Welcome to the Parallels and Encounters program of Palic European film festival 2023! This year's program offers a mesmerizing selection of films that delve into the depths of human experiences, provoke thought, and challenge conventional storytelling. Each film showcased here brings a unique artistic vision and offers an engaging exploration of various themes.
In Maria Kavtaradze's Slow, the director showcases a remarkable talent for capturing the nuances of everyday life. Through deliberate pacing and meticulous attention to detail, Kavtaradze invites us to reflect on the beauty found in the ordinary, creating a meditative experience that encourages introspection.
Carbon by Ion Bors is a poignant and thought-provoking film that captures the harsh realities of Moldova in the early 90s. With powerful performances by the lead actors, the film explores themes of identity, war, and humanity through an absurd yet profound journey of Dima and Vasea as they embark on a mission to give a carbonised body a proper burial, defying the apathy of the authorities.
Tinatin Kajrashvili's Citizen Saint offers a compelling character study that delves into the complexities of human nature. Kajrashvili's exceptional direction coupled with strong performances by the cast creates a vivid portrayal of the protagonist's internal struggles, resonating deeply with audiences and reflecting upon the intricacies of our own identities.
Do You Love Me by Tonya Noyabryova is a heartfelt coming-of-age drama that delves into the emotional turmoil of Kira as she navigates her parents' divorce. With compelling performances and a poignant narrative, the film beautifully captures the complexities of love, loss, and self-discovery in a young girl's life.
Asif Rustamov's Cold as Marble captivates us with its haunting atmosphere and expertly crafted visuals. This film pushes the boundaries of storytelling, blurring the lines between reality and illusion, and immersing us in a surreal world that prompts us to question our perceptions and confront our deepest fears.
Kyros Papavassilou's Embryo, Butterfly, Lava dazzles with its inventive narrative structure and evocative imagery. Through a poetic exploration of life's transformative cycles, Papavassilou invites us to contemplate the cyclical nature of existence and the profound changes we undergo as individuals.
Damian Kocur's Bread and Salt brings a distinctively heartfelt portrayal of the human condition. Through a captivating narrative that intertwines tradition and contemporary struggles, Kocur's film reminds us of the importance of cultural diversity and the enduring strength of community bonds.
Linda Olte's Sisters offers a compelling exploration of female relationships and the complexities of sisterhood. Olte's directorial prowess and the authentic performances of the cast create a powerful portrayal of the multifaceted dynamics between siblings, resonating with audiences on a deeply personal level.
Kristina Grosan's Ordinary Failures masterfully weaves together multiple storylines to paint a poignant tapestry of human resilience. Grosan's film sheds light on societal issues while celebrating the indomitable spirit of ordinary individuals who navigate the challenges of life.
Mátyás Prikler's Power takes a thought-provoking approach to examine the dynamics of power, ecological challenges, people’s weaknesses and its impact on society. With an astute directorial hand, Prikler presents an incisive critique of authority and invites audiences to reflect on the delicate balance between control and liberation.
This program brings us to a world where artistic vision, talent, and social impact converge to redefine the landscape of contemporary cinema.
This is how ChatGPT sees Parallels and Encounters program 2023, but I personally encourage you to believe that art and especially art of cinema is the greatest gift that only human beings can create, appreciate and leave behind for the next generations and no artificial intelligence can ever create films which you are welcome to see this year in our program!
Your cinematic experience will be real and enriching!
Enjoy the Festival!
Julia Sinkevych, programmer
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