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Angel Business is a documentary about the financial and personal challenges of becoming one of the first angel investors during the birth of Hungary’s startup era. Tony balances financial risk, market knowledge and his family’s health and happiness to reach his goal – to foster new ideas and help emerging entrepreneurs. Zsuzsanna Gellér-Varga • Ungaria • 2018 • 56′
In March 1990 Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent. In January 1991 Soviet forces stormed Vilnius and unarmed civilian Lithuanians confronted the invading paratroopers and tanks. Fourteen people were killed and seven hundred injured. Delta Zoo is a partly animated feature documentary about 13 handpicked teenage boys – among them Crab, Spider, Crocodile, and Whale – who are playing war. With no proper training, but with extreme courage and patriotism they were willing to stop Soviet tanks with their bare hands and with the kicks they learned from karate movies watched on VHS.
Andrius Lekavičius • Lithuania • 2019 • 91′
The municipal heating company from Ivano-Frankivsk has a cultural offer for its employees. To break away from their daily routine, run-down infrastructure and troublesome clients, they may come to sing in the company choir once a week. The folk and patriotic songs they practice at rehearsals become a bridge between the past communist era and the new political and economic reality. They help them to deal with the shock of transformation and simply spend some time together, just like in the good old times.
Nadia Parfan • Ukraine • 2019 • 64′
Mark is 18, Kirill just over 20. They have known one another for only a month, but it seems as if they’re already the best of friends. Their passions are girls, dancing and skateboarding. The two guys often find themselves in dangerous situations. A typical evening involves dancing on the guardrail of Krymsky Bridge, fighting with a taxi driver or with someone in a nightclub and creating disorder in public places. When they’re together, no-one can stop them doing their bidding. The guys then go on holiday to Crimea, which is where things really get hardcore. As they push their boundaries, the fun holiday trip turns into a test of their friendship. Aleksander Elkan • Rusia • 2018 • 73′
In a politically ruptured Hungary, left-winger Ferenc Gyurcsány gives his all in the battle against rising nationalism, personified by Viktor Orbán. Twenty-eight years after the fall of communism and on the eve of a new presidential election, Hungary has arrived at a political crossroads. Is the country about to embark on another four years of far-right populism, with Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz party remaining in power, or will former Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány and his pro-European left-wing party prevail? Filmmaker Eszter Hajdú followed both campaigns closely but also gained access to the personal life of Gyurcsány. The resulting unique and sometimes moving scenes reveal the exhaustive efforts made by the candidate and his wife to get Hungary to shift to the left.
Eszter Hajdu • Hungary • 2018 • 85′
When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Bojina was eight years old. A short time after, her father, an artist, moved with her from Bulgaria to live in Paris. Twenty years later, this young woman returns to Sofia on her own, intent on documenting everything. She senses that there is something unspoken in her family’s past. Why were they always able to travel? Were her parents privileged? Bojina starts to confront them with uncomfortable questions. She learns that her father sold his paintings to members of the secret service. It is enough for Bojina to dig deeper and deeper in her family’s history, analyzing loyalty, post-communist arrogance and the right to one’s own history.
Bojina Panayotova • France • 2018 • 84′
While visiting her family home, Anna discovered a photo album full of pictures with one person cut out of them. It turns out to be her great-grand-uncle, a man who unwillingly became part of the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 as a Soviet soldier. While trying to piece together his story, Anna Kryvenko touches upon some very current topic: the fragmentation of personal versus national memory, inherited guilt, historic interpretation, media manipulation, Europe’s relation with Russia, but also the attitude of Czechs and Slovaks towards foreigners. By weaving together rare archival footage with Kryvenko’s own family history, My Unknown Soldier shows how high politics destroy the lives of ordinary people.
Anna Kryvenko • Czech Republic • 2018 • 79′
It is 1992 and the first free elections held in Estonia since World War II bring to power young, idealistic political forces. They are led by 32-year-old Mart Laar, Europe’s youngest prime minister, who is charged with crafting a country out of chaos. Amidst scandals, rampant crime, mafia gangs battling in the streets and imploding Soviet industries, the new goverment is not expected to last more than a few months. But Laar plans radical change. This is the story of those troubled years that shaped the present-day Estonia. Raimo Joerand, Kiur Aarma • Estonia • 2018 • 77′
When Joseph Stalin died in March 1953, his death plunged the Soviet Union into a state of national mourning, with expressions of bereavement extended across the entire breadth of the country that culminated four days later in the dictator’s grand funeral in the Red Square. Almost seven decades later, Sergei Loznitsa dissects the grandiose rites of the “Grand Farewell”, through the meticulous montage of rare and long-forgotten archival footage. Forgoing to make any explicit statements and resorting instead to meaning derived from the association of sounds and images, the documentary succeeds in presenting history as a ritual, dominated by the propaganda machine of a tyrannical figure whose legacy still haunts the contemporary world. Sergei Loznitsa • Olanda • 2019 • 135′
There is a place on the very edge of the continent from where one can get a panoramic view of the whole coast and the spellbinding seascape. It is the famous Balcón de Europa in Málaga on the coast of Spain. Needless to say, the place is a top tourist destination. In her cinematic essay, Lithuanian filmmaker Dali Rust puts this exquisite place to even better use, as the splendid Mediterranean scenery becomes a backdrop for her inquisitive look into the daily routine of the place. There is an alternation of the mundane, of religious processions and carnival episodes and everybody do their parts. Meanwhile, the director has her viewers comfortably seated on the Balcony of Europe, watching the carnival of life pass by. Dali Rust • Rusia • 2019 • 60′
Аlina is a mother of seven: six are her own children and one is adopted. Her ex-husband is from Ethiopia, this is why all her children are of mixed origin. Only her adopted son is white, but he is psychologically unstable. Alina’s older children realize what complications the adoption might bring and are afraid that there won’t be enough room, time and love for everyone. This film is an epic panorama of a fight for love and an ode to motherhood.
Zosya Rodkevich, Evgeniya Ostanina • Russia • 2018 • 98′