Pari

Babak, an Iranian student in Greece, doesn’t show up to welcome his visiting parents at the Athens airport. Pari and her older husband, both devout Muslims abroad for the first time, are ill-prepared to search for their son in an intimidating and alien environment. All their attempts to find a clue that might lead them to him prove to be in vain and they soon reach a dead end. But Pari can’t give up looking for him, even when returning to Iran seems like her only choice. Following the steps of her rebellious son in the darkest corners of the city, she will exhaust her inner strength to achieve more than a mother’s search for her missing son.

2020 – Greece, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria – Farsi, English, Greek – Feature/ Drama

Directed by: Siamak Etemadi
Written by: Siamak Etemadi
Cinematography by: Claudio Bolivar GSC
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Melika Foroutan, Shahbaz Noshir, Sofia Kokkali, Argyris Padazaras, Lena Kitsopoulou, Dimitris Xanthopoulos
Producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas
Co-producers: Gabrielle Dumon, Frans van Gestel & Laurette Schillings, Boris Chouchkov, Dan Wechsler & Jamal Zeinal Zade, Dimitris Kontovrakis

Produced by: Heretic, Le Bureau, TopKapi, The Chouchkov Brothers
Co-produced by: Bord Cadre Films, Biokon
Supported by: Media, Eurimages

Berlin IFF, Panorama section (World Premiere)

“The unflinching main performance by Melika Foroutan is worth the price of admission alone.” Cineuropa

 “[…]  is something completely different: a unique cinema experience that defies simple labeling.” Asian Movie Pulse

“Etemadi’s tight direction, unpredictable script, and a brilliant lead performance from Foroutan elevate Pari’s status as one of the best narrative films in this year’s Panorama section.” World of Wonder

“Suspenseful, beautifully shot and utterly compelling, featuring a knock-out performance by Melika Foroutan” ExBerliner

Petit Samedi

Damien Samedi is a hard-working man, a loving son and a caring boyfriend. He’s also been struggling with a drug addiction most of his adult life, counting on his mother’s matter-of-fact, yet unwavering support. Mixing unexpected moments of humour, insight and compassion, their tender mother-son relationship is at the heart of his challenging journey.

At once an intimate character study and a much-needed humane counter to the shockingly one-sided, fear-mongering depictions of addiction prevalent in today’s media, “Petit Samedi” is the universally relatable, life-affirming portrait of a man facing his demons.

2020 – Belgium – French – Documentary

Directed by: Paloma Sermon-Daï
Written by: Paloma Sermon-Daï
Cinematography: Frédéric Noirhomme
Edited by: Lenka Fillnerova
Cast: Damien Samedi, Ysma Sermon-Daï
Producer: Sébastien Andres, Alice Lemaire

Produced by: Michigan Films
Co-produced by: RTBF, Take Five

Berlin IFF, Forum (World Premiere)

“Paloma Sermon-Daï delivers a sensitive film on drug addiction, on filial and maternal love, and on second, third or even fourth chances.” Cineuropa

Kala azar

At the margins of a city somewhere in the south of Europe, a young couple start their day with their job routine: collecting deceased pets from homes and taking them to a pet crematorium. Outside of their job’s constraints, they also collect and cremate roadkill found during their drives. In this desolate environment, the couples’ stoic perseverance creates a space through which their love grows until the moment they have a car accident and cause a roadkill themselves…

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The Netherlands, Greece

Directed by: Janis Rafa
Written by: Janis Rafa
Cinematography by: Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC
Edited by: Patrick Minks
Cast:Pinelopi Tsilika (female), Dimitris Lalos (male), Michelle Valley (mother), Tassos Rafailidis (father), Oğuz Han Kaya (Oğuz)
Producer: Digna Sinke
Co-producers: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Giorgos Karnavas

Produced by: SNG Film
Co-produced by: Heretic
Supported by: Nederlands Filmfonds, Mondriaan Foundation, Greek Film Centre, ERT

Rotterdam IFF, Tiger Competition | KNF Award (World Premiere)

“…is something rather special. It’s foetid and atmospheric, a feral scavenger of a film” Screendaily

“Visually and aurally, the film strives to replace an anthropocentric gaze with something closer to a canine grammar. And the results are unsettling as they are captivating.The Film Stage

Sundays

After thirty years of serving as a Greek Orthodox priest in the US, Tom Avramis, a man known in the community for his charismatic personality and dynamic speaking abilities, unexpectedly decides to leave the priesthood. When a video-diary from the past is discovered, in which Tom confesses to himself the deeper thoughts, burdens and doubts he experienced being a spiritual leader, the story begins to unfold. It is only when Tom’s daughter, Alethea, turns the camera on him that secrets about his past and present are revealed.

Piecing together Tom’s life, Sundays provides access into the mind and perspective of a priest – a role that is so public in nature but whose private world is rarely explored. This is the existential journey of a seemingly happy and fulfilled man, told through his daughter’s eyes; a deeply personal, yet universal story about truth, family, identity and hope.

2020 – Greece, France – English – Documentary

Directed by: Alethea Avramis
Written by: Alethea Avramis
Cinematography by: Svetlana Cvetko, Alethea Avramis
Edited by: Esther Shubinski                                                                                                                Music by: Philippe Deschamps
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-producer: Mathieu Bompoint                                                                                                 Produced by: Heretic
Co-produced by: Mezzanine Films
Supported by: Greek Film Center

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Newcomers Competition

A House in Jerusalem

Following her mother’s death, a Jewish-American girl is moved by her father from New York to Jerusalem in the hopes that a new beginning can help her heal from the painful past. But upon settling into an old house, she encounters the ghost of a Palestinian girl her age who got separated from her family in 1948.

Written and directed by Rami and Muayad Alayan

A co-production with Heretic, PalCine Productions, KeyFilm

Window to the Sea

Faced with life changing news, Maria, a fifty-five year old Spanish woman from Bilbao, chooses to take a trip to Greece with her closest girlfriends against the advice of her son and doctors. A spontaneous decision leads her to the island of Nisyros, a tiny haven of peace and calm that immediately feels like home. While exploring the beautiful island and soaking in its hidden treasures, she meets Stefanos and finds herself falling in love against all odds. What seemed like a brief escape from reality soon turns into an unexpected chance at happiness, in a luminous story of a woman, who takes a leap of faith and dares to live for the moment on her own terms.

Set on the mesmerising Greek island of Nisyros, where the sun shines on a majestic volcano, “Window to the Sea” is a powerful and hopeful story about love, loss and fearlessly confronting life, simply by leaning on someone else.

Spain, Greece – Spanish, English, Greek

Directed by: Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Written by: Luis Moya Redrado, Koldo Gamboa Gangoiti, Miguel Ángel Jiménez
Cinematography by: Gorka Gómez Andreu, AEC
Edited by: Ivan Aledo
Cast: Emma Suárez, Akilas Karazisis, Gaizka Ugarte, Katerina Zafeiropoulou, Kostas Petrou, Antonis Kafetzopoulos
Producers: Luis Oza, Javier Arsuaga, Lara Izagirre
Co-producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

Produced by: Kinoskopik Film Produktion, Gariza Films, Sumendia Filma AIE

Co-produced by: Heretic

  • San Sebastian IFF, EITB Gala (World premiere)
  • Thessaloniki IFF (Greek premiere)
  • Cork FF
  • Dhaka IFF
  • Miami IFF (US premiere)

“Window to the Sea doesn’t opt for the path of sadness and pity. Instead, it’s a film exuding hope and emotion” Cineuropa

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.

2018 – Greece, France, Latvia – 128 minutes – Greek, Russian, English – Feature/ Suspense drama

Original title: Ακίνητο Ποτάμι

Directed by: Angelos Frantzis
Written by: Angelos Frantzis, Spyros Kribalis
Cinematography: Simon Beaufils
Edited by: Nelly Ollivault
Cast: Katia Goulioni, Andreas Konstantinou, Indra Burkovska, Juris Bartkevičs
Producer: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Mathieu Bompoint, Aija Bērziņa, Alise Gelze, Vassilis Alatas, Angelos Frantzis

Produced by: Heretic, Mezzanine Films, Tasse Films, Alatas Films, The Gardens
Co-produced by: Blonde, Steficon, 2|35, Felony productions, DNA lab, Cinevera LV

  • Thessaloniki IFF (world premiere)
  • Black Nights FF, competition section (international premiere)
  • Istanbul IFF, Best of the Fests section
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek FF | Honorable Mention, Orpheus Award
  • European FF Palic, Greek Focus section
  • New York Greek FF (New York premiere)
  • Greek Film Week, Germany

Africa

When retired 68 year-old Meir discovers that his 30 years of planning the annual village celebration have been summarily discarded and the job has been given to inexperienced local teens instead, the ground beneath his feet begins to give way. In his effort to restore a sense of meaning and vitality, Meir begins to rebel against the inevitable: the betrayal of his physical body, the growing distance from his children, and the loss of relevance.

Reconstructing fiction from real life, AFRICA is the cinematic journey of an ageing parent crafted by the hands of his loving son, in this deeply personal story on reinventing oneself, as years go by.

2019 – Israel – 82 minutes – Hebrew – Drama

Directed by: Oren Gerner
Written by: Oren Gerner
Cinematography:  Adi Mozes
Edited by: Gil Vesely
Cast: Meir Gerner, Maya Gerner, Oren Gerner, Gilad Earel, Alon Earel
Producer: Itay Akirav

Produced by: Film Harbor

  • Toronto IFF, Discovery section (World premiere)
  • San Sebastian IFF, New Directors section
  • Hamburg IFF (German premiere)
  • Haifa IFF | Best Film, Best Debut, Best Actor Award
  • Thessaloniki IFF, Meet the Neighbours Competition section
  • Stockholm IFF, Discovery section (Swedish premiere)
  • Cork IFF
  • Singapore IFF, Asian Feature Film Competition section | Best Director Award
  • Brussels Mediterranean FF
  • Miami Jewish FF, Competition section (US premiere)
  • Atlanta Jewish FF

“…it earns its emotional authenticity with a perceptive eye for detail and a sure directorial hand guiding the cast of non-actors.” Screendaily

“…a lovingly crafted gem” The Hollywood Reporter

Take Me Somewhere Nice

On the edge of adulthood, Alma leaves her mother’s home in the Netherlands and travels to her native Bosnia to visit the father she’s never met. But from the start nothing goes as planned. Her cousin Emir gives her a frosty reception and mocks her easy life in the West. At the same time, undeniable sexual chemistry leads Alma into a passionate relationship with Emir’s best friend, the troublemaker Denis. As the obstacles mount, Alma stays fearlessly determined to follow her plan and find her father. She just has to figure herself out first.

High on the reckless energy of youth and the rush of adult discovery, the rebellious trio sets off on the adventure together, embarking on an increasingly unpredictable road trip through the scorching Bosnian heartland. Over the course of the journey, Alma will learn to accept and understand herself, embracing all challenges that come her way.

 

2019 – The Netherlands, Bosnia – 91 minutes – Dutch, Bosnian – Road movie

Directed by: Ena Sendijarević
Written by: Ena Sendijarević
Cinematography:  Emo Weemhoff
Edited by: Lot Rossmark
Cast: Sara Luna Zorić (Alma), Lazar Dragojević (Denis), Ernad Prnjavorac (Emir), Sanja Burić (Mother), Jasna Đuričić (Jovana)
Producers: Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers 
Co-producers: Joost de Wolf, Marieke Mols

Produced by: Pupkin
Co-produced by: VPRO

  • Rotterdam IFF, Tiger competition | Special Jury Award for exceptional artistic achievement (world premiere)
  • GoEast
  • Espoo Cine
  • L’ ACID
  • Zlin FF
  • Al Este FF/ Lima
  • IFF “Zerkalo”
  • Shanghai IFF
  • FEST- New Directors
  • Taipei IFF
  • New Zealand IFF
  • Guanajuato IFF
  • FIRST IFF
  • New Horizons IFF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Sarajevo IFF | Best Feature Film
  • Seoul International Women’s FF | Best Film
  • Five Lakes FF
  • Youth FF Sarajevo
  • Festival de Cinema de la Ville de Quebec
  • International Cinematographers FF Manaki Brothers
  • International Women’s Film Festival Salé
  • Tirana FF | Best Director
  • Bristol Encounters
  • Mill Valley FF
  • Cineast / Luxembourg
  • Film Fest Gent
  • FF Cologne
  • Chicago Festival of Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film
  • 8 Tuzla FF
  • Bosphorus IFF
  • Independent FilmFest Osnabrück, Focus on Europe
  • Alice Nella Citta, Panorama
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • CineCina FF: The Road
  • Cinema Now
  • Diaspora FF
  • Geneva IFF
  • Zagreb FF
  • Cork IFF
  • Scanorama IFF
  • Inverness IFF
  • Seville European FF
  • Ljubljana IFF
  • CPH Pix
  • Auteur FF, Brave Balkans
  • Umea European FF
  • Pancevo FF
  • Podgorica FF
  • Kerala IFF
  • TIFF Next Wave FF
  • Vancouver International Women in Film Festival | Best Score
  • Annual European Union FF
  • Phoenix FF
  • Bosnian-Herzegovinian Film Festival, NYC

One of the 10 best films from IFFR 2019”, Indiewire

A distinctive and ultimately quite promising debut… a plausible prize contender”, The Hollywood Reporter

…a complex, wilful protagonist.”Screendaily

Provocative and playful, Sendijarević’s appealing new voice sparks an open dialogue that explores the East-versus-West battles over culture and inner identity.” Cineuropa

Summer Survivors

An ambitious young research psychologist, Indre, who has reluctantly agreed to transport two patients from one psychiatric unit to another in exchange for research privileges at her clinic, finds herself the leader of a rather rag-tag band on the long journey to the sea. Outgoing Paulius is a young man whose manic stage of his bipolar disorder stands in great contrast to the introvert Juste whose wounds are hidden from sight, but they both struggle to fight the inner battles that define them. As they all navigate the survival process together, what looks like a carefree summer ride with friends sharing laughs from the outside, could actually be the beginning of healing in this bittersweet story that – just like summer – is full of hopes, surprises and the promise that anything is possible.

2018 – Lithuania – 91 minutes – Lithuanian – Feature/ Drama, comedy

Original title: Išgyventi vasarą

Directed by: Marija Kavtaradze
Written by: Marija Kavtaradze
Cinematography: Laurynas Bareiška, Vytautas Katkus
Edited by: Domas Petronis
Cast: Indrė Patkauskaitė, Paulius Markevičius, Gelminė Glemžaitė, Darius Meškauskas, Vilija Grigaitytė
Producer: Marija Razgutė
Co-producer: Klementina Remeikaitė

Produced by: M-Films
Co-produced by: Afterschool

  • Toronto International Film Festival, Discovery section (world premiere)
  • Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival | Best Baltic Film
  • Vilnius International Film Festival | Audience Award Best Lithuanian Film & Best Actor (Paulius Markevičius)
  • Lecce European Film Festival | Audience Award
  • Athens International Film Festival
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • Tofifest
  • Lubeck Nordic Film Days
  • Malatya International Film Festival
  • Riviera International Film Festival | Sky Special Award
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival
  • Kerala IFF
  • Goteborg FF
  • Dublin IFF, Contemporary World Cinema
  • Fajr IFF
  • Crossing Europe
  • Baltic Frames
  • Northern Lights Nordic Baltic FF
  • Taipei IFF
  • European FF Palic
  • Baltic Film Days
  • SEOUL International Women’s FF
  • Vilnius Days
  • Cormorán Film Fest | Audience Award
  • Films by the Sea IFF
  • Favourites FF Berlin
  • BEAST International FF
  • Cineast
  • Baltic Film Days
  • Boston Baltic FF
  • Lithuanian FF/ Berlin
  • Noordelijk FF
  • Panorama of European Film (Egypt)
  • Baltic FF/ New York
  • EU Film Festival (China)

An exceptionally sensitive and heart-warming film”   Cineuropa

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.

2018 – Turkey, Bulgaria – 95 minutes – Turkish – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Anons

Directed by: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Written by: Ercan Kesal, Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Cinematography: Krum Rodrigues
Edited by: Çiçek Kahraman
Cast: Ali Seçkiner Alıcı (Reha),Tarhan Karagöz (Şinasi),Murat Kılıç (Kemal), Şencan Güleryüz (Koreli Fırat)
Producer: Halil Kardaş, Tarık Tufan
Co-producer: Boris Chouchkov

Produced by: Filmotto Production
Co-produced by: Chouchkov Brothers (Bulgaria), BKM (Turkey)

  • Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti competition section | Special Jury Prize(World premiere)
  • Athens IFF
  • Haifa IFF, Golden Anchor Competition section
  • Sao Paolo IFF, International Perspective section
  • Turkish Film Week (Azerbaijan)
  • Kerala IFF
  • Dhaka IFF
  • Goteborg FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • LuxFilmFest
  • Fajr IFF | International Critic Jury Award
  • Moscow IFF
  • Crossing Europe
  • Jeonju IFF, World Cinemascape (Asian premiere)
  • Espoo Cine
  • Seattle IFF
  • Red Tulip FF
  • Transilvania IFF
  • Mediterranean FF Split
  • Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel
  • Munich FF
  • Taipei FF
  • Manarat FF
  • Transatlantyk FF
  • PriFest
  • Timisoara Central European FF
  • Duhok IFF
  • International Cinematographers FF Manaki Brothers
  • Turkish Movie Fest/ Belgrade
  • Independent FilmFest Osnabruck
  • Mostra de Valencia
  • Frankfurt Turkish FF
  • FilmFestival Cottbus
  • Vancouver Turkish FF
  • BTF’s Documentary and Short Film Competition/ Boston
  • Washington Turkish FF
  • Seattle Turkish FF
  • Sinema Stuttgart
  • Black Movie FF

 “Mahmut Fazil Coskun blends political history, humor and violence in this impressive hybrid” – The  Hollywood Reporter

“Comedy of the absurd has rarely felt so strangely real” – Screendaily  

“With his third film, Turkish director Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun announces himself as a major film talent.” – Cineuropa 

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.

2018 – Peru, Germany, Norway – 101 min – Quechua, Spanish – Feature/ Drama

Directed by: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio L.
Written by: Alvaro Delgado Aparicio L., Héctor Gálvez
Cinematography by: Mario Bassino DFP
Edited by: Eric Williams
Cast: Junior Béjar Roca, Amiel Cayo, Magaly Solier, Hermelinda Luján
Producers: Enid Pinky Campos, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L. Iris Roca Rey P.
Co-producers: Dag Hoel, Kathleen McInnis, Tobias Poppe

Produced by: SIRI Producciones
Co-produced by: Catch of the Day Films GmbH, DHF

Nominated for Sebastiane Latino of the San Sebastián FF

Nominated for a BAFTA and a Spirit Award

  • Berlin IFF / Generation 14plus | Crystal Bear Special Jury Mention, L’ Oreal Newcomer Teddy award
  • Lima Film Festival | Best Peruvian Film
  • Mooov FF
  • Seattle IFF
  • Inside Out Toronto | Best First Feature award
  • Molodist IFF | Ecumenical Jury – Best Film
  • Frameline | Best First Feature award
  • Galway FF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Annual Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival
  • Film Festival della Lessinia
  • Sydney Latin American FF | Best Film
  • Pelicula-Latin American Film Experience | Best Film
  • Haifa IFF
  • Kinenova Skopje
  • Cape Town IFF | Jury Special Mention
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Festival de Cine la Orquídea Cuenca
  • Madrid International LGBTIQ FF | Jury Prize for Best Screenplay
  • Cine Vivo Perth Independent Latino FF
  • Queersicht
  • Brussels Pink Screens FF
  • Taipei Golden Horse FF
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Zagreb FF
  • El Lugar Sin Límites
  • International Eskisehir FF
  • Shaken Aimanov FF
  • FILMAR en América Latina | Opera Prima Award
  • Tenaris FF
  • Bajo Nuestra Piel
  • Festival de Cine de la Havana | Grand Prize for Best First Feature Fim, Best film from the students of La Habana University, Best Film from the Martin Luther King Foundation
  • Pink Life QueerFest
  • Zinegoak, Bilbao International LGTB FF | Best FIK feature film
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • Cinema de América Latina
  • Guadalajara IFF
  • Fabiofest
  • Cine Latino FF
  • Focus Peru / Timisoara
  • AndalesGai / Seville & Andalusia
  • African, Asian and Latin America FF
  • ¡Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival
  • IFF Panama
  • Cinhomo Valladolid- Muestra Internacional de Cine y Diversidad Sexual | Best Film
  • Zinentiendo
  • LGBTQI FF (Costa Rica)
  • Mostra Fire!
  • Tenemos que Ver | Special Mention, Young Jury Prize
  • Cinema Pride Week (Spain)
  • Espacio Queer
  • Cinecolombia / Peruvian FF
  • Independent FF of Bogotá INDIEBO
  • CASA Latin American Arts Festival
  • Tucuman Cine
  • Reel Desires FF / Chennai Queer FF
  • Viña del Mar
  • Kuir Bogotá
  • Festival de Huelva CineIberoamericano
  • Pantalla Latina FF
  • DIALOGUES: Calcutta International LGBTQ FF
  • Spanish American FF (Ireland)
  • Cine Latino (UK)
  • UNESCO Seminar / FF

“Sensitive, slow-building but always immersive… wherever “Retablo” reaches audiences, it’s certain to win an engaged and appreciative reception.”– Screendaily

“This directorial debut introduces filmmaker Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L. as a major force to be reckoned with in world cinema.” – Gay Essential 

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.

2018 – Denmark, The Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey – 93 minutes -Danish, English – Feature/ Drama 

Directed by: Isabella Eklöf
Written by: Johanne Algren, Isabella Eklöf
Cinematography by: Nadim Carlsen
Edited by: Olivia Neergaard-Holm
Cast: Victoria Carmen Sonne, Lai Yde, Thijs Römer, Bo Brønnum
Producer: David B. Sørensen
Co-producer: Trent, Jonas Kellagher

Produced by: Apparatur Aps
Co-produced by: Oak Motion Pictures, Commonground Pictures, Film i Väst

  • Sundance Film Festival, Competition section (world premiere)
  • Luxembourg City Film Festival, Competition section
  • Fribourg IFF, Midnight section
  • Film Festival Sundsvall, Nordic Competition | Grand Prix
  • Sarasota IFF
  • Skopje FF
  • Molodist IFF
  • Taipei IFF, International New Talent competition
  • Revelation Perth
  • Galway FF
  • Beach FF, Competition section
  • New Zealand IFF
  • Motovun IFF, Competition section
  • New Horizons, International competition | Grand Prix
  • Sidewalk FF, Competition section
  • Oldenburg IFF, Competition section
  • Strasbourg European FF, Crossovers Competition section
  • Fantastic Fest, New Waves section | Best Film, Best Director Award
  • Vancouver IFF, Panorama section
  • BeyondFest
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Competition section
  • BFI, First Feature competition
  • Brooklyn Horror FF | Best Cinematography Award
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Nordic IFF | Best Director Award
  • Thessaloniki IFF, Competition section
  • Scanorama European Film Forum
  • Cinergia FF
  • Crossing the Screen FF
  • Stockfish FF
  • Offscreen FF, Offscreenings section
  • Febiofest, Competition section (Czech premiere)
  • Northern Lights Nordic Baltic FF
  • China Women’s FF
  • NOW festival

“An exceptional feature debut” – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

“An astonishing first feature…“Holiday” is a fearless work, anchored by a bold, subtle lead performance.” – Erik Kohn, Indiewire

“Quite the conversation-starter… deserves a prominent spot at the table” – Indiewire, Memo to Distributors: Buy these Sundance 2018 Movies

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.

2018 – Palestine, Netherlands, Germany, Mexico – 127 min – Arabic, Hebrew, English – Feature/ Drama

Directed by: Muayad Alayan
Written by: Rami Alayan
Cinematography by: Sebastian Bock
Edited by: Sameer Qumsiyeh
Cast: Adeeb Safadi, Sivane Kretchner, Ishai Golan, Maisa Abd Elhadi
Producers: Muayad Alayan, Rami Alayan
Co-producers: Hanneke Niens, Hans de Wolf, Rebekka Garrido, Rodrigo Iturralde, Georgina Gonzalez, Alejandro Durán, Amal Alayan

Produced by: PalCine Production
Co-produced by: KeyFilm, Manderley Films, Monofilms

  • Rotterdam IFF | Hubert Bals Audience Award, Special Jury Award for screenplay
  • Vilnius IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF | Special Mention
  • Istanbul IFF
  • Mooov FF
  • Cinepolitica IFF
  • Off Camera
  • Jeonju IFF
  • Seattle IFF | Grand Jury Prize
  • Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF
  • Galway FF
  • Brave Festival
  • Odessa IFF
  • Durban IFF | Best Film, Best Actress
  • Taoyuan Film Festival
  • Almaty Film Festival
  • Calgary IFF
  • CPH Pix
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema
  • Copenhagen Cinematheque
  • Arab Film Festival
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Mostra de Valencia. Cinema del Mediterrani
  • Seminci Valladolid
  • Tokyo IFF
  • Leeds IFF
  • Cineuropa
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • KANAAN Palestinian Film Week
  • Bristol Palestine FF
  • Chennai IFF
  • Victoria FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • Stellenbosch University Woordfees FF
  • Arab Film Days/ Oslo
  • Arabic Film Fest/ Bergen
  • Jersey FF
  • Arabisk filmfest
  • Arab Film Festival of Brazil
  • Highland Palestine FF
  • East West Festival
  • Palestine-Arts FF
  • Dublin Arabic FF
  • Tallinn Black Nights

“This frequently taut psychosocial drama with political thriller elements deftly conveys the tensions, both physical and mental, between West and East Jerusalem… the film is well-placed for potentially strong worldwide play”– Variety

“A compelling drama where the personal crosses paths with the political”  The Hollywood Reporter

“Impressive and naturalistic performances”– Screendaily 

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.

2017 – USA, Greece – 10 min – English – Short

Directed by: Eirini Vianelli
Written by:
 Eirini Vianelli
Cinematography: Eirini Vianelli
Edited by: Eirini Vianelli
Voice cast: Josh Shaffner, Miranda Khan, Rachel Seistrop

Produced by: Eirini Vianelli

  • Slamdance FF
  • Glas Animation Film Festival
  • San Francisco IFF | Best Animated Short
  • International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
  • Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
  • Molodist IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek FF
  • Edinburgh IFF
  • Melbourne IFF
  • Sarajevo IFF | Special Jury Mention
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy
  • Athens IFF
  • AnimaSyros | Best Student Short
  • Chicago IFF
  • Adelaide IFF
  • Citizen Jane FF
  • Stockholm FF

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.

2017 – The Netherlands, Turkey – 81 minutes – Turkish, Kurdish – Documentary

Original title: Meteorlar

Directed by: Gürcan Keltek
Cinematography by: Mustafa Şen & Fırat Gürgen
Edited by: Fazilet Onat
Producers: Gürcan Keltek, Marc Van Goethem
Co-producers: Arda Çiltepe,  Burak Çevik

Produced by: 29P Films

  • Locarno IFF | Boccalino d’ Oro award / Swatch Art Peace Hotel award
  • Milan FF | Best Film
  • Isreal FF | Best Film
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal
  • Bordeaux International Film Festival | Special Mention of the Jury
  • Jihlava IDFF | Best Debut Film
  • Seville European Film Festival
  • Les Écrans Documentaires
  • Bratislava IFF | Best Documentary
  • Bilbao Zinebi FF
  • Porto/Post/Doc | Grand Prix
  • Trieste FF
  • Rotterdam IFF
  • FICUNAM
  • Bari/ screening
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival | Special Jury award
  • Echoes of Ji.hlava IDFF
  • One World Romania International Human Rights & Documentary Festival
  • Hong Kong IFF
  • GEGENKino FF
  • BAFICI | Best Film
  • Fajr International Film Festival
  • Frames of Representation
  • Art of the Real
  • Crossing Europe
  • CineDOC Tbilisi
  • Beldocs | Best Film
  • International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86″
  • EPA CINE
  • Lima Independiente FF
  • Taipei Literature Festival
  • International Film Festival Kino Otok
  • Filmadrid
  • Palma Mallorca
  • Atlantida FF
  • Aegean FF
  • Encuentros Cámara Lúcida
  • DokuFest
  • Festival de cinéma de Douarnenez
  • Festival du cinema subversif du Metz
  • Perugia Social FF
  • Ars Independent FF
  • Inconvenient Films
  • Viennale
  • Cali IFF FICCALI

Transcending fiction and nonfiction to arrive at a political truth somewhere in between, “Meteors” is a transfixing work featuring a cosmic ending not to be missed – Film Society of Lincoln Center

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.

2017 – Turkey – 115 minutes – Turkish, Arabic, Feature/ Drama

Original title: Daha

Directed by: Onur Saylak
Written by: Hakan Günday, Onur Saylak, Doğu Yaşar Akal
Cinematography by: Feza Çaldıran
Edited by: Ali Aga
Cast: Hayat Van Eck, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Turgut Tunçalp, Tankut Yıldız, Tuba Büyüküstün
Producer: Kerem Çatay
Co-producer: Ziya Cemre Kutluay

Produced by: Ay Yapim
Co-produced by: b.i.t. arts 

  • Karlovy Vary IFF (world premiere)
  • Film by the Sea
  • Batumi IFF
  • Calgary IFF
  • Bergen IFF
  • Ghent IFF
  • Mumbai FF
  • Busan IFF
  • Tofifest
  • Sao Paulo IFF
  • Seminci Valladolid IFF
  • Stockholm IFF
  • Films from the South
  • Scanorama
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
  • Brussels Mediteranean Film Festival
  • Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!
  • Pune IFF
  • Dhaka IFF | Best Director, Best Script
  • Sudan Independent FF
  • Glasgow FF
  • Bengaluru IFF
  • Titanic Budapest IFF
  • East End FF | Best Film
  • Mooov FF
  • Cyprus Film Days
  • Police Film Festival of Liege
  • Humboldt University
  • D’A FF
  • Taipei Literature Festival
  • Within the Family
  • Galway FF
  • Manarat Festival
  • Giffoni FF
  • Turkish Film Festival
  • Divan FF
  • Taste of Anatolia
  • OFFF Otranto Film Fund Festival
  • Cinemagic IFF for Young People
  • ImagineIndia

“An impressively controlled and complex debut” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A film that impresses for its craftsmanship and performances” – Variety

“Onur Saylak takes a young boy’s coming of age and frames it as a searing morality play” – Screen

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.

2017 – Greece – 14 minutes – Greek – Short

Directed by: Christos Massalas
Written by: Christos Massalas
Cinematography: Konstantinos Koukoulios
Edited by: Christos Massalas
Cast: Elsa Lekakou, Jenny Hiloudaki, Pavlos Iordanopoulos, Talat Iqbal, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Michalis Pitidis, Fotis Stratigos, Nadia Katsoura, Panos Iosifidis, George Ramantanis, Jon Simvonis
Producer: Christos Massalas
Co-producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis

  • Directors Fortnight (world premiere)
  • Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival
  • Guanajuato IFF
  • Sarajevo FF | Special Jury Mention
  • Concorto FF | Young Jury prize
  • Sao Paulo International Short FF
  • Festival de Cinema de la Ville de Quebec
  • Batumi IFF
  • Athens IFF | Best Film & Best Director
  • Thess Short FF
  • Milan IFF
  • Reykjavik IFF | Best International Short
  • FIFF Namur
  • Festival du Nouveau Cinema de Montreal | Best Short
  • Festifreak
  • Braunschweig IFF
  • Uppsala International Short FF
  • Kino Xenix cinema
  • Free Zone Film Festival
  • Leeds IFF | Best International Short
  • Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
  • AFI Fest
  • Ljubljana IFF
  • Cork IFF
  • Zagreb FF
  • Gijon IFF
  • Exground Filmfest
  • Riga International Film Festival 2ANNAS
  • Verin ISFF
  • iShorts FF
  • International Short FF ZUBROFFKA
  • London Short FF
  • Prague Short FF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Hellas FilmBox Berlin
  • Minimalen Short Film Festival
  • Clermont-Ferrand Short FF
  • Dublin IFF
  • Alessandria Film Festival
  • IBAFF
  • Tampere FF
  • MECAL
  • Akbank Short Film Festival
  • Short Waves IFF
  • FEC Festival_European Short FF
  • New Directors/ New Films
  • Vilnius FF
  • Lichter FF
  • Go Short – International Short FF Nijmegen
  • East End FF
  • Sarasota FF
  • Kino Cameo
  • FilmFest Dresden
  • Skopje Film Festival
  • Cellu l’art Short Film Festival Jena
  • Kyiv International Short FF
  • RSC Shorts Festival
  • Dallas IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek FF
  • Norwegian Short FF
  • Festival du Film de Fesses
  • Basta Fest
  • Aegean Film Festival
  • SeaNema Open Air FF
  • Saristra Festival
  • Silhouette Short Film Festival
  • Festival International du Film de Nancy
  • Odense IFF
  • International Short FF of Cyprus
  • Riga IFF

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.

2017 – Greece, Bulgaria, France – 111 minutes – Rusian, Greek – Feautre/ Drama

Original title: Ο Γιος της Σοφίας

Directed by: Elina Psykou
Written by: Elina Psykou
Cinematography: Dionysis Efthimiopoulos
Edited by: Nelly Ollivault
Cast: 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)
Producers: Giorgos Karnavas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis
Co-producers: Janja Kralj, Boris Chouchkov

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

  • Tribeca IFF | Best Film
  • Jeonju IFF
  • Los Angeles Greek Film Festival | Best Feature Special Jury Award
  • Moscow IFF
  • Transatlantyk FF
  • Gimli Film Festival
  • Sarajevo FF | CICAE Art Cinema award
  • Yalta IFF “Eurasian Bridge” | Grand Prix
  • El Gouna IFF
  • International Women’s Film Festival of Sale
  • New York Greek FF
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Miami GEMS Festival
  • San Fransisco Greek Film Festival
  • Greek FF of Australia
  • Cambridge FF
  • Diaspora Film Festival
  • Carthage FF
  • Malatya IFF
  • FilmFestival Cottbus
  • Stockholm IFF
  • Scanorama
  • Kolkata IFF
  • Gijon IFF
  • Mittelmeer Filmtage
  • Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival
  • Montreal Greek Film Festival
  • Innovative IFF
  • Flying Broom Women’s Film Festival
  • Atlantida FF
  • BUZZ CEE
  • Taoyuan Film Festival
  • OFFF Otranto Film Fund Festival
  • Cineclub Hellenique
  • Golden Unicorn Awards
  • Olhares do Mediterraneo
  • European Film Week
  • Greek Film Days/ Prague
  • IFF “Russia Abroad”

“The director’s approach casts a strange, despondent spell…Psykou’s film is never less than unique” – Variety

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.

2016 – Greece – 94 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Sci-fi drama

Original title: Νήμα

Directed by: The Boy
Written by: The Boy
Cinematography: Simos Sarketzis GSC
Edited by: Panos Voutsaras
Cast: Sofia Kokkali
Producer: Eleni Bertes
Co-producer:

Produced by: Logline
With the support of: Greek Film Centre, ERT

  • Thessaloniki IFF (world premiere)
  • Goteborg FF (international premiere)
  • Lume IFF
  • LA Film Festival
  • New Horizons IFF
  • Greek Film Week Munich
  • Hellas FilmBox
  • Dublin Sci-fi FF

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.

2016 – Romania, Spain – 86 minutes – Romanian – Feature/ Comedy

Original title: Douã lozuri

Directed by: Paul Negoescu
Written by: Paul Negoescu
Cinematography: Ana Drăghici
Edited by: Alexandru Radu
Cast: Dorian Boguță, Dragoș Bucur, Alexandru Papadopol, Șerban Pavlu, Andi Vasluianu, Codin Maticiuc, Irina Noapteș
Producer: Dragoș Bucur
Co-producers: Dorian Boguță, Alexandru Papadopol, Paul Negoescu, Jesus del Cerro, Rodrigo Ruiz de Tarazona

Produced by: Actoriedefilm.ro Company
Co-produced by: Papillon Film, Kirkland, Studio Indie Production

 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

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.

2016 – Greece – 94 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Comedy

Original title: Άφτερλωβ

Directed by: Stergios Paschos
Written by: Stergios Paschos, in collaboration with Haris Fragoulis and Iro Bezou
Cinematography: Christos Kapalos
Edited by: Stamos Dimitropoulos
Cast: Haris Fragoulis, Iro Bezou
Producer: Phaedra Vokali
Executive producer: Theodora Valenti
Co-producers: Stergios Paschos, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

Produced by: Marni Films
Co-produced by: Ert, 2|35, Faliro House Productions

 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

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.

2016 – Bulgaria, Denmark, France – 99 minutes – Bulgarian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Bezbog

Directed by: Ralitza Petrova
Written by: Ralitza Petrova
Cinematography by: Krum Rodriguez b.a.c., Cgayse Irvin c.s.c.
Editing by: Donka Ivanova, Ralitza Petrova
Cast: Irena Ivanova, Ivan Nalbantov, Ventzislav Konstantinov, Alexandr Triffonov, Dimitar Petkov
Producer: Rossitsa Valkanova
Co-producers: Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin, Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Philippe Akoka
Executive producer: Russi Lutzkanov

Produced by: Klas FIlm, Snowglobe, Alcatraz Films, Film Factory
In association with: Aporia Filmworks
Supported by: Eurimages, Bulgarian National Film Centre, Torino Film Lab, Danish Film Institute

  • Locarno IFF | Golden Leopard. Best Actress. Boccalino d’Oro Independent Critics Award for Best Director, Ecumenical Prize
  • Sarajevo IFF | Special Jury Award, the Heart of Sarajevo for Best Actress
  • Toronto IFF
  • Batumi IFF | Best Film Director
  • Reykjavic IFF | Golden Puffin for Best Film
  • Hamburg IFF
  • Busan IFF
  • CinEast FF
  • Warsaw IFF | Fipresci Award
  • Philipines IFF
  • Tofifest IFF
  • Mumbai IFF | Silver Gateway Award
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Molodist IFF
  • CPH PIX IFF | New Talent Grand PIX
  • South Western IFF
  • Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo | A SECAN Best Film
  • Thessaloniki IFF
  • Stockholm IFF | Best Film & Best Actress
  • Free Zone Film Festival
  • AFI Fest
  • Kolkota IFF
  • Tallinn Black Nights FF
  • Bilbao Zinebi FF
  • Torino IFF
  • iffi Goa
  • Brisbane Asia Pacific FF
  • Tblisi IFF
  • Pune IFF
  • Tromso
  • Angers Premiers Plans IFF
  • Santa Barbara IFF
  • Bengaluru International Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • IFF Febiofest Bratislava
  • A l’Est du Nouveau | Grand Jury Prize
  • Chicago Annual European Union Film Festival
  • L’Europe autour de l’Europe | Prix Sauvage
  • Febio Fest
  • Balkan Days in Munich
  • International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema of Tetouan
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Instanbul IFF
  • Dortmund|Cologne Int. Women’s Film Festival
  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Minneapolis St. Paul IFF
  • Balkan Trafik! Festival
  • Linz Crossing Europe
  • Visionar Film Festival
  • Sehsüchte International Student FF
  • Cyprus Film Days IFF
  • Barcelona D’A FF
  • Kino Visegrad
  • International Eskisehir Film Festival
  • Neisse FF
  • Visions socials FF Cannes
  • AI Este de Lima
  • Oslo Pix FF
  • NOVOS CINEMAS Pontevedra International Film Festival
  • Jerusalem IFF
  • PriFest
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Quito
  • Central European Film Festival
  • Helsinki IFF
  • Rencontres Films Femmes Méditerranée
  • Arthouse Theater De Spiegel
  • Women Make Waves FF
  • Guwahati International Film Festival
  • Rendezvous with Madness
  • European Film Festival Segovia (MUCES)
  • Beginning IFF | Best Film
  • ARTE Kino FF
  • Bulgarian Cultural institute screenings
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival
  • Cyprus Film Days
  • Transilvania IFF
  • La Rochelle FF

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.

2016 – Serbia, France – 80 minutes – Serbian, Albanian – Documentary

Original title: Dubina Dva

Directed by: Ognjen Glavonić
Written by: Ognjen Glavonić
Cinematography by: Tatjana Krstevski
Editor: Jelena Maksimović

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

  • Berlin IFF (world premiere)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary IFF
  • GoEast IFF
  • Docaviv
  • OpenCity Doc Fest | Grand Jury Award
  • ArtFilm Fest
  • Atlantida IFF | Critics’ Award
  • Lima Independiente FF
  • Five Lakes Film Festival
  • DMZ Docs
  • Message 2 Man FF | Grand prix
  • Vancouver IFF
  • Cineast Film Fest
  • 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 Film Festival
  • First Look MoMi
  • Pune IFF
  • Columbia Uni
  • Angers IFF Premiers Plans
  • Balkan Florence Express
  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • Sarajevo sur Seine
  • Balkan Days in Munich
  • AmDocs
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
  • Linz Crossing Europe
  • fest Munich
  • Ethnocineca
  • DocsBarcelona
  • Festival Internacional de Cine Politico
  • Nancy International FF | Grand prix
  • International Human Rights FF in Albania
  • AegeanDocs
  • Budapest International Documentary Festival | “You’re Responsible” section main award
  • Visions du Reel
  • Les États généraux du Film Documentaire

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.

2016 – Romania, USA – 75 minutes – Romanian, English- Documentary

Directed by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Written by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cinematography: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Edited by: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang
Cast: Livia Ungur, Razvan Doroftei, Sonia Chihaia, Maria Croitoru, Serena Sgardea

Producers: Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang

  • Berlin IFF (world premiere)
  • Dallas IFF
  • Hot Docs
  • Maryland IFF
  • Docs Against Gravity
  • Docaviv
  • Valletta IFF
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Vukovar IFF
  • Raindance IFF
  • Valladolid Seminci IFF
  • Exgroud Wiesbaden FF
  • Mirror Mountain FF
  • Bergamo Film Meeting IFF
  • International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires
  • Romanian Cultural Instiitute Cinematheque/ London

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.

2015 – Germany, Republic of Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, France – 103 minutes – Albanian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Babai

Directed by: Visar Morina
Written by: Visar Morina
Cinematography: Matteo Cocco
Edited by:  Stefan Stabenow
Cast: Val Maloku (Nori), Astrit Kabashi (Gezim),  Adriana Matoshi (Valentina), Enver Petrovci (Adem),  Xhevdet Jashari (Bedri), Alban Ukaj (Smuggler)
Producer: Nicole Gerhards
Co-producer: Visar Krusha, Tomi Salkovski, Xénia Maingot

Produced by: NiKo Film (GER), Produksioni Krusha (KOS), Skopje Film Studio (MK),  Eaux Vives Productions (FR)
Supported by: Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Kosova Cinematography Center, Filmförderungsanstalt FFA, Nordmedia, Macedonian Film Fund, Cinéma du Monde CNC

 

  • Filmfest München | German Cinema New Talent Awards for Director, German Cinema New Talent Awards for Screenplay, German Cinema New Talent Awards for Actors, One Future Price, Prizes Overcoming Borders (world premiere)
  • Karlovy Vary FF | Best Director Award, Europe Cinemas Label Award
  • Motovun FF
  • Avvantura FF Zadar | Best Actor
  • Helsinki IFF
  • Reykjavik IFF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Busan IFF
  • BFI London
  • Hamptons IFF
  • CineEast | Special Jury Prize
  • Film Fest Gent
  • Adelaide IFF
  • Sao Paolo IFF
  • Thessaloniki
  • Tous Ecrans Geneva
  • Seville European FF
  • Cairo IFF
  • Bratislava IFF
  • Talinn IFF
  • Camerimage
  • Goa IFF
  • Panorama of European Cinema | Audience Prize
  • Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles | Prix Cineuropa
  • Marrakech IFF | Special Jury Prize
  • Palm Springs IFF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Göteborg IFF
  • Florence Balkan Express
  • Sofia IFF
  • Hong-Kong IFF
  • Cleveland IFF
  • Minneapolis St Paul IFF
  • Stockholm IFF Junior FF
  • Crossing Europe Linz
  • SEE Fest South East European Film Festival L.A.
  • Seoul IFF Agape
  • Miredita, Dobar Dan
  • Santander IFF
  • Scanorama European Film Forum
  • Calgary European FF
  • Eastern Neighbours Film Festival
  • The Beginning FF
  • Bengaluru International film festival
  • International Festival of Films for Children and Young Adults
  • Diaspora Film Festival
  • International Children’s Film Festival India

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.

2015 – Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary – 130 minutes – Romanian – Feature/ Psychological-political drama

Original title: De Ce Eu?

Directed by: Tudor Giurgiu
Written by: Loredana Novak, Tudor Giurgiu
Cinematography: Marius Panduru, RSC
Edited by: Lemhenyi Reka
Cast: Emilian Oprea, Mihai Constantin, Andreea Vasile, Dan Condurache, Liviu PINTILEASA, Mihai Smarandache, Lucretia Mandric, Sore Mihalache, Ionut Caras, Virgil Ogasanu
Producer: Oana Giurgiu
Co-producer: Borislav Chouchkov, Viktor Chouchkov, Maria Metodieva, Vagasi Emoke 

Produced by: Libra Film
Co-produced by: Hai-Hui Entertainment, Chouchkov Brothers, Cor Leonis Films
Supported by: 
Romanian National Film Center, Bulgarian National Film Center, Eurimages, MEDIA Program and SEE Cinema Network, with the participation of HBO Romania

  • Berlinale International Film Festival
  • Sofia International Film Festival | Bulgarian Guild of Film Critics award for Best Film in the Balkan Competition
  • Vilnius Film Festival
  • Festival du Film Policier de Beaune
  • Go East – Festival of Eastern European Film Wiesbaden
  • Festival du Film Policier de Liege
  • TarkovskyFest | Special Mention for Highly Professional Work with Actors’ Ensemble
  • ArtFilm Fest
  • Odessa International Film Festival
  • Motovun IFF
  • Festival des Films du Monde Montreal
  • Cambridge IFF
  • Helsinki FF
  • Haifa IFF
  • Warsaw IFF
  • Chicago IFF
  • Crime& Punishment FF
  • Viennale IFF
  • Seminci Valladolid
  • Arras IFF
  • Cairo IFF
  • Camerimage
  • International Film Festival of India, Goa
  • MAKING WAVES: New Romanian Cinema festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Romanian Film Festival/ London
  • Chennai IFF
  • Palm Springs IFF
  • Trieste IFF
  • Black Movie FF
  • Dublin IFF
  • Cleveland IFF
  • Prishtina IFF
  • SEE Fest South East European Film Festival L.A.
  • Suspense FF
  • Chennai IFF

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.

2014 – Greece – 87 minutes – Greek – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Για Πάντα

Directed by: Margarita Manda
Written by: Margarita Manda
Cinematography: Kostis Ghikas, GSC
Edited by: Aggela Despotidou
Cast: Anna Mascha, Kostas Filippoglou
Producers: Kostas Kefalas, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Costas Lambropoulos, Margarita Manda
Executive Producer: Christos V. Konstantakopoulos

Produced by: Faliro House

  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival (world premiere)
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Cairo International Film Festival | Silver Pyramid award for Best Director
  • Olhares do Mediterrâneo
  • Shanghai International Film Festival
  • La Rochelle Film Festival
  • Galway Film Festival
  • Durban International Film Festival
  • NYC Greek Film Festival
  • Greek Film Festival Australia
  • Mumbai IFF
  • Rencontres des Cinemas d’Europe – Aubenas
  • Exground IFF
  • Chennai IFF
  • Quinzaine du Cinema Grec
  • National Gallery of Art Washington
  • Biblioteca Alexandrina Art Center
  • Petaluma Film Festival
  • Hellas Filmbox Berlin
  • Cineclub Hellenique de Luxembourg
  • Presentation of the modern Greek cinematography in Skopje
  • Greek Film Week Munich

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?

2015 – Netherlands, Serbia – 97 minutes – Serbian – Feature/ Drama

Original title: Nebo iznad nas

Directed by: Marinus Groothof
Written by: Marinus Groothof
Cinematography: Ruben Impens
Edited by: Alain Dessauvage
Cast: Nada Šargin, Boris Isaković, Nikola Rakočević
Producer: Sander Verdonk, Denis Wigman

Produced by: CTM Pictures
Co-produced by: Entre Chien et Loup (Belgium), Art & Popcorn (Serbia), Heretic (Greece)

  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Jeonju International Film Fest
  • Galway Film Fleadh
  • Anonimul
  • Avvantura Film Festival Zadar
  • Cambridge IFF
  • Jagran IFF
  • Braunschweig IFF
  • Cottbus IFF
  • Thessaloniki IFF
  • Camerimage
  • Rencontres des Cinemas d’Europe – Aubenas
  • Chennai IFF