10 documentaries compete for the “What's up, doc?” section prize, awarded for the first time at TIFF 2022

    For the first time in the history of the Transilvania International Film Festival, the 21st edition
    of the event will include a competition dedicated to documentary film. 10 unique works by first and
    second feature-length documentary filmmakers from all over the world will compete this year for the
    What's up, doc? award, which has become increasingly popular with TIFF audiences in recent years.

    A home-grown documentary opens the list of titles selected for the first edition of the competition
    dedicated to genre films. For me you are Ceaușescu /
    Pentru mine tu ești Ceaușescu, director
    Sebastian Mihăilescu's debut, won two major awards at Ji.hlava, and is one of the winners of the
    DocLisboa Festival. An experimental mix of documentary and fiction, the film follows a casting session
    for the role of Nicolae Ceaușescu as a young man, with young people aged between 15 and 22, who can
    only imagine what life might have been like for the dictator in the 1930s.

    Francesco Montagner's Brotherhood won a Golden Leopard at the 2021 Locarno International Film
    Festival for the story of three Bosnian brothers born into a family of shepherds. Their lives are
    dramatically transformed when their father, a preacher of Islam known for his radical beliefs, is
    sentenced to prison.

    Bucolic, director Karol Palka's first feature film, explores the world of a remote Polish village where
    Denusia and her daughter live following the laws of nature, surrounded by animals and the spirits of
    those who are no longer with us. Far from idealising rural life, the documentary builds a mesmerising
    picture of loneliness and the need to belong. The world of the village, from a different perspective, is also
    explored by director Morgane Dziurla-Petit, who documents her return to her homeland in Excess Will
    Save Us. Reuniting with the people back home reveals that many of them share a common dream of
    leaving the village where they have lived all their lives

    Filmed almost entirely in a car, The Plains (d. David Easteal) follows a man's conversations with his
    companions on his daily journey home. From Venice Critics' Week comes to TIFF Mother Lode, Italian
    director Matteo Tortone's debut, about the sacrifices working class people make to have a better living,
    putting their own lives at risk.

    With the demise of the Soviet Union, the people of the island of Ostrov - fishermen from father to son -
    are left with nothing. Isolated and abandoned, today they live by poaching, risking their lives and freedom
    every day to survive. Ostrov-Lost Island (dir. Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Stoop) will show TIFF
    audiences a glimpse of their lives.

    In Atlantide (r. Yuri Ancarani) a young man devotes all his time to his obsession of building a motorboat
    that will help him set a new record in barchino afficionados community. The film had its international
    premiere at the Venice International Film Festival in the parallel Venice Horizons section.

    Following a clandestine radio broadcast, Channel 54, the debut feature by Argentinian director Lucas
    Larriera, reveals a whole lot of bizarre characters and conspiracy theories born around the moon landing.

    A mysterious murder case in a Brussels suburb proves to be a challenge for the police in the documentary
    For a Fistfull of Fries (d. Jean Libon, Yves Hinant) where a casserole dish turns out to be the saving

    Films in the What’s up, doc? Competition will be available to watch at TIFF 2022 with TIFF Card
    subscriptions, already available online in limited edition,
    on the Eventbook platform.

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