i’LL Be aRounD
i’LL Be aRounD
Inna is a successful young woman with an excellent sense of humor. She is a restaurant manager, enjoying the well-merited love and respect of her colleagues and bosses. The most important person in her life is her six-year son Mitya, whom Inna raises alone. Mother and child have a touching, kind, caring relationship. Suddenly Inna faces a terrible misfortune: she is diagnosed with an incurable illness. Now the main thing is to find new parents for little Mitya, to save the child from becoming a lonely orphan. ÌGrand Prix at the Russian festival “Kinotavr”, Sochi ÌAudience Award at the Russian festival “Window to Europe”, Vyborg Ì2 awards at the IFF “Stalker”, Moscow Ì2 prizes at the charity IFF “Luminous Angel”, Moscow
the Last FiRst Day
the Last FiRst Day
Psychological thriller. Psychotherapist Mark Minaev studies a strange case in his practice. His patient Mikhail Anipkin, a video operator, suffers from schizophrenia. The disease gives rare deviations, the so-called conversion disorder, when psyche signals the body to play her games. In this case, the patient confirms there was an atomic war and he was hiding in a bunker. His skin became covered with ulcers like from radiation. He lost his eyesight, his hair fell out. Minaev is shocked at this case and wants to write his theses on the subject. But to put all doubts aside, he decides to go to the bunker where the patient supposedly was hiding.
a Russian youth
a Russian youth
The story of a simple Russian youth who goes to the frontline in the First World War with the naive and youthful dream of glory and medals. In the first battle he loses his eyesight and is left to serve as “listener-in” – to listen out for the approach of enemy planes through huge metal funnels and raise alarm. ÌDiploma by the Russian Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics at the Russian film festival “Kinotavr”.
Waiting List
Waiting List
Those who face death eventually have to accept the inevitable. It is the only way to overcome fear and trick the fate. This film tells stories of ordinary people who are fighting one of the most dreaded diseases and those who gave them the last hope. The film was made without government financing, only by means of crowd funding – 337 people supported the project on Planeta.ru platform. Financial support was also provided by the “Lifestyle” charitable foundation.
VoiCe FoR the VoiCe Less
VoiCe FoR the VoiCe Less
The documentary touches on a highly relevant topic. In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the dissemination of information about HIV. However, despite the public outreach, the majority of the Russian people continue to misinterpret this disease, considering it to be extremely deadly and those infected extremely dangerous for the society. Many do not know how they should act around people with HIV, nor how to act if they themselves were found HIV-positive. After learning about her diagnosis main heroine Marina begins to search for answers to her questions. Fearing disclosure and condemnation, she chooses to trust her thoughts to her diary. But nothing stays hidden for long..
O COLÍRIO DO CORMAN ME DEIXOU DOIDO DEMAIS CORMAN’S EYEDROPS GOT ME TOO CRAZY
O COLÍRIO DO CORMAN ME DEIXOU DOIDO DEMAIS CORMAN’S EYEDROPS GOT ME TOO CRAZY
O BACANAL DO DIABO E OUTRAS FITAS PROIBIDAS DE IVAN CARDOSO ORGY OF THE DEVIL AND OTHER FORBIDDEN TAPES OF IVAN CARDOSO
O BACANAL DO DIABO E OUTRAS FITAS PROIBIDAS DE IVAN CARDOSO ORGY OF THE DEVIL AND OTHER FORBIDDEN TAPES OF IVAN CARDOSO
RosaDe aReia
RosaDe aReia
Sounds, rhythms, visions, words, bodies and faces, wind, dust and sand. Characters out of a dream, exposed yet secret, who appear and disappear to return and appear further away like the temporary places where the desert rose is born. The human condition, painful, living life: children and women, men and animals, in the world of a film, in the times of a film. Not many people had a chance to watch “Rosa de areia” in its time. It was immediately forgotten as turned out to be too unusual. Cordeiro said that for her this film is as if it was the first film that came from the earth and spoke about it: “It was a complex and fugitive palimpsest on the screen, a game of light and shadow, sounds and silence”. Those who were lucky enough to see the picture and who had enough sensitivity to its prodigious beauty, compared what they had experienced with religious feelings. The first work of the duo, shot on 35 mm, has become their testament. A screen adaptation of Juan Rulfo’s novel ”Pedro Paramo” should have been their next project. Unfortunately in 1991 Reis died unexpectedly. And since that time Cordeiro has never stood behind the camera.
ana
ana
In a faraway mountain region of Portugal, a family lives with few contacts with the exterior world. Its members are like traces of another era. Their isolation will be disturbed by a group of ethnologists with whom they will nurture a distant, even hostile relationship. At “Ana” Reis and Cordeiro return to Trás-os-Montes. Since the shooting of their debut, the region has changed a lot. Researchers, anthropologists and tourists have habituated to this place, and the residents are trying to get rid of unwelcome visitors. The directors were not going to repeat the experience of the past film, as it was already irreplaceable. They wanted to say farewell to the outgoing nature. “Ana” is a poetic portrait of Cordeiro’s mother, who lives in a small village. Once again, it is not just a typical documentary: for example, there is the part of a fictional Ana’s son, whose image is largely written off from Cordeiro herself.
tRÁs-os-Montes
tRÁs-os-Montes
There lies the mountainous region of Trás-os-Montes in the north of Portugal. Life in it seems to have frozen forever. Locals sometimes confuse the thirteenth century with the twentieth, and King Afonso’s decrees of the 1250’s are still the basis of law here. In these mountains one can get lost not only in the area but also in time, going from one village to another. Here, all families are so intermingled that it is almost impossible to avoid incest. But the world around it is changing and unwittingly drags into its cycle Trás-os-Montes, lost in the mountains. “This film, to me, is a revelation of a new cinematographic language. Never, as far as I know, has a director managed to capture the cinematographic expression of a region: that is, a difficult communion between man, landscape and the seasons. Only a foolish poet could distribute such a disturbing object. Despite the barriers in a language that is as rough as the granite in the mountains, the ghosts of an undoubtedly essential myth suddenly appear, in the curve of a new path, because we have recognised them even before we met them.” Jean Rouch, Libération, 1978.
BoRi
BoRi
Bori, an 11-year-old girl who lives in a sea village, is the only family member who can hear. Being an elementary school student, Bori gradually becomes more familiar with communicating with her friends at school by speaking, and has a difficult time joining in a sign language conversation at home. Why was I the only person born different from my family? The more she thinks about it, the more she feels alienated.
sPReaD youR Wings
sPReaD youR Wings
The weird ornithologist Christian has devoted his life to saving wild geese. It is longing and nightmare to spend the vacation with his father in the village for his son the teenager keening on the video games. But he had to unite with your dad and take the dangerous trip on the hang glider to Europe to save the birds.
Latte & the MagiC WateRstone
Latte & the MagiC WateRstone
Daring and fearless hedgehog Latte together with the squirrel Tjme want to recover a magic waterstone from the claws of Bear King Bantura. Inventing various tricks, they go to their goal, but the leader of a gang of wolves Lupo and the lynx try to prevent them and take the waterstone for themselves...
aWay
aWay
Feature length animated film told in four chapters. The young boy travels across a mysterious land, crossing barren deserts and beautiful forests, all the while being pursued by a relentless dark spirit. Along the way he makes a series of connections with different animals and reflects on the possible ways he ended up on the island. Part dream, part reality, and in a way, the storyline is a reflection of the creative process of the making of the film itself. The main idea of “Away” is our common, universal need to find a connection.
eLLa BeLLa Bingo
eLLa BeLLa Bingo
Ella Bella Bingo is organizing a circus for her very best friend, Henry, as he has never been to a circus before. She is going to show everyone her fantastic magic trick. She is going to make Henry disappear. But on the very day of the circus cool kid Johnny moves into the neighborhood. He has a splendid idea of showstopper, he wants to do a bicycle stunt together with Henry. Henry is in awe of this new boy, while Ella Bella feels she is losing her friend. Henry disappears for real. Now Ella Bella has to go on a search with Johnny. Together they have to find Henry. She has to save the circus, but most of all her friendship.
Running to the sKy
Running to the sKy
Twelve-year-old Jekshen, an exceptional runner, lives in a beautiful mountain village in Kyrgyzstan. His parents are divorced, and life with his alcoholic father is difficult. Lonely Jekshen only has his girlfriend from school and his father’s friends for support. They encourage him to take part in a big race – a race that could change his life for the better.
PEWPEWPEW
PEWPEWPEW
“PewPewPew” is a mysterious virus spreading amongst the teens of Malmö, a small city in southern Sweden. Symptoms include nausea, confusion and an overwhelming urge to be famous. Four teens infected with the disease are struggling to understand what has happened to them. Set against the soundtrack of Pewdiepie’s hysterical ranting and screaming their stories provide a humorous and honest commentary on the values and dreams of our times.
DANSES MACABRES, SQUELETTES ET AUTRES FA
DANSES MACABRES, SQUELETTES ET AUTRES FA
What if the danses macabres, beyond their grimacing folklore, staged the death of the Middle Ages and the invention, in the middle of the 15th century, of modern Europe? It is the hypothesis of writer Jean Louis Schefer. An investigation in the form of a conversation and walks between Paris and Portugal, with directors Rita Azevedo Gomez and Pierre Léon. A six-handed film. In the middle of the conversation, Pierre Leon asks Rita in gestures to give him a cigarette, the same does the artist Renaud Legrand, who is present at the shooting, a few scenes later. This film in the whole speaks about the pleasure and joy of sharing, about how people can generously share thoughts and ideas with each other. And how one can look at the world and art (as well as at life as art, art as a way to solve the puzzles of life); how one can interpret the world and through intellectual, sensual, “sentimental” impulses catch what is given by this world and life – dancing next to us, dancing, existing but not always visible. It is also a summer film! Schefer speaks of Bach’s music as a consolation; this film means consolation, where under the rays of the sun speech flows quietly and itself sounds like music.
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa, August 1970. A heat wave. The city is full of tourists. Boris, a journalist and foreign affairs specialist, and his eight-year-old son Valery arrive from Moscow to visit Boris’ in-laws, Grigori and Raisa Davydov. But on the day of their arrival, Odessa declares a quarantine due to a cholera outbreak, and the city is closed off. Having come for a few days, the son-in-law is plunged into a world changed by serious danger. Family secrets will be disclosed, improbable events happen, and a great forbidden love starts.
P.S. DUCKY-DUCKY-DUCKY
P.S. DUCKY-DUCKY-DUCKY
At a turning point in her life, the bright and tender Nicole meets a strange girl called Mila by the pond. They accidentally find out how many secrets this very pond holds and understand that it is now that they really need each other.
ONE ABSOLUTELY HAPPY MA
ONE ABSOLUTELY HAPPY MA
The film is dedicated to Sergey Solovyov, screen and stage director, scriptwriter, producer, teacher, People’s Artist of Russia, who turned 75 on August 25, 2019. The film tells not only about the Master’s cine works, but also about his theatrical performances – “The Seagull” at the Taganka Theatre, “Uncle Vanya” at the Maly Theatre. It also speaks about a very important period in his life – organization of an own theatre, where mostly his former students play. The viewer will also see how Sergey Solovyov prepares the annual international film festival “Spirit of Fire” in Khanty-Mansiysk, where the stars of world cinema art arrive
eLeMents oF DRessage
eLeMents oF DRessage
Life in the stable is subject to strict order established by its owner. The daughter, the only person close to him, refuses to play by his rules.
FRagMents#1
FRagMents#1
A missed night flight. Next one will be only late at night. While the planes land, passengers visit Duty Free and pick up sandwiches at a cafe. The bustle of arrivals and departures appears before the eyes of tired people. The airport is living its own life.
FiReWoRKs
FiReWoRKs
A minivan is going through the evening city. Passengers come out one by one in different places. Nothing is known about them except that they’re about to launch a series of simultaneous terrorist attacks.
sunshine in ouR hanDs
sunshine in ouR hanDs
The film makes an attempt to investigate the human intimacy. Why are we trying to come close to each other? Do we need a reason to separate? Why do people go towards their loneliness, and not to an own one? If we are so good together, why should we leave each other?
Rio
Rio
Polina lives and works in a small hotel in the northern border town. Together with her friend Nadya they dream of a different, heavenly and exotic world. The girls hardly leave a nearly empty hotel and every day perform their strange rituals in hope that one day they will lead them to a miracle. One day, a stranger comes to the hotel...
RegistRation
RegistRation
Late night a woman-emigrant from Uzbekistan was on her way home to her sick child, when the police detained her. She could not explain the purpose of the medicine ampoules that she was carrying due to the language barrier. As a result, the woman ended up in a police station under the supervision of an inadequate duty officer, and her baby was left alone in an empty apartment, waiting for the vital injection.
PiMPLy sisteRs
PiMPLy sisteRs
The video film is dedicated to the topic of aggression and psychological children trauma. The main heroines are two aggressive sisters who live in the center of regenerative medicine. Communication between them is based on claims and insults. Each time we see a new outgoing clot of accumulated emotions. This intonation manifests social patterns of behavior: the frenzied teacher in class, parents yelling at their children in public places, or relationships of close people in a fit of rage.
PoRatoBasKo
PoRatoBasKo
Documentary shooting, field recordings of sounds and voices of the inhabitants of the village Chakola (Pinega district of Arkhangelsk region) formed the basis of this film. The only fiction character is synchronized with animated water, “implanted” in true shooting, which will fill the half-ruined wooden architecture of the Russian North. In this way the director shows the invisible part of the unusual northern culture. Absence of serfdom influenced the way of life in the Arkhangelsk region in general. The Soviet period could not completely destroy the ritual tradition. The connection of the multi-kilometer artery, the Pinega River, and local female magic still supports the dying village.
oVeRtuRn/ VeRtiCaL FiLM
oVeRtuRn/ VeRtiCaL FiLM
How does perception, and most importantly, the narrative itself change when the screen is vertical? How does the film change under new conditions? We get accustomed to the vertical format, this is facilitated by the stories of our lives and our laziness, when we simply do not want to turn the phone, taking pictures in one quick hand. But our vertical stories mainly capture reality. The real Overturn (among many other things) is designed to replace the documentary surrealism of cinema: a dream in the vertical position. How should we speak about form, not touching it directly? What should we fill it with, what kind of story must we use? Maybe with the story of a relationship between two, when one offers a form, the other fills it with his own content, sometimes with exaggeration, pose questions..
stuDio
stuDio
Tired of accommodation searching the couple finally rents a studio near the noisy construction-in-progress. Although this is just a trivia compared to what they discover in this apartment.
MosKViCh
MosKViCh
A meeting of a budget institution official with satisfied consumers, ordinary citizens form the essence of the film. A performance that can be watched for a minute or five days, and nothing will change. You can play it yourself thus following the mission of the film. The script of this film was written of the basis of the transcript of the meeting of the mayor of Moscow with residents of the district of Mikhalkovo taken from the site Mos.ru.
ReMeDy
ReMeDy
Your sweetheart surprised you and suddenly appeared in the town? What could be more pleasant. But when you only have 20 roubles in your pocket and a lot of vague perspectives, the long-awaited meeting turns into a nightmare. What kind of medicine should you give to your love to get back your relations after a long separation?
souRCe
souRCe
You may know for sure which sky you walk under, which wind you hit. But how many houses are left to go around? Water is behind the hill.
ИЙЭ
ИЙЭ
A young country woman with a baby is trying to arrange her life in Moscow. To make ends meet, she is looking for money and any job.
ChiLD’s haPPiness
ChiLD’s haPPiness
A touching Christmas story about the relationship between parents and a child and the role of gadgets in their lives. It is part of the short film serial “To Be”, which will the result in a feature film under the same title. Episodes of the serial are united by the topic of Christmas and miracle, which we lack in our real lives, the theme of love and compassion, as well as the preservation of family values.
the White Moon yeaR
the White Moon yeaR
The film consists of records of mother’s phone conversations with her son. She lives in accordance with astrological predictions, he complains about problems with his boyfriend. She sings in karaoke, he travels all over the world, she is ill – he is silent. But in the White Moon Year the invisible karmic planet Selena will show them the way of Light and Grace, giving their lives a higher meaning. Tragicomedy about the conversation of two closest people who live far from each other and cannot really hear each other.
BagateLLe
BagateLLe
The story is inspired by “Ionych”, a novella by Anton Chekhov. A group of Russian musicians struggles in South Texas until one of them ditches the group to attempt a marriage with a wealthy farmer on his ranch.
PROTOCORBA
PROTOCORBA
Protocorba is a fantasy world in which ordinary, unimposing characters live. Nothing unusual happens with them in this world. They walk, sit, stand, get bored in the wind, sometimes dance and buy some tea to drink. I think that if you have a grain of doubt in the reality of this world, it is vain, because the world is fictional and you only think that it is real.
ETUDE #2
ETUDE #2
A little Sasha grows up in an orphanage and waits for his mother to come for him. One day he hears a work by Sergey Rachmaninoff on the radio, falls in love with the music and learns to play the piano himself. In an orphanage, and afterwards, in a real life, the hero will face cruelty, undivided love, crime, and find the way to his vocation – music. But how do you stop waiting for your mother?
EXPEDITION
EXPEDITION
Senya is a student, a famous viner (author of short videos with interesting meaning), confident in his irresistibility. To impress his beloved, he makes her a chic hand and heart proposal. But suddenly Julia refuses, accusing him of irresponsibility and frivolity. Senya decides to prove his feelings and sets off on an archaeological expedition, where incredible adventures, fateful encounters and unique discoveries await him..
COLD
COLD
A young failed writer lives in a secluded house far from the city on a seacoast. His wife, a former actress, tries to restore her career at a modern city theatre after the birth of their child. Today, like many other times, she leaves the son in the care of the father, who not only deals with the child rather ineptly, but also gets drunk regularly. The whole action of the movie unfolds within one night when the main character lives through his memories once more, the most painful of them being the deaths of his two friends. He hopes to write a second book with a more successful destiny, never noticing how his own destiny is falling apart.
CALMED DOWN AND DIED
CALMED DOWN AND DIED
A man commits a suicide in the forest. The film tells about the reasons for his
action and pictures the last part of his life before the final maneuver.

DAYDREAMING IN THE HOOD
DAYDREAMING IN THE HOOD
The first film project of the V–A–C Foundation, the almanac “Daydreaming in the Hood”
consists of 13 works by different authors and is collected in one kaleidoscope of urban life.
Personal dreams and collective urban myths have form the basis of creative comprehension
for participants of the workshop. Intertwined with each other, the plots of individual shorts
are put together in a common narrative field, whimsically combining meanings and images.
GET IT RIGHT
GET IT RIGHT
A modern story about complicated father-daughter relationship. Natasha
is seventeen years old. Having found herself in a difficult situation,
she does not look for the guilty, but acknowledges her own responsibility
for what happens to her. At the hardest moment, the father comes to help
her and, overcoming all doubts and fears, does the utmost to save his child.
THE KETTLE
THE KETTLE
Savely is a misfit, intellectual, and nihilist from the Hood who owns the computer
club ‘The Kettle’. He is twenty-five, and he is tired of life. He is bored of drinking,
doping, and going with the flow. Savely’s existential crisis deepens after his old
friend Roman commits suicide. Why did Roman die and what should Savely do with
his own life? Maybe he should do what Roman did? The answers found in the Hood
don’t bring any relief but only tear Savely apart. The last hope for him is a mysterious
meeting in the City. He believes it can put an end to his rotting in the Hood
and help him to break through the boundaries of the old world.
OUTLAW
OUTLAW
A gay high school student and a young criminal are trying
to win back the most popular guy in the school. General and transgender dancer
in 1985 put career and life on the line to be together.
WONDERS IN THE SUBURBS
WONDERS IN THE SUBURBS
After a long separation, Joëlle and Kamel finally divorce, but both are on the staff of Emmanuelle
Joly, the newly elected mayor of Montfermeil, an underprivileged town on the outskirts of Paris.
The mayor’s team gets to work implementing the wonders she promised on the campaign
trail: naps for all; crops on rooftops; sexual assistance in the home; harmonization of humans’
breathing; Montfermeil International School of Languages, and so on. But dangerous
enemies resolutely sabotage these fine policies as Paris plans its expansion, and Madam
Mayor slowly slips into depression. Will we have a wonderful Brioche Day this year?
The debut fiction film of one of the best actresses of modern European cinema is a strange, unique
artefact. Shot in the same suburbs as “Les misérables” by Ladj Ly, “Wonders in the Suburbs” gives
up the clichés of festival social cinema. First of all, it is an eccentric comedy that brings back a tradition
that has almost disappeared. Secondly, Balibar knows the nature of acting: gathering the most incredible
actors, she turned this film to a gift for them. She loves her actors. Finally, it is really an “certain regard”
on the ideas of representative democracy and the contradictions in which modern France lives.
BIRD ISLAND
BIRD ISLAND
After a long period of isolation, Antonin, a young man suffering from persisting
exhaustion, rediscovers the world at a rehabilitation center for birds. In this strange place
wounded birds and lost souls cohabit, lulled by the ubiquitous sounds of airplanes.
This world of birds is full of secrets. Like holding us by hand, the directors take us to look at it.
Rare tact and respect for all living creatures in the frame, whether humans, birds or mice form
the basis of their cine method. The law of the universe’s existence is hidden in the balance:
to help the birds, you have to kill other species; to operate an airport, you have to drive
birds away. Balance is a condition for the existence of civilization, but at the same time
it is a guarantee of cruelty. The post-documentary and at the same time poetic “Bird
Island” brilliantly reflects the world in all its fragility, beauty and contradictions.
THE CRIMINAL MAN
THE CRIMINAL MAN
A deputy-chief engineer from an industrial factory, Giorgi Meskhi, becomes an accidental
witness to the murder of a famous goalkeeper. Affected deeply by what he saw, it infects him like
a virus, until eventually becoming his obsession. Absorbed by everything connected with crime,
he studies the faces of criminals, as if trying to solve some kind of a mystery. Being a ‘nobody’,
he commits a series of actions in an attempt to become ‘somebody, but who? A murderer?
Having founded the Moscow School of New Cinema, Dmitry Mamuliya created an environment that
allowed a whole generation of young directors to appear. “The Criminal Man” was made together with
his students. The authors try to find answers to fundamental questions about the nature of cinema.
How do you catch the flow of time, find an archetypical face and figure, picture the relationship
between man and landscape? This film is at the heart of the search for modern cinema
and at the same time returns to topics from classical Russian literature, Leo Tolstoy’s “Kreutzer
Sonata” and primary Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment”. Perhaps almost no one has
ever showed crime on screen as a virus that infects a person and transforms his personality.
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
THE METAMORPHOSIS OF BIRDS
“Beatriz married Henrique on the day of her 21
st
birthday. Henrique, a naval
officer, would spend long periods at sea. Ashore, Beatriz, who learned everything
from the verticality of plants, took great care of the roots of their six children.
The oldest son, Jacinto (Hyacinth), my father, dreamed he could be a bird. One day,
suddenly, Beatriz died. My mom didn’t die suddenly, but she too died when I was
17 years-old. On that day, me and my father met in the loss of our mothers and our
relationship was no longer just that of father and daughter.” Catarina Vasconcelos
The word “metamorphosis” most accurately describes this fascinating film, which begins
as if carefully hidden secret of classical Portuguese cinema. Then from fiction it gradually
transforms into a personal document, told in first person. Vasconcelos has a rare gift
of using her own biography to tell a story about something larger – including the past
of Portugal, its burdensome and lost twentieth century. A documentary tale, a sad memory,
an attempt to reinvent cinema itself, self-discovering its laws, nature and magic.


ZUMIRIKI
ZUMIRIKI
Is it possible to travel twice to the same memory? The filmmaker built a cabin
on an isolated river bank, just opposite his childhood island, which had disappeared
under the water after the construction of a dam. The goal was to go back to that place,
which had become invisible. Only the trees of the island where he’d played stood firm
in the middle of the water, like the masts of a broken toy, so the air was the only space
left, the only vestige of the past to be conquered. This film is a diary of a castaway
in memories; 4 months of a Walden experience in a lost paradise with two hens,
a small vegetable garden and a clock that stopped forever at 11.36 and 23 seconds.
“Zumiriki” is an essay about the benefits of loneliness. Four cameras, seventy books, almost
no people around. It is another experience like in “Walden” and "Robinson Crusoe". It is also
an ecological performance, a kind of detective, an excursion into the history of Basque cinema,
an exercise in time travel and prolongation of lives of deceased. The director deciphers
mysteries, invents games and rituals, does alchemy. He himself paradoxically described
“Zumiriki” as follows: “A film about animals that talks about the death of trees.”
VALLEY OF SOULS
VALLEY OF SOULS
Colombia, on the banks of Magdalena Medio, 2002. José returns home deep
in the forest after a long fishing night to discover that paramilitary forces killed
his two sons, Dionisio and Rafael, and threw their bodies into the river. José
begins a lonely journey to retrieve and provide a proper burial for his boys,
in order to prevent their tormented souls from being stuck in this world. Aboard
his canoe, José discovers the magic of a country torn into pieces.
After a series of documentaries Nicolás Rincόn Gille is trying to find the key to the recent bloody
events in his country in fiction film. “Valley of Souls” is a film-fleuve in which only few words
are pronounced, because our hero is alone in his odyssey. His journey is a spiritual and metaphysical
experience. All of a sudden it reveals a pantheistic dimension in the landscape of wondrous
beauty, which has become the only witness to humane atrocities. Revising ideas of “slow cinema”,
the director finds his own recipe for magical realism not ignoring tragic political realities. 


ENDLESS NIGHT
ENDLESS NIGHT
Anxo returns to his home village in the Galician countryside. There,
he is greeted with concern by the victorious and the defeated, who see
in him the danger of diving back into their silenced memories.
“Endless Night” means a meditation on more than three decades of Francisco Franco's
regime. How will you look at each other after the civil war? What lies beneath silence
of losers and offended? Enciso based his film in a Galician language on a collage
of unknown texts – stories, memories, letters from prisoners. But this is not a costume film.
The director is building a bridge to nowadays, being sure that this is his responsibility
to history. The protagonist dissolves in a fairy landscape, words continue to sound like poems
in an enchanted forest. May be the only sign of hope is a falling star that flies in the sky.
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
Toronto, 1899. Aspiring young politician Mackenzie King dreams of becoming the Prime Minister
of Canada. In his quest for power, he must face his imperious Mother, a war-mongering GovernorGeneral and the utopian idealism of a Québécois mystic. Meanwhile, King hesitates in love between
a British soldier and a French-Canadian nurse and furtively indulges a fetishistic obsession for women’s
footwear… When his vainglorious run for leadership culminates in an epic battle between good
and evil, King will learn that disappointment may be the only way to survive the 20
th
century.
William Lyon Mackenzie King is Canada’s tenth Prime Minister who occupied this post longer
than other politicians (22 years). “The Twentieth Century” is his pseudo-biography, largely based
on his recently published memoirs. Rankin’s idea is rather ambitious: through a real historical figure,
he tries to understand what do masculinity, history, politics and finally Canadian identity mean.
Even more striking is the chosen form: having collaborated with Guy Maddin, Winnipeg director shot
his 8- and 16-mm motion picture in defiantly artificial, expressionist scenery. As a result he produced
a perfect in form, paradox absurd comedy, recollecting the best sketches of “Monty Python”.