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Ștefan Mandachi • Romania • 2020 • 95′
Thirty years after the fall of the communism, Romania is on the last place in Europe in terms of highway kilometers, but on the first place in the number of deaths in road accidents. In this documentary, politicians, journalists and accident victims try to answer a question: Who is to blame for the absence of highways in Romania?AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
David Fontseca Romanos • Spain • 2020 • 53′
The Arab Spring, the Iranian protests or the Catalan referendum in October 2017 provide clear examples of the power of social media in today’s society, with thousands of images and videos of police attacks recorded by citizens going viral on various platforms. At the same time, a great deal of disinformation is spreading across the internet. If users don’t verify the source and start sharing misleading content, fake news cannot be distinguished from real news. Furthermore, politicians around the world are taking advantage of this situation and use these fake news to discredit the power of mass media. But how important are social networks for civic mobilization?ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Maria Cinar-Jiga • Romania • 2019 • 26′
Poienile de sub Munte, Repedea and Ruşcova. These three settlements on the border of Romania with Ukraine have been the home for the largest community of Ukrainian ethnics in Romania, forever caught between two worlds, between two cultures, at one side of the border or another. The animal breeding has always been their main occupation since the earliest times of their presence here. Nowadays, young Motrea and her family struggle to keep alive a century-long tradition, despite various challenges.AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Duco Tellegen • Romania • 2019 • 75′
In March 1983, Ion Bugan left to Bucharest, in the middle of the night from his village in eastern Romania to Bucharest. After the 200 km-drive, he parked his car in the center of the capital. In the trunk he had hidden two placards that he had painted with anti-Ceauşescu messages. Ion mounted the placards on his car and started driving around. But his protest did not last long. As expected, a few meters later Ion was arrested. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and from that momment on, Ion’s wife and children have been placed under the watchful eye of the Securitate.ROMANIAN PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Vít Klusák, Barbora Chalupová • Czech Rep, Slovak Rep • 2020 • 100′
Three actresses, ten days and 2,458 sexual predators. An experiment that shines an urgent light on the taboo subject of online child abuse. Three over-18 actresses with very young appearances pretend they are 12 on fake social media accounts. They chat with men of all ages who have contacted them online. The vast majority of these men demand video sex and send photos of their penises or links to porn. Some even attempt blackmail. And what will happen if they meet their victims face to face?18+ ratingROMANIAN PREMIERE
Anca Damian • Poland, Romania • 2011 • 73′
This animated documentary tells the real story of Claudiu Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian who was arrested in Poland for an alleged theft and was sent to prison although it was later proved that he wasn’t even in Warsaw at the time of the theft. Abandoned by everyone, Crulic died following an extreme hunger strike, the prison doctor failing to acknowledge the severity of his medical condition
Călin Terțan, Corina Terțan • Romania • 2020 • 70′
10 testimonies from people who have experienced the phenomenon of clinical death or the so-called NDE (near death experience). 10 stories about death and the return to life, analyzed by specialists in thanatology and neuroscience.WORLD PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Tatjana Bozic • Croatia, Netherlands • 2014 • 83′
When filmmaker Tatjana Božić has for the umpteenth time found the love of her life and again things threaten to go terribly wrong, she decides to visit five exes in Moscow, Hamburg, London and Zagreb to find an answer to the question why all her love affairs always end on the rocks. With a good dose of selfmockery, but also with deeply felt passion, she unravels her past relationships and she confronts her exes and herself with the complexities of contemporary loving.
Tonje Hessen Schei • Norway • 2019 • 99′
A political thriller about artificial intelligence, power and social control. With unique deep access to the inside of the booming AI industry, this film shows how the most powerful and far-reaching technology of our time is changing our lives, our society and our future. We follow pioneers at the frontline of the invisible AI revolution to see how this technology is developped and implemented. Through some of the brightest minds in the industry, the film draws the roadmap to where we are going.
Malgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja • Poland • 2019 • 75′
Free-spirited Jola, after escaping from a marital nightmare, is letting loose with her friends and finds herself thrust into a new romance at a latino dancing class. The drama evolves when the conservative powers of her generation try to justify her abusive husband. A highly cinematic and joyful journey into a woman’s battle to reinvent herself in her best age of life, when you are 69.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Alina Manolache • Romania • 2020 • 70′
“I am almost 30 and often I find myself wondering where I’d like to be at this age. When I was born in 1990, my parents were probably asking themselves completely different questions, while cradling an infant through the Romanian post-communist mayhem. What I remember from those first years is going on seaside vacations and hearing the speakers broadcasting info on the children that got lost on the beach. I never got lost, but I’ve always tried to imagine those who did. Now, the idea of looking for them starts to gain meaning, too. More than ever, I feel that we share a connection.” (Alina Manolache)INTERNATIONAL PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Jolanta Dylewska • Poland, Germany • 2019 • 80′
“Why does nobody ask me if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested?” – so asked Marek Edelman, resistance fighter and the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, shortly before his death in 2009. In this film, he answers that very question: Good and beauty did exist in the hell of the ghetto. And there was love, too. That was the greatest value, even greater than life itself. Strong, unconditional love, where you are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, and give yourself completely to another person. Body and soul.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Cornel Mihalache • Romania • 2019 • 47′
Two soldiers have spent the last three decades in wheelchairs. During the 1989 Revolution, one of them was shot by an unknown sniper from the top of a 10-floor building in Craiova. The other, a traffic warden, was shot by soldiers from the 01513 unit in Sibiu. He was shot more than ten times and, when the doctors started his blood transfusion, they were in shock, as blood bursted from all over his body. These two men know the truth about the 1989 Revolution.AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Marius Barna • Romania • 2020 • 90′
A documentary that explores the contemporary perspective on communism. Some Romanians regret the regime and all its perks (a stable job, everybody owned a house, a good pension, frequent holidays). The others don’t regret it, as they remember very well the lack of freedom of speech, the special services interferences in their lives and the overall terror. However, they have the opportunity to reflect upon communism in a critical manner and in relation to the present, where politics mostly did not meet the expectations of the people.AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Andreea Cristina Borţun • Romania • 2020 • 15′
More than 40 interviews with women help us understand who are those who leave their native Romanian villages for a better life. These women are without doubt fierce fighters. In their daily struggle for survival, either “here” or”there”, happiness is an almost impossible ideal and they seldomly have the luxury to put themselves first. In a world where the idea of plenty or even enough is almost non-existent, what we would easily call destiny – but is actually the government and the state – seems to always be an obstacle in their path.WORLD PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Margreth Olin • Norway • 2020 • 80′
Lene (33) suffers from severe anorexia. Since the age of ten she has been hiding from the Norwegian Health Care System. Then she taught herself the art of photography. The film is a portrait of an artist and a portrait of a deadly disease. During the last years, Lene became recognized as a world-class photographer. She had a unique photo-project, expose the shame, and confront the disease.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Michael Obert • Germany • 2013 • 96′
As a young man, American Louis Sarno heard a song on the radio that gripped his imagination. He followed the mysterious sounds all the way to the Central African rainforest and found their source with the Bayaka Pygmies. He never left. Today, twenty-five years later, Louis is a fully accepted member of the Bayaka society and has a 13-year-old son, Samedi. And now he comes back to New York with his son to show him the metropolis, a different kind of jungle…
Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner • Denmark • 2020 • 90′
At the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies an idyllic German colony. However, the beauty of the place is hiding a grim past. In 1961, the German preacher Paul Schaefer and his congregation moved to Chile with the stated aim of helping the poor. They established Colonia Dignidad (Colony of Dignity), which transformed into a closed sect. This film explores how the remaining residents of the colony deal with 45 years of child abuse, collective beatings and slave-like living conditions…ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Ágota Varga • Hungary • 2019 • 55′
What could happen to a 14-year-old rebellious teenager back in 1968? A group of boys including László rebelled against the system, the Communist State Security made an example of them, and the loyal servants of the system followed through for 25 years. Why did the all-powerful government feel so threatened by a bunch of teens playing a little game? After László’s release from prison, the machine of communism kept on trying to break his spirit, humiliating him at every turn as he grew up and struggled to make a life for himself as an adult. Here is his story…AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Ibrahim Harb • Lebanon • 2016 • 23′
Fatat spends her days and nights caring for her bed-confined husband. Then he dies, and she must struggle for her and her son’s survival. After living for a while in extreme poverty and deprived of any help from her family, she decides to leave Lebanon for Europe. The story of Fatat is just as much the story of the terrible war, which takes place exclusively offscreen. Thus the extreme narrow shots in which we see Fatat after her husband’s death serve not only as a means to express her suffocating despair, they also draw attention to the horrors of war happening around her, which we can not see but only hear. As the shots get wider, we see the protagonist and her son embarking on a boat with the destination Europe, in a last attempt to escape a disastruous situation and find happiness against all odds.