Pari

Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his parents at the airport in Athens. Pari and her older husband, Farrokh, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill prepared to search for their son in such an intimidating and alien environment. They start looking all over the city for any clue that might lead them to him. Soon, they reach a dead-end, and when Pari is forced to return to Iran, she does the unthinkable by deciding to continue her search alone.  Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, Pari will exhaust the hidden depths and strength of her own soul – to achieve more than a mother’s quest for her missing son.

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DCP – 2019 – Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria – Drama
Original language: Farsi, English, Greek

Directed by: Siamak Etemadi Cast: Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali Produced by: Heretic In co-production with: Le Bureau, The Chouchkov Brothers, Topkapi

International Sales in collaboration with The Bureau Sales

Still River

Anna and Petros, a Greek couple who recently moved to an industrial Siberian town on account of Petros’ work, are shocked to discover Anna is pregnant with no prior intercourse. Did she cheat? Are they victims of a conspiracy? Or blessed with a miracle? Looking for a logical explanation to their situation, Petros starts distrusting Anna, who chooses to embrace the pregnancy, turning to religion to cope. Their previously unshakeable bond starts to falter and cracks begin to show, as their relationship becomes the battleground between the rational and the spiritual.

Set against the striking frozen landscapes of Siberia, “Still River” is a haunting, touching suspense drama about love, trust and faith struggling in the face of doubt.

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DCP – 2018 – Greece, France, Latvia – 128 min – Suspense drama
Original language: Greek, Russian, English

Directed by: Angelos Frantzis Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou, Indra Burkovska, Juris Bartkevičs Produced by: Heretic Co-produced by: Mezzanine Films, Tasse Film

Retablo

High in the remote mountainside of Peru, 14-year-old Segundo is being groomed to follow his father’s footsteps in the traditional folk art of retablo-making — crafting intricate, artisan story-boxes depicting religious scenes and important everyday events. Segundo reveres his father, however the young boy is becoming restless realizing that the weight of carrying the family legacy on his shoulders will keep him on the mountain forever. When he stumbles across a heartbreaking secret his father is harbouring, Segundo will come to face the raw reality of his deeply religious and conservative landscape, as well as a more profound connection with his father than he’d ever imagined.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Peruvian Andes, this coming-of-age story masterfully explores the weight of heritage, the boundaries of love, and the burdens of family expectations – as well as the complexity of accepting our parents for who they really are.

festivals

Lima Film Festival – Best Peruvian Film (national premiere)
Berlin Film Festival / Generation 14plus – Special Jury Mention and Newcomer Teddy award (world premiere)

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DCP – 2018 – Peru, Germany, Norway – 101 min – Drama
Original language: Quechua, Spanish

Directed by: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio L. Cast: Junior Béjar Roca, Amiel Cayo, Magaly Solier, Hermelinda Luján Produced by: SIRI Producciones Co-produced by: Catch of the Day Films GmbH, DHF,

Holiday

Young and beautiful Sascha discovers her dream life of recklessness and fun comes at a price when she is welcomed into the “family” of her drug lord boyfriend at his holiday villa in the port city of Bodrum on the Turkish Riviera. Physical and psychological violence are a way of life in this volatile household, but when Sascha seeks the attention of another man, the velvet veneer is stripped raw to the bone. Is it possible that she could still leave this life of luxury and violence behind?

The trophy girlfriend leaves the sidelines to take centre stage in a story that looks sun-kissed, fun and sexy until the tables are turned – much like its central character.

festivals

World premiere / World Cinema Dramatic Competition / Sundance Film Festival
European premiere / Dragon Award Best Nordic Film Competition
Nordic Mid Grand Prix | Film Fest Sundsval

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DCP – 2018 – Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey – 93 min – Drama
Original language: Danish, English

Directed by: Isabella Eklöf Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Bo Brønnum Produced by: Apparatur Aps Co-produced by: Oak Motion Pictures, Commonground Pictures, Film i Väst

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

Sarah is Israeli and runs a café in West Jerusalem. Saleem is Palestinian from East Jerusalem and works as a deliveryman. Despite being worlds apart, Sarah and Saleem risk everything as they embark on a illicit affair that could tear apart their unsuspecting respective families. When a risky late-night tryst goes awry and threatens to expose them, the two of them look on helplessly as their frantic efforts to salvage what’s left of their lives further escalate things. Caught up in the occupying machinery and socio-political pressure, Sarah and Saleem find themselves trapped in a web of deceit and not even the truth looks able to stop it.

festivals

Rotterdam International Film Festival – Special Jury Prize for Best Screenplay & the HBF Audience Award

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DCP – 2018 – Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico – 127 min – Drama
Original language: Arabic, Hebrew, English

Directed by: Muayad Alayan Cast: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi Produced by: PalCine Production Co-produced by: KeyFilm, Manderley Films, Monofilms

Icebergs

Based on the book “Scenes” by award-winning screenwriter Efthymis Filippou (“Dogtooth”, “The Lobster”, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”), “Icebergs” is an existential, dark comedy consisting of 14 short vignettes, ranging from the mundane to the absurd.

festivals

Slumdance Film Festival
San Francisco International Film Festival | Best Animated Short Award

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DCP – 2017 – USA, Greece – 10 min – Drama
Original language: English

Directed and written by: Eirini Vianelli Voice cast: Josh Shaffner, Miranda Khan, Rachel Seistrop Produced by: Eirini Vianelli

The Announcement

May 22nd, 1963. Unhappy with the existing social and political situation in Turkey, a group of military officers have planned a coup d’état to take down the government in Ankara. Meanwhile in Istanbul, their conspirators have undertaken the vital mission of taking over the National Radio station and making a formal announcement about the coup. But nothing goes to plan. Faced with a number of obstacles, including a sudden rainstorm, the absence of the radio station technician, a betrayal, the lack of feedback from Ankara and their very own insufficiency, the conspirators scramble to keep their plan on track and announce the success of the coup – that is, if the coup in the capital has taken place at all. Based on actual events and told over the course of a single night, “The Announcement” is a wry commentary on Turkey’s uneasy political past – and present. Biting political satire meets subtle comedy in a film that highlights the absurdity of its story without ever being anything less than dead serious.

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DCP – 2018 – Turkey, Bulgaria – 95 minutes – Drama
Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun Cinematography: Krumm Rodrigues Editing: Çiçek Kahraman Producer: Halil Kardaş Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Meteors

They come at night. Everyone steps out of their homes. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the next few hours, the city is on lockdown and an eclipse appears. At night, meteors start to fall. Blending documentary filmmaking and political commentary, and connecting the earthly to the cosmos, “Meteors” is a film about memory and disappearance – of people, places and things.

festivals

Locarno Film Festival, Cineasti del presente competition section | Swatch First Feature Art Peace Hotel Award & Boccalino d’Oro – Independent Film Critics’ Best Film Award
Milano Film Festival | Best Film Award
IsReal Film Festival: Festival di Cinema Reale | Best Film Award
FIFIB Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux | Special Mention of the Jury
Jihlava International Documentary Festival, First Lights section | Best Documentary Debut
Bratislava International Film Festival | Best Documentary Award
Porto/Post/Doc, International Competition | Grand Prix
Thessaloniki International Film Festival | Special Jury Award
BAFICI, Human Rights section | Best Film award
Beldocs, International Competition | Best Film Prize
Festival du nouveau cinema Montreal, International Competition
Festival de Seville, New Waves competition
Bilbao ZINEBI, Beautiful Docs
Festival Les Ecrans Documentaires, closing film
Trieste Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival: Bright Futures section
FICUNAM, El Porvenir: The Foreseen section
Film Society of Lincoln Center, Art of the Real
ICA, Frames of Representation
Hong Kong Film Festival, Global Vision
GEGENKino Film Festival
Fajr International Film Festival, Docs in Focus
Crossing Europe FF, Documentary competition
CineDOC-Tblisi, Focus Caucasus section
One World Romania International Human Rights & Documentary Festival
International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86″
EPA CINE: International Panorama
Lima Independiente FF
International Film Festival Kino Otok

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DCP – 2017 – The Netherlands, Turkey – 81 minutes – Documentary
Original title: Meteorlar Original language: Kurdish, Turkish

Directed by: Gürcan Keltek Cinematography: Mustafa Şen & Fırat Gürgen Editing: Fazilet Onat Producer: Gürcan Keltek & Marc Van Goethem Co-producer: Arda Çiltepe & Burak Çevik

Daha

Gaza is a 14-year-old boy who lives on the Aegean coast of Turkey. Together with his domineering father, he helps smuggle refugees to Europe, giving them temporary shelter and scant food until they attempt their crossing. Gaza dreams of escaping this life of crime, but can’t help being drawn into a dark world of immorality, exploitation and human suffering. Can you avoid becoming a monster when you’ve been raised by one?

Adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name by Hakan Günday, which has been translated into more than 7 languages worldwide, “Daha” is the gripping story of a boy that gets to grow up in a world where there’s no room for innocence.

festivals

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - in competition

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DCP – 2017 – Turkey – 115 minutes – Drama
English title: More   Original language: Turkish, Arabic

Directed by: Onur Saylak Screenplay by: Hakan Günday, Onur Saylak, Doğu Yaşar Akal Cast: Hayat Van Eck, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Turgut Tunçalp, Tankut Yıldız, Tuba Büyüküstün Cinematography: Feza Çaldıran Editing: Ali Aga Music: Uygur Yiğit

Producer: Kerem Çatay – Ay Yapim Co-producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay – b.i.t. arts

Copa-Loca

This is the story of Copa-Loca, an abandoned Greek summer resort. Paulina is the girl at the heart of Copa-Loca. Everyone cares for her and she cares about everyone – in every possible way.

festivals

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs 2017 – official selection

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Writer/Director: Christos Massalas Director of Photography: Konstantinos Koukoulios Starring: Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Michalis Pitidis, Fotis Stratigos, Nadia Katsoura, Panos Iosifidis, George Ramantanis, Jon Simvonis Production Manager: Maria Repousi Editing: Christos Massalas Original music: Σtella Costume Design: Marli Aliferi Make-up: Ioanna Lygizou Sound: Dimitris Kanellopoulos, George Ramantanis Produced by: Christos Massalas Co-produced by: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis Running time: 14’ Country of production: Greece

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Lena Platonos, a major figure in the Greek music scene who has proven to be ahead of her time in terms of her groundbreaking work in electronica, is now receiving a surge of international attention, thanks to album re-issues and remixes. Both established and up-and-coming artist cite her as a key influence for her experimentations in sound, her eerie lyrics and her unique, uncompromising approach to creating music and art. With the help of collaborators, friends and international musicians of the electronic music scene such as Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip and the Red Axes, the film goes back to the time her revolutionary records were made.

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DCP – 2018 – Greece – 75 min – Documentary
English title: LP Original language: Greek, English

Directed by: Cristo Petrou Produced by: Heretic
In co-production with: Greek Film Centre, ERT, Dark Entries Records

Son of Sofia

Athens, 2004 summer Olympic Games. 11-year-old Misha arrives from Russia to live with his mother, Sofia. What he doesn’t know is that there is a father waiting for him there. While Greece is living the Olympic dream, Misha will get violently catapulted into the adult world, riding on the dark side of his favorite fairy tales.

festivals

Tribeca Film Festival / International Narrative competition - Best Film
Jeonju International Film Festival – in competition

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DCP – 2017 – Greece, Bulgaria, France – 111 minutes
Original title: Ο Γιος της Σοφίας Original language: Greek, Russian

Written and directed by: Elina Psykou Produced by: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis Co-produced by: Janja Kralj, Boris Chouchkov Starring: Victor Khomut (Misha), Valery Tscheplanowa (Sofia), Thanassis Papageorgiou (Mr. Nikos), Artemios Havalits (Victor), Areti Seintaridou (Nina), Ivonni Maltezou (Ms. Anna), Maria Filini (Leading lady), Marinos Veslemes (Mr. Andreas) and Christos Stergioglou (Antonis Paraskevas) DoP: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos Editing: Nelly Ollivault Art direction: Pinelopi Valti Costumes: Marli Aliferi Sets: Stavros Liokalos Sound recording: Boris Trayanov Sound design: Persefoni Miliou Make-up: Valentin Valov, Petya Simeonova Hair styling: Maria Koukia Assistant directors: Katerina Barbatsalou, Rinio Dragasaki, Miltos Ntzounis Production manager: Giorgos Zervas Production co-ordinator: Leda Bouzoukou Casting: ready2cast, Araseli Laimou, Asya Smekalova Poster design: Ifigenia Vasiliou Poster photo: Efi Gousi

Countries of production: Greece, Bulgaria, France Produced by: Heretic Co-produced by: KinoElektron, Chouchkov Brothers, SIF309, Stefi, Prosenghisi, Steficon Supported by: Eurimages, Greek Film Centre, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Bulgarian National Film Center, Creative Europe, ERT and Berlinale Residency
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SonofSofia/
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Thread

Niki’s commitment to the Resistance undermines her ability to be a mother to her son. Lefteris, her son, inherits a past he does not want. Until one day, the ‘thread’ that binds them together, the psychological umbilical cord, is cut. The Mother’s struggle for political freedom turns into psychological shackles that hold the Boy prisoner; in the end, he will have to fight for his own freedom and seek his own redemption.

festivals

Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greek Film Festival section
Göteborg International Film Festival
Lume International Film Festival

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DCP – 2016 – Greece – 94 minutes
Original title: Νήμα Original language: Greek

Director: The Boy Screenplay: The Boy Cast: Sofia Kokkali Cinematography: Simos Sarketzis GSC Editing: Panos Voutsaras Special Effects: Prokopis Vlasseros Sound: Kostas Varibopiotis, Nikos Triantafyllou, Buildings At Night Music: Felizol & The Boy Art Direction: The Boy VFX Supervisor: Giannis Ageladopoulos Costumes: Alkistis Mamali Make-up: Ioanna Lygizou

Production company: Logline Producer: Eleni Bertes
Produced with the financial support of the Greek Film Centre and the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation

Two Lottery Tickets


Somewhere in the midst of the Romanian outback lives Dinel, a man with a moustache and curly hair who seems to be down on his luck: his customers at the garage are an unhappy bunch and his wages barely cover an after-work beer – which is also the reason his wife recently left him.

Things take a turn for the better, when Dinel unexpectedly wins six million Euros playing the lottery. However, there is still the problem of his ticket being located in his bum bag, which has just been nabbed by two wannabe gangsters. Together with his best buddies, Sile and Pompiliu, Dine sets off on a madcap journey in search of his winning scrap of paper, a trip that brings him into contact with paranoid potheads, enterprising clairvoyants and would-be singers, in this award-winning comedy and box office smash in its native Romania.

festivals/ awards

Transilvania IFF
Zurich Film Festival
- Special Jury mention
Namur IFF
KineNova Skopje FF
CinEast FF
Sao Paolo IFF
Thessaloniki IFF

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – Best Comedy Feature
Kolkota IFF
Making Waves
Monte-Carlo Comedy FF - Special Jury award
European Union FF
Let’s Cee FF
Vilnius IFF
Hong Kong IFF
Minneapolis St. Paul IFF

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DCP – 2016 – Romania-Spain – 86 minutes
Original title: Douã lozuri Original language: Romanian

Directed and written by: Paul Negoescu Starring: Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, Alexandru Papadopol, Șerban Pavlu, Andi Vasluianu, Codin Maticiuc, Irina Noapteș Produced by: Dragoș Bucur Co-produced by: Dorian Boguță, Alexandru Papadopol, Paul Negoescu, Jesus del Cerro, Rodrigo Ruiz de Tarazona Executive producer: Ovidiu Dunel-Stancu Associate producer: Raluca Dimitriu DoP: Ana Drăghici Original music: Flora Pop, Alin Zăbrăuțeanu Editor: Alexandru Radu Sound designer: Florian Titus Ardelean Production designer: Mălina Ionescu

Production company: Actoriedefilm.ro Company Co-producers: Papillon Film, Kirkland, Studio Indie Production

 

 

 

Afterlov


It’s summertime in Athens and Nikos, a 30-year-old broke musician, is taking care of a luxurious villa in the suburbs that belongs to a friend of his. Between poolside cocktails and fooling around with the dog that he is meant to take care of, Nikos has a plan. Still unable to get over his recent break-up with Sofia, he figures this is a unique opportunity to get some much-needed answers and he invites her over for the weekend. Sofia delightfully accepts not knowing, of course, that Nikos’ plans are not as innocent as they seem. Nikos locks Sofia in the house and refuses to let her leave until she provides some rationale for the break-up, turning their alleged carefree holiday into a mess of games, fights, laughs and introspection. Is Nikos ever going to get the answers he was looking for? Is Sofia ever going to be able to explain why they broke up? Afterlov is a funny, poignant and scathing post-love story between two people who refuse to grow up.

festivals/ awards 

Locarno IFF – Youth Jury Award in Cineasti del Presente competition
Sao Paolo IFF
Scanorama FF

Thessaloniki IFF - Best Artistic Achievement Award &  Special Mention for Haris Fragoulis
Festival International du Film d’ Amour de Mons – Le Prix Cineuropa
European Union FF
Lucca FF Europacinema
Istanbul IFF

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DCP – 2016 – Greece – 94 minutes / Colour / Fiction
Original title: Άφτερλωβ Original language: Greek

Directed by: Stergios Paschos Written by: Stergios Paschos, in collaboration with Haris Fragoulis and Iro Bezou Cast: Haris Fragoulis, Iro Bezou Produced by: Phaedra Vokali Executive producer: Theodora Valenti Co-producers: Stergios Paschos, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos DoP: Christos Kapalos Assistant cinematographer: Yorgos Koutsaliaris Movi operators: Kostas Haratzoglou, Dimitris Zabalas Edited by: Stamos Dimitropoulos Music by: Melentini Sound by: Xenofontas Kontopoulos, Dimitris Rouhitsas Set design by: Simon Nikolaidis Costumes by: Marie-Louise Bartholomew, Antonia Catsambas Make-up by: Alexandra Myta Assistant director: Eleni Tsekeri Sound mix by: Nikos Triantafyllou, Christos Bekiris Color correction by: Manos Chamilakis Production manager: Kostas Baliotis Production assistant: Alexandros Varveris Set photographer: Michalis Koulieris

Godless

In a remote Bulgarian town, Gana looks after the elderly with dementia, while trafficking their ID cards on the black market of identity theft. At home, she provides for her jobless mother, with whom she hardly speaks. Her relationship with her car-mechanic boyfriend is no shelter for love either – with sexual attraction vanished, intimacy is reduced to an addiction to morphine. Nothing seems to have consequences on the nurse’s conscience, even the incidental murder of a patient, who threatens to expose her fraudulent dealings. Things start to shake up, when Gana hears the music of Yoan, a new patient, whose ID card she has trafficked. A growing empathy for the old man unlocks Gana’s drugged-up conscience, and she is ready for change. But when Yoan is arrested for fraud, she learns that doing ‘the right thing’ comes at a high price.

 

festivals/ awards

Locarno IFF - Golden Leopard for Best Film / Best Actress Award / Boccalino d’Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Director / Ecumenical Prize
Toronto IFF
Sarajevo IFF - Special Jury Prize / Best Actress award
Batumi IFF – Best Film Director
Golden Rose National FF Bulgaria – Best Film award / Best Director Award / Best Actress for Irena Ivanova / Best Actor for Ivan Nalbantov (shared with Dimitar Nikolov for his role in Hristo) / Best Cinematographer for Krum Rodriguez for his work in both Godless and Glory
Reykjavik IFF – Golden Puffin for Best Film
Hamburg IFF
Busan IFF

Warsaw IFF – Fipresci Award
Mumbai IFF – Silver Gateway Award
Tofifest IFF
CPH PIX IFF 
- New Talent Grand Prix
Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo - ASECAN Best Film
Stockholm IFF - Best Film & Best Actress
AFI Fest
Anges Premiers Plans IFF
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
A L’ Est du Nouveau - 
Grand Jury Prize
Sofia IFF - Grand Prix for Best Film & Best Bulgarian Feature
L’ Europe Autour de l’ Europe - Prix Sauvage
Istanbul IFF
Linz Crossing Europe

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DCP (D-Cinema) – 2016 – Bulgaria / Denmark / France – 99 minutes / Colour
Original title: Bezbog Original language: Bulgarian

Writer-director: Ralitza Petrova Cast: Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov Cinematography: Krum Rodriguez b.a.c., Cgayse Irvin c.s.c. Production design: Vanina Geleva Editing: Donka Ivanova, Ralitza Petrova Sound: Monchil Bozhkov Sound design: Peter Albrechtsen Producer: Rossitsa Valkanova Co-producers: Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Philippe Akoka Executive producer: Russi Lutzkanov

Depth Two

“Depth Two” is a documentary thriller about a mass grave in the suburbs of Belgrade. A combination of spoken testimonies and images of the places where the crimes happened 17 years ago. The film’s hypnotic and meditative style speaks directly to the emotions of the audience, in an attempt to uncover and give a voice to the stories, that were intentionally buried in silence.

festival/ awards

Berlin International Film Festival – Forum section
Thessaloniki Documentary IFF
GoEast IFF
Beldocs –
Best Editing
Docaviv
OpenCity Doc Fest -
ArtFilm Fest - 
Grand Jury award
Atlantida IFF - Critics’ award
Lima Independiente FF
Five Lakes FF
DokuFest
Sarajevo IFF
Message 2 Man FF –
Grand Prix
Vancouver IFF
KineNova - Best Director & Best Screenplay
CinEast FF
Inconvenient Films Human Rights IFF –
Special Jury mention
Astra Documentary FF
Sao Paolo IFF
Jihlava IFF
Kasselerdokfest - 
Golden Key award
Iffi Goa
Festival dei Popoli –
Best Feature Film
San Cristobal FF
First Look Momi
Pune IFF
Angers Premiers Plans IFF
Balkan Florence Express
Zagreb Dox –
Big Stamp for Best Film in Regional Competition & Little Stamp for Best Film by a Young Director
Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
Martovski Festival - 
Best Feature & Best Editing
AmDocs
Full Frame
Linz Crossing Europe
DOK.Fest Munich
Ethnocineca
DocsBarcelona

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DCP/HD – 2016 – Serbia/France – 80min – Color
Original title: Dubina Dva Original language: Serbian / Albanian

Written & Directed by: Ognjen Glavonić Editor: Jelena Maksimović Cinematographer: Tatjana Krstevski Sound Designer: Jakov Munižaba Producers: Dragana Jovović, Sandra Orlović Co-producer: Sophie Erbs

Produced by: Non-Aligned Films, Serbia & Humanitarian Law Center, Serbia Co-produced by: Cinéma Defacto, France

 

 

Hotel Dallas

In communist Romania in the 1980s the US television series Dallas provided the only window on the capitalist world and at the time it seemed as if all of Romania’s population were glued to their TV screens. Ilie and his daughter Livia are also great fans of the series. Livia’s father Ilie sees in the figure of ruthless oil tycoon J. R. Ewing the perfect role model for his own devious dealings, while Livia falls in love with actor Patrick Duffy who plays Bobby Ewing. After the collapse of the socialist system Ilie builds Hotel Dallas – and subsequently uses it to embezzle millions in taxes. Livia however finds herself drawn to the land of freedom and moves to the USA. Years later she decides to return to her native land: she wants to take her teenage heartthrob Duffy on an odyssey across Romania to show him just how ‘Dallas capitalism’ has left its mark on this post-communist country.

festivals/ awards

World Premiere: Panorama Dokumente, 66th Berlin International Film Festival

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DCP/HD – 2016 – Romania/USA – 75min – Color/B&W – Documentary
Original title:
Original language: Romanian/ English

Directed by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Produced by Ungur & Huang

Babai

Ten-year old Nori and his father Gezim earn their living by selling cigarettes in pre-war Kosovo of the nineties. Gezim will hear nothing of Nori’s mother. He is an expert at escaping the past and now he wants to flee Kosovo, without Nori. But the boy tries everything in his means to prevent his dad from leaving. An accident results. The shocked father takes Nori to the hospital. When Nori gets out, his father is gone. Angry, yet determined Nori sets out on a perilous journey and indeed finds his father in Germany. With the persistence only a child can have, he confronts his father with leaving him behind.

festivals/awards

Munich Film Festival (World Premiere), Karlvoy Vary International Film Festival (International Premiere)

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DCP- 2015 – Germany/Republic of Kosovo/FYR Macedonia / France – 103 min – Color
Original title: Babai
Original language: Albanian

Directed by Visar Morina
Cast: Val Maloku (Nori), Astrit Kabashi (Gezim),  Adriana Matoshi (Valentina), Enver Petrovci (Adem),  Xhevdet Jashari (Bedri), Alban Ukaj (Smuggler)
Produced by: NiKo Film, (GER), Produksioni Krusha (KOS), Skopje Film Studio (MK),  Eaux Vives Productions (FR)
Producer: Nicole Gerhards
Co-producer:  Visar Krusha, Tomi Salkovski, Xénia Maingot

 

 

Why Me?

Cristian, a young idealistic prosecutor whose career is on the rise, tries to crack a case against a senior colleague accused of corruption. The dilemma of choosing between his career and the truth weighs heavily on his shoulders. Looking further to solve the case, he enters a danger zone paved with unexpected and painful revelations.

festivals/ awards

Berlinale International Film Festival 2015 – Panorama Section – World Premiere

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DCP- 2015 – Romania/Bulgaria/Hungary – 130min – Color – Psychological / Political Drama
Original title: De Ce Eu?
Original language: Romanian

Directed by: Tudor Giurgiu
Cast: Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache, Liviu PINTILEASA, Mihai Smarandache, Lucretia Mandric, Sore Mihalache, Ionut Caras, Virgil Ogasanu
Produced by: Oana Giurgiu
Co-producers: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor, Chouchkov, Maria Metodieva, Vagasi Emoke

Forever

Costas is an engine driver. Anna is a passenger who takes the same train to work every day.

Costas and Anna are two lonely people living in Athens, a city which is dying for lack of love.

Costas is secretly in love with Anna. She has no idea. Until the day when Costas decides to take that decisive step: to approach Anna and to reach out to life and love. At first, Anna resists, but in the end she decides to surrender to her own need for ever-lasting love.

These two lonely people will meet in a desolate city, at the dawn of a bright new day.

festivals/ awards

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015 – Bright Future Premieres

Winner of the Silver Pyramid award for Best Director – Cairo International Film Festival 2014

Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2014 – Panorama Section

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DCP – 2014 – Greece – 87min – Color – Drama
Original title: Για Πάντα
Original language: Greek

Directed by Margarita Manda
Cast: Anna Mascha, Kostas Filippoglou
Produced by FALIRO HOUSE
Producers: Kostas Kefalas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Costas Lambropoulos, Margarita Manda
Executive Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

 

The Sky Above Us

The Sky Above Us is an authentic, contemporary drama about the bombing of Belgrade in 1999. Ana, Sloba and Bojan: three different people, three different ways of hanging onto normal life in the most difficult of situations. The NATO bombings took place 15 years ago. Unfortunately still today similar wars continue to shake and divide Europe and the world. When will there finally be peace?
Every day Ana, Sloba and Bojan put their lives at great risk just by going to work. Their jobs are in, or next to, the national television building in Belgrade, which has become a strategic target for NATO and their attacks. All three force themselves to deal with the fear in order to hold on to their ordinary lives. But “ordinary” ceased to exist some time ago.
Every night Belgrade transforms from a vibrant city into a military target. While the bombs fall from the sky above, Ana, Bojan and Sloba struggle with the question: How can I survive and stay sane in this insane world?

festivals/ awards

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015 – Limelight Section – World Premiere

info

DCP/HD – 2015 – Netherlands/Serbia – 97min – Color – Drama
Original language: Serbian

Directed by Marinus Groothof
Cast: Nada Šargin, Boris Isaković, Nikola Rakočević
Produced by CTM PICTURES/ Sander Verdonk Denis Wigman
Co-Producers: Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Art & Popcorn (Serbia), Heretic (Greece)