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2008 /
This political cartoon uses audio recordings of a demonstration of right-wing radicals against the liberal government of the time. The figures hold up the so-called Arpad flag, which has fascist connotations. Part of an animated internet series running on a news website. Anna Ida Orosz

7 MORE MINUTES

2008 /
A train accident. Four of the passengers suddenly wake up on the beach. It is sunny and warm, the sky is blue and the seagulls screech. The casualties go swimming in the sea and then disappear into the afterlife.

A Horse is not...

2008 /
Riding and swimming in the river become in this very personal film in combination with the music of Meredith Monk symbols of the fight against ovarian cancer. "Freedom is a galloping horse with a mane and tail flying in the wind. Freedom is the eye and consciousness with which I follow the flow of expressive movement. Freedom means discovering the unknown on my horse and observing with an alert eye how the world is constantly renewing itself. "A Horse Is not a Metaphor" is about the power to live with all your senses and absolutely freely in the present." (Barbara Hammer)

ALEXANDRA

2008 /
Tavi, late 30s, divorced, sees his daughter only on certain days. When Alexandra no longer calls him "Papa", but "Tavi" by his first name, he has a quarrel with the ex-wife. The study describes the failure of great parent-child feelings in a patchwork family in an oppressively everyday way. The relationship between the divorced parents, marked by envy, jealousy and alienation, and the restrained grief of the father, into which sometimes hopeless anger, sometimes resignation mixes, is observed almost documentary and right in the middle of the action. BB

ANARAK VORDU VE...

2008 /
The "prodigal son" doesn't have it easy. His father is respected and wealthy, his oldest brother is a well-off businessman, and his youngest brother is still searching for himself. But he, the middle son, ran away from home and got nowhere. Will the family give him a second chance? Disoriented, he stands on an abandoned platform in the middle of a green idyll: the prodigal son wants to go home to his family. Many years ago he robbed his father of his fortune and went out into the world. He searched himself, but did not find himself - and used up his father's money completely. Even before he arrives home, the young man on the railway track in the middle of nowhere is confronted with accusations. He tries to get into conversation with an old guard and tells his story. "A cruel world," it breaks out of the gatekeeper. He insults the young man for his irresponsibility and chases him out of his hut. The parable of the prodigal son was told for the first time in the Bible: The homecomer is embraced by his father, while his brother reproaches him. In the film by the Armenian director duo, the father also forgives his returning son, but the two brothers and the friends of the family form a wall of accusations, which the returnee tries not to answer. The staging of the film resembles a play: long picture shots, the camera concentrates on the faces of the actors, music is only used very sparsely. The slowness of the film underlines the speechlessness within the family, which despite the efforts of the elderly father seems indissoluble. IP

AZ SUM BULGARCH...

2008 /
An unusual excursion into the modern multi-ethnic state of Bulgaria: Locals and immigrants try to remember the text of their national anthem. AZ SUM BULGARCHE is one of 15 contributions of the omnibus film 15. BB

BADERECH HACHUT...

2008 /
Sasha lives an everyday life between small shopbreaks and being together with his girlfriend Maria. After an unsuccessful thief tour, this little world gets out of joint.

BATHORY

2008 /
An opulent version of the legendary figure of Countess Báthory, who, as the greatest murderer in the history of mankind, even made it to the Guinness Book of Records. The film tells the story of a defenceless widow at the end of the 16th century, who in property and wealth even surpassed the king and thus became the victim of an intrigue of the highest order. The lavishly staged and immensely expensive film with an international ensemble immediately became the most successful film of all times in Slovak cinemas - and even eclipsed "Titanic"! The horrifying story about Countess Báthory was recounted by historians, writers, poets, playwrights, musicians, painters and filmmakers. It has been handed down that the Countess was the greatest murderer in the history of mankind. This was even documented in the Guinness Book of Records. She tortured her victims, all virgins, before they were killed. She is said to have bathed in the blood of the victims and pulled the flesh off their bodies with her teeth while they were still alive. But is all this really true? In four centuries, no evidence has been found. The story of this film, in contrast to the legend, tells of a defenseless widow. She had more possessions and wealth than the king himself and so she became the victim of an intrigue initiated by the highest authority.

boogie

2008 /
Becoming a father is not difficult... Newly baked father Bogdan spends a long weekend with his family at the Black Sea. Far away from everyday life, the young parents notice that they have become estranged. When Bogdan's student friends also appear, he has to decide between responsibility and freedom. A long weekend at the Black Sea. Bogdan, who recently became a father, finally wants to settle down with his family. But on the beach man and woman talk past each other, they have become estranged through everyday work and children's services. Due to the sudden appearance of old friends at university, Bogdan is faced with a choice: family life or retrospective immersion in postpubertal puberty. He chooses the latter, but finds no fulfilment in it. The intimate study develops with an almost documentary sharpness, unobtrusive in its observation, but emotionally oppressive close to the life crises of its protagonists. BB

Byalo zeleno ch...

2008 /
The colours of the Bulgarian national flag can be interpreted differently. In this sarcastic interpretation they symbolize typical "values" of a post-transition society... BB

CAPTIVATION

2008 /
A young couple tells each other incredible stories in a bus stop...

Careful with th...

2008 /
A boy tries to chop firewood with his father's razor-sharp axe. He finds the axe incredibly heavy, so heavy that he keeps his balance by supporting his bare foot on the chopping block ... oh oh!

ČESKÁ RAPUBLIKA

2008 /
Rap and HipHop are global culture. They cross borders. This is also shown in this documentary film, which explores the Czech rap scene. You can experience some of the genre greats of the country: Orion, James Cole, Hugo Toxxx and Hana Hegerova. Rap and HipHop are global culture. They cross borders. This is also shown in this documentary, which explores the Czech rap scene and the relationship between musicians and society. Three leading Czech genre greats are accompanied: Orion, Hugo Toxxx and James Cole - on stage, but also behind the scenes. The rap musicians meet various characters in the film: an eloquent professor of linguistics, children from the Romani ghetto in Karviná, a hyper-correct registrar and primary school children from Prague's southern city. They also talk to the "saviour" of the Czech language, Josef Jungmann, and the singer Hana Hegerová. The conversations were spontaneous and filmed live. Despite all the differences, the protagonists manage to find a common language. The film is accompanied by ten recordings of a live concert at the Prague Roxy Club. The first portrait of the Czech hip hop scene in feature length.

CHICKEN WINGS

2008 /
A cowgirl walks with a werewolf through the landscape of the Wild West. When a chicken flutters across their path, they cannot decide: to eat - or could it become a third friend? KDF

COSMIC STATION

2008 /
In Armenia, once ambitious research projects of modern space research were carried out. But now there is neither money nor interest. Six employees still hold the position. Solaris in Armenia: At an altitude of 3,500 metres, semi-decay concrete bunkers protrude from Mount Aragaz. Strange equipment, pipes and rusty wires stretch skywards. Because here there is direct contact into space. Once established by the Soviet Union as an ambitious research project of modern space research, there was no money or interest in the exploration of cosmic rays after the disintegration of the country. Six employees nevertheless hold the position here: forgotten, isolated, unperturbed. An ode to insistence - even if it cannot be ruled out that the rest of the world has long since perished. (Catalog Leipzig, 2008)

DAS MÄDCHEN MIT...

2008 /
A young couple spends the day in bed. He's proposing to her. At first, she says no.

DASVIDANIYA

2008 /
When the colourless accountant Amar learns that he won't live much longer, he puts together a list of ten wishes. In their fulfillment he meets the Russian prostitute Tatyana and true love. A breath of Bollywood blows through Lusatia in this Indian-Russian love story starring Vinay Pathak (MY NAME IS KHAN). Amar, a colourless accountant in a pharmaceutical company, learns that he has incurable stomach cancer. Thereupon his second self, the bon vivant in the employee, takes the floor. He puts together a list of his ten most important wishes: from buying a car to reconciling with his brother to the subject of "love". He learns these from the Russian prostitute Tatyana. Before he says goodbye to life, Amar learned to live. Entertainment with philosophical depth and a remarkable Bollywood soundtrack whose title dovetails the Russian farewell word "Dosvidaniya" with the Hindi term for 'ten' - 'that'. BB

DELTA

2008 /
After many years a young man returns to his homeland, a lonely village in the middle of a labyrinth of waterways. Unexpectedly, he meets his sister there. When they both decide to live together and build a house, they get unusually close. But this relationship is suspected by the villagers. Meditative images of an elementary drama in the remote Danube delta of Romania. A closed, almost autistic young man returns home after many years. The place of the event is the "Delta", the strongly branched estuary of the Danube into the Black Sea, one of the few remaining natural landscapes of Europe - a labyrinth of waterways, islands and dense vegetation, in the middle of which is the home village of the young man. The villagers are almost cut off from the outside world and seem not only geographically isolated. The man, who had been away since his early childhood, is introduced to his sister, whose existence he knew nothing about until then. She seems weak and shy, all the more unexpected for the others is her decision to want to live together with her brother. Both initially live in a dilapidated hut on the banks of the Danube. Then the couple silently begin to build a footbridge into the river, at the end of which they want to build a new house, a pile hut in the middle of the river, far away from the other villagers. The siblings get closer to each other in an unusual way. Their withdrawal, their limited willingness to communicate and the developing incestuous relationship between the two are, however, received with suspicion by the villagers. At the inauguration of their new house, to which the entire village is invited, the situation then escalates. The film convinces above all by its extraordinary pictures about life in the Delta. AH

DER LETZTE MANN...

2008 /
Actually, the old farmer is to be taken to the old people's home today. Difficult. Because the cow has heat... (Catalogue HFF Film Fair 2008)

DĚTI NOCI

2008 /
Ofka is stuck in her youth: Her friends are studying, but she pushes night shift after night shift in her brother-in-law's 24-hour shop. Every now and then she goes out for a drink with her friends and otherwise tries to avoid her ex Míra... Authentic generation portrait of Oscar nominee Michaela Pavlátová, with fascinating shots of the Karlín district of Prague. Prague suburban stories: There's a lot coming together at the general store that's open 24 hours. Especially at night, when Ofka takes over the shift in her brother-in-law's corner shop. Sometimes she's snappish, sometimes she's worried. Some customers have known her for a long time, some are like her - a little disoriented, lost at night. Ofka has taken some time off from life, she doesn't want to decide who she is yet and doesn't risk showing others too much of herself either. The first step into hostile adult life is not to let on anything, to hide your feelings behind a shield of harsh sayings. Only her eyes tell of the heartache because her boyfriend left her for her best friend. And of the self-doubt as to whether her drawings are also suitable outside her own four walls. And Ubr can read in her eyes. He also lives in his own universe, seems clumsy and uncouth. But he loves Ofka unshakably. When she is brutally attacked one night, the air bubble around her bursts. The story of a transition, minimalistically precise, unpretentiously told, with two intense actors who, in their defencelessness, touch both in very different ways. UG