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East Silver Caravan at Full Frame

Upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival revealed the programme containing six East Silver Caravan films. Five of them were selected for the New Docs section – Katka, Pit no. 8, Planet Kirsan, Blue Sky. Dark Bread and At the Edge of Russia. The sixth title - The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu – is included in the thematic programme One Foot in the Archives focused on the use of archival footage in documentary film.

Pit no. 8 by Marianna Kaat and Blue Sky. Dark Bread by Ilya Tomashevich will hold its North American premieres there.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, organized by the Center for Documentary Studies, is an annual international film event dedicated to non-fiction cinema, which will present more than hundred documentaries during the upcoming edition. Apart from the New Docs section and the thematic archival programme the festival will honour the works of documentary filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg.

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, USA
April 14 – 17, 2011

East Silver Caravan titles in the programme:

Pit No. 8

Director: Kaat Marianna
Producer: Kaat Marianna
Production company: Baltic Film Production, Interfilm Production Studio

Auk Nr 8, Estonia, Ukraine, 2010, 95 min, HD, Creative, Personal View, Social Issues

In the heart of a once thriving Ukrainian coal-mining region everybody digs – retirees, unemployed miners and even the children. Years ago, the town's desperate residents decided to start mining illegally; they excavate everywhere!!! The story focuses on the Sikanov family, which has three children. 15-year-old Yura, the grandson of a powerful Soviet plant director, is the head of the family working as a miner in the illegal pit. Most Jura wants to run his own cafe somewhere far from home, but the responsibility for the two sisters and looming economic crisis pushes his dreams in the distant future.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010 / Docu Talents from the East 2010 / East European Forum 2008

 

Planet Kirsan

Director: Pieta Magdalena
Production company: Eureka Media, Polish Television. - Poltel Ent.

Planeta Kirsan, Poland, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, Arts and Culture, Creative, Society

Over the hills and far away, in the middle of the Russian steppe, you will find Chess City. It was built by Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the first and only President of the Republic of Kalmykia, one of the smallest and poorest republics in the Russian Federation.In Kalmykia, there also lives a boy called Alekhan, who dreams of becoming the World Chess Champion. And his younger brother Amir, who shares the same dream.The road to make their dreams come true passes through the Chess Competition in Chess City.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010 / Ex Oriente Film 2007 / East European Forum 2007

 

At the Edge of Russia

Director: Marczak Michał
Production company: Ozumi Films, Aperto Films

Koniec Rosji , Poland, 2010, 72 min, Digi Beta, Society

Alexei is a nineteen year old recruit being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean. There are five other seasoned and long serving soldiers stationed here, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves in their daily interactions and private moments as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land, hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010 / Silver Eye 2010 Winner / East European Forum 2006 / Ex Oriente Film 2006

 

Blue Sky. Dark Bread


Sinee nebo. Cherniy hleb, Russia, 2010, 21 min, 35 mm, Creative, Personal View, Youth Documentary

It is summer, the harvest season. A festival of dust and light. The village is effervescent. Life flows by, peaceful and joyous. The image plays with time, the sound plays with space. A poetic gathering at an up-tempo rhythm, lively, swirling shots framing human beings and nature.


East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010

 

Katka

Production company: Negativ s.r.o., Czech TV

Katka, Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Longitudinal, Portrait

Helena Třeštíková's film is a remarkable documentary tracing fourteen years in the life of a young junkie and her futile battle with drug addiction. Why did she start taking drugs? She claims she wanted to be different. The year is 1996 and 19-year-old Katka lives in the Sananim therapy community in the town of Němčice with hope for a normal life – she dreams of having a boyfriend and even a family, some day. But there's no happy ending. The director records Katka's descent over the years into a spiral of theft, prostitution, physical and psychological deterioration – a spiral that is broken only by brief flashes of hope and resolutions to stop taking drugs. Katka's desire is sincere, but in the end drugs always win. Will Katka finally find the strength when she becomes pregnant and motherhood offers her life-sustaining motivation?

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / East European Forum 2007 / Docu Talents From the East 2009

 

The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu

Director: Ujica Andrei
Producer: Moraru Velvet
Production company: Icon Production

Autobiografia lui Nicolae Ceausescu, Romania, 2010, 180 min, 35 mm, History, Politics, Portrait

"After all, a dictator is simply an artist who is able to fully put into practice his egotism. It is a mere question of aesthetic level, whether he turns out to be Baudelaire or Bolintineanu, Louis XVI or Nicolae Ceausescu." (Andrei Ujica). During the summary trial that he and his wife were submitted to, Nicolae Ceausescu is reviewing his long reign in power: 1965-1989. It is an historical tableau that in its scope resembles American film frescos such as those dedicated to the Vietnam War.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010