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A village with a lot of tourism potential in the North of Moldova is facing pollution, migration and unemployment. At the same time, people find their own hobbies which bring them pleasure, they are having fun and are not giving up.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 23 min
Director: Maria Guțu
Experiencing a family drama, Alice and her little sister feel with intensity the pain and the sorrow of separation from their mother, the poverty and the shortcomings. In their village in Moldova, storks are with their families more often than the human parents.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 30 min
Director: Carolina Buimestru
Anatoli, a gym teacher in a school in Dondușeni, wants for his volley team to participate at the 2019 Voley National Championship between highschools, but an unforeseen circumstance messes with his plans.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 17 min
Directors: Viorel Plopa, Veaceslav Botezatu
The short documentary “Liberté, Égalité, Sororité”, produced by the young debutant în film directing, Natalia Rezneac, tells the story of three women from Moldova, who believe in female solidarity, who promote this attitude in their communities, who are active and support women, directly or indirectly. Patriarchy isn’t present any longer in many regions of Moldova, and feminism is becoming stronger in Zubrești and Manta villages, as well as in Chișinău. (Re)discover female solidarity in its pure and honest form, as presented by Maria, Violeta and Diana, the protagonists of the film.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 17 min
Director and producer: Natalia Rezneac
While investigating his grandmother’s mysterious death, Dragoș discovers a secret scientific experiment. He unveils the secret plan of Nikita Khrushchev to transform Moldova into the Soviet Garden through the application of atomic energy in local agriculture.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 76 min
Director: Dragoș Turea
Producers: Dragoș Turea, Marian Crișan
Swan Lake. Video cassettes. Kidnappings. A military man and a convict. Molotov cocktails and the 144 windows of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. What do all these images have in common?
All these images, combined with others, brought the independence of the Republic of Moldova.
An attempt to revisit history, to understand what happened and, most importantly, what could have happened.
2018, Republic of Moldova, 85 min
Director: Eugen Damaschin
Producer: Anastasia Primov
#Female Pleasure feature documentary portrays five courageous, smart and self-determined women, breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. With incredible strength and positive energy, Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav are fighting for sexual liberation and autonomy for women, beyond religious rules and cultural barriers. But their victory comes at a high price: they all have experienced public defamation, threats and prosecutions, have been excommunicated by the society they grew up in and even received death threats by religious leaders and fanatics.
These women decided to speak up and are the ultimate example on how courage, strength and zest for life can indeed alter societal structures.
2018, Switzerland, Germany, 97 min
Director: Barbara Miller
Producer: Philip Delaquis
What does it mean to live in the age of intelligent machines? In this playful quest, the filmmaker finds out how much of his creativity and human values are at stake as he builds his own robot to replace himself as a filmmaker. More than just an exposé on the pros and cons of new technology, the filmmaker’s journey takes him to the world’s leading AI experts and robot pioneers confronting them with existential question such as: will AI, infinitely smarter, interconnected and possibly self-aware, render humanity obsolete?
2018, The Netherlands, 65 min
Directors: Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
Producers: Bruno Felix, Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting
"Home Games" is a broken fairytale depicting a crucial moment in the life of Alina, a 20-year-old "million dollars baby" from Kyiv, whose passion for football has a chance of saving her from poverty.
Alina grew up on the streets in a poor suburb of the Ukrainian capital. While her parents were in jail for petty crimes, she started playing football with boys until a women's football trainer noticed her talent and signed her to Atex Kyiv, the only women's club in the city. Alina is now a pro player and it looks likely that she will be called up to play for Ukraine's national team. But suddenly, Alina's mum dies at the age of 39, leaving behind Alina's beloved half-brother and sister, Renat and Regina, 6 and 7 years old. Barely out of adolescence herself, Alina becomes a substitute mother. Alina's grandma tries to help but she's losing her eyesight. The dysfunctional family lives in a cramped one-room apartment.
For a while, Alina quits football. She soon returns, but will she find the strength to save her family and find her personal redemption?
2018, Ukraine, France, Poland, 86 min
Director: Alisa Kovalenko
Producers: Stephane Siohan, Maxym & Valentyn Vasyanovych, Miroslaw Dembinski
The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor”, as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.
2018, Latvia, Switzerland, Czech Republic, 95 min
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Producers: Natalia Manskaya, Gabriela Bussmann, Filip Remunda, Vit Klusak
"Listen" is a composition of the stories of three protagonists, members of the LGBTQ+ community from Moldova. Stories about family, about friendship, about school. Stories about love and fear. About the ability to empathize, about these small human things we all have in common.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 60 min
Director: Maxim Cuclev
Ioan-Matei Agapi, a charismatic documentary filmmaker in his 80’s from Iași owns a unique collection of 16 mm films documenting almost fifty years of Romania’s history. His daughter, also a filmmaker, has decided to make a film about her father's impressive archives. In the unconventional surroundings of his old apartment, he reminisces about the past until one day when Ioan is informed by a public officer that he must leave or be evicted from the apartment where he has spent 40 years. Ioan’s years of work suddenly transforms into a huge burden, and the film unexpectedly changes into drama, in which conflicts with city officials reveal old and hidden conflicts within the family.
2018, Romania, 69 min
Director: Nora Agapi
Producers: Nora Agapi, Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan
A documentary comedy on an unusual meeting of three neo-hippies from Berlin with Polish farmers from the Eastern Poland. What happens when alternatively living Berliners meet real farmers? Is the new healthy lifestyle only a passing fashion of rich city dwellers or can it really change the world? What does it mean today to be close to nature?
Ellen, Mario and Jon, 30-year-old members of a spiritual commune – the Spirit Center head east for holiday and work experience. They make longer stay in a small Polish village where they rent an old wooden cottage from the local farmer – Stanislav. They meditate, practice acro-yoga, wash naked at the well, eat vegetables found in the garbage bin of a grocery shop so there is less food waste on our planet. They also try to make contact with the locals.
For local villagers they are more exotic than any other people ever seen on TV.
Despite communication barriers, culture gap and different life philosophies – is there friendship and communication possible between the neo-hippies and the farmers?
2018, Poland, 78 min
Director and producer: Katarzyna Trzaska
Suburbs of Tel Aviv. Bnei Brak, world capital of the Haredim, the ultra-Orthodox Jews. When he was a kid, Menahem Lang was known for his kindness, his commitment to Talmud school and especially his golden voice, which made him a renowned performer of liturgical chants. But he was hiding a secret: for years, he was raped by members of the community that worshipped him.
After 10 years, Menahem returns to the scene of the crime. It is also a return to the places he loved, a path of initiation sprinkled with incredible encounters, recovered rituals... a reconciliation.
2018, France, 105 min
Director: Yolande Zauberman
Producer: Charles Gillibert
The latest film from award-winning director Anna Eborn, “Transnistra” is set in the self-appointed nation Transnistria, where, against an unforgiving landscape of Soviet heritage, a group of 16-year olds search for safety, freedom and meaning.
The film’s focus largely falls on Tanya, a headstrong and caring young woman who spends her time among a ragtag group of young males, each of whom seem to be in love with her, and while treating her as one of their own, alternately vye for her affections and wisdom.
Having not completed their school studies and unable to find work, the small crew spend their time exploring abandoned construction sites, often scaling structures with a daredevil sensibility and a youthful carelessness. As they descend to great lakes and spots of overgrown natural beauty, they discuss their hopes and dreams in good humour.
As Tanya attempts to engineer a future for herself outside of the country, these lovestruck young men begin to contemplate their own future which seems to offer frighteningly limited possibilities.
“Transnistra” is an intimate and vital account of young people on the margins, as well as a universal story of love, youth culture and coming-of-age in a complex, contradictory world.
2019, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, 96 min
Director: Anna Eborn
Producer: David Herdies
An ironic documentary film about the farewell to the phantoms of the USSR in Ukraine. The spiritual session with the ghost of Lenin guides us through our past, present and future. The film presents the dawn and the twilight of idols, and the curious afterlife of history’s ghosts. It is inspired by laws adopted in 2015 by the parliament of Ukraine which condemn the Soviet totalitarian regime and ban the use of Communist symbols.
2017, Ukraine, 11 min
Director: Svitlana Shymko
Producer: Yulia Serdyukova
Immigration resembles a postponed stage of the Lacanian mirror: a traumatic moment of distancing from your ideal ‘self’, from an imaginary mother’s uterus. “It is an insight of a negative kind that brings me knowledge which I will never lose. This film is a farewell to my old home, a mosaic of my childhood memories, and a weeping psalm to the identity which I left behind. It is also a celebration of the birth of a new person. In emotional pain I die to be re-born.”
2015, Ukraine, Canada, 6 min
Director and producer: Oksana Karpovych
Olena is going home, to the village on the frontline in the ‘grey zone’ of the Donetsk region where she spent her childhood. In the garden, her brother has planted mustard to prevent weeds from getting into their neighbours’ garden. The girl lies down in the prickly grass and recalls how big and tasty the apricots, cherries, pears used to be...
2017, Ukraine, 37 min
Director and producer: Piotr Armianovski
Sheep Hero tells the story of Shepherd Stijn, an outspoken idealist who may have been born in the wrong place and era. He feels at home on the quiet heathlands tending his sheep, far away from today’s hectic Western society. Stijn and his family fight to maintain their quiet and simple life, but this is proving to be increasingly difficult in a densely populated, modern world where the power of money and mass production outweighs good intentions and slow traditions. The family is heading towards a turning point: they can either continue their downward spiral or throw in the towel.
The beautiful images and storyline of the documentary clearly depict the constant physical and mental struggle of the protagonist as he tries to strike a balance between his ancient profession and being a modern-day entrepreneur. Stijn has to make a choice, does he keep on fighting the system or is there another option?
2018, The Netherlands, 81 min
Director and producer: Ton van Zantvoort
Do tomatoes taste better when they listen to the music of Richard Wagner? Elias, a small farming village in central Greece, is dying out. But two cousins team up with the village grannies to cultivate tomatoes. With a little help from Wagner’s music, the villagers export their little jars with organic tomato recipes across the world. The film follows the protagonists of this unlikely story, as they struggle to make their dream come true. Humorous and bittersweet, this surreal story speaks to us about the importance of reinventing oneself in times of crisis and the power of human relationships.
2019, Greece, 72 min
Director: Marianna Economou
Producers: Rea Apostolides, Yuri Averof, Spiros Mavrogenis
“Steps on the Border” is a documentary dedicated to our identity in its territorial definition. The film follows our current understanding of the place that we belong to and that belongs to us. It is a film about our history – old and recent – told against the backdrop of the border.
This documentary aspires to walking us freely on the border, exploring it. Gradually, exploration turns into a journey into history and towards others, coagulating around it the discovery of other “borderline” human experiences.
2019, Republic of Moldova, 72 min
Director and producer: Alecu Deleu
Werner Herzog and André Singer’s riveting documentary, filled with unforgettable archive materials and based on three long interviews, provides incredible access to, arguably, the world’s greatest living politician.
Now 87 and battling illness, the visionary Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, has mellowed and slowed down. Still, gently but resolutely, he is pushing towards his goals. Herzog, as on-screen interviewer, does not disguise his affection, celebrating Gorbachev’s three remarkable accomplishments: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. All of this in six years! One German diplomat sums up Gorbachev’s approach: “The process went so quickly that ... opponents were overcome by the reality of the situation.” Herzog and Singer remind us of the drastic and unforeseeable way the world changes.
2018, United Kingdom, USA, Germany, 90 min
Directors: Werner Herzog, André Singer
Producers: Lucki Stipetic, Svetlana Palmer
On April 23, after 11 days of mass protests, Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned. About how the opposition led by Nikol Pashinyan won – the film “Last Day!”.
Russia, 2018, 26 min
Directors: Aleksandr Rastorguev, Susanna Barandziyeva
Producer: Maria Gavrilova
These Russian teens take Cossack education in the city of Belaya Kalitva in the Rostov region. Every day they are being prepared to face an enemy and to go to war. At the same time they are still children with their childish perception of the world.
2018, Russia, 36 min
Directors: Aleksandr Rastorguev, Maksim Pakhomov
Producer: Maria Gavrilova
Julia, who is sixteen, lives in a barrack. Vanya - with his parents, in a five-storey building... Julia is expecting Vanya’s child but Vanya’s parents are against misalliance and do not let the couple on the doorsteps of their house. Vanya and Julia have no place of their own. Dysfunctional family relationship unfolds during the scandal when Vanya’s mother accuses him of stealing and drinking. To prevent youngsters from moving in, she raises the question if this is indeed her grandchild or somebody else’s. Meanwhile, Julia is taken to the hospital.
Surviving long and painful labour, she comes back to Vanya with the swaddle decorated with laces and ribbons. Inside of the swaddle is the result of her victory, a tiny daughter, a new life that she brought into this unsettled and grim reality.
2001, Russia, 46 min
Director: Aleksandr Rastorguev
Producers: Nataliya Manskaya, Vitaly Mansky
Every morning during the last 25 years beach photographer Evgeniy and his camel, bought in Kalmyk steppe, are on their way to their habitual working place – a beach at the Black Sea shore, a world of naked people. To be more correct: nude people, in all meanings of this word – nominal as well as figurative.
The film shows a variety of characters, which shape a unique portrait of the state of the human world in which we live. Both irony and melancholy, cleanliness and meanness, love stories and betrayal, life and death are depicted in their development.
2005, Russia, Germany, 174 min
Director: Aleksandr Rastorguev
Producers: Nataliya Manskaya, Vitaly Mansky
The feature documentary “The Term” combines a few plotlines of the main heroes of the anti-Putin opposition and shows them against the background of popular riots and news reports about Putin’s whims. The film observes them from a very close distance — but still in a detached manner, giving the viewers a chance to come to their own conclusions. It doesn’t strictly follow the historical chronology, It focuses on the evolution of the inside world of the characters. The Term’s main heroes are Alexei Navalny, who went all the way from an anti-corruption blogger to the alternative presidential candidate; Ksenia Sobchak, a glamorous TV star and allegedly Putin’s goddaughter who switched to the opposition; her boyfriend — the liberal opposition activist Ilya Yashin; the left radical politician Sergei Udaltsov; and the punk art band Pussy Riot, well known all around the world. The camera captures them at the protest rallies and in the court-room, on the streets of Paris and on the stage, in police trucks and at parties, at their work offices and cafes.
The Term is a story of the fight for justice and ascension to the popular glory, a story of love during wartime, a story how the protest becomes the meaning of life.
2014, Russia, Estonia, 82 min
Directors: Alexander Rastorguev, Alexey Pivovarov, Pavel Kostomarov
Producers: Alexander Rastorguev, Alexey Pivovarov, Pavel Kostomarov, Sarkis Orbelyan