As a child of Portuguese immigrants in Luxembourg, Melanie Pereira explores her parents’ past through videotapes, which they used to record their new surroundings and doings in that distant country. We discover their pasts and their struggles, as well as the director’s own effort to adjust in a country where she wasn’t born nor raised, without her parents.
Melanie Pereira • Portugal • 2018 • 29′
”This year, I made a journey. I went from an indistinguishable point to infinity” (Melanie)
Melanie Pereira, Pedro Neves
16.10.2019 – 17:00 Cinema Ion Besoiu – Sala Mica
19.10.2019 – 14:30 Astra Film Cinema 2
Nick is an ordinary guy from Russia. He goes to university, he goes out with his girlfriend and he likes skateboarding. But he has a secret: Nick is a marijuana courier. Drug market in Russia is a dangerous business. Every day Nick hides weed on the streets, runs away from the cops, quarrels with his girlfriend and hides the truth from parents. He started working as a courier to pay for his studies and buy a new guitar. But will his dreams come true?
Maria Tikhonova • Russia • 2019 • 29′
Only one video tape remained of my parents. Finding it after almost 20 years made me realize that my sister and I have never spoken about our loss. We grew up with our grandparents in a Russian-German ghetto somewhere in rural Germany. I want to know about my sister´s feelings. And I want to let her know how I am feeling. (Andreas Boschmann)
Andreas Boschmann • Germany • 2018 • 29′
Director Mukul Haloi’s childhood friend dons a borrowed uniform and poses as an ULFA (United Liberation Front of Assam) rebel. Another friend opens an old diary. Some other friends rehearse a play from the filmmaker’s childhood days. A poem by an ULFA rebel is recited. The film embarks on a journey to revive the memory of growing up in Assam in the 1990s – a turbulent time when ULFA was heading an armed rebellion for independence from India. Violence, death, and disappearance dominate the stories from those times. The film recollects and reconstructs fragments of those memories through personal narratives of the director’s friends, parents, and relatives. Mukul Haloi • India • 2019 • 69′