Eastern Europe in the Centre of Documentary Events
Does it seem to you that more and more films of East European provenance appear at international film festivals? Well, it doesn’t only seem so! The “East European” label is changing fast, turning from a diffident brother of popular film regions into a bearer of new trends and original themes. Watch five films nominated for the Silver Eye Award that definitely do not stand in the corner from November 3 to 9 at DAFilms.com for free!
It’s been just a few days since the Silver Eye Award was presented to the winners for a sixth time in the categories of feature-length, mid-length and short film. To read more about the new award holders, announced during the closing ceremony of Jihlava IDFF by the award organizer East Silver, the distribution platform of the Institute of Documentary Film, go here. However, you can make sure that all the films nominated for the award deserve your attention right now! What is the language of the latest trends of East and Central European documentary? Nominees for the Silver Eye Award, a litmus paper of fresh talent, will tell you more!
Intensive microworlds; that is how the singular thematic interconnection of the five presented documentaries could be described in one phrase. A journey, whether in the literal sense of travelling, or in the metaphoric sense of self-knowledge, dominates two of the films. While the Polish film DZIENNIK Z PODRÓŻY tells about the fragility of building a new friendship, the Polish feature-length documentary OJCIEC I SYN shows how difficult it is to reconstruct any relationship from scratch.
Specific communities immersed in their own worlds are revealed in the two films YA TEBYA NE LYUBLYU and BAKHMARO. In the former, acclaimed director Pavel Kostomarov once again proves his creative courage and desire to innovate the film narrative, handing the camera over to a closed group of Russian teenagers to explore their social as well as inner lives, revealed by the protagonists with unexpected openness. While the immersion to the world of Russian youth is very intense, BAKHMARO rather keeps a certain distance, telling the story of a Georgian house to explore the fragmented post-Soviet society, energetically seeking its own identity. The diversity of the nominated films is highlighted by the fifth presented documentary, the Slovak short HOMO CIRIS with a utopian tone.
Welcome to the scene of East European documentary; you won’t regret it! In the week from November 3 to 9, you can watch five Silver Eye Award nominees online and for free!
Films for the event
Homo Ciris (Orig.) / 2013 / Slovakia / 23 min
Told with light a touch and gentle words, this humorous film straddling the line between documentary and fiction takes a loving look at the story of an old man who devoted his life to aquarium fish and dreams of entering the underwater world. “Those who want, find a way. Those who don’t, find a reason.”...
Ya tebya ne lyublyu (Orig.) / 2012 / Russia / 85 min
A youth comedy about the tragedy of first love. An experiment in the area of the cinematic language. REC, accidentally pressed in the middle of a fight. A few bedroom scenes, shot with a home camera. Cries and whispers from the working outskirts. The audience of the film is both Bergman fans and YouTube users.