Beldocs 2021: Full lineup revealed for Eastern Europe’s boutique documentary film festival

    The rich program of the 14th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, to be held 9-16 September in Belgrade, Serbia, consists of more than 100 documentaries and VR/AR content. After breaking the ice last fall as one of the first festivals to go back to public screenings after the COVID-19, Beldocs will once again screen selected films at several open-air locations, as well as returning to indoor screening rooms. The majority of films will also be available online through the beldocs.rs website.

    At the opening of the Festival on September 9th, under the open sky in the warm atmosphere of the amphitheater in front of the Museum of Yugoslavia, the film "Faith and Branko" will be shown, directed by Catherine Harte, an intimate documentary that follows the love and relationship of two musicians from two disparate world, a British accordionist Faith Eliot and Roma violinist Branko Rosić.

    The International Competition will feature 11 films from all over the world. From the far north of Russia comes Nikolai N. Viktorov's film "Beaumonde Scrapping", about the boiling-point milieu of the struggle for secondary raw materials. The Portuguese film "Our Land, Our Altar" by Andrea Guiomar presents an image of the decline of a community. Visually impressive Argentinian film "Ski" by Mancque La Banca, depicts all the complexity of colonialism intersecting with folk horror in South America. Other films in this program include the IDFA First Appearance Competition winner “This Rain Will Never Stop”, the Visions du Réel's Burning Lights Competition winner “Looking for Horses”.

    This year’s Serbian Competition gathers seven recent Serbian documentaries or those made in co-production with countries from the region or Europe and the world, including two that had World premieres at prestigious foreign film festivals. From the competition program of the festival in Rotterdam come the "Landscapes of Resistance" by Marta Popivoda, which records a journey through the memories of anti-fascist fighter Sonja (97), one of the first partisans in Yugoslavia, who was among the leaders of the resistance movement in Auschwitz. From the competitive selection of the "East of the West" festival in Karlovy Vary come "Roots", a concept documentary by Tea Lukač. Other films in this program will include “Dida”, which had its world premiere in the Burning Lights Competition and “The Bird (or - Marty, the Clown)” by the 19-year-old Oliver Ćirić.

    The focus on new and bold cinematic voices continues on through program sections such as “Fireworks”, which will this year boast new works by Khalik Allah, the Ross brothers and Alejandro Jodorowsky, alongside a screening of the restored unsung classic work by Francois Reichenbach “The Winner” and “Meteors”, featuring new works by Kazuo Hara, Shenzhe Zhu and the legendary Nelson Sullivan’s Video Diaries.

    In addition to these films, the Festival will feature the works of other great documentarians such as Frederick Wiseman’s "City Hall", Massimo D'Anolfi and Martina Parenti's "War and Peace", Milo Rau's "New Gospel", Vitaly Manski’s "Gorbachev. Paradise" and Spike Lee’s "David Byrne's American Utopia", Reka Valerik’s controversial "Silent Voice", recently banned in Russia and many other cinematic delights.

    A special event will be organized with two esteemed guests of the festival – the Russian director and Artdocfest founder Vitaly Mansky and Serbian director and Golden Bear winner Želimir Žilnik, entitled “A conversation between Vitaly Mansky and Želimir Žilnik: Documentary Cinema - A Mirror or A Magnifying Glass?” The two great authors will look at reality and fact in documentary cinema - what is the difference and what do they have in common? How does reality impact freedom of expression in cinema and does it actually exist in the audiovisual realm?

    The Festival, as well as the Beldocs Industry program, which includes Beldocs VR/AR Academy, Beldocs in Progress, Serbian Docs in Progress, Documentaries for Kids & Youth and Beldocs Market, have been developed thanks to the support of Creative Europe MEDIA sub-program of the European Union.

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    This Rain Will Never Stop - Alina Gorlova
    - Manque La Banca
    - Louise Mootz
    Things We Dare Not Do
    - Bruno Santamaría Razo
    Beaumonde Scrapping -
    Nikolay N. Viktorov
    The Day Today -
    Maxence Stamatiadis
    Middle Earth
    - Juliette Guignard
    - Liesbeth De Ceulaer
    Zaho Zay
    - Georg Tiller, Maéva Ranaïvojaona
    Our Land, Our Altar
    - André Guiomar
    Looking for Horses
    - Stefan Pavlović


    Telenovela Greyscale in Color - Filip Martinović
    Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche
    - Svetlana Cemin
    The Bird (or - Marty, the Clown)
    - Oliver Ćirić
    The Land
    - Marko Šipka
    Landscapes of Resistance
    - Marta Popivoda
    - Nikola Ilić, Corina Schwingruber Ilić
    - Tea Lukač


    Bloody Nose Empty Pockets- Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
    In My Room
    - Mati Diop
    IWOW: I Walk on Water
    - Khalik Allah
    Psychomagic, an Art That Heals
    - Alejandro Jodorowsky
    - Manque La Banca
    - Roxanne Gaucherand
    Silent Voice
    - Reka Valerik
    Drama Girl -
    Vincent Boy Kars
    In Shallow Water
    - Marek Moučka
    The Communion of My Cousin Andrea
    - Brandán Cerviño Abeledo
    To Feather, to Wither
    - Hanna Hovitie
    The Winner
    - Francois Reichenbach
    - Paula Rodríguez Polanco


    A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces - Shenzhe Zhu
    Minamata Mandala
    - Kazuo Hara
    Out of the Present
    - Andrej Ujica
    Chung Kuo - Cina
    - Michelangelo Antonioni
    Our Madness
    - Joao Viana
    The Big-Headed Boy, Shamans and Samurais
    - Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung
    The Day Today
    - Maxence Stamatiadis
    Rift Finfinnee
    - Daniel Kötter
    Outside Noise
      - Ted Fendt
    A Rifle And A Bag
    - Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe, Isabella Rinaldi
    Nelson Sullivan’s Video Diaries
    - Nelson Sullivan


    I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die - Eva Marie Rodbro
    Meanwhile on Earth
    - Carl Olsson
    - Vladimir Loginov
    Everything Will Not Be Fine
    - Adrian Pirvu, Helena Maksyom
    Quiet About Nothing
    - Nikola Stojanović
    - Gar O’Rourke
    We Are All Going to Die -
    Sashko Potter Micevski
    - Branislav Milatović
    - Lejla Kajić, Davorin Sekulić
    Last Days of the Year
    - Marko Bičanić
    - Saskia Gubbels
    On Hold
    - Laura Rantanen


    Self Portrait - Margreth Olin, Katja Nørregaard, Høgset or Espen Wallin
    Beautiful Something Left Behind
    - Katrine Philp
    Silent Voice
    - Reka Valerik
    The First Woman
    - Miguel Eek
    The Hero's Journey to the Third Pole – A Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants
    - Andri Snær Magnason, Anní Ólafsdóttir


    Long Day Tomorrow - Paweł Wysoczański
    The Fight for Greenland -
    Kenneth Sorento
    War and Peace
    - Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
    Daughter of Camorra
    - Siniša Gačić
    Songs of Repression
    - Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
    My Uncle Tudor
    - Olga Lucovnicova
    The New Gospel
    - Milo Rau
    - Thelyia Petraki
    An Ordinary Country
    - Tomasz Wolski
    The Last Shelter
    - Ousmane Samassekou
    - Marija Zidar


    City Hall - Frederick Wiseman
    David Byrne’s American Utopia
    - Spike Lee
    The Mole
    - Mads Brugger
    The Truffle Hunters
    - Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
    You Cannot Kill David Arquette
    - David Darg, Price James
    The Painter and the Thief
    - Benjamin Ree
    All Light Everywhere
    - Theo Anthony
    A Glitch in the Matrix
    - Rodney Ascher


    Roger Waters Us + Them - Roger Waters, Sean Evans
    Be Water
    - Bao Nguyen
    Gorbatchev. Heaven
    - Vitaly Manski
    Max Richter's Sleep
    - Natalie Johns


    Blue Breath - Rodrigo Areias
    Taming the Garden
    - Salomé Jashi
    Please Hold the Line
    - Pavel Cuzuioc
    - Danilo Stanimirović
    - Dzhovani Gospodinov
    The Little Moon
    - Elena Kairytė
    Spirits and Rocks: an Azorean Myth
    - Aylin Gökmen


    This Rain Will Never Stop - Alina Gorlova
    Don't Worry, the Doors Will Open
    - Oksana Karpovych
    Roses. Film-Cabaret
    - Irena Stetsenko
    As Far As Possible
    - Ganna Iaroshevych


    Faith and Branko - Catherine Harte
    - Matthew Somerville
    The Witch's Cauldron
    - Branislav Jankić
    There Is No Other Place
    - Anat Tel


    Dear Future Children - Franz Böhm
    Love Around the World
    - Anđela Rostuhar, Davor Rostuhar
    Chelas nha kau
    - Bataclan 1950, Bagabaga
    Teenage Lockdown Tales
    - Charlotte Ballet-Baz, Marie-Pierre Jaury


    The Fourth Character - Katerina Patroni
    The Music of Things
    - Menios Carayannis
    The Unknown Athenians
    - Angeliki Antoniou


    Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?  
    Change Nothing
    6 Bagatelas
    Pedro Costa
    The End of A Love Affair


    Medusa - Sara Tirelli
    - Léon Denise, Samuel Lepoil, Dorian Rigal Minuit   

    Last modified on 07-09-2021