We were looking for works that could arouse the interest of an international audience. Films from leading documentary festivals such as Visions du Réel, CPH:DOX, or IDFA, but also from top festivals such as Cannes or Berlinale. At the center
of our interest are auteur documentaries, especially debuts and second films,
hybrids, and works that revise film language or bring new and surprising approaches.
Through our selection, we explore the relationship between documentary films
and the audience experience.
The documentary film behaves like a chameleon, and we are interested to see
how it manages to unsettle the audience with regard to its close relationship
to reality, using unique formal elements. We see the documentary film as a tool
for learning about the world and we are looking for films with an anchored author’s vision—documentaries through which their creators search for their unique
position in the world. Even in the world of film and the changing audiovisual industry.
Important fragments of common history fall into oblivion or turn into myths.
In this sense, we map the space between individual and collective history, its record, and its informational value. What we call reality changes, and so does our perception of it. The documentary film medium loses its original position and gains new ones.
In the fluid present, in which it is increasingly difficult to objectively determine reality, individual experience is one of the keys to overcoming obstacles to the knowledge
of the world and its history.
PL, 2023, 89 min.; pl, en, zh, it, ru / en sub / sk tit
Director: Jakub Piątek
Young pianists take part in the legendary International Chopin Piano Competition. A unique chance of a lifetime, portrayed from backstage and set to Chopin’s music.
A Night of Knowing Nothing
FR/IN, 2021, 97 min.; hi, bn, en, fr / en sub / sk tit
Director: Payal Kapadia
A university student in India, writes letters to her estranged lover, while he is away. Through these letters, we get a glimpse into the drastic changes taking place around her. Merging reality with fiction, dreams, memories, fantasies, and anxieties, an…
FR, 2023, 95 min.; fr, en / en sub / sk tit
Director: Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L'helgoualc'h
Somewhere on the Internet, there is a space of 250 square kilometers in which individuals gather in a community to simulate survivalist fiction. Under the guise of avatars, a film crew enters this place and makes contact with players. Who…
Non-Aligned: Scenes from the Labudović Reels
RS/FR/HR/ME/QA, 2022, 100 min.; rs, en / en sub / sk tit
Director: Mila Turajlić
In an unexplored vault in Belgrade, the capital of the former Yugoslavia, lies a collection of films known as “the Labudović Reels.” On them are images of African and Asian liberation movements and revolutionary leaders that defined the era of…
Blix Not Bombs
CZ/DE/SE, 2023, 83 min.; en, se / sk tit
Director: Greta Stocklassa
Greta had just turned 8 years old when she watched the unfolding of 9/11 on her TV in Stockholm. In the following months and years, she saw her fellow countryman, the diplomat Hans Blix, become a major player in the…