On screen, one blank sheet of paper after another is slowly being filled with lines: inhabitants of Aida Refugee Camp (Bethlehem) draw mental maps of their surroundings and tell the stories related to those subjective geographies.
There is a popular Latvian folksong which begins with the phrase “I was singing out high on a mountain”. The irony of it is that according to physical geography there are no mountains in Latvia.
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.
The story of a woman who survived the hell of several concentration camps. Zdenka Fantlová recounts her unique life story with its dramatic turns...
A portrait of a childless forty-year-old as she re-evaluates her life to date. Not even the disillusionment from romantic ideals is capable of dimming her desire for a child. The film is accompanied by the cynical yet pragmatic commentary of a woman who has given up on finding a life partner in favour of a sperm donor.
What is it like to employ the exceptional long-term observational method brought to the world by internationally renowned Czech director Helena Třeštíková? What is the basis of the successes and pitfalls of following the individual life stories of seemingly common people for even dozens of years?
Do you plan to work or live in China?
Do you wonder what happens, when Chinese and Europeans construct a house together? Then you need to see this film!
Film essay about classical and postmodern supervision mechanisms.
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?
Journalist Saša Uhlová spent six months exploring working conditions at the worst-paid jobs in the Czech Republic. She spent several weeks in a hospital washroom, at a poultry plant, behind a cash register, and at a waste sorting facility...
Celestial Night is a film on visibility and questions what it means to see. It is a film about what is invisible apart from the imagination: Celestial Night is a film dealing with this vital power, the ability to envision. It is a search in present day Japan for the mythical Japanese Emperor Amayonomikoto who was blind, and the story of a time when seeing was not believing...
High above a jungle in Nepal, pilgrims make an ancient journey by cable car to worship Manakamana.
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.”...
Film about searching maternal instinct under the microscope.
Marian Kuffa is a priest in a small village of Zakovce in Slovakia. At his presbytery he cares for the homeless, former prisoners, boys and girls from orphanages, the handicapped and abused mothers with children. Altogether, the priest has hosted almost two hundred people. Some die, some are born, people come and go...
In the first Czech documentary filmed in 3D, the inhabitants of a village in northern Moravia were given the chance to send a message into space that would show how they live today.
As it follows the arrows painted on old building facades in Pilsen, this short documentary asks passers-by if the know their origin and purpose. Some people have no idea that the arrows were ever anything more than way-markers, while others remember the time when they were drawn.
To be captive is to be confined, both in space and in time. The captive one is not only and necessarily a prisoner, but becomes an inherent part of that space, his identity being continually projected on it. The captivity space itself is in turn not inert; it is rather characterized by whomever it contains, it is shaped by that experience.
Making use of footage filmed during an air raid drill in 1936, the short film was made within a series of films commissioned by the Civil Anti-Aircraft Defence as part of a preventive promotional campaign...
«In balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt at the ideal cruising speed.»
As Iceland faced all-out economic collapse in 2009, popular comedic personality Jón Gnarr conceived the idea of the Best Party. What began as a satirical statement, attempting to parody both left-wing and right-wing parties, took on a life of its own in the Reykjavik mayoral campaign...
In this playful experimental film, documentary maker and animator Pavel Koutecký captures Prague during campaigning for the first free elections in 1990.
In 2006 two Czech electricians, Milan and Tomáš, set off for the Zambian village of Mupande. Exploiting a “higher level of African improvisation” they managed to provide electric power to the local school, clinic and several homes, and brought the villagers out of their equatorial darkness.
Pawel and Wawel gathers unique images and sounds from a journey through Iceland that position themselves between documentary gesture and performative strategy. The starting point and anchor of this trans-genre diary film, road movie, documentary film project, is the film festival initiated by Krzystof Kaczmarek “What`s the difference between Pawel and Wawel,” which more or less unsuccessfully tours the island with Polish classics.
A spectacular view of the world as seen from Armando and Maria's control tower, eight floors up from the river Douro.
Two years after the end of the Second World War, Film Journal No. 1 was released in Sarajevo, and four years after the collapse of the Communist bloc this newsreel, which has only survived on nitrate film, was lost in the confusion of the fighting in Yugoslavia....
Professor Jiří Myslík offers an engaging lecture on the physical criteria for capturing images on black and white media. His interpretation of the exposure of human skin is accompanied by playful illustrations that place the firm firmly in the celebrated tradition of Czechoslovak educational films.
The knight Bořek sets off on the trail of his missing son. Little Jan has run away from home, rushing after a dream, an illusion about the holy mission of children. His aging father searches for him in every possible way, trying to catch up with his son...
p>Mother has literally drowned herself in alcohol, father is about to do so passing his time to the end in bed, sister is never at home...
This is the story of a mother and daughter who cross Chile in search of a relative they both don't know. The mother hopes to find her sister while the daughter expects to find her real father...
In October 2008, the three main banks in Iceland collapsed, driving a nation into bankruptcy, causing thousands of people to lose their jobs, their personal savings - and hope.
YUMEN combines ghost stories and “ruin porn” to form a celluloid psycho-collage of wandering souls seeking connection with one another and a lost collective history among the frozen remnants of the abandoned oil town of Yumen in China’s northwest Gansu province.
“…A brave, unflinching and willingly unpopular and unsavory film showing the most brutal face, and the muscle, of Putin-era Russia, cavorting on a summer beach. …”
In Caxinas, the relationship between the woman and the fisherman is founded on trust, born of their mutual and complete dependence, which is vital for the survival of the family. The wife trusts and depends on the fisherman to survive, the fisherman trusts and depends on the woman to manage his life.
Jan Vladislav, Czech poet and author, signatory of Charter 77, publisher of the samizdat manuscript series Kvart, and translator.
A personal essay about how children and adults play...
A man returns, after fifty years, to Chinatown to care for his dying mother. He is a librarian, a cataloguer and recorder, a gay man, a watcher, an impersonator. He passes his time collecting images - his witnesses and collaborators. Sitting in the dark, we look at them and share his cloak of invisibility, both a benefit and a curse...
A Comunidade (The Community) is a short documentary focused on CCL the oldest camping park in Portugal.
The women in this documentary have a lot of cleaning to do. They work in motel El Pasajero, where the guests generally don’t stay longer than a few hours. The rooms don’t have to be particularly beautiful, either; as long as there’s a bed on which the couples can indulge their carnal passions, sometimes under the influence of alcohol and drugs...
A documentary featuring the attempt by Gypsy leader Vlado Sendrei and his team to win elections in “white” Slovakia.
A family portray made on the road. A mother and a daughter are setting off to a journey following the memories of the eldest daughter/sister missing in the portray. As we approach the end of the journey, we het to the core of the topic, brought to both women by the absence of the family member.
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.
One can’t understand everything
and I think that it’s good,
that it is that way.
A story based on the same motifs as the book of the same name by Dutch psychologist and author, Jens Sigsgaard...
For two years, Free follows the path to freedom of a group of people with intellectual disabilities that are locked away in Croatian institutions. The only things that Ivan, Enes, Tina, Kruno, Mirko, Tomo have in common is that they are outcasts of society and they dream of freedom: we see them institutionalised and we watch what it’s like to be isolated, deprived of privacy and of one’s rights to make decisions regarding their own life...
The film points out the importance of the production of medicines in the National Institute of Public Health in Prague. The film uses a re-enactment frame to present its theme; a mother and a child visit the doctor’s office and the child is served vitamin D in milk against rickets...
"Everything is Relative" is a kaleidoscopic fusion of documentary sequences, archive material and tableau's of human beings. It seeks to portray how our reactions to challenges in life are relative to the conditions that guide our individual lives.
Zuzana Piussi, the director, in the main role of a documentary crime story about the fate of Slovak cinema...
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