a one-month-long journey through European documentary films
Opening Ceremony Fedok + Forman vs. Forman
Directors: Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
France, Czech Republic 2019 / 78 min.
A look at the life and work of director Milos Forman, from the Czech New Wave to Hollywood.
Czech Republic 2018/80.
Iconic figures of the Czech and world skateboarding scenes share stories of broken bones, unbreakable friendships and the wild ride for freedom in the middle of communism.
The Good Death
Director: Tomáš Krupa
Czech Republic 2018/ 83 min
Janette is terminally ill and wants to die in a dignified way but British laws do not allow it. She gets in touch with Dr. Erika in Switzerland, who is willing to help her. Muscular dystrophy, the illness that Janette suffers from, has affected her family for generations. Janette’s mother was wheelchair-bound for decades, becoming a prisoner in her own body.
When the War Comes + guest
Croatia, Czechia 2018 / 76 min.
The controversial group Slovenskí branci (Slovak Conscripts) recruits young men from across Slovakia. Is this just an innocent game of playing soldiers? Or is it a militia flirting with extremism that presents a security threat?
The Lust for Power + guest (Tereza Nvotova)
A Woman Captured
Director: Bernadett Tuza-Ritter
Hungary, Germany 2017 / 89 min.
Through its unique approach to its protagonist Marish, the film reveals a specific case of slavery, a shocking phenomenon in contemporary Europe. Twenty-five-year-old Edith, whose owner Eta gave her the new name Marish, has lived with her mistress for 10 years. She does all her housework 12 hours a day, usually at weekends too, and only for food, housing, and cigarettes…
The Last Self-Portrait
The Sound Is Innocent + guest (Johana Ožvold)
Director: Johana Ožvold
Czechia, France, Slovakia 2019 / 70 min
When does sound become music? The Sound Is Innocent invites you on an audiovisual journey into a dreamlike space that explores the meaning, function, and significance of the world of electronic and experimental sound. Across five distinct chapters, the film guides us through an oscillating maze of creative figures and moments that’s as bracingly original as the pioneering music it so passionately documents.
Days of Madness
Director: Damian Nenadić
Slovenia, Croatia 2018 / 73 min
Days of Madness portray an incredible odyssey of two mentally diverse and unjustly rejected people who are learning to accept it, faced with the blindness of the society and the health system that made them addicts.
Exit – Leaving Extremism Behind
Director: Karen Winther
Germany, Norway, Sweden 2018 / 85 min.
As a teenager, she longed for action and for a community that would accept her. When her expectations were not met by anarchists, she joined the neo-Nazis. But what finally caused her to leave extremism behind?
Putin’s Witnesses + guest
Director: Vitaly Mansky
Czechia, Latvia, Switzerland 2018 / 107 min
On December 31, 1999 Vladimir Putin ascended to the president’s chair in Russia. In his latest picture renowned documentarist Vitaly Mansky draws on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day. He then rounds it out with his own fascinating perspective and with the longtime unique experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from upper echelon politics.
Every Wall Is a Door
Drawing on VHS tapes of a programme hosted by her mother on Bulgaria’s national television, the filmmaker gives a pop-style and in-depth chronicle of the gentle – even “over-gentle” – 1989 revolution.
Central Bus Station
Director: Tomáš Elšík
Czechia 2018 / 75 min
Only recently, Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station was still the largest in the world. But this oversized space only serves more than its original purpose to bring in masses of people who, confused by its complicated interior design, succumb to shopping fever. Over time this concrete monster, which won’t be easy to tear down, has become a temporary refuge for people on the margins of society – refugees, criminals, prostitutes. Like its main protagonist, the tourist guide Yonatan, the film’s director is fascinated by one of the wonders of the world of redundancy and the microcosm of the people who live here.