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Woman at War (Kona Fer í Stríð)

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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / Woman at War (Kona Fer í Stríð)

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Woman at War (Kona Fer í Stríð)

DIRECTOR : Benedikt Erlingsson
COUNTRY : Iceland | France | Ukraine
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 101min

SK Nouveau 4, 11 Oct @ 6pm | SK Nouveau 5, 16 Oct @ 12pm

SYNOPSIS

Halla declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves… Until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life.

DIRECTORS STATEMENT
This movie is meant to be an heroic tale set in our world of imminent threat. An heroic tale told as an adventure. A serious fairy tale told with a smile.

Our hero serves in this world as a kind of Artemis, the protector of the untouched and wild. Alone, facing a quickly changing planet, she assumes the role of saving mother earth and its future generations. Our point of view is very close to our hero’s, which is how and why we access her inner life.

There is a book by Astrid Lindgren called The Brothers Lionheart, in which we have this dialogue between the two brothers:

But then Jonathan said that there were certain things you have to do, even if they were difficult and dangerous.
“Why is that?” I asked, surprised.
“Otherwise you´re not really a person, just a little shit.”
This is a film about a woman striving to be a real person.

 
Woman At War_Benedikt Erlingsson

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Benedikt Erlingsson is an Icelandic director, author and actor. Erlingsson is well known as a stage director as well as for his roles in theatre, TV series and films. His solo performances are some of the most successful in the history of Icelandic theatre and were performed on stage by Erlingsson himself for six years. OF HORSES AND MEN, Erlingsson’s first feature film as a writer-director.

The Other Side of Everything (Druga Strana Svega)

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Festival / Official Selection 2018 / The Other Side of Everything (Druga Strana Svega)

OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

The Other Side of Everything (Druga Strana Svega)

DIRECTOR : Mila Turajlic
COUNTRY : Serbia | France | Katar
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 100min

Nu Metro 5, 12 Oct @ 5pm | Nu Metro 6, 18 Oct @ 2pm

SYNOPSIS


A door locked for 70 years in a house haunted by history. The story of an apartment in Belgrade turns a family chronicle into a portrait of a country in political turmoil. As the filmmaker seeks answers from her activist mother, their intimate conversation questions the responsibility of each generation to fight for their future.er 20 international awards including the New Directors prize at the 2013 San Sebastián Film Festival and the 2014 Nordic Council Film Prize. Benedikt Erlingsson is a 2016 Gan Foundation for Cinema award winner.

 
The Other Side of Everything (Druga Strana Svega)_Mila Turajlic

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Mila Turajlic’s first feature-length documentary, ‘Cinema Komunisto’, premiered at IDFA in 2010, and won 16 awards, including the Gold Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival. After studying Political Science and Media at the London School of Economics and film production in Serbia, Turajlic specialised in documentary filmmaking at La Fémis in Paris. She gained industry experience working on fictions films including Mel Gibson’s ‘Apocalypto’ and Rian Johnson’s ‘The Brothers Bloom’ before starting to direct and produce documentaries through her own production company, Dribbling Pictures. Turajlic is a producer of the Magnificent 7 Festival of feature documentaries in Belgrade, which she helped found in 2005

Styx

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Styx

DIRECTOR : Wolfgang Fischer
COUNTRY : Germany, Austria
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 94min

Nu Metro 2, 13 Oct @ 10am | SK Nouveau 4, 17 Oct @ 6pm

SYNOPSIS

Rike – 40, a doctor from Europe – embodies a typical Western model of happiness and success. She is educated, confident, determined and committed. We see Rike‘s everyday life, as an emergency doctor, before she fulfils a long-held dream and sails out to sea alone in her sailing boat. Her goal: Ascension Island in the Atlantic Ocean. But her dream holiday is quickly broken off on the high seas, when, after a storm, she finds herself near a stricken fishing boat. Around a hundred people are about to drown. Rike follows maritime law and radios for help. As her request is going nowhere, she is forced to make a fatal decision.

 
Styx_Wolfgang Fischer

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Wolfgang Fischer was born in 1970 in Vienna/Austria.
He studied Psychology and Painting at the University of Vienna followed by studies of Film at the Art Academy of Düsseldorf and at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne.
Beside various teaching assignments he was working as an assistant for Paul Morrissey and Nan Hoover. He was awarded a scholarship by the Munich Screenplay Program and by Equinoxe Europe.

Mug (Twarz)

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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2018

Mug (Twarz)

DIRECTOR : Małgorzata Szumovska
COUNTRY : Poland
YEAR : 2018
TIME : 91min

Nu Metro 5, 13 Oct @ 10.30pm | SK Nouveau 4, 18 Oct @ 6.15pm

SYNOPSIS

Jacek loves heavy metal and his dog. He converts the country lanes outside his door into a racing track and bombs down them in his little car. When he and his girlfriend Dagmara take to the dancefloor, everyone runs for cover. He enjoys his existance as a cool misfit in an otherwise stuffy environment, and keeps his muscles toned working on a building site close to the Polish-German border where the world’s largest statue of Jesus is being constructed. But then his life is thrown badly off course by a terrible accident at work that completely disfigures him. Eagerly followed by the Polish media, Jacek becomes the first person in the country to receive a face transplant. He may be celebrated as a national hero and martyr, but he no longer recognises himself in the mirror. Meanwhile, the statue of Jesus grows taller and taller.

 
Mug (Twarz)_Malgorzata Szumowska

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Born in 1973 in Kraków. She is the daughter of journalist and writer Dorota Terakowska and journalist and filmmaker Maciej Szumowski, sister of documentary director Wojciech Szumowski. She graduated from the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź in 1998. Prior to her film studies, she read art history at Jagiellonian University in Kraków. She became a member of the European Film Academy in 2001.

Małgorzata Szumowska has received numerous awards at international and Polish film festivals. Her film etude Silence made it onto the list of the 14 best films in the history of the Łódź film school, while Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute recognized the script for the feature film Stranger as one of the three best texts from Europe.

Małgorzata Szumowska is among the most famous female directors of the young generation. With three full-length features to her credit – her debut Happy Man (2000), followed by Stranger (2004), and 33 Scenes From Life (2008) she has also made several documentaries and short films. Many of them received a lot of publicity, though the critics were most often divided in their views.