Kazakhstan, 2015 dir. Adilkhan Yerzhano This playfully stylized, bleakly funny Kazakh drama by young writer-director Adilkhan Yerzhanov, tells the familiar tale of small-town corruption and cronyism. Set in contemporary Kazakhstan,The Owners is part folklore, part social critique; an expression of everyday reality whose idiosyncratic characters and visually rich set pieces owe more than a passing […]
Czech Republic, 2016 dir. Marek Berger In this variation on superhero comics based on Czech folk tales, the phantom avenger with spring-heeled shoes jumps through the streets of Prague to stop the Nazis from waking up the dreadful Golem.
Russia, 2014 dir. Yuri Bykov Bykov’s tightly wrought film tells the story of Dima Nikitin (Artem Bystrov), a simple plumber and housing maintenance foreman. One night, Nikitin is called out on what appears to be a standard emergency call to a local social housing estate to fix some broken plumbing. Once there, Nikitin discovers to […]
Germany, 2017 dir. Georg Genoux, Yelizaveta Smith While the war between Russia and Ukraine is seldom mentioned, it forms an unspoken epicentre around which individual stories coalesce. Co-directed by Ukrainian filmmaker Yelizaveta Smith and German theatre director Georg Genoux, School Number 3 developed in parallel with a live theatre performance, which was also created with […]
Hungary, 2007 dir. Csaba Nemes Taking the strange phenomenon of reenacting both real and fictional events from the 1956 revolution as its starting point, this series of animated films refocuses our attention on the 2006 riots in Budapest fifty years later.
Hungary, 2016 dir. Borbála Tompa In this animated documentary, we follow the story of five immigrants in Budapest, two of whom are living as refugees, whose interviews lend the film its narrative.
Serbia, 2016 dir. Miloš Tomic Also part of “Radiovision”, this short illustrates a speech by Radivoj Kašanin, a famous mathematician and professor of Belgrade University, addressing his students on an important subject – how not to be a slave or robot.
Spain, 2016 dir. Andrés Duque Who is this man who looks as if he stepped out of a story by Gogol? The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by the director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film by Kira Muratova […]
A young family with their five-year-old son returns to Hungary after a year spent in Scotland where, contrary to their expectations, they weren’t able to settle down, and now in the need for shelter are paying an unexpected visit to their relatives in the middle of the night. It soon becomes clear that the two families had […]
Russia, 2015 dir.Oleg Mavromatti Sergey Astahov is a gay man converted by Church and state propaganda into an orthodox pro-Putin activist. Composed of terrifying images from Astahov’s blog, this documentary by contemporary artist Oleg Mavromatti is the most radical insight into today’s Russia and its ideological clashes. “We must not give away our children to […]