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UKRAINIAN SHERIFFS (Ukraine), director Roman BONDARCHUK

2015 IDFA (The Neitherlands) – Special Jury Award for Feature-Length Documentary

Like a bird, the Ukrainian flag flies along perched on the car of two affable "sheriffs" deputized by the mayor of a village in southern Ukraine. There's a sly bum whose gift is not to work. There's a guy who puts an anaconda in his woman's shed. The advent of Euromaidan, and draft-dodgers abound. Town folks are dipping in icy water and laughing, but are they divided in their loyalty? These sheriffs are taking you along for the ride.

 

MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV (Russia, Estonia), director Zosya RODKEVICH

2016 Krakow Film Festival (Poland)– «the Golden Horn » for the director of the best film

An intimate portrait of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov—once Deputy Prime Minister and “an heir of President Yeltsin”, later an uncompromising adversary of Putin—that was assassinated near the Kremlin in February 2015. Election campaigns and hotel beds, protest rallies and office routine, train compartments and courtrooms, night walks and police vans –you have never seen any politician so close. This is a story how a journalist assignment turns into a genuine friendship.

 

WHEN THE EARTH SEEMS TO BE LIGHT (Georgia, Germany), directors Tamuna KARUMIDZE, Salome MACHAIDZE, David MESKHI

2015 «IDFA» (The Netherlands), – Best First Appearance, Tbilisi FF (Georgia) – «Prometheus» for Best Georgian Documentary

This is a story of kids, skaters and musicians, being lost in a controversial reality of a post soviet Country – a country in a distracted condition, where one can be crashed by the power of church and politics. They are searching for non-existing spots of their freedom and romantic state of mind in an adult world, that has not much to offer. This documentary is a response to the society, an attempt to make a contemporary tale and bring back a little bit of magic to our modern civilization.

 

LENIN PARK (Cuba), directors Carlos MIGNON, Itziar LEEMANS

2015 IFF «Visions Du Réel» (Switzerland), Festival De Biarritz América Latina (France), 2016 MIFF «DOKer» (Russia) – Best Feature Documentary

Four years ago, Antoin, Yesuán and Karla lost their mother. Nowadays, Yesuán overcomes his mourning through the illusion that Antoin, his oldest brother, will come back to Cuba. Antoin lives in France where he tries to build a career as an opera singer. Meanwhile, Yesuán tries to replace the role of their parents and takes care of his younger sister who is going through her sexual awakening. Parque Lenin is the theme park where the three siblings share their last memory together.

 

COMMUNION (Poland), director Anna ZAMECKA

2016 Locarno IFF (Switzerland) – Best Film Award Locarno«Semaine de la critique»,Warsaw FF (Poland)

When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives apart from them and is mainly heard the phone. Most of all she wants to reunite a family that simply doesn’t work — like a defective TV set. She lives in the hope of bringing her mother back home. Her 13 year old brother Nikodem’s Holy Communion is a pretext for the family to meet up. Ola is entirely responsible for prepar- ing the perfect family celebration.

 

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (Slovenia, Croatia, Germany, Czech Republic, Qatar), director Žiga VIRC

2016 «Tribeca» Film Festival (USA), Karlovy Vary IFF (Czech Republic)

The cold war, the space race, and NASA’s moon landing are landmark events that defined an era. But they are also fodder for conspiracy theories. In Houston, We Have a Problem! Filmmaker Žiga Virc adds new material to the discussion on both fronts. This intriguing docu-fiction explores the myth of the secret multi-billion-dollar deal behind America’s purchase of Yugoslavia’s clandestine space program in the early 1960s.

 

AUSTERLITZ (Germany), director Sergei LOZNITSA

2016 Toronto IFF (Canada) – program «North American Premiere», Venice IFF (Italy) – Out of Competition

There are places in Europe that have remained as painful memories of the past – factories where humans were turned into ash. These places are now memorial sites that are open to the public and receive thousands of tourists every year. The film’s title refers to the eponymous novel written by W.G. Sebald, dedicated to the memory of Holocaust. This film is an observation of the visitors to a memorial site that has been founded on the territory of a former concentration camp. Why do they go there? What are they looking for?

 

DEAD EARS (Lithuania), director Linas MIKUTA

2016 «Kino Pavaris» International Film Festival (Lithuania), Krakow Film Festival (Poland) – Best Cinematography Award

Two men – an aged farmer and his deaf-mute son – live in a remote area, isolated from civilization. Though sharing the same roof, problems, and sorrows they remain very distant from one another. Their attempts at conversation turn to misunderstanding if not conflict. Father thinks his son is abnormal and childish. Son sees his father as insensitive and crude. Can the two men find their way into understanding one another?

 

SALAMANKA (Russia, Belarus), directors Ruslan FEDOTOW, Alexandra KULAK

2015 IDFA – Competition for Mid-Length Documentary «IDFA» (Netherlands), «ArtDocFest» Russian Open Documentary Film Festival (Russia), 2016 «DocPoint» Helsinki Film Festival (Finland),«HotDocs» International Documentary Film Festival (Canada)

In Salamanca time stopped two hundred years ago, when the first Mennonites came to Mexico in search of their place on the Earth. Here everything is predetermined, and lives of the descendants are repeating lives of their ancestors. Private story here is only a part of family history, and one man’s destiny tells us about any other one. While the hero of the film recalls his childhood in search of the right answer to the most important question of all his life, days, months, and years slowly go by in Salamanca.

 

TIME WILL TELL (Germany), director Andreas VOIGT

2015 IFF Dok Leipzig (Germany) – Opening Film, 2016 «Docs Against Gravity» Warsaw IDF(Poland)

The film returns to some of the protagonists from the author's earlier films of the “Leipzig Series”. During the political upheaval in late-1989/early-1990, Isabel, Jenny and Sven were teenagers of fourteen and fifteen and still attending school. The dramatic social changes following the collapse of East Germany hit them head on during their most formative years. They’ve been living in the Federal Republic of Germany longer than they lived in East Germany. The paths their lives have taken could hardly be much different.The film revolves around these three protagonists and their lives today, twenty-five years after the first film.

 

FC ROMA(Czech Republic), directors Tomáš BOJAR, Rozálie KOHOUTOVA

2016 Karlovy Vary IFF (Czech Republic)

Last year an unusual football club started playing in minor Czech football league - TJ Junior «Roma» is composed mainly of – Romani players. Though every football fan knows the UEFA campaign «Say No To Racism», not all players are considered equal. As the Roma minority is highly unpopular in the Czech Republic, other teams from the league refused to play with the Roma team. The result is paradoxical – TJ Roma has been winning most of the matches by default. Full of gentle humor, the movie portrays the story of this football club framed by a strange football season, in which a team that had barely gotten to kick the ball, has almost won the league.

 

JUST LIKE THE MOVIES(Bulgaria), director Atanas HRISTOSKOV

2016 Sofia IFF (Bulgaria)

The thrilling movie Sundays with mom and dad... The first kiss in the dark hall... The fierce fights for the precious «Star Wars» tickets... The film depicts the old movie theatres in Sofia through the emotional stories of its amazing characters.