A complicated birth in a French maternity hospital provides a perfect opportunity to explore the notion of cinematic realism and the transformative effect of the filming of phenomena. The director delves cleverly into areas of cinema history and family history. Simon Welch’s film is both an interesting documentary and an experimental film with elements of humour, exceptionally accurate metacinematic observations, as well as philosophical remarks.
Casa Blanca is a small, picturesque fishing town located by the Havana Bay. The viewer may get the impression that time has stopped there. The inhabitants go about their lives at their own pace and make a living mainly from fishing. The sick, elderly mother lives with her mentally handicapped son Vladimir in an overcrowded tenement house occupied by multiple families. When the woman succumbs further to illness, the troublesome Vladimir becomes her only caregiver. The film depicts the complicated relationship between mother and son, one which is also full of love and sacrifice. “Casa Blanca” is an intimate story of a family that is in a critical situation. The film received the Golden Hobby-Horse and the Silver Horn at the 55th Krakow Film Festival.
“How Long, Not Long” is a fresh hybrid of documentary cinema, animation, and experimental film. A visual journey that encourages considerations on universal belonging, global citizenship not confined to a city, region, or state borders. Thoughts on these important topics are necessary in times when xenophobia, nationalism, and intolerance are a daily occurrence.
Yesterday was a time of peace, today has come a time of war. What if all the world's military could resolve conflicts through music and not by playing with other people's lives? An intriguing short musical documentary, where an orchestra plays solemnly while shocking footage of post-war ruins appear on screen. An unambiguously pacifistic message is conveyed by every shot.
Belgian artist Louis de Cordier has bought a piece of land located above the snow line in the Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. De Cordier wants to build an underground library and a seed bank for genetically unmodified plants. The location at 2000 metres above sea level, minor temperature fluctuations and dry climate slow erosion down. The architecture of the buildings has been inspired by the design language of Buckminster Fuller, American architect and theoretician. An intriguing documentary with elements of experimental film.