ON THE ROAD online film programme 2014
The online filmfestival has an own site, click here and watch full movies.
We had lots of approaches in our mind when we first thought of the ON THE ROAD category. We were strongly impressed by the life of people being on the road due to outside or lifestyle pressures (gypsies or other nomadic or natural groups), individuals or their special communities (hippies, vagabonds), the destiny and possibilities of refugees seeking their places. Different intellectual journeys of artists, scientists or average people also appeared to us.
MEDIAWAVE "ON THE ROAD" Online Film Festival signal - Dir.: Nagy Péter Music: Paniks (Szabadka)
We were greatly surprised that film makers also had varied interpretations of the category: more than 20 percent of the record number of entries we received this year were submitted to the ON THE ROAD competition as well. We must say that the authors’ intention was not always clear to us, but if it was a high quality film, we decided to show it to the public. Let the audience’s votes and the professional jury judge over the films in competition.
It is important to note, that the Online International Film Competition is different from the 'classic' MEDIAWAVE International Film Competition. There are a couple of films to be shown in both competitions and this is indicated on the film site.
FEATURES & SHORT FICTION FILMS
Groningen, the Netherlands. Jos wakes up in a homeless shelter, his regular place to spend the night. It's almost ten o'clock in the morning. Street life commences, regardless of the weather. Whether he's sick or not, whether he wants to or not: Jos has to leave. Like all other days. The shelter wil...
Baji and headman are the sole survivors of an isolated village . that is going under the water little by little .
They are the only companion & confidant of one another, who are waiting for their travelers.
One night haphazardly & due to constraints of nature , they stay away from each...
Two brothers and their little sister are thrown out of their flat because they haven't paid the rent. The orphans pack up their few possessions and go out to the country, where the family owns a small plot of land. The children set up camp, knowing they have to fend for themselves. But this solution...
A young woman trains intensively for an unusual test by diving, running, meditating and trying to fully control her body, but it refuses to do everything she wants. Despite health and family complications however, she fights on. During her trial, emotions fly high and her family threads interfere so...
An old woman has committed a thievery and maybe she has not…
Life is full of these kinds of judgments.
An unnamed village in the Podlasie region. The inhabitants lease out land which does not technically belong to them, but so far the operation has proceeded without problems. They keep to themselves, in seclusion, without interaction with the outside world.
Then, suddenly, a nameless Stranger arrives...
She can’t believe it when he arrives at the restaurant looking squalid, shabby and unwilling to explain himself. The truth sounds way too absurd and being a notorious liar, he can’t risk anything. Cornered, he tells her an intricate story...
It's 1989. Ulrich is a founder of a publishing house which allows the society to write books. He believes that it will encourage a societal belief about infirmity of the system he lives in. However, it becomes otherwise. Ulrich exploited by the commu...
Dario does not know the world around him. He has never seen his mother's face, not even heard his voice. He’s deafblind from birth, a condition unknown to many people. The sun is for him a pleasant feeling of warmth, a garden becomes a mixture of odors released, the music is reduced to the vib...
Group of Dezfoulion people leaving the city so sadly dressed of war to return to their families, at this time jets attack them.
A Finnish Jan and a Latvian Daina are smuggling organs from Latvia to Finland and they are traveling there through Estonia. The couple stops to eat in a small restaurant by the road. Something unexpected happens and their stay lengthens.
( Armenia / Russia):
Dedicated to heroes and mothers.
The hunter is a film of our time, the film shows the relation of the person to MOTHER (in the deepest meaning of this word), AS the BASIS FOR LIFE
Paris, a few days after the death of the King of Pop and a few days before Christmas, he and she happen to meet in the back seat of a cab. They ride along through the streets, among the city lights, j...
A man tries to send a bore back to wildlife which lost its mom by a car accident. And he meets a woman who lost her family by the accident at the tunnel. Between the two, he is left with no choice.
Our protagonist had better days. His girlfriend is leaving him, there is a strange man following and threatening him and his phone gets stolen. He tries to make things right but whatever he does he seems to be getting into more and more trouble.
His actions take him to the Christus Kirche overlook...
It seems as if it were a crisis. Everybody seems to be leaving... But how was it earlier?
A girl accidentally finds a gun and wanders the streets wondering what to do with it.
( Iraq / Kurdistan):
Never does Nazi like her father's job, but destiny says something else. She has to go on the same job. Maybe thanks to her love for Abed or.....
Cholera: Path. Acute, infectious disease, often epidemic and very serious.
Clara LAPERROUSAZ & Laura LAPERROUSAZ
Summer, Southern France, the heat shines down on Ezechiel's family. Iris, who is pregnant, is on the verge of destroying everything. She wants to abandon her daughter Luna just before her 4th birthday because she is hauntingly afraid of losing her. The poetic and sensory connection of a child to the world...
( Azerbaijan / Germany):
Azerbaijan. Yagub lives with his adult son Musa in a small house in a desolate place. They lead a solitary life. Musa, mentally disabled and limited in his motor skills, assists his father with his work. Yagub is a carpenter and earns his money espec...
Ásta Júlía GUðJÓNSDÓTTIR & Haukur M HRAFNSSON
( Poland / Iceland):
Bruised is a surreal film covering a story of a young man transported into a world without women after a motorbike accident on a lonely highway.
(Bosnia and Herzegovina / Hungary):
As an escape from his early mid-life crisis and wrecked marriage a Bosnian man puts the fate of his life in the hand of his new lady-friend: his GPS. As the GPS leads him to unknown places he embarks on a more and more personal relationship with her.
A boy receives a call in which he's informed about a tragic event. He leaves for home.
A man returns from France to Portugal in search of his Mother's grave. He wants to make her an homage. He wants to redeem himself from the past.
He searches for the only person who might know where his mother is buried. He founds her, but she knows nothing.
When he is ready to give up he has a revelation...
( Romania / Hungary):
The film is about an inner journey, in which the female protagonist closes a relationship, then starts a new one.
Mehmet Akif BÜYÜKATALAY
Four Muslim friends meet in the woods to pray together in peace and to chat over a cup of tea. The friendly harmony is broken when Seydi is outed and the group spirals into arguments about Islam, sin and belief, about forgiveness and punishment—...
Paula RAE GIBSON
Short story of a girl falling for a boy , but becoming needy. Too dependant, and lost in the process. Actors Allison Willow and Michel Biel act Paula Rae Gibson's tale, which she also films and directs and adds music to, written by her and Will Gregory of Goldfrapp.
ANIMATION & EXPERIMENTAL FILMS
A Somali man leaves Africa and sets out to Europe in search of a better life, but his journey is not an easy one. An animated documentary film is based on interviews conducted within the Letters from the World project.
I buried a couple of rolls of 8mm film in 2012. Making use of the poetic mood given by the texture caused by mould i created a short film, for wich Zsolt Mészáros written a story.
( Hungary / Ireland):
Tom #16 delivers packages on a bike. He's rushing amongst cars and buses, the pace is intense, and time's less and less...
Slow, dream-like pictures... with the handwriting of the dying poets last poems...
With the music of István Kovács Tickmayer.
Young woman lost in the rules of her surrounding wolld.
A young woman's dream involving her mother, ocean, and deep yearnings.
The images you are watching were shot by Domenico Notarangelo, who was for several years correspondent for the communist newspaper “L’Unità”, political leader and local governor...
A man lives a lonely life in a cold, harsh ice world, but he never plans to leave. One day, the sun comes out and threatens to melt everything he holds dear. He builds a boat out of snow to escape the sun’s wrath setting out on a journey of destruction and rebirth.
Animation about the joy of love and creation, the play between the male and the female essence visualized in a metaphoric, simbolic way, the ferility (creativity) which is ours to give birth to a new life, a new work of art, like gods, artists and women. Everything is erotic but sacred and is expres...
The animation is basicly about life itself, wich starts by planting a seed, in this case - the egg. The procedure of growing demonstrates the necessity and acceptence of changes.
A self-censored film criticizing press censorship on Gezi Park protests which was happened between May-July in Turkey.
Dji is an unusual death. The Dark Knight has appeared in a different form. No, he is not white and fluffy. Dji is just terribly unlucky. All he has to do is to take the soul of a dying man. But the screenwriters prepared some obstacles for Dji. Will he manage to overcome them? You'll see.
Victor OROZCO RAMIREZ
( Germany / Mexico):
It was autumn when I arrived in Germany. I thought that in this exotic country I could distance myself a little bit from Mexico, but I was wrong. Drug traffickers managed to take me back in a ruthless way. A short animated documentary about the drug-related violence in Mexico.
„Nonius, the stud-horse who is belived to have been the forefather of the Nonius trible of Mezőhegyes, was born in the classical land of the age of romance, i.e. in Normandy, the homeland of the Tancreds and the Roberts. Torn out of the Norman breed in the year 1810, he was placed in the Frenc...
( Hungary / Germany):
The film tells the story of Maxi the Squirrel, the multifunctional giant squirrel. Maxi the Squirrel is a homeless sailor, sailing through the 8th see, means the 8th district, ghetto part of Budapest. Through his journey he gathers allies to sing abo...
BÁRÁNY Krisztián & BÁRÁNY Dániel
Life at the shores of the Danube was thriving for centuries. despite the several hitorical novels we still know barely anything about this environment. Sailors, soldiers, goldminers seem to be legends, though their heritage, stories live among us.
What is fear? What is the young mans most fearness? Maybe the first steps in real adult life? Maybe the fearness itself.
Krisztian a day decided, that he face to his most fearness and going to meet his heroes. That celebrities whom they adored as he was child. Who were dominant to his personality...
The story of Géza Werling, a 69 year old inventor, going through the past 45 years, wich based the method of corrosion protection used in modern car manifacturing. The film introduces his invention, wich was a lifetime ahead of its time, taking corrosion protection to perfection and his struggle ag...
NAGY Róbert & HORVÁTH Gergely
( Hungary / Croatia):
Ivan Ladislav Galeta is a fine artist, a university teacher and well known artist of croatian experimental filmmaking. Recently works on building an artistic landscape based on the experiment of several artists, thinkers and writers. The film was sho...
„ The capacities of one man seldom allow the handling of more than one problem area. I suspect this is why my work has been only a paraphrase of the original problem, light.
I became ...
( Russia / Hungary):
A movie which gives an insight into the mysterious Russian Soul through a portrait of a fragile and strong Russian woman who behaves like Dostoyevsky’s lonely hero of the 2nd class on the Trans-Siberian Railway. As a carriage attendant she serves hundreds of passengers every day, even if she...
We don't know yet, how chinese the székely has become...
Our story interprets the struggle of a paralized man Laci and his friends with their demons, and all this happening at the Far-East...
The members of The Eight, inspired by the painting of the early 20th Century, in particular, French Modern painting, created an artistic congregation. Here, the cream of the literary, musical and fine arts convene. As they prepare for their most impo...
Still at Soviet times the family of Alexej Kliunia was moved from Belarus to an island in the middle of Ladoga Lake in Russia. Some decades have passed since then and Alexej Kliunia, by now an old man, is left alone on the island. His only friend is the horse named Almaz. Alexej wants to die first s...
Laima (Happiness), 23 years old, has a husband and two babies.
She lives on the roadside (a noisy place) of the Via Baltic, which is very important in the country.
2012 (the year of the London Olimpic Games) was a lucky year for Laima.
Andrej Macko is a man whose artistic outlook was shaped by his life experience of participation in the civil war and the postwar disillusionment in the civic norm of life. All of this has opened his creative outlet and Macko went the uncompromising way - aware of himself as a man of nature and as an artist.
( Georgia / Germany):
Georgian village Ushguli lays in the Upper Svaneti to the North-East from Tbilisi. Located 2,200 meters above sea-level, it is one of the highest-populated locations in Europe and is a Unesco World Heritage site. Georgian documentary filmmaker Giorgi Mrevlishvili is planning to organize a film scree...
We are on the edge of Finisterrae, regarded in ancient times as the "Last Stop", beyond it there was nothing but the big expanse of the ocean.
From this place the ancient pilgrims threw their dirty clothes down into the ocean so they could leave everything before turning back.
Amin Lazar, a polish...
NOVÁK Tamás & KISS Sándor
Whoever reads the books of Mihály Csíkszentmihályi knows what is "flow" about. The idea of flow which tries to reveal the secret of happiness has a large and enthusiastic audience worldwide. Behind the success there is a lifelong investigation and research on what is hidden in the meaning of "happiness"...
WORLD AND IMAGES - MINORITY FILMS
Like all good Westerns, Wild West Hebron challenges the ideas of hero and villain. In the often-violent area of Mt. Hebron, a conflict between Palestinians, Israeli settlers, and anti-occupation activists may seem clear-cut, but the journey of one se...
SZÁNTÓ Fanni & MÁLNÁSI CSIZMADIA Anna
The documentary is about 5 immigrants, heading the same direction. During their journey we get familiar with their story, and meet them at the call shop, trying to hear from their love ones.
Turkish-Arab-Muslim-Hungarian or Muslim-Arab-Hungarian-Turkish Budapest, as we never knew it. Will the butcher, who knows the Islamic cut, arrive for the store opening from Istanbul in time? And why cannot the oldest and much seen Turk of Budapest te...
KIS Anna & NAGY Viktor Oszkár & TRENCSÉNYI Klára
Zsuzsa & Mubarak
documentary by Anna Kis
A snapshot of the marriage of Mubarak and Zsuzsa shows that communication might prove an even greater challenge than reconciliating Islam and Eastern-European culture.
Bernadett & Sanju
Many new five-story buildings was built in Moscow during the sixties of the last century. Service life of these houses was designed for 50 years - communism must come in fifty years as the President Khrushchev considered. Now these houses are destroyed in order to build new houses in their place. Ne...
LETENYEI László & ZEA Javier & SZABÓ Simon
The film introduces the Inti Raymi - The Festival of the Sun, and the life of a community of people originally coming from the Andes, in the meantime lliving in Hungary.
( Hungary / Slovakia / USA / Canada):
Europe is a palate of cultures and environments that are all relatively easily accessible. To us it is a place of travel, a stew of knowledge and different perspectives but some of these perspectives don’t agree with each other. Immigrants a...
Traveling to the Uz Valley today is a kind of time travel. The bunkers imploded during the First World War, the anti-tank obstacles of the Second World War, the remaining buildings of the otherwise depopulated countryside and the impossible condition...
BÁRÁNY Krisztián & BÁRÁNY Dániel
BOROS Ferenc & ROZMÁN László
The film presents the life story of the roma painter and graphic artist, József Ferkovics. From the life of an orphan grown up in state institutions, through the work of the miner prentice has he than...
Civitas Foundation for Civil Society have made a documentary film int he frame of the project Traditional Treatments in Odorhei Region. In late summer and early autumn 2013 they visited 19 communities where they conducted 32 interviews. The Foundatio...
“Moritats” are old folk songs about crimes and are typical of Central Europe. Zęla Trovkę is a “moritat” from Slovakia which the Holland Baroque Society has recovered to include in its Barbaric Beauty programme. Maite Larburu, the orchestra’s violinist, unveils the son...
It's hard to describe what the word JAZZ means. Yet, when someone listens to jazz music almost instantly recognizes what it is, even if he never heard anything from that band before, or never encountered that type of jazz before. What makes jazz being jazz, who makes jazz being jazz. Who are these p...
Stewart MORGAN HAJDUKIEWICZ
Eddie Prévost, percussionist and improviser, is a key figure in the British experimental music tradition which continues to thrive today. For 50 years he has been exploring the spontaneous musical process found at the heart of Jazz.
This film presents an opportunity to observe Eddie Prévost playing...
Tibor Szénási ’Tosko’ was the last, ‘naive artist’ Gypsy lead fiddler who kept the folk music heritage of the Galga Valley. He and his friends were the last representatives of the way of life of village Gypsy musicians who liv...
Xavier AMELLER & Ghislain DE VAUX
In the role of the voodoo dj, the musician Freddy'Jay officiates behind his turn tables and bewitches his dancers up to trance under the benevolent protection of an impenetrable beauty.
CZABÁN György & GYŐRI Csilla & KRONAUER Ádám
We summarised the results of the MEDIAWAVE Summer Film Camp during the Ördögkatlan Festival (click here).