Documentary Films - Competition 

  • Another News Story Další čerstvá zpráva / Another News Story
    Directed by: Orban Wallace
    United Kingdom, 2017, 90 min

    In today’s chaotic era, what is the “who, how, and why” of news spewed forth on world conflicts and crises? A young British director turns his camera lens on the journalists sent by their employers to the Mediterranean to cover the unfolding humanitarian tragedy. When faced with immeasurable suffering, do they maintain a fundamental sensitivity or do they fall back on sensationalized treatments of human misfortune?

  • Atelier de conversation Lekce francouzské konverzace / Atelier de conversation
    Directed by: Bernhard Braunstein
    Austria, France, Liechtenstein, 2017, 72 min

    One room, twelve red chairs, and a common language. Foreigners from all corners of the world meet each week for free lessons to hone their French. This formally minimalist documentary captures the fleeting moments in which grammatical fumblings and the painstaking search for the right word inadvertently open a window into the human soul.

  • Before Summer Ends Než skončí léto / Avant la fin de l’été
    Directed by: Maryam Goormaghtigh
    Switzerland, France, 2017, 80 min

    Even after studying in France for five years, Arash hasn’t completely gotten used to the place, so he decides to return home to Iran. But friends Hossein and Ashkan are determined not to accept the loss of their closest pal. This documentary comedy, about a goodbye road trip across France, boasts beer chugging and French girls, but it’s also about cultural differences and the natural need to find and hold onto kindred spirits when living in a foreign land.

  • A Campaign of Their Own Kampaň / A Campaign of Their Own
    Directed by: Lionel Rupp
    Switzerland, 2017, 74 min

    Partaking of the Direct Cinema documentary style, A Campaign of Their Own tells the story of the loyal supporters of democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, who lost to Clinton in the Democratic primaries. Subtly engagé and skillfully incorporated into a stylistic frame, the film lifts the lid on a newly-inflamed radical skepticism towards political representation in the United States and the general frustration at the breakdown of representative democracy itself.

  • Land of the Free Země svobodných / Land of the Free
    Directed by: Camilla Magid
    Denmark, Finland, 2017, 95 min

    In the economically depressed neighborhoods of South Central Los Angeles it’s far too easy to get on the wrong side of the law. One fateful day 42-year-old Brian, who has just been released from serving a long prison sentence, experienced it firsthand. The vicious cycle of social determination, however, also begins to effect the lives of teenager Juan and seven-year-old Gianni. The debuting director immerses herself in the depths of human vulnerability in order to draw out fragments of hope.

  • Lots of Kids, a Monkey and a Castle Spousta dětí, opice a zámek / Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo
    Directed by: Gustavo Salmerón
    Spain, 2017, 90 min

    Julita always wanted lots of kids, a monkey, and a castle. After finally realizing these wishes, however, her family loses their property in the economic crisis. But they have not lost the disarming ease and kindheartedness that mark their domestic squabbling. A film chronicle with elements of absurd humor that serves as a madcap allegory for the contemporary situation in Spain.

  • A Memory in Khaki Vzpomínky v barvě khaki / A Memory in Khaki
    Directed by: Alfoz Tanjour
    Qatar, 2016, 108 min

    A Syrian director dusts off memories of the past, when people were persecuted for their political beliefs. A poetic portrait of people whose homes have been turned to rubble, and a story that tells us that a free life can never be monochromatic, let alone khaki.

  • My Life without Air Život bez vzduchu / Moj život bez zraka
    Directed by: Bojana Burnać
    Croatia, 2017, 72 min

    The most important moments in the life of Goran, a Croatian free diving record-holder, take place exclusively under water. This portrait of an extreme athlete features intentional dramatic minimalism in order to guide the viewer toward a shared physical experience of performances that push the boundaries of what is humanly possible. Between each inhalation and exhalation we experience an endless emotional fall into the depths of the deep blue sea.

  • Tarzan’s Testicles Tarzanova varlata / Ouăle lui Tarzan
    Directed by: Alexandru Solomon
    Romania, France, 2017, 105 min

    A research center in Sukhumi, the capital of today’s Abkhazia. Legend has it that it was built at the end of the 1920s to create a hybrid between man and monkey. The hypothetical creature never saw the light of day, but people and primates, like sad relics of the past, live together in the derelict wings of the medical institute to this very day.

  • This Is Not Me Richard Müller: Nepoznaný / Richard Müller: Nespoznaný
    Directed by: Miro Remo
    Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, 2016, 90 min

    This uncompromising, sometimes painfully revealing but always deeply insightful portrait presents the life of Richard Müller from a fresh perspective. We get to know the famous Slovak singer as a still uncommonly charismatic man who has become exhausted by his struggles with addiction, mental illness, and the demands of show business.

  • The White World According to Daliborek Svět podle Daliborka / Svět podle Daliborka
    Directed by: Vít Klusák
    Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, United Kingdom, 2017, 105 min

    A stylized portrait of an authentic Czech neo-Nazi, who hates his life but doesn’t know what to change. Corrosively absurd and starkly chilling in equal measure, this tragicomedy investigates the radical worldview of “decent, ordinary people.” And just when it seems that its message can’t get any more urgent, the film culminates in a totally uncompromising way.


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