Anatolyi, a young man who dreams of becoming a dancer but works as a stripper to make ends meet, lives together with his grandfather, a retired army officer nostalgic for the communist times, in a small apartment in Minsk. The nondescript apartment is the arena in which the two generations clash. The grandfather believes that the young man is wasting away his life on trivial pursuits, despite having an engineering degree, while the grandson doesn’t understand the old man’s fascination with the past. With an observational approach, director Andrei Kutsila captures their regular disagreements, as the question remains whether familial ties can overcome such dissension.
Andrei Kutsila • Belarus • 2019 • 69′
“Traditions are hard to break. We used to live in big families and get along well. There’d be three married sons in one house and all would get along. […] And now the two of us can’t get along.” (Anatolyi’s grandfather)
Andrei Kutsila, Aliaksandr Shkaruba, Aliaksandr Mihalevich
Viacheslaw Kruk, Artyom Busel, Mihail Knut
Belsat TV, Solidarity Zone
Andrei was born in 1983 in Belarus. In 2007 he earned a degree in journalism from the Belarusian State University. In 2009 he finished the Belarusian State Academy of Arts. After directing more than a dozen of short and mid-length films, he directed his first feature documentary, Strip and War.
16.10.2019 – 19:00 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mica
18.10.2019 – 19:30 Astra Film Cinema 1
“If you stay here you get either locked up or knocked up,” says Gemma, the teenager protagonist of this coming-of-age documentary about the prospects for young people in a drab Scottish town a few miles south of Glasgow. The closing of the local steelworks in the 1980s by Margaret Thatcher’s economic restructuring created persistent social issues that lead most of the new generations into dead-end situations. Gemma’s determination and strong personality coupled with directors’ Ellen Fiske and Ellinor Hallin intimate yet unobtrusive camerawork, provide moments of lyrical beauty and even humour, despite the almost ever-present violence and bleakness that clouds her life. Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin • Suedia • 2019 • 90′
After decades of domestic abuse Fiorella decides to separate from her husband of 40 years. Valentina, the couple’s youngest daughter, returns home to document her bid for freedom and capture her family’s reaction to her decision. However, Fiorella struggles with her decision, being hesitant to abandon her life’s work – the family residence – which in some ways becomes synonymous with her identity. What results is a poignant, personal and intimate debut documentary, in which Valentina is her mother’s ally, in an area where the parochial ways dictate that domestic violence is still tolerated. Moving beyond the personal story this becomes a relevant and timely video essay on family, communities and patriarchal societies. Valentina Primavera • Italia • 2019 • 80′
Former child bride Laila Haidari, who had witnessed her brother’s long battle with drug addiction, devotes her life to helping the men and women in Kabul struggling with one of the deadliest problems in Afghanistan: heroin addiction. Determined and courageous, Laila takes initiative and fights to pull as many of the city’s addicts from their seedy environments and bring them to the treatment centre that she runs together with her brother. As financial aid dries up after the departure of the foreign troops from Afghanistan, leaving behind a corrupt government and a chaotic society, the centre survives through funds generated by a local restaurant that she runs, where the waiters are recovering drug addicts. Laila’s efforts are presented directly, as an observational documentary, with the camera unobtrusively following her on her journey to save some of these men and women. Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei • Canada • 2018 • 97′