Member of the program team Tomáš Hudák presents his five festival tips

9. September 2021

Tomáš Hudák and his festival selection:

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky / dir. Alexandre Koberidze

When Lisa and Giorgi accidentally meet on the street in the Georgian city of Kutaisi, it is love at first sight. Love falls on them so suddenly that they even forget to ask each other for a name. Before each of them sets out on their own journey again, they will agree on a meeting the next day. Little does he know, however, that someone cut them off. Will they be able to meet again?

Beginning / dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili

An extremist group attacks a community of Jehovah’s Witnesses in a sleepy provincial town. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the leader of the community, is slowly falling apart. As Yana tries to understand her own desires, her inner dissatisfaction grows.

An Unusual Summer / dir. Kamal Aljafari

Years ago, Kamal Aljafari’s father installed a security camera in front of his house to find out who was still damaging his car. The author uses this material to talk about his street, his neighbors, life in a Palestinian neighborhood, sometimes referred to as a ghetto. Aljafari shows that it is a lively place full of peculiar people who are definitely not invisible. His film can be perceived as an act against oblivion…

Petite Maman / dir. Céline Sciamma

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean up the house where her mother grew up. He explores it and gets to know the surrounding forests. One day she meets a girl of the same age who builds a house in the woods.

An Ordinary Country / dir. Tomasz Wolski

The film, composed only from archival materials of the secret service, presents us with life in socialist Poland through the eyes of its agents. We see images of spying and interrogations, we hear recorded banal phone calls and statements, and we learn from the instructional film how to install eavesdropping devices in the apartment. We usually have no idea who the monitored person is, and especially what they have done wrong, we are only examining in detail their behavior, which may be ordinary, perhaps suspicious.