Although the heroines of the film come from two different places - Bangladesh and Ethiopia - their lives are similar. Both have difficult experiences behind them - they grew up in the countryside, struggled with poverty, were victims of violence, and had to decide to flee their homelands. Paradoxically, in spite of the many problems that have affected them, they have become strong women who look forward to the future.
An award - winning film, recognised both domestically and internationally, produced by Piotr Stasik. The film is a visual masterpiece. Its action shots presenting the lives of citizens of this famous city (portrayed in cinema i.a. by Woody Allen) were perfectly tuned with mesmerizing music and emotions of 21 characters that travel by subway. The film managed to convey the genius loci of this place and helps experience the life rhythm of New Yorkers that come from all over the world, their loneliness, troubles, dreams and transgressions. 21 x New York then portrays a collective consciousness (or even subconsciousness) of the 21st century people.
Piotr is serving a long term prison sentence. Today for the first time in many years he has been released on a three-day probation. The austere reality of prison that he grew attached to cannot be compared to the world outside brimming with possibilities and unlimited choices. The car ride with GPS, travelling by underground, using an escalator or even buying an ordinary shirt seem to be quite a big challenge for Piotr. Lost and astonished but still fascinated by everything that surrounds him, he is trying to understand today’s world. Yet his most difficult task will be facing his life once again, looking back to what has passed and appraise his future capabilities, and finally, to choose what would be best for him. Although he cannot hope for much, there is still something that can be changed. What will he do with those three short days of freedom?
This musical release from legendary rock band U2 captures a live performance recorded at the Rose Bowl with over 27 cameras during their 2009 U2360 tour. Some of the songs featured in the concert include " Get On Your Boots", "Magnificent", "The Unforgettable Fire", "Until the End of the World", and many more.
How much does a human life weigh? Does the life of an illegally employed immigrant weigh less if both parties agree to working in dangerous conditions without insurance? Doesn't the conscience weigh on a person who denies help to the ones in need? The viewer is left with these questions in this well made Piotr Domalewski's film, a mixture of thriller and social cinema. The picture has won the Grand Prix awards at various film festivals. Featuring an excellent performance of Grzegorz Damięcki.
A film depicting the experiences of a three-year-old refugee Lean who, along with adults, travels a long way to the promised land - Sweden. Each day brings her closer to the longed - for meeting with her grandfather who lives there. Adventure? The first painful experience? The authors of this observational documentary excellently contrast a child's world - slow and full of wonder at the surrounding reality - with that of her parents' - nervous and unsure of the immediate future.
Eastern Ukraine. A small village called Hnutove is located in the war zone. The inhabitants are leaving their houses. Some of the few who have remained in the village are: a ten-year-old boy, Oleg, and his grandmother Aleksandra. The authors of this film accompany the protagonists for a year, showing that close family bonds are fragile but necessary for survival in extreme conditions. A film about growing up near a front line.
After the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima an increasing number of children has health problems. Their mothers conduct their own investigation, verifying the government’s assurances about the safety of the reason. The American director Ian Thomas Ash found the children included in the thyroid studies program. The documentary is made up of conversations with the children, their parents, and the employees of the prefecture.
Ab ovo is a story about life, from birth until death. It was filmed in one of the polish slaughterhouses. The access there is strictly forbidden. Not many people knows what’s going on behind the closed doors.
A biographic documentary about Elżbieta Czyżewska – one of the greatest Polish actresses and an icon of Polish sixties cinema who died in 2010. She was extremely successful in Poland but the authors of the film focus on her attempts to become popular in the USA, after she suddenly emigrated with her American husband, David Halberstam. Elżbieta Czyżewska's friends talk frankly about her unhappy marriage, about the struggle with alcohol addiction which she won as well as her attempts to come back to Poland. This is the story about the actress's life at different career stages: the peak, the bottom and in between. Winner of the Polish Film Award for the best documentary in 2016.
This touching film by Maasja Ooms about the need for love. It shows three years from the life of a homeless girl that is on the verge of depravity. The history of this character is tragic. She was only one year old when she lost her home. At five, she ended up in an orphanage because the family taking care of her gave her up. At nine, she is still waiting to be adopted. Thanks to the constant presence of camera following the daily life of this desperate girl, feeling an increasing rejection of the whole world, the viewer can sense that the frustration, helplessness, lack of prospects and a feeling of existential homelessness are almost tangible. Are we witnesses of an inevitable tragedy which happens in front of us and will keep happening in this world?
Głuchołazy - a small town which used to be brimming with life in the nineties but now it is dying out. A flood has destroyed health resorts and factories. The town is faced with a high unemployment rate and some of its citizens have left. In this dead - end place, a teenage Szymon decides to make his big dream come true. He wants to become a wrestler. Can he fulfil his American Dream?
The film presents the conflict between tradition and modernity. The population of Faroe Islands has been hunting whales for centuries. Nowadays, various organizations representing Western civilization raise objections to their non-commercial activity. The film tells the story of man and nature, their coexistence and actions which pose a challenge to it. Could it be that the clash of two opposing views on ecology will change the archipelago forever?
The film authors follow the cyclists who take part in the Peace Race, which, organised annually in May, was a huge sports and propaganda event for the Polish People’s Republic. The protagonist is the last cyclist, behind whom there is only the bus with the text reading ‘the end’ behind him.
‘Grandma Lo-Fi’ is a cinematic tribute to an amazing musician Sigríður Níelsdóttir and her boundless creativity. At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from her living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets purrs and coos, found toys, kitchen percussion and casio keyboards. The film was created over a period of 8 years by three musicians debuting as directors, capturing the most creative period in the life of Sigríður Níelsdóttir.
Locked up in a high security prison for armed robbery, a 28 year-old Polish inmate refuses to let the errors of his youth become his destiny. BAD BOY high security cell offers an exceptional look into one of the most secret places in prisons. Over a period of 78 minutes, we get to know Damian, 28 years old, condemned to ten years in jail for armed bank robbery. His frank and truthful discussion, with himself and with the camera of Janusz Mrozowski, reveals his troubled inner world, his doubts but also his sensitivity and understanding, and with his tattooed arms he holds up a mirror to our society, and to ourselves.
3 destinies, 3 perspectives, from the forbidden country of the Arab Revolution. A country that has been forgotten by the West. These images are extremely rare. Outstanding, clandestinely filmed footage. In the last year, the repression has caused 60 deaths. That is a lot for this small country with a population of 600,000, run by the Al Khalifa royal family. The people of Bahrain are demanding the same thing as the Syrians, Egyptians and Tunisians - democracy and freedom. But the rest of the world seems convinced that nothing is happening in Bahrain. Yet every day for the last year, men and women have been taking to the streets and risking their lives demanding freedom and democracy. For 1 month, Stephanie Lamorré secretly filmed the violently suppressed demonstrations in the heart of the besieged districts. She brought back the story of her immersion, through the perspective of three women. These women are courageous activists, who explain how invisible their revolution is. They explain how to make the insurrection against the authorities happen, and how to recognise it.
This film enables us to explore both the beauty of a landscapes surrounding the biggest lake in Hungary – Balaton, and the exciting young music scene of this country. This is a series of concerts recorded during different times of day, in different places (ports, ships, cafes, hotel balconies and churches). Every shot gives us a glimpse of the atmosphere in a given place. This beautiful, intriguing musical documentary with a lot energy cannot be clearly classified. The quality of modern Hungarian bands is surprising. These world class compositions are virtually unknown in Poland.
Zyga who lives near Warsaw is nearing 40. Once the lead player in the local football team, now he is unemployed. He is trying to explain to Witek the rules which govern the world. He does not always follow them; this fact is not missed by his clever son. Zyga's old team is trying to advance to the third division. A former star is going to play in the decisive play-off. This meeting will turn out to be extremely important in Zyga's life.
The ‘Euro 2012 – behind the scenes’ film follows Polish footballers 24 hours a day in places and situations that no broadcaster was able to show. Moments of weakness, triumph and disillusion. Presented, for the first time and uncensored, from the point of view of the players themselves especially of Damien Perquis and Marcin Wasilewski.
The director uses unpublished archival audio and visual materials to reconstruct the complex history of the Beksiński family. Viewers become acquainted with the story of Zdzisław, Zofia and Tomasz from the inside - thanks to their normal lives, the space they share, long talks, and small conflicts. The script is based on the book Beksińscy. Portret podwójny by Magdalena Grzebałkowska.
North America draws thousands of desperate souls searching for employment in oil fields. An Oscar nominee for best documentary short subject this year, the film tells a story of oil boom as witnessed by three children and their mother – poor immigrants fighting with harsh winter in North Dakota. They discover the motifs of innocence, home and American dream.
The film follows Red Cross workers from Liberia who collect the bodies of people who died from hemorrhagic fever caused by Ebola virus. They work during the peak of the outbreak in West Africa. Garmai Sumo, a nurse and the only woman in the team, helps to explore the story of their dangerous mission. Her courage and strength allow her to perform this terrifying task. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
The title characters are a couple that has been married for a long time. They spend all of their time together - at home and in the school canteen where they work. It is perfectly clear that through the years they have become distant - they feel no desire nor need to speak to each other. Their lives are filled with silence and snideness. One may think that they are still together only out of a habit.
Baptism – the mystical moment of joining a community but also of entering a new reality. Gestures and signs, the invisible touch of God. A film about the miracle of christening, an attempt to grasp the mystery of the spirit and the eternity. A picture of a man standing at the gate of eternity and the God showing the way, even in the darkest night.
The unmistakable power of love is celebrated in this story of one man’s decision to move to India and restart his life among the dispossessed. “Rocky Anna,” as the children living at an orphanage for those infected with HIV know him, was dissatisfied with his life in America. Having grown up without a close-knit family of his own, he found his calling living and working with kids in need. Unlike others who simply passed through their lives, Rocky stayed, dedicating himself to their health and well-being. Despite formidable challenges, his playful spirit and determination in the face of despair proves to be an invaluable resource.
A poetic portrait of which the protagonist is Max – a Swiss farmer living and working on a secluded farm in the Jura mountains. When winter comes time drags on and gets the imagination going. Especially in a place like Fairy Hill.
The film uses careful framing and calm, rhythmical editing to introduce us to the world of almost complete silence. ‘Budzik’(‘The Alarm Clock’) is a clinic founded by Ewa Błaszczyk, in which children in a coma wait for the day when they wake up. Their beds are attended continuously by their parents, who rarely leave the clinic. They sleep on the camp-beds, next to their children, as they are determined to help the young ones return to life. The movie tells a touching story of people, who do not surrender after facing a personal tragedy. Hope is their weapon in the battle for the lives and health of their children.
Casa Blanca is a tiny fishing village in Cuba. Nelsa and her son Vladimir live in a small flat in an overcrowded, multi-family tenement. Vladimir suffers from Down syndrome, however he is the only caretaker of ailing Nelsa, while she is the only guardian of the boy, who easily gets into trouble. Their life is characterized by both conflicts and moments of touching affection; the woman tries to control her son, while he prefers to spend time with fishermen, helping them work, frolicking about and drinking rum. Almost every day Nelsa wanders the streets of Casa Blanca, looking for her only child who doesn’t want to come home. One day the condition of the woman deteriorates.
90 minutes drive away from Yangon - Burma's main city - there is a village in which the whole population’s main activity is dedicated to the manufacture of bricks. These people - men, women, children - are devoting their lives to this demanding task, becoming part of an impressive working chain. The Brick has been created as a part of workshops organized by Lech Walesa Institute in Yangon in September 2013 under supervision of Jan Czarlewski.
This 16-song 2007 set from London's O2 Arena featuring a reunited Led Zeppelin with Jason Bonham filling in behind the drum kit for his dearly departed father includes renditions of many of their legendary tunes, among them "Ramble On," "Black Dog," "Dazed and Confused," "Whole Lotta Love," "Kashmir," and "Stairway to Heaven."
A film about a family of miners, the Cruzes, who extract the remnants of silver, zinc, and lead from the surface of the famous Cerro Rico mountain in the Andes of Bolivia. The hardships of their work have remained unchanged for centuries. Unique cinematography allows the filmmakers to record the everyday labour of those miners as they work at 4100 metres above sea level.
Chau is a sixteen-year-old disabled teenager who lives in a Ho Chi Minh care centre. He is a victim of lethal herbicides “Agent Orange” sprayed by the US military during the war in Vietnam. Despite his disability, the boy dreams of becoming a professional fashion designer. The film, directed by David Darg, was nominated for an Oscar this year.
Academy Award-winning picture by Kristof Deak tells the story of a student named Zsofi who has trouble settling into a new school. Singing in the celebrated school choir is her only solace. In spite of this, it appears that the choir supervisor is not as inspirational a teacher as it is commonly believed. Zsofi is faced with a difficult choice –to confront a corrupt system or to humbly fit in. "Sing" is a fact-based drama about a childhood filled with a lot of background music, set in post-socialist Budapest.
A story of a young girl whose parents do not accept her homosexuality. Sixteen-year-old Ana is admitted to psychiatric hospital, where she is to receive treatment for her tendencies. After the hospital stay, she finds it difficult to cope with such traumatic experiences. Her past is an obstacle in having a true connection with her new love – Martina. “Sick” tells the story of emotions, betrayal, revenge, and forgiveness.
“Whores’ Glory” is a cinematic triptych on prostitution in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico: three locations, three languages, three religions. In worlds where the most intimate act has become a commodity, these women have physically and emotionally experienced everything that can happen between a man and a woman. For this they have always received money, but it has not made their lives rich in anything but stories. Paradise, the world and the hereafter merge in prostitution to create an image of the relationship between men and women.
An amazing story of Korczak Ziółkowski, a self-taught sculptor, a descendant of Polish emigrants. In 1939, he received the Grand Prix award at the World Exhibition for his marble bust of Ignacy Paderewski. The success drew the attention of the Dakota Indians' chiefs to him. The asked Korczak if he would sculpt the horseback figure of the legendary Crazy Horse, who participated in the victorious battle of Little Big Horn, in the rocks of Black Hills. The sculptor did torturous work in the wild for 35 years. He died from a heart attack in 1982. His wife and seven children continued his project.
Impressionistic registration of event, which takes place in June 1984 in Pulawy. On the trunk of one of the trees appeared the image of the Virgin Mary. That prompted the Polish believers to make a pilgrimage to the "holy place" and to the continuous contemplation. The film is accompanied by the words of prayers, hymns and a single sentences of people who shared their impressions.
"The Wizard of U.S." is a amusing, ironic, animated collage that uses the motifs of American novels to show how Los Angeles meets the American Dream. The film is about the insights and doubts of those who want to be "the voice of their generation's emigration" and are trying their hand at Hollywood.
12 June 2013, Huntsville, Texas. A little after 6 p.m., Elroy Chester will be executed by lethal injection for the rape of Erin and Claire DeLeon and the murder of their uncle, fireman Billy Ryman. “Killing Time” briefly reconstructs an old murder, but foremost shows the impact the day of execution has on the family members and victims. Filmed in a ‘cinema direct’ style, the film does not take in a standpoint. It only shows the events surrounding an execution. Killing Time is about passing time, about seeing death. Set against the ticking of a clock.
Between 1975 and 1979, at least 250,000 Cambodian women were forced into marriages by the Khmer Rouge. Sochan was one of them. At the age of 16, she was forced to marry a soldier who raped her. After 30 years of silence, Sochan decided to bring her case to the international tribunal set up to try former Khmer Rouge leaders. Red Wedding is the story of a survivor who pits her humanity against an ideology and a system designed to annihilate people like her.
A boy spends his vacation on the seaside. He participates in a summer camp for people with Down syndrome. We observe his efforts to find a girlfriend or listen to his conversations with his friends and witness the creative moments in which he writes his poems. These young people perceive reality in slightly different way than the rest of society. Despite certain dysfunctions, the world we experience in this film, touches us with its honesty and unpretentiousness. Is it possible that in the process of adapting to the society we have lost the ability to feel the world and to express ourselves in a simple and moving manner?
Jurij walks on hot coals barefoot, mesmerizes people and puts them in deep sleep. However, when he rests from his profession of a bioenergy therapist and a spectacular Fidini filmmaker, he assumes the role of a memorable, reflective son who tries to figure out his life with his old father while mourning his mother's death. Who is Jurij when he enters the stage among the enchanted audience and who does he become when he returns to his Ukrainian family home in the centre of the Orthodox world?
The film shows the story of a confident and very active sixty-year-old man - excellent diver who is left paralysed after a stroke. Thanks to rehabilitation and the support of his partner, Joanna, Janusz gradually becomes to move again. However, he still has serious problems with communicating. The only person who understands him is Joanna and she is the one who becomes the interpreter between the paralysed man and the rest of the world. What inspires Janusz and motivates him is his big dream to dive again. However, his dream might be hazardous to his health and life.
The film describes the methods used by Polish People’s Republic’s Ministry of Internal Affairs Department IV, whose tasks included surveillance and ‘operations’ aimed at Roman Catholic priests. Father Czesław Sadłowski and anonymous officials of the Ministry and the SB secret police reminisce about a variety of operation forms: from allegedly friendly conversations to enlisting informants and even provocation or malefaction. The film also includes archival recordings in which Captain Piotrowski, Colonel Pietruszka, General Płatek and General Ciastoń tell their own version and assessments of the murder of Father Jerzy Popiełuszko.
“The Good Life” is a story about the town of Tamaquito in the forests of northern Colombia and its inhabitants who make up the Wayúu community. For centuries they have lived on what nature could provide. They hunt in the mountains, pick fruit, and keep cattle. Their lives change dramatically because of the expansion of a coal company which provides this valuable raw material to power plants around the world. People of the town decide to fight for their survival. A young man, Jairo Fuentes, leads them in their struggle for independence.
A remarkable film about the family life of Wojciech Zamecznik (1923-1967), a famous Polish architect, set designer and graphic artist. The film was produced on the basis of the artist’s private recordings as he enjoyed capturing family life, meetings with friends and nature escapades using camera. “Dom na głowie” not only depicts Wojciech Zamecznik’s everyday life but also gives a viewer the rare opportunity to get a closer look at the reality of the Polish People’s Republic in 1950s. The film features graphic works and experimental materials which have not been published before.
Intense, colourful, beautiful photos form an intimate portrait of a miner. After hard work in a deep, hot, claustrophobic mine, he goes home, where he can pursue his true passion…
After fourteen years, Daniel leaves prison. He wants to once again become an exemplary citizen and to start a new life. However, this proves not to be so easy as certain people - even his family - reject him. He wants to find his long-lost daughter Sandra but he needs help to believe that he can accomplish his goal.
The film, whose title is a reference to the words Jesus says to his disciples during the Last Supper, is an attempt to show the essence of life in Ukraine. John Paul II visited the pour country. The documentary was shot during his trip to Ukraine.
Sixty-year-old Nils wants an independent life in harmony with nature. He turns his back on society and leaves town to live in a small wooden hut in the Norwegian mountains. Despite the isolation from the civilized world, the protagonist takes his mobile phone with him. He feels the need to share his experiences of living alone with his loved ones. "Drømmeland" is an observational documentary that shows an attempt to find a balance in contact with nature, with oneself and the outside world.
This experimental documentary presents the influence of humans on the environment. Households produce tons of trash impossible to process. Nature becomes humans’ victim - is it a deliberate act or mere neglect? There are many questions of this kind that the viewer has to find answers to,
Animals are hidden in the shadows of our highly mechanized world. “The Ghosts in Our Machine” is a cinematic cross-platform documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and lens of Jo-Anne McArthur we become intimately familiar with a cast of animal characters. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights? The film was presented in Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto and IDFA 2013 in Amsterdam.
Twelve-year-old Laura lives with her deaf parents. The girl guides them in everyday life –she translates to sign language the information necessary to understand what is being said at meetings, parent-teacher nights or formal conversations in which they participate. Viewers observe the everyday life of a child who is exceptionally mature for her age, far more aware of reality than her peers.
Every year thousands of Hassids from 70 states visit the grave of Reb Nachman in Uman, Ukraine. The tzadik promised the salvation for every Jew, who would prey, dance and sing on his grave during Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year. Nachman encouraged his students to speak to God as to a friend, to prey joyfully and honestly. The Hasids follow the will of their beloved tzadik happily – they celebrate their rites enthusiastically and vigorously. The crowds of Hasids that visit Uman every year are the pillars of local economy, but not everyone is happy with their presence. The right-wing residents act against the outlanders and accuse local authorities of corruption and selling out to Hasids. A huge crucifix, the symbol of their discontent, rises on the slope, over the pond in which numerous Hasids perform a ritual cleansing every year.
The main character, Tomek, deceives an elderly woman (Anna Dymna) pretending to be her grandson. When it seems that everything is going according to plan, the woman suddenly unmasks the impostor and traps him in the apartment. The elderly woman offers him a deal. Tomek gets the money, but he has to pretend to be her grandson in front of the social worker who will come to see if the frail woman has someone to take care of her. If it turns out she is all alone, the woman could be moved to a retirement home.
Ukrainian countryside. Everyone celebrate a Minor’s Day. But in mine they have nothing to celebrate. There are in another world where everyone finds refuge behind a registration number, as a talisman that enables them to survive the chaos. This film is about imprisonment, the physical and the mental one, about brutality, fear and isolation. This film is dark but not faithless. A party, few balloons, yellow and blue colours, a flower, a medal: the wages of fear. Do they really breathe better outside?
A shocking story about female twins, employed by the Transbud company in Katowice. At the beginning of the 1950s they had jobs, which involved transport and unloading of bricks. The sad reality of a life filled with hard work in which only a very pale memory of enthusiasm and dreams remains, and is washed out by daily experiences of poverty and hopelessness. One of the critics wrote that when watching the film you feel the inescapable hopelessness of the protagonists’ situation.
15-year-old Michał, fascinated by photography, meets Tadeusz Rolke (82), nestor of Polish photojournalism. Rolke helps Michał to buy a camera, set up a darkroom in his house, gives him his first photographic tasks. Slowly they become close friends. In the summer they set up a darkroom in a car and start a one month photographic trip filled with meeting people, adventures, and long conversations. It is not only a story about the magic of photography but also about budding of friendship and a master-student relationship.
In July 1989, budding Argentine documentary filmmaker José Luis García attended the last-ever USSR-sponsored international festival for communist youth in North Korea. There, he became entranced by young student Lim Su-kyung a peace activist and a passionate advocate for Korean reunification who captured the public's imagination by promising to walk back home to South Korea crossing the frontier at the heavily militarized Pyongyang border. Twenty years later José Luis García goes in search of the young woman who was once known as "The Flower of Reunification”. In that case he travels to Seoul to meet her face to face and to confront his own perceptions of Su-kyung with the real person.
The documentary, which received the Brązowy Lajkonik prize at the Kraków Film Festival, depicts the history and current situation of the High School run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Szymanów. The life of girls studying there is often full of rigour and control, so for many of them the moment of graduation is a most happy one.
Through the fates of women living in distant cities, the director of this film, Ester Gould, tells the story of her older sister, Rowan, a woman who moves from a small Scottish town to study art in London. She is fascinated with Rowan’s outgoing, ambitious nature, which hides the tragedy and narcissism like a façade. There is a price for wishing to be in the centre of everybody’s attention. “Strange Love Affair with Ego” is a remarkable study of fears that accompany today’s celebrities.
The Sudanese/Dutch Mazin is deaf from the day he was born. But now he faces an operation that is supposed to make him hear. Excited about all the new things he might discover, Mazin is looking forward to it. How will a dog sound? And fishes, do they make any noise? But he keeps on having second thoughts. For one of his closest classmates a similar operation turned out to be a disaster. And even if he succeeds, the world as he knows it might never be the same again, he fears. Will he get used to this whole new universe, or will it make him go crazy?
The film aims to present the opinion of primary school children on social works. The students have a discussion on the form of punishment which their friend should be given for not taking part in social works. The author gives a terrific account of the education in a totalitarian system.
Marcel Łoziński’s film presents Polish high-school graduates of late 70s. It shows the conformity of young people, on the one hand glibly expressing propaganda slogans, but on the other hand fully aware of the lie in which they participate.
Every year runners from all over the world decide to take part in the famous Spartathlon, an ultramarathon from Athens to Sparta, organized since 1983. Each character has specific reasons to participate in this project. Even though the runners are not confident of covering the whole distance, they know that they have to try. The film portrays the human fight against one's weaknesses and limitations, either that of body or mind.
An authotematic film using the poetics of fiction and documentary. A young director decides to conduct an experiment - she wants to check if it is possible to manipulate the process of falling in love. To do that she asks a young man to capture a girl's heart.
A multi-layer story of Władysław Kurpiewski, a coach who dedicated his whole life to fencing and raising new generations of Polish Olympians. Bogdan Dziworski’s film won numerous awards at international sport film festivals.
Future My Love is a unique love story challenging our collective and personal utopias in search of freedom. At the brink of losing the idealistic love of her life, filmmaker Maja Borg takes us on a poetic road trip through the financial collapse, exploring a radically different economic and social model proposed by 95-year-old futurist Jacque Fresco.
The director carries out a kind of sociological survey, interrogating people of every age, from a 1-year-old baby to 100-year-old elderly woman with questions like: “when were you born?”, “who are you?”, “what is important to you?”, “what do you want?” This way, he creates a group portrayal of a Poles, aware of their identity and the place where they live, who is an observant bystander of the reality which is hard to be accepted and who impatiently looks forward to the changes and a possibility to rise.
This film reveals that it is possible to create the world full of life, beauty and artistic expression even in a rigid Orthodox monastery. Sonia, a young nun, paints icons at night, then she sleeps until noon. She’s got a dog, cats, egzotic birds and a body which has rebelled against the stiff monastic discipline. Trying to understand Sonia’s character and the meaning of her choices, we come to meet her family, that suffered because of the difficult history of Russia. The film is a journey inside the Orthodox Church and shows a deep nationial spirituality being reborn. “Losing Sonia” tells the story of a remarkable woman who is trying to re-establish the values that had been lost for Russian society during political regimes.
Olga, a woman from Ukraine, works as a carer of a sick, bedridden man. She has a complicated family situation - she has left her husband and a gravely ill daughter that requires a very expensive treatment in her home country. In humility, the woman endures her employer's mood swings and jibes. One day the man asks her a favour...
The film shows a group of boys who got hired as safeguards at Polish Song Festival in Opole. The director portrays a change which the boys undergo when they are given power.
A retired anthropologist devotes her entire free time to her passion - she is a triple world champion in weightlifting. Even though the woman suffers from salivary gland cancer, she does not give up - she decides to once again compete for the first place. In her fight against herself she is supported by her close ones and her trusted trainer, Pat.
Marcin to młody chłopak z małej miejscowości pod Krakowem. Niespiesznie wkracza w dorosłe życie. Nie podoba się to matce, która oczekuje od niego konkretnych decyzji i działań – znalezienia lepszej pracy i przyszłej żony. Ponadto Marcin jest też początkującym sędzią piłkarskim – co tydzień na meczach amatorskich drużyn musi wysłuchiwać niewybrednych komentarzy i ocen swojej pracy wygłaszanych przez piłkarzy i kibiców
Deep Water tells the story about the employees and mentees of the social welfare center. They have a contact with the multiple problems: alcoholism, domestic violence, drug addiction, homelessness and unemployment. They help people during illegal employment, immigrants from the East, the Roma minority. In many cases they are dealing with the problem of orphan children of Polish immigrants or children from broken families. The action of each episode focuses on some sort of issues requiring the intervention.
A picture made in cooperation with Andrzej Piekutowski. It shows the fate of the Poles sent to Kazakhstanin 1940. Work in kolkhozes, severe winters, constant hunger and lack of contact with families in Poland led many to extreme physical and mental exhaustion. They often died in loneliness and misery, without any hope. When the NKVD was forced to persuade those who survived to change their nationality from Polish to Russian, they knew that their Polish documents were the last thread connecting them with their homeland.
Documentary study of people’s behavior when they need to make the right choice.
The director and cosplayer of the cyber diva Hatsune Miku moves to Tokio to be closer to her fans. Hatsune Miku is a "vocaliod" - a software voice bank. To produce it, its makers created a cute manga character that has become a collective fantasy and the star of the "otaku", a Japanese subculture. Miku's whole personality, her lines, music, and animation have been created by fans. The film shows a journey to the world in which fantasy is more real than the reality itself and explores the process of discovering identity through cosplay and fandom of the cyber diva. In this creative documentary (faux-documentary) that mirrors everything happening in Miku's world, the director acts as the main cosplayer and is assisted by the most hardcore fans.
Both the title character and his grandfather, Zdzisław Misiak, earn the viewers' favour from the very first moments. The film by Wojciech Klimala, recognised at the Warsaw Film Festival, shows a touching story of bonds forming between a grandfather and his 7-year-old grandson, of whom he takes care after his mother's death. Hugo was born in Spain and his Chinese father is in prison. We watch the daily lives of Hugo and his grandfather who live in a barrack located in an old amusement park in the centre of the city, but at the same time somehow outside of it. They feel that the most important thing in life is the closeness of another human being. In the background we can observe the crisis of interpersonal relations, decline of family bonds and oppression of the social system.
After obtaining a residence permit in 1994, a young family of Bosnian refugees reaches a small village in the Netherlands. When they try to make this new world their home, they fall into increasingly absurd troubles.
„Inny świat“ („A different world“) is a story about the world that no longer exists. Danuta Szaflarska is a narrator and a guide through history and culture that shaped her as a human being. Efficient form and photos by Arthur Reinhart, maintained mostly in black-and-white color scheme, interlacing with archival materials from Danuta Szafarska‘s collection and frames from films she is famous for – „Forbidden Songs“, „The Treasure“, „Farewell to Maria“ or „Time to Die“ – create a frame for a story full of digressions, memories and humor, which the protagonist shares with us. During the symbolic 97 minutes of the film, which are a direct reference to the actress‘ age – Danuta Szafarska was 97 years old when the film was being made – the viewers have a chance to see the world through eyes of this exceptional personality in Polish culture.
A para - documentary fiction film depicting a complicated relationship between Dawid and his father who suffers from Alzheimer's. The story is told from the son's perspective. He wants to get to know his father better and get closer to him, but there is less and less left of the man each day. The film is constructed of still photos accompanied by off - camera narration and fully acted out episodes which reveal the everyday reality of the illness and the process of becoming familiar with it. The acting performances of Krzysztof Kowalewski and Łukasz Simlat are definitely worth the viewer's attention.
If you could pick only one photograph of yourself for the next generations to remember you, which one would you choose? “As You Like It” brings together stories from people facing their gravestone picture while still being alive. Some of the characters choose a photograph from their youth and others plan to change the existing one because they are afraid of being misjudged. While the audience discovers the graveyard as a public photo album and a living social document, they are concerned with their own perfect image to-be-remembered.
Pema comes from an unusual Tibetan family that has scattered around the globe. The parents, Karma and Dolma, live in extreme poverty in a Himalayan village at an altitude of 13,000 feet. Pema and his two youngest sisters grew up in a children’s home in Kathmandu (Nepal). Sister Sumchog was adopted by Dutch people and sister Dorje by Americans. Sister Yonzom is the only one who stayed with her parents. She is married now, carrying on local traditions. When Pema was 16 his parents came to Kathmandu to tell him they want him, their only son, to marry a local village girl. That is how things go according to their tradition. But Pema has gotten used to the modern life in the big city. He dreams of becoming a photographer and studying in the west. Within the microcosm of this family a familiar generational conflict unfolds. Globalization, migration and adoption have left deep gaps between the family members. They love each other, and do not want to miss each other, but they will never be a real family again.
A psychological drama about family. Iga, a student at the Academy of Music, finds out that she has won a foreign scholarship for which her father applied behind her back. Acting on impulse, she packs her things and leaves home. She returns after three months upon learning that her father is seriously ill. The last week of his life is not only a chance to say goodbye to his family, but also Iga's confrontation with herself.
After a family business goes bankrupt, parents of a twelve-year-old Kuba and an eight-year-old Mikołaj get divorced and emigrate from Poland to find a job abroad. The boy has to grow up fast to take care of his younger brother. Gradually, the teenager refuses to carry the heavy burden of responsibility that has fallen on his shoulders. The situation becomes critical when Kuba is taken to the juvenile court, on the accusation of vandalism. The family has to make some key decisions.
Awarded with Silver Lions at the Gdynia Film Festival I’m a Killer is a thriller inspired by the true story of Zdzisław Marchwicki sentenced in the circumstantial trial in the renowned case of the “Vampire of Zagłębie”. The roles played with bravura by Arkadiusz Jakubik and Agata Kulesza were awarded with Eagles, the Awards of the Polish Film Academy.
The first polish team of amutee football was founded in November 2011. Players’ and teriner’s determination made it possible for them to participate in the World Cup in Kaliningrad. They faced players from the countries where amputee football exists for years. Sweat, tears, superhuman effort. Defeat and enjoyment of winning. But sport rivalry is just a pretext for showing the boys from the team. Accident, illness, disability. Like ona of them said: my leg won’t grow back, but I have to live somehow. Adjust the life plan.
We are in Little Rann of Kutch, a saline desert in India. The desert extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is only one thing in abundance: salt. It is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. We are observing the work of Chhanabhai and his family live there without water, electricity or provisions. Under the blinding glare of the sun, they are tirelessly extracting salt from this desolate landscape. Their labour is rhythmic, a dance that mirrors the dance of the mirages on the burning horizon. After 8 months of hard work, the salt is ready to be harvested - just before the heavy monsoon rains will once again wash their salt fields away.
Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, campaigns daily for disabled rights. Nothing stops him, especially not his own Cerebral Palsy.
Thanks to her blog, for many people Joanna has become an icon of a thoughtful and joyful life. She starts the blog when she finds out she has cancer and is given three months to live. Then she promises her 5-year-old son, Jas, that she will do her best to survive for as long as possible. And she starts writing for him. The documentary shows the everyday existence of Joanna, her husband Piotr, and little Jas. It is as discreet as it is moving. Through few well-chosen words and observations it manages to be both essential and sensuous. A story of thoughtfulness in death, life and love.
Influenced by the terrorist attacks of 9/11, young Joe Boots enrolls in the army right after graduating from secondary school. Shortly after he is sent to war in Iraq. After returning to his home city, Pittsburgh, he realizes that the war experiences have permanently changed him. Joe presents a story of a gradually growing trauma and tells us about living with unhealing wounds that are invisible to others. The film is an attempt to shed some light on the internal conflicts that war veterans experience, having the audience recall the best American war films. A documentary by Florian Baron, the author of a couple of documentaries and video art pieces, which was awarded in Duisburg.
The biography of the most famous Polish Himalayan climber Jerzy Kukuczka, who died while oo his way to Lhotse. The film does not, however, concentrate on the mystery of Kukuczka’s death. It depicts a man who is moving up – literally, but also metaphorically and symbolically. From rags to riches; from a socialist worker to a hero of international media – humble, conspicuous and mountain-loving. Conversations with the family and friends, archives, photographs, recordings, TV programmes and interviews – all form a portrait of the whole Himalayan climbers’ circle of 1980s and their times.
This film is about the most striking occurence in contemporary art in Russia, the art-group Voina (War). Their founders — Vor (Thief) and Koza (Goat) live underground, raise their one-year old son Kasper and carry out art actions on the fine edge between art and criminal code. Their cou-rageous political statements leave nobody indif-ferent (and disturb absolutely everybody). They live in the present, hoping that tomorrow they can change everything.
The film shows the life of footmen from Pakistan and Sherpa from Nepal. It presents both the everyday labor of these anonymous climbers and the magic of the majestic mountains lying on the border between Pakistan and China. The expedition organized 60 years after the first climber reached the summit of K2, the second highest peak on the Earth, provides an opportunity to tell their story. The mountain has become infamous, as it has claimed the lives of many alpinists throughout the years.
Four people are on their way up the K2 mountain. They take the same path their parents did many years ago. They try to understand the force that compelled their parents to climb the mountain which finally took their lives in 1986. That year is known as ’the black summer’. Tadeusz Piotrowicz, Dobrosława Miodowicz-Wolf and Julie Tullis, the acknowledged climbers, died tragically during an expedition to K2. 30 years later their children: Hania Piotrowska, Łukasz Wolf, Lindsay Tullis, and her brother Chris, embark on a journey to this dreadful mountain. They follow their parents’ footsteps in order to answer the most vital questions… The breathtaking landscapes of Karakorum serve as the background for one of the hardest journeys of their lives.
Monika is one of very few women who compete on European racing tracks with men. Sometimes she is the only girl on the start line. She was born deaf, nonetheless she passionately plays her beloved sport – motorbike racing. The hearing loss doesn’t prevent her from taking risky challenges on a race track. This is a story of a disability which is defeated by a strong character.
No matter what age you are, drugs are always a tragic addiction and defeating it is not an easy task. A teenage girl from Czech Republic, Katka, is the best example of it. It is 1996. Katka is 19, undergoing detoxification therapy in Němčice (Czech Republic). Why did she start taking drugs? Because she wanted to stand out. However, it turned out soon that her need of being different is nothing but a deceptive craving which finally turned her life into nightmare. Now she is struggling to be like the others, but it is not so simple any more.
The protagonist is a protestant priest living in the far Russian countryside. The grey monotony of his lonely existence is brightened up by the friendship with a white cat, which sometimes has to be taken down from a tall ladder, and sometimes left alone for two long weeks. The titular Kis doesn’t leave the priest’s side and God forbid if anything were to happen to him…
When adults play house, children must grow up quickly. Fourteen-year-old Ola looks after the house, her father as well as a disabled brother and works on her relationship with her mother who lives elsewhere; but most of all, she tries to reunite her family. "Communion" discovers beauty in the rejected and strength in the weakest. This is a speedy lesson in maturity which teaches us that no failure is final. Especially where love is involved.
Several stories, voices and people meet up during a certain night. That night, inhabitants of a big city, who feel lonely, get the urge to talk to someone. Some of them – often needlessly – call an ambulance. Others call the radio, after its host asks the crucial question: ‘What does the end of world mean to each of us?’ They tell painful, tragic stories and amuse us with trivia, on the other hand. We listen to the programme while driving the ambulance, or while observing the city through countless surveillance cameras. The radio binds the film and is the source of the most important questions.
Krzysztof Krauze and Jerzy Morawski return to the topic of the opposition activist Stanisław Pyjas, and his death. Included in the film are the SB secret police officers’ statements explicitly suggesting that the Krakow student’s death was not an accident. ‘He died because he had known too much,’ says one of them. Stanisław Pyjas was to serve as an example of what could happen to young oppositionists.
An old, beat-up minivan with a red cross on the window is driving around the Leningrad Oblast. It is a Russian "bloodmobile" buying blood from local people. Every day a seven-person crew, 3 men and 4 women, sets up a makeshift blood donor station in various public buildings. For some people in Russia today, going to give blood is the only way to make money. The film presents merry-go-round of life shown through people and their blood. They give blood, and they receive it...
The story of Saar, a young homosexual Jew living in London whose passion is singing in a male choir. Saar had to leave Israel because of his sexual orientation. He wanted to live his own life. However, the protagonist did not cease to fight for acceptance and keeping his ties with his very religious family, which remains in Israel. Life faces him with another very difficult challenge. During a conversation with his mother, his father and siblings try to name the problem that divides them, so that he can become a part of the community again and still be himself.
Kyrkogårdsö, a small Island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. An Island of 8 habitants which has been in the possession of the Nordberg Family for 16 generations.Every morning, the little Ida Nordberg, 5 years, is crossing an Icy Sea for going to the school. Kyrkogårdsö is a movie, which is questioning the relation of a child with the immensity and the power of the Landscape.
Anton Belakov is 12 years old and lives with his grandmother in a small house outside Moscow. For any boy his age, summer should be a time of new experiences, discoveries and fun. But like 60% of Russian children, Anton has decided to spend the summer at the Kaskad school - one of President Putin's youth military training camps. Physical conditioning, prayer, barracks banter, weapons training, anti-Chechen propaganda sessions: filmmaker Jasna Krajinovic takes an unflinching look at youth being moulded for war. ‘Un été avec Anton’ is both superbly constructed and utterly terrifying. It is like staring into the face of a future in the process of collapsing.
The film’s heroines are retired burlesque dancers. Stories full of nostalgia and distance to their own work about their professional experience and personal life are interwoven with reflections on feminism, transience and the way people approach sex. Viewers also watch the heroine's daily life and their preparation for the solemn gala of former burlesque dancers.
The story is set in the Siberian part of the Altay Mountains. The viewer’s eyes are met with scenic views and monumental nature in photographs. Although life is not easy for the inhabitants of this place, as a lot of effort and determination is required of them, consorting with nature brings them answers to questions that trouble them.
The director visits his father’s homeland in northern Greece. This is where the nineteen-year-old Mito Aleksowski, together with other young Macedonians, was taken from to Poland during the civil war. The Greeks never allowed them to return to their country. The film’s protagonist, who has been living in Gdańsk for many years now, appreciates what he was given in Poland. He cannot, however, accept the harm done by the Greeks, who permanently separated him from his beloved mum. In his heart, there is still longing, grief and humiliation, as he possesses no citizenship and continues to feel like a stranger everywhere.
30.000 km. 200 days. 20 euros. 4 wheels. Albert Casals is a young boy who moves in a wheelchair since he suffered leukemia whenhe was 5 years old. A circumstance that hasn‘t prevented him from making his dream come true: to travel around the world. And to do it his way: without money, without companions,without luggagge. He has nothing but his imagination, his courage and his sympathy.“Little world” will show us his biggest and craziest challenge: to reach exactly the other sideof the planet. Is it possible to cross the earth in this conditions?Mixing the techniques of the self-shoot with the interviews and the traditional documentary,we will get to know who this young boy is, his love story, his special philosofy of life and his parents way to raise a child.We will see how Albert and his girlfriend Anna go from Barcelona (Spain) to an isolated lighthouse in New Zealand. Or how they fail in the attempt. The journey (and the film) can be considered sheer madness, a lovely romance or an epic adventure. Or perhaps, a bit of everything.
Oscar-winning documentarian Kevin Macdonald (ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER) examines the life of pioneering reggae artist Bob Marley in this film featuring intimate footage from the family's personal archives.
Film is a journey into human hearts. It tells the story of the copy of The Black Madonna of Częstochowa, a picture that for the last 55 years has been travelling across Poland. Black Madonna is left with families for 24 hours. This visit marks a remarkable time in protagonists life: yet the loving, spiritual mother is visiting their house. Protagonists’ stories are revealed one by one in the context of faith or lack of it but above all the key motif of the film is brought by a meaning of mother in one’s life. The film has a mosaic structure while the diversity of the protagonist is shown in the context of changeable seasons. Mother 24/7
Małgorzata (Danuta Stenka), an important politician by day, goes to a lake house. Her son, a drug addict, needs help. Malgorzata asks her daughter for assistance. On the spot they discover a semi-conscious boy and a massacred body of a young girl. Faced with tragedy, their relations get complicated and reveal hidden traumas. The mother must make the hardest decision in life.
A tragicomic depiction of the place where truck drivers from Eastern Europe rest. Every weekend they gather in parking lots such as the titular "Little Bucharest". Together they try to overcome their homesickness and share their problems. They are brought together by their hard work and difficult living conditions away from loved ones for whom they seek to ensure a better future.
A personal documentary telling the story of a young couple facing a difficult choice. When Martyna accidentally gets pregnant, she and her boyfriend come to the conclusion that they are not ready to be parents and decide to give the child up for adoption. They hide the truth for a long time because they fear the reaction of their close ones. But as the delivery is nearing, it is hard for them to make definite decisions about the future of their relationship and of the child.
Deep in the rain forests of Eastern Java, Indonesia, lies the active volcano, Kawah Ijen, where 500 sulfur miners carrying backbreaking loads, traverse treacherous terrain amidst spectacular vistas and toxic gases. Where Heaven Meets Hell relays the stories of four of these miners, who risk their lives and health daily in an industry we rely on for sugar, matches and cosmetics. This visually stunning and intimate film chronicles their attempts to escape the endemic poverty and lack of education that haunts their community. Drawing strength from their families and Muslim faith, these miners inspire us as they search for meaning in their daily struggles and triumphs.
The creators of the film take us to a village in Rwanda. Twenty years after the horrors of war, the local inhabitants from the formerly conflicted tribes of Tutsi and Hutu live side by side. Thanks to this documentary, whose making took over 4 years, we have a chance to take a closer look at the tribes’ relationships. We get to know young people of the new generation who, despite struggling with the difficult past, need to forgive, in order to function nowadays. It is not easy when murderers and survivors are neighbours.
Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory, characterized by brutal violence. The miners risk their lives every day, digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything. And that’s when they go on the hunt… for women. Minerita is the story of three women—Lucía, Ivone and Abigail - who work as night watch women or inside the mine, struggling to survive in an inhuman inferno. Their only weapon is their courage… and dynamite.
A sad, but still heartening, story about Albanian women who, having lost their husbands in the Kosovo war, have to find the meaning of life again. The women witnessed the executions of their men. Now, they are unable to remarry or to lead independent lives. The hard physical work of beekeeping, the closeness of nature and the support of other women help their mental wounds to heal.
An extraordinary beauty pageant in Israel. Women who survived the Holocaust come to Haifa. They prepare for the contest. They receive professional advice from an instructor on how to walk, how to wear the numbers and how to go through the selection process. The participants of such contests usually dream of fame and a crown. This time it is different: they only want a minute of attention.
Mr. Twardowski, a lawyer, is celebrating his victory in the court - he has managed to defend a man accused of murder. However, his client is not innocent and the prosecutor is not happy with the unjust outcome. Shortly after the trial, in a park, the lawyer encounters a mysterious man who questions him about his job. Twardowski does not realise it yet, but the man will strongly influence his life.
Wille’s godfather is in love with a Thai woman. Wille believes there can’t be true love between a Western man and a Thai woman. It’s just prostitution by another name. Invited by his godfather, Wille spends a month in Thailand trying to reveal the reality of the relationship. Is it true love?
Samira says with sincere regret that she finally understands what her daughter wanted to tell her between the lines before leaving. Nora left Belgium for Syria in May 2013 to join the jihad. Her mother Samira does her best to bring her daughter back home. She takes off to Syria...
The film director Niko von Glasow undertakes a journey to athletes, who compete at the Paralympic Games in London 2012. He himself is a short-armed avowed hater of sport who cannot understand how anyone could take on such an odeal voluntarily. Even more since everyday life for people with a disability is most often challenging enough.
We are in Warsaw's Wola district, one of the poorest and shadiest areas of the Polish capital. We meet Bartek and Pawel, two best buddies struggling with a day to day ordeal. Bartek has a dream of becoming a stuntman in the film industry. His vision seems reckless, but he will stop at nothing until he succeedes. His friend Pawel is his soul mate, his father figure and a personal trainer. Pawel starts training Bartek to help him make his lifetime dream come true... “A Dream In The Making” is a story of friendship, determination and a true example of the fact, that everything in life is possible.
The story of sixty-year-old Roberto who thinks outside the box. In the film we learn about his approach to the concepts of family, religion and human existence. Old video tapes from the 80s and 90s become a pretext for those reflections and a peculiar dialogue with pictures. Those amateur and somewhat eccentric recordings were found in an abandoned warehouse in the Italian province Bergamo.
A film about the conflicting experiences of freedom and instability. A story of two captains who share their love for the sea and a fisherman’s profession, that is becoming redundant. The creators accompany the crew of a small fishing boat where the feeling of romanticism connected with sea voyages is bound to observing the rawness of fishermen’s everyday life.
Marianna is an attractive, 40-years old woman. She decided to leave her wife and children, whom she had loved. She was forced to sue her own parents. She did all that in order to change sex. As it turns out, life has prepared a scenario that couldn’t be foreseen, while the price of freedom and coveted womanhood stays very high. Andrzej Wajda: "Karolina Bielawska made a movie about freedom which is the highest value in every human’s life with great sensibility. The film's character fought a moving battle with her environment and she won that battle, despite grave difficulties. The film is daring, not only because of its theme, but also the exceptional protagonist. (…) It is made with great dose of sensitivity and respect for another human being. It’s wonderful that such young directors are able to make films so mature and lively."
„Mr. Gaga” isthe most interesting dance film since Pina (Variety). At the same time, it has received many audience awards at various international festivals. This film lets you understand the relation between our bodies and their movements with our emotions. „Mr. Gaga” is a story of a genius choreographer, Ohad Naharin, who has been the head of Batsheva Dance Company, the most famous contemporary dance theatre form Israel. The director, Tomer Heymann accompanied the artist for 8 years, to depict his life as well as his amazing evolution as a dancer, an artist and a man. Heymann recorded the choreographer's private life, the dance group's rehearsals as well as the classes teaching GAGA – the movement language, which Naharin has developed. It allows anyone to express his or her emotions through dance. Together with the previously unseen archive materials as well as extracts from Batsheva's dance shows, we get a fascinating story of a men who has revolutionised the contemporary dance world. Movement is a way of understanding yourself. If you listen to your body carefully, you will go beyond your limitations. Ohad Naharin
The ‘Espana ‘82’ championship was the last success of the Polish national football team at a FIFA World Cup. For a while, nobody remembered that martial law’s rigid rules, censorship, soldiers on the streets and prisons full of oppositionists were at the background of the sports spectacle. The footballers played so well that this World Cup was dubbed ‘the most beautiful series of the martial law period’. ‘Mundial. Everything at stake’ is a documentary on sports and politics during the times of martial law.
On the south face of Annapurna, at 7,400 metres, Iñaki Ochoa de Olza is dying. His rope companion sounds the alarm. And, from the other side of the world, the biggest rescue attempt in the history of the Himalayas gets underway. For four days a dozen men including some of the best mountaineers in the world, from ten countries, set out to try to rescue their stricken comrade. Even beyond the peaks, Iñaki is an exceptional man. As exceptional as the rescue attempt itself and the men who risked their lives to save him. They are exceptional because their one driving rule is to live. To live in the only way possible: with pure intensity and honesty.
A portrait of a rebellious teenager from a small Hungarian village. Ricsi lives on the edge. Each day brings him trouble. Running from the police, thievery, driving without licence; all of this is just the beginning. But cars are his great passion – he prepares them for races. The filmmakers have followed Ricsi for five years and created a story of an exceptional young man who took life into his own hands despite his turbulent ways.
Svalka, a Russian landfill site, is only eighteen kilometers away from the Kremlin and Red Square. The depicted situation takes place at the biggest dumping site in Europe, which is two-kilometre long and seventeen-storey high. The area, surrounded by a wall, is only accessible by garbage trucks that enter and leave with an alarming regularity of a robot. However, not only garbage trucks get through – there are people who live there - around one thousand of them, the poorest social group in Russia, which is deprived of any livelihood. An eleven-year-old Julia, the protagonist, is one of them. This is where she lives and dreams of one thing – escaping the rubbish dump.
The film's six year old protagonist, Igor Falecki, is an extremely talented drummer. People were delighted by the way he played even when he was only four. The kindergarten pupil with huge headphones on was deemed a music genius. The little boy from Gdańsk arises interest around the world. Among others, his performances are shown on American TV. What is the future of his musical career?
The story is set at present, in one of European cities. It depicts a day in the life of three young friends, who must modify their plans for the future in face of a fictional armed conflict in their country. In various ways everyone becomes involved in dangerous events and an escalation of violence. This political fiction story has won the contest organized by the Kino Polska TV station for a screenplay inspired by Krzysztof Kieślowski's film "Blind Chance".
The film is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator. The film shows the process of taming the fear by the parents and gradually adapting to the new situation.
An animated movie about the hardships of an 8 year old who has an alcohol-addicted mother. Wally fights for her life every single day as it becomes increasingly completed. The girl does her best to maintain her family’s normalcy. Overwhelming demands, helplessness and despair shape her childhood.
The film tells the story of Julita Wołyniec, whose mother is serving life sentence for murdering her husband and son and attempting to kill her daughter. Struggling with guilt, Danuta does not want to meet her daughter. They have not seen each other for ten years. Using the program Świadectwo ("Testimony") concerning prison facilitators as an excuse, Julita enters a women's penitentiary unit to confront her mother and to settle past accounts.
Nessa is a young woman from Kermanshah (Kurdish city in west of Iran) who is challenging to progress in her acting and artistic career. Nessa's family prevents her from reaching her goal because of the conservative environment. The film in the cinema verite style follows Nessa in her battle with her brother, father and colleagues.
Michał, the main character of the film, lives in the country and works on a cattle farm. His life is filled with the same old routine. After work he comes home, eats dinner consisting of an instant soup and rests. The company of his peers from the village, with whom he cannot find a common language, drains him of life. Each day of Michał's life looks exactly the same. His only hope for a change might be the girl he has met on the Internet. She lives in the Netherlands and is supposed to come to Poland. However, Michał knows very little about her.
An amazing story of three elderly apes, who reside in a nursing home. The picture shows the relations between chimpanzees and humans over the years. Cheeta is the last living star from the age of Tarzan films. Kanzi is widely thought to be the smartest ape on Earth, who orders his breakfast via a computer screen and brushes his teeth using an iPad. The Crippled took part in several space experiments and as a result is partially paralysed.
Mina, the director, is a girl from Shiraz who gets married in order to move to Tehran. Influenced by her own life, she decides to make a documentary about the girls nationwide who, like Azar, move to Tehran (the capital) to start an independent life away from their families’ watchful eyes and restrictions. The film is about Mina and Azar’s constant struggle to find the answer as to why families and the society have difficulty in accepting an independent life for a single girl.
Great passion, true determination and strength of a friendship. The film’s protagonists are three men who play American football for Seahawks Gdynia and were united by their passion for sports. Sebastian, Marcin and Krzysztof: three players, three personalities. They are ready to do everything to win the Polish championship title for their team. There are many differences between them, but playing together invalidates all divisions and helps the men understand one another. The film depicts the situation of sport in Poland. However, the football matches leading the protagonists to victory are merely a background for the story.
I can resist anything except temptation - Henry Fast, professor emeritus of mathematics, proudly endorses the words of Oscar Wilde. In search of happy love, he is ready to take any risk. He falls victim to fraud and gets robbed, but even that does not dissuade him... The pursuit of the dream is only interrupted by a painful confrontation with the past. The film received the Jantar 2013 award for the best short-documentary on the Młodzi i Film Festival.
A story about the struggle for freedom in Syria, seen by two young people. The thirty-two year old Mowya is the rebels’ leader and a twenty-four Nour is a journalist. The film clearly and conciselyexplains why Syrians fight for their freedom from President al-Assad’s regime. The protagonists, whose lives were turned upside down and torn apart by the war tell us the story. Numerous dramatic scenes portray the horror of war.
Darek is a 51-year-old man who changed his life and became a buddhist monk in a little monastery in South Korea, in search for happiness and fullfilment. His mother doesn’t understand his decision and can’t come to terms with her son’s change of faith.
In the impromptu nightclub called "Tokoriki" the entire village celebrates the 18th birthday of Geanin. Her boyfriend and Alin provide the girl with the most surprising gift. One that no one will ever forget.
The characters, children and teenagers suffering from Asperger syndrome, have problems communicating with others due to their inability to express themselves accurately. The director gives them space to articulate their emotions - they can freely talk about their relation with the environment and about the way they see reality. We get to know a group of special young people who suffer when they are judged solely by their handicap.
16-year-old Natalia lives in a neighbourhood that the locals call the New Bronx. It is summer time and the girl enjoys the charms of a summer love. She is doing everything in her power to get the attention of a friend from the neighbourhood. But along the way happens something that she did not expect and was not prepared for.
This short, somewhat surreal, non-fiction animation tells the story of the mass deportations of the Kalmyk population inhabiting the Soviet Union. When in 1943 the Kalmyk Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic was dissolved, its inhabitants had to abandon their previous lives. Many of them failed to return after the war.
An award-winning director returns to his favourite theme: 20th-century music. The film is based on unique archival footage of interviews and concerts, and the heroes are the people behind the greatest hit songs released from the 1960s to this day. They are the backup singers of some of the greatest rock and roll and pop legends of the past several decades. Millions of listeners all over the world know their voices, but hardly anyone knows their names. Giving up their solo careers, they use their talent, musical intuition, and personalities to support the biggest music stars, accepting they will remain in the shadows. The film includes tributes to their work by stars like Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting, Cheryl Crow. Where would they all be without their backup singers?
"When Will You Be back?" is the story of a young single mother, who graduated her acting studies and tries to find her place in the world of theater, film, and movie stars. When she realizes that the combination of this things is impossible, seeking advice and help from her grandmother, for whom this beautiful world of showbiz is behind thick TV glass and is not available for her granddaughter.
A creative image of a rescue operation taking place within two worlds – in an ice desert and underwater. The story is told from the point of view of the rescue squad, a diver entering the sub-ice realm and regular people waiting onshore.
Starting from their home in Warsaw, they set off to the long journey through Europe, driving and old camper van. They want to get to Paris, where 25 years ago in Luxembourg Gardens the father illegally scattered the ashes of his mother. The son is driving as the father is sitting by his side. Both of them are of the same profession – they make documentaries. “Father and Son” is a road movie, where the protagonists are the directors as well.
They share a name, a profession which is their passion and a strong and complicated bond, full of resentments and implicit meanings. Two acclaimed documentarists, Marcel and Paweł Łoziński, go on a car journey across Europe. For the father, it is a return to his birthplace, for the son, an attempt at a critical review of their past together. Both are trying to capture this difficult dialogue using the camera. This version is signed by Paweł Łozinski.
Black and white, simple and modest line – this movie tells us a story of a man, who is waiting for the execution of his death sentence. The graphic, artistic form shows a record of a life.
Can the means used to resolve the conflict in South Africa be applied to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? As someone who experienced both conflicts firsthand, Robi Damelin wonders about this. Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she later lost her son, who was serving with the Israeli Army reserve in the Occupied Territories. At first she attempted to initiate a dialogue with the Palestinian who killed her child. When her overtures were rejected, she embarked on a journey back to South Africa to learn more about the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission's efforts in overcoming years of enmity. Robi's thought-provoking journey leads from a place of deep personal pain to a belief that a better future is possible.
The protagonist of the film, a 33-year-old Marcin, is an actor who has never played a big part in any important film. He dedicated his whole life to fulfilling his dream - become just like his idol, Robert de Niro. He fights to keep pursuing the dream, despite his frustration and a number of problems. Each year, he spends 6 weeks in Norway working at a potato and carrot farm. The money earned there gives him relative financial freedom. The film shows one year of the protagonist’s life. “One Man Show” is a bittersweet picture combining a documentary observation and an honest confession of an unknown actor.
8-year-old Mateusz begins his nautical course for the youngest. Sailing into the sea in a one-person boat he’s managing the sail and the helm, fights with the unruly Baltic waves and, above all, with his own fear. Learning how to sail is a tough character training. Will Mateusz be able to overcome his weakneses and pass his first life exam?
This animated picture touches upon extremely important social issues of our times: access to criminal justice, care for war veterans, and mental health. The film explores the story of a man who commits a crime as seen from the perspective of his brother. In his own narrative, Bill Babbitt explains his motives and the change of heart towards the issue of death penalty. The film was nominated this year for the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
A film on the absurd of communist priorities. Its main character is a worker who got fired from his factory for exceeding the work norm and being too efficient.
A docudrama about Feliks Stamm, a charismatic figure of Polish sport and a long-term coach of the boxing team who was known worldwide. The film includes both authentic documentary materials, as well as conversations with his most famous sportsmen, and re-enactments in which Stamm is played by an actor, while the boxers star as themselves, not made any younger with make-up.
Katarzyna Łęcka's film is undoubtedly a valuable complement to the Beksiński family's "double portrait", recently created in the Polish cinema through the stirring films: The Last Family by Jan P. Matuszyński and Videophonic Album by Marcin Borchardt. Jerzy Radziwiłowicz plays the role of Zdzisław Beksiński, who struggles with the emptiness caused by the death of his wife and his son's suicide. For the fans of the painter this is another, somewhat different, story from the artist's life and a meeting with his unsettling paintings. For cinema lovers it is an opportunity to compare Beksiński's parts played by remarkable Polish actors.
The devotion of a 92-year-old family doctor who has, unchangeably, for almost 60 years taken care of his sensitive patients. He advises them on the phone on a daily basis and pays visits to the sick in their flats. His biggest enemies are medical insurers who pressure the elderly doctor, criticizing his old-fashioned methods. Supported by his wife he fights everything he thinks of as wrong in the modern health system.
Piotr Pavlensky is the most radical artist in Russia and he commits to political protests against the repressive policy of the government. The photo of him with his lips stitched together, a symbol of protest against the incarceration of Pussy Riot, was one of those recognised by the Reuters agency. Pavlensky's dramatic performances show self-mutilation - cutting of an ear, wrapping his body in barbed wire in front of prosecutor's office and nailing down his genitals to the pavement on the Red Square. The message is extremely clear - but is it effective? Pavlensky's work poses a problem to the authorities - it does not break the law, but it disturbs the order and no one knows how to restore it. The film raises a question about the lines between life, politics, art, and madness.
The Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw was a despised gift from Stalin. After the system transformation in Poland some suggested to pull it down. But the palace is still standing and doing fine pulsating with the life of hundreds of offices, hosting a theatre, concert hall, cinema and even a swimming pool and city council room. Having already visited a clinic, hospital and registry office, this time Wolski with his camera enters the building that is a reflection of Poland’s everyday life and history. The nooks and crannies of the building and the crowds that fill it make a backdrop to apt and witty observations as well as an inspiration to more general diagnoses.
The wind roars. The sea crashes against the cliff. Two meters of rock, that is the strip of water and oxygen where the goose barnacle grows. Two meters where the sea shows no mercy, and beats with millenary strength. A line of waves and foam where Serxo and his comrades fight for a bite out of the sea. A line between bravery and fear. Between recklessness and common sense. Two meters without margin of error. That is where the barnacles live. Where Serxo lives. SEA BITES is the battle against the sea.
Antonetta Mischenko, a student of the Kyiv Conservatory, rescued a piano that was going to be used as a building block for barricades. The instrument became a symbol of nonviolent revolution and resistance against authoritarian rules in Ukraine. Soon, the piano united the Maidan’s protesters, who tirelessly sang Ukraine’s national anthem and folk songs to its accompaniment, ignoring the frost and snow. The instrument proved to be more efficient a weapon than Molotov’s cocktail… The authorities called the singing protesters ‘the piano extremists’.
The protagonists of the film are three unusual artists. Male Romanian immigrants create unique sand sculptures on the streets of London. They tell their stories to the audience: they have come to the UK in search of a better life, driven by poverty and lack of perspective. Creating sand sculptures gives them a sense of purpose and allows them to forget unpleasant experiences for a moment.
Kazimierz Błaszczak is a dreamer. In Cieszęcin, in the county of Wieruszów, he installed a huge radio telescope to observe alien planets. He has submitted his candidature to the Mars One program and proceeds to the next selection stages. If he succeeds in qualifying he will be the first Pole in history to land on Mars and will never return.
Chaczik, the protagonist of this moving documentary is a blind shepherd, who lives in the high mountains of Armenia. His daily routine consists of pasturing goats on the steep slopes and taking care of his family. A tragic incident in which his only son loses his sight forces him to send his child to a school for the blind in Yerevan. The man is faced with the dilemma whether to continue his life as a shepherd or to follow his son and leave for the capital city. The film depicts the breathtaking beauty of nature and reflects upon the enormous strength of a man.
Revolving around the divisive plans to build a US missile defense base on Czech territory, CZECH PEACE is a chronicle of history in the making, as it features both, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. With the directors’ trademark wit, intelligence, and the razor sharp taste for absurdist humour, CZECH PEACE is an indictment of modern Western democracies told through the story of Mayor of Trokavec village (population 80) who decides to take the US on and stop the construction of the radar. Featuring the statesmen, lobbyists, peace activists, and ordinary folk, the film cleverly shows the workings of global geopolitics and the way they affect the little people.
The airport in Donetsk, rebuilt in 2012 for European Football Championship, was entirely destroyed during the armed conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Rather symbolic than strategic in its meaning, the defense lasted several months. The film aims to tell the story from the perspective of soldiers fighting for both sides of the conflict. The authors demonstrate how mysterious human nature actually is and explore human ability of adapting to extreme conditions when one’s life is constantly on the line.
A movie about life after serving time in jail. This documentary tells the story about three delinquent adolescents Imo (22), Jano (17), and Marcel (25), after the day of their release from prison in Wriezen (Brandenburg, Germany), for a period of three years.
The life's wish of a terminally ill 17-year-old girl, Regina Diane Nicholson, leads to a deep, loving, and controversial relationship with 55-year-old filmmaker, Henry Corra. With mortality's clock relentlessly ticking, Reggie risks everything to fight for the life, art and love she chooses. Farewell to Hollywood is a raw, unexpected love story, telling about commitment of two people to art, poetry and the beauty of every moment together, to the very end. Being simultaneously supported and imperilled, Reggie and Henry are together to the last, and beyond.
The main character of this autothematic document is an older man who goes to the mountains in search of music. He takes with him a camera on which he records both the monumental nature surrounding him with its innate sounds and the people he meets on his way. Film critics who watch and evaluate a man's work are inclined to reflect on the sensitivity of the film operator.
This is a story about Ukrainian positive film splicers - Lena, Taya and Tamara. They dream to make movies like "Avatar", but they are afraid of computers. They hope to win the Oscar prize, but all their life they remain on the other side of the screen. And now it’s their time to come to the stage...
Krystyna, the main character, is a sixty-year-old poor pensioner from a remote province who sells home-made honey. One day Russian prostitutes begin to work near her hut. Krystyna does not like the new company. She soon falls into conflict with one of the girls and inadvertently comes into possession of her wallet with a daily rundown. Contrary to the protagonist’s expectations, subsequent events bring them closer to each other.
A story about the daily lives of two soldiers who suffered permanent damage to their health during the mission in Afghanistan. Every day is a challenge for 27-year-old Tomek who has lost his arm. And Franek, who suffers from PTSD after losing his leg, tries not to give up for the sake of his children. Through the film we become acquainted with the veterans' point of view, as well as Franek's wife's standpoint. They speak about the ups and downs of a life marked by war traumas.
A documentary devoted to the tragic fate of the outstanding Polish boxer Leszek Błażyński, a European champion and two-time bronze Olympic medalist, who committed suicide in 1992 leaving behind two adolescent sons. Prior to those events, despite her long fight for life, his wife had died as a result of serious injuries she had acquired due to a tragic accident. Błażyński's life is a mixture of success and catastrophes. The shows how despair slowly consumes someone, for whom the Polish National Anthem was played and a sea of champagne was poured. Maciej Pieprzyca's diploma film.
Rodrigo is a young deaf man from Recife, northeast Brazil who works installing car stereos in a small dealership on the outskirts of town. Despite his deafness, sound penetrates his day to day life and he harnesses its vibrations, allowing it to pulse through his veins.
A documentary essay on the waves of protests and demonstrations, homeless dogs and their caretakers. It takes place in the heart of the birthplace of democracy on the streets of Athens. A story of love and loyalty as well as the eternal aspirations and the longings of animals and people for democracy.
Aneta rebelled at the age of 19. She was sent to prison for murder. Nine years later, while serving her sentence, she becomes a caregiver. She leaves the prison walls every day to take care of a nursing home resident Helena, who has been suffering from rheumatism her whole life. The elderly women is fascinated with Aneta. The more she talks with her charge, the more Aneta values what she already has in life, which makes her believe in herself before a hard trial on the horizon.
This computer animation created in 2D and 3D technology by an Iranian director, producer, and screenwriter Ali Zare Ghanatnowi is the story of a mother who awaits the return of her son from the war. Similar to the mythical Penelope, she is knitting him a pair of gloves because she remembers the winter morning when he was leaving and got frostbitten. The war continues. The mother is waiting. She unravels the gloves and begins knitting again. After her house is bombed, she is sitting on its ruins and knitting the gloves out of her own grey hair. At the very end she hears the sound of footsteps in heavy army boots.
The film by Reber Dosky is an extremely touching documentary. It depicts the slow process of revival of life that takes place in a previously bombed Koban, a Kurdish city in Syria. A 20-year-old woman named Dilovan decides to start a radio station in this ruined by war, deserted city where the living try to bury the dead whose bodies they dig out daily from the ruins. The images terrify with their realism but at the same time are uniquely poetic. Radio Kobani is a bitter and intimate story about war trauma and the effort that has to be made in order to return to normal life. The film is also surprisingly optimistic, as it shows people to whom the reconstruction of the city and future planning are basic needs. It also shows that nothing can destroy people's faith, hope, and love.
Legendary Pink Floyd guitarist, singer, and songwriter David Gilmour plays his Pink Floyd classics, as well as songs from his solo album ON AN ISLAND, in this live performance at Royal Albert Hall. Special guests include David Bowie (on a haunting "Comfortably Numb," and Syd Barret's "Arnold Layne") as well as Robert Wyatt and Crosby & Nash.
Journeying 400 kilometers above the polar circle to Karigasniemi village in Utsjoki, Finland, filmmaker Eva Weber captures the reindeer herding that has been the livelihood of the Arctic’s indigenous Sámi people for countless generations. Braving minus 18 degree C weather, the wordless short showcases the beauty and majesty of the beasts which are more familiar in story form than in real-life, while also paying mind to the rugged Finlanders who raise them.
A renowned picture about the employees of the Krosno Linen Industry Plant, awarded the Grand Prix - "Golden Dragon" at the International Short Film Festival in Cracow. Kamieńska's film depicts the daily duties and problems of the title women who had to work in conditions reminiscent of a penitentiary. A shocking picture about which Maria Malatyńska wrote: "The Face, hands, feet cast suddenly in front of the eyes of the audience speak more about the treatment of humans than the most fiery rally speeches could."
The film made in cooperation with Tomasz Zygadlo is an attempt to portray Polish workers at the threshold of 1970s. Thanks to the authors we get to know their true problems and concerns. Edward Gierek's take over of power gives people some hope, though it does not change the critical attitude of the workers who are still mistrustful and mutinous.
Traveling among people and objects we discover a world usually considered as ugly and unattractive. This dream-like journey is not a dream. Who are the people in this „big aquarium”? And what is our position towards them?
The titular character has been working in a slaughterhouse for 25 years. For six days in the week he slaughters hundreds of bulls. He sees death every day, and its closeness begins to influence him strongly. In his nightmares, the roles are reversed. The man is afraid that the animals may want to seek revenge on their executioner. Its startling shots and top production won this Mexican film an Academy Award nomination this year.
In the village of Piaski - fishing is the profession that whole families take up. Fascination with the sea, sealife and revelry is passed from father to son. Nevertheless, the time comes when the son wants to be on his own and starts to wonder "fish’(o)R’ us?"
Since the first minute the spectators will be fascinated. Hypnotic music and amazing shoots which present an industrial views from the height. The audience have a possibility to observe the city life from sunrise to sunset... “The Solitary Life of Cranes” is a symphony of cities, the visual poem... It is worth to watch the life from the height.
A shocking image of the work done by a Kurdish colonel Fakhir who risks his life daily to help people by demining dozens of car bombs and roadside mines left by IS troops in the area of Mosul, Iraq. Armed only with a pocket knife, wire cutters and his courage, he risks his own safety to save innocent civilians. In 2014 he loses a leg but does not stop his work. Everything is recorded by cameras. Hundreds of hours of the recordings are a special keepsake for his family.
A biographical film about Czesław Niemen, a Polish music icon, which was made on the 10th anniversary of the artist’s death. The story is told by Niemen’s friends and family. Their recollections form a portray of the talented musician, who would often chose his ideals over his popularity. Loved by the people, he was rather rejected by the Communist regime. The film starts follows Niemen in the place of his birth – Stare Wasiliszki – where the artist spent his childhood and youth, and where his adventure with music in began in a church choir. The film shows very well the price that Czesław Niemen had to pay for career and not conforming with the rigours.
The main characters are a father and his little son. After leaving a closed refugee centre, they decide to look for happiness in Warsaw. However, they face many different problems - they do not have enough money for basic necessities and the boy suffers from diabetes. They start living in a caravan in a deserted site but their Polish neighbours successfully make their lives difficult.
A village in the Sierra Madre is inhabited by the last representatives of an ancient Mixteco culture. Deprived of their identity by modern civilization, they are facing an even bigger threat: a landslide that may destroy the village during torrential rains. The local leader tries to prevent the disaster. He wants to invite a geologist to the village, so that the approaching danger could be officially confirmed. But no help is coming and the inhabitants may just humbly wait for the disaster to happen.
A documentary triptych about a group of homeless kids, who have survived their drug-addicted childhood, grew up and start to live an adult life. It is a story about a boy facing the surreal, degenerated society of his native village full of hate and sadistic anger while searching for his mother. It is a story about a pregnant girl who wants to give birth to her child, whose childhood probably will be even worse than hers.
Fifty years ago an exceptional Czechoslovak movie called „The Shop on Main Street”, that won an Oscar award, was made. The author of "film after film", Peter Zakutanský, went to Sabinov to revive movie locations and relive adventures of the locals from the time when original movie was shot. Those roles in film characters reveal not only a great history, but also their own private stories.
“Workingman's Death” follows the trail of the heroes in the illegal mines of the Ukraine, sniffs out ghosts among the sulfur workers in Indonesia, finds itself face to face with lions at a slaughterhouse in Nigeria, mingles with brothers as they cut a huge oil tanker into pieces in Pakistan, and joins Chinese steel workers in hoping for a glorious future.
Mateusz Głowacki’s film presents the thoughts of 22 women about the opposite sex. The documentary is divided into 7 chapters – each answering questions about man’s condition in the present world and their relationships. What seems like a journey to discover masculinity seen through women’s eyes is in fact an ironic tale of women talking about themselves.
Kimmo Pohjonen, Finland’s most vibrant and daring accordionist, struggles to find the melody of his own voice. Breaking the rules, tampering with the bellows, adding electronic devices, sampling noises of animals and earth machines he pushes sound to its extremes and shatters everything you know about the accordion. Kimmo Koskela - producer, director, cinematographer, editor - tells the story with sparse words. His creative approach and breathtaking images give a deep understanding of the inner struggle of this exceptional artist and convey the spirit and feelings of a Scandinavian country.
The body of Stanisław Pyjas – Jagiellonian University’s student, who cooperated with KOR (Workers’ Defence Committee) – was found on 7 May 1977 at Szewska 7 in Kraków. The investigation after his death did not include the SB secret police officers. The documentary produced after 17 years asks questions that remain unanswered.
A story about the work of paramedics and the human dramas seen from their perspective. Magda Czerwińska plays an excellent part in Michał Szcześniak's emotional film about the mental breakdown caused by the loss of a loved one and her own slow recovery; about difficult and traumatic experiences which have to be dealt with, not only because they constitute a part of life but also because life has not yet had its last word.
On the day of his thirtieth birthday Tom Fassaert, the director of this film, receives a surprising invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother living in South Africa. He has never met her, only heard of her through stories shared by his father, which were full of resentment and criticism. Marianna was a famous model in the 1950s, a true femme fatale surrounded by lovers. The director’s father and uncle were raised in an orphanage. His trip to South Africa brings unexpected emotional reactions and complications.
The film tells the extraordinary story of musician Sixto Rodriguez who was foretold a career bigger than Bob Dylan’s. After his first album the singer disappeared into thin air.
Superjednostka (EN: superunit) is a huge block of flats in Katowice, designed to be “a machine to live in”. The 15-storey building gives shelter to 3 thousand people. The lifts stop only on one in three storeys so residents have to go through a labyrinth of stairs and corridors to get to their flats. The film portrays different Superjednostka’s inhabitants experiencing important moments of their lives inside the building. That is where emotion shakes them and where their expectations come to existence. Here, they achieve their goals or fail. There are 762 doors and 762 stories. Together with the creators of the film, we only open a few of them.
Jakub Radej's student film which won a special award at last year's Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. It tells the story of Marcin's first day after the return from his economic migration to the United States. How will his old friends, ex-girlfriend and family greet him after not having seen him for a long time? Will he find the world the same as when he left it a couple of years earlier? A clash of the hometown society's local problems with the expectations of the young man who has returned home with a suitcase full of dollars and a plan to make a life for himself in Poland.
Memories of the witnesses of the Kielce pogrom, recorded in 1987, illustrated with photographs from the archival Polish Film Chronicle (1946, nr 22).
A staged documentary about girls from Voluntary Labour Corps who are to become weavers. The author juxtaposes their beautiful dreams with sad reality. It is a reflexive image which surprises us with its originality and form. The film got the Bronze Dancer award at Huesca International Film Festival in Spain.
Portrait of a young conductress - an employee of the Warsaw suburban trains. In a small, modest apartment she talks about her hard, responsible work, exhaustion, loneliness and dreams.
It is the first in history full-length feature film in Strip-Tease poetics (a Belgium TV documentary running on RTBF since 1985). The main character, judge Anne Gruwez, for three years allowed the producers of this documentary to observe her work and exposed the whole truth behind criminal investigations. It bore fruits of numerous (but not always politically correct) humorous scenes showing the ups and downs of this eccentric individual's life.
The title of the film is the motto of the employees of the Swedish employment office. "It's simple, we do as we're told" - replies an employee of the country's least popular government agency. In this film, officials and psychologists reveal the failures of Swedish employment system. Their anonymity is assured by cardboard puppets that substitute for the real speakers. A strikingly unique, socially significant documentary showing the irrational bureaucracy.
A shocking story where a girl falls victim to a misunderstanding - or perhaps a purposeful police action. Zuza is an art curator and the mother of a young girl. One night during an exhibition which she prepared she sees two men beating a boy near the gallery. She comes to his defence. When police officers appear on the scene, suddenly Zuza becomes accused of an assault and arrested. She undergoes a humiliating interrogation. Based on a true story.
Blind Roman could have become a slave to his disability. But what he loves most are freedom and dogs. For them he took the risk and moved from the city to the country. Here, in his own way, he’s trying to live as a farmer.
Tango was born in Buenos Aires and no one dances tango as passionately as the Argentineans do – that is at least what the Argentineans themselves believe. Tango is as Finnish as sauna and skiing – that is what many of Finns are convinced of. Two countries, two opinions, two musical traditions. “Midsummer Night’s Tango” is a humorous, light-hearted road movie, accompanying three Argentinean tango musicians as they leave the milongas of Buenos Aires behind to discover tango in faraway Finland.
A deaf mute four year old girl, Libby, lives in a silent world. It changes, when she meets the caring Joanne, a social worker who shows the girl ways in which she can communicate. The winner of this year's Academy Award for the Best Live Action Short Film. It was based on the script by Rachel Shenton. She wrote it based of her own experience as a child whose parent lost hearing.
A Golden Palm winner in Cannes, and an Oscar nominee which tells the story of two parking lot security guards. Luna works the dayshift and Diego works nights.
Tonia and Her Children is a film about the consequences of the parents’ ideological choices, which are borne by their children. The director presents a story of siblings, Wera and Marcel Lechtman, who were sent to a children’s home while their mother, a pre‑war communist, was arrested. In the film the protagonists recollect the past and are trying to understand their mother’s choices. They speak about their very personal experiences.
Four Iranian country women from northern Khorasan, who play doetar and sing, encounter life's challenges. Although they face several social problems they have a common passion, to release their pain through music. Even though they suffer many social prejudice and segregation on a daily basis the film depicts how music soothes them.
Roman Jarosz's film is a story about a pursuit of harmony both in music and in life, based on a fairly surprising idea. The characters of the story are musicians playing in a symphony orchestra: the first violinist and a bassist (who are a married in their private life). The film opens with a concert, during which Adam, played by Wojciech Mecwaldowski, has a heart attack. In the liminal moment between life and death, at the end of a bright corridor the protagonist encounters Chopin, Gerschwin and Beethoven. Not only is this the beginning of the film, it also is the beginning of an experience, the meaning of which the viewer has to discover on their own.
The story of TOTART, an artistic group from Gdańsk, whose iconoclastic and quizzical performances would ‘blow up’ the bleak reality of the Communist Poland in the 1980s. The counter-culture and pop-culture members of TOTART were Paweł Końjo Konnak, Ryszard Tymon Tymański, Darek Brzóska Brzóśkiewicz or Paweł Paulus Mazur. Which TOTART’s ideals survived the transformation to the commercialised reality of post-1989 Poland? And what, actually, happened to the spiritual and ideological leader of the group, Zbigniew Sajnóg, who cut himself off from his former milieu and tried to find peace in a cult?
A father, two sons and the love for football are the protagonists of this unpretentious, cheerful film. It is also a story of serious plans, dreams and life decisions. Two brothers live in one of the countless villages of southern Poland. 14 year-old Mateusz and 13 year-old Łukasz train football under observant, protective and sometimes controlling eye of their father, who is a coach in a local football club. They start professional tests in a renowned, metropolitan team. It may be the first step in fulfilling the dream of playing in Ekstraklasa…
Three adaptations of Edgara Allana Poe's stories by European cinema masters. They describe people's weakness and their inability to predict or avoid the things that are coming. Countess Frederica, who has an inclination for indulging her desires, wants to seduce her cousin, Wilhelm. The second part's protagonist tells his confessor the story of his double who appears whenever he does something despicable. In the third story, an English actor, Toby, comes to Rome to play a part in a "Catholic Western". There are stars of the past decades in the cast: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon and Terence Stamp.
The film’s protagonists are young American female boxers, who spend most of their time in the training room and continually look for new challenges, both in the ring and everyday life. Jaci and Tiffanie dream of sporting successes and live on a fight-to-fight basis. Tree gave up her boxing career and became a stuntwoman. All three beat their own limitations in this men-only world.
At home, Rizwan 12, hugs and plays with his siblings. At work, he is forced to a claustrophobic job in a industry that's key to our economy. Here at Pakistans second largest oil depot, children crawl inside the dark interior of the diesel tanks – in spite of the extremely carcinogenic fumes.
The filmmakers spent two months among the soldiers of the volunteer corps and the local army, who had been defending the Donetsk international airport for 242 days. A realistic account from the front line located in one of the most dangerous war zones of eastern Ukraine follows the volunteers fighting Russian terrorists. They come from different parts of the country, have different education, but are united by solidarity and full commitment to their brothers in arms. Their strength and courage won them the name of the ‘Ukrainian cyborgs’.
Can a horse save the life of a young man? The story of an incredible friendship between 14-year-old Dylan and wild mare Shelly, which takes place on the streets of one of Dublin’s districts. Despite the ban on taming wild horses and numerous adversities, the close relationship between man and horse gets even closer. Dylan becomes an urban cowboy and escapes criminal dangers typical of this part of Ireland.
One cold December night, Israeli soldiers approach the al-Haddad family home in the West Bank city of Hebron in order to search the house. Diaa, the teenage son, reaches for the family’s video camera. As the search unfolds, a strange power struggle evolves, pitting gun against camera. The soldiers take Diaa outside and order him to face the wall. Despite circumstances he doesn’t stop smiling what brings an unexpected end of the evening. The film was presented in 64. Berlin International Film Festival.
The Oscar nominee depicts an incredible story of courageous and dedicated rangers, who are ready to even risk their own lives, to save one of the most glorious national parks in the world, home to the world’s last mountain gorillas. The film produced by Leonardo DiCaprio artfully combines investigative journalism and documentary.
The film is a part of the Polish Holidays cycle. It is a tragicomic tale about life, passing away and fate, which one cannot escape. A story of three generations. A grandfather, father and son are together again. However, they all realise it will not last long. The father is losing a battle with a dangerous disease. Ryszard has only a few months ahead of him. However, the meeting which the junior has organised on Father's Day will teach them a lot and let them overcome the barriers which divide them, understand the meaning of life, let out their grudges and grievances, strengthen the family bonds, appease conflicts and clarify the past misunderstandings or disputes. The film got the Jury's Award at the 2002 Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
A story of self-defense group "Autodefensas" which has stood up against ruthless drug cartels in Mexico. The social engagement disturbed corrupted authorities and police who did not want to pursue perpetrators. It is an arresting, engrossing portrayal of the complex relationships between police, politicians and the criminal world. Matthew Heineman's film was nominated for Oscar in the best documentary feature category.
Twenty-year-old Iza prepares for an important boxing match under her father's watch. Shortly before the fight, the father offers his daughter the possibility to cheat her opponent. Iza is faced with the choice between her dreams and what she has always believed in.
Photojournalist Kadir van Lohuizen travels the world in search of stories about people who, for whatever reasons, have left their place of birth . His photographs tell the stories that simmer on after the big news corporations have left. He aims to offer an alternative by drawing attention to forgotten conflicts and disasters and he believes that his work can change the world.
Director Dagmar Smržová's looks into the every-day life of a man who suffers from schizophrenia. Thirty-year-old Jiří Láska who lives in a village under the mountains, Batňovice, is not your usual apathetic patient in the psychiatry ward. Using modern technology, he communicates with his surroundings and runs his own website, for which he films unusual journalistic videos. Jiří has an extraordinary gift for self-reflection.
The story is set in the 1990s, when terrorism in France became the main source of fear. An interrogation at the local police station of a man of Algerian origin, suspected of being in contact with potential terrorists, turns into an act of inquisition. One man decides about the future of the other. 2017 Oscar nominee.
The film protagonist is the accomplished poet, Adam Zagajewski. He shows the literary side of his city, tells the stories of his mentors and friends as well as of his own creative path. Archival videos, old photographs of the city as well as contemporary images of places and people all form a picture of Krakow.
115 men are imprisoned on an island in Oslofjord, Norway. There are no cells, no cameras, no fences.The guards don’t carry weapons while the prisoners work with chainsaws and kitchen knives. On the island the men live in a halfway house, between prison and society. Each of them has a task: Tom works works with the cows, Michael in the carpentry shop. On Bastøy, they don’t believe that criminals become better people if you punish them long and hard. They think that if you give people responsibility and respect there might be a bigger chance that they will pick up their life again.
A sport drama about the hard and ruthless rules that govern sport. The film is also a universal story about dreams and dreamers, about outsiders who never give up as well as friendship and solidarity. "The Dragon Spring" is a film depicting passion and struggle against all odds. Paweł, the protagonist, dreams of coaching his favourite team - Arsenal F.C. However, for now he has to work with the worst football - playing eleven in Poland. It will be an educational experience, and not only for him.
The camera is following the international community of Internet players who, using flight simulators, engage into air battles trying to change the course of history in the virtual world. Their passion smoothly turns into addiction and they become their own Avatars. The craftsmanship of the documentary film master is evident in both affectionate portraits of human weaknesses and in the panache of combat staging. If this is Bławut’s documentary farewell, it is extraordinarily spectacular.
An original portrayal of a small Czech village where – as the locals put it – an UFO has landed in the form of a kilometre-long silverish factory: a Korean Hyundai automobile plant. The village, hitherto famous mostly for its sauerkraut and the “Radegast” beer now is turned into an industrial zone – the largest greenfield investment project in the Czech Republic’s history. Nonetheless, for a long time many farmers resist selling the land upon which the factory is now standing. Eventually, they all succumb under the pressure from the neighbours. The filmmakers returned to Nošovice two years after the dramatic property buyouts, at the time when the factory has just started churning out cheap cars. Combining the perspectives of seven characters, they have composed a portrayal of a place suddenly changed beyond recognition that is playful and chilling at the same time – an absurd about a field that yields cars.
The main protagonist of the film is a resolute six-year-old boy, Tomek Łoziński. He gets to know the world riding his scooter through the park. On the way he stops to smell the flowers, chase butterflies, feed a squirrel or swans. But most of all he stops next to the benches standing along the parkways, where the elderly women and man sit. As he is talking to them, he is confronting his knowledge with their experiences. He is learning about the need for faith and the inevitability of death, the value of health, work and family, the ailments of old age, the reasons of poverty, the role of memory, the paths of people’s lives which are influenced both by history and their own decisions. He learns that solitude can be a curse, but also an appreciated value. He does not want to realize that his destiny is already written. He does not want to come to terms with inevitability. Being full of infant illusions he is convinced that anything can happen in our life: we can meet a small dinosaur or an elderly man in glasses can live 120 years or even more. Tomek’s ride through the park gradually turns into symbolical journey through life.
"I must trust in God, be brave, man up and move forward. I need to forgive my father who cares neither about me nor about mom. And I Gould like my mom to find someone, cause once I have a boyfriend, we are not going to share hugs, all three of us." A very personal, humorous and moving diary of a sixteen year old Ada, who suffers from cancer.
A discovered old family film has become the starting point for this cinematic essay about coincidences, wasted human fates and posthumous fame. The Sun Island was made by one of the most brilliant contemporary film experts, professor Thomas Elsaesser. His grandfather, Martin Elsaesser, a well - known architect and the main city planner of the city Frankfurt in years 1925-32 is the protagonist of this documentary. Apart from designing schools, churches and other public buildings, he was also the main architect of the Central Market Hall, the future residence of the European Central Bank considered to be a masterpiece.
The film directed by David Naglieri shows one of the greatest triumphs of spiritual power above violence and oppression in the history. It reveals the complex role John Paull II had in the breakdown of communist regime and the liberation of Central and Eastern Europe. The authors tell a story of a man with an unbreakable belief born from deep personal suffering and his persistent defense of the dignity of people living in horror of Nazi and Soviet occupation. John Paul II is portrayed as a pope with a deep belief in Europe's spiritual unity. The story is narrated by, Jim Caviezel, a brilliant actor ("Passion", "Thick Red Line").
Even though Magda is only 14 years old, she has to make a life-changing decision. She has been raped and became pregnant. Along with her mother she is now looking for a hospital that will perform an abortion. But as doctor after doctor declines their request, the character is feeling increasingly helpless.
For the last 23 years of his life the main character has been doing a very unique job. He accompanies people in their last moments with harp playing. He is the only Australian thanatologist that helps people die in peace when everyone around is stricken with grief and wants the dying ones to keep on living. Peter's job reminds us of the once - existing culture of ars moriendi. With the spirit of a Persian poet Rumi, whose blood flows in his veins, the protagonist still has one job to do before he retires.
One day, Wiesław Koneczny did not appear in the mine, and that day a tragic accident occurred at his workplace. Since then, the protagonist of the film has been collecting and documenting folk legends, penning his neighbours’ personal stories, looking for ghosts and gathering witness accounts of contact with the supernatural world. His wife, Genowefa, helps him on this mission. A witty story about passion and mystery.
A story about a single mother taking care of her ten-year-old son and trying to put her life in order. She meets a man on the Internet. The situation itself poses a challenge for potential partners, who must face their own emotions and needs during the meeting, and at the same time stay image-conscious. Arkadiusz Biedrzycki's film is based on a careful observation of behaviours and - seemingly - insignificant gestures that influence the perception of the other person in a situation that is uncomfortable for each of the three characters.
Only a fifth of Gwinea's 10 million people have access to electricity and even those that do experience frequent power cuts. Every evening during exam season, as the sun sets over Conakry, Guinea, hundreds of school children begin a nightly pilgrimage to the airport, petrol stations and wealthy parts of the city, searching for light to study. A literal and metaphorical journey to enlightenment, this evocative documentary shows how children reconcile their daily lives in one of the world’s poorest countries with their desire to learn.
The story of the last years of Julia Brystygierowa - the infamous Bloody Luna, a 50s secret police officer. Brystygierowa was the head of the 5th and 6th department at the Ministry of Public Security. Parties, organisations and religious groups were her focus. She was an active participant of the communists' campaign against the Catholic Church, the Evangelical and Jehovah Witnesses. At the end of her life, she became close to the Institute for the Blind in Laski near Warsaw and she died as a devoted Catholic. A fantastic part by Maria Mamona for which she was granted the Jancio Wodnik award at the Polish Film Art Festival Prowincjonalia in Września.
At the age of 96, Miriam Weissenstein never imagined that she would be facing a new chapter in her life. But when "The Photo House" – her late husband Rudi’s life’s work – was destined for demolition, even this opinionated and uncompromising woman knew she needed help. Under the cloud of a family tragedy, a special relationship is forged between Miriam and her grandson, Ben, as they join forces to save the shop and its nearly one million negatives that document Israel’s defining moments. Despite the generation gap and many conflicts, Ben and Miriam embark on a heart-wrenching journey, comprising many humorous and touching moments – a journey that requires a lot of love, courage, and compassion.
A musical road trip film about Piotr Klimek, a composer from Szczecin. The composer spends his time on the road executing various musical projects. We get to see what his work consists of and the diversity of styles in the music composed by him.
The Punk Syndrome is a documentary film about Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikka’s Name Day, formed in 2009 by four developmentally disabled guys. The film follows the band’s journey from their rehearsal room to cult success. It shows the love and hate between the guys, the crying and the laughter. This is what punk used to be about: misfits screaming their lungs out about real problems. That's why this is the last punk band perhaps in the whole World.
This is the film, which the famous Pussy Riot church scene is taken from.WINTER, GO AWAY! was filmed by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov’s Documentary Filmmaking and Theater School, on the initiative of Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper. Ten young directors did not part from their cameras for two months. The result was a chronicle of Russia’s winter protests - a chronicle of those who make the political climate and those who are dissatisfied with the makers. We see people, their faces, their conversations, rallies, victories and defeats ahead of the presidential election. A living camera interacts with living heroes. WINTER,GO AWAY! is funny in places - and yet contains an overall sadness: A unique account of Russia today.
10 thousand Muslim men and boys were murdered by Serbs in the town of Srebrenica. In many cases, their remains have as yet not been identified and properly buried. The moving film tells the story of what many Bosnians would probably rather forget. Mothers and wives of the victims come to the Memorial Centre in Srebrenica; they look at the skeletons which have been put them together. With tears in their eyes, they retell their tragic experience and their dreams. They talk about their miserable present life and the obligations imposed on them by the Quran.
The story of a Hungarian town Derenk once inhabited by Poles who had abandoned their homes in Spisz and Orawa in search of a better life. Over the years, the Poles have lived in their own community, maintaining their dialect, traditions and distinct mentality, despite Hungarian pressures. In 1943 the owner of the area where their village was located sold it. Derenk was demolished and the Poles displaced. Approximately 50 displaced families reached the village of Istvanmajor. They lived there, but they still remembered - and do to this day - their Derenk, which became a kind of lost paradise to them.
In Birkenau, at Gravel Yard near the to Block 11, in 1998, was built the Papal cross. It commemorates the martyrdom of murdered victims in that place. The Jews protested against any religious symbols occurring there. Magdalene Lazarkiewicz's film shows the relationship between Poles and Jews from a single day of conflict .
Buddhist monastery in the middle of bustling metropolis is a surprisingly peaceful place. Shelter for many, it leads its own, accordingly paced life. Ordinary day intimately portrays both monastery and its inhabitants. Ordinary day has been created as a part of workshops organized by Lech Walesa Institute in Yangon in September 2013 under supervision of Piotr Stasik.
An extremely warm and moving documentary confirming the maxim that life itself writes the best stories. When at the age of three Owen Suskind began to lose the ability to walk and talk, modern medicine was unable to help him. His future looked quite bleak. Walt Disney Animations came to the rescue, thanks to which the boy began to gradually react to the stimuli reaching him from the TV screen and communicate with his immediate family. The film was nominated for this year's Oscars.
Freestyle life is a story of the art of putting up the fight, when the game involves the most competitive rivals – ourselves. Resistance to the determinism leads towards stubborn challenging oneselves to consecutive duels. The surface of the screen that precisely keeps the viewer from reality resembles the surface of water that separates swimmers from their disability.
A staged documentary portraying the activists of the Regional Commission for Party Inspection dealing with a case of a worker excluded from the party. The film touches upon social and political issues of the Polish People’s Republic. It is also a sort of training film for party activists.
A beekeeper from Belgium shares his concerns about the future of his apiary. Beekeeping, his passion, has a purpose – it is supposed to keep our natural environment alive. The director shot the entire film within a single day to highlight the need for preserving this underrated profession.