In the feautre movies competition, which featured 9 films, the jury represented by Ayse Polak, Tanja Vrvilo and Tristan Priimagi has awarded the following:
LOS ÚLTIMOS CRISTEROS / THE LAST CRISTEROS
Mexico – Netherlands
The jury has chosen a film that tells a story of a futile fight. A film that uses cinematically beautiful language to play out the final episodes of a lost cause, a failed revolution.
L’ESTATE DI GIACOMO / SUMMER OF GIACOMO
Italy – France – Belgium
For the special mention the jury has chosen a film Summer of Giacomo that enigmatically opens the narrative with describing the end of the summer of youth through the haptic sensations.
In the short film competition, which features 38 movies, the jury, represented by Stephanie Görtz, Ana Hušman and Rasmus Merivoo has awarded the following:
Jan van Ijken
People love them and pamper them. Simultaneously they torture them, kill them, eat them: Animals. The Dutch photographer and filmmaker Jan van Ijken transferred this fundamental schizophrenia of contemporary life in an absorbing and convincing way into film.
Vedran Šamanović / Sanja Šamanović
A film who’s simple framing and mounting procedure notes and observes everyday life. The gesture which runs through all elements is minimal and unnoticeable but firmly grounded.
In this film, Johan Rijpma captures life, playing with one of the most simple everyday objects – a tape roll. With great sound and camerawork, we appreciate its simple, original and funny idea – an idea that, acutally, works!
Ayse Polat, Germany
Born in Malatya, Turkey. In 1978 she immigrated with her family to Hamburg, Germany. From 1990-1995 Ayse studied philosophy and German literature. After making numerous award-winning short films, she made her first feature film in 1999, „Auslandstournee“ and in 2004 her second feature film „En Garde“ which won several awards e.g. Silver Leopard for Best film and Best actress at the Int. Film Festival in Locarno, Switzerland. In 2010 she directed her third movie „Luk´s Luck“. She is preparing her next movie „My Berfin“. Ayse lives and works in Berlin.
Tristan Priimägi, Estonia
Born in 1976. Studied Semiotics in the Tartu University. He graduated with a BA in 2001, specializing in Film Semiotics. After a long stint in ad agencies, started working for the Estonian Film Foundation.
A member of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival selection board. Organizer of DocPoint Tallinn Documentary Film Festival.
Tanja Vrvilo, Croatia
A performer, filmologist and film curator. Graduated acting at the Academy of Drama Arts, is currently at postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. As a co-author and a performer, she works with neo-avant-garde performer Damir Bartol Indoš / The Extreme Music Theatre. She is the founder and artistic director of Film Mutations: Festival of Invisible Cinema, an international festival-symposium on the politics of film curatorship, which in its fifth edition entitled The Ethical Point of Film.Serge Daney was held from Dec 1 – 6, 2011, in Zagreb and Rijeka. She translates and writes about film and performance art, and she has curated many long-term and festival programmes for an internationally connected discourse on film art and culture.
Stefanie Goertz, Deutschland
Born in 1968, studied film & media and communication studies. After some
years as a theatre dramaturg, since 1999 she has been working as a freelance curator, media consultant and journalist for different festivals and institutions, such as the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund / Cologne, dfi – documentary film initiative, Kinofest Luenen, Goethe Institute, WDR, Filmfestival Muenster,
Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.Producer of the documentary “Lena, Stella, Ümmü and
the Others” in 2009.
Ana Hušman, Croatia
Born in Zagreb in 1977. Studied multimedia and art education at the Academy of fine arts in Zagreb, Croatia, graduating in 2002.
Attended a number of Croatian and International festivals and shows. At the moment, working at the Academy of fine arts, in the department of animated film and new media. She received many international awards for her last works.
They have been shown at festivals and exhibitions including Medienturm Gallery (Graz), On the Eastern Front, in Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Arts (Budapest), “lucy” bodig & ART ON STAGE, URA (Istanbul), Stuttgarter Filmwinter; International Film Festival Rotterdam, 25 FPS International experimental film and video festival (Zagreb); DOK – International film festival for documentary and animated film (Leipzig, Deutschland).
Rasmus Merivoo, Estonia
A young filmmaker from Estonia, who has directed a bunch of short films, lots of commercials, a few music videos and one feature named “Buratino – Son of Pinocchio”. He is mainly known for his thesis film “Alien – Saving Valdis in 11 Chapters” that reached a cult status for its raw and humorous portrayal of a well known subculture of bullies, who like to tune cars and listen to loud bass driven music.Rasmus is now in the middle of his second feature and giving lectures to film enthusiasts all over the world.
What do we know about Estonian film?
It is hard to expect people to know anything about it in a different part of the world.
Estonian Film is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. We have had some really tough times in the past, but somehow the art of filmmaking has survived, and victoriously presents around ten new feature films in the year 2012 – twice as much as usual.
Estonia has always been on the cultural and geographical frontline of different opposing sides, a connecting spot between East and the West, Left and Right, Catholic and Orthodox. Through wars, power struggles and conflicts, Estonians have somehow been able to preserve their own language and culture, although their own country has often been taken away and annexed by some foreign power. Estonia’s 100 year long film history reflects a culture of disruption and turmoil and is a small calling card for the whole nation’s constant struggle for self identification.
I am personally very happy, that Split Film Festival has chosen Estonia to be its festival country of focus. Despite coming from different regions of Europe, we share a certain part of history, and we are always glad to strengthen the ties with the Adriatic region film world. With your generous help, we can let people in on Estonian cinema and show some films, that they would probably not see otherwise.
Another reason to celebrate is that Split Festival has made an excellent choice amongst the recent Estonian film titles.
The feature films of recent times are introduced here via a social drama “The Graveyard Keeper’s Daughter” and the film Letters to Angel.
Complementing the two features are two full-length documentary films – a social activism account “The New World”, and a recent Estonian classic about the impact of the Finnish television to Soviet Estonia called “Disco & Atomic War”. Add to that a diverse shorts program and we have a full package that I am proud to present here.
I wish you all the best for the festival, come and see our films and enjoy a piece of Nordic cinema.
Head of International Relations
Estonian Film Foundation
www.efsa.eeSulev Keedus - KIRJAD INGLILE / LETTERS TO ANGEL (ES) 110min
Estonia, 2011, 35mm, 110 min
LETTERS TO ANGEL
Jeremia Juunas Kirotaja, a Soviet Army deserter who was declared lost in action during the Afghan War, is returning to Estonia to attend his father’s funeral. On his way home, he stops in a small town where his ex-wife used to live. During his short stay there, Jeremia is drawn into a chain of events which seem beyond his control. He tries to remain a bystander but fails because the place is run by the women of the town. They control what happens next. Or is it just in Jeremia’s head – it is hard to tell. Even his daughter Angel whose cry he once heard on the phone in Afghanistan may turn out to be a fantasy, a jeremiad in the head of a Muslim man.
(1957) took advanced courses for directors and screenwriters in Moscow in 1987-1989. He is a director of 3 feature films and 10 documentaries.Recent filmography: Georgica (1998, feature), Somnambuul (feature, 2003), A Family (documentary, 2004), Tormis‘ Sledge of Song (documentary, 2005), Jonathan from Australia (documentary, 2007).Jaak Kilmi - DISKO JA TUUMASODA / DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR (ES) 80min
DISKO JA TUUMASÖDA
Estonia, 2009, Digital Beta, 80 min
DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR
The film tells the story of a strange kind of information war, where a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children’s world-views in those days – in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. Disco and Atomic War offers its own version of recent history, mixing spy games into a human tragicomedy.
Born in 1973. Graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University as a film director in 1998. His filmography includes features, short films and documentaries. His documentary films and commercials have won several international awards. Filmography, documentaries (all with co-director Andres Maimik): Big Sister (2000), Beauty of the Fatherland (2001), Eternal Smile (2003), A Living Force (2003), The Art of Selling (2006); Other: Choose Order (co-director ESTO-TV, 2004, doc), Revolution of Pigs (co-director Rene Reinumägi, 2004), Touched by the Unknown (2005), The Elusive Miracle (2006, short).Katrin Laur - SURNUAI AVAHI TUTAR / GRAVEYARD KEEPER’S DAUGHTER (ES) 98min
SURNUAI AVAHI TUTAR
Estonia, 2011, 35mm, 98 min
GRAVEYARD KEEPER’S DAUGHTER
Lucia is leading a jolly and naughty Pippi-Longstocking-style life in a small town in Estonia. Her father Kaido, a graveyard keeper, can hardly provide for the family, her mother Maria is a drunk.
Then the family receives an unexpected invitation to spend a week in Finland, in the house of the female pastor Sirpa.
This week will change everybody’s life in unexpected ways…
She studied film directing at the legendary Moscow Film Academy, VGIK, in the class of Prof. Sergei Gerassimov (1977-82). After graduating with diploma summa cum laude, she did not see a chance for herself to work under the Soviet censorship, and emigrated to Germany. She has lived in Germany and Switzerland, working as a scriptwriter and director, journalist and script consultant. In 2005 she started working in Estonia again and in 2006 her family film „Ruudi“ was produced, which was successful at the box office and at numerous international festivals. The following year she founded the production company Content Providers in Tallinn, with which she is also producing documentary films. She now lives and works in Estonia and in Germany, as a filmmaker and professor of filmmaking.Jaan Tootsen - UULS MAAILM / THE NEW WORLD (ES) 89min
Estonia 2011, Video, 89 min
THE NEW WORLD
Theme: social issues. People call them crazy hippies, but they call themselves the New World Society. At first, all they wanted was to change their neighborhood into a peaceful, car free zone. But their wishes grew and their methods changed. The film follows four years of the society’s fight against city officials and angry neighbors, the growth and wane of the youth’s energy and new beginnings.
This is the anatomy of a revolution: a story about young people, relationships, and growing up. The film was selected as the Best Film of the Year by the Estonian Film Critics’ Association in 2011.
Born 1975. Studied at the Estonian Institute of Humanities and graduated from Tallinn Pedagogical University. He is working as a program editor in Estonian Radio. He has directed several documentaries, compiled over 100 radio programs.
6 CLASSIC ESTONIAN SHORT DOCUMENTARIES
TALLINNA SALADUSED / THE SECRETS OF TALLINN, 1967, 17 min 48 sec
RUHNU, 1965, 10 min 21 sec
TALUPOJAD / PEASANTS, 1968, 17 min 52 sec
511 PAREMAT FOTOT MARSIST / 511 BEST PHOTOS OF MARS, 1968, 14 min 33 sec
KODUKÜLA / HOME VILLAGE, 1969, 10 min 25 sec
PIKK TÄNAV / PIKK STREET, 1966, 9 min 51 sec,
Duration: 79 min
Estonian Film Foundation
EESTI FILMI SIHTASUTUS
ESTONIAN FILM FOUNDATION
EFF was established in 1997 by the Government of Estonia as a private legal institution with the task of
• Financing Estonian film production
• Establishing and developing international film contacts
• Promoting Estonian films at home and abroad
• Supporting the training of Estonian filmmakers and audiovisual professionals
• Creating and maintaining Estonian film databases.
EFF is financed from the state budget. The EFF budget for 2011 is € 3.43 million to be used for financing the national film production, including features, shorts, animation, and documentaries.
Estonian Film Foundation represents Estonia at international film festivals, markets and organisations. Estonia is a member of MEDIA Plus, European Audiovisual Observatory and Eurimages.
EFF operates under the auspices of the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
TALLINNA PIMEDATE ÖÖDE FILMFESTIVAL
TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL
14 – 28 November, 2012
PÖFF is an international film festival founded in 1997. PÖFF is the biggest and the only film festival in the Baltic countries that is recognised by FIAPF since 2006 as an associated festival. From international networks PÖFF is a supporting member of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) and a member of the Alliance of Central and Eastern European Film Festivals (CentEast). PÖFF is a unique event combining the main programme and sub-festivals. Main programme includes international competition programme EurAsia and regional competition Tridens Baltic Nordic. Informative side programmes include fiction and documentary features from previous 2 years, retrospective of a filmmaker, genre or studio, and focus on a country. Festival includes also several networking and training events, as well as Black Market Industry Screenings and co-production market Baltic Event. PÖFF aims to present Estonian audiences a comprehensive selection of world cinema in all its diversity with the emphasis on European films, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience, Estonian filmmakers and their colleagues from abroad. Black Nights Film Festival also develops the first online Business 2 Business platform Black Market Online (www.blackmarketonline.eu) and film market for the film industry in the Baltic, Scandinavian, Central-Asian, Caucasian and Russian territories. In 2011 festival had its 15th birthday – there was over 73 000 visitors altogether, 260 full-length films, 266 short films and 697 screenings.
The Special Festival Award for the outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the moving image goes to Pedro Costa.
Born in Lisbon, quits History studies to follow the classes of filmmaker António Reis at Lisbon Film School. His first film O SANGUE / BLOOD was premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in 1990. His most recent film SWEET EXORCIST is part of the omnibus feature HISTORIES with Manoel de Oliveira, Aki Kaurismaki and Victor Erice. His work has also been presented at a number of festivals, galleries and museums around the world.
CARTAS A JULIA, 1987, short
O SANGUE / BLOOD, 1990
CASA DE LAVA, 1994
OSSOS / BONES, 1997
NO QUARTO DA VANDA / IN VANDA’S ROOM, 2000
DANIÈLE HUILLET, JEAN-MARIE STRAUB, CINÉASTES, episode of the collection CINÉASTES, DE NOTRE TEMPS, 2001
ONDE JAZ O TEU SORRISO? / OÙ GÎT VOTRE SOURIRE ENFOUI? / WHERE DOES YOUR HIDDEN SMILE LIE?, 2002
6 BAGATELAS, 2003, short
JUVENTUDE EM MARCHA / COLOSSAL YOUTH, 2006
TARRAFAL, short, in O ESTADO DO MUNDO / THE STATE OF THE WORLD, 2007
THE RABBIT HUNTERS, short in MEMORIES, JEONJU DIGITAL PROJECT, 2007
NE CHANGE RIEN, 2009
O NOSSO HOMEM / OUR MAN, 2010 short
SWEET EXORCIST, short, in HISTORIES, 2012
JUVENTUDE EM MARCHA
Portugal/France/Swiss, 2006, 35mm, 155 min
Many of the lost souls of Ossos and In Vanda’s Room return in the spectral landscape of Colossal Youth, which brings to Pedro Costa’s Fontainhas films a new theatrical, tragic grandeur. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in a low-cost housing complex in Lisbon, who has been abandoned by his wife and spends his days visiting his neighbors, whom he considers his “children.” What results is a form of ghost story, a tale of derelict, dispossessed people living in the past and present at the same time, filmed by Costa with empathy and startling radiance.
Ivan Ladislav Galeta - Croatia
DVA VREMENA U JEDNOM PROSTORU / TWO TIMES IN ONE SPACE, (1976/1985), Sutjeska film, 35mm, b/w, 16:9, 12 min
SFAIRA, 1985-1895 (1984), Zagreb film, 35mm, b/w, silent, 1:13710 min
WATRE PULU, 1869 1896 (1988), Filmoteka 16, 35mm, colour, 1:1,37, 9 min
PíRâMídas, (1972/1984), Bela Balazs Studio, 35mm, colour, 1:1,37, 12 min
WAL(L)ZEN, (1977/1989) Autor/Filmmaker, 35mm, colour, 1:1,37, 7 min
Ivan Ladislav Galeta
He lives in the village Kraj Gornji, near Zagreb. He graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Zagreb (1967), followed by a degree in Fine Arts from the Faculty of Teacher Training (1969) and Pedagogy from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb (1981). From 1977 to 1990, he was the manager of the University of Zagreb Students Multimedia Centre (MM), the first systematic venue for the screening of national and international experimental film and video art in Croatia. He was the founder and manager of the art cinema Filmoteka 16 (1991-1994). He initiated the introduction of animation (2000) and new media studies (2004) at the same Academy. In 1993 he became an associate media lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, and since 2007 he has been a full-time professor. He has been making films since 1969 and videos since 1975. From 1973 he has been exhibiting objects-installations, photographs-installations, expanded cinema presentations, video and TV works, texts, sound installations, spatial interventions, environmental projects and actions. In the mid 1990s he adopted an environmental approach to art with references to Henry David Thoreau, Karel Čapek, Masanobu Fukuoka, Bill Mollison, James Joyce, Bela Hamvas, Claude Monet and others. His works are kept at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, Centre Georges Pompidou, Oberhausen, Croatian Film Clubs’ Association… He has won numerous awards, including a medal of honour by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of the French Republic in 1999.
RESISTENZA E POESIA / RESISTANCE AND POETRY
Simone Massi - Italia
Simone Massi does not spare himself: he draws and recounts his work with the simplicity, sincerity and poetic instinct that distinguishes his work and his entire life. His workshops are truly magnificent. Full of interesting aesthetic ideas, but also ethical issues (old fashioned): fatigue, the dignity of work, the courage not to compromise. Stuff that in Italy in these times, makes smile the cynical, the clever and the artists “graduate” and sponsored. The work of Simone (the result, but also the way in which it reaches, a drawing after another, stubbornly, freely, putting even two years to 8 minutes of animation) is good for the soul and mind.
Fabrizio Tassi, film critic
DELL’AMMAZZARE IL MAIALE / ABOUT KILLING THE PIG, 6’00”, 2011
NUVOLE, MANI / CLOUDS, HANDS, 8’00” ***, 2009
LA MEMORIA DEI CANI / THE MEMORIES OF DOGS, 8’00”, 2006
IO SO CHI SONO / I KNOW WHO I AM, 3’00”, 2004
PICCOLA MARE / TINY SEA, 4’00”, 2003
TENGO LA POSIZIONE / GETTING IN POSITION, 4’00”,2001
PITTORE, AEREO / PAINTER, AIRPLANE, 4’00”, 2001
ADOMBRA / FORESHADOW, 11’00”, 1999
KEEP ON! KEEPIN’ ON!, 2’00”, 1997
NIENTE / NOTHING, 1’30”, 1996
RACCONTI / TALES, 1’30”, 1996
MILLENNIO / MILLENIUM, 1’00”, 1995
IN APRILE / IN APRIL, 1’00”, 1995
IMMEMORIA / UNMEMORY, 1’00”, 1995
Born in Pergola (Italy) on May 23rd,1970. An ex-worker, of peasants’ origin, Simone has been trying, in a clear-cut way, for the last 15 years to turn his passion for drawing into a profession. After getting his degree in Animated Cinema from the State Institute of Fine Arts of Urbino, he began to work as a free-lance animator.
Despite the difficulties he encountered working as an independent animator (he draws entirely by hand), he made a dozen short animation films that have been shown in 54 countries, collecting over 200 awards. An hour of his animation is made up of fourteen small films, seventeen years of work and thirty-thousand drawings.
Ivan Ladislav Galeta
WATCHING AND SEEING
First there has to be an ‘objective’ reality in the conditions that enable seeing. Then there have to be eyes, as the instrument of sight that receives and transfers the sense to the nervous sight center. However, that is not enough: if consciousness is not present in a given moment, we can receive visual information but are not aware of it – which means that we actually do not see it. It is here for us but we do not recognize it because we are absent in spirit. ‘The spirit’, says the author, ‘is a carrier, too. Its task is to convey a sense to the mind – the latter one being the determining power. The mind is the one that decides about what has been placed in front of it. And yet, that is not enough, either. The mind must carry the sense further and submit it before the ruler of the body – the human soul as the king. After it sees what has been submitted before it, the soul gives orders what to do and what not to do’.
DO WE NEED INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS… CASH OR ART ?
Interactive discussion on the issues of intellectual property rights protection, as well as similar rights within the framework of audiovisual industry. The forum represents a part of this year’s varied Pegaz intellectual property rights educational programme for Croatian film authors, producers and performing artists… again supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC). For years there had been no real opportunity for education or discussion on the issues of intellectual property rights (apart from the thematic workshops organised by Pegaz every year at the Split Youth Centre), and our aim for this specialized forum was to have participants from all areas, not only film, but also musicians, artists, writers, theatre artists and different film production contributors – mainly authors, but also performers and cultural entrepreneurs.
Stribor Jurčić, opyright expert
Graduated from The University of Zagreb Law School. Having joined law and music (author of cca 200 works) he dedicates himself to copyright in which, after a short engagement on Croatian national TV (HTV), he reaches his full development and affirmation in Croatian Composers’ Society (HDS) and after that as director and spiritus movens of his own copyright agency Pegaz Auctoritas Ltd. Zagreb which he develops in various directions and in all artistic areas, especially in copyright education.
DISEGNO IN SOTTRAZIONE / DRAWINGS IN REMOVAL
The workshop aims to give an idea of the work behind the animated film, showing the audience how a drawing is born from a blank sheet, one of the thousands of frames the animated film is made up of.
ETHICAL AND TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF FILM RESTORATIONS
A lecture following the premiere screening of SAVE THE FILM – documentary World War II footage by Antonio Peraica.
Restoration of films is primarily an ETHICAL issue. A restored film should look authentic as much as possible and should resemble the film the authors would produce if they could use the state-of-the-art technology of the period.
Gabor Pinter, a filmmaker himself and also the Head of Archive Projects at the Hungarian Filmlab, gives a lecture on the ethical and technical aspects of the major digital and analogue film restorations and preservations carried out at the Hungarian Filmlab over the past decades.
Analysing the major restorations done at the Hungarian Filmlab, Gabor Pinter will give an insight into the challenges of film restoration and illustrate them using examples from the special presentations at Giornate di Cinema Muto in Pordenone, Cinema Ritrovato in Bologna, Special Screenings in Budapest and on other occasions.
IMAGES OF RESISTANCE
A talk on film images that want to change things. “Cinema, which is the art with the closest ties to life, is the most political art”, said Jean-Marie Straub. This proposal for a strategic focus on images that produce fissures in the governing history of cinema follows Foucault’s thought on the swarm of focuses of resistance: “In relation to power there is no single locus of great Refusal, no soul of revolt, source of all rebellions, or pure law of the revolutionary. Instead there is a plurality of resistances, each of them a special case: resistances that are possible, necessary, improbable; others that are spontaneous, savage, solitary, concerted, rampant, or violent; still others that are quick to compromise, interested, or sacrificial; by definition, they can only exist in the strategic field of power relations.” Actualizing the ultimate text on strategies of film resistance “Film as Subversive Art” by Amos Vogel and challenging the ultimate film on impossibility to show images Here end Elsewhere (Ici et ailleurs) by Jean-Luc Godard and Anne-Marie Mieville, Nicole Brenez and Philippe Grandrieux have began to document the moving focuses of resistance in avant-garde and political film of the present. This resisting relation is announced by the title It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve (Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi), two-folded detournement of poetical and political reflection on exile in the film Prisoner-Terrorist (Yûheisha – terorisuto) by Masao Adachi, a filmmaker who stayed “elsewhere” for nearly three decades, into poetical and metafilmic reflection on his return by Philippe Grandrieux. With questions by Nicole Brenez: “Why make an image, which one, and how? With and for whom? Be it an image of an event (the death of a man, a war, a massacre, a fight, an encounter), how to edit it and decide in which context and perspective to place it? Which other images does it confront? Under history’s gaze, which are the missing images and which will be the indispensable ones? To whom should one give the right of speech, and how to reclaim this right if we are refused it? Why? In other words, what history do we want?” Adachi’s filmic process of self-revolutionizing with Grandrieux’s supplementary “and” is the first encounter of their resolve to show (the beauty of) the missing images.
A talk in connection with a film It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve – Masao Adachi by Philippe Grandrieux
Thailand, 2011, RED 4k, 113 min
I CARRIED YOU HOME
Two estranged sisters realize they have been caught up in a modern world and have lost the meaning of family, as they transport their mother’s dead body from Bangkok to their hometown in the deepest south of Thailand.
Combining his interest in films with his education, Tongpong received his BA in Motion Picture and Video from Rangsit University in 2001, and continued writing and directing short films and documentaries before joining the Post-Production company, Soho Asia. There, he worked as an Assistant Colourist and then as a Telecine Colourist for more than two years until he decided to join the MA course at The London Film School from where he graduated in 2007.
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L’ESTATE DI GIACOMO
Italy, France, Belgium, 2011, HD, 75 min
SUMMER OF GIACOMO
It’s summer in the countryside of northeastern Italy.
Giacomo, nineteen, deaf since childhood and Stefania, his childhood friend, sixteen, go to the river for a picnic. Like in an enchanted fairy tale they get lost in the woods and find themselves in a heavenly place, alone and free, during an afternoon that seems to last a whole summer. A minimalist meditation on youth and friendship.
He was born in Pordenone, Italy, in 1982. He studied film direction at the National Institute for Spectacle Arts in Brussels, Belgium. His documentary short ‘Jagdfieber’ (2008) participated in the Directors’ Fortnight of the Cannes Film Festival.
+33 4 75 94 34 67
Germany, 2012, HD, 74 min
The motorway has been shut. Mobile fences dissect the landscape. Helicopters keep abreast of the situation above maize fields and freshly ploughed farmland. Rows of portable toilets line the edge of the forest; others are grouped in compact, rectangular units out on the fields. Police stand in front. Helicopter landing pads have been set up, roads laid across the countryside, broadcasting towers erected and containers stacked on top of each other. Stages are being constructed; police cadets march to and fro. Down on the red carpet, the minister president and her husband are being assisted with their rehearsal in front of a gangway which leads into nothingness, while the motorcade rehearses the VIPs’ journey through the closed-off city. Helicopters 1-6 are ready. What’s happening?
He was born in Berlin in 1955. Between 1978 and 1983 Heise studied at the Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg (HFF/B). His first film, the documentary ‘Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film’ (‘Why a Film About These People’) – produced entirely with materials bought on the black market – was banned from public screening. Heise broke off his studies. Since 1983 he has worked as a free-lance writer and director in the areas of theatre, audio drama and documentary. Until the end of the GDR all his documentary efforts were however either blocked by what was – in official jargon – called ‘operative means’ or destroyed or confiscated. Heise found an artistic home at the theatre, where he cooperated closely with author and director Heiner Müller. Between 1987 and 1990 he acquired his MA at the Berlin Academy of Fine Art. He was a member of the Berlin Ensemble until 1997, where acted as contributing director for a number of productions. Since the beginning of the 1990s Heise’s documentaries have attracted national and international attention. Since 2007 he is teaching as a Professor for Film and Media Art at Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe.
+49 341 215 66 38
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Colombia, 2011, HD, 80 min
A hard-working woman with two children and a drunkard for a husband.
In the mornings, Choco works in a gold mine along the San Juna river. In the afternoons she cleans clothes for richer families. And when her daughter turns 7, the only thing Choco wants is to buy her a birthday cake. A humble wish that could change her life.
Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza
Born in Quibdó in Colombia in 1975, he has been producing films for fifteen years. In 2003 he founded the film production and production services company ANTORCHA FILMS S.A.S. CHOCÓ marks his directorial debut.
MEMENTO FILMS INTERNATIONAL
+33 1 53 34 90 20
Morocco, 2011, 35mm, 105 min
Casablanca, July 1999. With longtime monarch Hassan II on his deathbed, there is an air of uncertainty weighing on Morocco – and especially on one marginalized young man, M’key. M’key finds a surrogate father figure in “pit bull” police commissioner Daoud and finds love with the enchanting Rita, but Rita is kept under close watch by her gangster brothers, and Daoud has a dark tie to Rita’s past.
Born in Casablanca on 13th of April 1977. After legal studies, he changes orientation and begins a career of writer, playwright and script-writer. He is a prize-winner of Grand Prix 2M of Literature for the Science fiction novel as well as of multiple prizes of short stories and poetry. In 2002, he wins the Mohammed Reggab prize of the scenario and realizes his first short film ‘Géometrie des remords’. In 2006 he becomes the artistic director and writing director of ‘Film Industry’, he oversees the creation of 17 films within the framework of this ambitious project. He manages to combine his director’s activity (music videos, commercials and other creations besides the fiction) as well as the writing activity in association with other directors.
+33 1 43 58 08 04
LOS ÚLTIMOS CRISTEROS
Mexico, The Netherlands, 2011, 35mm, 90 min
THE LAST CHRISTEROS
At the end of the nineteen-thirties, a small band of men and their Christero colonel refuse to accept amnesty, instead continue their fight against religious persecution and their right to practice their faith. Matias Meyer’s ‘The Last Christeros’ tells the valiant story of these soldiers of Christ, the last men standing against the Mexican army, with diminishing food and provisions, as they continue their journey against an arid and forbidding landscape.
Born in Perpignan (France) in 1979, studied at the La Sorbonne University in Paris. He graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Mexico) in 2006. In 2002, he received a special prize from UNAM for the documentary ‘San Vicente de chupaderos’ and in 2003, he started attending documentary film department at FEMIS. His first feature film, ‘Wadley’, premiered at Rotterdam in 2008. ‘El Calambre’ is his second feature film. ‘Los últimos cristeros’ was selected for Open Doors (Locarno 2008), received the best project award in Rondas Ficco 2008 and was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund.
+1 323 309 4856
China, 2011, HD, 90 min
SONG AND MOON
This is a story about the Dong ethnic minority in China.
After graduating from high school, Xing was living a peaceful life at home, in a Dong Minority Village. When Fei, the young man she secretly loved, came back from the city with a girl named Lu, Xing was heartbroken. Unfortunately, Fei’s mother did not like Lu and Lu took off. Xing knew that Fei would leave soon as well, so she decided to go to the city with him. However, her grandpa forbids her from doing so. She didn’t know the reason until her mother told her the sad love story of Xing’s aunt and Fei’s uncle. One day, Fei did something terrible, and he had to leave. Finally he left without telling Xing. When Xing found out about this, she ran away without telling a word to her family.
She was born in 1987. She is a part of the Dong ethnic minority in China. Wu Na graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in 2009. SONG AND MOON is her first film.
Indie Workshop, Beijing
+86 135 2254 1098
SHIIKU / GIBIER D’ELEVAGE
Cambodia, 2011, HD, 110 min
THE CATCH / GIBIER D’ELEVAGE
1972, An American plane bombs Ho Chi Minh runway before crashing in the Cambodian mountains. The children of an isolated village capture the sole survivor, a black pilot.
Cambodian filmmaker, Rithy Panh, born in 1964 in Phnom Penh, currently lives in France. In 1975 he was interned in Khmer Rouge rehabilitation camps and escaped to Thailand in 1979. In 1980 he arrived in Paris where he ultimately graduated from the French National Cinema School. His first documentary feature film ‘Site II’ was awarded Grand Prix du Documentaire at the Festival of Amiens.
+33 1 53 10 33 99
CATALUNYA ÜBER ALLES!
Spain, 2011, HD, 101 min
CATALUNYA ÜBER ALLES!
An ex-convict, an unemployed immigrant and a successful businessman are the three main characters of this portrayal of inner Catalonia. Three stories showing a conflicting society forced to reinvent itself or collapse.
He graduated in Philosophy at the Universitat de Barcelona, and completed a three-year Direction Program at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya (C.E.C.C.) Film School. He made his debut in filming working as a co-scriptwriter and co-director of ‘Joves’ (2005), a film that received 3 awards for the Premis Ciutat de Barcelona 2005 (later called Gaudí). He worked in Los Angeles as a commissioned scriptwriter until he managed to make his first film as a solo director, ‘Negro Buenos Aires’, which was released worldwide at the Mostra de Cinema Llatinoamericà de Catalunya de Lleida, in Spain. He is also the co-scriptwriter of ‘Trash’, a film directed by Carles Torras. In 2010, Ramon Térmens and Victor Hernández Torner started Segarra Films, a film production and distribution company based in Barcelona.
+34 649 88 51 83
Austria, 2011, DigiBeta, 8 min
Some time ago, the XXX emblem designated the strictest of film censorship categories. Now we find this XXX (even with an exclamation mark added to it) serving as the title to a film. Branches of trees waving in the wind, a wig, a skull, Teletubbies, a whiskey bottle and some other objects follow each other in close-up: Do these things have XXX restrictions imposed on them because they are so sinister and obnoxious?
Born in 1947 in Linz. From 1967-72 he studied painting at the University of Fine Arts/Linz. Professor at the University of Fine Arts/Linz. Drawing + painting, experimental films and photography. Numerous film screenings and exhibitions at home and abroad.
+43 1 526 09 90 0
Spain, 2011, 35mm, 5 min 20 sec
Someone hides in your building in search of help. He knocks on doors. You don’t know who it is. You want to open the door and help him. You are scared. You are alone.
He was born in Barcelona. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the University Ramon Llull, while he currently extends his cinematographic studies at the CECC and the International school of cinema of San Antonio de los Baños-Cuba. In 2009 he filmed ONA (2009, 11′, 35mm B/W), his first short film. Not having yet completed its course of the movie festivals ONA has been selected in more than 100 festivals, exhibited in over 20 countries and has received 20 international awards. In addition it has been viewed in festivals of the stature of Clermont Ferrand or Cannes.
+34 927 248 248
India, 2012, HDCAM, 10min 35sec
Industrialization is slowly creeping into the villages of west Bengal and all the farmlands are taken over to build industries. A boy from a small town of west Bengal is against all the industrialization and raises his voice against it through posters. His defiance makes all the political mafias want to stop him. Although he manages to escape these attempts, his friend and his uncle’s tea shop turn victims to the bigwigs because of his rebellion. Subsequently the boy goes missing and his uncle and friend gets into trouble.
Born and brought up in a small town called ‘diamond harbour’ next to river Ganga near Calcutta in West Bengal. Studied art and design at the Srishti School of Art Design and Technology in Bangalore, specialising in digital video production. Based in Bangalore and Calcutta.
+91 99339 05640
Russia, 2012, DigiBeta, 3 min 15 sec
A war film. This piece is a visual illustration of what hermeneutics is. With the cunning use of WWII footage it makes you believe that you are watching a proper war film. When you already expect the usual archive movie routine — everything changes. And you find yourself watching a completely different film.
Alexei Dmitriev is an ex-English and literature teacher, now visual artist, curator and programmer.
HEX SUFFICE CACHE TEN
Germany, 2012, HD, 12min 42sec
HEX SUFFICE CACHE TEN
An exploration of cinematic space within an implosion of cerebral space. This surreal tale of aliens, experiments on humans, video games and mutation is showering the unsuspecting viewer in visual and aural stimuli from planet Fleisch.
Born 1972 in Koblenz (Germany). He made his first film experiments with his dad’s Super 8 camera when still in school. Later he studied experimental film with Prof. Peter Kubelka at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. Thorsten Fleisch works with digital and analogue film. With materials such as the body, crystals, fire and electricity, he worked directly on 16 mm film strips. In 2003 Fleisch received an Honorary Mention at Prix Ars Electronica in Linz (Austria) for his computer animated film Gestalt. High voltage is the centre of his work Energie! for which he has won international acclaim.
+49 30 45023072
Portugal, 2012, HD, 22min
Beautiful, truly Portuguese seascapes swept before my eyes. Tied up in these images was my youth, my paradise lost. The vast sea, the beach, the people, all waiting, all dying gently, sadly, beautifully. Life and death were being recorded here as a whole: death as a part of life, a cosmic change, a transformation.
Born in Lisbon in 1973. He studied philosophy in college and in 2008 he directed ‘Alpha’, his first short film. He produced the experimental short film ‘I Know You Can Hear Me’, a film within a film – a film within the first John Rambo film, ‘First Blood’, directed by Ted Kotcheff in 1982. He’s just finished the short film ‘The Waves’. He lives in Lisbon and works as a director, writer and continuity supervisor.
AGENCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency
Belgium, 2012, DV, 12 min
15 months after a dreadful accident with a bull, the legendary bullfighter makes his come back in the bullring of Valencia. Thousands of supporters gather to watch José Tomas.
Born in Arles on 24 April 1979, French director and screenwriter. He discovered photography in high school before turning to film. Between 1998 and 2000, he co-directed three short films. He studied in Belgium at the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) between 2001 and 2005. He lives in Brussels where he divides his time between television (RTBF) and his own projects. His last movie Moonshine (Mauvaise Lune) has just received four prizes at the Brussels Short Film Festival and the Court en dit long festival in Paris.
+32 2 539 2357
Portugal, 2012, HD, 22 min
The mountain range burns under the August heat.
A firefighter woman falls, swallowed by the soil.
The broken body survives as it can.
Outside, night sets in.
Born in Lisbon, on 21st of February, 1984. Studied photography at Ar.Co and Film Directing at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. Since 2007 she has been working as a film editor, having collaborated with, amongst others, Marco Martins, João Pedro Rodrigues, Tiago Guedes, Frederico Serra and João Salaviza.
AGENCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency
Paul Hage Boutros
Lebanon, Sweden, 2011, HD, 7 min 8 sec
A mirror represents a permanent structure of subjectivity, such as a camera represent a permanent structure of the director subjectivity. By putting the camera in front of a mirror and recording a daily activity from the eye of the mirror, the roles of subject and object between director and camera are neutralized.
The video shows the encounter between a self-conscious being and a non self conscious object, where the director is engaged in a struggle with the camera in order to enslave it, only to find that this does not give him the control over the machine he had sought.
Paul Hage Boutros
Born in 1982 in Lebanon, Beirut.
Studied Mechanical Engineering at the American University in Beirut. Worked and developed own practice with video and mixed media. In 2010 moved to Goteborg, Sweden to complete the master’s degree in fine arts. Participated in different group and solo shows. His works were shown at the Beirut Art Center, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Rencontres Internationales film festival.
Canada, 2011, HD, 4 min 8 sec
Fire used as a visual and musical tool.
He creates music using visual systems. Born in 1989 in Montreal, Canada, he studied filmmaking at CEGEP Saint-Laurent and music composition at the Université de Montréal. His musical short films have been shown in numerous music and film festivals around the world, including the Ottawa and Annecy animation festivals and during the closing ceremony of the Flanders Festival in Ghent.
+1 514 521 2116
Austria, 2011, DigiBeta, 8 min
When filmmakers use existing footage as a raw material for their work and subject it to, for example, physical and chemical processes, the original material’s narrative remnants resist deformation and abstraction, thereby producing a new subtext.
Born in 1963 in Basel/Switzerland.
Lives and works as director, cinematographer and producer in Vienna.
+43 1 526 09 90 0
Croatia, 2012, HD, 10 min
Public institutions, waiting rooms, public transportation are places of different names, but of the same character. In them one stays in order to be somewhere else. These are places “in between”, the places of temporality and exclusiveness which communicate to everyone in the same way, conventionally, without interest for individuals. One feels anxiety and “solitude echoing millions of others” (Marc Augé). Or perhaps feels a relief offering anonymity of a temporal identity? Does one wish for a change in this relationship or merge with nonidentity? Do the “non-places“ exist for ourselves? Do the “non-places“ exist because we need them?
Graduated from the School of Design at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Zagreb. Starts pursuing photography and video during her studies. Takes part in exhibitions at home and abroad (Salon mladih, Small&Special Glasgow, Magdalena Maribor, BIO Ljubljana, Zagrebački salon, Izložbe HDD-a, Europe 2020, Today for tomorrow, Zgraf), as well as local and international festivals and programs (Dani hrvatskog filma, Tabor film festival, 25FPS, Aster Fest, Alternative, Beograd, Festival des Nouveaux Cinemas, Paris, NewMediaFest). A member of the Croatian Designers’ Society and Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association. Works and lives in Zagreb.
Ankica Jurić Tilić
+385 1 231 6787
LATE AND DEEP
Norway, USA, 2011, HD, 16min 44sec
LATE AND DEEP
Dark North. Clarity upon waking. Beneath an expanse of sky, a night of flesh absorbed in fever.
Born 1982. Worked as a camera-assistant on Sharunas Bartas’ ‘Eastern Drift’ (Indigene d’Eurasie). His first film ‘Boundary’ (2009), was named one of the top ten films of the last decade by John Gianvito in CinemaScope’s ‘Decade in Review’, and screened at renowned festivals such as IDFA, EMAF, Courtisane, Rencontres Internationales, and the Paris Festival of Different and Experimental Cinemas where it won the Special Prize of the Grand Jury. ‘Late and Deep’ premiered at the 68th Venice Film Festival in the Orrizonti section.
+1 646 785 2517
Austria, 2011, DigiBeta, 10 min
On the surface, this film describes a day in the life of a family. Yet the protagonists have considerable difficulty in coping with their everyday life. Confronted with no gravity, the family ensemble becomes unstable and the hierarchical structure begins to dissolve.
Born in 1967 in Austria. Videoartist, participated in various exhibitions and international short film festivals. Studied New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with Peter Kogler, at the University of Applied Arts with Isabelle Graw and in the Open Class.
+43 1 526 09 90 0
Hong Kong, 2011, HD, 6min
Shot over a three-month period, this movie documents a small Tokyo apartment before and after the East Japan earthquake and the ensuing nuclear outbreak in 2011. The ordinary apartment, a seemingly uneventful domestic space, suddenly becomes a mirror of both a collapsing physical reality and a shaken personal state, creating an intertwining parallel between the external and the psychological that reflects the panicking times of the great catastrophe.
He is an experimental filmmaker, media artist, art educator and independent curator. His works, ranging from experimental videos to live film performances and media installations, have been showcased extensively at international festivals. Currently he is Associate Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His recent works explore performative and computational forms of cinema.
[ S ]
Germany, 2011, , 11min
[ S ]
This film is about the free interpretation and imagination of the sibilant character [S]. In this film, objects are transformed into each other: body – snake – waterfall – stone, accompanied by hissing sounds.
Born 1983 in Seoul. She was educated in Visual Design and Philosophy at the National University in Seoul. After she graduated she moved to Cologne to continue studying at the Academy of Media Arts. Her videos have since been screened at many international galleries and film festivals, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Alternative Film/Video Festival Serbia.
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
+49 2 21/2 01 89 330
UK, 2011, HD, 7 min
Film about contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the theatre of everyday life around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this former concentration camp.
A graduate in Applied Social Sciences from Warsaw University, Łukasz went to Film School in Katowice. From 2008 to 2011 Łukasz worked as a cinematographer for Artur Żmijewski, an artist and filmmaker. He took part in projects which were shown in esteemed film festivals (e.g. IDFA in Amsterdam) and art galleries (e.g. Museum of Modern Art in New York). In 2011 Łukasz directed ‘Places of Transformation’ – an investigation into how the political transformation has changed districts of Berlin, Gdańsk and Kiev. He joined the National Film and Television School in the U. K. in January 2011 to further his knowledge in documentary filmmaking.
Moldoseit Mambetakunov / Artykpai Suiundukov
Kyrgyzstan, 2011, DVCAM, 26min
Under the threat of a landslide, yak herders have to move to another, safer place. For them this long and difficult way is habitual, however a traditional nomadic way of life starts to be threatened by the modern civilization and very soon it may be absorbed by it. Nomads are moving to the mountains, being dissolved among the whiteness of the snow. This film is a nostalgic view of the severe yet wonderful world which is leaving us.
Born in 1952. Graduated from the Kyrgyz State Institute of Arts. Specialised at the Kyrgyz National State University. Directed and produced a number of TV films, performances and programmes.
Born in 1947. Worked as a lecturer, script-writer and an assistant director. In the period 1978-2005 he directed more than 20 documentary films, the most notable are ‘Among People’ (1978) and ‘The roads met’ (1987). Presented with more than 50 international awards for art direction.
Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University
+996 772 040017
Germany, 2011, 16mm, 10 min
We see blackness: A huge hole opens up in front of us. We see whiteness: Slowly, it fills up with salt. We find ourselves on a river barge and sail down the Rhine. The landscape changes, but we hardly become aware of it. Reality exclusively takes place on board. We see light and shadows creeping over the deck, we hear engines rumbling under it. The immediacy of heaviness and labor on board and the unreal ease of the seen let us swim.
Born in 1980 in Göttingen
Since 2008 – postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne / Faculty of Film.
2006 Guest studies at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh
2005 Guest studies at Színház és Filmmüvészeti Egyetem in Budapest
2002-2007 University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund / Cinematography-Class
2001-2002 Clapper/Loader at Studio Hamburg
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
+49 2 21/2 01 89 330
Japan, 2011, 16mm, 8min
This work is a consideration of the visual expression by Dot. Although Dot is a basic element for constituting a graphical image, it does not necessarily exist as an object which can be touched by hand in actual space. I represented the Dot as a basic element and main matter in this movie, by fixing various kinds of dots on a movie film and editing them. It seems that Dot is thinking about the existence of itself.
Born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1977, lives in Cologne, Germany. Active as a scholar in the field of visual media and as an artist whose focus is mainly on the theme of dissecting and reconstructing the composition of the moving image. Uses visual media tools of personal expression and is involved in local activities such as screenings and workshops.
Rosa Peris / Mercedes Peris
Spain, UK, 2011, digital, 4min 18sec
A man and a woman uncover each other, taking off their skin as an intimate act. They are interrupted by two children who attend the Love School. The figures are floating in a weightless space where they describe curve trajectories and sinuous movements, generating the visual continuity which characterises this short film.
Born 1984 in Valencia. Interdisciplinary artist, expressing movement in drawing and animation. Studied Fine Arts at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2007), where she studied animation and completed the Master’s degree in Artistic Production. Studied animation in several workshops. Currently she is writing a doctoral thesis on artistic and experimental animation; her mentor is Carmen Lloret (artist and university professor).
Born 1984, Valencia. Graduated Fine Arts at Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (2007), where she completed the Master’s degree in Artistic Production (2009). Studied artistic animation, specialises in the expression of movement in fine arts. She is currently a research grant holder, participating in the research group Fine Arts Expression of Movement, Animation and Lightkinetics, and is writing a doctoral thesis on this subject. She did an internship at the Spanish School of History and Archaeology in Rome (2011).
Universitat Politècnica de València
+34 676 29 92 94
Finland, 2012, digital, 8min 18 sec
Laws of physics get distorted in this epic animation, where a spiralling organism mutates and reforms itself from primary structures to chaotic noise and harmonic kaleidoscopic formations. Explosions of light and cacophonic electronic music follow a miracle of synthetic life, evolution and afterlife.
Brothers Juha (b.1978) and Vesa Vehviläinen (b.1974) are Helsinki-based visual artists and musicians working with digital music and video. The video works by Pink Twins are usually processed on Framestein, video software developed by Juha, and combined to a soundtrack of Pink Twins music. Live Pink Twins deliver improvised digital soundscapes, often with video screenings.
+358 50 435 6092
Germany, 2011, HD, 11min 11sec
The short film Intrusion does not tell a classical story. The main focus lies on the visual design, which has the intention to convey a mood. The motives and the associative dramatic composition are reminding of dream sequences, nightmares or hallucinations in which the uncanny and the curious are staged; Unrealistic, seemingly disparate, yet interrelated scenes that poke, like an intrusive recurring traumatic experience, into the mind of the powerless spectator.
Born 1984 in Herford, Germany in a Polish family. Completed her studies of photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts / Department of Design, Dortmund, Germany. She concentrates on conceptual complex stage designs with people, fashion and opulent production designs, implementing her ideas into practice. Participating in offered cinematography-courses, she had the possibility to expand her studies, finally starting to create her own film projects. The short film INTRUSION is her diploma thesis.
+49 173 713 5182
Austria, 2011, HD, 4 min 15 sec
The structure of the song “Melody” by the Viennese electronic duo KILO (Florian Bogner and Markus Urban) is translated into pictures. This creates a composition consisting of various classical analogue animation techniques. The individual samples of the music are embodied by objects, paintings and drawings and move according to the different rhythms of music, until they disappear to make room for the next animation track. The moving objects relate to earlier analogies of music into visual forms in the film history and in the artistic approaches to synaesthesia and challenge the well-established expectations of motion picture.
He was born in 1979 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. From 2001 he lives in Vienna, where he studies at Academy of fine art in the class of Conceptual Art. His main artistic work is animation art since 2003. After making several narrative animation films in the past, his current works deal mostly with artificial synaesthesia in animation film.
+43 660 651 1870
CO RAZ ZOSTALO ZAPISANE
Poland, 2011, 35mm, 11 min
WRITTEN IN INK
The main protagonist is a homeless, alcoholic living in the dregs of society. He is a tattoo enthusiast, with almost all of his body covered in ink. Each tattoo resembles a different story, of which there were many. Despite the uneasy position he finds himself in, he is trying to take his life in his own hands once again and make up for the wrong he did in the past. After many years apart he is trying to reconnect with his siblings. Although his sister ignores his telephone calls and his brother doesn’t want to speak with him, he doesn’t give up hope that something may still change in his life. Martin Rath’s beautifully shot documentary shows how difficult it is to erase from the memory what has already happened in the past by revealing how deeply each new experience marks one’s life.
He grew up in East Berlin. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and is currently studying at the Directing Department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He is an author of short fiction film ‘Like Father like Son’ (2009). ‘Written in Ink’ is his first documentary.
Ankica Jurić Tilić
+385 1 231 67 87
The Netherlands, 2011, HD, 2 min 39 sec
Large groups of tape rolls go through an unpredictable process of development and degeneration, all on their own and without any explanation. The extremely slow paced life of these objects is being revealed within an isolated space where everything is based on a balanced symmetric structure. From this orderly state deviations and differences in behaviour suddenly appear and result in unpredictable compositions and movements that seem to resemble natural phenomena.
Born 1984. He’s a student at the Utrecht School of the Arts (Faculty of Art, Media and Technology) in Hilversum. By making short films, music videos and animations, he studies his unpredictable environment.
EYE Film Institute
CHILES EN NOGADA
Austria, 2011, DigiBeta, 18 min
CHILES EN NOGADA
‘Chiles en nogada’ is a traditional Mexican dish. Its colors are those of the country’s flag, and of its history: red, white and green, and vice versa. The opposite, the Other, and its reflection is the film’s essence and what sets it apart.
Born 1967. Lives and works in Vienna. Produces video -and sound experiments in the context of performance, installation and cinema. Specializes in feedback video and video / sound interaction using monitors, cameras, video mixingdesks, a self-built videosynth, computer and turntables for video and sound generating.
+43 1 526 09 90 0
BLOW THEIR HEARTS OUT
USA, 2011, HD, 4min 5 sec
BLOW THEIR HEARTS OUT
The beautiful brutality of horse racing.
She has had her experimental video works ‘Blow Their Hearts Out’ and ‘Last Friday in April’ shown at the Media City International Film Festival in 2011 and 2012. Her specialities are motion graphics, video editing, graphic design, corporate identity.
India, 2012, DV, 25min
The film is an exploratory and personal document on the nature of film and cinema as an alchemical substance and a form that celebrates it’s own transitory existence, is a flicker of the breathing moment that admits its changes, its scars & discolorations, its degeneration and eventually its death; experiences light as a palpable medium. The endeavor is to engage with film in a performative act to create accident and magic through “the sleight of hand & trick of the eye examined and scrutinized for the beauty of its possibility, its knowledge explicated, and its reflective vitality celebrated. Its inner workings, proof of the science of sublime insight.”
24 years of age, comes from Amritsar, Punjab. She completed her B.A (Hons.) in English Literature at the Lady Sri Ram College for Women, Delhi University in 2008. She is currently in her final year (P.G Diploma in Film Direction) at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune. She was selected to attend FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague) for a semester as an exchange student in the Direction Department, in Feb 2011.
+91 963 711 10 83
Portugal, 2011, HD, 7min 16sec
In the beginning the idea was to make something from nothing, in a neutral and unknown place. Collect images and sounds instead of producing them.
The camera, the microphone and the mini-amplifier: tools that take away and then give back. We defined a rule: the sound shouldn’t illustrate the image and the image shouldn’t absorb the sound. Less than a hundred kilometres from Reykjavik we found Strokkur. A scar on the Earth that insists in not healing, gushing from the depths. We came closer. For three days we saw and heard the internal dynamics of the crevice: the boiling water that spat out every seven minutes and the thermal shock, given the eighteen degrees below zero of the atmosphere.
Born in Lisbon in 1984. He studied cinema at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema in Lisbon and completed his studies at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. His first short film, “TWO PEOPLE”, 2005, was selected for several festivals and won the Take One Award in Vila do Conde. In 2009, with “ARENA”, he won the Palme d’Or for best short film at the Cannes Film Festival and the award for best Portuguese short film at IndieLisboa. He participated in several renowned international festivals such as Tribeca, Rotterdam, London and Pusan (PIFF).
AGENCIA – Portuguese Short Film Agency
UK, 2011, HD, 5 min
20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.
Semiconductor is UK artist duo Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. Through moving image, sound and multi-media installations they explore the material nature of our world and how we experience it, questioning our place in the physical universe. Their unique approach has won them many awards and prestigious fellowships such as the Gulbenkian Galapagos, Smithsonian Artists Research and the NASA Space Sciences. Their work is part of several international public collections and is exhibited globally including; Venice Biennial, The Royal Academy, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, BBC, The Pompidou and The Exploratorium.
+44 (0)20 7503 3980
Hungary, 2011, HD, 8 min
Two men in the night are waiting for their greatest hit…
Born 1980, graduated literature & film at the ELTE University Budapest, he is now doing a PhD on art theory at ELTE. He works as a freelance photographer, journalist and filmmaker, making mostly documentaries and short films.
UK, 2011, HD, 12 min 16 sec
Jimmy McIntosh, MBE, campaigns daily for disabled rights. Nothing can stop him, especially not his own Cerebral Palsy. A day in the life of Jimmy McIntosh, seen from his point of view.
He’s an award winning filmmaker and was the winner of the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Short Film with TRACKS. His debut feature FIRES is in development with Creative Scotland. He was awarded a Screenwriting Residency with Playwright Studio Scotland, Creative Scotland & Binger FilmLab to work alongside industry mentors over a series of residential workshops to develop his feature screenplay SHOWS. He has also directed numerous music videos for artists including Arab Strap, Alex Smoke, Thirteen:13, The Delgados and King Creosote, and commercials for brands including Scottish Rugby, Glasgow Rangers and Stoli.
Scottish Documentary Institute
+44 131 221 6116
Vedran Šamanović / Sanja Šamanović
Croatia, 2011, HDV, 16min
Film about escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in order to experience the rehabilitative environment that a rural holiday home can provide. The authors watch life unfold from the terrace on which they spend a good deal of their summer holidays. They observe seemingly meaningless events that are neither scandalous nor surprising. Only one rule is followed. Namely, the few square meters that terrace provides are the only positions that the camera can shoot from.
(1968 – 2009). Graduated from the department of cinematography at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Throughout his tragically short but fruitful career he directed and filmed numerous experimental, fiction and documentary films and received many awards for his work. He also worked as a director of photography on multiple feature films. From 2007 he worked as a Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Šamanović was also the founder and director of Zagreb’s OneTake Film Festival.
Born 1970. She has been a member of Kinoklub Zagreb since 1996, producing her own films, and has worked as a producer of music videos, commercial and experimental films. She was a co-director of the experimental documentary ‘The Way Out’. For two years she has been a Coordinator of the One Take Film Festival, acting as the festival director since 2011.
+385 98 842 002
Poland, 2011, HD, 6 min
An elderly couple living in two different worlds. Will they find a way to communicate?
>He studies cinematography in the National Film School in Lodz, Poland. His passion for the photography and filmmaking begun while he was studying psychology in Poznan. His films were shown at a number of Polish and foreign festivals (Camerimage, Cortomate, Dwa Brzegi). Cinematography in his short film ‘Sacrament’ was awarded at the Polish festival Lodzia po Wisle.
+48 50 415 7905
Finland, 2011, digital, 2 min 40 sec
When darkness arrives in the central park mysterious light phenomena begin their dance.
He works with collage and painting and turns this mixture into a moving, spatial animation.
+358 50 435 6092
Jan van Ijken
The Netherlands, 2012, HD , 30 min
Why do we look away from millions of animals in industrial farms while pampering and humanizing others? In the film Facing Animals pigs, chickens, cows and dogs are the protagonists, humans are the antagonist. We see the world from the perspective of the animals: chicks are thrown onto a conveyor belt, a lady is cuddling a cow in a meadow, piglets are screaming while their tails are cut off, dogs are blessed in a church. The stunning, often confronting, visuals take the viewer on a roller coaster of emotions. It becomes clear how complex and often bizarre the relationship between man and animal often is.
Jan van Ijken
Born 1965. He’s a documentary photographer and filmmaker. He is specializing in personal photo- and film projects. Characteristic for his style is the use of natural light and photographing/filming people as natural as possible, with an eye for detail and composition.
+49 341 2156638
SHORTS PROGRAMME SCREENING SCHEDULE
16/9/2012 PROGRAM 1
Semiconductor 20 Hz
Balazs Simonyi FINALE
Dmitriev Alexei HERMENEUTICS
Hage Boutros Paul MASTER-SLAVE DIALECTIC
Gaivao Mariana SOLO/SOIL
Popović Adnan TINAMV 1
Mambetakunov Moldoseit/Suiundukov Artykpai KOCH/NOMADIC
17/9/2012 PROGRAM 2
Salaviza Joao STROKKUR
Hund Harald APNOE
Oshima Keitaro THINKING DOT
Rath Martin WRITTEN IN INK
Camarasa Pau ADENTRO/INSIDE
Peris Rosa/Peris Mercedes – LIBIDINIS
Van Ijken, Jan FACING ANIMALS
18/9/2012 PROGRAM 3
Michaelsen Florian SALZ/SALT
Rijpma JohanTAPE GENERATIONS
Twardowski Maciej ROZMOWA/CONVERSATION
Horan Devin LATE AND DEEP
Fortunat-Rossi Méryl APARICION
Vaittinen Timo CENTRAL PARK
Fonseca Miguel AS ONDAS/THE WAVE
SRoisz Billy CHILES EN NOGADA
19/9/2012 PROGRAM 4
Hammel Johannes JOUR SOMBRE
Smith Martin JIMMY
Fleisch Thorsten HEX SUFFICE CACHE TEN
Hallée Renaud COMBUSTION
Herceg Miranda OD DO/FROM TO
Pink Twins MIRACLE
Sadana Jessica ATE ROLL
20/9/2012 PROGRAM 5
Plaskura Natalie INTRUSION
Brehm Dietmar XXX!
Chaudhury Sutanoy PADI/CROSSING
Ip Yuk-Yiu PANIC ROOM
Konopa Lukasz AFTER
Šamanović Vedran/Šamanović Sanja TERASA/TERRACE
Kim Sunjha [S]
Rudnick Rhonda BLOW THEIR HEARTS
ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR
UK, 2011, HD, 90 min
ROMAN POLANSKI: A FILM MEMOIR
The life affirming story of both the man and the filmmaker. With touching sincerity and unprecedented access Polanski dialogues with his friend and producer Andrew Braunsberg about his childhood growing up in the Warsaw ghetto, his film career in both Europe and America culminating with the Academy Award for The Pianist, the tragedy of his first wife Sharon Tate, the controversy surrounding his arrest in 1977 and his life in France to this day with Emmanuel Seigner. Featuring many excerpts from his distinguished filmography.
Born 1962 in France. In the early Eighties, Bouzereau moved to New York and worked in several areas of the independent film industry. In addition, he wrote his first book, THE DE PALMA CUT, a study of the cinema of director Brian De Palma.
Laurent Bouzereau moved to Hollywood, California in 1990 and worked in feature film development for Bette Midler at Disney Studios, while continuing writing books on cinema (Including the recently published THE ART OF BOND and ALFRED HITCHCOCK: PIECE BY PIECE.) In 1994, Bouzereau wrote, directed and produced his first of many documentaries for Steven Spielberg, hence joining the home entertainment revolution. Bouzereau has directed, written and produced hundreds of documentaries on the making of the biggest films in the history of Cinema, by some of the most acclaimed directors of all-time, including: Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, Warren Beatty… and Roman Polanski. He has received several awards and was named one of the top 50 leaders in the field of New Media by The Hollywood Reporter for two consecutive years.
The Festival Agency
Catherine van Campen
The Netherlands, 2011, HD, 52 min
In the documentary Painful Painting, director Catherine van Campen sheds light on the extraordinary working method of painter Ronald Ophuis and the tense relationship between art and reality in his work. In the film, the artist portrays the intensely violent games that child soldiers in Sierra Leone played with female prisoners during the recent civil war. After a trip to Africa, he used actors to re-stage a number of these extreme scenes in his studio to then paint them on a large canvas.
Given his subject matter, Ronald Ophuis has a special place in Dutch painting. His paintings with extreme human suffering provocatively examine our tense relationship with violence. Unafraid of self-analysis, Ophuis appears to be convinced that there is violence in all of us…
Catherine van Campen
Born 1970. Lives and works in Amsterdam as an independent radio presenter and documentary filmmaker. For her debut film, ‘Eternal Mash’ (2007) she won the IDFA Completion Prize 2006 for most promising film plan. The film premiered at Idfa. In 2009 Van Campen made her second film with the award winning script ‘Drona & me’; a short documentary about two brothers that toured around the world. Last year Van Campen made her third film ‘Flying Anne’, a short documentary about eleven-year-old Anne who suffers from Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome. The film won six international awards, including Best Short Documentary at Hot Docs 2011 (Toronto, Canada) and Best Short Film 2011 at the International Film Festival Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland).
+31 76 514 08 71
IL SE PEUT QUE LA BEAUTÉ AIT RENFORCÉ NOTRE RÉSOLUTION – MASAO ADACHI
France, 2011, HD, 75 min
IT MAY BE THAT BEAUTY HAS STRENGTHENED OUR RESOLVE – MASAO ADACHI
This movie responds to the magnificent series of André S. Labarthe and Janine Bazin’s, ‘Cinéastes de notre temps’, our series pay homage to known and unknown filmmakers, who took part, with rifles, cameras or both, in social struggles for freedom during the 20th and the 21th century, as well as to those who nowadays keep on fighting against dictatorial systems. Daring and often heroic authors, portraying stances of persistence and courage, where cinema meets collective history, these filmmakers struggling for liberation and often following a romantic destiny, frequently faced censorship, prison, and death, and nowadays sink into oblivion.
Philippe Grandrieux (1954, Saint Étienne) showed his first video installation in Brussels as early as 1976, when the medium was just emerging. Since then he has divided his time between experimental work, documentaries and programmes for the cultural TV channel Arte. In 1990 he launched the ‘Live’ studio, in which he produced a series of one hour long shots by Robert Kramer and Robert Frank among others.
Berlin/Paris/Berlin (1987), Azimut (1989), Cafés (1992), La roué (1993, short), Gert Jan Theunisse (1993, short doc), L’industrie du rêve (1994), Jogo do Bicho (1994), Retour à Sarajevo (1996), Sombre (1998), La vie nouvelle (2002), Un lac (2009), Il se peut que la beauté ait renforcé notre résolution – Masao Adachi (2011)
+ 33 (0) 6 87 14 38 29
Minze Tummescheit / Arne Hector
IN ARBEIT (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3)
Germany, 2012, DVCam, 148 min
IN ARBEIT (PART 1, PART 2, PART 3)
A documentary series, a filmic investigation of the reality, possibilities and limitations of collective action. The communicative process of researching becomes the films’ focus. We have begun a series of interviews in several European countries. Members of the different groups travel with us to meet and engage with other collectives.
Through nine different encounters, an image of cooperative practices in various areas of society emerges. We explore how self-organization is perceived, how it functions, and how each group pursues its principles despite practical constraints. Each episode uses a different filmic form appropriate to the context and the group portrayed.
Born on 7 October 1967 in Lima, Peru. She works as a filmmaker in Berlin.
Born on 20 August 1970 in Eschwege. He lives and works in Berlin as a filmmaker, cameraman and editor.
They founded the production company Cinéma copains in 2000. In 2009 they were involved in founding the collective film Laboratory LaborBerlin.
+49 30 44718649
DESPITE THE GODS
Australia, 2012, HD, 85 min
DESPITE THE GODS
Jennifer Lynch is well known for making bold, if not ill-fated, choices in her filmmaking career. But nothing could prepare her for the unmapped territory of Bollywood-Hollywood movie making, where chaos is the process and filmmaking doubles as a crash course in acceptance and self-realization. In 2008, Lynch travels to India to direct ‘Hisss’, a tale about the snake Goddess Nagin. Surrounded by a wonderful team of un-trained but willing Indian crew, her twelve-year-old daughter, and a cast of Bollywood stars, Lynch does her best to stay sane and guide the production through a minefield of disasters with uncensored candor.
She shoots and directs documentary films and music videos. She is currently directing an independent feature documentary shot over 8 years about real-life superheroes called Ordinary Wonderlands, and a musical documentary project in Kabul. In 2010, Penny was shortlisted for the Shots Magazine Asia Pacific New Director Award for her one-take music video, Precious. Since then, she has made a series of single shot dream-themed videos to accompany Appleonia’s debut album, ‘Oh’. ‘Despite the Gods’ is Penny’s first film.
+33 1 44 59 63 53
THE COLORS THAT COMBINE TO MAKE WHITE ARE IMPORTANT
Canada, 2012, HD, 119 min
THE COLORS THAT COMBINE TO MAKE WHITE ARE IMPORTANT
Explores the power structure within a failing Japanese glass factory. Two parallel storylines involving the investigation of a suspected employee and that of a stolen painting converge to reveal an exposition on gender and desire.
He’s a Vancouver based artist primarily working with computer animation. He graduated from the Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts majoring in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious; developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a characters’ self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles. His films have been screened throughout Canada and Internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Anthology Film Archives, Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Pleasure Dome, MOCCA, Whitechapel Gallery, and the Tate Modern.
+1 604 916 0324
Colombia, Argentina, France, 2012, 16mm, 69 min
It’s a film about the hypnotic extenuation generated by the body movements of sugar cane cutters in the Valle del Cauca (Colombia). Corta is a contemplation film of the gestures of hand labour while the surrounding plantations disappear, a pure cinematic experience about the natural and everyday ritual of a timeless world.
He holds a degree in Film Editing from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, in
Rome, Italy. He has worked as an editor on various internationally-showcased and critically-acclaimed films. His film ‘Paraíso’ (2006) received the honor of a Special Mention for Directorial Debut at the FID Marseille. ‘Corta’ is his second film.
+57 321 432 5979
USA, 2011, MiniDV, 68 min
It is composed of documentary material of diverse kinds, juxtaposed on an HD wide-screen, in a challenging formal manner. The opening sequence is composed of 3 screens, each with a single shot on it, lasting 50 minutes; the interaction between the 3 images is force which compels interest. Following this sequence are a number of other much quicker sequences in two or three screen panels, often enigmatic. The conclusion is abrupt. I have no idea what it means, only that it poetically probes the meaning of life, and offers no conclusions. It is meant, on many levels, to disturb the viewer.
Born in Chicago on May 16, 1943, of a military family, Jon Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. Expelled from college in 1962, he began making 16mm films in January, 1963. He is self-taught. He has made 33 feature length works in the period 1963-2012 (celluloid, 16 and 35mm until 1996; digital since that time), as well as more than 30 short works, all of which he conceived, wrote, photographed, directed and edited; and most of which he also produced. Jost made his first feature-length film in 1974, and has since devoted himself to the making of a wide-ranging series of films. His work has shown widely in museums, film archives, and festivals (Berlin, Venice, Sundance, Yamagata and many others). Jost has received many grants, among them a Guggenheim Fellowship, several National Endowment for the Arts Production Grants, a DAAD Berlin Residency, an Artists Residency at the Univ of Nebraska, and others. Mr. Jost spent four years, 2007-2011 teaching in the Graduate Dept of Communications and Arts at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He retired as Distinguished Professor in July 2011.
He is also an active photographer and painter, and for some years has blogged on matters of the arts, culture and politics.
TROLLSLÁNDOR MED FAGLAR OCH ORM
Sweden, Germany, 2007 – 2011, 16mm, 60 min
DRAGONFLIES WITH BIRDS AND SNAKE
It’s a visual meditation consisting of vibrant images of insects, birds, snakes, and other small creatures. It is not an entomological or ornithological documentary, yet it delves deep into a microcosm of animals, plants, their colours, intricate structures, and movements, all made visible by means of optical machinery. It is an exercise in rhythm and chance, deploying the persistence of vision to create an effect that oscillates between the material of the image and the imagination, a flicker just like the ephemeral beat of a dragonfly’s wing.
He was born in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany in 1967. His first cinematic efforts were made in 1989. Since 1994 Wolfgang Lehmann has realised and produced his own films, many of which were invited for showings at festivals and museums in Europe, Japan, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Israel, Australia, Canada, USA and South America. Retrospectives were shown in Berlin, Frankfurt/Main, Cagliari (Sardinia) and Granada (Spain). Since the beginning of his artistic activity, he has not only been fascinated by film, but music as well. Since 2007, Wolfgang Lehmann deals again with static images, digital and analogue photography. After living for a brief period in Berlin, Wolfgang Lehmann has resided in Rümpel near Hamburg and Stockholm since 2006.
+46 8 6424424
Tunisia, 2011, HDV, 94 min
The Arab Revolution erupted in a country that no one would expect: a political earthquake that shook the whole world. Tunisia appeared to be a quiet and stable country, where life seemed pleasant. However, most Tunisians turned a blind eye to the corruption of their rulers and the systematic looting of their country’s resources, intimidated and tarnished by the regime’s cruelty and depravation. Ben Ali was not facing any immediate threat and things seemed to be business as usual. He was even preparing a national campaign to become President for life! Nobody could anticipate the explosion that would burst from the chilly Tunisian winter, until that Friday of December 17th, 2011. A young man set fire to himself because of hardship and oppression. Images of his burnt body opened the eyes and hearts of an entire nation. The fight for freedom and dignity had begun. The people’s words and calls would roar crimson red! Red like blood, red like roses, red like hope… and fear! ROUGE PAROLE is a documentary record of this event, and a strong reminder to all people that if they choose to live, darkness will fade, chains will break and fate will answer their call … no matter how long it may take or how brutal tyrants may be! ROUGE PAROLE is the story of a popular revolution, emotionally told by its heroes through both their silence and their clamour. It is the story of Freedom, summoned by History.
After graduating from the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français (Filmmaking section), he worked as an assistant director on several Tunisian and international movie productions. He directed several short films, TV commercials, plays and documentaries. He directed ‘She & He’, his first feature film, in 2006. He won several prizes, for the best short documentary at the Aljazeera Documentary Film Festival for ‘Pakistan 7.6’, ‘Music Says…’ and special Jury Prize at the Ocean Film Festival in New Delhi for his feature documentary ‘Wailing Wall’.
+ 216 71 965 893
Canada, France, 2012, HD, 72 min
A drawing course, a safari park and a taxidermist’s workshop: three settings in which humans and animals meet. The focus of observation is on relationships of sight and perception, which often reflect unequal power structures at the same time. In the process, the film also seems to be considering the question of how animals can be filmed. It’s nothing like the technically high-powered animal films of today, whose almighty cameras transcend the boundaries of water, land and air and no longer know nature’s secrets. Sober visual observation without commentary, with an often static camera watching proceedings from a fixed position with a keen eye for form and movement: horns in front of a concrete wall, nervous zebras’ legs in the cramped stalls, the precision contained in the taxidermist’s skilful hand movements. Carefully considered shots which allow the viewer time to reflect on beauty and the unfamiliar, on this domesticated wilderness in the midst of civilisation. This all allows a form of choreography to emerge to the accompaniment of the surrounding noises, a cinematic bestiary in which man too takes his place among the stoic, impassive, impatient, wild and rebellious animals.
Born in New Brunswick, Canada in 1973. Since 1997, Denis has produced and directed 15 short films which have been screened at many international film festivals. Journalist and film critic until 2005, Denis Côté directed his first feature film ‘Les états nordiques’ which won the Golden Leopard Award at the prestigious Locarno International Film Festival.
+1 323 258 5241
France, 2011, DCP, 62 min
The true life of a cow: grazing, ruminating, gazing – but also feeling – mooing with grief, or simply enjoying an apple…
After a degree in history, Emmanuel Gras approached cinema by studying image at the Louis Lumière school. At the end of his studies, he participated as cinema delegate at the French Cultural Center in Beirut and began working as a cinematographer on documentaries filmed across the Middle East. Back in France, he focuses on its own projects, documentaries and fiction, while continuing to work on the image of other movies. ‘Bovines’ is his first feature length documentary.
+ 33 1 40 21 37 02
DIEZ VECES VENCEREMOS
Argentina, Chile, 2012, HD, 75 min
WE SHALL OVERCOME TEN TIMES
After seven years of hiding and imprisonment, Pascual, the son of the lonko (chief), has returned to the community. His family has been able to recover its territory and needs his clandestine radio to defend it.
Film-maker, Screenwriter and Anthropologist (UNLP), Professor of the Subject ‘Documentary’ at the Cinema Course (UNLP). Coordinator of the Media Unit of the Museum of La Plata.
Documentaries: La Guerra por Otros Medios (War through other means, 2010); De Médicos y Sheripiares (On doctors and Sheripiares, 2008); Por el Territorio Wichi (For the Wichi Territory, 2007); Aislados en Madre de Dios, Perú (Isolated in Madre de Dios, Perú, 2006); Territorio Indígena Amazónico (Amazonian Indigenous Territory, 2005); Rodolfo Walsh, escritor (Rodolfo Walsh, writer, 1996).
Television series: Alegría y Dignidad (Joy and Dignity, 2011 TDA); Play Museo (Play Museum, 24 episodes, 26 min, 2000-2001); MLP El Programa (MLP The Show, 24 episodes, 26 min, 2005 / 2006); La Música de Todos (Everybody’s Music, 8 episodes, 52 min. 2006).
TV films: Paraguay, Nosotros también podemos (Paraguay, We Also Can, 2009); Bolivia para todos (Bolivia for everybody, 2008); Es la economía, ¿idiota o cómplice? (Is Economy, an idiot or an accomplice?, 2008), and Historia de dos orillas (A Story of Two Banks, 2007).
+54 221 4533327
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE
USA, 2011, HD, 73 min
CULTURES OF RESISTANCE
Does each gesture really make a difference? Can music and dance be weapons of peace? In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, director Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, travelling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. This is their story.
Brazilian filmmaker of Korean descent, an activist and founder of the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity and supports peace with justice projects. Iara is currently working on a variety of initiatives, grouped under the umbrella of CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, an activist network that brings together artists and changemakers from around the world. From 1984 to 1989 Iara was the producer of the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. From 1989-2003 she was based in New York City, where she ran the mixed-media company Caipirinha Productions to explore the synergy of different art forms (such as film, music, architecture, and poetry). She’s a member of the Council of Advisors of National Geographic Society and the International Crisis Group (ICG).
+1 415 561 3103
Austria, 2012, DCP, 73 min
A road trip through Libya during the last weeks of the revolution against Muammar al-Gaddafi’s regime. Libya Hurra documents a collective mood characterizing people in one particular place in a narrow time window. Without losing itself in facts and statements, the film outlines realities of life in long sequence takes shot during an armed revolution, which usually – even from a country in the focus of media reporting – remains completely hidden. At the end of Libya Hurra, the filmmaker stands in front of Gaddafi’s former palace. The revolution is over and the time window closed again.
Freelance film director and cameraman, lives in Vienna. He was born in Styria in 1977 and studied Journalism and Ethnology in Vienna. After graduating he worked as an NGO activist, freelance journalist and TV producer. Extensive travel through Asia, Africa and Latin America eventually led him to documentary film. In 2011 he received the Axel Springer Award for his TV documentary, ‘From Baghdad to Dallas’. ‘The Evolution of Violence’ was his first documentary for theatrical release, which had its international premiere in Locarno. ‘Libya Hurra’ is his second feature length documentary.
Friedrich Ofner Film und Videoproduktion E.U.
+43 650 5301505
TRIESTE RACCONTA BASAGLIA
Italy, 2011, HD/Super 8, 52 min
TRIESTE ON BASAGLIA
Between 1971 and 1978, Trieste was the set for an unprecedented scientific and cultural revolution. The charismatic leader of this revolution was a Venetian psychiatrist, Franco Basaglia.
Around him was a city that watched what was happening, incredulously, anxiously, swept forward by the enthusiasm of a group of recently qualified doctors, who transformed the city into an open-air laboratory, doing away with the mental hospital, guided by Basaglia’s conviction that the thing was to “tackle life, because health and illness are life, and if a person lived life without living health and sickness, than that person is always totally within the grips of death”. The aim of the film is to offer an overview of the hardest task Franco Basaglia faced: changing the mindset of people.
She was born in Trieste in 1974, graduating Media Studies at the University of Trieste. She specialized in audiovisual media studies at the Alta Scuola di Comunicazione of the Università Cattolica di Milano. She works as author for Rai Tre programs. In 2003 she co-authored ‘Porrajmos, a forza di essere vento’, a documentary about the holocaust of Roma and Sinti population in Europe. Since 2004 she has worked as filmmaker with the Department of mental health of Trieste, for which in 2007 she directed a documentary titled ‘Navighiamo a vista’, on the mental health workers in Trieste 30 years after the so-called Basaglia law, which had closed the asylums in 1978, came into force. The filming of ‘Trieste racconta Basaglia’ is the continuation of that project.
Switzerland, Germany, 2011, HD, 90 min
Do you know how to turn ordinary water into a billion-dollar business? In Switzerland there’s a company which has developed the art to perfection – Nestlé. This company dominates the global business in bottled water. Swiss journalist Res Gehringer has investigated this money-making phenomena. Nestlé refused to cooperate, on the pretext that it was “the wrong film at the wrong time”. So Gehringer went on a journey of exploration, researching the story in the USA, Nigeria and Pakistan. His journey into the world of bottled water reveals the schemes and strategies of the most powerful food and beverage company on our planet.
Born in Bern in 1951. MBA at the University of Bern (lic.phil.hist.). From 1979 reporter and editor with a local newspaper. 1983 co-founder and manager of a private radio station. From 1993 TV programme production for Swiss National Television. Worked in Russia, France and Spain. Director of several TV documentaries. Since 2006 producer and director at DokLab GmbH.
+41 31 508 05 58
Ester Martin Bergsmark
Sweden, Denmark, 2012, HD, 74 min
SHE MALE SNAILS
This film weaves intimate bath time conversations between Ester Martin Bergsmark and the writer Eli Levén together with the story of the Boy Hag – a fantasy world that centres on a person caught between two genders who creates a third in order to survive.
Ester Martin Bergsmark
Born in 1982 in Stockholm. During his studies at the school of documentary filmmaking at Biskops Arnö he met Mark Hammarberg. They have been working closely together for four years, developing a characteristic and innovative style. Their projects are characterized by a will to experiment, an aesthetic drive and a skill for showing new images, rooted in today’s Sweden that pushes the envelope for the documentary genre. Their film, SWALLOW IT (2007), was an experiment that has been described as a kick in the stomach of traditional film-making. Director Lukas Moodyson has been helping out during every step of the way as dramaturgist and creative supporter. MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND (2008) is their feature film debut. In 2008 Ester Martin Bergsmark was awarded a Guldbagge (Best Swedish documentary) for MAGGIE IN WONDERLAND. In 2009 he contributed to the debated feminist porn suite DIRTY DIARIES with his short FRUITCAKE, shown on numerous film festivals.
Swedish Film Institute
+46 8 665 11 41
INSIDE LARA ROXX
Canada, 2011, MiniDV/HD, 77 min
INSIDE LARA ROXX
In the spring of 2004, 21-year old Lara Roxx left her hometown of Montreal and headed to L.A. to try to make tons of cash in the adult entertainment industry. Within two months of working in this industry she contracted the most virulent form of HIV while performing sex in front of the camera. ‘Inside Lara Roxx’ is a feature-length-documentary about the events leading up to that scene and the years after it- it is about the adult movie industry and its impact on a young life.
She is a filmmaker and award-winning photographer. She moved to Montreal at age seventeen to escape her hometown of Moncton, New Brunswick. As an artist Mia’s work focuses on issues surrounding female sexual identity. Her most recent photographic works, ‘Stripped’ and ‘Peepshow’, documents Montreal area sex workers. After a few years of photographing strippers, escorts and porn stars she would meet Lara Roxx, and film with her over the next five-years. The result is ‘Inside Lara Roxx’, Mia’s first feature documentary.
+1 514 571 4669
Sebastian Meise / Thomas Reider
Austria, 2012, HD, 76 min
The documentary ‘Outing’ portrays the young archaeologist Sven, who found out during puberty that he feels sexually attracted to children. Sven openly talks about his paedophile inclination and his determination to never act on it. The film accompanies its protagonist over four years, and reveals his inner struggle. It raises questions regarding moral limits and the position of people like Sven with society.
Born in Tirol, Austria, in 1976. He first studied Painting and Philosophy, later Directing at the Vienna Film Academy. During his studies, he produced several short films and documentaries together with Thomas Reider. His first feature-length documentary ‘Outing’ is closely linked to his multi-award-winning film debut ‘Stillleben’ (Still Life). Sebastian Meise lives and works in Vienna.
Born in 1980, he studied Journalism and Dramatics at the University of Vienna, followed by studies of Script and Dramaturgy at the Vienna Film Academy. He first worked together with Sebastian Meise during their studies. Together, they produced short films, documentary works for cinema and television, a TV-mini-series and the feature film ‘Stillleben’ (Still Life). Thomas Reider lives in Vienna and works as an independent writer and director.
Austrian Film Commission
+43 1 526 33 23
France, Mexico, 2010, HD, 84 min
LAMB OF GOD
A courageous documentary on the thorny subject of paedophilia in the Catholic Church. As an 11-year-old altar boy, Jesús, now 26, was abused by a priest. After years of silence, he decides not only to bring criminal charges against his aggressor, but to confront him in the flesh. This is the story of Jesús’s journey, a mandatory hiatus on the road to forgiveness, born of a deep-seated need to come to terms with the past. Jesús is torn between brotherly love and anger toward his sexual predator in this film full of nuances that gives a name and a face to a problem stigmatized by silence.
Studied Cinematography at University Center for Cinematographic Studies (Centro
Universitario de Estudios Cinematografícos). Her debut feature documentary, Bajo Juárez: La ciudad devorando a sus hijas, has earned her several national and international recognitions; Best Documentary (Chicago, San Diego, Cinesul Brasil and Morelia Film Festivals); Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival and Documentary Cinema at IDFA; it was also nominated to the Ariel as Best Documentary by the Mexican Academy of Science and Cinematographic Art (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias y Artes Cinematográficas). Alejandra won in 2006 the Talent Campus Scholarship, at the Berlin Film Festival. She has also worked for public television as creator and director of science and health shows. She is currently an academic and founder of the Image Research and Production Center (CIPI) for Mexico City’s Autonomous University (Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México).
CAT & DOCS
+33 1 44 59 63 53
IL N’Y A PAS DE RAPPORT SEXUEL
France, 2011, HD, 78 min
THERE IS NO SEXUAL RAPPORT
A portrait of HPG, actor, director, and producer of pornographic films, entirely conceived from the thousands of hours of making-of recorded during his film shoots. More than a simple archive of the behind the scenes of an X-rated film, this documentary questions pornography and the passion for reality that characterizes it.
Born in 1981, Raphaël Siboni is a filmmaker and contemporary artist. Represented by the gallery Loevenbruck in Paris, he exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo (2010), the Force de l’Art (2009) and at the Biennale International Santa Fe (2007). He is currently working on writing a full-length feature films for the cinema. There is no sexual rapport is his first feature documentary.
+331 83 62 43 84
Croatia, 1943-1945, 16mm, bez tona / silent, 23min
SAVE THE FILM
An original footage that the head of Film and Propaganda Section of the WWII Partisan Proletarian Brigade – also one of the best known defects from the Rome’s Cinecitta Studio – hid away in the wake of the war. Nine edited original prints, made over the period from 1943 – 1945, were obviously prepared for screening, but were never actually screened. Their author claimed the prints had been eaten by cows.
Still, after a thorough investigation, secret services managed to trace and confiscate two reels. That footage probably depicts the brigade’s war path from Belgrade to Zagreb. They are also mentioned in war diaries of the author’s fellow combatants. Other footage, showing sea missions, scenes of Kornati Islands, Šibenik, Senj, Split, Zagreb, Korenica, Split and the march to Trieste via Slovenia, have remained concealed. The author himself can be seen at the end of the footage.
Just before his death, a year before Croatia’s cessation from Yugoslavia, the author told his granddaughter Ana where the reels are, describing to her the contents of the footage. He also told her, ‘Save the film’, by which he meant, chose your own way and use the reel of life sparingly. This piece of advice also best describes the quick editing used on the footage – resulting from economy imposed by war and the influence of the author’s original profession – photography.
(1915 – 1992) started working as a photograph’s assistant as early as at age of 6. By the time he reached 17, he had worked in several prominent photo studios in Split: Borowich, Sinobad and Dvornik. In 1934 he bought his first Leica camera and started working on his own. Soon afterwards he was arrested for taking part in protests in Split, when many local young people were killed. During the next seven years, he worked on feature films in Roma’s Cinecitta Studio. In 1943, after the fall of Italy, he left Rome, taking his film camera with him. He joined Yugoslav Partisans – the famed First Proletarian Brigade. He depicted its actions on film and photographs. At the end of the war, he was the head of the Film and Photographic Section of the First Proletarian Brigade.
Despite his high war decorations and his very professional camera, he was not admitted to the General Staff Film Section, where almost all filmmakers ended up at the end of the war. He was obviously resented due to his cinematic experiments and his attitude that a camera should not take sides in war.
Instead of following the beaten track of other early resistance fighters, he switched to private business. Immediately after the war, he founded Perajica Studio in Split,
dr.sc. Ana Peraica
Atelier Perajica Peristil
Croatia, 1969, 35mm, 94 min
Based on the short fiction Sunday. Five young men and a gallery of characters around them on one particular Sunday.
Producer: FAS ZAGREB, AB BARANDOV
DEAR JOHNNY, SOMEBODY STOLE YOUR GOLD
Somebody steals Johhny’s gold in the premises of Kino klub Split. He just says: Fuck me for letting myself be brought to this amateur club!
Producent: SAG MEDITERAN
Born in 1944 in Maslinca on the island of Šolta, Croatia. Graduated at Marine school, got a degree in literature and fine arts at Teacher Training College in Split. He obtained a degree from Film Academy (FAMU) in Prague in 1971, in the class of Academy Award winner Elmar Klas. He received a Ph.D. in film directing.
From year 1971 onwards, lives and works in Zagreb. In year 1991 he left his homeland to finish the film The Decline of the Century (Testament L . Z.). From 1991 until the end of 1994 he lived in Paris. In 1992 he lived in Vienna, where he spent one year. From 1995 until 2005 he lives and works in Prague. For the last 5 years, he has been working in Zagreb (Croatia) his documentary TV serial about Tito, entitled The last Witnesses of Heritage.
He is a father of a three children from two marriages, son Ivan and the twins – son Lordan Lav and daughter Loredana.