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Ellen Fiske, Joanna Karlberg • Sweden • 2019 • 77′
Romanian beggar Florin and Swedish single mother Josefin fall in love after meeting outside the local grocery store. After eight months together, they marry and start a new life together in a small Swedish town. Florin studies Swedish and looks for work, but as the pressure from his family to send home money mounts, the dream of a better life is put to the test.
Malgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja • Poland • 2019 • 75′
Free-spirited Jola, after escaping from a marital nightmare, is letting loose with her friends and finds herself thrust into a new romance at a latino dancing class. The drama evolves when the conservative powers of her generation try to justify her abusive husband. A highly cinematic and joyful journey into a woman’s battle to reinvent herself in her best age of life, when you are 69.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Alina Manolache • Romania • 2020 • 70′
“I am almost 30 and often I find myself wondering where I’d like to be at this age. When I was born in 1990, my parents were probably asking themselves completely different questions, while cradling an infant through the Romanian post-communist mayhem. What I remember from those first years is going on seaside vacations and hearing the speakers broadcasting info on the children that got lost on the beach. I never got lost, but I’ve always tried to imagine those who did. Now, the idea of looking for them starts to gain meaning, too. More than ever, I feel that we share a connection.” (Alina Manolache)INTERNATIONAL PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Jolanta Dylewska • Poland, Germany • 2019 • 80′
“Why does nobody ask me if there was love in the ghetto? Why is nobody interested?” – so asked Marek Edelman, resistance fighter and the last leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, shortly before his death in 2009. In this film, he answers that very question: Good and beauty did exist in the hell of the ghetto. And there was love, too. That was the greatest value, even greater than life itself. Strong, unconditional love, where you are prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, and give yourself completely to another person. Body and soul.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Cornel Mihalache • Romania • 2019 • 47′
Two soldiers have spent the last three decades in wheelchairs. During the 1989 Revolution, one of them was shot by an unknown sniper from the top of a 10-floor building in Craiova. The other, a traffic warden, was shot by soldiers from the 01513 unit in Sibiu. He was shot more than ten times and, when the doctors started his blood transfusion, they were in shock, as blood bursted from all over his body. These two men know the truth about the 1989 Revolution.AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Marius Barna • Romania • 2020 • 90′
A documentary that explores the contemporary perspective on communism. Some Romanians regret the regime and all its perks (a stable job, everybody owned a house, a good pension, frequent holidays). The others don’t regret it, as they remember very well the lack of freedom of speech, the special services interferences in their lives and the overall terror. However, they have the opportunity to reflect upon communism in a critical manner and in relation to the present, where politics mostly did not meet the expectations of the people.AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Pavel Cuzuioc • Austria • 2020 • 86′
An audiovisual allegory on communication, this film follows cable technicians in different countries, as they visit their customers. Each client they call on provides a glimpse into their own individual universe. With so many tools for communication, we still inhabit a modern-day Tower of Babel, an ordered discordance of personalities and perspectives.Watch Online
Andreea Cristina Borţun • Romania • 2020 • 15′
More than 40 interviews with women help us understand who are those who leave their native Romanian villages for a better life. These women are without doubt fierce fighters. In their daily struggle for survival, either “here” or”there”, happiness is an almost impossible ideal and they seldomly have the luxury to put themselves first. In a world where the idea of plenty or even enough is almost non-existent, what we would easily call destiny – but is actually the government and the state – seems to always be an obstacle in their path.WORLD PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Margreth Olin • Norway • 2020 • 80′
Lene (33) suffers from severe anorexia. Since the age of ten she has been hiding from the Norwegian Health Care System. Then she taught herself the art of photography. The film is a portrait of an artist and a portrait of a deadly disease. During the last years, Lene became recognized as a world-class photographer. She had a unique photo-project, expose the shame, and confront the disease.ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Michael Obert • Germany • 2013 • 96′
As a young man, American Louis Sarno heard a song on the radio that gripped his imagination. He followed the mysterious sounds all the way to the Central African rainforest and found their source with the Bayaka Pygmies. He never left. Today, twenty-five years later, Louis is a fully accepted member of the Bayaka society and has a 13-year-old son, Samedi. And now he comes back to New York with his son to show him the metropolis, a different kind of jungle…
Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner • Denmark • 2020 • 90′
At the foot of the Andes Mountains in Chile lies an idyllic German colony. However, the beauty of the place is hiding a grim past. In 1961, the German preacher Paul Schaefer and his congregation moved to Chile with the stated aim of helping the poor. They established Colonia Dignidad (Colony of Dignity), which transformed into a closed sect. This film explores how the remaining residents of the colony deal with 45 years of child abuse, collective beatings and slave-like living conditions…ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Ágota Varga • Hungary • 2019 • 55′
What could happen to a 14-year-old rebellious teenager back in 1968? A group of boys including László rebelled against the system, the Communist State Security made an example of them, and the loyal servants of the system followed through for 25 years. Why did the all-powerful government feel so threatened by a bunch of teens playing a little game? After László’s release from prison, the machine of communism kept on trying to break his spirit, humiliating him at every turn as he grew up and struggled to make a life for himself as an adult. Here is his story…AUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Ibrahim Harb • Lebanon • 2016 • 23′
Fatat spends her days and nights caring for her bed-confined husband. Then he dies, and she must struggle for her and her son’s survival. After living for a while in extreme poverty and deprived of any help from her family, she decides to leave Lebanon for Europe. The story of Fatat is just as much the story of the terrible war, which takes place exclusively offscreen. Thus the extreme narrow shots in which we see Fatat after her husband’s death serve not only as a means to express her suffocating despair, they also draw attention to the horrors of war happening around her, which we can not see but only hear. As the shots get wider, we see the protagonist and her son embarking on a boat with the destination Europe, in a last attempt to escape a disastruous situation and find happiness against all odds.
Bára Jíchová Tyson • USA, Czech Rep • 2019 • 72′
An eye-opening documentary about the challenges of monogamy and what it takes to create a trusting relationship. Hidden subjects reveal their most intimate stories of sex, love, lies, marriage, and adultery sharing frank truths about trust and human desire. The filmmaker’s quest to explore our shared human desire to build relationships, feel wanted, and be sexually satisfied frames her own self-discovery. Looking deeper and confronting her past leads her to her own partner and lover.ROMANIAN PREMIEREWatch Online
Eszter Hajdu • Hungary, Portugal • 2020 • 85′
In 1974, Tamás Barta was at the peak of his career as the bassist of Hungarian rock band Locomotiv GT, but he decided to defect while on tour in the United States. He left his band mates and, most of all, his widow mother, Edit, waiting for him in communist Hungary. After her death, Tamás’ adopted sister Judit found 12 audio cassettes. They were the tapes he and Edit used as correspondence during the eight years Barta spent in America. The tapes contain shockingly intimate, frank and dramatic “conversations” showing how different were the worlds the son and the mother lived in…WORLD PREMIEREAUDIENCE AWARD NOMINEE – VOTE !
Eva Pervolovici • France, Romania • 2020 • 92′
1984. Ceauşescu ordered the demolition of an architectural monument of the 18th century, the imposing Văcăreşti monastery in Bucharest, transformed into a political prison in 1846. He wanted to build an artificial lake in its place. After having built five kilometers of walls, he did not have time to see the completion of his project. History caught up with him as he was executed in 1989. The abandoned land of what had been Văcăreşti has slowly transformed into the world’s biggest urban Delta… Here is the story of this extraordinary place.Watch Online
Adrien Pinon, Thomas Lafarge • France, Germany, India, Poland, USA • 2019 • 78′
“Everything, right now”. Riding the digital revolution and betting on compulsive buying and immediate needs, Amazon has built the largest supermarket in the history of mankind by making all products and data throughout the world instantly available with just one click. At the head of this world empire is Jeff Bezos. As the richest man in the world, he is on a par with the most powerful heads of state on the planet. But what is the price of this dazzling success? What are its consequences, the implications, the stakes on the field, the resistance? This film is the result of years of investigations on the activity of world’s biggest corporation…ROMANIAN PREMIERE
Dumitru Budrala • Romania • 2017 • 41′
With its breathtaking beauty, Transalpina is more than a spectacular roadway serpentining across the mountain. The age of the road connecting Transylvania with Walachia is counted in thousands of years. Throughout history, people have forgotten it more than once, but for the shepherds who have never stopped walking it with their flocks despite the borders set by transient authorities. The film invites the viewer to a multilayered journey: along a unique road associated with the names of three kings, on mysterious underground paths once walked by the Dacian’s god Zamolxis, and up to the sky, where things that happened in the times of the mythical giants gave mountain peaks and valleys the names they still carry today. The author morphs his life-time fascination with the hidden stories of the streams, glacial lakes, alpine crests, vales and mysterious caves into an exquisite piece of filmmaking, stepping beyond dates and facts to reveal the very spirit of the place.
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, Ebba Sinzinger • Romania • 2020 • 95′
*unavailable on AFF Online* Illegal logging is a global business worth billions. Alexander von Bismarck, descendant of the Iron Chancellor and head of the Environmental Investigation Agency in Washington D.C., successfully pursues the machinations of the timber commerce worldwide. His primary concern isn’t to expose a scandalous situation, but rather to promote a change in the consciousness of politics and civil society and to bring about a new code of conduct for the global economy and consumers.