The program of the National film schools competition of the 25th MIFF "Listapad"
NATIONAL FILM SCHOOLS COMPETITION
Belarusian State Academy of Arts
A DAY FROM THE LIFE OF ALES’ AND ALESYA
It is a story of a couple living in an isolated homestead. The place is cut off from the rest of the world, but the life here is in full swing, the material and the spiritual collide. What do these people, representatives of utterly different generations, have in common?
The high courses for scriptwriters and film directors
Victor is alone here. He looks back at his life in order to figure out why he is here. Silence interrupted by the lonely voice of a man pronouncing his own name.
Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre
After college, Nikita, 22, goes to work at one of the best factories in Kostroma. Now, his challenge is learning how to shake up veneer sheets and feed them into the drying machine properly. But if his colleagues' concerns do not go much beyond reducing wooden waste, Nikita is still trying to figure out the meaning of life.
The Mobile Film School "Docnomads"
Bruno travels with a troubled past, three bags and his dog Kazuza from place to place, to jump wherever he can with his parachute, hoping it will save his life. The film is a journey into the world of BASE jumping and explores how Bruno’s salvation is at the same time his biggest menace.
A ROOF IN COMMON
Portugal, Taiwan, Hungary
In an empty village where death and loneliness seem to be looming over, old neighbours Inacio and Francisca resist the melancholy by accompanying each other. They share the same roof after they both lost their life partners. Now a new challenge of sharing life and affection with one another has just begun. It is a love poem of developing an intimate relationship in the last season of life in a desolate place.
China, Hungary, Portugal, Belgium
What is the feeling of being nowhere without a root? Four Ukrainian men work at the biggest factory of Central Europe, in a small Hungarian town. They don’t feel at home there, however, they have to work hard to support their families. They share a small dormitory in a one-star hotel, go to work and come back together every day. Drinking and watching TV after a long working day have become their only hobbies. With different workers coming from all over central Europe, the one-star gradually becomes their small shelter. When will they finally finish their project? What is their next destination?
In traditional Chinese culture people are not afraid of death, but they care a lot about the world of the deceased. The Chinese believe that it functions the same way as the real word. You still need to make a living and money is a basic need. Hence each year the Chinese burn ghost money which is supposed to go with the wind and be delivered to the deceased so that they don’t suffer in the afterlife. The path binding these two worlds is not easy to go, not to mention burning your ghost money in Europe. How can it travel all the way to China? And what will it encounter on its way?
ECAM / Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid
Jaime Baselga AGUSTÍ
THE INNER HOUSE
Fatherless Diego accepts this role to be filmed by his son, embarking on a series of interviews in order to go back in time and solve the generational problem, what is the interior house?
Claudia NEGRO GARCÍA
CONCERT IN F
After leaving his job as a recorder teacher at the conservatory, Fernando Paz leaves for a remote village in northern Portugal, where he begins his career as a flute maker. The director says: "It's been six years since Fernando stopped being my recorder teacher and two years since I left music. Then I decide to pay him a visit…"
FAMU / The Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
THE LAST SHIFT OF TOMÁŠ HISEM
"I hope that all is okay and that you’ll get something out of this," proclaims miner Tomáš Hisem at the start of his shift at Ostrava’s Paskov Mine, which he decided to document. Although we don’t see his face (the camera that he has smuggled into the mine is attached to his helmet), we hear his distinct local dialect as he inspects the dark and dusty tunnels and claustrophobic underground spaces that we walk and crawl through on all fours. With a sense of immediacy and in his own distinctive manner, he captures a particular place at a particular time – one day before the Paskov Mine is closed and 1,300 of his colleagues lose their jobs.
The film is an abstract portrait of Ústí nad Labem region in the north of the Czech Republic with a thematic focus on the clash between the industrial and natural landscape. With the expressive tools of experimental film the camera describes the structures of both contradicting forces and analyzes, whether it is possible to find any way of communication or harmony between them. The film was edited mostly directly in the camera, while each of the 16mm frame was at least twice exposed. This process creates a continuous flow of multilayered image and destroys the traditional defined borders of a camera shot with its sharp beginning and end.
PRAGUE. A FOREIGNERS’ PERSPECTIVE
How do foreigners feel in Prague and in Czechia? Sometimes they feel desperate, sometimes they hope for the best... An animated documentary PRAGUE. A FOREIGNERS’ PERSPECTIVE is a sincere confession of foreigners from different countries who are trying to find themselves and their own way in the Czech Republic.
WILL THE WORLD REMEMBER YOUR NAME?
This film is a reflection on narcissism in our society. On our self-love, our need of self-recording, self-validation and desire for immortal legacy. As the advertisement says: will the world remember your name?
AN ABSENCE OF RECIPROCITY IN VULNERABILITY, LOSSES AND RISKS
A documentary study of the eye. A compilation of images from various sources helps to reveal its new functions. It is a tool of instilling fear, a soldier uses it to find his target, and looking into the eye of your executioner can cause him to doubt his actions. What happens when the eye stops looking?
HELB / La Haute école libre de Bruxelles
IF YOU ASK ME A QUESTION
The attacks are getting closer and the consequences are multiple. I refrain from talking about my own feelings, but how do those around me feel? When I ask my parents about the Belgium they knew before, I get the impression that it was not only a different era, but also another country.
RAY RICHARDSON: OUR SIDE OF THE WATER
Originally from Woolwich, a popular suburb of South East London, there was no prospect that Ray Richardson would become one of the major figures in British figurative painting. Anchored on the South bank of the Thames, it is there that he finds the material of his work and the subjects of his portraits. In his traditional pictorial technique, he transposes cinematographic techniques specific to the language of «film noir».
Let yourself be transported through the eyes of a honeybee in this lyrical journey that links the city and the countryside. FLOUREJA, which means "gathering nectar" in Provençal, tells of the complex relationship between Bees and Men.
IFS / The International Filmschool Cologne
Tamar, a 33-year-old artist, watches people in the streets of Tel Aviv and incorporates her impressions in daily illustrations, which give the viewer an ironic peek behind the facades of the Israeli daily routine. The life in an allegedly liberal society that stands “in the middle of the storm” and in which “everyone has an opinion about everything” is not so easy to take, that’s why she prefers to keep her distance from everyone. And yet she finds the strength to follow her inspiration even into the darkest stages of her life. The comics deal with bomb attacks, a failed marriage and antidepressants – but always combined with a fine humor.
Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University
In Ukraine the number of children with autism increases by 30% annually but the state practically doesn’t help families with special kids. More than 20 thousand children suffer from cerebral palsy but just a few hospitals can offer them help. There are other developmental disabilities, cancer, diabetes, etc. Not every family can afford the proper treatment but there is an alternative way of rehabilitation. Hippotherapy is based on psychosensory effects that a rider experiences communicating with a horse. A child mounts an animal and starts to feel it breathing, moving, living. The film is about the need to struggle and gain inner freedom.
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
Begim Zholdubai KYZY
Ydyrys Osmonov lives in the mountains with his wife facing violent cold and other difficulties all the time. This documentary is about a life of unrelenting struggle.
The National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź
Peter Sand MAGNUSSEN
THE SAME PAIN
An evening in Łódź. Two friends, Maciej and Peter, are having a walk, conversing about themselves. Both were left at a very young age by their fathers, which is really painful. They decide to make a film about it. Maciej is planning to meet his dad and confront him with their past. During the filming the young men realize that the plans to involve Maciej´s father in their project have failed. Peter recalls his own father, thus both stories entwine. The pain is shared, and at the end of the day there are no fathers, only friendship between the two lost kids.
HOW TO BECOME A POPE?
A warm-hearted comedy about a ten-year-old boy who wants to become a Pope. The protagonist is an altar boy, who finds out about an audition for a part of John Paul II in a musical. The boy approaches this task as if it was a holy mission, but his parents do not treat him seriously. What is he going to learn?
Behind the mighty eighteenth-century wall of the oldest enclosed convent in Poland – Benedictine convent in Staniatki, near Krakow – the life of twelve nuns in their 70s goes on. Despite their age and the world of rapid change, they try to comply with the rule set over ten centuries ago "ORA et LABORA" each day. Our protagonists – nuns Anuncjata and Benedykta (40 years in convent) – introduce us to the world behind the wall telling us about their lives and decisions in a specific way. They show us the world of convent in true colours, without stereotypes, often touching and amusing at the same time. This is the film about silence said aloud.
CALL ME TONY
Konrad, an 18-year-old bodybuilder who wants to be an actor, desperately fights for his absent father's attention. He lives in a small mining town in southern Poland. In his attempts to get noticed he looks up to his favorite action movie heroes, spends hours on the gym and signs up for a body building competition. An inner conflict between who he is and who he thinks he should be to get people's acceptance soon leads to a depression. His life changes after he revisits his childhood passion for acting. Will he find his own way?
Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography
This experimental film is a picture of Yerevan real life on the screen. The city and its diversity, different people living here are the focal point of this work. Every moment of the life is adapted to different moods, and we do not feel the flow of time.