As I record the vegetation on a Dalmatian island resisting the gusts of wind, the sounds reveal a wide range of changes in the landscape, brought about by land management policies. Transformed into wind, these changes return to our houses and apartments, creating a complex feedback loop between the interior and exterior spaces.
Monument is a poetic-experimental documentary, structured as a series of nine meditative ‘portraits’ of the massive concrete memorials commissioned by the former Yugoslav state. These sentinel forms were originally built to honour the Second World War victims of fascism.
During the Balkans war of the 1990s thousands of these monuments, perceived only as monoliths of abandoned Communist ideology, were destroyed on the territory of ex-Yugoslav state. The attempt to erase these structures was the starting point for this film, which focuses on the conditions and ‘life’ of a group of monuments.
Emphasizing the unexpected fragility of these monumental structures, the director places human attempts to fix meaning against a backdrop of seasonal change. In a landscape that has witnessed cycles of trauma and upheaval, this film mirrors the rise and fall of many monuments built to preserve the memory of events that might otherwise be forgotten.
As a poetic-experimental documentary, Monument creates an existential, or even spiritual, resonance with the political issues, questioning the purpose of monuments today.
As the bright colours from the glory days of the 1960s slowly fade in Majdanpek, Eastern Serbia, daily life centres around the mine. As one of the oldest in Europe and the only source of employment, the supremacy of the mine remains unchallenged despite the harm it causes both its workers and the surrounding environment. The predominantly Vlach population refuses to let its spirit be cowed by the hardships of Post-Socialist reality, however, and continues to celebrate the local countryside and community, combining spiritual reverence and good humour. Dragan Hunt explores the conflicts between nature and industry, tradition and modernity, focussing on the family of Dragan Marković, a miner by day but a dragon hunter by night.
A docudrama in which narrators from all parts of the Istrian peninsula, in their authentic dialect, introduce us to the magical world of a less known, mystical Istria.
Instead of going to college, Borko has decided to be a fisherman. He lives on a small Croatian island Kaprije with his girlfriend Livia. The island comes alive in the summer, but summer passes quickly and the rest of the year life moves at a different pace. The film depicts this double life of islands through everyday life of a young couple, living a not-so-ordinary life away from civilisation.
“Good People” is an ego-documentary in which two documentary-makers try to find their own position concerning a world problem. Confronted with suffering, acute needs and requests for help from countless refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos, Anna Witte and Josefien van Kooten research the role of media, which they themselves are part of. In an essayist manner the film reflects on how the documentation of social problems takes place and the borders that are crossed in the process.
AND-EK GHES… is the refrain of the Ctle song in which a young man promises his beloved a future in Berlin if her love is only strong enough to follow him. The song was written by Colorado Velcu, single parent to seven children; heart, motor and chronicler of an extended family from Faţa Luncii in Romania. It`s an extraordinary collaboration based on the trust and friendship between the co-directors Philip Scheffner and Colorado Velcu. We are allowed into a world in which humour, chutzpah and solidarity stand against poverty and exclusion.
Every summer, towns and cities on the Croatian coast double their population through the influx of tourists from all over the world. Tourism is today the biggest part of the Croatian economy, and it often looks like it may be the only one.
Tourism! traces the fragments of various stories along the Croatian coast. Some of the locals catch and farm fish, some prepare it, and some entertain the guests… The life cycle appears never to end; faces, identities, emotions and results transcend towns and locations.
This film traces out the portrait of a motorway rest area located in the countryside in the North of France. It looks like a dream, filled with the whispers thoughts and the lives of those who work here, as well as those who are just passing through. It is also a very concrete place, a perfect spot to observe today’s Europe, the violence carried by the free competition of a single market, the nostalgia carried by uprooted lives, and all the solitude engendered by our modern world.
The story of contraband is brought to us by narrators, they are presenting live memories of the times when local community saw an opportunity for survival in smuggling murchandise from duty-free zone in Kvarner province.