The program of the children and youth film competition "Listapadzik"
CHILDREN AND YOUTH FILM COMPETITION "LISTAPADZIK"
OPENING FILM (out of competition)
On an ordinary summer day, three friends, Dimka, Yurka, and Genka, who usually spend all their free time playing computer games and dreaming of winning the eSports tournament, had to postpone their favorite pastime for a while. Everything changed when in the dungeon of an old temple the boys accidentally found something that made them look for solution to an old secret.
Soon their classmate Dasha comes to help the young adventure seekers out. The children will have to unite, to pass some difficult tests and check the strength of their friendship and loyalty. They will have to confront the delinquents, use all their wit and creativity and find the key to the secret of the princely palace.
ON THE EDGE
Life is an eternal clash of destinies. The lack of friendly support and family warmth, the conflicts with society are pushing the underage heroes of this story to a dangerous edge.
Jo, a witty 9 year old terminally ill girl is taken back to her rural village to live out the rest of her short life. Her only comfort during these dull times are her dreams of being a Superhero, which prove to be something her rebellious teenage sister Mwix, overprotective mother Kathryn and the entire village of Maweni think they can fulfill.
GIRL IN FLIGHT
GIRL IN FLIGHT is the story of an 11 year old Tuscan girl, Silvia, whose home life is dominated by her mother’s depression. Hoping for a break, Silvia pleads for a family trip to Rome. But when her father backs down yet again, she decides to fulfill her dream on her own. Fearless and open to everything, Silvia meets up with a 13 year old gypsy girl, Emina, who takes her to her gypsy camp. Thus is born a complicated but sincere friendship that will help both girls. Shot in a real Roma camp with resident non-actors, GIRL IN FLIGHT is a tender, frightening and exciting emotional journey based on events of director’s life.
THE WITCH HUNTERS
10-year-old Jovan has had cerebral palsy for as long as he can remember. His condition made him think of himself as invisible to others – particularly his parents and classmates. In the world of his imagination, however, he is free to be who he wants and possesses the hero superpowers that everybody dreams of. Jovan's (extra)ordinary existence is suddenly shaken up by a new classmate, Milica. Bit by bit, brave and determined Milica tears down the wall that Jovan has built around himself and eventually invites him to join her on a real life adventure – to liberate her father from his new wife, Milica’s stepmother, whom she believes is a witch.
THE LITTLE COMRADE
One day, six-year-old Leelo’s school teacher mother is taken away by soldiers and the little girl has to find answers to a lot of questions on her own: why is the blue-black-white flag forbidden, what’s a traitor, why is a scary NKVD detective snooping around in their home and is being a Soviet Pioneer a thing of honor or shame? Through frequently tragicomic situations, Leelo tries to be as good a girl as she can in the two-faced, Stalinist world around her so that her mother will one day come back home.
LONG TIME NO SEA
Raised by his grandma alone, Ma Na Wei lived a frugal and needy life since childhood. His shoes are shabby and broken, so he draws a picture of his own feet and sends it to his father, who has long been working away from home, hoping that he’ll bring him back a new pair of shoes one day. Yu Zhongxun, a recently qualified teacher who is to begin working on Lanyu, arrives at the tribal community’s elementary school. Upon discovering Ma Na Wei’s talent in dancing, Yu decides to write a musical script based on Ma’s story for the annual Aboriginal Dance Competition…
CLOSING FILM (out of competition)
André CATOTO, Gabriel BITAR, Gustavo STEINBERG
TITO AND THE BIRDS
Tito is a shy 10-year-old boy who lives with his mother. Suddenly, an unusual epidemic starts to spread, making people sick whenever they get scared. Tito quickly discovers that the cure is somehow related to his missing father’s research on bird song. He embarks on a journey to save the world from the epidemic with his friends. Tito's search for the antidote becomes a quest for his missing father and for his own identity.
(Out of competition)
In her movie Eri Mizutani invites us to experience mysterious world, carefully hidden from us behind the walls of the polish boarding school. The young students have their own magic world, hardly accessible for the others, the "normal" ones. By a subtle observation and without a spoken word we access their everyday life throughout the year. Getting to know their habits, gestures and facial expressions we access the environment full of acceptance, understanding and airiness - so different from the world outside. Film allows us to share the childrens’ emotions, their visions of the world and eventually, to hear their voices. Eri Mizutani in her movie transgresses hard to cross communication barriers between the worlds of adults and children, deaf and hearing.
(Out of competition)
The Hotel Mado is located in the heart of Cologne and functions as a long-term home for a few refugees. Among them lives a ten-year-old Promise with his three-year-old twin siblings and mother. He takes care of the household, and acts as a father figure for the twins – even though he just wants to be a child himself once in a while and needs some time to understand his bizarre new world.
(Out of competition)
Zheng Honghai has been living in Hungary for over 27 years. He is married to a Hungarian woman and has three kids. “You can not rely on her at all”, he says talking about the way of educating their children. “She just sets them free from all classes when I am not at home. She says kids should only play. How funny!” Honghai firmly believes in traditional Chinese way of education which is strict, intensive and serious. His boys are learning to play the piano and the violin, they are swimming, singing, playing chess, drawing, learning calligraphy, practicing kung fu at the same time. The father is sure: what he is doing is for the kids’ good.