International Competition 2012
- 5 feature, 17 short fictions, 20 animations, 19 experimental and 13 documentary films
- film excerpts, trailers
- synopsis, bios, festival screenings, awards
FEATURE FILMS 1. (87')
The film, set in the mid 1990s outside of St. Petersburg, tells the story of an ethnic Yakut, Major Skryabin, a shell-shocked veteran of the Afghan-Soviet War, who works as a stoker. Living in the incinerator room, the Major shovels coal all day, turning a blind eye to his former military comrade t...
FEATURE FILMS 2. (88')
A man called Jake lives in the middle of the forest. He goes for walks in whatever the weather, and takes naps in the misty fields and woods. He builds a raft to spend time sitting in a loch. Drives a beat-up jeep to pick up wood supplies. He is seen in all seasons, surviving frugally, passing the t...
FEATURE FILMS 3. (70')
The film poetically traces the solitary existence of three sisters living in the traditional central western region of Iran, where the occasional travelling salesman serves as a distraction from the general monotony.
FEATURE FILMS 4. (87')
Bogdan George APERTI
(Romania / Austria):
Midway through her prison sentence, rebellious and self-destructing Matilda is granted a 24-hour temporary release to attend her mother's funeral. Not willing to return to jail, she plans to escape and flee the country. But before the day is over, Matilda must first confront her troubled past. She v...
FEATURE FILMS 5. (98')
Alyona SEMENOVA, Alexander SMIRNOV
As World War II wanes, the Soviet government sends envoys to villages in northern Russia. Their mission is to teach teenage girls to defuse German bombs still embedded in the earth. Meanwhile, the rowan trees are in bloom; they blossom only briefly, yet their wood is resilient. And though so differe...
SHORT FICTION FILMS 1. (82')
The story of first and last sexual experience.
Inspired by a real life fact, the story presents the inner journey of Corina, a Romanian girl trafficked into forced prostitution in Italy. Struggling to return to a normal life and haunted by what happened, she tries to deal on her own with the past. One night Corina decides facing her fears and g...
The main event in this village is a weekly film show at the local recreation center. The main character is a passionate fan of Indian films. But it’s not that easy to get through to the screening of your favorite film.
Anca Miruna LAZARESCU
(Germany / Romania):
Romania, 1986: Gregor and Vali want to get away. Both need each other, yet there is mutual distrust. One night Gregor finds his doubts confirmed. In the end only hope is left.
Two men in the night are waiting for their greatest hit...
SHORT FICTION FILMS 2. (95')
A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee. A man gets up and prepares coffee.
An old lady is on her deathbed. Her husband cope with regret of his wife, will try to pay their last tribute....
Jack means well, but sometimes good intentions have horrible consequences.
Don't move… not an inch… don't even blink…
The fragmented violence of war seen through the eyes of a General on his deathbed. A mind accustomed to a life on the battlefield surrenders to a stream of consciousness, mixing death, brutality, and finally, one last gesture of hope.
The film is based on the award winning play Jimmy, créature de r...
Cecilia FELMÉRI (KRÉZSEK)
(Hungary / Romania):
On a summer afternoon, a person spills coffee on himself, another feeds pigeons, another kills a bee, another dies, another copies patterns, another listens to the radio, another makes a phone call, another… And there may be certain connections among them all…
You have been thinking about leaving for years. Look at the photo. Again. You know where it is. A pigsty. Go. Kill him. Don't talk, say nothing. Whiskey. It's midnight. He can't explain it. She can't either. This city is rotten. Where is the life your parents promised you?
Emma and Carlos are unable to get over their misunderstanding relationship, but even then, they meet to fix it. Their meeting will turn into a brutal misunderstanding that will make them reconsider their ridiculous situation and start from scratch.
SHORT FICTION FILMS 3. (85')
After thirteen years behind bars Nina (39) is released from prison and her search begins for finding a place in this world again. In a short period of time she finds a place to live and an underpaid job. The attempt to get in touch with her by now grown-up daughter confronts her with a stranger.
Francisco Javier RUBIO
A young writer, a new house, a new life. A dinner celebrating his success. What could possibly go wrong?
Northern Ireland. The troubles are over but have left their marks. Three boys on their way to adulthood testing their juvenile strength on animals, things and humans. Every day is different and yet, every day feels the same.
Four long time friends. An unforgettable night. The will to live.
ANIMATION FILMS 1. (93')
(Poland / Switzerland):
"Danny Boy" is a film concerning the problem of social alienation, yet ironic social satire. The young man, clearly different than the other, wanders the streets aimlessly. One day he meets a girl. Will the woman, recognizing his dissimilarity, rejects him?
Starting his social work as paramedic, young Patrick soon comes in contact with patients that are all suffering from the same problem: loneliness. As he tries to help, he gets himself into relationships that are way more demanding than expected.
A tale of an obsession with junk food that may prove hard to swallow! Junk looks at our advance from living in a natural environment to a man‐made one. Like most of us, our hero is born, raised and will die in the paved world of the city. No longer familiar with, or sharing, the natural world ...
A poetic film based on distorted versions of French kids' riddle and proverb. "Let's wander in the woods, while the wolf is away. If he was around, I would wolf him down…"
Adrián Miguel DELGADO & Tenesor CRUZ NIESVAARA
A man very fussy about order punishes his cat in a very exaggerated manner. The owner of the animal starts to lose his mind as he obsessively speculates about the pet’s possible plans for revenge.
Human beeing is the slave of his imagination. It is a long and complicated journey of finding the way out of it and it requires a good memory.
The children of the village live by the law of the jungle.
Led by the meanest, they scorn the raven boy, the groups outsider.
When one day a fascinating girl appears, putting her spell on everybody, it is the raven boy of all people she takes interest in.
The small community´s moral confidence is shaken.
(The Netherlands / France / Belgium):
Life is good in the idyllic fairytale village of Nix. Until an all-devouring monster appears…
ANIMATION FILMS 2. (92')
Usually, we throw out the useless odds and ends that accumulate around us. In the best case scenario we let them pile up in a corner where they wait in hopes of a more auspicious turn of fate. But there was once someone who took great offence at bein...
Three different characters arrive at the strange world of retail park, and in doing so enter a twisted game where how they appear to one another defense how they act. Grotesque picture about how the day off can become working one.
César Urbina VITORIA
The gloomy dungeon of the Santo Oficio gaol in Logrono (Spain) is packed with prisoners accused of witchcraft. The sound of mystical chanting drifts out through the bars. It is a desperate cry for help that travels through valleys and mountains until...
Living in a strict and very regulated world, a man has to hide his homosexuality and dance, dance, until the moment he finds the strength to face these rules and reveal who he really is.
A man cut a pace of earth and other man …
A character creates a world that is beyond his control. Civilization and it’s accelerated evolution.
Jinx is a man with the head of a fish. Misfortune bubbles escape from his mouth. When one of them follows somebody, he becomes dogged by bad luck, and comes to a sticky end…
Our body remembers more than we can expect and imagine, our body remembers also the sorrow and pain of the predecessors. Our body sustains the stories of our parents and grandparents as well as their ancestors. But, how far back is it possible to go in your bodily memory?
Christobal DE OLIVEIRA
Diving into a coma, a female body experiences extreme inner tension. Its mutating silhouette gradually invades an empty space to a point of complete saturation.
Petrus, an old poet, lives in the "poetry shop" he closed a long time ago due to a lack of customers. Reclusive, he's fixed to his typewriter in a dark and filthy room. But bitterness and hatred have paralyzed his inspiration…
(France / Belgium):
Two bodies, giants almost naked, advance slowly to a circle of clay. This graphic experience features the expressiveness of their bodies which are to repeat a sumo ritual. The two wrestlers are fighting in a lightning way through each of their deeds, which are the direct expression of their being the most exposed.
A man grows up and leaves his mother's home. During his life, all he dreams about is to come back home – to retrieve his past.
But a lot of things happens in, things that cannot be fixed: his mother grows old, the house where he was so happy f...
EXPERIMENTAL FILMS 1. (74')
"This Thirst" drives us into an hypnotic journey along the sky train in Dubai. The disproportionate architecture bordering the tracks is trapped by a camera that will twist roads and buildings. The singer Reham accompanies this trip, with a disturbing message.
Alban GILY & Julien VRAY
Patty Dough sought out Bubbleman to give him an urgent mission: To deliver to Prez (president of the U.S. of A.) his can of dungfly, or TOX – a highly addictive, super strong hallucinogenic, the use of which causes transmutation… Indeed T...
Teenage Loretta is aware of the fact that everything leads to death.
Will she be able to do a "dance" of life?
For the first time, untold story about the heroine of a dark ballad written by Nick Cave and boldly interpreted by Katarzyna Groniec, "polish Edith Piaf".
Directed by "hope of polish ani...
(Sweden / Denmark):
A woman on her way home becomes a victim of a strange infection.
She soon realizes that an epidemic is spreading and there are larger forces at work.
While struggling to find a cure she also discovers that desperate times require hard choices.
Paying homage to the 1955 masterpiece Night of the Hunter, Deco Dawson has created a collage film using childlike miniatures, in-camera effects, 16mm footage of abandoned houses and a meticulous sound design that captures the eerie doom of the original.
„Our last class-trip was at the end of sixth grade in April 1997.
After this we did not see each other for years.
One of us took a dictaphone with himself on this trip.
Recently we have come across the recording by chance.”
This music video of the track „Wires and Snakes“ by Amon Tobin is set near Vienna in the former chambers of the servants of a baron. Every night anew, a ghost arises from its grave, haunting the mansion in search of its lost heart. As it roams the desolate rooms, life is returned to the ...
Out on the street, noisy traffic that never ends. Trying to close it out, but inside grows a monster who wants to beat its way out.
(United Kingdom / Italy):
An abstract study of human interaction, expressed entirely through movement and sound.
Filming people without a camera. Compacted, contracted, molded, kneaded, accelerated, multiplied, chained, unchained, exploded, cut up, tortured, ... .. the "Slices of Life" grind up human, to life, to death and to love. A real "shopping of life" among all the shelves of supermarkets and corner stor...
EXPERIMENTAL FILMS 2. (71')
Bicycle, present and past, fish and birds, visions, memories. The girl, the boy, and the faint possibility of drowning…
Vegetation is peacefully taking roots on the planet and everything seems to live in harmony.
But a sticky mushroom starts taking over the place insidiously, to finally destroy this ideal world.
In a flooded city two existentialist artists climb out of the water. Will they adapt to the situation?
Nekropolis – a city as an autonomous organism, shifting rhythmically between construction and deconstruction.
Encyclopaedia of Vienna pavement…
In the highest building of a city empty of inhabitants, a man goes up the stairs. Out of breath, he sits down in the middle of the way. Suddenly, a man jumps over his head and rushes down the stairs. Paying no attention to this unexpected encounter, the first man continues his way up. Exhausted by ...
In this handmade film, composed of more than 4000 collages, the actress Lillian Gish is seamlessly appropriated from silent-era cinema and plunged into a new and haunting role. Night Hunter evokes a disquieting dreamscape, drawn from allegory, myth and archetype. Music and sound by Larry Polansky.
She already sits there. All day long she could hear him.
She takes off. Finally walks into the kitchen (adding).
The shadow (us two) and the black flood.
She listens carefully (16.00 Hz).
And what is important stops existing (I can't be without you).
A young boy and his parents walk around in a carnival. The mother encourages her son to have a go on a ghost train, alone. Apprehensively, the child accepts. Across the tunnel, he will find himself in a real train where he will be confronted to himself and grow up.
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 1. (77')
Latvians think through mud and view the world through a “muddy” filter. Where does the mud come from, and why does it invariably remain: in this country, this language, and in our souls? Mud doesn’t just appear from tears falling upon dry earth. Mud also comes from spillover, done out of joy...
Sattar Chamani GOL
Hard-working people trying to obtain Oraman villages other blessings of nature and through hard and impassable mountain …
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 2. (72')
Alfonso Moral ROSER CORELLA
A reflection on modernity and global development. Men as machines. The use of human physical force to perform work in the XXI century.
The film takes place in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, where the "machine men" execute different physical works, a mass of millions of people who become the dri...
Piotr Stasik's film gives an insight into the contemporary Russia through the observation of young students and their everyday life at cadet school in Penza 700 km away from Moscow. The director picks up few characters, showing how much their stay at...
„Shanghai Banzai“– it‘s an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city center called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Polish, Gypsi...
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 3. (63')
Six strolls. Shanghai before Mao, Berlin during Weimar Republic, interwar Paris, the Soviet Union during industrialization, Japan before invading Manchuria and Barcelona at the beginning of Spanish Civil War. It's just about wandering down the street...
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 4. (78')
’Losing his mother early, after the war Uncle Imre goes to the town, works at different places of work. After his father’s death, he still has a farm besides his job but after retiring, however he cannot find his place from 1933, he retur...
During socialism, the Polish state Security Service annually opened tens of millions of letters. Every day, specialist units steamed open, read and analysed people’s private letters. This helped the authorities compile reports about the moods prevailing in society. Occasionally the content wou...
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 5. (88')
Barroso is an isolated region of Portugal where people live at the rhythm of the herds and the seasons. There, one can witness an ancestral way of life which will probably not last. Everyone knows it is the end of it soon and secretely draws the meshes of sparse memories. The memory resists, the set...
On April 10th in the morning first unsettling news about the air catastrophe of the government plane Tu-154 reached Poland. On the board of the plane there was the President of the Polish Republic – Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, government representatives, state institutions officials, membe...
WORLD AND IMAGES / DOCUMENTARY 6. (94')
Eva Katharina BÜHLER
(Germany / Bolivia):
Just beside an endless white desert up in the Bolivian andes, Daniel and his family lead traditional salt worker´s lifes.
Since it has become known that Salar de Uyuni holds the worlds´s biggest amou...
The film Fjord was shot in Naroyfjord, one of the narrowest fjords of Western Norway. The fjord is one of the main tourist attractions in Norway, and the landscape was included in UNESCOs world heritage list in 2005.
The filmmaker Skule Eriksen wanted to explore visually why this landscape is so ...
In all the borders of Iran, smuggling of fuels is very prevailing that lots of people are engaged with it. Form and kind of equipments for carrying the smuggled cargo based on the geographical situation is different but in all the situations human beings have the most important role. The reasons for...
We summarised the results of the MEDIAWAVE Summer Film Camp during the Ördögkatlan Festival (click here).