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Short Film Competition
Mike is a lean 15 year old girl. She is waiting for the moment that her body will show signs of womanhood. She tries to grow up physically and mentally and find her place in her broken, divided family. The film covers six months in her life, during which she experiences disappointment, difficulties and small moments of happiness.
The film was shot in Prishtina in November 2006.In addition to the scenes I shot there, I worked with a selection of the UN Resolution 1244 which was signed in June 1999. With the signage of this Resolution, the NATO stopped to bomb Serbia and the horrible Kosovo war ended. I was interested in the kind of language, the UN used for this Resolution. Striking are the underlined keywords.
Two poets António Botto and Fernando Pessoa,exchange fictitious love letters. Fernando writes beneath his own heteronym, Manuel de Andrade, while Botto writes down his own behalf. But the letters display a different path.
The daily routine of father and son is interrupted by an encounter of an unfamiliar boy, different from them in color. An allegory to racism as an acquired cultural epidemic, the story discusses the question of personal conscience versus education and environment. Can we really insist on our personal belief system, when what we must believe in, is dictated to us? The film presents how easily we acquire fear and hatred of foreigners, as well as how easily we might become the "strangers" and "others" ourselves.
"December, the 06th, at 20:00 hrs "Nosferatu - A symphony of Horror" accompanied by Mr. Stephan von Bothmer. And after this silent movie put your terrible costume (optional, alternatively black dress) and let's dance with the creatures of the night in the hell's hall of the National Theatre."
What if everybody could read your thoughts, and know all your most inner wishes and desires? And what if, at the same time, you were just a regular guy trying to find a woman? Thats the problem of our protagonist Hubert. Anyone can clearly read his thoughts in a speech balloon floating above his head. In our film we accompany him on his challenging search for a girlfriend.A comedy about The End of Privacy.
Nobody photographed Jesus of Nazareth, apart from the spectral face printed by the sweat and blood on the Veronica's robe. His name was his destiny. Veronica, were icon, the true picture. Julian Pablo is a passionate artist who seems to discover in Christ's face the mystery of his divinity, and does so with the talent of the filmmaker, the vocation of the priest and the aesthetics of the painter.
Suddenly abandoned by her lover, a young Canadian filmmaker takes refuge in a small town in Cuba. The camera glides through a melancholic Cuban landscape and her heartache transforms with the recognition of the sublime beauty of love and loss. A tender and deeply personal memoir, The Road is an invitation to celebrate sorrow and faith as cornerstones of the human experience.
The sole is asymmetrical. Research teams have recently tried to explain this enigma of the evolution. This documentary is the story of their adventure.
Pauline, the director of the film, is going to wonder about the modesty of the girls of her age. She will compare her generation to that of her mother, an atypical person in her sixties.
Maxime knows two things for sure: first, he is the one who composed Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger before the Daft Punk band did. Second, the extremely attractive young Ines is undoubtedly the woman of his life. His former best friend David might not agree with him.
Pierre and Thomas, his grandson, spend one day together and discover that they have much more in common than they thought.
STARRING JAMES FRANCO looks at Fame; how we idolise it, how we hunger for it and how we loath it. You enter the theatre space and the performers are waiting for the Movie Star James Franco. Will he ever arrive and what difference would it make?
Itamar, a Jerusalem teenager, lives in the inner game world of "Rules and Fates and longs to reveal his love for Gali, a member of his socialist youth movement. It is 1995, the journey to the peace rally in Tel Aviv on the 4th of November presents a window of opportunity, but the world of "Rules and Fate" has its own rules and fates.
Three life backgrounds and three different ways of thinking related to one story. A poet, a widow and a married couple. This documentary scratches under the dull surface of third age people, reveals their specific personalities by giving them the opportunity to be themselves and not just old.
Dede paints immense works on walls and fences; Natalie produces flowers and insects from parts of old cars and sprouts electrical wires at remote street corners. "Made you Look" depicts an encounter between those who choose to create in the streets.
Sixteen-year-old Maher and his younger brother Eid set out with their grandfathers old cart to peddle lupine beans (tormus) through the village streets. As the amount of shoppers begins to thin, Maher desperately turns to the nearest Jewish citys mall. When they arrive their luck seems to change, until the City Inspector shows up
Odette&Odile is based on contemporary dance techniques. Two swans, Odette white, innocent, gentle one, and black sensual, free and seductive are guiding us trough the story of ratio and emotion, restrictions and freedom, courage and fear. It is a story about an artist, a person who discovers previously unknown layers of his own personality, emerging as his dominant character traits.
Psychological Drama about a man who can't live in a normal way in the present as a result of his past bad luck. His physical and spiritual consequences do not let him live a peaceful life. He lives alone and the only wish remained in his life is to meet his daughter, the one he has never seen.
Julia and Diego spend a weekend looking after Diegos nephew in a house far from the city. Everything seems to go by until a visit from Julia to the hospital changes the course of the relationship.
The Berlin Underground has just pulled out as a voice resounds: Dear ladies and gentleman, excuse me for interrupting Everybody is watching the homeless woman selling a well-known street newspaper. But what does SHE actually see? An experimental documentary about Nicole Y. and a short film about hope.
He lost his love and would rather disappear then go on without her. Alone on the face of the earth, caved in the sand quarry, he encounters a woman who strikes an odd resemblance with his lost love. She is possessed by him and wants to exist in his eyes while she remains transparent to him.
A documentary portrait of a leading Czech zoologist Daniel Frynta, who goes against the current mainstream in science, as his being is defined not by a narrow specialisation, but by being a scientist-philosopher, who tries to grasp the world as a whole, including science, politics or religion. Though, he has to challenge also the problem of grasping his own life.
Anna is imprisoned in a relationship, that she is not able to stand any more. The fear of breaking up is so strong, that she creates a strange chilling game to help her leave her partner. It drives me insane to move. Not to move feels the same. Anna
Lenka is determined to reach her dreams; her plans to make a breakthrough with her beauty cannot be crossed even by her friend Anna, who does not want to stay in the shade of Lenka anymore; nor incredulous boyfriend Peter; or manic photographer Dan with his assistant Filip. So starts a big game in a small space where are mixed childhood dreams with adult humor; and hidden desires with secret hate.
This video essay is about an image and a language and our impossibility to talk about them. Reality is unreal. Image and language absorb everything. Image and language are our aim.
Miro, an immigrant from the former Yugoslavia lives in Toronto. When he finds out that his pre-war friend Dado, who has been missing for almost two decades, is now wanted for war-era crimes, his life starts to unravel. Upon hearing that Dado still visits a village on the outskirts of Sarajevo, Miro embarks on a trip back to Bosnia to find his friend.
Four young people want to stand in the forefront. They want Fame, they want Glamour, they want to hit the big time. So they decide to storm the catwalk at the next New York Fashion Week. However, everything results differently as expected. The craving for success has monstrous effects and ends in a collapse.
Ruslana, a middle-aged Ukrainian, lives a lonely life in Munich.Bogdan Ruslanas son, has been working as a driver for spoiled Ukrainian pop-singer Maria in Kiev.Zoran, Vladans son, could never forgive his parents for their divorce. Three cities. Three Love-Stories. One night in Europe.
miniMidpoint Workshop with Brendan Ward & Pavel Jech
Collective creation and visions for a changing theatre - Hans Echnaton Schano, Austria
In the near future, earth becomes inhabitably polluted, that national leaders send people to an artificial planet above. A Chinese old lady and her grandson are on the last shift. They among with a monk and a middle-east family are having their last meal on earth.
She should be celebrated, indeed. But what's important is now. Swept away by the waves, to his deepest feelings.
GORAN, a single father living in a remote village of Serbia, returns home from the store to find his young daughter missing and a strange woman at his door. When the woman reveals that she has kidnapped his daughter, Goran is forced to recount a fateful day 12 years earlier, when he participated in a paramilitary raid on her village during the Kosovo war. But as she draws him deeper into his memory, Goran uncovers a dark buried secret that has haunted him for years.
Three cheap sex stories that i have seen, heard or lived into the urban environment and the true love from the lungs of our orthodox faith.
Rifat escapes from his hometown in Albania and comes to London illegally for starting a new life. He intends to find his brother, his childhood hero who had left the house years ago.
Nenad is in a hospital, recovering from brain stroke. His girlfriend came to visit him. She is shocked by his critical condition but still keeping a smile on her face and trying to cheer him up. After a while Nenads ex wife shows up, interrupting their time of intimacy. Girlfriend leaves and ex wife stays torn between anger and sadness. Very soon whole family is around. Some of them havent seen each other for long time due to unspoken hostility. Little by little they start to discuss and quarrel while Nenad is dying.
Azerbaijan. Yagub lives with his adult son Musa in a small house in a desolate place. They lead a solitary life. Musa mentally disabled and limited in his motor skills, assists his father with his work.
The Day Before is nostalgia. It is a balance between very dry choreography and highly emotional mood. The research of the piece was based on the language of gestures and the context that changes the meaning of each action. Working with expectations and using specific structural choices the piece develops a clear and very personal expression.
Kill the Children is a Performance against violence on children. There is no air, men are looking for it. Only children have it, but someone stole it with violence. Then the revenge of pure souls. Does a pure soul that gets revenge remain pure? A dry world, a worn land, empty bodies, flat colors, heaviness, impossibility, constriction. How many ways has a child to die? Hunger, violence, war, sickness. They were the last children in the world. Children can fly? Future or present? How much does time matter? Five seconds. In the world a child dies every five seconds.