Festival.

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Watermelon

Poland/Georgia, 2012,10 min.

 

Director: Tato Kotetishvili

Script: Nikoloz Mdivani,Tato Kotetishvili

Cinematographer: Tato Kotetishvili

Editor: Wojciech Janas,Tato Kotetishvili

Producer: PWSFTviT/ZANGO DESIGN

Biography

Tato Kotetishvili was born in 1987, Georgia.   from 2008 is a student of Polish national film school on cinematography faculty.

 

Synopsis

In the middle of a Georgian desert, on the hottest day of summer two water-melon sellers cross paths and their competition begins.

 

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Blames & Flames

Iran, 2012, 28 min.

 

Writer/Director: Mohammadreza Farzad

Editor: Farahnaz Sharifi

Sound: Mehrshad Malakouti

 

Synopsis

In 1978, on the verge of Islamic revolution, more than 130 cinemas burned down across Iran, including 28 in Tehran. Who set them on the fire? How and why? If movies can predict revolutions? Does any revolution see revenge of people unseen on the silver screens?

 

Biography

Born September 1978. Graduated MA in theatre study from Tehran university of fine Arts. Started art career as poet and literary translator , translated and published some well-known plays by Woody Allen,  Ariel Dorfman, David Ives, Nilo Cruz etc... As a documentary filmmaker he has made some films which awarded and screened in national and international film Festivals. His first film “Into Thin Air” premiered at Berlinale 2011 and shown in more than 20 festivals till now.  

 

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BORN OF HUMAN

Iran, 2011, 25 min.

 

Director and Producer: MazdakMirabedini

Cast :NedaSaremiMonfared, VahikHartoonian and BasimAlrasam

Camera: KiarashFathi

Sound: FarhadBagheri

Editing: Hamid NajafiRaad

 

Synopsis

Over 15 years of drawing and painting, Neda Saremi Monfared has reached an exclusive style of abstract figurative painting. As an Iranian woman, an independent instructor, and a contemporary artist, she has to face economic hardship, as well as Iran’s notorious censorship.

 

Biography

Mazdak Mirabedini was born in Tehran in 1976. He studied mathematics for two years, went to the military service for two years, and studied classical music for another two, before he finally goes to the United States in 2000 and study Cinema. Mazdak made 8 short films in Los Angeles during the collage time, and graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2005. Born Of Human is his first documentary.

 

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Dog Leash

Israel, 2012, 26 min.

 

Director:Eti Tsicko

Screenplay:Eti Tsicko

Cinematography:Talia(tulik) Galon

Film Editor:EitanVardi

 

Biography

Tsicko was born in 1982 in Ashkelon, Israel. Tsicko studied theatre and moved to Tel Aviv at 18 And since then she has traveled around the world. Upon his return she began studying film at Tel Aviv University.  Her  film “Daswarilli” (Stained) has been screened in festivals in Israel and over the world.

 

Synopsis

Cracks are starting to burst in Marina’s frozen life, forcing a search. The journey will take her beyond traditional boundaries, but also lead to more dangerous places.

 

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THE CURSE

UK, 2012,  16 min.

 

Director: Fyzal Boulifa

Producer: Gavin Humphries

Editors: Fyzal Boulifa, Taina Galis

Screenwriter: Fyzal Boulifa

Director of Photography: Taina Galis

 

SYNOPSIS

Fatine has ventured far from the village to meet her older lover. When she is caught by a small boy, all she wants to do is go home.

 

BIOGRAPHY  

Fyzal Boulifa is a British filmmaker of Moroccan descent. He is the writer and director of several short films including Burn My Body, described by Sight & Sound as 'extreme', 'unfortunate' and 'expertly directed', and Whore, winner of Best UK Short at London East End Film Festival and Grand Prix du Jury at Angers Premiers Plans 2010.

 

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Grandmothers

Argentina/UK, 2011, 9 min.

 

Director: Afarin Eghbal

Producer: Kasia Malipan

Cinematographer: Claire Buxton

Editor: Katherine Lee

 

Synopsis

In a small apartment in Buenos Aires, an old woman eagerly awaits the birth of her grandchild and all the joys of becoming a grandmother. However, horrific circumstances force her to wait over thirty years. Grandmothers explores the traumatic ramifications of General Videla’s military dictatorship in Argentina from 1976–1983, whereby an estimated 30,000 men, women and children “disappeared.” 

 

Biography

Iranian-born, Afarin moved to London as a baby with her family following the 1979 Iranian Revolution. She accumulated various awards and prizes for works she has directed, including the well-reputed Kodak Commercial Awards, where in 2007 she won three prizes including ‘Overall Winner.

 

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Armadingen

Germany, 2011, 23min.

 

Director: Philipp Kaessbohrer

Script: Thomas Krauslach, Philipp Kaessbohrer, Matthias Schulz

Director of Photography: Jakob Beurle

Producers: Matthias Schulz, Dani Barsch

 

Synopsis

Walter lives with his wife Helga on an isolated farm in northern Germany. They’ve been leading parallel lives for many years now. After a routine breakfast, Walter is making the last hay of the summer when he hears news of a gigantic asteroid hurtling towards earth on the tractor radio. Walter begins to contemplate the love for his wife, which he had almost completely forgotten and becomes determined to make this the best possible last day on earth for her.

 

Biography

Philipp Kaessbohrer (born 1983, Biberach, Germany).  He studied media design for images and sound at public TV Company, SWR in Baden-Baden (specialization: feature film, 2004-2006) and since 2007 he is an art student at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Department of Film (Director). Since 2006 has been working as a freelance director for music videos, commercials and TV including SWR and WDR.

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The Beacon

Azerbaijan, 2012, 16 min

 

Director: Fariz Ahmedov

Scriptwriters: Esmira Ayyub

Director of photography: Nizami Abbas

Editor:  Rovshan Vagifoglu

Synopsis

Akif is a young boy who has a strong drug addiction. He lives his life at his own sweet will. He doesn’t want to accept his father who has suddenly burst into his world. Last time his father saw Akif at the age of three and now he enters his life to change it. He forcedly brings Akif to the island where two differently natured persons meet each other — the father and the son.

 

Biography

Ahmedov Fariz Asif - was born in December 15, 1983 in Baku. 2001-2005 year – Azerbaijan State University of Art and Culture, faculty of screenwriter. 2007-2010 - Rustam Ibragimbekov’s International Cinema School, faculty of producer. 2010– till now - The Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S. Gerasimov (VGIK), faculty of film director.  In 2009 participated  Berlinale Talant Campus. 

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Cradle of Destiny

Ukraine, 2011, 8 min.

 
Directed/script: Serhiy Siliava 

 

SYNOPSIS

Nobody in the right to decide our destiny for us. Destiny of each person in his hands. The main thing to trust in itself and then we can change the life to the best.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Born in Kiev, in 1982. He graduated from the University of Economy and tourism law in the specialty "Travel management organizations" (2002 – 2007). From 2008 he is a student of the Kiev National University of Theatre, film and television behalf Y.K. Karpenko-Kary. Profession "Director of feature film"

 

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The last day of Loro Shestani

Albania/Romania/Colombia/Bulgaria,  2011, 30 min.

 

Director: Sokol Keraj

Scriptwriter:  Sokol Keraj        

Cameraman: Peter Velciov      

Editing: Etienne Boussac

 

Biography

Born in 1976 in Lac, Albania. Graduated  Film Direction in National University of Theatre and Film “I.L. Caragiale”. Since 2009 he is  Doctoral student in media studies in the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

 

Synopsis

The Albanian transition has compelled Loro Shestani to give up: his wife is dead, his daughter, a refugee in Italy, has forgotten her roots and the sea does not offer fish any more. Loro has passed his middle-age and understands that his life is in vain, he cannot cope with this new world. The pigeons are the only companions of his solitude.

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Insignificant Details of the Accidental Episode

Russia,  2011, 28min.

 

Director: Mikhail Mestetsky

Script: Mikhail Mestetsky, Nikolay Kulikov

Director of Photography: Timofey Parschikov

Editors: Maria Wimken, Mikhail Mestetskiy

Producer: Sergei Kornikhin

Synopsis

Due to railway repair, two trains stopped opposite each other on the same track in the middle of nowhere. Time passes but the traffic is still blocked. Strange relationships begin between the passengers.

 

Biography

Mikhail Mestetskiy (born 1980) - Screenwriter, director. Graduated from the RSUH (Department of Philology), 2003. A graduate of the Moscow Courses of Screenwriters and Directors, 2006. Some of his prose was published in magazines. Awarded prizes of a number of Russian and International  film festivals.

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Let our lives continue in others

Russia, 2012, 30 min.

 

Director/ Scriptwriter: Georgy Molodtsov

Cameraman: Sergey Amirjanov, Georgy Molodtsov, Darya Domukhovskaya

Editing: Georgy Molodtsov

 

SYNOPSIS

Film about the director’s mother who comes to Abkhazia to erect a monument on the nearly abandoned grave of her Georgian father. Her half-brother and sister are forbidden to enter the country as they left it as refugees after the war of 1992-1993 between Georgia and Abkhaziya, when 250.000 (more than 60% of population) of Georgians (by blood) had to left their motherland.



BIOGRAPHY   

Graduated VGIK, documentary worshop of Sergey Mirhosnichenko in 2008. From 2006 – creative director of advertising agency “Laboratory for Social Advertising”, where he has received more than 40 awards for PSAs. From 2008 – programmer, coordinator of documentary sections «Free thought» within Moscow International Film Festival. Participated in several international workshops and pitchings, including Berlinale Talent Campus, Baltic Sea forum etc.

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Croatian Short Films Collection

Dirty Little Bubbles

Croatia, 2009, 12 min.


Written and Directed: by Ivan Livaković
Cast: Ana Maras, Goran Bogdan, Nera Stipičević, Iva Visković, Mirjana Žepek
Cinematography: Marko Jerbić
Produced by: Mirta Puhlovski
Production Company: Akademija dramske umjetnosti / Academy of Arts & Drama

 

Biography

Ivan Livaković (1982) has received a BA in film and television directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb, where he currently pursues his MA studies in film directing. He has directed 7 award-winning shorts including Harakiri ChildrenThe Fucking Game and most recentlyPandemic, as well as 3 documentaries, several promotional films and one television play

 

Synopsis

Life imitates bad television. Set in a nebulous space between reality and illusion, using a universal story of love, lust, betrayal and obsession, and deconstructing various genres, this film shows the theatrical identity of people and visual phenomena in a society in transition.

 

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First Lady of Dubrava

Croatia, 2011, 20 min.  

Directed and Written by Barbara Vekarić
Main Cast Tena Pataky, Marija Piliškić, Asim Ugljen, Lana Barić, Slavica Knežević
Cinematography Filip Tot
Produced by Ivana Grubišić Perišić, Marijana Martelock
Production Company Academy of Dramatic Art (ADU) 

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Barbara Vekarić (1987) graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Art (film and tv directing) in 2010. She is currently in the second year of her ma in feature film at the Academy of Dramatic Art. Vekarić is a co-founder of the film organization Motion. She attended the 2011 Berlinale Talent Campus and goEast Young Professionals 2011. She has directed a number of short films, including Adieu, N, Nina, Please and dj Grandpa.

 

SYNOPSIS
Amra is a girl from da hood, the whole block knows her name, she’s rocking some porno rap, but looking like a dame... Dina is her younger fat sister, a spoiled brat, born to torture her.  Amra and her ‘manager’ plan to shoot a music video for Amra’s song ‘Girl From da Hood’, on the same day her parents are travelling to Bosnia, and Amra gets stuck with her kid sister Dina.

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Then I see Tanja

Croatia, 2010, 34 min.

 

Written and Directed by Juraj Lerotić
Cast Marin Radman, Niko Gamulin-Vilogorac, Ena Mašić, Mirjana Rogina, Trpimir Jurkić,  

Cinematography Jakov Lerotić
Produced by Olinka Vištica and Dana Budisavljević

 

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Juraj Lerotić (1978) was born in Kiel, Germany. In 2001 he graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zadar with a major in preschool education. Currently, he is a senior undergraduate of film and tv directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb.

 

SYNOPSIS
Željko (16) and his younger brother have been living on their own since their mother ended up in hospital. Željko has his mind set on two things: to finally take the initiative to meet Tanja and to earn some money to buy his Mum a wig. A real one, made from human hair. If he achieves these two goals, then things might take a turn for the better. The film Then I See Tanja is a coming-of-age story constructed almost entirely from still photographs.

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Why Elephants?

Croatia, 2012, 8 min.


Directed, written, edited by Marko Meštrović
Produced by Kreativni sindikat, Zagreb film
Animation by Siniša Mataić, Marko Meštrović

 

BIOGRAPHY

Marko Meštrović born in Stuttgart in 1972. In 1997 he graduated painting at The Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb in the class of prof. Seder. He has held numerous group and solo exhibitions. Since 2000 he is active in animation. In  2008 he made his solo film project ''Notes'' and ''No Sleep Won’t Kill You''. The films were shown at many domestic and international festivals and received many awards.

 

SYNOPSIS
Simple questions do not always get simple answers.

 

 

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CAUCADOC program

THE MOUTH OF THE WOLF

PIETRO MARCELLO, Italy, 2009, 76 min. 

 

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SYNOPSIS

A man returns home after a long absence. He gets off the train in a grey port city.  He crosses the town in search of places of times gone by, now in decline, staining to uphold their former ancient glory.

 

In a modest apartment in the Ghetto of the old quarter, waiting for him for years is a cold dinner and his life companion. Mary and Enzo have been waiting and wanting each other since they first met behind bars, when they send each other silent messages, recorded in hidden tapes.

 

The dream is a small house in the countryside overlooking the city and the sea, far from the pressures of present times, suspended in another time of never ending happiness. Now and again they divide their furtive destiny with their companions in the labyrinth of Croce Bianca, via Pré… ancient names in a place untouched by modern age where the twentieth century has run aground like a ship without an anchor.

 

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THE SILENCE OF PELESHIAN

PIETRO MARCELLO. 2011 Italy,  2011, 52 min. 

 

SYNOPSIS

Film wishes to portray a memory: one of the work of Armenian filmmaker Artavazd Peleshyan. A memory of his films and of their creation, a memory of cinema and of its relation with mankind, with its life, its mind, its emotions and with the unceasing, endless paths that intertwine one with the other.

Artavazd Peleshyan remained unknown to the West until 1983, when French cinema critic Serge Daney succeeded in approaching him and, together with a few others who were familiar with his cinema, brought attention to his work in Europe. According to Daney, «Peleshyan aims at capturing the ‘emotional and social cardiography of his time’».

The portrait of Peleshyan is built in the form of a “distance montage” too – an experimental hyperbole, a full and intense materialization of an interior montage, resulting in an inspired and lyrical vision of Peleshyan’s world following two major lines:

- The story unfolds from the meeting with Peleshyan in Moscow, when this hard to capture and intense man is filmed.

- Footage from Peleshyan’s works and other unseen material was retrieved and used, capturing some exceptional moments in the filmmaker’s life and almost composing a cinematographic space of its own, dotted with excerpts from Peleshyan’s works .

The film also brings back to light impressive and unseen archival footage about the life of the Armenian director, including scenes shot while he was making his films and when he graduated at VGIK, the renowned Pan-Russian Cinematographic Institute of Moscow, sitting in front of a board of examiners composed of directors such as Shukshin and Medvedkin.

 

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