Over the course of 5 years, the director followed the lives of simple people in Lodz, Poland, witnessing right beneath their windows the changes of modern Europe, and about their struggle to keep their dignity and to find their place in a changing world.
“I express what I’m living through. I don’t think about it, I just do it,“ says Karel Malich. In the course of 15 years, the documentary has followed his works, his recollections of childhood, his parents and his magic native region, as well as his opinion on nature, natural sciences and football.
A filmmaker’s inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures,
interconnecting people, places and times.
"Loli Kali Shuba" is a Romani nursery rhyme about the ladybird. Twenty years on Ukrainian filmmaker Aleksandr Balagura returns to the Romani settlement where a twelve-year-old girl once sang this song to him. The children of back then have now grown up.
Vova is a guard at a private fishing enterprise. In the Soviet days and the early 1990s he was the head of a collective fishing farm. Nowadays he’s at the roadside of life, watching things go by from his vantage point – the abandoned Voyage cafe. His tales and stories make up a kaleidoscopic image of present-day Ukraine.
For twenty years Aleksey, a truck driver, has been driving the length and breadth of Russia. For twenty years his wife has been patiently waiting for him in a small house near the forest and following the news about each next road accident with concern. She is accompanied by a faithful old dog that has just been diagnosed with a fatal disease. The story about long weeks of separation, about longing and loneliness merges with the story of today’s changing Russia, as seen by Aleksiej from his truck window.
The time of exposure is the life span of an object in frame. In this regard, no photo is just a two-dimensional graphic composition - it always has the third, temporal dimension. A photo is a time carrier, the vessel of memory... But whose memory? Of the Face or the Thing or the Landscape which are still on the photo? Of the photographer?
Akiko goes back to japan with her mother's ashes.
Mariana comes back to her country after five years in exile and she learns his father is leaving the country. The camera dives into her filming archives and in into her life, to tell the story of her father, two brothers and her close friend, who have decided to leave Uruguay in search of new horizons.
Documentary film GRADUATES is about the struggle of young people, who, after graduating, find themselves in the reality and have to adapt to the needs of society. Oftentimes, the graduates have to accept tough conditions that do not meet their interests or expectations...
A film about the struggle of young people, fresh university graduates, who have to face reality and conform to the society and its system. They often have to accept the tough conditions which go against their own interests and wishes. Their ideals and dreams clash with the global financial crisis, they are uncertain in their interaction with the market rules, and they feel they are living in an unjust country. We are free, but to what extent are we able to manage our own destiny and fight for our own existence?
A documentary film about peculiar and unconventional people living in a peculiar and unconventional place. After several visits to the most east-bound district of interwar Czechoslovakia, one director and one photographer decided to return to the same places once more this time with a film camera to bring back a message about the calm but original daily life of the local people.
In the communist Romania we had but a single brand of each basic product: the Relaxa mattress, the Dragasani sneakers, the Pegas bicycle, the Mobra motorcycle, the Fieni bulbs and the Ileana sewing machine were the stars of the Romanian golden era.
A prehistoric job in the technological era.
An empty, but inhabited classroom. Stanislas, Margot and Ali speak about books. I Am an Earthquake, is one of the titles. Every child interprets and imagines. The story becomes the point of departure of a conversation about the world.
Young people spin their cars around in the closed-down industrial grounds. A newlywed pair has their picture taken in dilapidated barracks. A tourist guide drives visitors through the city in his Trabant, pointing out the sites of clashes from 1989...
Webcams have made it possible for the Internet "to have eyes," reflecting society from a subjectless and anonymous perspective. Over the past years, Dariusz Kowalski has downloaded surveillance sequences from various public and semi-public locations which in fact were not intended to be used.
Seventy-four years old lady is still fighting her battles in professional and personal life. Her last feature film was a critic and audience disaster. Although she is respected like someone who was making the history of Czech Film she is not happy only with that - Věra Chytilová.
"Hey Dad, you died suddenly." The filmmaker, trying to make sense of the way his father chose to die, opens several boxes, all that is left behind. The forgotten photos, letters and home videos take the film back to the 1970s Yugoslavia, when his parents became lovers.
Cine-poem and sensorial drifting in a French-Senegalese experience of Shadow cinema. Someone who leaves the dying fire without his torchlight is a lost man.
Wong Kei has given up a stable job in order to pursue his dream with his camera. One day, he meets a fisherwoman and feels truly inspired by her lifestyle. Determined to look for her, he begins a journey in which he will learn from them the past and present of Macau and it's fishermen.
I keep looking into myself if Madrid is my city. I came here more than 7 years ago from a place 9546 km far away from here. With the daylight I feel foreigner no matter nobody can tell unless I speak.
Film uses the aesthetics of cell phone cameras, which the director used after he was diagnosed with angina and his doctors recommended fast walking. He has transformed the 3,000 kilometers he walked over three years into a collage of playful, experimental, and lyric moments and family and social situations, all seen with a sense of tenderness and irony.
Silvie Dymáková's raw documentary uncovers the manipulation and pressure that exist behind the closed doors of "product demonstration excursions for seniors" in the Czech Republic.
The outside view distorts that which is shown and automatically contains the perspective of the one who is telling the story.
"Hans im Glück" is the story of a man who sets out to get rid of his habit of smoking. Thus he plans to walk from Zurich, his present residence, «back» to his native town St. Gallen, where he startet to smoke a long time ago.
A thirty day music marathon by Swiss musicians Koch-Schütz-Studer turns into a cinematic piece of chamber music.
While on vacation, a man takes an excursion to an unfamiliar neighbouring country. There, in the alpine confinement, he finds an ideal echo for the rage he had brought with him: rage towards the mountains, civilisation and mentality. At times, a sense of glee even surfaces with this unbridled rage. He needs these forays into the mountains. He uses his anger to get to the bottom of his discomfort.
Grimsel-West was the name of a project for the expansion of the hydroelectric plant in the Hasli Valley. Submitted on 30 June 1988, its realization seems fairly improbable for the moment. Originally conceived as an expression of opposition to the construction of a new dam, the film tries to fathom the undercurrent of apprehension caused by such plans to exploit the environment.
Since weeks it's cold and wet. It's already late, Karl Winter is on his way home. Under dark circumstances he accidentally meets a woman of mysterious fascination - Martha... And so begins a love story of fatal dynamics which throws Karl far off the tracks of reason. Wicked dreams and subliminal changes in Karl's surroundings confirm his feelings that with Martha the uncanniness has also entered his life.
«In balance between Schalk and melancholy... On the way with the artist Roman Signer - an attempt at the ideal cruising speed.»
'Family Meals' is a documentary film portraying the need for acceptance by our loved ones through the ritual of family meals taking place in the charming and somewhat eccentric family of the director, Dana Budisavljević.
Five former shipbuilders tell personal cock-and-bull stories about drinking, socialising, accidents and fighting in a tough-as-nails man's world at the legendary B&W shipyard on Refshaleøen, Copenhagen.
Damaged people who tried to escape and failed during the time of the wall, tell their stories.
Arcana is a film about the last working year of the old prison of Valparaiso, Chile. It is a homage to the jail, to the values and customs of the men who lived in it for 150 years.
Portrait of a generation where marriage was “until death do us apart”, and a time of misery and oppression marked by the inheritance of the Spanish Civil War.
Yvonne Robert – une femme qui vient de l’ombre is an intimate portrait of a woman with a turbulent past at an old age with extraordinary wisdom. It is also the life story of one of the last living artists of which some works belong to Jean Dubuffet’s prestigious collection of Art Brut.
Burundi, 21st October 1993: the democratically elected President N’Dadaye is assassinated by a group of Tutsi officers.
This iconoclastic film, midway between fiction and documentary, explores the "over-sacred" side of Jerusalem. A political gamble for its inhabitants, a myth for its visitors, Jerusalem remains a universal object of desire that borders on fetishism.
Aqabat-Jaber is one of the sixty Palestinian refugee camps built in the Middle East by the UN at the beginning of the 1950s. Filmed in 1987, a few months before the Intifada, this film tells the story of a disinherited generation brought up in the nostalgia of places they never knew and which no longer exist. The story of a temporary solution that became a permanent way of life.
The genocide in Rwanda (Itsembatsemba) took place amongst general indifference. On the 6th April 1994, a fury of purification swept the country. Within one hundred days, soldiers and militiamen (Interhamwe) massacred at least 700,000 Tutsis. These images were taken two years after the genocide, in April 1996.
Interviews with Professor Leibovitz, in two parts: on Science and Values and on State and Laws
181, offers an unusual vision of the inhabitants of Palestine-Israel, a common vision of an Israeli and a Palestinian.
Jaffa, the orange’s clockwork narrates the visual history of the famous citrus fruit originated from Palestine and known worldwide for centuries as "Jaffa oranges".
IZKOR, is a portrait of the Israeli society that has never been shown before, thirty days in the life of a State that lives to the rhythm of its memory. This award-winning film puts forward a passionate and severe analysis of the Hebrew state.
The film tells us the story of the confrontation between a group of trendy urban artists who are invited to make public art in different villages of one of Portugal’s poorest and most isolated regions: Alentejo.
Thirty-five years after it’s independence from the Portuguese colonial rule, Goa is definitely a state of many contrasts. Together with a strong migrating Hindu population, there is still a Portuguese speaking minority which seems somewhat frozen in nostalgia and kept in a strange time limbo.
Houses to sell…houses to live in…houses to fill and die in…
Mr. António Carlos works in a real estates agency, he is pressurized daily by his superiors to close contracts and bring profit to the company.
"I was born beneath this water. I was 10 years old when it all happened. Some things I remember well others are blurred and confused..."
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