GRAZ SHORT FILM NIGHT 2012_short docs from Central and Eastern Europe in focus
16_00 >>> 18_00
PORTRAIT OF A WORKING MAN
This is a story about different people, who came to Estonia to work on the factory. Ukrainian, Russian and Chinese are working together on one Estonian Shipbuilding Factory. The work is very hard, but they are happy, that they have it.
Olga, who already for seven years has been working as a waitress in a 24-hour bar, is seeking for love that would eventually lead to marriage. The first potential husband was sentenced. She is waiting for him to return and is even ready to marry him inside the prison. As time goes by, she realizes that a marriage to a prisoner cannot be her dream. Life goes on - Olga finds new love that is also distant and ambiguous. Yearning to run from solitude and to flee from reality forces her to go to her next loved one...
MAYBE ARMENIA ONLY EXISTS IN MY IMAGINATION
karin hammer_48min_ARMENIA / AUSTRIA_2011_documentary
”In 2010 I was living in Armenia for a couple of months. I lived together with a family in a tiny appartment – 4 generations under one roof. Something very usual in Armenia. So from a very close distance I was able to watch their everyday life. I was surprised what a huge impact Armenia’s history had on everybody´s everyday life. After some time I started to film and talk to people I met and asked them about their lives, their wishes, dreams and hopes...”
18_00 >>> 20_00
SO IT GOES
Remote village, twenty families, a lake, a dirt road, and destroyed buildings of an ex–State Agriculture Company. Specter of a soldier wanders near around. Other ghosts do not hesitate to reveal their presence in the neighborhood as well. The old women tell the stories about them while the youngsters still enjoy calling - up the ghosts. It is as if the senses are more opened in the emptiness of the village.
A short, metaphoric story, undertaking a problem of memory, identity, searching for traces of the recent past. Here, on thirty hectares in the city centre, the inventory is being made – it is to lead to reconstruction of a lost city. The camera focuses on details, showing fingers touching an obliterated inscription or a laborious process of decoding letters excavated from the ground, because each of them means something.
Our heroine stopped praying long ago. As a thirteen year-old girl she was brought from her native Turkey to Germany to marry one of her cousins. This is how her childhood ended – she became the property of a husband who tortures and degrades her. She finally decides to flee, but must continuously be in hiding. Condemned by both families, she has no chance at a normal life, neither as a wife nor a divorcee. The film is not a typical intervention reportage, but a poetic collage comprising of documentary material, family photographs and children’s drawings. This individual life story reflects the stories of many other girls and women subjected to a patriarchal law still enforced by tacit consent in the multicultural societies of Western Europe.
Every summer, Marek and Janina work as charcoal burners in the
. Far from civilization, in the heart of the mountains, they live according to the rhythm set by nature. We accompany the characters from dawn till dusk, observing the slow passage of time. The whole creates a story about people who chose a simple life. Bieszczady Mountains
OH MY GOD, DEAR GOD
Picture of a quiet, charming and almost idyllic Polish village. The Mozejkos spend time on the porch of their wooden house, slowly conversing on what surrounds them and directly affects their lives – the weather, flowers and vegetables growing in their backyard garden. The view from the porch is their only outlook onto the world – this is where they observe the changing nature or any special events in the neighbourhood. From time to time their calm life, undisturbed by haste or worry, acquires some variety when a car or a singing group of pilgrims pass down the nearby road. This short document is a collection of static and extremely vivid takes expressing the mood of idyll, order and quiet.
THE END OF THE WORLD
A story of a remote village, almost completely abandoned. All the youth have left, looking for a better life in the city. Only a few village elders have remained, and they spend their days waiting for a mobile cart to come along and sell bread and wares - their only contact with the outside world.
IN EVERY RESPECT
oliver kruger_10min_POLAND / GERMANY_2011_documentary
The red-light district in Hamburg is crowded with strange creatures. One of them we followed. She worked as a whore for 30 years. It made us think about ourselves, that hapinness and personal doom can be so close to each other.
„Every city has his own Shanghai!“ „Shanghai Banzai“– it‘s an ironic short documentary about an old and poor district nearby Vilnius city centre called Snipiskes, which is also known as Shanghai. Film exposes a paradoxical situation where countryside with its multicultural (Lithuanians, Russians, Polish, Gypsies) community exists in the very centre of Vilnius. Also film tries to find out the origin of district’s nickname Shanghai. Film portraits inhabitants of Vilnius Shanghai, who have their own rules, loves, habits and sins. Most of them live in their Past still remembering their youth. Now modern skyscrapers exchange old wooden houses and nobody knows what is waiting for “characters” of Shanghai.
20_00 >>> 22_00
A one-night stand and the beginning of a new life.
LAND FOR PLAYING OUT LIFE
Can I reach the person whose fiction I live? Who lives in the reality I created? What do the traces of landscape speak about? As I wanted to make a film about the future, I began the expedition towards the North, my autobiographical birthplace.
“Birds can sleep while they are flying. I can’t remember the last time I was able to sleep, but I dream while awake.”
SPLITTING AT THE EDGE OF HEAVEN
Feelings of a generation on disorientation and their time.
Film about building originally built as an envelope factory located 500 km down from the Arctic circle and now a centre for asylum seekers - warehouse for humans.
Moving freely in time and space, the film is a mental journey through states of mind, through rugged visions and forgotten memories.
LITTLE SNOW ANIMAL
It is not wrong to love – you just need to look for it in the right place.
HOW TO PICK BERRIES
Guests from far away appear at Lapland’s swamps. “How are we going to get along with these strangers when they’re taking our berries?” How to Pick Berries is a film about Finnish heart and the peculiarities of the global economy. The economy is a many-splendoured thing.
22_00 >>> 24_00
With its 130,000 inhabitants, Petrzalka is the biggest neighborhood in
Bratislava, capital of . Three generations have grown up here since it was built. People are dying and being born, a new chapter of history is being written, one that is not perceptible from the outside, but only from the inside, from the point of view of our memories and our intimate personal stories. The movie portrays several people living in this featureless world of concrete, trying to find a place for themselves in this jungle of blocks of flats where they could put down roots. Slovakia
Life is a big ball that we have to push up a steep hill. All it takes is a single slip to set the ball rolling back down, leaving us with no other option but to start from the bottom again... „Sisyphus“ is a portrait of a former drug addict who has moved to a little house in the country, away from civilization, and spends his time making origami in the loft. Sometimes art is the easiest way to start from scratch.
A STORY OF A DEPORTEE EXILED BY HER OWN FATHER
“How can you adapt when you get 118 litas? How can you, my kiddie, adapt? You go nad must keep on searching – you go to a church, you come here… Here I’m alive. I’m 79 years old – it seems I’ve managed to adapt.”
WRITTEN IN INK
Story of a man trying to get back in touch with his sister after they haven´t been talking for 14 years. But can one change what has already been written in ink?
robi uppin&maria kivirand_15min_ESTONIA_2011_documentary
“Urban Tundra” is an observing documentary about homelesness and faith. A very big snowstorm named “Monica” hits Tallinn, Estonia in December 2010 and the filmcrew visited a soupkichen dedicated to people in need. The film tries to observe the activities during Christmas holiday and document how people in need are couping with the ongoing storm.
Russian road documentary.
GRAZ SHORT FILM NIGHT 2012_short docs from Central and Eastern Europe in focus