Throughout the XX century, Portugal was a country of emigration. The economy was so weak that half of the Portuguese working population was working abroad – looking for better wages and sending money back home. But for a certain period things seem to have changed...
A documentary about the wondrous passion of Carmen Martinek, who takes movie theaters as her lovers...
Special Between the Seas Jury Award, IDFF Jihlava 2007
An artistic confrontation with the global phenomenon of trafficking in women. A film about false promises, exploitation and disappointment.
A documentary featuring the attempt by Gypsy leader Vlado Sendrei and his team to win elections in “white” Slovakia.
A situational documentary about a generation of singles in their 30s who live in a medium-sized Slovak village, and their mayor who, in an effort to maintain the village population, sets out to bring them together.
Pregnant Mariena and her cousin Roman live with their families in a poor Roma village in the East of Slovakia. They both admire the Czechoslovak pop stars Karel Gott and Dara Rolins...
Like many other women, Diana has been suffering from problematic periods for years. With every new cycle, the same question arises: “Why the pain and annoyance if I am healthy?”
What was once a locus of emigration has become a locus of immigration due to the influx of migrants from Africa, Romania or the Ukraine who have come to Italy...
A portrayal? A sketch? And who is portraying who here? A quest for the Czech experimental writer, translator and poet Bohumila Grögerová; a quest in words that we cannot see, and inner movement that is hardly visible to our eyes and yet changes the wor(l)d.
A film about teeth, grave robbing and the joy of life.
The disparate duo of Rozálie and Luděk try to understand the absurdity of nationalism that has left its mark in the region.
Fighting death when new life is coming. “There is a strange regularity to the number beings that die when others are expected to be born.”
When I was 14 years old, my mother wrote a book about a boy that unexpectedly survived a hard disease. It was my boyfriend and I got into the book as well.
In the suburbs of Córdoba, young cartoneros, collectors of cardboard and recyclable materials whose skills are passed down from father to son, learn the ropes while dreaming of a better life.
The film is an insight into a teacher's soul and a contemplation upon his teaching fate...
The patience, skill and craftsmanship of a father who, for fifty years has made pastries and ice-creams in his shop in the noisy city-centre of Beirut.
Images of a life accomplished in the bitter-sweetness of passing time.
An old building in Beirut becomes a complex protagonist with a private life of its own...
Alouate, born in Tangier in 1996, lives on the streets since the age of ten...
An ironic look at life on the run, with the former Serbian general, accused of war crimes, forced to live like a hermit in a cave.
Professor Pavel Kolář, the Head of the Rehabilitation Clinic at the Motol University Hospital, is a physiotherapist who believes more in the brain than in the muscles. Muscles are only components in a system. And a successful therapy requires knowledge not only of the individual components, but of the system as a whole.
Just like ordinary people, whole nations often wonder why their neighbors are living better than they.
This is the story of a sixty day long walk in Cape Verde. No mobile phone, no watch, no plans for what to do next – only the bare essentials in the backpack. Out traveller explores the mountains, the villages, the sea, a talking tortoise, the goats, the music, the dry haze, the people of Cape Verde and an essential part of himself.
February 2011, Red Market, Macao’s famous food market. Two directors, a common look. The gestures and the routines, between life and death.
In memoriam Jane Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011).
“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.
In the beginning the idea was to make something from nothing, in a neutral and unknown place. Collect images and sounds instead of producing them.
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.
Gerês, Portugal. Days are born with fire and die with it. Men renew the earth with ancient practices. All beings inhabit the same place.
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 Comunidade (The Community) is a short documentary focused on CCL the oldest camping park in Portugal.
A film in search of traces of Egyptian civilian resistance against military and colonial oppression. An archaeology of January 25th 1952 to January 25th 2012, revealing the stratigraphic layers that build up from the rubble of history. A mystery, an allegory of revolution.
Santa Claus lives on the fourth floor of an apartment block. Santa owns seven dogs, six cats, two rabbits, one crow, one pigeon, one chinchilla, one guinea pig, ten degus and some fish...
Rubiks’ Road is a bicycle path built in the 1980s and named after Alfreds Rubiks, leader of the Latvian Communist party at the time.
There should be silence in a museum. And someone should see to it that the silence is there. It’s the logical order of things. However, it might seem weird to somebody.
Three elderly country bachelors idle away their time amidst semi-wild nature, closer to birds and pond fish than to humans.
A man in a grey coat roams the city. He is interested in boys and men. Those good enough for him will get a green bag. Marija is home alone. She is the only woman to get a green bag. But the film does not end quite there.
Already before Marija is born it is clear that she will be a person getting into trouble all the time. However, that’s not all. The most important thing is that she is often alongside firemen. Is it because things around her catch fire?
A hijacker forces a plane to land in Riga, in Latvia. A child hostage wants to lean all about the country where they have landed, so he begins to ask for local chocolate, information about Latvia and so on...
What is there left in life, when you are old, poor and lonely?
The Tallin-Kaliningrad bus crosses three borders during one night: Estonian-Latvian, Latvian-Lithuanian and Lithuanian-Russian.
There are places that we don’t want to know anything about, places that we would rather pretend don’t exist at all. One such place is a dumpsite. From the humans’ point of view, it is a ghastly place, a stinking desert of trash. But it’s a desert that is teaming with life. The astounding profusion of insects, reptiles, birds and mammals, all intertwined in an existential life-death relationship imparts to it with some strangely alluring dream-like quality.
The story is imaginary but based on real events. An incident has occurred at an average post-Soviet school in Latvia. Somebody has defecated in the attic.
A film about the daily life of Martins, a handicapped child who will always be dependent on his parents.
The city is a frenetic place, and a reason is needed for asking the people to stop for a moment and stand in front of the movie camera.
The oak tree in Seja is roughly 700 years old. Around this monumental tree, the peaceful and repetitive life goes on in the village, a group of houses in the middle of the forest.
An official selection at Cannes, Toronto and Berlin, this quiet comedy takes us back to the late 1950’s and the Cold War, when the white sandy beaches of Latvia were part of the Soviet Union’s frontier.
Morning starts with the mail. That's customary. Let's have a look at habitual things, habitual movements, habitual life.
"The Linen" is a silent dissertation on the daily life of a truck driver who delivers clean linens to a children's hospital. He unloads the sheets and divides them up among the wards, where small, gripping dramas of life and death are unfolding. And every day it's the same story.
The setting: a mental hospital in Evreux on the eve of its demolition. By way of introduction, a quick and sharp track-out through a window, as a foretaste of what is coming: a journey from outside to inside, carried along by the wind.
JJA are his initials. This is the portrait of those initials: JJA in the garden, JJA in a deckchair on his balcony, in his office, in his bathroom.
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