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Selection of films from the 70th Cannes Film Festival made by the festival’s frequent participant – Adam Pazera, the manager of “Światowid” film theatre.

 „Światowid” Film Theatre,  04.10 – 08.10.2017 

(Quinzaine Réalisateurs)

04.10 (Wednesday), 6PM – “Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc” (Jeannette l'enfance de Jeanne d'Arc), dir. Bruno Dumont, 105’ France, 2017

Master filmmaker Bruno Dumont never fails to surprise. This time he takes on the story of Joan of Arc. Instead of focusing on the most important events in the life of France's national heroine, however, the director focuses on her childhood. As if that were not enough, in Jeanette..., Dumont continues his experiments with film genres and tells Joan's story in the form of a musical. The eclectic soundtrack includes techno, rock, and rap; the absurd dance numbers accompanying the songs result in a kind of humor reminiscent of Dead Waters. Dumont would not be himself, however, if he were limited to casual mockery. Combining a fervent faith with indomitable anger, Joan, like many of the French director's protagonists, finds herself balanced between sin and sainthood. Despite its historical setting, the film offers a pointed commentary on an era when religious fanaticism is increasingly becoming a source of violence.

(written by Piotr Czerkawski for T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival)       

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(Nominated for Palme d’Or)

 Winner Grand Prize of the Jury/ FIPRESCI Prize / Queer Palm


04.10 (Wednesday), 8PM  - “120 Beats Per Minute” (120 battements par minute), dir. Robin Campillo, 140’ France, 2017

Euphoria meets despair whilst the racing heartbeat resembles a ticking time-bomb. It’s the 1990s, the AIDS epidemic is raging and so is the silence about it. Parisian ACT UP activists try to break through that silence with marches and vigils. Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix, this film is a passionate portrait of youth that meets death, and a truly political movie filled with a love story.

(written by Gutek Film)

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                                           (Quinzaine Réalisateurs)                                                            

05.10 (Thursday) 6:30PM – “I Am Not a Witch” (I Am Not a Witch), dir. Rungano Nyoni, 95’ France/UK, 2017

A dark fairy tale set in Zambia. Denounced as a witch and defenceless against the charges, a nine-year-old orphan girl named Shula is sent to a camp for witches. Banished from the community, segregated women are forced to do hard labor, used for local entertainment. Every witch has a white ribbon attached to her back to keep her from flying away. In the film, this ribbon is the realism through which the magical, fairytale world never loses contact with reality. Ideal doses of the exotic and familiar, symbolism and real-life customs, and a hefty handful of poetry, a touch of humor, and the alluring little Maggie Mulubwa in the lead role conjure up a magic spell that continues to work long after leaving the cinema.

(written by Małgorzata Sadowska for T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival)                

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(Quinzaine Réalisateurs) 

Winner of SACD Prize

05.10 (Thursday), 8:30PM – “Lover for a Day” (L'amant d'un jour), dir. Philippe Garrel, 76’ France, 2017

An intriguing story of a girl who befriends her father’s mistress. The most recent film from the French master Philippe Garrel was screened as a part of this year’s Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight and won SACD Prize. Jeanne is 23 years old and she recently had a painful breakup with her boyfriend. She decides to return to her childhood home and live with her father for a while. The girl quickly discovers that her father, a philosophy professor, has an affair with one of his students, Ariane, who is the same age as Jeanne.  

Excerpts from the international reviews:

An alluring and very elegantly crafted romantic dramedy from the French auteur. Pamela Pianezza, Variety

The veteran French director Philippe Garrel is on a major roll at the moment. David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Garrel offers a film that is like a Polaroid, joyfully impure and with fuzzy outlines. Juanma Ruiz, Caimán Cuadernos de Cine

A lot happens in just 75 minutes of screen time, offering viewers emotional fallout that lingers much longer. Lisa Nesselson, Screen International

Garrel has the touch of a wiser man not taking judgment on his characters' youthful foibles. Ed Frankl, The Film Stage                                                         

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 (Nominated for Palme d’Or)   

Winner of Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

06.10 (Friday), 6:30PM – “Radiance” (Hikari), dir. Naomi Kawase, 101’ Japan, 2017

The latest cinematic journey from the director of the wonderful Sweet Bean is a romance made by a true artist, as well as a ‘film about filmmaking.’ This Japanese melodrama is set within the world of filmmakers. Misako provides audio-description for films. She infuses her work with passion for describing objects, feelings, and the surrounding world, while making the films more accessible to blind people. During a screening she meets a distinguished photographer, Masaya, who experiences problems with his sight. The man who loses the light. The woman who pursues it for the sake of others. This is the beginning of a passionate affair…

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 (Un Certain Regard)

Winner of Camera d'Or                                                                                                      

 06.10 (Friday), 8.30PM - “Montparnasse Bienvenue” (Jeune femme), dir. Léonor Serraille, 97’ Belgium/France, 2017    

Screened as a part of Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the film was awarded with Camera d’Or for best debut.

Paula has recently broken up with her boyfriend after ten years spent together, she is on the verge of mental breakdown. Desperately short on money, having a cat as her only companion, the woman returns to Paris after many years of absence. While meeting new people, she becomes determined to start her life anew – but this time, on her own terms. This brilliant debut from Léonor Serraille also stands out in another aspect – it was made entirely by women, from the director/screenwriter and main actress to composer, costume designer and editor!

Excerpts from the international reviews:

Serraille is less interested in neatly resolving plot strands than she is in depicting the furious moment with all its colour and confusion - a state cinema rarely captures. Sophie Monks Kaufman, Sight and Sound

Serraille’s debut film is an eccentric work. Ángel Quintana, CaimánCuadernos de Cine

Intelligent, sensitive and empathetic film. Diego Battle, Otroscines

Paula may be just a character, but in her frustrations many will see reflected much of their daily contradictions. Víctor Blanes Picó, El antepenúltimo mohicano

It is clear that Serraille has made a portrait of a very specific individual but that she’s also saying something more general about her own generation. Boyd van Hoeij, Hollywood Reporter

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(Quinzaine Réalisateurs)

07.10 (Saturday), 6PM  - “Frost”. (Šerkšnas), dir. Šarūnas Bartas, 132’ Lithuania/France/Ukraine/Poland, 2017

The most recent film from European master filmmaker Šarūnas Bartas, with music composed by Paweł Mykietyn and distinguished cast including Vanessa Paradis and Andrzej Chyra, had its international premiere at this year’s Cannes Festival where it was met with applause. This is a road movie, full of melancholy, suspense, and political undertones, as the story follows two young Lithuanian volunteers who travel to Ukraine with a convoy delivering humanitarian aid. Their plans begin to change as they pass through Poland and Western Ukraine and enter the Donbass region. Curiosity leads them near the front line where they experience the real dangers of the conflict. Brutal, topical, poignant film about the senselessness of all wars, about the modern suffering fuelled by the subsequent conflicts, about the involuntary desire to peek behind the curtain of the war spectacle which in reality is far from the way it is being depicted by the media and the Hollywood machine.

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 (Nominated for Palme d’Or)   

Winner of Jury Prize                                                                                                          

08.10 (Sunday), 6PM – “Loveless”, (Nelyubov), dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev, 127’, Russia/Belgium/France/Germany, 2017

In an era of overproduction, it is rare to find a movie that we cannot stop thinking about. Loveless is just such a film, and faint-hearted viewers should be warned about what they can expect. At first glance, there does not seem to be anything threatening about it – there have been plenty of films dissecting broken marriages in the past. But few of them have been so precise in their dramatic structure, so carefully thought out and so emotionally charged as Zvyagintsev's Jury Award-winning film at Cannes. The film deals with a couple of thirtysomethings from Russia's new middle class. They share a beautiful, spacious apartment with their son, whose life becomes a living hell. The Russian director could have taken the easy way out by blaming the failure of their marriage on some sort of pathology. But the fact is that their transgressions are not related to alcohol, drugs, or gambling; rather, they simply do not love each other. And that is enough to create a moving drama with the bitter message that people do not change.

(written by Artur Zaborski for T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival)            

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Thursday 5 October 2017

15.30 - 16.30 Session 1. Taking Poland immersive. Exploring new trends in virtual reality and 360 video storytelling & production

  • Marcin Marczyk - producer / co-founder @ StoryCode Conference, Fundacja Pełne Zanurzenie (Total Immersion Foundation) (Poland)
  • Marcin Łunkiewicz - producer & 360 video expert @ Zielonypomidor Studios (Poland)
  • Maria Pułaska Białkowska& Franciszek Machalica (Poland) - producers @ HRZ3D Studios

16.30 - 17.00 How to make a million? Case study of Slovenian web series that became the national blockbuster At Hostar.

  • Luka Marčetić - director, At Hostar (Slovenia) Zavod Ajkule Studios
  • Goran Hrvačanin - producer, At Hostar (Slovenia) Zavod Ajkule Studios

17.15 - 18.15 Session 2. Where’s the money and what’s the interest?  Mapping public and venture capital financing for film and co-productions.

  • Ilann Girard - producer @ Arsam International / Founder & Managing Partner @ Online Film Financing (OLFFI) (France)
  • Ian Collins - Serial entrepreneur, investment advisor and managing partner at Radium Services (UK)

*All sessions are moderated by Sten-Kristian Saluveer / Founder & CEO @ Storytek Accelerator (Estonia)

Friday 6th October 2017

  • One to one business meetings between FNE CEI Innovation Day speakers and industry guests
  • Opportunity for participants to attend the International Co-production Forum Regiofund Project Pitchings and Networking cocktail.

Rajko Grlic’s latest feature film The Constitution, which has now clocked up a remarkable 23 festival awards since its world premiere in Montreal 2016, has also been included among the titles announced by the European Film Academy as feature fiction films recommended for a nomination for the European Film Awards 2017 . This “love story about hate” is a Croatian-Czech-Macedonian-Slovenian-UK co-production.

Major awards include the Jeffrey C. Barbakow Award – Best International Feature Film at Santa Barbara International Film Festival; Bridging the Borders Award at South East European Film Festival; Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress awards at Milan International Film Festival; Award for Best Original Screenplay, Award for Best Actor and Audience award at European Film Festival in Lecce, four Golden Arenas (Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director of Photography; Recognition for Best Croatian Feature Fiction Film - Award of the Fedeora jury) at Pula Film Festival followed.

Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other. Their lives entangle in ways that profoundly challenge deep-held beliefs and prejudices surrounding material status, sexual orientation, nationality and religion.

Slowly, and even painfully, they begin to open up to each other and recognize the essential humanity each of them possesses.

Can a person deeply immersed in prejudices and hate even begin to understand how another human being feels? And can someone like that take a step further and reveal a loving personality beneath the mask of icy detachment?

These are the questions this film seeks to explore and answer. And, it seems, these questions are very well known to people around the world.

The controversies follow “The Constitution” due to its emotional story involving hate, prejudice and intolerance for the differences between the nationalities, gender, religion and sexual orientation. The fact that right-wing conservatives find the film highly controversial and almost insulting proves that it hits the target with its unique, strong and sometimes humorous storytelling, with interesting and complex characters led by famous Serbian actor Nebojsa Glogovac in the leading role of Croatian patriot and school professor with a secret.

On one occasion, Rajko Grlic stated: „If the saying "Hate is local!" is true, and I believe that it is, then every local hate, like the one this film is about, will be comprehensible to each person in Europe who has ever hated or been hated."

Thereafter, the film also had highly successful cinema distribution in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Czech Republic and, recently, Poland.

The critics are nevertheless unanimous regarding the film:

"A wonderful example of a complex story that plays with various kinds of prejudices. A heavy topic that becomes accessible through irony and light tones." – 18. European Film Festival, Lecce, Italy

"The Constitution, by Croatian director Rajko Grlić, touches your heart and soul — and lingers in your mind longer and deeper than any blockbuster loaded with an overabundance of special effects.” – Culture LA

“Ultimately, what won us of The Constitution is its ability to speak to people living and not of dead ideas. And this is not in the form of "tragedy" the story and the characters that animate it. On the contrary, he speaks of those "difficult things" with a hint of a smile, with a warmth and love that you can try to even the most negative character.” - CineClandestino.it

It is the film worth watching and definitely a film to be considered for an EFA nomination.

 

Press materials are available on http://www.theconstitutionmovie.eu/en/

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/228930693

Theme song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYkuYgRKWZQ

170 films, 88 premieres, 20 venues, 15 film programmes - these are the numbers of this year’s abundant, 64th edition of Pula Film Festival. The opening ceremony was held yesterday, under the starry Pula skies.

The opening ceremony launched outside the Arena, at 8.30 p.m., on the red carpet, which welcomed the Festival guests, film crews, officials, and the Festival Directing Board.

The red carpet was hosted by Jelena Vitasović and Davor Garić, welcoming Festival guests, film crews and officials, led by the Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, Istrian Country Prefect Valter Flego, Envoy of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia Andrej Plenković, and the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek. The opening ceremony was also attended by Deputy Speaker of the Croatian Parliament Furio Radin, deputy mayors of the City of Pula, and the Ambassador of the State of Israel Zima Kalay Kleitman.

The ceremony marked the launch of the largest national festival with the Croatian national anthem, performed by Croatian music diva Vanna, with Bruno Krajcar on the piano, on the stage with the largest festival screen, in front of a large audience.

The 64th Pula Film Festival opening ceremony was hosted by Iva Šulentić and Ivan Vukušić, who welcomed the audience from the stage and on the big screen thanks to the ‘magic’ of the Festival Black Box, which allows all visitors to the Arena to become a star of the Festival for a brief moment. Following the welcome, the hosts invited Gordana Restović, the Festival director, to the stage.

The director welcomed the audience, film crews, professionals, and all of guests of the Festival, and thanked the large organisation team that made the most abundant edition of the Festival yet come to life.

“We have tried to make the Festival even more abundant and rich this year, and we believe we were successful. This is a new Pula Film Festival, as each year’s edition is unique in its organisational and programme subtlety” - said Restović, inviting everybody to enjoy films under the stars this year as well.

Following the introductory words by Festival director Gordana Restović, the returning Artistic Director Zlatko Vidačković also welcomed the audience in the Arena, commending the diversity of this year’s film programme, numerous premieres, and the largest number of films in the Croatian Programme in the Arena.

“This year’s Pula Film Festival offers a chance to see 170 films, of which as many as 88 are premieres; and what I am especially pleased about, a total of 15 films from the Croatian Programme, the largest number of Croatian films in the programme to date” - said the Artistic Director, adding that he wished the Festival audiences will recognise and enjoy all of the films.

The honour of officially opening the 64th Pula Film Festival was presented to the Minister of Culture Nina Obuljen Koržinek. The Minister praised this year’s competition in the Croatian Programme, saying it shows the vitality and value of Croatian film productions and emphasising the significance of Pula Film Festival and film institutions.

“The biggest role is played by large festivals such as Pula Film Festival, but also our national film industry, and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, which has become the most important platform for developing the seventh art in Croatia” - the Minister said, officially opening the 64th Pula Film Festival.

The opening of the Festival was also marked by the obligatory fireworks, which filled the clear skies over Pula, announcing the start of the new Pula Film Festival.

The film programme of the 64th Pula Film Festival was opened by The Avalanche, a film by Stanislav Tomić, followed by ZG80, directed by Igor Šeregi.

 

 

FNE asked Christine Eloy general manager of Europa Distribution about the changing role of European film distributors in an increasingly challenging audiovisual landscape.

First recipients of Ji.hlava Film Fund grants were announced

The twelve most remarkable documentaries from Central and Eastern Europe, planned for theatrical release during the upcoming 12 months, were presented today at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

Projects from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine made it to the final selection of Docu Talents @KVIFF 2017. The presented films ranged from an Ukrainian-Estonian "existential journey from past to present" ((N)Ostalgia by the directors Vicki Thornton and Pavel Yurov) to a documentary directed by five directors from the five Warsaw Pact countries that occupied Czechoslovakia (Occupation 1968, produced by Peter Kerekes).

Since 2005, Docu Talents has been a launch pad for a number of documentaries, including Rabbit a la Berlin, Blind Loves, Matchmaking Mayor, The Mosquito Problem and Other Stories, Cooking History, René, Fortress, Pipeline, Under the Sun, Gogita´s New Life and The Road Movie.

Film professionals traditionally attend the Docu Talents @KVIFF presentations to see the top of the documentary crop produced in the region.After two hours of presentations, the selected directors and producers met with film professionals and media representatives at an informal cocktail. 

“Relations between film festivals are sometimes strained and over-competitive. I am very pleased to look back on the past 13 years of our successful collaboration that prove how we are able to combine the strengths of the Karlovy Vary IFF and Ji.hlava IDFF festivals for the benefit of exceptional documentary films. I greatly value the ability of the Czech festivals to join forces to support the filmmakers, just like Swiss festivals held in Locarno and Nyon", says Marek Hovorka, director of the Ji.hlava IDFF and curator of Docu Talents.

EMERGING PRODUCERS 2018 WERE ANNOUNCED

During the event, the representatives of the Ji.hlava IDFF also revealed the names of the Emerging Producers 2018. This unique programme aims at promoting talented European documentary film producers and provides them with a range of networking, educational and promotional support throughout the year. 16 European producers will be accompanied by 2 producers from Morocco, which is the guest country of the 2018 Emerging Producers programme. Since this edition, the Emerging Producers programme will be extended for an additional workshop taking place during the Berlinale 2018.

FOUR PROJECTS WILL BE SUPPORTED FROM THE JI.HLAVA FILM FUND

The recipients of the Ji.hlava Film Fund were also announced. The support in the amount of 16.000 Euros in post production services provided by the companies UPP and Soudsquare was granted to the the Ukrainian-German co-production Boy of Wars (directors: Igor Kosenko and Cyprien Clement-Delmas, producer: Fabian Driehorst).

Two documentary projects will receive support from the Ji.hlava IDFF, which includes feedback to the rough-cuts and distribution strategies: Polish-German coproduction Foreigner(director: Filip Jacobson, producer: Karolina Galuba) and Polish project The Whale from Loriono (director: Maciej Cuske, producer: Mikołaj Pokromski).

A Czech project Vienna Calling (director: Petr Šprincl, producer: Marek Novák) will receive research support from the Jihlava-based Centre for Documentary Film.

The Ji.hlava Film Fund, which was launched in 2017, provides in-kind grants for visual and sound post-production to documentary films at the stage of production or post-production. The awarded projects were selected from over 50 applications.


For more information, please contact:

René Kubášek

International Communication | Ji.hlava IDFF

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+420 778 058 273

www.ji-hlava.com

 

For the second time, Prague-based international script and project development program MIDPOINT teams up with high-profile experts from Sundance Institute, APA – Audiovisual Producers' Association and Karlovy Vary IFF, offer emerging film talents from the region a unique opportunity to go in-depth with their scripts. Supported by The Ministry of Culture of Czech Republic and the Czech Film Fund. 
 
The 6 selected feature film projects come from writers/directors from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Serbia and Ukraine. They are: 
 
From Space with Love
- writer/director Yassen Genadiev & producer Gergana Stankova (Bulgaria) 
 
Living
- writer/director Vuk Rsumovic & producer Mirko Bojovic (Serbia) 
 
National Street
- writer/director Stepan Altrichter & producer Pavel Strnad (Czech Republic) 
 
Night Tide
- writer/director Ismail Safarali & producer Maria Ibrahimova (Azerbaijan) 
 
Pamfir
- writer/director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk & producer Vladimir Yatsenko (Ukraine) 
 
The Candlemaker  
- writer/director/producer Svetozar Ristovski (Macedonia) 
 
From July 4 – 8, the writers/directors and producers will receive script feedback in intensive one-to-one sessions with the acclaimed American script editors and experts from Sundance Institute, Erik Jendresen and Naomi Foner, just as they will take part in the industry activities and network opportunities that the context of Karlovy Vary IFF naturally offers. 
 
About Naomi Foner:
American Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning scriptwriter for Running on Empty by Sidney Lumet, starring River Phoenix; director and former teacher at Columbia, UCLA and USC film schools.  http://www.midpoint-center.eu/network/people/5911-naomi-foner
About Erik Jendresen:  Co-creator, lead writer, and supervising producer of the miniseries Band of Brothers for HBO in 2001, which won both a Golden Globe and Emmy Award. A writer/producer of feature films and TV.  
http://www.midpoint-center.eu/network/people/5912-erik-jendresen 
 
About MIDPOINT Intensive @KVIFF:
http://www.midpoint-center.eu/programs/173-midpoint-intensive-kviff-2017 
 
Panel Discussion: 'The Benefits of Guided Script Development'
Tuesday, July 44-6 pm at the Industry Pool at Hotel Thermal 
 
MIDPOINT is taking part in the open panel discussion at KVIFF about the importance of script and project development. The discussion takes off with MIDPOINT tutor from Sundance Institute, Naomi Foner; and will later include film cases such as MIDPOINT alumni project 'Filthy' with director Tereza Nvotova, a TorinoFilmLab case, as well as introduce the new script incubator of the Czech Film Fund represented here by Czech Academy Award Winner Jan Sverak. The Head of Studies of MIDPOINT's Feature Launch program, Danijel Hocevar, will moderate the 2 hour discussion, and onboard the panel are also representatives from Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West, and Director of MIDPOINT, Barbora Struss. 
  
Film Synopses – MIDPOINT INTENSIVE @KVIFF 
 
From Space with Love Bulgaria, 1990. ANGELINA (14) is smart, beautiful and has the unusual ability to heal people with her energy. She practises this esoteric activity at home, secretly from her father, ANTON (37), but strongly encouraged by her mother, LORA (36). When Lora loses her job and the family situation starts getting worse, the woman interprets this as a clear sign for the long-awaited arrival of the extra-terrestrials on Earth and the consequent new order in which she and her daughter will play an essential role. Lora makes Angelina quit school, so they both can dedicate themselves completely to the Mission. When Angelina fails to cure the progressive blindness of one of her patients, the faith in the special Mission is undermined. Angelina gets depressed and starts realising that Lora constantly changes her revolutionary theories in order to fit the reality. The girl spins relentlessly into the destructive spiral of loneliness and isolation. 
 
Living RADOVAN (42), a Serbian farmer turned smuggler, picks up a group of migrants crossing border. Among them is a young woman BOUSHRA (25) holding her sick daughter AYA (6). Radovan's boss orders him to take away the girl and leave her die. But the girl survives and Radovan decides to leave his life behind and go on a journey in search of Aya's mother. As they travel along harsh illegal immigrant routes, Radovan and Aya become the only family to each other. Two years later, as they reach Sweden, they finally find Boushra. But, it turns out that she has a new husband and a baby. Boushra is faced with a big dilemma: to leave her new life and be with Aya or to turn back on her past forever. Radovan and Aya are sitting on the coast gazing at the sea, as they are waiting for Boushra to come and tell them her decision. 
 
National Street
Vandam lives in the suburbs of Prague, a manual worker painting roofs. He likes to get into fights, he calls it “teaching people a lesson”. Vandam is trying to impress Lucka, landlady at the local pub. One night Millner appears there, who paid some debts for Lucka and now he wants his money back. Vandam offers to lend her the money, but Lucka rejects. Vandam approaches Millner in the street and threatens him. One night Vandam is escorting Lucka home. They end up making love. Vandam notices bruises on Lucka's body, but she refuses to talk about it. They have an argument and Lucka runs away. Vandam buys flowers to apologize. He finds her beaten up and sets out to get Millner. He finds him in sauna of a luxury hotel and beats him up with a golf club. That night Vandam celebrates at the pub. Millner arrives and challenges him to a fight. Vandam senses this time he’s out of luck. Vandam the thug, the last warrior, fights his final battle for the woman he loves and his place in this world. 
 
Night Tide
In a tiny Azerbaijani fishing village little Sara's father disappears at sea. She refuses to bury him while there is no proof of his death. One tragedy after another befalls the village, and the superstitious inhabitants demand the family have a funeral. Rebellious Sara undertakes one last, and deadly, attempt to find her father. 
 
Pamfir
Pamfir earns his living by digging wells in villages of the border area between Ukraine and Romania. His wife Helena works in the local veneer factory, their son Nazar, 12 years old, goes to school. Pamfir’s family badly needs money for Nazar’s eye surgery, which is why Pamfir decides to go to Europe to work. He needs to apply for the visa, but the money he earns is not enough for the visa services. Pamfir’s younger brother Viktor lives by helping the local gang with smuggling. Viktor offers Pamfir a quick way to earn the lacking money by smuggling the bootleg cigarettes across the border without the gang, on their own. Pamfir agrees, without knowing that one needs a tremendous physical endurance to take the bootleg across the border, which the gang achieves by using steroids. The steroids have a dangerous aftermath of uncontrolled aggression. Nevertheless, Pamfir decides to do steroids too. The gang finds out about Pamfir’s business. The biggest challenge of Pamfir’s life awaits him. 
 
The Candlemaker
The Candlemaker recounts the story of a woman who starts suspecting her husband of hurting her when she’s asleep, or when she “loses time”, various periods of amnesia when she can’t remember anything, and she fears that ultimately he’s trying to kill her. Burdened by her suspicions, she develops paranoia, which leads her into a nightmare world of uncertainty, guilt, and psychosis.