With this new/old program we, in fact, reaffirm our consistent orientation and inevitable inclination towards European cinema, as a treasure of cultural, aesthetic, linguistic and creative versatility, in the separate cinematographic experiences, united in their geographical location as European cinema, whose immediate experiences and perspectives we affirm and explore. At the same time, as a complementary program to the Main Competition, in this program we shall also strive towards an equal balance and provide space to all the generations of filmmakers from various profiles, yet give slight advantage to younger cineastes: writers, directors, cinematographers, actors, who will uphold their tried-and-true individual talent in the joint creation of the film. The selection of various films from the versatile European cinematic space comes, as always, from the numerous European film festivals, where our presence and collaboration leads to optimal circumstances for increased insight and abundant selection of the highest quality cinema products. Certainly, this would simultaneously lead to developing possibilities to invite an increasing number of young cineastes, and we are not even very far off from the idea of establishing a jury of international film critics in this program, alongside the audience jury. For this year's selection of over 20 film titles, we offer an ample and versatile insight into what is most typical in the focus of European filmmakers when it comes to the themes and creative aspects incorporated in the European modern cinema of the latest production.
Blagoja Kunovski - Dore
THE GARBAGE HELICOPTER
Sweden/ 2015/Drama/ 100’
Director: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Scr.: Jonas Selberg Augustsén
Cinematographer: Anders Bohman
Cast: Mikael Andrén, Josef Balok, Christopher Burjanski
STORY: Somewhere in Sweden, a gigantic dumpster breaks free from a heavy chain suspended underneath a big helicopter. The dumpster hits the ground with a formidable crash and the garbage spouts out into the surroundings. Meanwhile, an aging Roma woman wakes up in her house with an extremely strong desire to get her old wall clock back. The clock has been at the clockmaker's for over a year, and now the old woman intensely feels that it needs to come home. She calls one of her grandchildren who answers in another part of the country and solemnly promises to bring the clock back to her. Two days later, three Roma youths climb into a car in order to take the wall clock to their grandmother who lives 1030 km south of them. A strange journey along Sweden's long, winding highways begins and it proves to be rich in content despite the rather trivial purpose. The three youths have more questions than answers about the country they're traveling through for the first time. And what is a Garbage Helicopter? Really...?
2 NIGHTS TILL MORNING
Finland/ Lithuania/ 2015/Drama, Romance/ 84’
Director: Mikko Kuparinen
Scr.: Mikko Kuparinen
Cinematographer: Tuomo Virtanen
Cast: Marie-Josée Croze, Arly Jover, Mikko Nousiainen
STORY: One-night stand between two strangers without a common language takes an unexpected turn when an ash cloud from a volcano prevents all flights from taking off.
Slovenia/ 2015/ Crime, Drama/ 90’
Director: Matej Nahtigal
Scr.: Zoran Bencic, Matej Nahtigal
Cinematographer: Vladan G. Jankovic
Cast: Primoz Vrhovec, Vida Breze, Niko Gorsic
STORY: After being away for four years, Rok Osterberg returns to his home town to investigate the murder of his younger brother Maks. As Maks was involved in illegal business, nobody seems to care about his death. The only person willing to help is a family friend, Inspector Kramer. Back home, Osterberg must face people from his past: his friend Aldo with whom Maks used to collect debts, and his ex-girlfriend Katarina, whom he hasn’t got over with. While he was away, as he finds out, Katarina got married to the local politician Frank Kovač Jr, who is running for mayor at the upcoming election.Exploring his brother’s life, Rok becomes a chess piece in the power-seeking game involving the influential politician’s family, local mafia and powerless police. While trying to walk a tightrope between the three, he is helped in his own way by the individualist Robert Polak who is climbing the social scale of power.
Netherlands/ Germany/ Ireland/ 2016/ Drama/ 95’
Director: Fiona Tan
Scr.: Fiona Tan, Jonathan Romney
Cast: Mark O’Halloran, Denis Lavant, Anne Consigny
STORY: Losing his memory after a mugging, a man known only as 'MP' (Missing Person) leaves his home and sets out on a journey - in search not only for his memory but perhaps also for a new identity. MP finds himself confronted by a world in which there are no longer any certainties; an era of crisis on many levels. On his travels from country to country, portrayed via an associative image montage and through a series of strange, illuminating, sometimes comic encounters, MP attempts to gain insight into the complexity of life in the 21st-century West - into what commentators have called an age of 'rolling catastrophe'.
Bulgaria/ 2015/ Drama / 90’
Director: Svetlana Tsotsorkova
Scr.: Svetoslav Ovtocharov, Svetla Tsotsorkova, Ventsislav Vasilev
Cinematographer: Vesselin Hristov
Cast: Monika Naydenova, Alexander Benev, Svetla Yancheva
STORY: The Mother, the Father and their 16-year-old son live on a hill, at the end of a village. They wash hotel sheets for a living. The water supply is inconsistent and they often find themselves without any water. A couple of drillers - a father and his daughter - arrive, in order to solve the water supply problem. The family's harmonious world shatters into pieces. Everyone loves and hates everyone else. The thirst for love is so great that only death could quench it.
Ireland/ Netherlands/ Luxembourg/ 2016/ Drama/ 96’
Director: Rebecca Daly
Scr.: Rebecca Daly, Glenn Montgomery
Cinematographer: Lennart Verstegen
Cast: Rachel Griffithis, Michael McElhatton, Barry Keoghan
STORY: The compelling story of a woman who has lost her son and develops an unorthodox relationship with a homeless youth. Their tentative trust is threatened by his involvement with a violent gang and the escalation of her ex-husband's grieving rage.
Austria/ 2016/ Comedy/ 84’
Director: Daniel Hoesl
Cinematographer: Gerald Kerkletz
Cast: Heinz Arthur Boltuch, Aurelia Burckhardt, Stephanie Cumming
STORY: American investment fund buys Austrian companies, but also takes over politics in Vienna. Money still makes the world go round.
Italy/ France/ 2015/ Drama/ 110’
Director: Giuseppe M. Gaudino
Scr.: Giuseppe M. Gaudino( story & screenplay), Isabella Sandri (screenplay) , Lina Sarti (screenplay)
Cinematographer: Matteo Cocco
Cast: Valeria Golino, Massimiliano Gallo, Adriano Giannini
STORY: Anna, mother of three, has lived for forty years in her corner of hell. She was an impertinent and unfortunate girl, but by now she has become a generous woman, perhaps far too tolerant. She is a prisoner of her own duties and of her family. She is comforted by underprivileged "poor little souls", but is actually surrounded by many demons, real and imaginary.
MALGRE LA NUIT
France/2016/ Drama/ 156’
Director: Philippe Grandrieux
Scr.: John-Henry Butterworth, Philippe Grandrieux, Bertrand Schefer, Rebecca Zlotowski
Cinematographer: Jessica Lee Gagné
Cast: Kristian Marr, Ariane Labed, Roxane Mesquida
STORY: Lens returns to Paris to find his only true love, Madeleine. As his search for her continues, he finds himself getting sucked into the dark and cruel underworld of the porn industry.
THE WOUNDED ANGEL
Kazakhstan/ Germany/ France/ 2016/ Drama/ 113’
Director: Emir Baigazin
Scr.: Emir Baigazin
Cinematographer: Yves Cape
Cast: Omar Adilov, Timur Aidarbekov, Maiyar Aripbay
STORY: Four moral tales, four destinies of teenagers who will burn their wings to find a place and survive in a poor village of Kazakhstan : Balapan, a victim of bullying who doesn’t want to fight; Zharas, whose father is a thief and has to feed his family; Zhaba, who searches for some metal scraps and lusts after a secret treasure guarded by a group of deranged kids; and Aslan, who fears that his medic studies will be compromised by his girlfriend getting pregnant.
Latvia/ Estonia/ Poland/ 2015/ Drama/ 96’
Director: Laila Pakalnina
Scr.: Laila Pikalnina
Cinematographer: Wojciech Staron
Cast: Vilis Daudzins, Antons Grauds, Andris Keiss
STORY: Little Janis is a pioneer, who lives in the Soviet collective farm "Dawn". His father sabotages the collective farm, which in the Soviet era bore the proud name of the "kolkhoz".In Soviet times, all those who opposed the great ideas offered by the Communists, were considered to be enemies of the Soviet people and the whole of the Soviet system. His father wants to burn down the farm, but Little Janis betrays his father to the authorities. The father takes revenge on his son. Who, in this old Soviet fairy-tale, is good and who is evil? The new film by one of the most important and original talents from Latvia, Laila Pakalnina, is based on the Soviet propaganda story about “Young Pioneer” (Soviet equivalent to the “Boy Scouts”) Pavel Morozov, who denounced his father to Stalin’s secret police and was in turn killed by his family. His life exemplified the only moral duty of all good Soviet citizens: the good of the state is of utmost importance. In the Soviet Union this story became the subject of many books, songs, plays, a symphonic poem, opera and also the basis of "Bezhin Meadow" filmed in 1937 by the famous Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein and subsequently destroyed by the Sovietregime. The director manages to create a powerful visual opus, which mixes all epochs of Soviet history and the myth of the Soviet ideology and morality suddenly grows into Latvian soil. Creating a new myth or deconstructing one of the fouding morals of the new Soviet man?
DEATH IN SARAJEVO
Bosnia and Herzegovina/ France/ 2016/ Drama/ 85’
Director: Danis Tanovic
Scr.: Bernard-Henri Lévy (based on his play "Hotel Europe"), Danis Tanovic (screenplay)
Cinematographer: Erol Zubcevic Улоги/Cast: Snezana Vidovic, Izudin Bajrovic, Vedrana Seksan
STORY: Death In Sarajevo is a feature based on the play of the French philosopher, journalist and writer Bernard-Henri Levy. The film is about the existential fears, anxieties and moral dilemmas that plague modern European society.
THE RED SPIDER
Poland/ Czech Republic/ Slovakia/ 2015/ Crime, Drama, Thriller/ 90’
Director: Marcin Koszalka
Scr.: Marcin Koszalka, Lukasz M. Maciejewski, Marta Szreder
Cinematographer: Marcin Koszalka
Cast: Filip Plawiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska
STORY: Karol, an ordinary young man, runs into a much older man, whom he believes to be the so-called Red Spider, the terrifying serial killer prowling the streets of Kraków in the 1960s. Karol becomes obsessed with the man and spies on him. In the meantime he meets Danka, a slightly older photographer, working for the local newspaper. Tempted by love, fascinated by death, Karol will soon have to make the most important choice of his life.
Germany/ Spain/ 2016/ Comedy, Drama/ 76’
Director: Greorgy Kirchhoff
Scr.: Gregory Kirchhoff
Cinematographer: Dino von Wintersdorff
Cast: Kes Baxter, Charlotte Krenz, Martin Umbach
STORY: After the death of his parents an apathetic young man travels to a foreign country to live in their house and look after their turtle.
Serbia/ USA/ 2016/ Crime, Thriller/ 76’
Director: Dejan Vlaisavljevic Nikt
Scr.: Dejan Vlaisavljevic, Dusan Zaric
Cinematographer: Predrag Bambic
Cast: Marija Sevic, Dejan Vasiljevic, Nebojsa Pajkic
STORY: Believing that his model is in trouble, a retired engineer, now an amateur painter, hires a private detective to find her. The reason for her "disappearance" is so she can start anew with her boyfriend, who has been released from prison. He will steal unsigned paintings from the painter's studio, have his girlfriend sign them, and profit from the eventual sale. The morning after the robbery, the painter is found dead. Oblivious that the true artist is dead, the art world becomes infatuated with the impostor.
France/Belgium/ 2016/ Drama/ 100’
Director: Joachim Lafoosse
Scr.: Fanny Burdino, Joachim Lafosse, Mazarine Pingeot, Thomas van Zuylen
Cinematographer: Jean-Francois Hensgens
Cast: Bérénice Bejo, Marthe Keller, Cédric Kahn
STORY: After a relationship of ten years and the birth of twins Thierry and Marie decide to separate. Thierry does not have sufficient financial resources to move and Marie would the apartment which they bought together and by Thierry was fully renovated, do not sell. That is why they need to take the difficult decision after the separation under the same roof to continue to live.
Czech Republic/ Slovakia/2015/ Comedy, Drama/ 92’
Director: Slávek Horák
Scr.: Slávek Horák
Cinematographer: Jan Stastny
Cast: Alena Mihulová, Bolek Polívka, Tatiana Vilhelmová
STORY: Everyone knows about the finality of human existence but the realization of life's actual limits comes to each of us individually and often unexpectedly. Dedicated home care nurse Vlasta lives for her husband Lada, her daughter and her patients. But then one day things change and Vlasta is forced to reach outside of her comfort zone. Drama and gentle humor intertwine as Vlasta realizes that she might need some care too.
Romania/ Poland/ France/ 2016/ Drama/ 99’
Director: Adrian Sitaru
Scr.: Alina Grigore, Adrian Sitaru
Cinematographer: Adrian Sillisteanu, Alexandru Timosca
Cast: Adrian Titieni, Alina Grigore, Robi Urs
STORY: Two siblings and an illegitimate love. A father whois a doctor and several accusations. A family in which no one ever drew a line between whatis moral and what is legal. Not even when it comes to abortion.
HOME SWEET HOME
Kosovo/ Macedonia/2016/ Fiction/ 90’
Director: Faton Bajraktari
Scr.: Zymber Kelmendi
Cinematographer: Latif Hasolli
Cast: Donat Qosja, Arta Muçaj, Shkumbin Istrefi, Lea Qosja, Susan Mustafov, Albin Bajraktari
STORY: Agron was long considered dead. His army buddies saw him die during the Kosovo conflict, and thus his return home is beyond surprising. Joy, however, soon shifts to a consideration of practical problems, and the man is forced by a variety of circumstances to remain dead – at least officially. His home thus becomes the backdrop for a portrayal of the myriad problems facing postwar society.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
Croatia/ Serbia/ 2016/ Drama/ 85’
Director: Zrinko Ogresta
Scr.: Mate Matisic (screenplay), Zrinko Ogresta (screenplay)
Cinematographer: Branko Linta
Cast: Ksenija Marinkovic, Lazar Ristovski, Tihana Lazovic
STORY: 20 years ago, Vesna moved her family to Zagreb, away from the events that almost destroyed their lives. However, an unexpected call will bring back the memory of a secret that she has been trying to hide all these years.
ONE OF US
Austria/ 2015/ Drama/ 86’
Director: Stephan Richter
Scr.: Stephan Richter
Cinematographer: Enzo Brandner
Cast: Dominic Marcus Singer, Jack Hofer, Brigit Linauer
STORY: A huge supermarket is the only meeting point for 14-year old Julian and his newly met friends. Fresh emotions of brotherhood, affection and thrill encourage their wish to break out of suburban boredom. One night, Julian and his pal Marko break into the supermarket full of promising products. A moment of childish freedom ends abruptly in a moment of harsh grown-up reality. A story inspired by true events.
Hungary/ 2015/ Drama/ 52’
Director: Viktor Oszkár Nagy
Scr.: Viktor Oszkár Nagy, Petra Szőcs
Cinematographer: Tamás Dobos
Cast: Anna Fignár, Zoltán Batka, Turan Kaya, Elif Kaya, Bernadett Valéria Marton-John, Dr., Sanju John
STORY: “Bureau” follows everyday events inside a fictional immigration office, where we meet Anna, a new member of the staff. As we follow Anna’s daily routine, we find ourselves faced with sometimes humorous, sometimes thought-provoking and often touching tales, and begin to understand the pressure that all of this places on those manning the desk.
Slovakia/ 2015/ Drama/ 94’
Director: Peter Bebjak
Scr.: Peter Bebjak, Peter Gasparik
Cinematographer: Martin Ziaran
Cast: Éva Bandor, Noel Czuczor, Kamil Kollarik
STORY: He is lacking social relationships. Observing other lives from behind the closet doors makes him feel safe and quiets down his solitude. Everything changes, when he decides to come out.
IT'S NOT THE TIME OF MY LIFE
Hungary/ 2016/ Drama/ 81’
Director: Szabolcs Hajdu
Scr.: Szabolcs Hajdu
Cinematographers: Csaba Bántó, Flóra Chilton,Gajdics Dávid, Betti Hejüsz, Márton Kistelek, Péter Miskolczi, Szalai Márk, Péter Pásztor, Tamas Simon, Gábor Szilágyi, Gergely Tímá, Levente Tóth, K. Kovács Ákos
Cast: Imre Gelányi, Lujza Hajdu, Szabolcs Hajdu
STORY: A year ago Ernella, Albert and their 10 year old daughter Laura left the country for a better life. They could not get along in Scotland so they came back. In the middle of the night they turn up at Eszter's, the sister's of Enella. Eszter, her husband Farkas and their 5 year old son Bruno live in better circumstances than Ernella's who struggle with serious financial problems. The two families have never been in real harmony with each other. Only Eszter's can feel that. Ernealla's love to be at Eszter's. Although they can't agree on anything. The question is that how the two families able to bear each other at Eszter's sublet and how long?
Croatia/ 2015/ Drama/ 90’
Director: Branko Schmidt
Scr.: Josip Mlakić
Cinematographer: Dragan Ruljancic
Cast: Nada Đurevska, Ivo Gregurević, Goran Bogdan, Mesud Dedović, Mijo Lukić, Josip Lukić, Ivan Magud
STORY: Having reconstructed their house, destroyed during the war, an older couple decides to go back to their village and continue where their life was violently interrupted. We follow their daily tribulation over the four seasons. From day to day, the old lady becomes more and more absent and lost. Her husband, instead of helping her, becomes ever more harsh and aggressive towards her. Finally, when he realizes that she is gravely ill, he changes his attitude completely. Unfortunately, it is too late.
THE LAST FAMILY
Poland/ 2016/ Drama/ 124’
Director: Jan P. Matuszynski
Scr.: Robert Bolesto
Cinematographer: Kacper Fertacz
Cast: Andrzej Seweryn, Dawid Ogrodnik, Aleksandra Konieczna
STORY: Beksin ´ ski is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksin ´ ski is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple’s aging mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art. Good Catholic woman Zofia tries to hold the family together, but troubled son Tomasz proves to be a handful with his violent outbursts and suicidal threats. Their relief is brief when he starts dating women and becomes a radio presenter and movie translator, and the concerned parents must be on constant watch to prevent their son from hurting himself. But Beksin ´ ski never believed that family life would always be sunshine and rainbows. As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksin ´ ski saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals...
Slovakia/ 2015/ Drama/ 86’
Director: Gabriel Hoštaj
Scr.: Gabriel Hoštaj
Cinematographer: Viliam Tutko
Cast: Lukáš Pelč, Michaela Szöcsová, Andrea Martvonˇ ová, Lukáš Dóza, Jakub Gogál, Daniel Fischer, Tatiana Kulíšková
STORY: It's an intimate story about the lonely young clerk Mathew who decides one day to finish with the loneliness and replies to the intimate advert. The mutual clash with women looks comically and funny at the beginning but however, is eventually fatal for him. Humorous and funny but gloomy sad film with loads of comic and ridiculous situations, black humour, with the interesting sound and music.
DETOUR ON THE PATH TO PERFECT ILLUSION
Slovakia/ 2016/ Drama/ 109’
Director: Robert Filo
Scr.: Robert Filo
Cinematographer: Stan Kukucka
Cast: Viliam Tanko, Miriam Merklova, Marcel Gallik, Ivana Sablova, Radka Lukacevicova, Igor Kasala, Ludmila Kozmenko
STORY: The film recounts the story of Simone who is trying to rebuild her relationship with the world around her both internally and externally. She is revaluating her place in this world and trying to align her internal struggles with the external society she now finds herself in.
Russia/ France / Germany / 2016/ Drama/ 83’
Director: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Scr.: Ivan I. Tverdovskiy
Cinematographer: Aleksandr Mikeladze
Cast: Masha Tokareva, Natalya Pavlenkova, Aleksandr Gorchilin
STORY: Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day - she grows a tail and turns her life around.
Italy / France / Switzerland / 2016 / Documentary / 69’
Director: Yuri Ancarani
Cinematographer: Yuri Ancarani, Luca Nervegna, Jonathan Ricquebourg
STORY: Falconry has a history that stretches back over 40 centuries. In the West it was a prevailing passion of the medieval aristocracy, but its prestige continues undiminished in contemporary Arab culture. Three years of observing this form of hunting in the field have made it possible to capture the spirit of a tradition that today allows its practitioners to keep a close rapport with the desert, despite their predominantly urban lifestyle. Our guide to how they cross that threshold is a falconer taking his birds to compete in a tournament in Qatar. In the glaring light of an empty landscape, following flight lines and lures, the film recounts a strange kind of “desert weekend”, in which technological and anthropological microcosms hang in the air, like the falcon, drifting on the irreversible currents of images.