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East Silver in Krakow, Meet us There!

51st Krakow Film Festival’s line-up has been announced. Several East Silver Caravan films were included in competition – Out of Round: What’s Behind? (dir. Jaro Vojtek, in Short film competition) or Planet Kirsan (dir. Magdalena Pieta, in National competition). Estonian Pit no. 8 by Marianna Kaat will be screened in non-competitive section. Traditionally strong local programme presenting latest Polish docs – including student films - consists of many documentaries, which could be found in East Silver catalogue 2010.

Idustry guests will find special selection of East Silver Caravan titles in the Krakow Film Market within the Industry Zone of Krakow Film Festival.

Zuzana Paukova / East Silver / will be present at the festival from 25th to 29th of May, 2011. To schedule meetings, please contact her at, GSM: +420 775 602 555). Hana Rezkova will represent Institute of Documentary Film in Krakow from 25th to 29th of May, 2011 (, GSM: +420 777 240 005).

51st Krakow Film Festival 2011, Poland
May 25 – 29, 2011


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

Out of Round: What Is Behind?

Director: Vojtek Jaro
Production company: Ugly Agency & Production

Z kola von - Čo je za tým?, Slovak Republic, 2010, 30 min, DVD, HD, Portrait, Social Issues

After the festival success of his films "Here We Are" and "The Border", documentary filmmaker Jaro Vojtek returns with the short social documentary "Out of Round". The main protagonist is a Roma man called Jožo/Fero whose addiction has taken everything from him and pushed him and his family onto the edge of society. Marked by difficult fate, he is still an eternal child whose best friend is Nemo the dog. Despite his primary backwardness he feels mentally superior to other members of his family and is the only one who makes an effort to return to normal life.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010


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


A Piece of Summer

Production company: Polish Filmmakers Association

Kawalek lata, Poland, 2010, 24 min, Digi Beta, Portrait

It is the last days of the summer holidays. A grandfather, who works in Bieszczady Mountains, awaits the arrival of his grandson. Surrounded by wild nature they try to reach an understanding of each other. The camera keenly observes, with slow and subtle pace, a developing relationship to one another and to the world that envelopes them.

East Silver 2010


La Machina

Production company: Centrala Sp. z o.o., Les films du balibari, Polish Television. - Poltel Ent., France 2

La Machina, Poland, 2010, 52 min, Digi Beta, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Personal View

Somewhere in the South of France a boy and an older man live: Sergio – a Master Dollmaker and Adrien – his disciple. They will begin their journey for the first time this summer. They will meet cheerful and fascinating residents of colourful towns. "La machina" is a story of this travel, a story about the meetings, a story about a relation between the master and the disciple.Sergio Dotti is one of the last Master Dollmakers in France. Once, after the show Sergio met a nine-year-old boy called Adrien. The boy had been so interested in the performance that he came back the following day to be in this magic world again. Travelling together from town to town, they will show the world of imagination to children and adults.

East Silver 2010 / Silver Eye Nominees 2010 / Ex Oriente Film 2008 / East European Forum 2008


The Last Day of Summer

Director: Stasik Piotr
Production company: Centrala Sp. z o.o., Polish Television. - Poltel Ent.

Koniec lata, Poland, 2010, 34 min, HD, Creative, Personal View, Youth Documentary

Two years ago, at my parents’ place in the village, I was looking for a book to read. Instead I found my old diaries. Two weeks later I went to Penza, 700km from Moscow. Provincial Russia looks like Poland twenty years ago. By accident I got to a cadet school. I noticed a group of boys wearing military uniforms marching in a column. Having found the diary and visiting the schoolbrought back my childhood memories and I decided to make a film about it. I chose 5 of the students to be the characters of my film. I observed their ordinary day with a camera. This is how I made a film which, on the one hand, is a travel back to my childhood and, on the other hand, is a story of a not easy life in contemporary Russia.

East Silver 2010 / Ex Oriente Film 2008 / East European Forum 2008 / Docu Talents From the East 2009


Invisible Strings: The Talented Pusker Sisters

Director: Sós Ágnes
Production company: HBO Hungary

Láthatatlan húrok - A tehetséges Pusker nővérek, Hungary, 2010, 72 min, HD, Music, Portrait

A documentary about an almost mysterious relationship between two sisters, and about the power of music that plays a determining and essential part in their lives.

East Silver 2010


What Happened on Pam Island

Director: Kubarska Eliza
Producer: Kubarska Eliza
Production company: Vertical Vision Film Studio

Co sie wydarzylo na wyspie Pam, Poland, 2010, 63 min, Digi Beta, Adventure and Sports, Travel

A couple of Polish alpinists, Eliza Kubarska and David Kaszlikowski, take a lonely journey to the fjords of southern Greenland to reach the world's highest cliff. The vertical wall is reachable only from a boat. Despite the fact that the team consists of mere two members, it is decided to travel on dangerous sea-kayaks. There is a storm, the water around is freezing - dips to 0° centigrade - and capsizing in this area would mean hypothermia and death within minutes. Deserted Pam Island becomes their home base… But this movie tells a different story. Trusting only in themselves, the characters open their exciting world to the viewer: the world of passion and strange, original love.

East Silver 2010


The Other Side of the Poster

Production company: Telewizja Polsat S.A., Kalejdoskop Film Studio

Druga strona plakatu, Poland, 2010, 52 min, Beta SP, Arts and Culture

This film is about one of the most important graphic movements of the XXth Century: the Polish Poster School. It became a phenomena world-wide in the 1960-70’s. Polish posters expressed the freedom of their creators in the communist times. The posters, present in everyday life and linked to the cultural and historical events, also tell the story of post-war Poland, of censorship in the communist times. Now that Poland has integrated into the European Union, dominated by mass entertainment and the market laws, is there still a place for the heritage of the post-communist countries in the contemporary culture?

East Silver 2010 / Ex Oriente Film 2004