Firmly established among the most popular sections of EFF, Parallels and Encounters once again presents a snapshot of the current lively film-production scene in eastern and central parts of Europe. We are proud to present ten features (competing for the section’s prize) and three shorts, each of them Serbian premieres. This is a „bakers’ dozen“ of eclectic geographical origin spanning the Baltic (Estonia, Lithuania), the Balkan Peninsula (Albania, Bulgaria), former Soviet republics on the Asian frontier (Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan), plus Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and of course EFF Palić’s immediate „neighbour“ Hungary. The 13 films encompass fiction, documentary, and animation, taking in box office smashes, popular titles on the film-festival circuit, award-winners, established eminences, rising stars and some relatively „hidden“ gems which we’ve unearthed over the last twelve months. These films tackle social, political and personal themes with artistic flair and ambitious originality — sometimes deadly serious, sometimes with humor. Buckle up: your trans-European journey starts right here!
programmer Neil Young (co-programmer: Miroslav Mogorović)
Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Wieckiewicz, Jacek Braciak, Joanna Kulig, Janusz Gajos, Adrian Zaremba, Magdalena Celówna-Janikowska
Three Catholic priests meet to celebrate the anniversary of an event which could have taken their lives. Their experiences and motivations to serve as priests are extremely different, and soon each of them will have to face new challenges.
Wojciech Smarzowski, Wojciech Rzehak
Profil Film, Showmax, Kino Swiat
RUBEN BRANDT, A GYŰJTŐ
Iván Kamarás, Gabriella Hámori, Zalán Makranczi
Ruben Brandt, a famous psychotherapist, is forced to steal the world’s most renowned paintings to prevent his suffering from terrible nightmares. “The Collector” quickly becomes the most wanted criminal in the world.
Péter Miskolczi, János Kurdy-Fehér, Hermina Roczkov, Radmila Roczkov
Ruben Brandt Production Ltd
Milorad Krstić, László Marcell
MALI I HARRUM
Xhevat Qorraj, Fatlume Bunjaku, Agron Shala, Kastriot Shehi, Merita Gjyriqi, Agron Dizdari, Igballe Qena
Rikard, after being swindled out of his home by his own son, relies on the kindness of his daughter, Ema and her husband Lorenc who offer him a cabin dwelling in the 'Accursed Mountains.'
VOM LOKFÜHRER, DER DIE LIEBE SUCHTE…
Miki Manojlović, Paz Vega, Chulpan Khamatova, Denis Lavant, Maia Morgenstern
Train driver Nurlan is heading to Baku for the last time before retirement. On its way round the neighborhoods of the city his train snags a blue bra off a washing line. To escape from his lonely existence, Nurlan embarks on the most adventurous journey of his life: to find the owner of this perky piece of underwear.
Veit Helmer, Leonie Geisinger
Veit Helmer, Shirin Hartmann, Tsiako Abesadze
Veit Helmer – Filmproduktion
Vygantas Bachmackij, Arvydas Dapsys, Aiste Zabotkaite, Jelena Juscenko
A story about a cold relationship between a father and his son. Their bond, plagued by indifference, disintegrates completely.
Indrė Patkauskaitė, Paulius Markevičius, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Šarūnas Zenkevičius, Darius Meškauskas, Vilija Grigaitytė
An ambitious young psychologist accepts to transport two patients to a seaside psychiatric unit. While all three characters are fighting their own inner battles, the unlikely journey will bring them closer to each other in this powerful yet bittersweet story, full of hope and light.
Marija Razgute & Klementina Remeikaité
Laurynas Bareiša, Vytautas Katkus
Denis Domaracký, Roman Grigely, David Hartl
The film is inspired by a true criminal case that happened in Slovakia in 2005. The suspects in the attack against a Bratislava university student were a gang of Neo-Nazis, but the mistakes and failures by the police and judicial system complicated arresting the culprits. The film reflects the devastated family's fight for justice, and also the state of society today.
Teodor Kuhn, Jakub Medvecký
Martina Apostolova, Hristo Ushev, Irini Jambonas, Kasiel Noah Asher, Krassimir Dokov, Alexander Kossev
Irina is a part-time waitress in a small Bulgarian town. On the very same day when she is fired, her husband gets into a serious accident. Irina’s family is trapped in poverty. To make ends meet, she becomes a surrogate mother. Fights, despair and the seed of life growing in her belly bring on another wave to this rough and wrecked life. Slowly, Irina discovers what it means to love and to forgive.
Svetoslav Ovcharov, Bojan Vuletić, Nadejda Koseva
Estonia, France, Belgium
Rea Lest, Reimo Sagor
Film in three parts, two characters and one obsession: to prevent the past from taking over. A minimalist black-and-white drama presents three versions of the same story from different perspectives. Laureat of the Europa Cinemas Label prize for best European film at the 2019 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Martti Helde, Nathaniel Price
Elina Litvinova & Michele Halberstadt, Laurent Petin, Eric Vicente (ARP) Frederic de Goldschmidt (Belgium)
Three Brothers & ARP Selection/ France, Media International/ Belgium
Erik Põllummaa, Sten-Johan Lill
Jaak Ollino Jr.
THE HARVEST is an exploration of the relationship between nature, technology, and the changing landscape.
Natia Guliashvili (Cinemark), Melissa Demetras (Pantheon Pictures)
Cinemark (Georgia), Pantheon Pictures (USA)
Misho Antadze, Daphne Rosenthal
Hovhannes, Andranik, Arthur
In 1988, Gyumri–the second largest city of Armenia–was destroyed by a terrible earthquake. Decades later , people are still recovering from the tragedy. A documentary of a strange beauty, with a tender touch of nostalgia and a heartbreaking sensitivity to the things lost forever.
Arthur Sukiasyan, Ani Asribabayan
Arthur Sukiasyan, Martin Sukiasyan
Martin Sukiasyan, Arthur Sukiasyan
Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Petr Cuker, Ondřej Gabaš, Barbora Vildová
This short film about life after the loss of a loved one deals with a difficult topic, using techniques of both live-action and animated film. Real experiences of the narrators are combined with animated sequences reconstructing painful situations, looking into the thoughts of three young people untimely exposed to death.
Diana Cam Van Nguyen, Lukáš Janičík
FAMU - Film & TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts Prague
NECH JE SVETLO
Slovakia, Czech Republic
Milan Ondrík, František Beleš, Zuzana Konečná, Ľubomír Paulovič, Katarína Kormaňáková, Maximilián Dušanič, Daniel Fischer, Csongor Kassai, Anikó Vargová, Marek Geišberg
Milan (40) has three children and does construction work in Germany in order to provide for his family in Slovakia. While visiting his home over Christmas he discovers that his eldest son Adam is a member of a para-military youth group. The boy is involved in bullying and the death of a class-mate. In this process, along with his wife, he comes to discover the real truth about their son, their family, themselves and the community around them.
Ján Meliš, Petr Oukropec, Marko Škop, Pavel Strnad
David Solar, Oskar Rózsa