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Documentary Films - Competition

  • 724 5/7 18:30 Small Hall
    8K3 6/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    954 7/7 17:00 Cinema B
    The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life The Best Thing You Can Do with Your Life
    Directed by: Zita Erffa
    Germany / Mexico, 2018, 93min.

    Why did the director’s brother enter a conservative Roman Catholic order, causing him to sever all ties with the outside world? The shooting of this fresh, self-reflexive documentary about an eroded sibling bond becomes the pretext for long-desired personal contact and a therapeutic aid to help her heal herself.

  • 423 2/7 15:30 Small Hall
    5K5 3/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    751 5/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Breaking News Mimořádná zpráva
    Directed by: Tomáš Bojar
    Czech Republic, 2018, 75min.

    A carefully composed observation of two newsrooms which, in March 2017, were avidly chasing after information about the Czech president’s decision whether or not to run for re-election. Two teams of reporters, one extraordinary event, and two takes on one “objective” piece of news.

  • 324 1/7 18:30 Small Hall
    4K3 2/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    652 4/7 11:30 Cinema B
    Bridges of Time Laika tilti
    Directed by: Audrius Stonys, Kristīne Briede
    Lithuania / Latvia / Estonia, 2018, 80min.

    Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys’s meditative documentary essay portrays the less-remembered generation of cinema poets of the Baltic New Wave. With finesse, they push beyond the barriers of the common historiographic investigation in order to achieve a consummate poetic treatment of the ontology of documentary creation.

  • 526 3/7 21:00 Small Hall
    6K6 4/7 20:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    851 6/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Cielo Cielo
    Directed by: Alison McAlpine
    Canada / Chile, 2017, 78min.

    After every scorching day in the Chilean desert of Atacama night falls cold, and overhead a gateway opens to the enigmatic depths of the universe. Nowhere else does the night sky shine with so many stars; nowhere else does a fixed look upward evoke so many indescribable emotions. This powerful cinematic experience prompts an irresistible urge to lie in the grass and look up at the stars.

  • 323 1/7 15:30 Small Hall
    4K5 2/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    651 4/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Dream Away Dream Away
    Directed by: Marouan Omara, Johanna Domke
    Germany / Egypt, 2018, 86min.

    It hasn’t been so very long since rich tourists from around the world came to stay in the luxury hotels of Sharm El Sheikh. But the Arab Spring and the confusion of the post revolutionary period quickly robbed the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula of its charm as a go-to summer resort. Saturated with elements of surreal fiction, the documentary takes us to a shimmering city of ghosts to visit its last inhabitants – resort employees who feverishly dream among the abandoned hotel suites.

  • 624 4/7 18:30 Small Hall
    7K4 5/7 14:30 Drahomíra Cinema
    952 7/7 11:30 Cinema B
    Inside Mosul V Mosulu
    Directed by: Jana Andert
    Czech Republic, 2018, 72min.

    A shock therapy of news coverage from the war front. Documentarist Jana Andert spent eight months with an elite Iraqi Army unit on the front lines of the battle for Mosul, occupied by Islamic State fighters from 2014 to June 2017. An unflinching report from a city in ruins, robbed of its soul by one of the worst catastrophes of modern times.

  • 424 2/7 18:30 Small Hall
    5K3 3/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    752 5/7 11:30 Cinema B
    In the Stillness of Sounds L' esprit des lieux
    Directed by: Stéphane Manchematin, Serge Steyer
    France, 2018, 91min.

    Marc Namblard, whose profession combines his talents as a biologist and sound engineer, well knows that nature has overwhelming sedative effects, particularly in terms of its acoustic dimension. A discourse on the tranquillity of the forest that permeates the very heart of man, this documentary cultivates our ability to observe, and, if we half-close our eyes, the viewing experience will be all the greater.

  • 623 4/7 15:30 Small Hall
    7K5 5/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    951 7/7 09:00 Cinema B
    A Little Wisdom Xiao Zhihui
    Directed by: Yuqi Kang
    Canada / Nepal / China, 2017, 92min.

    An isolated Buddhist monastery in southern Nepal not only provides refuge for monks, but also for orphans up to the age of sixteen. Far removed from civilisation, the boys learn about strict discipline and order yet, like all children, they hanker after adventure. An observational documentary which captures both the routine of the passing days and the vagaries of boyhood.

  • 224 30/6 18:30 Small Hall
    3K3 1/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    552 3/7 11:30 Cinema B
    Putin’s Witnesses Svideteli Putina
    Directed by: Vitaly Mansky
    Latvia / Switzerland / Czech Republic, 2018, 102min.

    On December 31, 1999 Vladimir Putin ascended to the president’s chair in Russia. In his latest picture renowned documentarist Vitaly Mansky draws on witness accounts of the events that happened in the years following that fateful day. He then rounds it out with his own fascinating perspective and with the longtime unique experience of a man whom only a movie camera separated from upper echelon politics.

  • 524 3/7 18:30 Small Hall
    6K3 4/7 14:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    852 6/7 11:30 Cinema B
    The Swing The Swing
    Directed by: Cyril Aris
    Lebanon, 2018, 74min.

    Viviane and Antoine have lived together for 65 years, and while she still has her strength, he has long been bedridden. And so no one is able or has any desire to tell the weakened old man the distressing news that his beloved daughter has suddenly died. Indeed, the grief might cause his death… A heavy, lyrical portrait brightened by the warming rays of loved ones’ smiles.

  • 223 30/6 15:30 Small Hall
    3K5 1/7 17:00 Drahomíra Cinema
    551 3/7 09:00 Cinema B
    Treasure Island L' Île au trésor
    Directed by: Guillaume Brac
    France, 2018, 97min.

    The summer season at a recreation center near Paris is in full swing, so there is no shortage of amusing situations at the crowded swimming pool. A glimpse into the mindset of the visitors and employees of the extensive park – original French inhabitants and immigrants who come here to relax because they lack the means for a more exotic vacation.

  • 7C4 5/7 15:30 Čas Cinema
    8H3 6/7 16:30 Husovka Theatre
    9H2 7/7 13:30 Husovka Theatre
    Walden Walden
    Directed by: Daniel Zimmermann
    Switzerland / Austria, 2018, 100min.

    Gentle birdsong filters through dense forest vegetation only to be drowned out by the sudden roar of chainsaws. Thus begins a documentary comprising a mere thirteen 360° panning shots, whose uncompromising formal concept places great demands on the patient viewer. But as soon as we align our breathing with the slow rhythm of the shots a surprising odyssey opens out before us of the paradoxical migration of wood from Austrian forests to a secret, far-off destination.


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