The program of the main feature films competition of the 25th MIFF "Listapad"
MAIN FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Surreal tragicomedy. A series of odd coincidences has left Lukas, an interpreter for a military checkpoint inspection tour, stranded near a remote village in the south Ukrainian steppe. With nowhere to turn, this city boy finds shelter at the home of a colorful local named Vova. With Vova as his guide, Lukas is confronted by an anarchist universe beyond his imagination, a world in which life seems utterly detached from any identifiable structure. Fascinated by his host and his host's daughter Marushka, Lukas’s contempt for provincial life slowly melts away and sets him on a quest for a happiness he never knew could exist.
Serbia, France, Croatia, Iran, Qatar
Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying to make his way in a country scarred by the war. He knows that once the job is over, he will need to return home and face the consequences of his actions.
THE GENTLE INDIFFERENCE OF THE WORLD
After her father’s untimely death, Saltanat is forced to trade her idyllic countryside life for the cruel city. Friends since their village childhood, her loyal, but penniless admirer Kuandyk follows her just to make sure his sweetheart is safe.
Irina is a part-time waitress in a small Bulgarian town. On the very same day when she is fired, her husband gets into a serious accident. Irina’s family is trapped in poverty. To make ends meet, she becomes a surrogate mother. Fights, despair and the seed of life growing in her belly bring on another wave to this rough and wrecked life. Slowly, Irina discovers what it means to love and to forgive.
CORE OF THE WORLD
Egor is a vet at a training facility for hunting dogs in a remote region of the country. Surrounded by foxes, deer, badgers, and dogs, he lives in a small building next to the house of the facility’s owner. He treats the dogs, cleans the kennels, oversees the workers, and meets with clients and their dogs. It’s easier for him to get along with dogs than with people. Egor is willing to take on any job to get closer to the facility’s owner and his near and dear. He wants the impossible – to become a member of that family.
THE THIRD WIFE
In 19th century rural Vietnam, 14-year-old May becomes the third wife of wealthy landowner Hung. Soon she learns that she can only gain status by asserting herself as a woman who can give birth to a male child. May’s hope to change her status turns into a real and tantalizing possibility when she gets pregnant. Faced with forbidden love and its devastating consequences, May finally comes to an understanding of the brutal truth: the options available to her are few and far between.
Karabas is a difficult man: a hard-gambling, hard-drinking, child-in-a-man’s body who puts only himself first in his family. When his wife #1, Zhipara, calls to tell him she has found their long-lost son, Uluk, Karabas rushes to her, much to the dismay of his much younger, pregnant wife #2, Turganbyubyu. Soon the new family dynamics are stretched past their limits, and Karabas is caught between his old ways and the two women bearing his sons. Shot on location in and around the mystic World Heritage Site of the Suleiman Mountain in Osh, Kyrgyzstan, the film is the coming of age story of a grown man who must first lose love in order to find it.
He Xiaoping faces discrimination because of a family scandal. She hopes to start over in a new place, but finds that the shame has followed her to Chengdu. Liu Feng is well-liked within the group but he has unrequited crush on the lead solo Lin Dingding. Liu Feng experiences the pain of rejection and is expelled from the group when he makes an unwelcomed advance on her. He Xiaoping is heartbroken because she had secret feelings for Liu Feng… Each of the members of the art troupe all learn lessons in this coming-of-age story. Their paths have led to different places and different experiences.
ASH IS PUREST WHITE
China, France, Japan
Qiao is in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, she fires a gun to protect him. Qiao gets five years in prison for this act of loyalty. Upon her release, she goes looking for Bin to pick up where they left off.
ONCE UPON A TIME IN NOVEMBER
Warsaw, November 2013. Marky collects his mum from a cottage on an allotment in the outskirts of Warsaw where she’s been living. It’s too cold to stay there so they head for the city, taking with them mum’s companion – a stray dog called Mate. They lost their flat in the city centre because of the city hall’s brutal housing policies. Then mother even loses her place in the homeless shelter because Mate isn’t allowed there. She chooses to remain homeless rather than lose her beloved pet. To her son’s astonishment, Mum ends up moving into a squat. Meantime a huge nationalist demonstration begins in the city…
“I DO NOT CARE IF WE GO DOWN IN HISTORY AS BARBARIANS”
Romania, Czech Republic, France, Bulgaria, Germany
A young artist Mariana Marin is planning to reconstruct a historical event from 1941, during which the Romanian Administration through the Romanian Army carried out an ethnic massacre on the Eastern Front. Thе film ingeniously updates Hannah Arendt’s incisive work on the banality of evil. Employing an uncompromising narrative form à la Godard, it demonstrates that committing brutal acts is not the only path to barbarism, for even a mere stunted conscience is enough to lead a person to it.
Spain, UK, Germany
Yuli is the nickname given to Carlos Acosta by his father Pedro. From a young age, Yuli ﬂed any kind of discipline and education; the streets of a run-down neighborhood in Havana was where he learned most of his schooling. But Pedro knows his son has natural talent and forces him to attend Cuba’s National Dance School. Against his will and despite his initial indiscipline, Yuli ends up being captivated by the world of dance, and from childhood he will begin to forge his own legend, as one of the best dancers of his generation, often breaking tabus and becoming the frst black artist to dance Romeo in the Royal Ballet in London.