Martin Bell's Academy Award-nominated 1984 documentary 'Streetwise' was truly set in motion by the photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Of the homeless, troubled childen featured, none was more charismatic than the self-possessed Erin ”Tiny” Blackwell. Mark kept documenting Tiny. With 30 years of intimate footage, we learn about Tiny's complex story.
A chilling nightmare plays out at a Titan II missile complex in Arkansas in 1980. A falling socket punctures the fuel tank of missile carrying the most powerful nuclear warhead ever built by the US, an incident which ignites a series of feverish efforts to avoid a deadly disaster. Based on the critically acclaimed book by Eric Schlosser.
'Cheer Up' is a universal story with a team of cheerleaders from the Arctic Circle in Finland, who always seem to place last. For the young Patricia, Aino and Miia, finding out who they are, where they belong and what family means is more important than any trophy. Cheerleading is an opportunity to learn about life, its pitfalls and success, sorrows and joy.
The Church of Scientology is an organization behind a new religious movement. After the Church refuses to cooperate in making a documentary, British broadcaster Louis Theroux teams up with former senior church official Mark Rathbun to create dramatic reconstructions of incidents within the church witnessed by Rathbun and other ex-Scientologists.
‘Oscuro Animal’ tells the story of three women forced to flee their homes in a war torn region in Colombia. Awarded best picture, best cinematography and best director at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and best film at Lima Latin American Film Festival.
Anoosh and Arash are at the centre of Tehran’s underground techno scene. Tired of hiding from the police, they organise a manic techno rave in the desert. Back in Tehran they try to sell their illegally printed album. When Anoosh is arrested, there seems to be no hope left, but then they receive a call from the biggest techno festival in the world.
16-year-old Laura wants to join a group of parkourists and gets caught off guard by the love that she begins to feel toward Luky. She starts living a double life. In the fantasy world of romantic visions, Luky belongs to her. In reality, her attempt to get closer to Luky fails. When these two worlds entwine, Laura has to decide which one she wants to choose.
Children and animals are changing states to illustrate the way one can sense its own body under the eyes of others and through one's own gaze.
The film looks at the hardships and high times of a young farmer and his crew as they attempt to bring their animals home from one of Iceland's most rugged and unforgiving terrains.
A teenage boy wonders what love is.
This short film, by the young Icelandic director Ísak Hinriksson, tells a story about a retired police officer who gets an unexpected visit on Christmas Eve.
Ten years after their upsetting break-up, Sarah visits David at his Summer house. He wants her to help him finish his play, but when she discovers it’s about their relationship, she wants him to abandon it. For decades, they drove each other crazy but despite anguish and dispute, they recognise that their relationship is still deeply grounded by love.
In her angry, impassioned and essential new film ‘The Anatomy of Violence’, celebrated filmmaker Deepa Mehta investigates one of India’s most notorious crimes – the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus. The film mixes fiction and fact in an improvised exploration of the events. Premiers at TIFF in September.
A day in the life of an elementary school janitor who fights to make things right in the only way he knows the best.
Gang leader Jeet Johar and his young, loyal, and often-brutal crew dress like peacocks, love attention, and openly compete with an old style Indo crime syndicate to take over the Vancouver drug and arms scene. Blood is spilled, hearts are broken, and family bonds shattered. Received the Achievement in Costume Design at Canadian Screen Awards (2016).
Katrín and Sigga are best friends and flatmates, whose relationship closely resembles a romantic one. Things get complicated when Sigga becomes pregnant after a one-night stand and decides to live with the father.
Gana looks after elderly dementia patients and traffics their ID cards on the black market. Nothing seems to have consequences for her but a growing empathy for a new patient awakens her conscience. When he is arrested for fraud, she learns that ‘doing the right thing’ demands a high price. The Golden Leopard winner at Locarno Film Festival.
New York ballet dancer, Nina is selected to replace her company’s prima ballerina in ‘Swan Lake’. But Nina has competition: a new dancer, Lily. As the dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina gets in touch with her dark side. The film received many awards including Natalie Portman’s Academy Award for Best Actress.
Irish Republican Bobby Sands’ hunger strike in 1981 brought the attention of the world to his cause. Sands’ emotive, non-violent protest became a defining moment in 20th century Irish history. His death after 66 days marked a turning point in the relationship between Britain and Ireland, and brought a global spotlight to the Northern Irish conflict.
The Boyg is the voice within that whispers go around, preventing you from facing yourself, suffocating progress and initiative.
What does a gang of teenagers do in a cemetery in the middle of summer? Not what you would think. ‘Boys’ gives a glimpse of a youth gang in the Faroe Islands.
Set in a remote village in Northern Iceland, brothers Elmar and Eymundur try to make sense of their lives and their relationship with each other as they enter their teenage years.
Brothers Markus and Lukas are the sons of Norwegian filmmaker Aslaug Holm. Over the course of more than eight years, Aslaug has filmed their childhood and youth and the result is an unusually poetic and almost epic home movie. Awards include best documentary at Hot Docs and best direction at Amanda Awards in Norway.
Insects could combat world hunger, have excellent taste, nutritional content and low ecological impact, according to the UN, cooks, health scientists and environmentalists. Are insects the new superfood that will tackle global food insecurity? Two billion people eat them already. We hear them in Europe, Australia, Mexico, Kenya, Japan and beyond.
A little girl refuses to eat the fish she is served by her mother and instead takes it back to where it belongs - the far blue sea.
A short film about a man with a cloud over his head. Starring Paul Higgins and Daisy Haggard. Written and directed by Rupert Cresswell. Finalist in the 2015 Homespun Yarns competition.
'Chasing Asylum' exposes the real impact of Australia’s offshore detention policies, and explores how ”the lucky country” became a place where leaders choose detention over compassion and governments deprive basic human rights. With never before seen footage from inside the camps, we learn about the mental, physical and fiscal consequences of these actions.
Soli, a six-year-old girl from New York, needs to spend a week with her Korean grandmother. After spending days at an American summer camp with other children, Soli not only begins to reject her beloved Granny, but she is not interested in speaking Korean. Instead of eating traditional delicacies, she’d rather eat French fries.
The Circus Debere Berhan performs outside, under the sky. See tricks and artistic elements on the background of the Ethopian desert.
A boy and his father are driving from England to Paris to see a football match. Their car breaks down on the motorway, and all hope seems lost until a busload of British hooligans offer them a lift. It’ll be a trip where the father-son relationship is put to its toughest test.
A guilt-ridden taxi driver takes a desperate passenger to her destination. On the journey their fates collide and they both realize that they have to make a final sacrifice.
A documentary essay and a philosophical tale, 'In Limbo' is an inner journey into the Internet - as if there was nothing left but the planetary network. The voice of a mysterious spirit wakes up in the limbo of our global interconnected memory, and meets its ghostly people. Are we building a new cathedral, for a new civilization, or the biggest cemetery of our time?
The murders of Nancy and Derek Haysom in 1985 were an international media sensation. The conviction of their daughter Elizabeth and her boyfriend Jens Soering was surprising. New techniques have disproven evidence that was key to Soering’s conviction. Denied parole 11 times, his hearing in 2016 may have a different outcome.
Based on the First Commandment, the question of false idols and God’s very existence is addressed. Krzysztof, a scientist, introduces his 10-year-old son, Pawel, to the mysteries of the personal computer.
An ill man may die, and his wife is pregnant by someone else. She asks a doctor for help: if her husband dies, she wants to keep the child, but not otherwise. Is the doctor entitled to play God?
Holy day, Christmas Eve. Taxi driver, Janusz, is asked for help by a woman who he had betrayed his wife with years ago. Which is more holy – to stay home or help her find her missing husband?
Young Anka and her father have always been more like close friends than father and daughter. One day, Anka discovers a letter from her late mother - with questionable contents concerning her father.
Roman is impotent and urges his wife to take a lover. She reluctantly complies. Despite his earlier words, Roman is jealous and spies on her. He wants to kill himself – but doesn't know everything about the relationship.
A shorter, slightly less graphic version of 'A Short Film About Killing', but the plot is essentially the same: murder followed by execution, two killings, one illegal, one legal, both hideous.
A shorter, scaled-down version of 'A Short Film About Love', with a less complex plot and a different ending. A lonely 19-year-old boy spies on a thirty-something artist every night.
Can you steal your own property? Ewa's daughter Majka had a baby fathered by a teacher. To avoid scandal, Ewa raised the kid has Majka's sister. After developing maternal feelings, Majka decides to steal her daughter back.
A Polish-American researcher attends an ethics lecture in Warsaw. She tells the lecturer, Zofia, that she was the Jewish girl whom Zofia refused to shelter during WWII. Zofia has a good reason for her apparent cowardice.
Two brothers inherit their father's valuable stamp collection. The value interests them. One very rare stamp is needed to complete a series, and to do this, they are paying more than they can afford
A dog, a man, a woman and a cat all cross paths on the white pages of a book. Their encounter suddenly turns into an argument. The man with the pen steps in to keep the peace but not even he has the situation under control. Better to turn back a few pages in that case. Everybody has to stick together, if all involved are to remain safe and sound.
'DIY Country' captures the evolution of the Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine for two years, from hopeful and naive beginnings to hate, destruction and infighting. We follow the sinister and at times comical mechanics of a revolution that will eat them up. They need to find their role in the new State, as power is once again taken away.
At night Elisa, 9, scratches herself raw, which drives her mother insane. Does the mother's anger provoke further scratching, or is it the other way around?
Her dreams of law school are threatened when Alice, a college freshman, turns down a date with a classmate. Starring Alison Jaye Horowitz.
Every day five boys climb to the top of a roof to stare at the house next door. Like clockwork, a woman appears, removes her clothes and sunbathes in the nude. But one day something is different. A naked man seeks relief from the heat and one of the boys can’t keep his eyes off of him.
A short film written and directed by Anna Gunndís Guðmundsdóttir about two little sisters, some hair that is ripped off by a handheld mixer, and a broken friendship.
Loneliness, disillusionment and the experience of first love defines the life of Raya, 17, who lives in a small family house in rural Latvia with her grandmother and her little brother Robis. With no parents, a staggering turn of events shakes up their lives, and the young girl must make a decision that even an adult would find difficult to make.
In a desperate attempt to avoid arrest, burglars Gitte and Frank risk committing an even more horrible crime. Instead of doing a simple breaking- and-entering, they're facing life and death on a winter night.
What will happen when a brain and a landscape collide? Filming telluric hypnosis sessions, Gurwann Tran Van Gie tried to capture the impact of the Icelandic elements on the psyches of the French writer Thomas Clerc and Icelandic artist Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir. A meditative and sensory journey into the mechanics of bodies.
Elide’s agonizing longing of her twin sister, Elise, gets challenged in different (re)constructed dimensions to feel her sister’s presence. A repeating false catharsis that makes Elide mirror her sister’s life and personality and imitate her faith.
Idomeni is the name of a makeshift refugee camp on the border of Greece and Macedonia. Over 11,000 refugees from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and other countries lived there for months, hoping for the borders to open, and to continue their journey through the Balkan route.
This film offers an insight into the lives of the members of Fuck For Forest - a non-profit environmental organisation that raises money for good causes through the filming and distribution of pornography. Awards: Special Mention at Sheffield International Documentary Festival (2013), Best Documentary at Warsaw International Film Festival (2012).
Lampedusa has recently hit world headlines as the first port of call for hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern migrants hoping to make a new life in Europe. Rosi spent months living on the island, capturing its history and culture. Recipient of many awards including the Golden Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival 2016.
‘Future Baby’ is about the future of human reproduction as it is happening right before our eyes. Maria Arlamovsky’s exploration takes her all around the world - to patients and researchers, to egg donors and surrogate mothers, to laboratories and clinics. The hopes of future parents mesh with research on how to ‘upgrade’ human embryos.
10-year-old Giovanni dreams of becoming the first boy to participate in the Dutch synchronized swimming championships. But it's not easy when you’re padded with a few extra kilos and have to keep track of your girlfriend.
18-year-old Lydia and 20-year-old Esther have joined the first aviation school for girls in in rural Ghana. During training and everyday life western ideals collide with African values, and the girls gradually realize, that their dream of flying comes at a price. The film takes on a critical stance towards the so-called "charity-industrial complex".
In this compelling portrait of a slaughterhouse, a young punk leads animals to their deaths. His dog is the only witness. This delicately crafted film, somewhere between documentary and fiction, places humans and animals on the same level: naked and driven by instinct. Everything blends together with dining, after-sex moments and dips in the river.
This film uses animation and music to enhance the classic documentary fly-on-the-wall approach to explore the unique cultural experience of frequenting the local swimming pool hot tubs.
Helga, a recently divorced single mother in her thirties, struggles to cope with everyday life. One day she is pushed to acknowledge herself and the things that matter the most in life.
What are the realities and trauma of being refugee as, within the family, roles of leadership and bravery are passed from one parent to another? There is breakdown and rebuilding of trust and love amid the horrors.
A series of short documentaries that feature the stories of Icelandic elders – a collection of quiet vignettes exploring the last generation of people to have grown up sans technology.
Hamid escaped from Eritrea and now lives in Great Britain. In this short film he talks about his dreams and his future.
'The Sea Inside' A story of soul searching, science, nature and creativity, the film takes us on a global journey to uncover the art of connecting within in today's world of distraction and stress. We meet world-renowned thinkers, scientists, artists and spiritual leaders with radical insights on how to re-think how we think.
Reykjavik crime novel writer, Solveig Karlsdottir, has a big imagination and a special instinct if things aren’t right. This is the case when a school day friend is found dead in the harbor, apparently an accident. Solveig isn’t happy with this explanation and reveals a family drama around fraud, financial straits and disappointed expectations.
In July 1973, Olga Hepnarová, a 22-year-old Czech woman, drove a truck into a crowd in Prague, leaving eight innocent victims. Thus she became the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia. She had a raging hatred towards the indifference of society. The film is a disturbing character study of a young mind, willing to revenge before her own death.
Rikard is an autistic and severely deformed young man who tries to find his way back to his long lost mother through the game of Pétanque. His fragile physique and a harsh, judging environment makes everyday life tough for him. ‘The Giant’ is the story of a small guy thinking big. Showing that imagination can take you far, when nothing else remains.
What would you do, if your best friend had to leave?
Andreas and Stefan lead a happy life with their beloved tomcat, Moses. They work at the same orchestra and they love their large circle of friends but an unexpected outburst of violence shakes up the relationship. Awarded Berlin International Film Festival 2016 and at Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016.
Based on a 1980 short story by Paul Bowles in which a little girl named Kitty turns into a cat. Written and directed by Chloë Sevigny. First screened at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
'Kivalina' is a candid portrait of life 130 miles above the Arctic Circle. An Inupiaq Eskimo tribe, one of the last surviving Arctic cultures, lives on the island of Kivalina that is disappearing into the ocean. With no resources to move and only a precarious sea wall to protect them, the film poetically explores the struggle to live in this landscape and this system.
In the fifth grade it's still a little embarrassing to be boyfriend, girlfriend. The couple Mie and Magnus decided to be open about it, because the others were going to find out anyway. When they stop going out, it becomes difficult to talk to each other. Will it be better in the sixth grade?
Copenhagen in the 1970's. Academics Erik and Anna, with their daughter, set up a commune in Erik's huge villa. The lively, loving community changes as a new love affair puts these dreamers and idealists to their greatest test yet. Humorous yet painful, the film portrays a clash between personal desires and tolerance. Won Silver Berlin Bear at Berlinale.
A well-known boys’ choir is on a world tour. Everything works fine until the conductor is stuck in the elevator.
Fragments of speech from a disintegrating life with an eating disorder. A young woman describes her illness as if it were an all-controlling guardian. We hear a psychiatrist give a detached diagnosis and a doctor’s detailed instructions for her patient‘s dietary plan.
A crane operator, Samir, falls in love with Agatha, a swimming instructor in Montreuil. He signs up for her lessons, claiming he cannot swim. Agatha discovers his lie and gets upset. She goes to an instructors' congress in Iceland. Madly in love, Samir flies there too, determined to prove his worthiness. A silly, brave story begins. Awarded in Cannes.
‘The Dance of Reality’ marks the triumphant return of filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky. In this autobiographical film, a young Jodorowsky is confronted by compelling characters that contributed to his surreal consciousness. This film reflects Jodorowsky’s philosophy that reality is not objective but rather a “dance” created by our imaginations.
Giulia's world is an ancient one, suspended in time and built on rigour and sacred texts. When Giulia meets Libero, she discovers there may be another destiny awaiting her. The two young people embark on an intense period in their lives together, a choice that leads to Giulia being completely cut off from the Jehovah's Witness world she belongs to.
A delusional actress with an affinity for burning bridges struggles to connect with the role that could make her career. ‘Léa’ is directed by Columbia University graduate filmmaker Connor Simpson.
Jeannette lives in an institution. She has no self-determination and is constantly controlled. She longs for physical contact and sex. When she lives out her desire with a teenage boy behind the church altar, the authorities react with draconian severity.
All is well with the Deputy Governor of Iceland, until he gives his fifteen- year-old daughter a recorder for her birthday. The film is based on a short story by Þórarinn Eldjárn.
Alex invites Elenore to a slumber party. Alex’s friends are not thrilled when Elenore shows up. There’s some kind of special connection between the two of them. How will Alex act when the other girls notice?
As the Earth stands on the brink of World War Three, a farmer on a quest to find his missing lover, struggles to maintain his sanity as he travels into a new galactic dimension.
‘Looks’ tells the story of a gray lynx who doesn’t quite fit into a world of colourful animals. The lynx is excluded and bullied by the coloured animals. On his search for acceptance and belonging he finds himself resorting to drastic measures.
Two very different sheep learn to fight their fear of one another.
So, he’s gay. This evening he introduced his boyfriend to his mum. He’s fortunate to have such an open-minded mother, not everyone is as lucky, but she thinks it’s best that he doesn’t tell his father yet or make it known in public that he’s gay.
Always Last always embarks on an adventurous marathon through the mythic landscape of Lapland. But the run is not going to be a straight line between start and finish. Grotesque events, unforeseen temptations and cheerful absurdities keep driving her off the course.
Bobby goes to a gas station to avoid celebrating Christmas Eve alone. On his way back home, he finds an abandoned baby in a car in the cold winter's chill. A meaningless evening becomes meaningful - he has a baby to save.
At the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, as India proclaims independence from Great Britain, two newborn babies are switched by a nurse in a Bombay hospital and are fated to live the destiny meant for each other. Winner of multiple awards at Canadian Screen Awards (2013), Feature Film award at Directors Guild of Canada (2013) and many more.
Young lion tamer Tairo is unhappy with his life. He uses the loss of his good luck charm as an excuse to travel across Italy looking for a former Mr Universe who gave it to him a long time ago. Nominated as best European film at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.
A boy's heart is fixed. Watches get replacement parts that help them to tick and tock. Movement fascinates us. Without it, there's no time.
Ohad Naharin is an Israeli contemporary dancer and artistic director – and one of the most prominent choreographers in the world. He is behind the innovative movement language Gaga. Using extensive unseen archive materials, the film shows the 64-year-old artist at the most critical point of his personal life. Won in Documentary Spotlight at SXSW.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the end of history was proclaimed. Separation was mistakenly seen as a part of the past. 'Walls' narrates real stories of people who live on both sides of very different walls. In South Africa, Zimbabwe, United States, Mexico, Spain and Morocco, the same dreams, fears, thoughts and emotions are shared.
This short film follows two strangers through the night as they wander the streets of Reykjavik and share a moment as lovers.
Marijana’s life revolves around her family. They live on top of one another in a tiny apartment, driving one another crazy. When her controlling father has a stroke, Marijana takes his place as head of the clan. She finds comfort and freedom in seedy sex with random strangers. But now that she has finally found freedom, what’s she meant to do with it?
Who am I really behind my smile? And who do the others see when they see me? What’s ‘normal’ anyway? Ninnoc describes her fears and the conflicts that she has to endure at school due to her supposed differences.
During a journey towards the better, an escape from evil, we take a look at three young protagonists from Belarus, Ukraine and Afghanistan for whom Poland became the title ”new world”. The film moves and demolishes stereotypes by showing people who surround us in our everyday life and whom we don't notice.
In Nazareth, an old couple lives wearily to the rhythm of the daily routine. On the other side of the border, in Ramallah, their son Tarek wishes to remain an eternal bachelor, their daughter is about to give birth while her husband lands a movie role and the grandmother loses her head. All have personal affairs to resolve.
In the Portuguese city of Oporto, the children prove their courage by jumping into the river from the high bridge that divides the city in two. Leo has never taken the jump, but he’s tired of all the others thinking he is a coward.
Zdzisław Beksiński was a Polish artist famous for his eerie post-apocalyptic, disturbing and surrealistic works. His family is shown in a voyeristic way: the neurotic, suicidal son works as a cult radio DJ, and the wife, a devoted Catholic, endures these two eccentrics. Original footage shows near-death experiences, dance music and funerals.
‘Pale Star’ is about the possessiveness of love. About how that possession peels back to expose power and control until we can see, in its dark heart, not love but murder. The tragedies of two couples' lives collide against the dramatic black landscapes of southern Iceland. In true Icelandic Noir thriller-style, dark secrets will soon be revealed.
Ollie is eight and crazy about football and the Wild West. At the Easter parade at school, Ollie refuses to accept conventional gender roles. With the support of her parents, Ollie finds her own way of dealing with the situation.
The story of a young man discovering his homosexuality, while his girlfriend tries to cling onto him. Awards include the East of West Award at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (2013) and the award for Best Direction at the Transilvania International Film Festival (2014).
The film follows 'The Dance of Reality' (2013), in Jodorowsky's cycle of five cinematic memoirs. The film narrates the Chilean artist's youth during which he liberated himself from his limitations and was introduced to the bohemian 1940's artists. Screened in the Directors' Fortnight section at Cannes.
The hero of this primo slice of Canuxploitation, played by the late Roddy Piper, already has enough on his plate, but then some jerks open up a multidimensional gateway in the basement.
A genuine disease diary leads into the soul of a person suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorder. Negative images are constantly, viciously circling in the brain. The compulsive actions should dispel them...
A pyromaniac ignites his first fire in a peaceful village. It is followed by a series of fires, spreading fear in the small community. The pyromaniac turns out to be one of the local firemen, and the son of the fire brigade’s chief. An intimate portrait of the pyromaniac and the fireman, the film explores the control of the young boy’s mind.
”The Party. The Hangover. Pack of Wolves. The Fight. The Verdict.” In October 2008 Iceland's banking sector collapsed. 'Ransacked' tells how wealth, hedge funds and the economy can affect the lives of normal people like Thorsteinn Theodorsson. Eight years later, the bank has sold off the profits and made billions again. Who wins and who loses?
This psychological drama depicts four different drug addictions that lead to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and desperation. Harry, his girlfriend, and his best friend are all heroin addicts while his mother is addicted to amphetamines to lose weight. This film received many awards including the AFI Movie of the Year (2001).
A girl is seeing herself as she revolves into her own dream. In an isolated, garden-like environment, no words are said.
Young Ruby refuses to believe that God exists. Instead, she reads Charles Darwin and angers both her teacher and her mother by declaring that she is an atheist. Behind her beliefs, Ruby carries a secret.
Losing her battle with cancer, a Norwegian author has secluded herself in her remote home in the French countryside. Her isolated life is interrupted by a young couple, hidden secrets come up and a power struggle between the three of them evolves. What do the young couple want from the dying woman and why is she desperately trying to hide her past?
Christian's swinger club Norrköping, Sweden burns down. He moves to the cellar of an old theatre, owned by Robin. Robin is running a LGBTQ burlesque show inspired by Moulin Rouge. But Norrköping is in rage against the upcoming Sex Temple: a media scandal and threats erupt because of the business around basement sex parties and queer burlesque shows.
Keet is ten years old and her heart burns for one thing and one thing only: skateboarding. She has already mastered a bunch of tricks. The girls at Keet’s school have a hard time understanding her passion. She’s already earned the respect of the other skaters, but most of them are boys and Keet wants to change that.
As the Manager of Hotel Europa prepares to welcome a delegation of diplomatic VIPs, the hotel staff plans to go on strike because they have not been paid for months. Awards include the Silver Bear in Berlin 2016 and the FIPRESCI from The International Film Critics Association.
If Sonita could choose, Michael Jackson would be her father and Rihanna her mother. She dreams of being a famous rapper but for now her fans are the other girls in a Tehran shelter. Sonita escaped her fate of being sold as a bride and is now an activist against child marriage. Awarded at Amsterdam film festival and Sundance.
Small Time Giants have long since conquered the beating pop-rock hearts at home in Greenland. Now they aim to break through in Europe. But the road to international success is gruelling.
In 2014 two experienced Finnish divers drown in a deep underwater cave in Norway. The three survivors set out on a secret mission, with a team of 25 people, to bring the bodies home. To avoid being discovered by the authorities, the team splits up. The journey is risky and hard, but is it about unconditional friendship that runs deep.
German entertainer and musician Friedrich Liechtenstein says gas stations are the most romantic places today. He is travelling in a golden vintage Mercedes across Europe, from a station to station. This journey is about freedom, fellow artists, critical economists, futorologists, historians, tired truck drivers, sweet couples and lonely commuters.
People who have never been up the ten meter diving tower before have to choose whether to jump or climb down. The situation itself highlights a dilemma: to weigh the instinctive fear of taking the step out against the humiliation of having to climb down.
Being a surfer in Iceland is different from anywhere else in the world. It’s a harsh place. Being so far removed from the surf world Iceland’s surfers have to confront the North Atlantic wind.
A short film about the mysterious and spectacular flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding.
The 12-year-old German boy, Mathias, discovers his sexuality on a sailing boat in Denmark. Surrounded by water, trapped on the boat with his parents (who still treat him like a child), he desires to get on land to have new experiences. His desire grows when a Danish girl in the harbor fascinates him.
Hunting whales and seabirds has a long tradition in the Faroe Islands. When a discovery reveals that marine pollution has contaminated the wildlife, the Faroese are threatened to change their way of life forever. This documentary explores the challenges that humans must overcome in order to preserve the nature. Awarded at HotDocs and in San Francisco.
In this ”mockumentary”, the artisan chef Jón Kristjánsson wants to have short film to promote his new French macaron making business in London. Things go wrong, and we also discover what's really motivating Jón.
A meditation on the prison’s disappearance in the era of mass incarceration, the film unfolds as a journey through ordinary places where prisons work and affect lives: from female prisoners fighting California wildfires and chess players in Manhattan, to an Appalachian coal town betting its future on the promise of prison jobs. Won at DOXA and HotDocs.
Seven years later, a daughter wants to find her alcoholic father's grave, but also redemption and reconciliation. A poetically merging and immersive journey of self-discovery. Won the BAFTA Scotland New Talents Award.
‘The War Show’ by Andreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon takes us to the Arab Spring in Syria. Obaidah and friends travel through Syria to take part in the revolution. The experience will change their lives forever when their country spirals into civil war. ‘The War Show’ is a personal road movie that brings us a mosaic of epic, real life human stories.
Randy Robinson is an aging professional wrestler, whose failing health and waning fame force him to retire. Randy befriends a stripper, Cassidy, who is also too old for her job. After a heart attack, Randy visits his daughter Stephanie whom he left when she was a child. The life outside the ring is an enormous struggle. Nominated for two Oscars.
A Faroese man opens a barrel with friends in a basement. Finding out if the content is whiskey or wood spirits is an embarrassing power struggle between the men who have to keep the barrel as a secret.
If you find a monster under your bed, let it take you to he most secret and beautiful places in the world.
This deeply insightful drama traces the events of one sweltering Swedish summer, when the bond between an adolescent girl and her older neighbour frays, as their relationship comes under the scrutiny of those who can't understand what they share.
A single father wants to fulfil his young daughter’s wish to throw a slumber party for her friends, but it becomes more challenging than he thought due to the rules of modern society.
Traumatised bullying victims like Lauri are full of white rage: injustice makes them slowly prepare for revenge like school shootings. Later on Lauri became a respected researcher and scientist in human aggression and violence, despite serious mass murder fantasies. His life is dramatized in the film, combined with mass murders in Finland and abroad.
Devki is a courageous young Indian woman who aspires to be a taxi driver. She lives in constant conflict between her desire for independence and the traditions of Indian society. This film attempts to explain the difficulties an Indian woman faces when trying to free herself from these traditions. Winner of the Granit Hof Documentary Award 2015.
A new era for two art students, Krzysztof and Michal, who portray the romantic yearning, drunken debating, and self-indulgent philosophizing of youth. Krzysztof has just broken up, so they want to live it up while they can. They push each other, and soon Michal's ex comes between them. A sweet documentary/fiction hybrid. Won Directing awards at Sundance.
Ladji, 20, works hard in Mali as a bus driver, to get his older sister, Aminata, out of prostitution. He contacts a drug dealer who owes him a favour. Assisted by friends, he begins trafficking cocaine. His rapid jump to the drug dealing underworld gives him easy access to money, women and a life he never dreamt of. But the price to pay is high.
All his life, Jonas’ deepest wish has been to become part of the underwater world but every invention he’s built to help fulfill his dream has fallen short. Late in life, as a thick white beard has come to cover his face, old Jonas stumbles upon what may be the crucial piece which always managed to elude him.
Poland, 1990. The crumbling Soviet bloc brings freedom, but also uncertainty. A few unhappy women are changing their lives and look for new love – however bitter, desperate or obsessive it might be. In the gloomy landscape of a town of soulless apartment blocks, Agata, Renata, Marzena and Iza are all looking for it. Won Best Script at Berlinale.
Middle-aged zoo worker Natasha lives with her mother and has to endure her absurd life, filled with gossip. She is stuck, until one day, she grows a tail. Embarrassed at first, she redefines herself. New life starts: a relationship with a man and being foolish for once. But finally she has to choose between reality and illusion. Awarded at Karlovy Vary.