North Macedonia, 2019
85 minutes
directed by: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov

This brilliant documentary started its international journey as a multiple winner of this year’s Sundance festival - the best film in the world film selection, the best camera in the world documentary film selection and a special jury prize for its influence and change.

“Honeyland” is a film that takes us to the picturesque heights of one of the Macedonian mountains and leads us into the world of true, primeval values and relations between the man and the nature. This is a story of an awe-inspiring woman of not so pleasant physical appearance but yet surprising tenderness and delicacy. Atidže, the heroine, lives kilometers away from the civilisation, surrounded by the remains of the village, with no roads, electricity or water. She is the last one to share honey from the rocks with the bees. Just like old times, she relies on her skills of an experienced hunter to find the “gold” in the stone and manages to make a pact with the bees and the nature in her own, magic way. Even though coarsened by the way of living in the cruel surroundings, she is a surprisingly caring person, both to her old and feeble mother and the bees, which are regarded as her children. All of a sudden, the idyllic world of the overwhelming harmony is interrupted by the dramatic experience that challenges everything that Atidže is doing. Seemingly gifted by the presence of other people, especially by the presence of numerous, playful children, she is actually confronted with the actions and deeds that indicate more and more how modern man is distant from the real and vital sources of nature and how these sources are destroyed by his clumsy and insensitive actions. At the same time, just like in tragedies that happen naturally, Atidže also teaches us how to build up endurance and maintain dignity.

A small team of dedicated documentarists gave outstanding contribution to this glorious documentary. The camera and the photography of the two awarded cinematographers, Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma, created magical sights of the mountains, villages and village life and especially refined painting-like nocturnal scenes lit by the fire. The directing duo, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, take us gradually and without any questions into the impressive world made of lyrical and sharply worded moments of intimacy and visually rich and dynamic scenes. On top of that, the experienced producer and editor, Atanas Georgiev, creates an interesting and dramatic narrative through which he develops a rhythm that transforms the “Honeyland” into a real cinema treat.


Ljubo Stefanov

Born 1975 in Skopje. Over 20 years of experience in development and production of communication concepts and documentaries related to environmental issues and human development. Working for clients such as UN agencies, Euronatur, Swisscontact etc.

Tamara Kotevska

Born in Prilep, 1993. Graduated film directing on the Faculty of Dramatic Arts - Skopje. Five years’ experience in documentary and fiction filmmaking as a freelance film director. Living and working in Skopje.

Selected Collective Filmography

  • HONEYLAND (Медена земја), 2019



Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, 2018
80 minutes
directed by: Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys

This is a simple, but at the same time a very complex road movie, an unusual detective search and a documentary essay of supreme poetics, a time machine envisioned as a bridge in time created to testify to the existence of the “Bridges of time” and their creators.

Similar to cinema sagas where a group of retired veterans is gathered, Latvian director, Kristine Briede and her Lithuanian colleague, who is also one of the greatest European authors, Audrius Stonys, embark on their journey through Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in search for old authors of the Baltic school of poetic documentary from the ‘60s. Assimilated into the place they live in, which contributes to the confirmation of their glorious talent, these documentarists, these grand, old men with their sharp views and their deep thoughts agreed to document and poetize reality one more time, without holding cameras in their hands, as if creating a masterpiece of their own. They start and develop an unusual philosophical dispute over the nature and the meaning of a documentary with only few words, always open to the world, listening attentively to their discrete yet powerful inner voices. During this uninterrupted live dialogue with the camera, altogether with the film crew that recorded and accompanied them, in the combination with the breathtaking frames of their films made a long time ago as well as with creatures and the world that surrounds them emerges a breathtaking magic circle which represents the venue of metaphysical interfusion.

This delicate documentary stands for a magnificent manifesto of documentarism and an ode to great masters of poetic expression in films - Herz Frank, Uldis Brauns, Ivars Seleckis, Mark Soosaar, Andres Sööt, Robertas Verba, Henrikas Šablevičius and Aivars Freimanis. Truly inspired by their glorious predecessors, Kristīne Briede and Audrius Stonys cooperate with one of the most important Baltic producers, Uldis Cekulis, to create a detailed study of an exquisite period of the artistic documentary, author’s ideas and method of operation, thus creating a complete work on the phenomenon of time and endurance.


Kristīne Briede

Kristīne Briede was born 17th of June 1970 in Cesis, Latvia. From 1991 to 1995 worked in Nordic Information Office in Riga, and as an interpreter and translator of Norwegian literature and as a writer and photographer for Latvian press. From 1995 works with “Locomotive filmmakers collective” as a producer, writer and director. From 2000 has been living and working in Karosta, Liepaja, where she is one of the initiators and founders of "The Culture and information center K@2". She is also the co-founder of New Media and Culture Center “RIXC” in Riga. In 2006 awarded by Latvian Culture Ministry prize “Three brothers” for the “K@2 Karosta” project, the regeneration of a former Soviet military base and establishing of the New Media Arts programme at the University of Liepaja. Has received numerous recognitions for her projects in Latvia in the fields of art, cinema and society integration. Has produced and directed more than ten short documentaries and short fiction films.

Selected filmography

  • BRIDGES OF TIMES (Laiko tiltai), 2018.

Audrius Stonys

Born in 1966 in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1984 to 1989 studied at Vilnius State Conservatory. In 1989 had internship at Jonas Mekas Anthology Film Archive in New York. In 1992 the documentary film “Earth of the Blind” was recognised by European Film Academy as the Best European Documentary Film of the Year and received Felix Award. In 2004 and 2005 was lecturer on Documentary in European Film College, Denmark. Lectures and master classes at Waseda (Japan), Berkeley and Stanford Universities (USA), Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona, Spain), and in Kolkata, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Tokyo, Moscow, Belgrade, Barcelona, San Francisco, Carpi Modena, Paris. Retrospectives and film presentations held in in Switzerland, Russia, France, Israel, Czech Republic, Germany, USA, Belgium, Spain, Turkey, Colombia, Uruguay, Italy, India, France and Japan. Since 2009 teaches at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre at Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts. Recipient of Lithuanian National Culture and Art Award.

Selected filmography

  • BRIDGES OF TIMES (Laiko tiltai), 2018
  • WOMAN AND THE GLACIER (Moteris ir ledynas), 2016
  • GATES OF THE LAMB (Avinėlio vartai), 2014
  • CENOTAPH (Kenotafas), 2013
  • RAMIN, 2011
  • FOUR STEPS (Keturi žingsniai), 2008
  • THE BELL (Varpas), 2007
  • UKU UKAI, 2006
  • 510 SECONDS OF SILENCE (Skrydis per Lietuvą arba 510 sekundžių tylos), 2000 with Arunas Matelis
  • FLYING OVER BLUE FIELD (Skrajojimai mėlynam lauke), 1996
  • ANTIGRAVITATION (Antigravitacija), 1995
  • EARTH OF THE BLIND (Neregių žemė), 1992



Denmark, Canada, 2018.
89 minuta
directed by: Christy Garland

“What Walaa Wants” is a documentary that is not only aimed at screening the tempest but that also provokes one. Ever since the Berlin International Film Festival and the special jury prize at Hot Docs festival, this story of an untamable girl, Walaa, has started drawing the attention of all world festivals

“What Walla Wants” represents a perfect and almost universal question raised by this surprising documentary. This is a question raised by many teenagers and at the same time it is also a question about them. This question does not have a unique, satisfying answer, because it comprises all - rebellion and love, rejection and acceptance, walking out and coming back at the same time. When these internal struggles and tempests are confronted with drastically different environment that is additionally burdened with constant violence and threats, this already bewildered girl turns into a volcano threatening to erupt any minute. By living in a ghetto that does not offer a way out, Walaa passionately admires what is actually related to violence, and, on top of that, is also regarded as some kind of heroism by her and her peers. Her mother, who is leaving jail, is one of her main role models. Walaa dreams of transforming her immense energy into a fierce fight for what represents the meaning of her life. However, the highest goal that she can reach is becoming a member of a special ghetto security unit, despite the strong disapproval of her close ones. As a result of these constant obstacles and prejudices, Walaa becomes a member of Special Police Unit and confronts an extremely demanding and cruel training aimed at keeping only the toughest and the most tenacious. This represents the beginning of a completely new and unexpected drama and real, tough fight for her.

For Christy Garland, the director and cinematographer, this exquisite documentary venture represented an uncertain, six-year-old adventure that started by observing the life of a rebellious 15-year-old girl in the Palestinian ghetto in the West coast. By using her camera to delve into the forbidden or never even filmed areas, this adamant author creates a story not only about a dramatic fight and the maturation of a girl who needs to beat herself in order to face the reality but also, above all, an impressive document about the contemporary world of turmoil and the young who live in it.


Christy Garland

The filmmaker who grew up in London, has been on the road filming, attending film festivals or in the edit room mostly non-stop for the last 15 years. Christy Garland has directed award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary features and fiction shorts. Based in Toronto, she often co‐produces with the Nordic countries. Distributed worldwide, Garland's films deliver strong dramatic development, poignant character transformation and universally felt themes.

Selected filmography

  • What Walaa Wants, 2018
  • Cheer Up, 2016
  • PThe Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song, 2012
  • Doormat, 2008



Italy, France 2018
84 minutes
directed by: Claudia Tosi

Do you have an attitude? Do you have ideas? Do you have a vision? Do you have a dream? These are the questions posed by the winner of the “Golden Dove” and the FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) award of the great European festival in Leipzig, which, in its title, paraphrases the famous sentence at the beginning of Martin Luther King’s speech.

Claudia Tosi, a dedicated Italian author and filmmaker, devotedly followed two remarkable women for ten years, two spirited compatriots, Manuela and Daniela, in their activities and fights for ideas, values and dreams. In constant movement, from place to place, from one event to another, from one significant social change to another, these two charismatic women activists show us the strength, endurance and persistence, the energy they selflessly put into each of their gestures, words and thoughts. Motivated by sincere needs to change and enrich their surroundings, they begin to fight and encourage others to take part in making changes. As self-declared spokespersons for women’s rights, from being ordinary citizens they become politicians – Manuela as a member of the Italian parliament, Daniela active in her own town, and they readily face the traditional prejudices and intolerance. Constantly turned to requisitioning the fundamental social, Italian and European values, Manuela and Daniela do not give up, not even during the toughest moments, above all, aware of the great responsibility which they have been entrusted with. Nevertheless, the world keeps changing dramatically, bringing along big dilemmas and doubts with these changes.

With a magnificent documentary idea, in the style of the best cinéma verité, the author, Claudia Tosi who herself, it seems, in time, became part of the struggle she is dynamically documenting, poses her documentary in front of the two protagonists as a sort of a mirror. In the darkness of the movie theatre “I Had a Dream” gains its exciting cinematic layer. The magic of the movies, the magic of mirrors, which makes everything more realistic and greater than life, provokes and inspires the protagonists to comment and criticise themselves, in a humorous, emotional and brisk way. The testimony of time, people and actions turned into a cinematic event becomes a living, present actor.


Claudia Tosi

Born in Modena, Italy. She has studied philosophy at the University of Bologna. She started as a director in 1998, working on television shows and commercials. From 2003 on, Tosi has directed and produced documentary films. In 2004, she founded “Movimenta” a production company that focuses on creating and international promotion of creative documentary films.

Selected filmography

  • I HAD A DREAM (Avevo un sogno), 2018
  • VERSO CASA, 2016

The Netherlands, 2018
86 minutes
directed by: Heddy Honigmann

The latest work by one of the most significant authors in the world, Heddy Honigmann, is an unusual story of the everlasting friendship between a man and a dog. Realized through the excellent methods used by the author, this irresistibly attractive theme was turned into a documentary which, in the short time after it premiered, managed to be part of a number of festivals all over the world, to be screened in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and to become the favourite of the festival audience.

The immediate cause which started the whole project was a calming shot of one dramatic commercial in which a dog, by licking, defeats the nightmares of a soldier suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). By watching this touching scene and remembering her earliest experiences with dogs when she was a girl, Heddy Honigmann decided, following her unmistakable intuition of a documentary maker, to explore what it is that dogs can do and the surprising ways in which they can help people with those situations where people are completely helpless. Told in a simple and direct way, which suits the main heroes in the story, with genuine empathy and warmth, this is a tale of six special friends who, with their intelligence, skill, knowledge, sacrifice and devotion, demonstrate fascinating abilities. These creatures who possess big hearts are rightfully depicted by Heddy Honigmann as amazing individuals who deserve respect. Very directly, she intertwines the confessions of six dog owners who cannot imagine their lives without their closest friends with very simple dog names: Kaiko, Kay, Missy, Mister, Utah and Makker. Through the stories, which sometimes resemble primordial fairy tales and legends, and through seemingly simple everyday situations, we discover, more and more, how impressive the feats of dogs are, but also how deep the relationships are between them and the people they live with.

The enchanting method which Heddy Honigmann uses is her constantly pleasant, delicate and direct communication with the people she follows, and talks to, always showing deep respect, consideration and sincere trust, and in just the right amount which makes these notions mutual. She is the author who questions herself, contemplating the world she is talking about, ever determined to tell the stories without making them romantic or sentimental.


Heddy Honigmann

Born in 1951 in Lima, Peru. She studied biology and literature at the University of Lima. She left Peru in 1973, traveled throughout Mexico, Israel, Spain and France, and studied film at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome. She has been living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands since 1978. Heddy Honigmann is considered one of the most important documentary filmmakers in the world. Her films (short and long documentaries, but also short fictions and feature films) have travelled all around the world, been awarded at festivals and shown on retrospectives, such as in Toronto, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Paris, Berlin, Lisbon, Minneapolis, Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Ontario, Utrecht, Grasz, Chicago, and Berkeley among others. She has received major awards and career honours such as the Living Legend Award at IDFA (2013), the Hot Docs Outstanding Achievement Award (2007), the award for her Contribution to the Art of Documentary Filmmaking at the Thessaloniki Film Festival (2004) Greece, the Jan Cassies award from the Dutch National Fund for Cultural Films for Television (2003) Netherlands.


Selected filmography

  • BUDDY, 2018
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 CONCERTS (Om de wereld in 50 concerten), 2014
  • OBLIVION (El Olvido), 2008
  • FOREVER, 2006
  • PRIVATE (Privé), 2004
  • GIVE ME YOUR HAND (Dame la Mano), 2003
  • CRAZY, 1999
  • 2 MINUTES SILENCE, PLEASE (2 minuten stilte a.u.b), 1998
  • THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Het ondergronds orkest), 1998
  • O AMOR NATURAL, 1996
  • GOODBYE (Tot ziens), 1995
  • METAL AND MELANCHOLY (Metaal en melancholie), 1992



Finland, Belgium, Germany, 2019
73 minutes
directed by: Reetta Huhtanen

“Gods of Moleenbeek” which was singled out to open great festivals like Doc Point in Helsinki and Visions du Réel in Nyon, is certainly the documentary that has significantly marked the beginning of 2019.

The enchanting magic of childhood; the infinite contemplation over a leaf, a frog, a dark hole; accidental encounters that become the most significant ones in the world; the games which are the funniest and the most serious thing; curiosity, laughter, tiers, the unimaginable existence of honesty… Mesmerised and drawn by the stories of her nephew Aatos, the young Finnish author, Reetta Huhtanen, decided to document that uniqueness of the children’s world, trying to create the special point of view of her little heroes. Her work, very much like irresistible episodes of children’s encounters and play, is intertwined with another important element – Moleenbeek. First it is the suburb of Brussels where Aatos and his friends live, and then at one moment, unexpectedly, it becomes, in the media, the most prominent place on the map of Europe. Those dynamic events happen somewhere in the background of the children’s world, but they significantly influence their new, important philosophical contemplations. Surrounded by Muslims, his best friend Amine being one as well, Aatos asks himself what “a Muslim” is, and as he learns more and more, he comes to the question of God, who often makes everything into a battlefield of endless conflicts. The most important questions begin to torment a six-year-old boy and he sets off on an unusual quest and dialog with gods.

The young author and the great cinematographer Hannu-Pekka Vitikainen, who also produced this movie, became part of the children’s world in an amazingly successful way, creating shots and scenes as seen and experienced by the children. The camera is part of the game – it runs, hides, it is always in the middle of the most important event, and it is always discrete and almost unnoticeable. Reetta Huhtanen has, in the manner of the greatest Finnish documentaries, created a film with a dynamic, playful structure, where a special place is reserved for lively pictures of gods depicted by the main character in a fun and humorous way. “Gods of Moleenbeek” is a magnificent documentary which discovers deep truths about the adult world by telling stories of the exciting little worlds.


Reeta Huhtanen

Reetta Huhtanen is a filmmaker based in Helsinki. She graduated with a master of arts from the ELO Film School Finland at Aalto University, majoring in documentary film directing. Beside her study of film, she graduated with a BA in sociology and philosophy. Currently, alongside filmmaking, she is a doctoral student at Aalto University. As a documentarist she is described to have “an ability to see the absurd in recent phenomenon through her twisted vision” and as someone who “in social topics collides serious with playful”.

Selected filmography

  • GODS OF MOLENBEEK (Aatos ja Amine), 2019



Austria, 2019
115 minutes
directed by: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

This is an amazing movie by one of the greatest maestros of modern documentary, which premiered at the Berlin festival. Filmed by using Geyrhalter’s unique directing and shooting style, this is surely one of the most significant films which, with its strength and monumentality, puts us in the midst of the most current issues concerning the world today, and the destiny of the planet and mankind.

The fact, which impresses and horrifies us at the same time, that “humans move 156 million tons of rock and soil per day, making human kind the most decisive geological factor of our time”, has initiated this extraordinary film project, a planetary venture into the domains of cosmic changes. “The Earth” could be viewed as the first sequel of Geyrhalter’s previous great piece “Homo Sapiens”. However, unlike the reproving post-apocalyptic vision in “Homo Sapiens”, the vision of the planet where we discover the monumental and condemning human traces, this is now a grand portrayal of the encompassing human endeavours. The people, like ant colonies, in a multitude of ways, reconfigure the earth which we stand on and which contains the nature and the entire manmade world. Geyrhalter, with his studious observation, draws our attention and thoughts this time to the scenes of colossal endeavours undertaken by an army of diggers, drillers, cutters and stone breakers, who, strengthened by the huge, relentless machinery, change the Earth’s face daily. Completely unaware of their global impact, the passionate and dedicated actors of hill and mountain shifting, talk about their work in different languages. In the carefully inserted scenes between fascinating studies of vast spaces, best of those workmen celebrate their feats, thus giving a human touch to the worryingly massive geological apocalypse.

Nikolaus Geyrhalter creates “The Earth” as a magnificent film of strong visual impressions which, although authentically documentary, on a big movie screen become scenes of a science fiction movie. Starting with the very first shots, the scenery looks like that from other planets, and digging sites, pits and underground horizons become, before our very eyes, the spaces where the machines turn into self-controlling robots of distant space colonies. Often filmed with a satellite-like view, this movie creates a unique interpretation of the planet which is slowly turning into abstract painting-like sights deprived of intense colours.


Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Born in Vienna in 1972. Formed his own production company at the age of 22. His first documentary film "Angeschwemmt" of 1994 is the story of life on the Danube. Films "Pripyat" in 1999 and "Elsewhere" in 2001 brought him great international acclaim as a superb cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He works as a director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Winner of numerous important awards.

Selected filmography

  • THE EARTH (Erde), 2019
  • THE BORDER FENCE (Die bauliche massnahme), 2018
  • HOMO SAPIENS, 2016
  • OVER THE YEARS (Über die Jahre), 2015
  • CERN, 2013
  • DANUBE HOSPITAL (Donauspital), 2012
  • NIGHTLAND (Abendland), 2011
  • 7915 km, 2008
  • OUR DAILY BREAD (Unser täglich Brot), 2005
  • ELSEWHERE, 2001
  • PRIPYAT, 1999
  • THE YEAR AFTER DAYTON (Das Jahr nach Dayton), 1997
  • WASHED ASHORE (Angeschwemmt), 1994