At first glance, it seems that SQUARE lives among chaos and endless changes. But next, we can notice that the systems in which he functions, are constantly repeated, introduce a routine, hypnotize without allowing any movement.
In an asphalt-coloured world, cars hurtle through a village. Granny and Gramps live a life weathered by exhaust fumes.
A poetic and nostalgic portrait of a childhood seen through the eyes of siblings. A beautiful, sunny afternoon. A bunch of kids is playing football in the yard. Meanwhile in an closed apartment, a boy is looking after his younger sister. Behind the closed door the boy and the girl start a game of their own. What’s hidden behind children's games?
During a sunny holiday, a flock of tourists struggle to let go of their busy city lives, and the absence of daily tasks leaves them lost in an uncomfortable and frightening place. Once they learn to slow down, they may find some beauty in the here and now.
An animated short exploring group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal?
In China, in the early 1990’s, a little boy and his family have just come to live in a large factory complex. As he explores his new surroundings, he comes across other boys his age playing ping-pong — and discovers that they are fascinated by a cute little girl who spends her days looking out from the window of an upstairs apartment. Wanting to know more about the girl, he comes up with his own unique way of starting a friendship with her.
Ibrahim, Suleiman, Manar and Altayeb have been friends for over 45 years. They left their motherland in the 1960s and 1970s to study film abroad and founded the Sudanese Film Group in 1989. After years of distance and exile, they are reunited, hoping to finally make their old dream come true; to bring cinema to Sudan. They are determined to leave something behind and ignite the love for cinema. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones they had hoped to make, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.
15-year-old Filip gets beaten up on a footbridge close to his neighbourhood. To retaliate, his father rents a billboard in the middle of the housing estate with the information about a reward for helping to find the thugs. He starts a local war, which Filip does not want to be part of. A simple coming-of-age story inspired by true events from the reportage „Boys with Butterflies” by Jacek Hugo-Bader.
A mother discovers that something happened to her daughter, instantly her whole being becomes mother of.
People come, people go – Yet everyone is moving in the same direction. We all are sharing something that we are unaware of, creating one big picture we are unable to see. The film explores the idea of how everyone is connected in a way we may not realise. By sharing time, space and movement, we overlap and create a bigger picture.
Jonathas has been adopted but then returned due to his 'different' way. Inspired by true events.
In an ordinary Chinese winter, a small city junior high student, YU, tries to quit her school aerobic dancing team.
The border patrol of the USA is debating between eight prototypes designs, to build the wall at the Mexican border. In order to choose a winner, the officers try to pass through the structures, using technics learned from migrants and drug dealers.
Between 2010 and 2013 two important psychiatric hospitals of Mexico closed down. Liliana was a patient in both due to her Borderline personality. With no further options to hospitalize her and with the imminent threat of a relapse, she and her parents face a treatment at home, with the support of their friends and family.
Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Director Astra Taylor’s idiosyncratic, philosophical journey spans millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ groundbreaking experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece grappling with financial collapse and a mounting refugee crisis to the United States reckoning with its racist past and the growing gap between rich and poor. Featuring a diverse cast, this urgent film connects the past and the present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political, in order to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.
Anouck is a resigned girl, torn between two loves, two violences: her man, an attractive watchdog, and her little brother, a young mad pup. The night of the boy’s 18th, this delicate triangle explodes, Anouck's revolt is on its way...
A woman gives voice to Annie Ernaux The years's text, a few collected fragments on the shores of a timeless Sardinia. Neither the words, nor the images, drawn from the family films, are expected to complete the narration of her story: places from her past. The mountains on the cost, a seascape, gardens, terraces, rooms of an apartment emerge like reflections of a fragmented and ever-changing memory, uncovered by a new light. The details in each gesture, in each face, of scenes of a life lived amongst family, reassembled and freed from their original context, become expressive elements of a confession that is both personal discovery and collective narration.
Macho is a poor boy, who skips school to work on a construction site. The only ray of light for him is his girlfriend, Donna .Yet, she is ashamed of his mother, who works as janitor in their school. Macho has to chose between his mother and his love, and he finds his own way to deal with his emotions.
WHAT’S THE DAMAGE is a proposition and provocation, answering back to ongoing crises under white patriarchy, relaying and augmenting feelings and gestures of chronic unease, protest and dissent. Phillipson’s summons and riposte storms in via menstrual blood, rising up against leadership circle-jerks, weeping vortexes, seared orang utans, animal-fat banknotes, and advancing supermoons, pizzas and drones.
What it means to be a stranger in your own home and country? Prisoner of Society is an intimate journey into the world and mind of a young transgender woman, trapped between her personal desire for freedom and traditional expectations of her parents that threatens their unity.
Richard Rothstein, author of 'The Color of Law', narrates a fast-paced motion design film that illustrates the forgotten history of how all of the nation’s metropolitan areas became segregated by “de jure” segregation, racially explicit policy on the part of the federal, state and local governments. 'Segregated By Design' explores different subjects pertaining to residential segregation like many New Deal policies, racial zoning techniques like Redlining, the creation of slums, blockbusting, slum clearance, state-sponsored violence, the immense wealth gap between white families and African-American families, the effects of segregation and the constitutional remedy for the unconstitutional segregation.
With unprecedented access to the inner workings of the KKK in the 1970’s, the film presents frank and startling insight into the Klan’s involvement in the murders of two black and white freedom fighters in Alabama. A filmed debate between David Duke and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago highlights Duke’s strange approach to twisting American history to justify his belief in the divisive concept of “separate but equal.” There are many parallels between “The New Klan” and the growing license to express intolerance in the current political climate. This beautifully preserved film allows us to look at our past to inform our future.
Featuring Cirque du Soleil’s world famous “O” at Bellagio, Dreams of “O” captures a surreal and amphibious tableau of whimsical characters unlike any other. For this collaboration between Samsung Gear VR, Félix & Paul Studios and Cirque du Soleil, a high- speed under-water VR camera was built from scratch by the film studio, to be able to capture the complex and intricate water choreographies featured in this experience -it’s the first camera of its kind within the virtual reality medium. Brace yourself for an ethereal and fantastical visual journey that takes you up in the air with daring dives, and under water for stunning aquatic sequences.
A mysterious tree watches over a forest while humans traverse its paths, planning construction zones and searching for a lost person. As civilization slowly unravels, quiet new dynamics emerge. Floodplain is set against a man-made environmental crisis and explores our relationships to each other at the end of nature. If we can no longer be what we were, can we really become something new? Can we be a forest, or a stone; can we be a multitude of organisms; can we be nothing? Can we be something that we don’t know we can be yet?
A person wants to tell a story about someone being trapped inside a shoebox. And the very next moment he becomes a protagonist in his never-told story. Even worse, he is threatened by his average self who comes to claim his life. With Heroes of Night and Tragic, Croatian experimental theater group Ateatar proves you don’t need a 360 camera to shoot a 360 video, and paves the way for unlimited VR creativity.
Kinoscope is a VR experience immersing the spectator into a lively and colorful universe to discover the history of cinema lead by the voice of the Hollywood legend Dean Tavoularis, motion picture production designer whose work appeared in numerous box office hits such as The Godfather films, Apocalypse Now, The Brink’s Job, One from the Heart and Bonnie and Clyde.
Overview is a 30 minutes narrative experience on the objects of the cosmos, from the planets in our Solar System to the galaxies beyond the Milky Way. Created by Orbital Views and film director Paul Mezier with a team of scientists using data from NASA and the European Space Agency, Overview is an accurate and poetic adventure for all ages. How big is our galaxy? How far are we from the Sun? What does it feel like to be inside a nebula? You can now find, from your own perception, the answers to these questions. Much more than a documentary, Overview is an immersive real-time simulation tested with astronauts. It is the journey to the stars we have all dreamed of.
Shocking political drama about Hungary - in the EU, in 2018. 'Hungary 2018' is a political observational documentary about the main stream right-wing extremism and rising populism in Hungary at the government level. An independent documentary with no Hungarian state funding by the creators of the multi-award winner documentary Judgment in Hungary directed by Eszter Hajdu.
The events of the film begin on December 31, 1999 when Russia was acquainted with its new President. The film is based on unique and strictly documentary testimonies of the true causes and consequences of the operation “Successor”, as a result of which Russia ended up with the President who still rules the country. The protagonists of the film are Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Vladimir Putin, and the Russian nation, as always being a silent witness of its own destiny.
Interdisciplinary studies put into practice is a plane on which HaF's interests and mine coincide. Ideas of fictional research projects in films emerge very early on, or of film as research device, allowing people from different disciplines to come together and discover something, to pursue a line of thought, or just be adventurous.
Shot like an atmospheric Hollywood thriller, this chilling expose reveals the deadly heart of darkness behind Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte's obsessive war on drugs. In May, 2016, Duterete won a landslide victory, earning the praise of US president Donald Trump, then promising to wipe out the country's drug problem at any cost. In the first year of Duterte's operation, police killed 3,000 suspects in a state-sponsored bloodbath. This doc is a powerful indictment focusing on the individuals caught up in the chaos - from a brutal, cross-carrying police chief to a whisky-sipping mortician patiently waiting for the next victim to arrive. Directors Jones and Sorbil take their cameras to the streets, getting a first-hand glimpse into Duterete's murderous campaign.
Astronauts in the desert of Oman. Or is it Mars? Bedouines, spaceships, desertships, two young girls passionate about space and a lost director reflecting about decisions and fears in this big Universe, and the relation between exploration, nomadism, colonialism and freedom.
Debut writer and director Frank Beauvais crafts a brilliant and blistering essay recounting an intense personal crisis he experienced while living in an isolated French village. After his boyfriend leaves and his father drops dead in front of him, Beauvais begins watching four or five films a day, fiction, documentary even vintage porn often deep into the night. Beauvais daring and hypnotic confession is placed over clips from the 400 films the French filmmaker watched over the dark, four month period.
In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.
A white diplomat arrives in central Africa. He has bought an ambassadorship and claims to be business man on a diplomatic mission. Officially he's there to start a factory that produces matches - this, to employ locals and teach how to make matches. Unofficially he is there to gain access to vast reserves of diamonds.
Ada is 19. A man she knows invites her to dinner and she accepts. Everything goes so quickly. She doesn’t defend herself. Her genitals get torn, her mind is scattered. In spite or because of that, she goes back twice to confront this man. Her story intertwines with others, each one different, yet all the same – a nasty, insane and commonplace story.
Seven months after Donald Trump assumes the American presidency, acclaimed filmmaker Brett Story journeyed to all five boroughs of New York City asking people a simple question: what are your hopes for the future? The result is a precise and artfully framed meditation, both incisive and moving, that encapsulates the uneasy way many of us live now. Sam Adams in 'Slate' writes, "Even face to face with a bleak future, The Hottest August is stepped in (the) kind of delight...that reminds us that there's beauty in the world, and a future that's worth fighting for."
Mladic was one of the most infamous figures of the Bosnian war of the 1990s, synonymous with the merciless siege of Sarajevo, in which 15,000 people were killed or wounded, and the murder of over 7,000 Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in 1995 — the worst crimes in Europe since World War II. Filmed over five years, the film enjoys extraordinary access behind-the-scenes with prosecution and defence lawyers in the trial – perhaps the most important since Nuremberg – as well as with witnesses from both sides who were called to give evidence. The film also travels to Bosnia, where the past remains the present An epic story of justice, accountability and a country trying to escape from its bloody past.
American musicologist Chris King is a legend, the most obsessive collector of old 78 records alive, and also the only one who can use modern technology to unlock their sonic secrets & remaster them for a 21st century audience. For years, he's lived in a world of nostalgia, listening to music from a distant past. But his discovery of the music of Epirus in northern Greece changed his life.
Following the band Electric Orgasm on their overseas tour of the spring of 2018, we paint a portrait of one of the most popular and longest-ranging rock bands on the territory of the former Yugoslavia, revealing interesting and lesser-known details that made them their 39 year long career, all directly from the memories of the band members themselves.
In his barbershop, Bashkim tinkers with hair and hearts. He shares his philosophy of life with his customers, whom he treats like guests and reveals his next project: shooting a film. As director and protagonist he is transfigured from being a marginal figure to having the key role in an aesthetic exploration of the big concepts in life.
The film deals with Rron, a young Albanian boy from Kosovo who faces his expectations of going illegally to Germany.
An old lady is being closely watched by a young man, who actually acts like caring for her. Later on, he meets an ordinary thief and asks him to break in the old lady’s apartment. He manages to convince the thief to do the theft even though the latter expressed his unwillingness. After a week, the thief manages to do the evil act. Soon after that, the old lady gets ill. The thief finds himself in a situation of making a life-changing DECISION.
A journey over time. Depicting different states of mind. Making visible, the invisible. Giving voice to the voiceless. A journey through the mind.
During one of the last days of the winter two young Kosovar actors find some left over construction material next to the road. While dreaming about leaving the country without the visa hassle they decide to take the shattered parts with them. At an abandoned building they start constructing the different parts building their own one-man rocket - while stories from the past are brought up. Both boys decide that the rocket needs to be launched from the top of the highest mountains in Kosovo, the mythical Accursed mountains. After a dreadful hike to the top of the Accursed mountains, one of the boys will be launched into a new future
With four seasons as the backdrop, this film records the daily life and living status of the villagers left behind in a remote mountain village in the northwestern part of Shanxi Province, China. Reflecting the fading mountain village and telling the story of different farmers’ personal destiny and the changes in the village under the background of social development and change of the times.
Present-day Bosnia-Herzegovina is a country still reeling from the civil war in the early 90s. The Bosnian economy never recovered, and the country remains divided. In order to cope, many towns have transformed themselves into unique tourist destinations that bring together history, religion, politics and folklore. The tourist sites promoted are not only a reflection of peopleʼs attempts to make a livelihood but are also a means to promote and establish competing narratives about the countryʼs past, present and future. The Stone Speakers explores four towns in Bosnia-Herzegovina through their tourism, slowly unravelling these competing narratives.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, Michael Hutchence was flying high and topping the charts as the lead singer of the hugely successful Australian rock band INXS. There was, however, a darkness that always hovered behind the spotlight. Hutchence, a man who saw rock and roll as “liberation,” was a natural performer who channeled his unique brand of exuberant vocals and charismatic sex appeal onto the stage until his untimely death at the age of 37.
A group of young people in Kigali meet at the home of their deceased friend for a wake. Though he died at a young age, he led a singular life in a conformist society. They spend the evening in remembrance of him and his creative legacy, reflecting on their own life paths.
After a young woman is responsible for a hit and run, strange and spooky things starts to happen... A small thriller about people that are not always the best at making decisions.
Phnom Penh at night. Three young hip-hop dancers drive a single motorbike and stop on a muddy deserted road. Nick leaves the others to look for an iPhone he heard was lost in the area. Piseth and Thy discuss their hopes and doubts, and Piseth shows his best Michael Jackson moves. They meet Leakhena, a young female street vendor whose cart is full of colors.
21st May 2017, Mapusa-Goa, India. An ordinary night starts to turn wildly dramatic for Ketan, a Maharashtrian migrant, when an anonymous attack on his car congregates excessive attention in the Conformist Goan neighbourhood. Dreadful coldness knocks when the entire locality is calling out to Ketan and he’s stuck with his paramour in his small rented room while his pregnant wife is away at her parents house.