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FILMS 2018

THE THREE DEATHS OF MUSSOLINI

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 18 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  EMMANUELLE NOBECOURT
Produced by FLACH FILM PRODUCTION, France, 2016
Runtime: 52 minutes
Croatian Premiere

70 years after the fall of Italian Fascism, the mystery surrounding Mussolini’s final hours remains: Who killed him, why, and in what circumstances? These questions have no proven answers. What is certain, however, is that Benito Mussolini died three times. Politically, he died at the moment of the Allied landing in summer 1943. When his corpse was lynched by an enraged crowd, hung by the feet in the Piazzale Loreto in Milan on 29 April 1945, he was symbolically executed to mark the end of 23 years of Fascism. As to his physical death, many questions remain. The exact circumstances of his execution, after capture by partisans on the shores of Lake Como, are still unclear.

EMMANUELLE NOBÉCOURT has been directing films since 1996, including over thirty documentary films. Nobécourt is driven by a desire to understand human dilemmas, human motivations, and their relation to wider social problematics, a motivation weaving through her explorations of history, psychoanalysis, culture and education. She has shot seven films in Italy, a country she knows well, and where she lived for many years. Nobécourt’s work is characterised by an emphasis on story-telling, hence her open approach to narrative possibilities. Nobécourt’s recent films include: Charles Pathé, Léon Gaumont (90’ Arte) – Un prêtre face à la mafia (A Priest Facing the Mafia) (26′ France 2) – Marcello Mastroianni, l’Italien idéal (Marcello Mastroianni, the Ideal Italian) (52′ Arte) – Se soigner autrement (Alternative Healthcare) (70′ France 5) – Putain, c’est pas simple ! (Fuck, It’s Not Simple!) (80′ – France 2).

The doom of the van Imhoff

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 18:55 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  KEES SCHAAP & FOEKE DE KOE
Produced by: EPISODE ONE & BNNVARA, Netherlands, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 38 minutes
Croatian Premiere

In 1942 near the coast of Sumatra, the Dutch steamer Van Imhoff is bombed by a Japanese plane and sinks. The Dutch captain decides to save himself and his crew, but hundreds of German civilian prisoners drown. After the War the story is carefully covered up in The Netherlands. Now, the Austrian great-grandson of on of the survivors contacts Anouk Hoeksema the Dutch granddaughter of the captain for information. Strangely she knows nothing about the Van Imhoff disaster. Together they undertake a journey to uncover this secret story, in which they learn shocking facts about their ancestors.

KEES SCHAAP has worked as a documentary film maker for broadcasting networks VPRO and NPS, among others. He made the switch to the VARA in 1999, where he spent many years making journalism documentaries for the television program Zembla. From 2008 onwards, he has focused on creating award-winning documentary series. Kees is a director, and as creative producer he provides guidance with regards to the contents of all Episode One projects.

ART & ORDER

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 21:30 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by:  RASIM POLOSKIN & IGOR LEVIN
Produced by: LEVIN FILM, Russia, 2017.
Runtime: 50 minutes
Croatian Premiere

 

On December 25th, 2014 the famous Alexandrov ensemble, commonly known as the Red Army Choir, was killed in the plane crash when heading to Syria. Thousands of musicians, opera singers, dancers, conservatory and music colleges students from all parts of Russia respond to the call to revive the unique collective. The film follows the discordant recruits on their ultimate challenge to merge into the monolithic power of the army choir nicknamed as a “singing weapon” since Soviet times.

RASIM POLOSKIN is a member of the Guild of non-fiction movies & TV in Russia. Graduated from the St. Petersburg Institute of Film and Television (Valery Sarukhanov’s workshop). Poloskin is the author and director of more than 30 documentaries.

IGOR LEVIN was born in 1975 in Sverdlovsk region in Russia. He is a member of the Guild of non-fiction movies & TV in Russia. Levin graduated from the Institute of Television and Radio Broadcasting M. Litovchina (workshop of directing TV and radio master A.Faifman (Russia, 1993 – 1998)). In 2002 he was attending the Faculty of directing cinema at Tel-Aviv University ( workshop I. Moshinson). Levin is a director, producer and script writer of award-winning documentary and films.

HONOR: THE LEGACY OF JOSE ABAD SANTOS

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 17:00 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORIL

Directed by  BANI LOGROÑO
Produced by: PHILIPPINE WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL FOUNDATION, Philippines, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour 10 minutes
Europian Premiere

 

The story of Jose Abad Santos is weaved together through interviews with descendants, top World War 2 Philippine historians, official documents, and excerpts from articles written by Abad Santos’ son, Pepito, who was with his father through his last days.

BANI LOGROÑO is a Filipino writer and director, most notably known for his award-winning World War II documentaries aimed towards inspiring the next generation of heroes in the Philippines through historical education for the youth. Working with the production team Spyron AV Manila, the documentaries are brought to various schools, universities and organizations around the world for young students to learn about their newly forgotten Philippine WWII history. Logroño’s documentary ”Unsurrendered 2: The Hunters ROTC Guerillas” has recently gained recognition in various film festivals around the world, including New Zealand, Indonesia, Canada and Hollywood. Filipino historians have hailed the film as the best WWII documentary about the Philippines.

THEY CALLED ME KING TIGER

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 18:10 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  ÁNGEL ESTRADA SOTO
Produced by: LIMINAL FILMS, LA MAROMA, IMCINE, FOPROCINE, Mexico, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 28 minutes
Croatian Premiere

 

In June of 1967, the court of Tierra Amarilla, New Mexico, was assaulted by armed men under the command of Chicano leader Reies Lopez Tijerina. The outcome of such bold action was the largest manhunt in the recent history of the United States. Tijerina managed to survive prison, a psychiatric hospital, and a several assassination attempts. The Chicano movement faded away, and everyone thought the same of Tijerina. People speak of him as a saint, a man illuminated, a man that used violence looking for a fair cause. They called him King Tiger; though, King Tiger is alive and he wants to tell his story.

ÁNGEL ESTRADA SOTO is a Mexican filmmaker whose previous projects include short film Mago… El Misterio de la Vida, which follows  artist Mago Gándara as she dedicates her life to art, and El Ladron de Violines (The Violin Thief), which examines the role of music among the Raramurí people of Northern Mexico. Estrada’s latest film, Me Llamaban King Tiger (They Called Me King Tiger), is a socially-conscious character study and a profile of Chicano activist Reies Tijerina, who died earlier this year after a lifetime spent campaigning for land, education and labour rights for US-Mexican citizens. The documentary was selected as part of the Latino Media Market.

THE CRUSADES, An Arab Perspective

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 19:40 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by ABDELL RAHMAN ADEL
Produced by AL JAZEERA DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL, Qatar, 2015
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes

 

“The Crusades” revolves around the history of the European invasion of the Muslim World throughout successive historical stages. The series discusses the idea of Islamic awakening (Sahwa) that arose after the shock of the Crusader invasion and the emergence of the generation of Mujahideen. “The Crusades” provides a new perspective on the history of the Crusades for a global, English-speaking audience, that has largely read about or studied the famous struggle from a primarily Christian and Western point of view.

ABDELL RAHMAN ADEL  is an Egyptian filmmaker with over 17 years of experience. He has been working  in media since 2000 as Art Director, Creative Director, Senior Graphic Designer and Film Director. His experiences include working on short fiction films, documentary films, TV programs, commercials and graphic projects. His work has been featured in several majors and international TV channels, such as Aljazeera News and Aljazeera Documentary channel, Al-Araby TV Network, MBC GROUP, Al-Resalah TV Channel, 4shbab TV Channel, Almajd TV Channel and Qatar Television.

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INSIDE HUMAN ZOOS

WEDNESDAY, 5th September 2018. 21:30 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  PASCAL BLANCHARD
Produced by ARTE FRANCE, BONNE PIOCHE, ARCHIPEL PRODUCTION, ZEIGEN, France, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Croatian Premiere

 

The astonishing, little-known story of men, women and children who were exhibited alongside animals in Europe, America and Japan from the second half of the XIXth century until WWII. For more than a century, throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, human beings put other humans on display. Only a handful of the thousands of men and women recruited from the four corners of the Earth ever managed to tell their story. Some of these tales have survived and are now able to bring us the inside story of human zoos. For the first time ever, a documentary brings this forgotten piece of human history to light with the help of six remarkable and emblematic stories, six incredible fates: Through these personal stories and previously unseen images, Human Zoos offers a unique opportunity to understand how our societies used major public events to help shape a portrayal of the ‘Other’ as opposed to ourselves.

PASCAL BLANCHARD is a historian, writer and director, exhibition curator, and researcher at the Laboratoire Communication et Politique. He is one of France’s leading specialists on colonization and has published around 40 books on the subject. He is co-director of the working group ACHAC on colonization, immigration, and post- colonialism, which brings together more than 500 researchers around the world to examine issues of colonization. He has spent more than two decades examining this question. He is also a specialist in human zoos and in 2012 he published “Zoos Humains et Exhibitions Coloniales”.

JUST LIKE ME: VIETNAM WAR STORIES FROM ALL SIDES

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 18:00 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  RON OSGOOD
Produced by RON OSGOOD & TRUSTEES OF  INDIANA UNIVERSITY,USA, 2017
Runtime: 57 minutes
European Premiere

 

Just Like Me is a journey from present to past and back again that follows filmmaker and Vietnam veteran Ron Osgood in his quest to recover fragmented and buried stories from all sides of the Vietnam War/American War, revealing multiple perspectives that are thematically interconnected.

RON OSGOOD is Professor Emeritus in the Media School at Indiana University, a documentary filmmaker and a Vietnam War veteran.  He taught courses in video design and production and currently teaches a documentary film courses in the Indiana University Honors College. His current project, “The Vietnam War/The American War:  Stories from All Sides,” is an oral history project consisting of a documentary film, participatory website and eBook/App. Previous work includes: “My Vietnam Your Iraq” , broadcast on PBS in 2011, a three-part series “Climate Change in National Parks” , The Emmy-winning “Trouble No More: The Making of a John Mellencamp Album,” , “Indiana’s Earthquake Risk,” and “Shirts & Skins: The Psychology of Pickup Basketball.”

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HAUNTED: A LAST VISIT TO THE RED HOUSE

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 19:00 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  PHYLLIS GRAE GRANDE
Produced by C1 ORIGINALS, Philippines, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes
European Premiere

 

A crumbling past. A destruction. Darkness meeting light. A looming amnesia. With the ongoing demolition of the Red House, one of the garrisons used by the Japanese during World War II, a group of youth pays their last visit to one of the most haunted places in the Philippines. Stepping on another realm hoping to find ghosts, they sink into the horrors of the past as they visit the remaining living victims of the house. During World War 2, Japanese soldiers set their camps in various places in the Philippines – mostly churches, schools, and farmhouses. The soldiers raid houses in the Philippines. They get the girls and kill the men. Most of the girls end up in their garrisons and camps where they were treated as sex slaves. They usually keep them for months. Known as comfort women, more than a thousand of these women were captured, raped for days and then released as the soldiers are deployed to another town. Now, the Red House is slowly being demolished. From the women who were raped in that house, only a few remain alive, or fighting to be alive. This documentary will serve as a memory, a reminder of the past that’s soon to be forgotten. It is a collective memoir of the women, of the house, and the horrors that continue to haunt us today.

PHYLLIS GRAE GRANDE is a Philippino director known for films Kun’di man (2017), Haunted: A Last Visit to the Red House (2017) and Islands (2013). She also works as scriptwriter and editor.

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PAWN SACRIFICE

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 20:20 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  ASSEN VLADIMIROV
Produced by: PRO FILM, Bulgaria, 2018
Runtime: 1 hour 7 minutes
World Premiere

 

March 1943. The Germans announced that they had found the graves of tens of thousands of Polish military officers killed by the Russians near the village of Katyn in 1940. Goebbels wanted to use the news for a total propaganda to lead to the dissolution of the anti-Hitler coalition. The Soviet Union claimed that the killings happened in the fall of 1941 when the Germans occupied these territories. Churchill and Roosevelt stood firmly behind the position of their ally. The Nazis created an international l commission made up of renowned experts in forensic medicine. Bulgaria was represented by the pathoanatomist, Marko Markov. The examination was taking place on the scene of the massacre. A conclusive protocol declared: the shootings at Katyn were committed in the spring of 1940, before the German occupation. In the fall of 1944 a Communist government came to power in Bulgaria. Markov was arrested. He was facing death penalty because of the Katyn commission. Instead he turned out to be more valuable alive for the new regime. After a full interrogation from the Soviet secret services Dr. Markov changed his statement. He announced that he signed the protocol under threats from Gestapo and that the Katyn massacre was executed by the Germans. He repeated the new statement also as a witness at the Nuremberg trial.  This is the story of Dr. Markov, an ordinary man, who found himself between the millstones of history.

ASSEN VLADIMIROV is a Bulgarian producer, director and scriptwriter. His filmography,    as a director included: 1987 Kiprovets : a Bulgarian Hope; 1988 A page from the Bulgarian education History (Ministry of Education Award); 1988 Orpheus; 1989 Delicatessеn – (Augsburg international festival);  1995 Ehrnrooth; 1995 Reconstruction ( City of Sofia Award); 2010 Encounters with Jireček (co-director with Yuli Stoyanov – Academica Award at Golden Rhyton festival, Plovdiv, Union of Bulgarian Filmmakers Award for best documentary ); 2015 The Bookseller – (co-director with Catherine Bernstein – Etoile de la SCAM 2015 – Special Jury Prize,   Bulgarian Film Critics Prize,  Bulgarian Film Archive Award  at Golden Rhyton Festival, Plovdiv); 2018 Pawn Sacrifice

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NADIA COMANECI,THE GYMNAST AND THE DICTATOR

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 21:35 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  POLA RAPAPORT
Produced by: ROCHE PRODUCTIONS, France, 2016           
Runtime: 56 minutes
Croatian Premiere
 

Montreal Olympic Games, 18th July 1976: an angel-faced young gymnast storms into the sports legend. In front of more than 500 million astounded TV viewers, a barely 14-year-old Nadia Comãneci becomes the first athlete in her discipline to obtain the never seen before perfect score, 10, achieving one of the greatest feats in Olympics history. The entire world is dazzled by her grace, her self-control and masterly style. On both sides of the Iron Curtain, audiences are overwhelmed. However, behind the rise to stardom lay another rather tragic reality – that of a manipulated child, used and kept in check by one of the worst Communist post WWII dictatorships, the Romania of Nicolae Ceaucescu. This documentary film will tell the story of the little gymnast from her childhood and early career in Onesti to her clandestine flight from Communist Romania, just a few weeks before the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Romanian Revolution and the summary execution of Ceausescu and his wife.

Between biopic and intimate portrait, this film will relate the success story of a gifted sportswoman trapped in a Kafkaesque political regime, who managed by way of her youth, her will and talent, to free herself from the grip of a tyrant and to fly off. And up she soared… Perfect Ten!

POLA RAPAPORT is a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and winner of numerous grants and awards. She is the writer, editor and director of many award-winning films. She is a creator of 12 short videos for the Hillary Clinton campaign in the last weeks of the 2016 presidential campaign. Rapaport’s most recent long-form documentary Nadia Comaneci: The Gymnast and the Dictator earned top ratings on the Arte-France prime-time slot Documania in 2016 and was awarded at Barcelona.

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CHE GUEVARA, BEYOND THE LEGEND

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 22:40 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  TANCRÈDE RAMONET
Produced by TEMPS NOIR/ FRANCE TV, France, 2017
Runtime: 52 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Che Guevara was the principal artisan who crafted his own legend. Throughout his existence, he continually staged his life to build the myth that would survive him.
50 years after his death, the film embarks on an authentic journey to de/reconstruct the image of the “guerillero heroico”.

TANCRÈDE RAMONET is a documentary author-director and an audiovisual producer. Graduated from philosophy (Sorbonne), management (Paris-Dauphine), documentary production (Havana, Cuba) and international production (EURODOC), he started his own independent documentary and fiction production company, Temps noir in 2002. Vice-president of the association 1000 cultures, co-founder of the artistic project Régis Jauffret et ses nègres, member of the board for Défi jeunes, speaker at INA sup, Paris IX Dauphine college and for the International school of cinema and television of San Antonio de los Banos (Cuba), he is a member of the USPA, Galilée Club and C7. Tancrède Ramonet and Temps noir have won both the 2006 best young French producer award and the 2010 best French producer award.

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THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, A FILM WITHIN HISTORY

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 17 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  MALEK BENSMAÏL
Produced by INA, France, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 57 minutes
Croatian Premiere

In 1965 Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo shot a film reconstituting the events of the Battle of Algiers (1956/1957). Banned in France until 1971, the film took on mythical status in Algeria, where it was screened each year on television to commemorate the country’s independence. In 2003, during the military operations in Iraq, the film was shown to U.S. officers as an example of a successful struggle against urban terrorism.With exceptional archive materials and many interviews (Algeria, France, Italy, United-States) this documentary will give us, sixty years after, a strong look back at this film halfway between history and legend.

MALEK BENSMAIL was born in Constantine (Algeria) in 1966. He started making super-8 films very early and was awarded a first prize in a national film contest. He ran a film club at the film library in Constantine. He studied cinema in Paris, went to Saint Petersburg on a training at the Lenfilms studio, and then dedicated himself to documentary films. All his films are related to the story of his country. His cinema style outlines the complex and sensitive contours of humanity.

Acclaimed by critics, his films have won many prizes in several festivals all around the world. His last feature film released in cinemas La Chine est encore loin (China is still far) (2010) won the Dokfilmfestival Prize in Munich and the Prize of the Jury at the 3 Continents Festival. Before this, Aliénations (Alienations) (2004) won him the great prize of the libraries at the Festival du Réel in Paris.

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AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: INTO THE AMAZON

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 19 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  JOHN MAGGIO
Produced by AMERICAN EXPERIENCE / PBS, USA, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
European Premiere

Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of President Theodore Roosevelt’s journey in 1913 into the heart of the South American rainforest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon River. Along with legendary Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano Da Silva Rondon and twenty other adventurers, Roosevelt spent eight eventful weeks in one of the most remote places on earth, battling tenacious insects, deadly rapids, hunger and exhaustion—all to descend an unknown river in one of the wildest and most beautiful places on our planet. More than an adventure story, Into the Amazon shines a light on two of the western hemisphere’s most formidable men, and the culture and politics of their nations, and a golden age of exploration.

JOHN MAGGIO is a producer, director, and writer known for The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee (2017), The Italian Americans (2015), American Experience (1988), Frontline (1983) and Virgil Bliss (2001). His work has been honored with the Writers Guild Award and has been nominated for the Emmy Awards.

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THE SORROW OF OUR HOUSE

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 20:50 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  KIRSTEN GAINET
Produced by AK KOSH, Russia, 2018
Runtime: 25 minutes
World Premiere

Firuza, a ten-year-old girl, writes an essay in Russian entitled “Homeland”. She asks her grandmother Mushkinaz to help her. The old woman tells the story of her hard life, about the childhood in Georgia and the life in Kazakhstan after the repressions of Meskhetian Turks in 1944.

KIRSTEN GAINET, director, DoP, scriptwriter and producer of ethnic national films, creator of the independent film studio “Ak Kosh”, was born in 1989 in the village of Inzer (Bashkortostan, Russia). In 2005 she moved to Ufa, (Russia), where she earned a degree in medicine, though she had always dreamt of becoming an actress. In 2015 she graduated from the St. Petersburg State University of Film and Television (DoP Faculty) and the St. Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts (Faculty of Cinema and Photo Arts). Kirsten Gaynet is also keen on artistic photography and has already had two personal exhibitions. She lives in Istanbul and is currently involved in the development of author’s ethnic and national cinema.

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VOICE OF AMERICA: LOWELL THOMAS AND THE RISE OF BROADCAST NEWS

THURSDAY, 6th September 2018. 21:25 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  RICHARD MOULTON
Produced by: SO LONG PRODUCTIONS, USA, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 25 minutes
European Premiere

If you watch a newscast today, listen to the radio or a podcast then you are benefiting from the work of Lowell Thomas. Lowell Thomas was more famous than any American journalist has ever been. Thomas – quite the swashbuckling adventurer — took American audiences with him on the radio and in newsreels, establishing personality driven journalism and reporting from around the world. During the First World War, Thomas traveled to the Middle East and discovered T.E. Lawrence, making him the celebrity, Lawrence of Arabia. Thomas was the role model for intrepid foreign correspondents today. The man who helped invent this way of reporting and telling the news was the Indiana Jones of journalism: crashing planes, falling from horses, staring down rifles but always coming back with the story. His stories shaped American knowledge of the world and influenced foreign policy. Lowell Thomas’ journalism is the journalism today described– sometimes bitterly, sometimes reverently – as “mainstream journalism.” He was the original deep voiced omnipotent journalistic narrator: the first “voice of god.” But his journalism was not always traditional. This documentary will tell the story of its creation.

RICK MOULTON has been an independent filmmaker since 1972. His career began in the 1960s with the making of Freeform and Oceans, surf movies made in Hawaii and California. He came back east with his wife Melinda and worked for Vermont Public Television in the 1970s. As an independent filmmaker in the early 80s, his film Legends of American Skiing won the Baniff Mountain Film Festival and was nationally released on PBS. Rick has produced numerous productions for the ski industry. Other clients include IBM, The Orton Foundation, and NBC. Rick has extensive archival experience, setting up the Care Collection for the New York Public Library, a film archive for the National Ski Hall of Fame, and most recently working with the Lowell Thomas collection.

SASHA SOKOLOV. THE LAST RUSSIAN WRITER

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 18 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  ILYA BELOV
Produced by CLUB 418, Russia, 2017
Runtime: 50 minutes
European Premiere

Sasha Sokolov is an international mystery man. The most important Sasha Sokolov’s novel «A School for Fools» was called «russian «The Catcher in the Rye» and Sasha himself was considered a «russian Joyce». For the reading public Sokolov became an alternative to a very popular writer Sergei Dovlatov. In 1975 Sasha Sokolov left the Soviet Union, has published three novels — after, it was hard to tell whether he disappeared or isolated himself from the world. Many of his fans believed he was long dead. The authors of the film not only found out that the great russian writer was alive, they also discovered that all these years he led an interesting double life. For the first time writer Sasha Sokolov agreed to talk…

ILYA BELOV is a director and actor, known for Bridsky Is Not a Poet (2015) and Valera (2012).

MAESTROS OF THE CAMPS

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 18:50 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by ALEXANDRE VALENTI
Produced by INTUITION FILMS&DOCS / LES BONS CLIENTS, France, 2017
Runtime: 52 minutes
Croatian Premiere

For more than 30 years, one man has single-handedly taken on a unique challenge: tracking down, archiving and performing all the pieces of music written and composed in the camps of the Second World War. The gripping quest has been turned into a film about history, like a journey through time to overcome oblivion, to preserve the memory of these women and men, of all nationalities and all confessions, who turned music into an act of resistance.

ALEXANDRE VALENTI, born in Argentina and  living in France for 35 years, is an author, director and producer of documentary films. He started his career as a free-lance photographer and reporter for NBC News and SYGMA Agency, covering major geopolitical events, and reporting from Europe, Africa and the Middle-East. An internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker, he has journeyed across the world and worked on many award-winning films. His film “Argentina, the 500 Stolen Babies of the Dictatorship” was awarded the FIPA D’OR and the Prize from the Jury of Young Europeans at the 26th FIPA, as well as the Audience Award at the 20th FIGRA, and a Special Mention at the Berlin Europa Awards in 2013.

O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 19:45 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  EZRA EDELMAN
Produced by: LAYLOWFILMS, ESPN , USA, 2016
Runtime: 60 minutes (one episode)

It is the defining cultural tale of modern America – a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. And two decades after its unforgettable climax, it continues to fascinate, polarize, and even, yes, develop new chapters.

O.J.: Made In America revisits – and redefines – it all. The domestic abuse. The police investigation. The white Bronco chase. The trial of the century. The motive, the blood, the glove. The verdict. The aftermath. Drawing upon more than seventy interviews- from longtime friends and colleagues of Simpson to the recognizable protagonists of the murder investigation to observers and commentators with distinct connections to the story – the documentary is an engrossing, compelling, and unforgettable look at a tantalizing saga. Because at the end of what seems like a search for the real truth about O.J. Simpson, what’s revealed just as powerfully is a collection of indelible, unshakeable, and haunting truths about America, and about ourselves.

EZRA BENJAMIN EDELMAN (born August 6, 1974) is an American documentary producer and director. He won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming for directing O.J.: Made in America (2016). Edelman is best known for producing and directing the Academy Award-winning 2016 documentary film O.J.: Made in America for ESPN’s 30 for 30. Previously he directed three HBO Sports documentaries: Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals, The Curious Case of Curt Flood (2011) and the Emmy Award-winning Brooklyn Dodgers: Ghosts of Flatbush. He did a special on the former Big East Conference called Requiem for the Big East. Edelman is set to direct a Roberto Clemente biopic for Legendary Entertainment.

NOT A STEP BACK!

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 21 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by HECTOR SUÑOL
Produced by HECTOR SUÑOL, Spain, 2018
Runtime: 40 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Portrait of how people from Catalonia lived the first 6 months after the Referendum (1-O) for independence was held and the consequences of the application of article 155 of the Spanish Constitution by the Spanish state. On October 1st, 2017, Catalonia held a self-determination referendum, in which more than 2 million people participated and 90% of them voted for the independence of Catalonia. During that day, the violence of the security forces of the Spanish state caused more than a thousand injured among citizens who always offered peaceful resistance in defense of democracy. On October 27th, the Parliament of Catalonia voted in favor of proclaiming the Catalan Republic. The same day, though, the Spanish state applied the article 155 of the Spanish Constitution against Catalonia. From then Catalan people mobilized to take actions to defend the results of the Referendum. “Not a step back” explains all that in a series of music videos, focused on a small Catalan village, Les Borges Blanques.

HECTOR SUŃOL BERT is a Catalan director and activist born in Lleida (Catalonia, Spain) in 1970. He earned a degree in Business Administration (Universitat de Lleida, 1993) and Audiovisual Communication (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya,2008). His filmography includes: Pantomima (2008), Danger (2010), Referendum (2017) and The Reapers (2017).

THE HIDDEN FACE OF AMERICAN ART

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 22 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  FRANÇOIS LÉVY KUENTZ
Produced by: CINÉTÉVÉ, France, 2017
Runtime: 52 minutes
Croatian Premiere

This film is about a real revolution, the historic victory of an avant-garde of painters, and how the United States, in a few short years, came to dominate the art world. At the end of World War Two, the art market in Paris was at a standstill. Hundreds of Europeans artists fleeing Nazism had taken refuge in New York. The city was buzzing intellectually as never before. Boosted by the post-war economic boom, within just a few years New York had taken over Paris’s role as the world capital of modern art. Against this background, a new generation of American artists – Pollock, Rothko, de Kooning – emerged under the joint banner of abstract expressionism. After the horrors of Auschwitz and Hiroshima, these young American painters felt that the world could no longer be represented as it had been before. Instead, they opted for pure abstraction. The American avant-garde offered a new way to consider what art is and how to represent this world which has to be rethink and to rebuild. Above all, this artistic movement provided the United States of Presidents Truman and Eisenhower with a timely opportunity to refurbish its image as the land of freedom and to promote it. American painters now found themselves with a mission as standard-bearers of the free world, freedom of expression, democracy, of the United States, that propelled them to prominence on the art world.

FRANÇOIS LÉVY-KUENTZ is a cultural and historical documentary filmmaker. His most notable films include: Les enfants de la nuit (The Children of the Night) (2014’), Dans l’œil de Bunuel (In the Eye of Bunuel) (2013 ), Salvador Dali, génie tragi-comique (Salvador Dali, tragi-comic genius) (2012’), Dans l’atelier de Mondrian (In Mondrian’s Studio) (2010’), Calder, sculpteur de l’air (Calder, Sculptor of Air) (2009), Quand l’art prend le pouvoir (When Art Takes Power) (2008’). He has also made TV programs on art (Aux arts et caetera, 60 x 26’) and science (Archimède, Pi=3,14) as well as a fiction film, Le Nègre (The Negro) featuring Pierre Clementi, Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Christian Boltanski.

1950: THE NATIONALIST UPRISING

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 17 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  JOSÉ MANUEL DÁVILA MARICHAL
Produced by: EL SEGADOR PRODUCTIONS, Puerto Rico, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 45 minutes
European Premiere

Between October 30 and November 10, 1950, about one hundred members of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico take up in arms in eight towns on the island and in the capital of the United States with the intention of proclaiming the sovereignty of Puerto Rico. Some of the insurgents had the courage to fight poorly armed and others without weapons, against forces that overwhelmed them in number and in military equipment. The struggle did not have popular support and was crushed by the insular Police and the National Guard of the United States. The Insurgents were killed or sentenced to long prison terms. The defeated were discredited and the government hid what actually happened. Through the testimonies of several protagonists of the uprising, audiovisual archives, photographs, animations and the testimonies of two historians we build the history of this forgotten struggle and we will immerse ourselves in the memory of a small group of men willing to sacrifice their lives in the name of freedom. However, the quest to fulfill their dreams was marked by repression, violence, betrayals, suffering, loneliness, madness, death, and the present frustration of knowing that they will not see Puerto Rico free, even though they still are holding up to their ideals.

JOSÉ MANUEL DÁVILA MARICHAL was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1984. He studied at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, where he graduated with a Master in History in 2012. He also completed a Master in Contemporary History and a Master in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Film, at Autonomous University of Barcelona, in 2013. He was the producer of the short documentary film ‘Peligro Social’.  When he returned to Puerto Rico he presented a proposal to the Puerto Rico Film Commission, of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce, and he was awarded to do the documentary film ‘1950: The Nationalist Uprising’. At present he is a doctoral student at Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain; and a professor at University of Puerto Rico, Carolina Campus.

THE BOOKSELLER

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 18:50 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  CATHERINE BERNSTEIN & ASSEN VLADIMIROV
Produced by: LES FILMS DE L’ AQEDUC,MOUVEMENT,PRO FILM, HISTOIRE, MOSAÏK, TÉLÉVISON SANS FRONTIĖRE, FRANCE TV, Bulgaria, 2015
Runtime: 51 minutes
Croatian Premiere

In the archives of Bulgarian Former Communist Security Services, there is a file with a title: The Bookseller. It turned out to be the pseudonym of the French writer Romain Gary, used by the Secret Services. This dossier shows him in new light. In 1946, Gary was sent to Sofia as a diplomat in the French Legation. The Bulgarian Secret Services spied on him everywhere. Probably, Gary would have been amused to read the reports of the Secret Services: “Quiet, modest and at the same time a Bohemian. As a writer, he is pretty mediocre.”

CATHERINE BERNSTEIN is a French director and scriptwriter. She directed several  short films including Zohra at the Beach (1996) which won the Aathon Award at Lokarno Festival. In Germany, she filmed  three documentaries on the legacy of Nazism: Oma, The Green Grapes and The Absentees. She continued with Assassination of a Modiste on the spoliation of the Jews (Etoile de la SCAM 2007). She directed Le Chant de la Baleine a fiction and a documentary on the philosopher Michel Serres. In 2008, she shot Asylum and a short film Nue (Best film at Message to Man Festival in Saint Pétersbourg). Catherine Bernstein also made a film essay Alan Turing, the code of life in 2014 and T4 – Doctor Under Nazism (Audience Award at Lunchon Festival).  The Bookseller (codirected with Assen Vladimirov) tells of the two years that the French writer Romain Gary  spent in Bulgaria at the beginning of the Cold War (Etoile de la SCAM 2015Special Jury Prize,   Bulgarian Critics Prize,  Bulgarian Film Archive Award  at Golden Rhyton Festival, Plovdiv).

DETROIT'S RIVERA

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 19:45 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  JULIO RAMOS
Produced by: PALENQUE FILMS, USA, 2017
Runtime: 36 minutes
European Premiere

Documentary on Diego Rivera´s 1933 frescos about Fordist production at the River Rouge Factory in Detroit, USA. The documentary is a montage based on archival film footage and printed materials documenting the labor conditions under industrial capitalism during the Great Depression. Animation of Frida Kahlo´s Detroit paintings provide an alternative, critical view of the ecological and social effects of industrial production and Fordism. Sound design and original music.

JULIO RAMOS is an independent researcher, professor at Literature and History Doctoral Programs at Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (2012-2016) and professor emeritus at University of California, Berkeley (2010-). His audiovisual work has been awarded with: Best Feature Documentary at Ibizacinefest (2018), Gran Premio at Festival Internacional de Documentales Santiago Alvarez (2018), Best Directing at Festival Santiago Alvarez “Mar Arriba: los conjuros de Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui” (2011.).

CARSTEN'S LETTERS

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 20:30 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  ATA PANAHI
Produced by MAHDI MOTAHAR, Iran, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 13 minutes
World Premiere

Carsten’s letters is a romance documentary during World War II. It is the story of women sending their men to war, and narrates the disaster of war through love letters between Liana, one of these women, and Carsten, a German aviator and spy who is on a mission in Iran.

ATA PANAHI (b.1983, Tehran, Iran), is a writer, producer, and director. He has written and directed for television since 2009. Panahi has written and directed more than twelve TV series and produced ten short documentaries. Panahi has directed “A short break”, a 90 episodes TV show for teenagers which became very popular in Iran. “Carsten’s letter” is Panahi’s first feature documentary which narrates the disaster of war through love letters. Panahi has written and published short stories and has taught several creative writing workshops in Tehran.

LEGACY

FRIDAY, 7th September 2018. 21:50 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  CHRISTOPH HÜBNER & GABRIELE VOSS 
Produced by CHRISTOPH HÜBNER FILMPRODUKTION, Germany, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 8 minutes
Croatian Premiere

The 20th century leaves us briefcases, index cards, file folders and photographs. Things that support shared memory in archives and museums. But what if you discover a picture of your own father in SS uniform? And how does a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau feel, led by the grandfather, who survived the Shoah there?

In quiet, very personal conversations this film lets people tell how they handle the generational change in the memory of the Holocaust. They are children and grandchildren of perpetrators and victims, who encounter a bequest guilt and its consequences. They want to know the story of their own family and yet it is painful to know.

CHRISTOPH HÜBNER studied film at HFF in Munich. Numerous documentaries for cinema and television followed. After the Grimme-Award-winning “Life story of the miner Alfonso S”, the long-term documentation “Prosper/Ebel”, the movie “Vincent van Gogh – The road to Courrières”, his last films “The Champions” and “Thomas Harlan – Moving Shrapnel” received international attention.

GABRIELE VOSS  earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and sociology. She has been making films together with Christoph Hübner since 1978. Gabriele Voss has published a number of books, including “The art, to show the world” (1980), “The second glance” (1983), “Documentary work I and II” (1998, 2001), “Cuts in space and time” (2006) and „Cinema/work“ (together with Christoph Hübner, 2015).

HOTEL JUGOSLAVIJA

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 18 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  NICOLAS WAGNIÈRES
Produced by: C-SIDE PRODUCTIONS, Switzerland,2017
Runtime: 1 hour 18 minutes

“Yugoslavia was no longer but the Jugoslavija still stood.” A journey through the times and spaces of the Hotel Jugoslavija. Erected in Novi Belgrade in 1969, the Hotel Jugoslavija was a mythical place. It was both a symbol and a witness to the various moments that shaped former Yugoslavia: From Tito to Milosevic; from Socialism to Nationalism; from NATO’s bombings to corrupted economic liberalism. Today it is still haunting Belgrade’s landscape, as a reflection of a Serbian society in search of new milestones.With this journey through the times and spaces of the building, the director – of Yugoslavian origin by his mother but born and raised in Switzerland – explores both a collective unconscious and a part of his own identity.

NICOLAS WAGNIÈRES was born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1971. He frequently collaborates as a videographer with stage directors and choreographers in Geneva (Foofwa d’Imobilité, Noemi Lapzeson, Jérôme Richer, …) while working on documentary projects. Hotel Jugoslavija is his first feature film. After graduating as a structural engineering draughtsman, he spent the 90’s as a records store manager, music producer and independent DJ. He then undertook Film studies at the Fine Arts School of Geneva. He graduated in 2005 and stayed there for five more years as a research assistant.

LIFE IS AN ETERNAL SWING

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 19:30 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  ANDRÉ CHANDELLE
Produced by LUNA BLUE FILM, FABRIKATA, KLAS FILM, Bulgaria, 2015
Runtime: 1 hour 40 minutes
European Premiere

Sentimental Swingers is a group, consisting of a female vocal trio and instrumental sextet. Some depict it as an ”encharming project for retro city culture and music”, others claim, that the three ladies and ”the brilliant musicians of Mihail Yosifov sextet are the most successful musical project in Bulgaria”, and for the belgian director, who connected his life with Bulgaria, Sentimental Swingers are a symbol of a generation, coming from the communist East, gone through, or rather going through a hard transition, but denying to be ”lost”.

The film follows ten characters, ten all but typical fates. The special microcosmos they live in will take us in one dynamic and ceaseless movement and will discover for us a world not really common – Bulgaria – one of the most infamiliar countries of the ex-Eastern Block, or more precisely its soul.

ANDRÉ CHANDELLE is a director and writer, known for La kiné (1998), Septième ciel Belgique (2005), False Innocence (2009) i Maigret (1991). He was working as director at RTBF. Besides making feature and documentary films, Chandelle is also a director of many music videos.

BACK THEN IN BRATISLAVA

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 21:00 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  TEREZA KRIŽKOVÁ
Produced by VŠMU / SYNERGIA, Slovakia, 2015
Runtime: 40 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Story of two sisters who emigrated from Czechoslovakia to Sweden in 1968. It is based on the autobiographical book by their mother ”Convictions: My life with a Good Communist”. It is a personal story of a Jewish family walking through the history of culture, ideology, political systems and dictatorships, told in very personal and poetic way focusing on family, love, female wisdom and humor.

TEREZA KRIŽKOVÁ was born in 1987 in Bratislava. She graduated from Documentary directing at the Academy of performing arts in Bratislava with her final work – documentary Back Then in Bratislava. After school she worked on two TV documentary series: The Other woman and Prvá (The First) about female entrepreneurs of Slovakia. She has been collaborating with film magazine Kinečko for many years as a photo and video editor. Currently she developes her own creative film projects while working for Radio and Television Slovakia as a dramaturg of radio documentaries.

THE AMERICAN DREAMS OF BOBBY KENNEDY

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 22:10 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  PATRICK JEUDY
Produced by CINÉTÉVÉ / MIR CINEMATOGRAFICA/FRANCE TV, France, 2017
Runtime: 58 minutes
Croatian Premiere

From the day of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and until the evening of his brother Bobby Kennedy’s death at the Hotel Ambassador nearly five years later, discover the four years during which Bobby Kennedy would hit his political stride and leave an indelible mark on American politics, combining immense hope and bitter disillusionment.

His goals may have been utopian and even naive, but they were so politically divisive that they would end up getting Bobby killed just like his brother…
Through unique archive footage, this documentary film delivers a unique portrait of this Kennedy we used to call “Bobby”.

PATRICK JEUDY is a French filmmaker. Passionate about history he has worked on military history, the history of mythical political figures such as General de Gaulle, and the history of American icons such as the Kennedys or Marilyn.  He has directed more than 30 movies over the years, the most recent ones being : « L’héroine cachée de Bir Hakeim » (France 5, 2016), « Qui êtes-vous Eleanore Roosevelt » (France 5, 2016), « Dix jours dans la guerre, Joseph Kessel en Espagne » (France 5, 2015).

MAGDA GOEBBELS, FIRST LADY OF THE THIRD REICH

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 17 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  ANTOINE VITKINE
Produced by : CPB Films, France, 2017
Runtime : 52 minutes
Croatian Premiere

In Adolf Hitler’s bunker in Berlin, bombarded day and night by the Russian army, an elegant woman of around 40 poisons her 6 children before committing suicide. Her name was Magda Goebbels, and she was the wife of the notorious and sinister propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, and the Third Reich’s true First Lady. From this inaugural scene, this documentary, in the form of a psychological thriller, attempts to understand how Magdalena Friedlander became Magda Goebbels. A woman who bore the name of the Jewish step-father who raised her. A woman who married a wealthy automobile magnate with libertarian ideas, before divorcing him, and becoming an emancipated young woman at the height of fashion. For Magda Goebbels is as much a product of history – that of Nazism – as of her own tortured psyche.

ANTOINE VITKINE is a writer/director who has made around twenty documentaries for television, many of which have concerned historical subjects. In 2007, he directed Mein Kampf, it was written for Arte (and  obtained a 6.5 audience rating for a prime-time broadcast).  He has also published several books, including Mein Kampf, the story of a book (Flammarion 2009 and Champs Histoire 2013) which has been translated into nine languages. He has also conduc-ted a series of interviews with survivors of the Shoah, for INA.  He speaks German, and has lived in Berlin.

THE WALL

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 18 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  ALEXANDER RAKOYED
Produced by INTER TV/07 PRODUCTION, Ukraine, 2014
Runtime: 60 minutes
Croatian Premiere

On November 9th, 1989, a member of the German political bureau Gunter Schabowski mistakenly opened the border, and the eastern Germans freely crossed it to look at West Berlin. And in less than a year, two parts of Germany, Western and Eastern, united to become one of the most successful countries in the world. What is the Wall? And what about the Berlin Wall… What was left of it is the reminder in the form of a metal ribbon running across the city’s roads and sidewalks with the inscription ‘Berlin Wall 1961-1989’ and its fragments sold in souvenir shops.   Walls claim lives. Understanding destroys walls.

ALEXANDER RAKOYED was born in Kyiv in 1977. In 1997 he enrolled in the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, the Faculty of Film and Television Directing. From 2003 to the present day he has been working on the TV channels: STB, 5 Channel, NTN, 1+1 as the Chief Director or television producer. His filmography, so far, includes: documentary ”Other People’s Children” (2011), 7 episodes of ”15 Republics” and ”Right to a Profession” (2005).

WOLA SLAUGHTER

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 19:10 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  RAFAŁ GEREMEK
Produced by TV POLSKA, Poland, 2017
Runtime: 48 minutes
World Premiere

The crimes committed by Germans in Wola, a district of Warsaw, were not initially aimed at the total extermination of the district’s population, but were rather acts of immediate revenge for the outbreak of the uprising. Wola was doomed to be destroyed by Germans, since one of the most important communication arteries of the city passed through this district. The German troops who fought in Wola regularly used Polish civilians, including women and children, as “live shields” to shield them from infantry or tanks. The main perpetrator of Wola Slaughter was Heinz Reinefarth.

RAFAŁ GEREMEK has been a journalist since 1991. He started his career as an author of historical films in 2009. Since that time his company Czarny Słoń (The Black Elephant) has produced more than a dozen history documentaries. Among them the two most important are: “Gusen – the war for remembrance”, describing forgotten Nazi Concentration Camp located in Austria; and “The Wola Slaughter”, a film about what was probably the biggest civilian massacre of World War Two, one that was orchestrated by the Nazi Germans during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. Geremek also addresses matters of architecture: in one of his movies – “The Cities from the Ashes” – he tells the story of the reconstruction of Polish towns which had been German before WWII. Another such film – namely, “How the New Warsaw was rebuilt” – attracted over 200 000 You Tube viewers. Geremek’s company promotes “Historical Marketing”. He has produced several promotional videos on Poland’s historical and patriotic heritage. Two of them were especially popular on social media: “From Poland With Love” (over two million hits) and “Do you believe in Stereotypes?” (over one million). The second spot represented Poland at the Hannover Fair in 2017. Last year Geremek received the second prize for his short film about the Polish city of Płock at the Tourist Film Competition in Warsaw.

THE HOUSES WE WERE

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 20 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  ARIANNA LODESERTO
Produced by: DESERTAR-QUAI DES COURTS, AAMOD, Italy, 2018
Runtime: 18 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Few walls surround us. Uncertain ground, immeasurable fissures. A multitude of archives within us. Among emperors and insolents, slum dwellers and speculators, Communists, priests and popes, women at war and gray cruel cities march to their own step in an archival, polyphonic and entangled demonstration into the arms of the charitable IACP, or into its brimming absence.

ARIANNA LODESERTO graduated in Aesthetics (Università de La Sapienza, Roma). She also earned an international PhD in Philosophy and was a member of LIRA (Laboratoire International de Recherches en Arts, Sorbonne Nouvelle). She studied documentary filmaking and documentary writing at École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière (Cité du CInéma, Paris). Often exploring different media, she is also a professional photographer and video editor, passionate about urbanism and experimental cinema. Her last short film, “Thirty-seven movies for a home” (V chapter of the collective video essay “For a counter history of Italian Cinema”), was nominated for Best Documentary at the Cinalfama Lisbon International Film Awards (9th session) and presented at the Locarno Film Festival, 70 Edition (Film Criticism in Motion), at The Milano Film Festival, 22 Edition (Eventi Speciali) and at the Museo Nazionale del Cinema (Torino).

KOKOSCHKA, LIFE-WORK

SATURDAY, 8th September 2018. 20:30 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by  MICHEL RODDE
Produced by: ON THE RODDE AGAIN FILMS / RTS, Switzerland, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes
Croatian Premiere

A painter and writer, a moralist, teacher and committed citizen marked by two world wars, persecution and exile, an indefatigable vagabond, the senses always on alert ; it is  a deeply endearing man, a witness of his Century and figure of our time, that I wish to invite the spectator to discover. This film, in looking to the future, is a message of hope dedicated to youth.

MICHEL RODDE Born in Paris. Baccalauréat obtained in Neuchâtel (Switzerland). Independent, self taught film director. A brief time spent at INSAS with André Delvaux. Prizewinner of the Vocation Foundation, Bleustein-Blanchet. Fictional works, documentaries, cinema and television reporting. Photographer, scriptwriter and consultant. Work on screenplay with K.Kieslovski and E.Zebrovski. Assistant to Andrej Zulawski. Theatre with André Steiger, Hervé Loichemol and Jacques Roman. Pedagogical workshops: film analysis, writing and direction: Theatre and cinema schools, secondary and primary schools.

OPERATION WEDDING

SUNDAY, 9th September 2018. 18 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  ANAT ZALMANSON KUZNETSOV
Produced by: IBA CHANELL 1,SASHA KLEIN PRODUCTION, Israel, 2016
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Leningrad, 1970. A group of young Jewish dissidents who were denied exit visas, plot to hijack an empty plane and escape the USSR. 45 years later, filmmaker Anat Zalmanson-Kuznetsov reveals the compelling story of her parents, leaders of the group, “heroes” in the West but “terrorists” in Russia. Anat and her mother Sylva, retrace the group’s journey from a Soviet airport to a KGB prison. Cigarettes and vodka fuel interviews with the parents filled with intelligence and humor. Archives, reenactments and interviews with KGB officers enhance this inspiring story of young Jews who imagined freedom and cracked the Iron Curtain.

ANAT ZALMANSON–KUZNETSOV was born in Israel to Sylva Zalmanson and Edward Kuznetsov, leaders of the Dymshits–Kuznetsov hijacking affair. She studied filmmaking at the London Film School. It has been a long-standing ambition for her to tell the story of her parents in the medium of film and Anat is now developing a script for a feature film based on her father’s book “Prison Diaries” and her documentary “Operation Wedding”.

A FEAT OF PERSEVERANCE

SUNDAY, 9th September 2018. 19:05 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by NERMA EMRIĆ
Produced by AL JAZEERA BALKANS, Bosnia&Herzegovina, 2017
Runtime: 49 minutes
World Premiere

This story celebrates a man by remembering the fragments of past times unimaginable to new generations. It is also a love story of Marin and Nike who live their modest but happy lives on the island Mljet, away from the bustle of modern Croatia.

The story deals with the forgotten hero of past times Marino Radul, who was known in the Communist Yugoslavia as the “Titan from the island of Mljet”, who broke a 96-meter-long rock with his bare hands to create agricultural land. The purpose of this film is to connect the thoughts of people from the past to those who live today in a time that Marin and Nike could only dream of. It is also a message to new generations not to surrender to hopelessness and nihilism, but instead to believe in themselves.

NERMA EMRIĆ is a famous B&H journalist, news editor and reporter who works for Federal TV of Bosnia and Herzegovina. At 2008 she was awarded for the investigative journalism from Transparency International. A FEAT OF PERSEVERANCE is her first documentary film.

HITLER'S GAMES - BERLIN 1936

SUNDAY, 9th September 2018. 20 p.m.
VELIKA DVORANA HKD / THE BIG HALL

Directed by  JÉRÔME PRIEUR
Produced by: ROCHE PRODUCTIONS, ARTE FRANCE, France, 2016
Runtime: 1 hour 27 minutes
Croatian Premiere

Summer 1936. The Berlin Summer Olympics, organized by the Nazi regime, acted as a grand showcase for a Germany that was athletic, peaceful and rejuvenated. After long debate, the great democracies of the world agreed to send their athletes to the Reich capital. For fifteen days, the Olympics made time stand still. The violence and hate that until then had reigned in the streets of Berlin suddenly vanished. In its stead: human communion through spectacle and sport. This film tells the story of the Berlin Olympic Games of 1936, from the competition’s meticulous preparation to the games themselves, transformed by Nazi propaganda into a grandiose spectacle dedicated to the glory of the Reich. And how just one Olympic season made Adolf Hitler the triumphant host of the countries he would soon try to invade.

JÉRÔME PRIEUR is a director and writer who made over 20 documentaries about history, literature and the arts. Notably, with Gérard Mordillat he codirected Corpus Christi, The Origins of Christianity and The Apocalypse, a three part series on the history of Christianity which was wildly successful around the world. In his latest films, Jérôme Prieur began a long-term work of uncovering the mechanisms of the Third Reich: Helene Berr: a Young Woman in Occupied Paris (Best 2014 Documentary Film Award from French Syndicate of Cinema Critics), Hitler’s Games, Berlin 1936 (Best Use of Footage in a History Production, Focal International Awards 2017),  My Life in Hitler’s Germany.

THE BLACK KASTAVIAN

SUNDAY, 9th September 2018. 20 p.m.
KINO KORTIL / CINEMA KORTIL

Directed by: IGOR MODRIĆ
Produced by:  DAMIR HALILIĆ HAL, Croatia, 2017
Runtime: 1 hour 3 minutes

This film tells the story of Philadelphia Jerry Ricks, a blues musician who lived as a rambler, a nomad musician, until he finally decided to settle down in Croatia, a country he was often visiting on his journeys. Damir Halilić Hal, a world-renowned guitar player, invited him to Kastav, a historical town near Rijeka. It was love at first sight, so Ricks decided to stay there for a while, but his destiny was to stay there forever. After a year he spent living in Kastav, Jerry Ricks got ill and died in 2007. His last wish was to be buried in Kastav. In 2008, Kastav Blues Festival came to life. It is a memorial festival organized every August where acclaimed blues musicians from all over the world gather to honor Jerry Ricks – The Black Kastavian.

IGOR MODRIĆ is a film director and editor born in Rijeka in 1962. He is the author /editor of over 400 music videos for numerous Croatian and international musicians. Modrić won many prizes for directing and editing documentaries and tour films. In the last 10 years, Igor Modrić has also been designing and producing video projections for theatre, concerts and other audiovisual events.