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Documentary Christmas Gifts: TOP 2014


The last film event of 2014 is fully under the control of the viewers of the DAFilms.com portal. It presents a selection of films that became the most sought after documentary goods at www.dafilms.com in the last year. Be surprised and inspired by the selection of the most popular documentary films of DAFilms.com in 2014 and enjoy your film Christmas gifts from December 22 to January 4 for free!

The regular viewers of the portal will definitely not be surprised by the fact that the top films of 2014 include several films that have dominated this year’s most popular film events and retrospectives. After breaking the existing viewing records in the fall, the creator of the long-term observational method, director Helena Třeštíková, has made it to the top at the end of the year as well, sending her acclaimed film KATKA to the last battle for the viewers’ favour. An interview with the director made in September 2014 on the occasion of her first world online retrospective is available here.

Following on the heels of the work by the internationally popular filmmaker is ARTEL by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa who ruled the DAFilms.com portal in the first three December weeks. The viewers could first watch his poetic documentary retrospective and later his award-winning portrait of the Ukrainian revolution MAIDAN. Those who will pick Artel among the selected films should not miss the director’s MASTER CLASS and the personal letter Sergei Loznitsa wrote for his fans.

Experimental films are not lacking in this year’s viewers‘ selection either. IMITATIONS OF LIFE by Canadian director Mike Hoolboom with its 10 chapters will please all those who are not afraid to get to the root of contemporary visual culture, explore its past and succumb to the futuristic ideas of its future.

The flag of the awakening Czech documentary is carried by several films in the selection. Young Czech director Ivo Bystřičan untangles the complicated history of a Czech highway in BYEWAY. While PRESIDENT WANTED provides a humorous commentary on the first Czech direct presidential election, the graduation film SHOW! looks behind the scenes of the surprisingly adult workings of a children’s girl band. Czech audiences can also exclusively watch the global film hit SPIRIT OF 45 by renowned director Ken Loach and the winner of Venice IFF SACRO GRA by Gianfranco Rosi.

Open your film gifts not only on Christmas Day but also in the whole two weeks from December 22 to January 4 at DAFilms.com for free! The viewers‘ selection TOP 2014 is waiting for you 24 hours a day!

Do not miss a unique weekend film surprise! Until Sunday, January 4, you can stream ART WAR for free and you can also download the movie and get new bonus film material as a gift!

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Films for the event


Imitations of Life

Imitations of Life (Orig.) / 2003 / Canada / 75 min

Even in this film Mike Hoolboom works with the history of film, with material that is not untangled from interpretations...




Kauza Cervanová (Orig.) / 2013 / Czech Republic, Slovakia / 100 min

Only a moment ago, 19-year-old medical student Ludmilla Cervanova had smiled into the camera. Her body was found in a river in a small Slovak town in 1976. Seven men were responsible for the horrifying rape and death of the girl. Fortunately, the perpetrators were apprehended and condemned. But though Ludmilla was drowned alive, oddly enough no signs of violence could be found on the body...



A Day On The Drina

Jedan Dan Na Drini (Orig.) / 2011 / Bosnia and Herzegovina / 17 min

A long summer day on the river Drina. This may sound like a serene picnic – and it would be, hadn’t the river retreated to its riverbed...



Real Man’s Film

Muški Film (Orig.) / Croatia / 12 min

In Balkans every generation has its war. Sons are continuing fights started by their fathers. There are rifles and pistols in every hand. Concentration of arms has reached a critical point. Even the smallest incident would be disastrous to this fragile peace.



Mambo Cool

Mambo Cool (Orig.) / 2013 / United States / 62 min

White powder, dealers and poseur women in a shady city you hardly get a glimpse of. Not to forget a man who introduces himself as a warrior talking to spirits. All the ingredients are set, the deceit is disclosed right from the start.




Show! (Orig.) / 2013 / Czech Republic / 66 min

A surprisingly intimate portrait of how the dream of running one’s own business can take on monstrous contours. Managed by the father of one of the singers, over the course of five years the girl band 5Angels had reached the gates of pop fame. But it is a path paved not only with the songs of Michal David, but also with the dogged determination of a man who loses any notion of where his role as manager ends and his role as parent begins.




Brasslands (Orig.) / 2013 / Serbia, United States / 84 min

An eccentric New York brass band, a virtuosic group of struggling Roma Gypsies, and reigning Serbian champions converge with half a million fans and transcend political and ethnic borders at the world's largest trumpet festival in Guča, Serbia.



The Castle

Il Castello (Orig.) / 2011 / Italy / 90 min

One year at Malpensa: four seasons spent following the bureaucracy, the procedures, the controls and the movements that are everyday occurrences inside an intercontinental airport. A public space, in which Italian and international police forces collaborate, where every gesture is captured by closed-circuit cameras, each piece of luggage is studied in all its recesses in an attempt to ward off a potential and unknown threat. A place in which fear is the only thing not in transit.




Dál nic (Orig.) / 2014 / Czech Republic / 72 min

Seven years on, builders are unable to complete the last few kilometres of the D8 motorway that leads through the protected area of the Bohemian Uplands to Germany. The construction is blocked by a series of actions by the Children of the Earth civic association, which draws attention to illegality surrounding the course of the project. But locals see the situation differently...



President Wanted

Hledá se prezident (Orig.) / 2013 / Czech Republic / 104 min

In the year 2013 we experienced an unique moment in our modern history: for the first time ever, Czechs were choosing their president through direct elections.




CROP (Orig.) / 2013 / Egypt, Germany / 47 min

Crop is an absorbing account of the Egyptian revolution of 2011 – one that includes no images of the popular uprising itself. Filmed entirely within the offices of Al-Ahram, the country’s largest state-run newspaper, the film is a series of carefully composed tableaux that expose the institution’s functioning and the former regime’s strict control over information.



The Spirit of 45

The Spirit of 45 (Orig.) / 2012 / United Kingdom / 94 min

An impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity which buoyed Britain during the war years carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.



Experience of an Exorcist

Zkušenost exorcisty (Orig.) / 2011 / Czech Republic / 17 min

The film is a monolog in which Catholic priest Vojtěch Kodet recounts his experiences with souls in the clutches of evil forces...




Katka (Orig.) / 2009 / Czech Republic / 90 min

“You bet on someone in the beginning of the process and then you wait and see what life does with them.” This is how Czech director Helena Trestikova explains her long-term documentaries. Following on from the European Film Academy Award winning RENE (2008), Trestikova brings us KATKA – 14 years in the life of a drug addict.




Artel (Orig.) / 2006 / Russia / 30 min

Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, IDFF Jihlava 2007.

In harsh natural environment, four young men try to rip from the frozen lake in the middle of the snowy Russian plains something which will provide them with a livelihood.



Slovakia 2.0

Slovensko 2.0 (Orig.) / 2014 / Slovakia / 112 min

What is “Slovakia”? How to explain the notion of “Slovakia” of the past 20 years to an unknown stranger, a visitor from another planet? What is the genetic makeup or the software for “Slovakia”? How to use it? How does it change?





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