An online challenge announced by Xiaomi resulted in my little film journey into my past, and into my moved mind, into what I am afraid of, and what I most secretly dream of. But it is also a celebration of small, elusive details of everyday life and, who knows, perhaps this short film expression will encourage you to discover such wonderful details in your life as well?
Inspired by Stefan Lindemann music piece “Intrada E Danza,” the video shows a story of pilgrims who want to reach the top of Holy Mountain inhabited by God himself; as it turns out, it is not an easy trip….
“Ecce Homines” (“Behold the Men”) is a small glimpse of the life of the invisible workers of Sao Paulo, Brazil. A tribute to the strength, commitment and resilience of the humble and fighting Brothers who struggle in the agitated Paulista megalopolis.
Full of curiosity and self-confidence, three- year-old Zhana explores her surroundings over the course of several summer days. Making discoveries as she bravely goes on her small adventures, she skips through puddles, gets to know some cats and a dog, and freely interprets the games of the older children. Zhana’s own little magic world is on the playgrounds and small peaceful streets and squares of a Bulgarian housing estate where time seems to have stood still. Told intimately through the child ‘s-eye view, this documentary accompanies its curious little protagonist through her everyday life and creates a portrait of poetic simplicity.
Andrzej has serious problems with drugs. He is locked in prison, at special unit for old offenders. In order to fight for relationship with his girlfriend, he decides to start therapy. During this journey, he discovers his own emotions, and realizes, existence of the different layers of his own internal life. A fight for a girlfriend, becomes also fight for himself. Will he succeed in this struggle?
Shy Franek needs to pay his overdue rent, and he has very little time. To make it happen he takes up a job, where his task is to pretend… that he is an attractive girl or a phone fortune teller. One day the boy discovers that his landlord has a sad secret.
A trace of regularly ordered mounds of earth. In the twilight a dump truck is being loaded. A thick veil of mist hangs over the tops of the trees. Dark earth is excavated, loaded and transported off the scenery. In “Dark Matter” (2020), via the situative arrangement of different picture elements a visual friction surface is created, which is shaped by the figurations of a post-apocalyptic landscape. The images are determined by the processes of extracting raw materials. Without the mineral resources from the numerous diamond and gold mines in the so-called Russian Federation subject Yakutia, the Soviet Union would never have been able to exist until the 1990s.
A young woman is trying to find herself in a new reality after her illness. Some things, however, seem different than they used to be… Kinga is having nightmares, her relationship with her boyfriend appears to be good but it is rather cold. Kinga does not recognise that there is something wrong with her… Meanwhile, her nightmares turn into visions, while the reality and the dreams become difficult to separate...
The paths of Róża (Anna Januszewska) and Miranda (Ksenia Kwiecińska) unexpectedly cross in breakthrough moments of their lives. Even though there is a significant age difference between them, they can see themselves in each other’s souls – like in a mirror that shows your own fears and desires. In a world full of masks, thinking patterns and fear of emotion they would like to find themselves. And if they manage to escape the patterns, where will they escape to…? A film inspired by the works of Witold Gombrowicz.
That year I shared the house with an old lady called Daniele, when I were studying aboard in France. She's over 70 years old, living more longer than anyone else in that house. One Friday morning, without seeing Daniele in the house after several days, all the tenants concluded that she is dead in her room.
Chennu committed his first crime when he was 15 years old: being a street child. And he entered hell: Pademba Road. In Freetown Adult Jail, ran by Mr. Sillah, the prisoners abandon all hope. Chennu got out after 4 years. Now he wants to go back to Pademba.
An unknown guy and girl are left at home seeking protection. They meet again with their homes and carry out different daily activities. He puts together a puzzle but the last piece disappeared. One day they will receive the news that they can go out again. They have a chance encounter when leaving their houses and he receives a great surprise when seeing her.
“How to Disappear” is an anti-war movie in the true sense of the word, searching for possibilities for peace in the most unlikely place of an online war game. It’s a tribute to disobedience and desertion - in both digital and physical-real warfare. Shot in the picturesque war landscapes of “Battlefield V,” the hyperreal graphics become the backdrop for an essay-like narrative. The film revolves around the history of deserters - a part of human history, which has hardly been illuminated. Performances and creative interventions explore the scopes and limits of the audiovisual entertainment machine.
“I Am You Are” is a lyrical portrait of a moment in time. It depicts a few lazy summer days in the long-term friendship between Natalia, a filmmaker and author of this picture in her 20’s, and Andrzej, a painter in his 60's, as they unravel their experiences with death and memory. Is it possible to reconcile with death?
Is already 40 years since the Saharawi population became refugee in Algeria because of the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara. While the POLISARIO government tries out to solve the conflict with institutional help, Saharawi youngsters advocate for the option of an armed conflict. While they wait, cinema will be their only weapon.
Karla is 6 years old and has a big brother named Nordahl. Why does she consider him both as a big and a little brother? We get an insight into Karla`s world and how she deals with having a big brother with learning difficulties. The director followed her own children through a winter showing the everyday life, including both demanding situations and heartfelt love.
The animated documentary movie is based on a true story of Kostya Proletarsky, a drug user and HIV activist who died as a result of mistreatment and torture at a Russian prison. The animation featuring the original audio interview with Kostya and his mother Irina, aims to commemorate Kostya and many others who had not survived prisons around the world.
Retired professor of the University of Szczecin is writing a monograph about Żabnica, his home village by the Oder river. While looking for the materials for the monograph he notices that his observations concerning what happened to post-war inhabitants of his village also applies to the inhabitants of all Western Pomerania. He also recognises the German past of this land and the similarity of fate: “as a result of the war Germans lost their Eastern lands, and Poles lost their Eastern lands.” He discovers the plight of the newcomers who settled in the West Pomeranian Voivodeship area and the drama of German deportees. He notices that war and all totalitarianism is the evil that destroys the work of generations. Building the identity of Western Pomerania means building a future in cooperation, also with our neighbours on the other side of the Odra river.
A story inspired by one of the themes in Mikhail Bulgakov’s “The Master and Margarita.” Having met Voland, Margarita gets the opportunity to make her most secret dream come true. What will she ask of the mysterious professor? “(…) it never happens that anything goes back to what it used to be.”
“Minor Accident of War" is based on a true story written and narrated by the man who lived it – Edward Field, 95-year-old WWll veteran. In 1945, at 20 years old, Field was the navigator in the 8th Air Force during the war. On his 3rd mission over Germany, his plane lost all four engines after being hit by flak and crash landed in the North Sea. Hanging on to one of the two rafts in the freezing cold water, a decision was made that to this day has affected Field.
Teenage guerrillas are watching an American hostage in the mountains of South America. “The Organisation” is giving them orders via the radio, assigns them a cow – Shakira, and machine guns to play with. Shakira’s accidental death starts the fight for leadership in the unit which has to escape from the mountains into the Amazonian jungle. This is the beginning of a brutal fight for survival. The hostage sees her chance to escape, and the unit destroys the radio and their contact with “the Organisation.” The rebels are left alone with their demons. They are making their way through the tropical forest, and death follows them… The hypnotising atmosphere is underlined by Mika Levi’s soundtrack. “Monos” was a huge success at Sundance (Special Jury Prize) and Berlinale 2019, where “The Guardian” deemed the film “the best thing” there and called it “Apocalypse Now on shrooms.” Alejandro Landes’ film is the official Columbian candidate for the Academy Award.
A documentary portrait of Poland, in which we see a clash of two forces representing completely different worldviews. The left-wing vision of the country against the homogeneous Poland built by the extreme right. Among these ideologies there are people who fight in the name of their own values and principles. There is one main disagreement – nationalism.
The study of the loneliness of an elderly man who has been put on the margin of existence by the whirlpool of life experience. The wife who sadly passed away used to be his closest companion. His inability to come to terms with the loss fosters desire to join her in the afterlife as soon as possible. However, everything changes when he notices the young boy who is eager to attract attention of the constantly irritable and easily upset mother.
I found the autobiography of my great-uncle Waclaw at my parents’ attic. He wrote about a secret underground organization he started in Lodz City during WWII. Nobody in the family knows much about his mysterious life, and what they do know clashes with the image of the man emerging from the pages of the book. I decide to stage a one man show to present Waclaw’s incredible past to the family. But then my horrible memory puts the project in jeopardy.
A misty mountain range. A few mistrustful looks and a disquiet of an absolute silence. Holy chants echoing from the church while a man endures alone between the walls of his dark house. He wanders through the splendid nature, bewailing on his condition as a man doomed to serve the surroundings he has rejected.
Sometimes people want to go somewhere else, where things are different and better. Poor area in north western Bulgaria by the Danube river. On an abandoned ship friends are having a birthday party. A homeless man who lives in the river station is the captain. Everyone is speaking about imaginary trip to Norway. They talk about the future and the past, their everyday hardships and dreams, speculate on reincarnation, love, cows, horses, Michelangelo, Prometheus, peacocks, the stratosphere, the universe, God and life in general. This is a portrait of ordinary people who are also extraordinary daydreamers. It is a visual and poetic account of the state of affairs in the “other world” of the characters in which they live their better and happier lives.
Janek is a young medical intern who struggles with financial problems and doubts about his future. Although he has been working so hard, the day before his promotion he makes a risky decision that may change his life forever…
He`s a famous actor, familiar with a lot of celebrities from the world of the film industry. Even Queen herself gave him the title of Sir Chub de Pigi. His parents are from Zürich, but Ivano-Frankivsk he considers his home, where live his dearest people, but he doesn`t know... they have a cat...
“Solo” is a project in which the main character, played by Eneko Sagardoy, makes an introspection exercise and suggests a different view of loneliness. He wonders why we always insist on avoiding it, and sets the conclusion he ends up reaching.
Emilienne could have been my grandmother if she hadn’t had a taste for travelling. In her home village in the heart of the Jura Mountains, she remembers the years she spent in New York. I discover scraps of her unsuspected life there in the super8 films that she has entrusted to me. Yet something else captures my attention…
The story of a relationship between two men, which Özpetek tells us, connects elements of a romantic comedy, social film and powerful drama. Annamaria, a lonely mother of two, has to stay in the hospital, and so she decides to give the custody over her children to her friends of many years – Arturo and Alessandro. They have been together for over fifteen years but their life now boils down to routine and arguments, and their deep feeling became history. When their relationship is inevitably coming to an end, fate unexpectedly gives the protagonists another chance. Their friend’s kins turn their lives upside down, and the situation is definitely not made easier by the children’s grandma – an egoistic and stuffy aristocrat, who also wants to play her part.
Defying the rusty concepts of Hell and Heaven, a young girl introduces us to the “real” Great Beyond and what happens out there. Do not expect fairies in Heaven or monsters or fireballs in Hell. In actuality, the Great Beyond acts like a mirror to your life. Now it's up to you what you choose to see through it.
We could say, Tony Halik was an extraordinary explorer. A dreamer, who made all his dreams come true, a liar, a spy. I will just say he was the best casting director ever. You will see Richard Nixon, Evita Peron, Fidel Castro and Queen Elisabeth. All filmed by Halik – a Polish Indiana Jones of the 60s. He was so efficient in creating his image before the social media era that over 60 years later we have difficulties in finding out what is true. This is a story about making one’s own legend and about a great mystery hidden under a fabricated identity. An adventure documentary reconstructed from film archives, recorded by Halik during numerous journeys all around the world. A film about the passion for travel and chasing dreams, but also about the cost of its fulfilment.
An old man in a twilight of his life longs for his greatest passion – flying. He does not remember people or events from the past anymore, but his feelings remain the same when he looks up at the sky. The former ace, now all that he has left are memories.
Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) has a loving, though very busy husband (Billy Crudup) and a wonderful daughter, teenager Bee (Emma Nelson), for whom she is a best friend. Bernadette, believed to be a genius revolutionary of architecture among designers, is an eccentric woman who does not shy away from conflicts with her surroundings. One rainy day she disappears in strange circumstances. Bee, who decides she will do anything to find her, gradually discovers surprising facts from her mother’s life...
There have been many films about alcoholism, however, most of them talked about the problem from the male perspective. With great sensitivity, Kinga Dębska talks about three drinking women, who are trying to overpass their adversities but that is what causes their addiction to grow stronger. The film received nominations to the Golden Lions and Polish Film Awards: Eagles. Interesting performances by Agata Kulesza, Dorota Kolak and Maria Dębska.
Have you ever wondered what the world will look like in 2038? In “ZOE” we observe 18-year-old Wojtek growing up in a system where the humanity’s social life is transferred into virtual reality, while people are locked in the safety of their homes. Wojtek feels incomplete within the safe system. He decides to go out in the search of fulfilment and the cure for his loneliness.