The mother and daughter, two directors, two generations, discuss issues that are framed by these relations of family, profession and age as friendly duel.
Béla, a retaired hungarian biomolecular scientist is waiting for death. In the meantime, he has some things to say.
Morgane has just turned eighteen. She lives with her father and brother in a typical suburb of Paris. When she’s not in school, Morgane reads Russian poetry, calls herself and idiot endlessly on her blog, wanders through the streets of her painful childhood, regretting that things weren’t easier...
A film add of the forever unhappy man with a fixed idea that "something is about to happen", always waiting for the moment to start to live.
A study of Alexander Kiellands Plass in Oslo. A documentary that explores loneliness and powerlessness in our ideal of 'freedom'. Is freedom a question of uncertainty or happiness, action or condition?
Troop No. 731 was a secret unit of the imperial armywhich tested biological weapons during WW2.
The passage of time, of the river, of the clouds. Hundreds of people rush to board a boat that will take them to work. Behind them, the dormitory town: a space beyond time where landscape and identity are ardently shaped by the ambiguities of the world of work.
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...
The starting point for this unusual film is an American film production by Bertolt Brecht, inspired by an article in Life magazine. Shortly after arriving in the United States in 1941, the famous writer and playwright was fascinated by a report on the daily lives of a family of ‘model’ farmers who had been invited to live in a ‘model’ home open to the public 12 hours a day...
This film explores the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of a river and of man. In low flight across the water, from the source in the mountains to its mouth, we witness the consequences of the indifference of man towards nature. But the river resists. Because everything that runs deep is revealed at the surface.
“A Rua da Estrada” travels around Portuguese roads, with its very peculiar landscapes – a seismograph of passing time. Voiced by geographer Alvaro Domingues, the film shows us a trip around Portugal as it is.
Pripyat was home to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant workers. It was abandoned in 1986 following the Chernobyl disaster.
Aequador is an alternative history built as a travel account without words: an equatorial dystopia evoking the excesses of a progressist and modernist dream in Latin America during the twentieth century.
The documentary Aliens and Herons portraits the fate of the sculptures from the Communist so called normalization era in the Czech public space. Why does it always have to be innocent sculptures who suffer from political change?
Best Central European Documentary, IDFF Jihlava 2006
Originally the film was intended to be a portrait of a day in the life of a Japanese woman. The result is a narrative imbued with subtle humour about how the Polish filmmakers set out to pursue their original concept for the film of which they ultimately achieve almost nothing...
All Still Orbit links together two apparently unrelated moments in the construction of Brasília: the dream by an Italian saint used to justify its creation and a small city built by the workers constructing the new capital to house them and their families...
The jazz evening took place in the Reduta club in Prague on the 10th of Januay 1994 during which American President Bill Clinton performed on the saxophone with top Czechoslovak jazz musicians.
Amici is a London dance group formed from the mentally and physically handicapped as well as so- called "normal" people. Each member of the group lives his or er own life, they meet once a week, in order to enrich the lives of the others, so that they come to know one another and experience joy from common creative activities.
Prof. Petr Vopěnka is a worldwide famous Czech mathematician, author of many books concerning history of Maths, geometry above all.
For already 40 years, without a single day of rest, Ana has been coming in front of the city church to sell the religious calendars and rosaries; in sun, in snow, in rain, on Sundays and holidays...
The film audience and its transformation at the time of online communication; or, when the filmmakers can read what their viewers talk about after seeing their film... The first portrait of the Czechoslovak Film Database, a controversial phenomenon of contemporary Czech cinema.
They loved film and decided to make it their way. Without film schools, without money and with amateur technology, they were able to work wonders. Feature films by Vladimír Beer from the 1930s carefully preserved by his son as well as films by later stars of the amateur sky Vladimír Kunc, Rudolf Mihle and Petr Lášek.
How is digitization done and what does it involve? The new life of classic films: will the archive once be a data set in a disc field? Due to the disputes over its professional execution, digitization is unfortunately the most visible case in contemporary Czech cinema. Step by step, we will show you how director Jiří Menzel and cinematographer Jaromír Šofr restored Oscar-winning Closely Watched Trains.
The Nazis hired distinguished German director Kurt Gerron who was interned at Theresienstadt concentration camp with his family. We do not know what they promised him, however, we know for certain that the reward for his excellent propaganda work was a death trip to Auschwitz. Germany was practically losing at all frontlines at that time and the film was never shown. What has remained is a model example of how reality can be treated, manipulated and misused for a political assignment in the hands of real filmmakers.
At the beginning of 2015, director Karel Vachek received a phone call from the National Film Archive saying that they got a box with footage from 1968 and that it could be his. August 1968, the speech of Josef Smrkovský, chairman of the National Assembly, and the treatment of one of Palach’s successors. For almost fifty years, Vachek believed that the shots were lost; now he will be able to use them in his new film.
The educational and instructional films of our past – commissioned by national institutions – advised us on how to behave in everyday situations. The film follows the power mechanisms from the 1930s to the 1950s and their continuation in the present. The documentary is inspired by the research of industrial and educational films conducted by film historian Lucie Česálková.
American historian David Bordwell, Austrian experimenter Peter Kubelka, American director Godfrey Reggio and other stars of the silver screen in a sci-fi film about what will happen to the digital recording of their performance in a hundred years. If the whole world becomes digitalized, we will also advise you on how to make a homemade developer and fixer.
Bringing films back to their original form can be a real detective story. What was changed by time and what was changed by people? A film reconstruction; or, the search for truth...
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.
What happens when 11 world-renowned avant-garde artists are invited to a luxurious resort in the Adriatic where they can do nothing but rest?
Gerês, Portugal. Days are born with fire and die with it. Men renew the earth with ancient practices. All beings inhabit the same place.
Every summer, St. Nicholas Church (12th century) draws large crowds of tourists. Situated in an untouched Arcadian landscape, on a picturesque hill and next to a lone tree, it is as if the site becomes a stage where various unusual events take place. Thus, the tourists, unaware of the proximity of the camera, become performers in a daily show.
Mettler brings us into the world of the mystical and the unconscious through his exploration of this extraordinary culture.
Two musicians perform in a courtyard in Bamako, Mali. A quest for harmony; knowing glances and comforting presences; time marches on.
Prague has applied for candidacy for the 2016 Olympic Games. The idea of the capital turning into the world's largest sporting venue polarizes Czech people.
Ice hockey - war documentary about leaving your team behind.
Sometimes a cigarette break is all it takes. A break from the troubles of daily life. Just a little break. Pretending that for once the world could stop spinning allowing us to catch our breath again...
This is a story about unique choir Pontanima from Sarajevo.
Berlin and Beirut were occupied, destructed, divided, reconstructed and today people still say "East and West" in both cities.
In 1947 the Polish regime dispersed its citizens of Ukrainian nationality in the „wrong“ direction, to the north and west, to the side of the river Wisla where Ukrainians had never been present and could be expected to assimilate.
Shot in a beautiful surroundings a conversation with the old gypsy woman, who spent her childhood wandering with her family...
“Black Heart” is a film about aftermath. It follows three New Yorkers, each struggling with the process of loss. The forth character is New York, as it pulls itself together after the 9/11 tragedy and the scar that has remained.
This film was shot during the summer of 1968 in Oakland, California around the meetings organized by the Black Panthers Party to free Huey Netwon, one of their leaders, and to turn his trial into a political debate...
Black Sun is based on a short novel by the American Science-fiction author Samuel R. Delany which tells the story of the meeting between a "spacer" and a "frelk"...
Iran’s 1978 Islamic revolution was closely associated with movie screens, cameras, and television images. At its outset, there were the arson attacks on more than 130 movie theatres, and the revolutionary events themselves were spontaneously recorded on film by the participants. Using only period footage, the filmmakers meditate upon the role of cinema, television, and film in society.
A nocturnal voyage into the bowels of the Earth. The camera follows the work of a machine that is digging tunnels for new underground railway lines. A short film that starts from the darkness to slowly approach the light, when the last fragment of rock falls and the workers’ eternal night comes to an end...
Bo Hai takes an intimate look at a young man who helps out at his father’s mini-market. By showing everyday situations, the films introduces us to the life of young Vietnamese who have lived most of their life in the Czech Republic...
Short documentary film about a MSF (Doctors without Borders) mission in Guatemala. The mission deals with sexual violence in the capital.
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