DokuFest is pleased to announce that for its nineteenth edition of the festival, and the first one in an online format, it will stream a selection of the films nominated for the prestigious European Film Awards (EFA) Best Short Film in 2019 award. This marks the eighth successive year of collaboration between DokuFest and European Film Academy in bringing the best of European Short Film to Kosovo by showcasing EFA Shorts programme.
This year’s programme unveils insightful and rich cinematic experiences that range from stories that document the poetic and tragic reflection on the everyday struggle of Palestinian breadwinners to a strange atmosphere of a village in the North of France or one of refugees and immigrants staking a claim to freedom. The array of films also presents stories of love in uncertain circumstances, turmoils of eating an egg, the roles of a life that collide over a phone call, or the struggles of a family as they try to put on a tent.
Full List of Films:
(Fool Time) Job
Pedro has found a new job. A kind of strange one, but these days, he can’t afford to be fussy. It’s a real chance! Anyway, he’s never been the kind of getting cold feet.
A Worthy Man / En Værdig Mand
Each night the baker, Erik, calls the late-night radio program to be honored “Joker of the Week”. All ties to his family are long gone - along with his sense of reality.
After the high-profile killing of Damilola Taylor, Cornelius’ family move out of London. But when they discover their new town is run by racists, Cornelius takes a drastic step to survive.
Black Sun / Siyah Güneş
After the dog days, a coming storm approaches during a sudden road trip to a distant island for a funeral. While the deceased is buried in haste, a man makes detour through Aegean Turkey: a dip in the sea, a dream at a town hotel, a light sleep at a hammam, a visit to the coffin-maker. After arrival at home, leftovers are eaten while mourning looms. The funeral is eclipsed by a final wish.
Edna – One of Many / Една
EDNA is animation which was inspired by the refugee crisis, where Macedonia played the unfortunate role of a transit country; in essence it is a love story set in a very unusual circumstances, told in a very abstract and poetic way.
A woman is locked in her home with an egg, which she is both attracted to and scared of. She eats the egg, she repents. She kills it. She lets the egg die of hunger.
Excesess Will Save Us
In a small village of the North of France, an attack alert has been set off due to the combination of two events: the beginning of the hunting season and an argument between drunk Polish workers.
Freedom of Movement
Maroan el Sani, Nina Fischer
Evoking the Olympic marathon in Rome 1960 in which Ethiopian Abebe Bikila won Africa’s first gold medal, running barefoot and becoming a sporting legend and symbol of an Africa freeing itself from colonialism in the process, the artists have re-contextualised this amidst Rome’s controversial rationalist architecture a new race involving refugees and immigrants staking a claim to ‘freedom of movement’.
Secretly she is filming everything. In a surreal apartment a cougar, a guest, a child and promises of a dog - if the child plays along.
Ziad, a Palestinian day laborer, is denied entry into Israel for work that day. The East Jerusalem border guards offer no explanation. Not wanting to return home empty handed after promising his daughter meat for dinner, he needs to get creative. The journey back is long, and what he encounters in the dry mountains challenges his dignity.
Patision Avenue / Leoforos Patision
Yanni’s mum is on her way to audition for a role as Shakespeare’s Viola, when she learns that her young son has been left home alone. Through a series of phone calls, she fights to balance the most important roles of her life, whilst walking in the most controversial area of central Athens, Patision Avenue.
Reconstruction / Rekonstrukce
Jiří Havlíček, Ondřej Novák
Olda (17) is an accused waiting for his trial in a detention centre for juveniles. The monotone prison life is gradually intertwined with memories of a police reconstruction. It took one summer night for the holiday boredom to turn into a cruel fun that resulted in death.
The Christmas Gift / Cadoul de Crăciun
On the 20th of December,1989, a few days after Ceausescu’s bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.
The Tent / Teltet
A dysfunctional family of four is going camping, and poor communications skills make it a struggle to co-operate when trying to put up a complicated tent.
Weightlifter / Штангіст
Professional weightlifter Petro is preparing for an important competition. But before the competition, he receives tragic news that force him to make a difficult decision. Petro’s inner conflict makes him into more than just a mechanical bundle of muscles.