Doc Lisboa will dedicate Special attention to documentary filmmakers Jean Rouch and Harun Farocki, a whole section will be focused on documentary films covering the liberation movements in Mozambique, Angola, and Guinea-Bissau (1961-1974).
IX. International Film Festival Doc Lisboa 2011, Portugal
October 20 – 30, 2011
East Silver Caravan and Eastern European docs at DOC Lisboa
Cinema Komunisto , Serbia, 2010, 100 min, Digi Beta, HD, Arts and Culture, History, Politics, Society
When reality has a different script from the one in your films, who wouldn't invent a country to fool themselves? Using rare footage from dozens of forgotten Yugoslav films, as well as never-seen-before archive from film sets and Tito’s private screenings, the documentary recreates the narrative of a country, the stories told on screen and the ones hidden behind it. Stars such as Richard Burton, Sofia Loren and Orson Welles add a touch of glamour to the national effort, appearing in super-productions financed by the state. Tito’s favorite film director, his projectionist who showed him films every night for 30 years, the most famous actor of partisan films, and the director of the film studios who was a secret policeman - all tell how the history of Yugoslavia was constructed on the screen.
Austria, 2011, 90 min, HD, Creative, Society
Western standard of living, civilization, and the urge to exclude others from it are the core of Geyrhalter's latest cinematic documentary essay. Entirely shot at night, Geyrhalter takes us on a very personal journey through the Western world and the structures that guarantee our "civilized" world. Sometimes darkness can help us to see things more clearly.
Finland, Lithuania, 2011, 60 min, DCP, Human Rights, Social Issues
In a Chechen city recovering after the war, a man disappears. The peope, trying to find him, are drawn into a world where they see encounters, diviners and legal advisors, the torturers and the tortured, secret prisons and mythical lakes. When the missing ones appear in those people's dreams, they say, they come from Barzakh - a land between the living and the death.
Nachtschichten , Austria, 2010, 97 min, 35 mm, Culture, Personal View, Portrait, Society
They are not just awake; they live at night and with the night. Night Shifts is a portrait of an alternative world. The film follows the trails of people in Berlin who are invisible during the day, accompanying them on their nocturnal paths through the metropolis, which are marked by pragmatic routine, desires, and dangers. "It’s always night, or we wouldn’t need light." (Thelonious Monk)
Koniec lata , Poland, 2010, 30 min, HD, Creative, Docu Series, Personal View, Youth Documentary
Almost everyone would like to turn back the hand of time and once again become a child. Why do we come back to those years with such nostalgia? When does the childhood end and when does the adulthood start ? What do we loose when our childhood comes to an end? “The Last Day of Summer” is an emotional journey to the times of childhood and a story about difficulties of entering the world of adults. The film consists of 5 parts. Each of them presents a cadet in different age and his ordinary day. It starts from the youngest one that is 7 and finishes with the oldest one that is 17. Within one hour we show how the cadets’ life changes together with their age. Apart from everyday activities we would like to show some interesting events and behaviors typical for cadets at different age ( e.g.: the first day at school – a 7 year old boy, the first date with a girl – a 15 year old boy). We want to take a closer look at the relations between peers, between children and adults (teachers, parents) to see what are the stages of growing up, how do they differ and what is typical for different age groups. During 50 minutes of the film we observe the process of growing up – from 7 year old kid who learns how to read to a 17 year old graduate who has to decide about his future. This film is a journey to the times of childhood. The first and the youngest characters are to recall our memories from those times, which will allow us to identify with them.
Vodka fabriken , Sweden, 2010, 90 min, HD, Portrait, Society
One hopes for love after decades of loneliness, the other fights for a dream that threatens her relationship with her child. Tatiana and her daughter Valentina live in the boring, provincial town of Zhigulyovsk 1000 kilometres south-east of Moscow. Valentina, 22, works in a vodka factory, while Tatiana, 50, is a bus conductor. Valentina, whose dream is to be a TV star in Moscow, has to overcome her own limitations as well as the irony and malice of her comrades at the vodka factory. Tatiana has to adapt her expectations to reality when her potential life partner turns out to be a part-time drunkard and a deadbeat. And on top of all this, both women have to think about Valentina’s son Danilo’s future. One of them has to give up the dream.