Documentary Films - Competition 

  • Amerika Amerika / Amerika
    Directed by: Jan Foukal
    Czech Republic, 2015, 70 min

    The story of an unusual journey or a staged piece of contemplation? However we perceive this tale of a couple wandering through the Czech countryside, we can best experience it by yielding to the calm tempo of their journey through the shady woods. Amerika isn’t a portrait of specific individuals but rather a probe into the Czech phenomenon of “tramping.”

  • Cats in Riga Kočky v Rize / Cats in Riga
    Directed by: Jon Bang Carlsen
    Latvia, 2014, 17 min

    While the news media sift through current affairs and the inhabitants of Riga focus on their daily cares, cats are completely occupied by their aimless wanderings through stairways, offices, and apartments, sublimely indifferent to the preposterous hustle and bustle of our civilization. This ingenious and playful para-documentary investigates the role of subjectivity in the perception of the world around us.

  • The Father Tapes Otec / Vaterfilm
    Directed by: Albert Meisl
    Austria, 2015, 78 min

    When Albert Meisl began to suspect that his father was writing the final chapter of his life, he decided to visit his parents with a movie camera in tow. This harrowing documentary deliberately suppresses any estheticization of the hopeless situation, thereby placing us in the role of disinterested observers of their sorrowful parting.

  • Game Over Game Over / Game Over
    Directed by: Alba Sotorra
    Spain, Germany, 2015, 78 min

    Djalal has loved weapons since before he could walk. But success in the virtual world, where thousands of followers watch his videos, is not enough – so he heads to Afghanistan as a sniper. Unfortunately, actual war is a dull business that drags on endlessly. Will the young man, who is still searching for his place in the real world, realize that the game is over and that it’s time to grow up?

  • Horizons Horizonty / Horizontes
    Directed by: Eileen Hofer
    Switzerland, 2015, 70 min

    A dance school in Havana. Ballet means everything to adolescent Amanda, experienced Viengsay, and renowned local legend Alicia Alonso. The contours of the characters intermingle as three portraits flow into one: a single female destiny presented in three forms. A documentary of commitment and passion for ballet that become a metaphor for the lack of freedom suffered by the inhabitants of the island nation.

  • I Am Belfast Já jsem Belfast / I Am Belfast
    Directed by: Mark Cousins
    United Kingdom, 2015, 84 min

    “I met a woman. She said that she is Belfast, the city in Northern Ireland where I grew up. The woman said that she’s as old as the city,” states Mark Cousins at the beginning of his meditative dialogue with the personification of Belfast. This cinematic essay abandons the parameters of classic documentary language, asking us to perceive the film as a magical-realist mix of reality, dreams, myths, and local storytelling.

  • IEC Long IEC Long / IEC Long
    Directed by: João Pedro Rodrigues, João Rui Guerra da Mata
    Portugal, 2014, 30 min

    Macao, the former Portuguese colony on Chinese soil, was known as a center of fireworks production. The IEC Long factory, the last monument to the area's industrial past, today lies in ruins. The half-hour documentary captures the eerie silence and starkness of a place that for decades belched out products guaranteed to provide explosive fun.

  • Kacey Mottet Klein, Birth of an Actor Kacey Mottet Klein, zrození herce / Kacey Mottet Klein, naissance d’un acteur
    Directed by: Ursula Meier
    Switzerland, 2015, 14 min

    How does a child become an actor? And how does the acting profession influence his or her relationship to the world? In Ursula Meier’s documentary teenage Kacey Mottet Klein answers these very questions. Following the road from the playground to the film set, the film presents a study of how mind and body mature before the camera lens.

  • The Living Fire Živoucí oheň / Zhyva vatra
    Directed by: Ostap Kostyuk
    Ukraine, 2014, 80 min

    The snow is starting to melt and spring has announced its arrival. Three Carpathian shepherds, just like their fathers and grandfathers before them, set off with their flock into the mountains on a lonely journey lasting several months. A nostalgic, mystery-tinged essay about an ancient profession that unbridled civilization may soon swallow up.

  • Mallory Mallory / Mallory
    Directed by: Helena Třeštíková
    Czech Republic, 2015, 97 min

    Life hasn’t been easy on Mallory but after the birth of her son she tries desperately to kick her drug habit, and to stop living on the street. She wants to turn her back on her dark past and help those she knows best – people on the fringes of society. In her latest long-term documentary, Helena Třeštíková demonstrates that even seemingly hopeless lives needn’t be cut short halfway.

  • Once Upon a Dream – A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western Tenkrát ve snu: Cesta za posledním spaghetti westernem / Once Upon a Dream – A Journey to the Last Spaghetti Western
    Directed by: Tonislav Hristov
    Germany, Finland, Bulgaria, 2015, 60 min

    It’s not so long since they shot one cult film after another in the Andalusian town of Tabernas. But the fame of the movie stars has since faded and the charm of the place evaporated in the face of the economic crisis. When word gets out about the production of a new blockbuster, the eyes of the local inhabitants shine with hope. A humorous documentary fairy tale about a life reminiscent of an endless Hollywood movie.

  • Palio Palio / Palio
    Directed by: Cosima Spender
    United Kingdom, Italy, 2015, 90 min

    The oldest and most famous palio – a rough-and-tumble bareback horserace – takes place twice yearly in the heart of Siena. The race not only requires riding skills but also a healthy dose of behind-the-scenes wheeling and dealing. Who will come out on top – legendary jockey Gigi Bruschelli or his gifted former trainee Giovanni Atzeni? The answer lies in this gripping docudrama, in which emotion, movement, and gesture are pared down to their most crystalline form.

  • Resort Resort / Resort
    Directed by: Martin Hrubý
    Czech Republic, 2015, 25 min

    In the 1960s an architecturally unique resort built on the banks of Orlík reservoir became the secret getaway of the communist establishment, then later passed into the hands of notorious businessmen during the early days of unrestrained capitalism. Suffused with an air of mystery, this portrait captures the genius loci and turbulent history of a hidden summer paradise that was left off every map.

  • White Death Bílá smrt / Muerta Blanca
    Directed by: Roberto Collío
    Chile, 2014, 17 min

    Using a variety of formats and animation techniques, a story unfolds before our eyes of a Chilean military company trapped in the snow during a cruel Andean storm. Yet the film doesn’t aim to provide a faithful reconstruction of events but rather to investigate the boundless solitude and blistering cold that bores down to the bone when a person stands on the threshold of white death.

  • Women in Sink Ženy v umyvadle / Women in Sink
    Directed by: Iris Zaki
    United Kingdom, Israel, 2015, 30 min

    It’s packed at Fifi’s beauty salon in Haifa. As is normal in such a place, the women are quick to enter into conversation. The young director takes advantage of the situation, allowing her customers to air their opinions on the coexistence of Arabs and Jews as she washes their hair, while also offering a more general look at politics, history, love, and life.

  • 23 Kilometres 23 kilometrů / 23 Kilometres
    Directed by: Noura Kevorkian
    Canada, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, 2015, 82 min

    Suffering from an advanced stage of Parkinson’s disease, Barkev Kevorkian spends his time recalling the past when he worked at a foundry, loved driving fast, and enjoyed time with his little girl. In this courageous documentary essay, the Lebanese-born director contemplates all the things a serious illness takes from your life.


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