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Five Caravan Films at ZAGREBDOX

The upcoming festival of documentary film – ZagrebDOX - selected five films from the East Silver Caravan for its 7th edition. Pit no. 8, Cinematherapy, All for the Good of the World and Nosovice, On Rubik’s Road or the Silver Eye winner, Family Instinct, will be presented at the end of February in Zagreb, Croatia.

The line-up of the festival is very strong this year and will introduce more than 140 documentaries, including several Czech films. Regarding the Caravan titles, Pit no. 8 and On Rubik’s Road have both chances to reach for the festival awards, since they will be screened as part of the International Competition. There are 29 films in total competing in this section and many of them can be also found in the East Silver Market 2010 edition: 17th August, A Piece of Summer, Declaration of Immortality, Something about Georgia and The River.

Czech Republic has three representatives at the festival – Třeštíková’s Katka, Klusák’s All for the Good of the World and Nošovice and Cinematherapy by Ivan Vojnár. All of them are in non-competitive sections.

For more information about the programme and the festival, please visit the official festival website.

ZagrebDOX – International Documentary Film Festival, Croatia
February 27 – March 6, 2011

East Silver Caravan titles at ZagrebDOX:

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 Nominee 2010 / East European Forum 2008 / Docu Talents from the East 2010


Family Instinct

Director: Gauja Andris
Producer: Melberga Madara
Production company: Fa Filma

Ģimenes lietas , Latvia, 2010, 58 min, HD, Drama doc, Portrait, Social Issues

"Family Instinct" is a film about incest - an illegal act, social taboo and a violation of religious norms. Zanda is a 28-year-old woman, worn out by hard work. Surrounded by poverty and despair, she is trying to survive with her two children in a god-forsaken Latvian village. Her hardships can be traced back to living in a relationship with her brother Valdis. When Valdis is put in jail, the local community forces her to make a difficult choice: to stay with him or with her children. Despite her ill fortune, she manages to express her love for the children, still hoping to save her family. The film offers a tragicomic but highly authentic insight into the bleak reality of Latvian countryside today.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010 / Silver Eye Award Winner 2010 / Docu Talents from the East 2010


On Rubik's Road

Director: Pakalnina Laila
Producer: Pakalnina Laila
Production company: Hargla Company

Pa Rubika Celu , Latvia, 2010, 30 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Experimental

If the entire world can be reflected in a single drop of dew (and it can!), then why couldn’t it fit onto a single bicycle road in Latvia? A film about a world that walks, runs, crawls, sits, rides, flies. And falls. A world alive.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010


All for the Good of the World and Nosovice

Director: Klusák Vít
Production company: Hypermarket Film, Czech TV

Vše pro dobro světa a Nošovic , Czech Republic, 2010, 82 min, 35 mm, Creative, Personal View, Social Issues

An original portrait of a Czech village that houses a giant car plant built by South Korea's Hyundai. Before the village turned into an industrial zone, many of the landowners had no intention of selling their plots of land... Not until many of them faced pressure from their neighbours who had accepted approx. EUR 4000 in compensation and not until they received death threats. Using nine protagonists, the film paints a portrait of a village changed beyond recognition. A humorous yet compelling film about a field that yields cars.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010 / Docu Talents from the East 2010



Director: Vojnár Ivan
Production company: Czech TV, i/o post

Cinematerapie , Czech Republic, 2010, 108 min, 35 mm, Portrait, Society

Living in the age of reality TV, in a society hungry for sensation, it is easy to feed on the highly emotional stories of people whose futures are being shaped by dozens of professionals. "Cinematherapy" takes a slightly different approach. A commercial aired on Czech Television invited viewers to attend a casting and tell their stories. Later on, eleven of them underwent cinematherapy – provided by the camera as an intermediary between them and the outside world. Blurring the lines between feature film, documentary and reality show, the film does not offer the participants a plastic surgery or a reunion with a long lost friend but lets them witness their often bizarre lives and thus move forward in dealing with their issues.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010



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