International Film Programme 2014
- 4 feature, 22 short fictions, 33 animations, 9 experimental, 5 dance and 15 documentary films
- film excerpts, trailers
- synopsis, bios, festival screenings, awards
FEATURE FILMS 1 (74')
Lou MA HO
( South Korea / France / Vietnam):
Master Truong, the old Fearless of the emperor, is nearing the end of his life and he has not yet found his successor.
The country has to be prepared for war and the Emperor is furiously impatient. He gives him two weeks to find it.
Master Truong goes to visit a famous General (Master Wing) who ...
FEATURE FILMS 2 (87')
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...
FEATURE FILMS 3 (87')
( Estonia / Georgia):
Autumn in the 1990s. An Estonian village in Abkhazia. Forest-covered hills, the sea, tangerine orchards. The Abkhazian War in Georgia. Two villagers – an old man Ivo and his neighbour Markus – are the only ones who haven’t left. Markus wants to harvest his tangerine plantation, alt...
FEATURE FILMS 4 (89')
This is a story of Jacek, his brother Tomek, and Magda. Each character is alienated and lonely in his or her own way. Magda condemns herself to loneliness. Tomek has savant syndrome—a brain dysfunction that isolates him from society and Jacek l...
SHORT FICTIONS 1 (101')
Hopes of a brighter futur fade and a sense of hoplessness gains a generation as more young people decide to leave the homeland.
A Film Noir with shadows.
A shadow is telling its life story with his "Wearer", a flesh and bone double, who one day it decides to get rid of...
Revenge. Feels so good. Are you ready to pay the price for it?
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...
A young country girl Aliide goes to city in order to fulfil her dreams. The city appears as a class room of her „graduation exam“ where Aliide, dazzled by pseudo ideals in the beginning, realizes what is real. As always, love turns out be her diploma.
The conscienceless enterprise, TheOnly Group, sells tainted food to customers, and runs dialysis centers at the same time. However, ignorant customers sitting in the dialysis center follow 24-hour news and enjoy tainted lollipops. Miserably, the authorities concerned can't take immediate action to d...
( Poland / Sweden):
Shrouded in a heavy mist, an old Fisherman casts his fishing line from a pier into the dark ocean. An obscure man – the Collector – stands at a distance, with a pocket watch in one hand and a protocol in the other. His eternal duty is to be present at a specific time and place to oversee...
SHORT FICTIONS 2 (100')
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 young woman and a dropout come face-to-face in the deserted corridors of the Paris Metro as the last train pulls out. At first he looks every bit the mugger but, bit-by-bit, his true intentions become clear, as does his link to the tragic events, which have dramatically altered life for each of them…
Tadji is a French gypsy living somewhere in the Paris suburb. When Tadji meets Cassy, a beautiful wild nomadic gypsy, he can't imagine her family could be against their love story because Tadji is not on the road anymore and not considered as a real gypsy.
Cassy is therefore confronted to a hard di...
Allan and Stine are two persons stay together as a couple out of coincidence. While he strives to get out of crime, she is gearing up to dumping him. And then he kidnaps her along on the 'last heist' to set them up for life. It goes horribly wrong and he finally sends her away. But Stine has discove...
Sofiane is a young suburban who doesn't manage to accept his sexuality described to be deviant by his circle and his family. He's gay and homophobic, one day riff-raff, one night fag, he's lost. He embodies the distress of youth without marks searching for freedom and hope.
SHORT FICTIONS 3 (102')
A child who is not a child anymore, a mother who is gone forever and a father who never stops to possessing her, beyond life. The Hen is a desire that persists over time, it is a devastating routine that gets sick until become death.
1986, Hungarian village. Cleaning rags arrive to the local factory: used clothes from the forbidden but desired West. Women of the village gather in the secret of the night to open up the container and indulge their craving for glamorous Parisian fashion. Ecstatic joy replaces the dull grayness of t...
( Romania / The Netherlands):
Once a week, Frank visits Eva.
One day, being very tired, he falls asleep in her bed.
Alex celebrates her 60 th birthday in a shaby seaside ressort in Beirut. Waiting for friends who will never come, Ali, the waiter, and the unexpectedt landing of Gina, a Russian dancer will offer Alex a peculiar party before the long awaited arrival of Frank. At last, Alex will be able to put her ...
Katrin Maimik & Jan Erik Nõgisto
30-year-old Maarit lives in a small flat with her despiteful father Evald. Since Maarit spends all of her time and energy taking care of her crippled father, she has had to forsake the fulfilling life of a grown woman. She does not have any serious r...
SHORT FICTIONS 4 (100')
Nowadays, in Tristan da Cunha. 270 people live on this small island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Nick and Anne, two teenagers, have known each other since their birth, and are lovers since childhood. But Anne’s just made up her mind: she’s going to study in England, 6152 miles away from Tristan.
Two boys, a man and a woman. Two different loves and one sheep.
( Hungary / Belgium):
In a village in East Hungary, Dani, an adolescent boy, grown up in an orphanage, falls in love with his classmate. He is trying to get close to her with an obscene and grotesque way of behavior. He doesn't understand the rules of this game of love, such knowledge has never been taught to him.
( 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.....
Good Night is an intimate portrait of two teenage girls on a secret night out where their childhood innocence is threatened by an awakening sexuality. Giving mixed signals to the men they meet, the boundaries between innocent play and dangerous seduction begin to blur.
ANIMATIONS 1 (96')
Carl ROOSENS & Noémie MARSILY
The breath of a jogger, a demolished anthill, a puddle, a sandwich left on a bench, a squirrel ... fragments of lives that take us for a walk around the lake, with the words and music of "Carl & les hommes-boîtes".
Louis Jean GORE
In Louisiana lives Billie Broussard, she is black, young and ingenuous. She discovers that love gives birth to drama. Dramas that may have torn her down had she not believed in ancient Voodoo power. Billie becomes a woman and gets her revenge. Yet keeps on singing…
The film was produced in a oneshot-movement.
In a hotel hallway, the camera plunges into the microcosm of the hotel corridor carpet.
(Quote from the movie "THE SHINNING") between crystal structures and inhabitants of this world, we see an American house dust mite at work ...
The tale of regret and forgiveness.
What is memory loss? In the labyrinth of fear, a stranger becomes a close person and home turns into a trap. Groping her way down the track of familiar objects and shapes, the character is trying to go back to the life that used to be her own. This latest clay animation from Izabela Plucińska is a c...
6 m² for living…
On the battle fields of the First World War, the nurse Simon patches up the shattered faces of the infantrymen with love letters. These words from beloved women have the power to heal the wounds of these paper soldiers. Simon himself seems immune to injury. Untouched by the attacks and unblemished i...
A funny portrait of hair lovers. Seductions, disappointments, fantasies…
Thomas STELLMACH & Maja OSCHMANN
See short version below.
Abstract ink drawings seem to come out of nowhere. Following a secret choreography, they take on characteristics and moods of the music and narrate a story that appears to be laid out in the music. The interplay of timid encounters and dynamic pursuits, the agile lightne...
The Devil arrives at a deserted no man's land, where he finds a video game machine. The game's purpose is too kill all as many teddy bears as possible. Will the bears be able to escape? This is a video clip for the heavy metal group "Betzefer", made in the classic technique of puppet animation.
Ada the Crow dreams of getting married. She has come to the conclusion that it is important to be dressed up as sharply as possible, everything else happens all on its own – the pastor always marries the girl in the fanciest dress to the handsomest boy!
At the same time, Otto the Architect is...
ANIMATIONS 2 (92')
Applying an unconventional narrative, the film presents a subjective world through 47 scenes. The small events, interlaced by associations, express the irrational coherence of our surroundings. The surreal situations are based on the interactions of humans and nature.
An update of our classic female anatomy.
A woman is forced by her husband to be silent forever. But, when listening to nature she finds her own song and the hope for a new life.
Exploring iconographic imagery of the female form. Morphette is an exploratory journey into an ambitious and far-reaching analysis into the evolution of the definition of femininity. It takes on a range of sinister turns punctuated by angelic musings.
Rich and complex imagery sourced from within t...
Blackwood is an animated series full of black humor and absurdity, and based on old and dark folk tales and the classics of the early horror literature. The first episode is the adaptation of an E. A. Poe short story.
Two elderly swimmers meet at the baths for their ritual swimming. This time they are diving deeper than usual.
Ludo was born with a drawer instead of his bellybutton. His parents, an alcoholic father and a depressive mother, use him as a dustbin. One day, his mother brings him to the doctor who diagnoses that Ludo isn't a child but a chest of drawers...
A summer, lazy day at the beach. The wind unhurriedly turns the pages of a book read by one of the sunbathers stretching in the sand. In boiling sun the bodies seem to melt like ice lollies. Only cold water that delicately washes out the feet brings the relieve. Although the waves caress the sunba...
In an imaginary musical world, a young woman seeks escape, loses herself and tests her own limits. Gradually she must open up in order to reinvent herself.
The relationship of the master and the follower carries all those values through generations that were preserved in traditions during centuries. The young pupil turns into an adult in the presence of music, while discovering the beauty of fabricating instruments.
Two managers Adolf and Rudolf solve a problem that threatens to ruin the company.
A dense, pitch black night. The moon glances balefully. Someone will die tonight. Suddenly the carousel of death moves on and there is nothing to stop it. Joined by a fine thread the skeletons waft up and then fall straight into the clip of the fatal revolver. The bones are patiently assembled and...
A young woman touches herself. From her pubic hair, a huge beast is born, whose body both merges with and abuses her own.
ANIMATIONS 3 (89')
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.
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” Arthur C. Clarke.
On the Papua coasts, in the middle of the Pacific War, some Papuans are looking for the magnanimity of the Cargo god elaborating a new ritual.
( China, Canada):
This seven-minute animated film uses water and ink to create a visual experience on screen, creating a mood from a poem which tells a love story of human joys and sorrows.
Slowly, the steel jaws devour the old tower. An previous owner rushes into the rubble, chasing unwary children. Then begins a strange journey into the heart of this "house" which shelters so many memories...
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.
Uri KRANOT & Michelle KRANOT
( Denmark / France / Canada):
An evocative film about the human search for a place to cal 'home'.
Ana NEDELJKOVIC & Nikola MAJDAK
The Brainless Rabbits live in Rabbitland – the “perfect” democracy. The Rabbits spend days voting on democratic elections, which take place in Rabbitland once a day, because Rabbitland is an ordered democracy.
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.
...And they lived happily ever after... But did they? What happened to the Grimm characters after their stories had finished?
EXPERIMENTALS 1 (84')
Scarred Skies documents industrial pollution, that despite the harm it causes, creates visual delight, and by association awakens a sense of desire and off loss in the bystander, who cares to look up.
David GESSLBAUER & Michael LANGE
An unknown protagonist finds herself in an intense, audiovisual vicious circle - literally.
Despertar is the visual narration of a woman's dream. Her body, imaginary landscape, undergoes symbolic metamorphoses as her dream goes on, calling up the origins of life and the elements that compose it. Her inner awakening, led by her instincts, appears as a struggle between opposed forces, those ...
Iraj MOHAMMADI RAZINI
A man digging In a desert and dried land in the midst of a ruin. Perhaps he is looking for a treasure
Suddenly, a black bird catches his attention
He gathered his Tools and went from ruins to ruins following the sound of a bell
Hoping to find a black bird
But Raven will be lost among the thousan...
( 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...
( France / The Netherlands):
A short hallucinative film about making dreams and making sacrifice:
« Hail! To all the souls - O
Hiding on rotting floors
Little did they know that they would make today »
In the rubble of a run-down city, somewhere in Eastern Europe, Mikhail is grappling with his own personal demons, in the course of an ultimate journey among the ghosts trapped in the pages of a book. Faded images from the past and painful memories gradually come to life.
( USA / France):
The last journey of a fish as it sings its own requiem, from its sale at the fish market all the way into the frying pan.
The travelling salesman Jonathan Fisch peddles glass eyes. The attic room no. 606 has its pitfalls. Something rather peculiar is happening beyond the wall. Jonathan Fisch can expect a very turbulent night. A night that begins one evening in late Autumn and doesn’t end until Spring.
DANCE FILMS (69')
What if we could escape our daily routine for a moment ? A step, just one, that could move us miles away from here, in a second; a flash step. A Shunpo.
'Those who move away from God get closer to him as well,
only they have taken the longer way'
A young, much loved, beautiful girl suffers from a hit and run on the streets of New York City. Her lifeless body is brought to the morgue.
She wakes up among the dead dregs of society. Surrounded by the corpses of junkies, prostitutes, homeless, and gangsters, she is terrified and attempts to escape...
( Poland / United Kingdom / Morocco):
For several years now, the polish contemporary dance scene has been essentially formed by young artists who create solo performances with modest financial resources. A circle of dance theorists coined the term "generation solo". "Soloists" is a perso...
Aurélio VASQUES & Bernardo SASSETTI
It carries no memory or time, it drifts... One can see more than one view and more than one function. It is defined as a limited process In an endless change, where monotony does not exist... Assuming level zero at some points It also has critical stages where it reaches maximum levels, and then beg...
WORLD AND IMAGES 1 (93')
( 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...
A portrait of a season - a journey through North Russia and Siberia, through the feelings and thoughts of the people who have to cope with one of the world's harshest climates; a reality where the boundary between life and death is so thin that is sometimes almost nonexistent, where civilization con...
Stream of Love is a documentary-tale of an elderly peasant widower who wants to try his luck at getting married again. As he visits many women in the village, the deep and dramatic secrets of body-and-soul, love and joie de vivre come to life. Likeable elderly villagers, who have grown wise, yet s...
WORLD AND IMAGES 2 (121')
It’s been more than ten years now that fine artist Imre Bukta, one of the leading figures in Hungarian contemporary art, moved back to his home village Mezőszemere in Heves county. “Another Hungary” attempts to show the very special and very sensitive way Bukta looks at the world around him...
( Spain / Ethiopia):
In Addis Abeba, the Ethiopian capital, over 270.000 street kids live without their parents and almost forgotten by law and society. The film follows Daniel, aged just 9 years old and Habtom and Yohannes, both aged 12 and living in an abandoned car. Together, they share the hard life in the city, sur...
WORLD AND IMAGES 3 (82')
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...
In 2008, a 25-year-old Estonian junior sergeant Andrei lost his right leg during the mission in Afghanistan. Two years later, the young man walks with the help of his artificial leg among other soldiers in the woods, planning to rejoin the mission. The film follows Andrei’s objectives and the ...
WORLD AND IMAGES 4. (111')
MuLa lives in a Thai village by the Burmese border. She is from the Kajan people and her neck is adorned with characteristic gold neck rings. Her life has not been easy as she had to leave her native Burma and seek refuge in Thailand while her only daughter stayed home. MuLa makes her living selling...
In the labyrinth of water and reeds that make up Romania’s Danube Delta lies Europe’s largest wetland. A lost paradise and home to a vast diversity of animals and plants. The most recent arrivals are horses, who over 20 years ago were released to roam free. GONE WILD explores the hierarc...
WORLD AND IMAGES 5 (111')
Raul DE LA FUENTE
Cerro Rico in Potosí (Bolivia) is a lawless territory, characterized by brutal violence. The miners risk their lives every day, digging for silver and zinc in crumbling galleries. The ones that survive think they’re entitled to anything and everything. And that’s when they go on the hun...
In a care home surrounded by magical forest deep in the middle of nowhere, the residents lead quiet, unruffled lives. Only Sundays seem to bring any variety. For Sunday is visiting day. On Sunday, the residents’ preparations for their families’ arrival start with the early morning. Yet w...
Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The filmmakers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate…
WORLD AND IMAGES 6 (84')
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...
( Nepal / Finland / Norway / United Kingdom):
Britain began recruiting Nepalis 200 years. Gurkhas, famous for wielding a curved khukuri knife, have seen numerous wars. 200,000 fought in two world wars; 50,000 were killed. Though paid meagrely, Gurkha income and pension has helped thrust Nepal’s economy...
WORLD AND IMAGES 7 (83')
Samba, together with football and beautiful woman, is what springs to mind when we think of Brazil. We wish to transcend such cliches and take Samba at its word, for what it is. And that is the great discovery of this film: that Samba cannot be reduced simply to dance and lascivious hip movements. S...
We summarised the results of the MEDIAWAVE Summer Film Camp during the Ördögkatlan Festival (click here).