Poland 2021
101 minutes
director: Pawel Lozinski

The work of one of the most important European filmmakers, the masterful cinéma vérité as a direct embodiment of the legendary idea of the great documentary master Dziga Vertov - "life caught suddenly". It won the Grand Prix of Semaine de la critique in Locarno and continued its journey to all leading festivals of the world.

Within each scene of the film, precisely and strictly defined by the author's point of view, and in a poetic way imbued with fine melancholy, we observe the world placed in a very narrow frame. And that world is surprisingly complex and rich - ranging from Shakespeare's line "All the world's a stage" to the provocative statement, associated with Andy Warhol, made in a world that discovered wonders of film and television: "Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Random passers-by, close and distant neighbors, the author's wife, a man with no money, children and dog walkers, they all pass through this micro world - some indifferent and not looking back, without any awareness of the presence of the author on the balcony above, some involved in a shorter or longer dialogues, apparently simple, but actually layered and filled with a deep sense of the meaning of their existence caught in these moments of "movie glory". In that narrow time frame, concentrated on destinies of people who emerge from nowhere and soon disappear from our view, we become aware of the phenomenon of time and change that define it. The film was shot in more than two years and, even when we meet some familiar faces again, everything before us is in a constant change as in all truly great films.

An amazing documentary manifesto by a great master of the art of conversation and of uncompromising face to face communication with life.

Pawel Lozinski

Born in 1965 in Warsaw, Poland. Son of documentary film director Marcel Lozinski. In 1992, he graduated from the Directing department at the State High School for Film and Theater in Łódź. He started working on films as an assistant to his father, Marcel Lozinski and also assisted to Krzysztof Kieslowski on the film "Three Colors: White" in 1993. Based on Kieslowski's idea, he directed the Polish episode of the large international project "Century of Film". Prominent and multiple award-winning director of documentary films.

Selected filmography

  • BIRTHPLACE (Miejsce urodzenia), 1992
  • SLAWOMIR MROZEK PRESENTS (Slawomir Mrozek przedstawia), 1997
  • SUCH A STORY (Taka historia), 1999
  • CHEMO (Chemia), 2009
  • FATHER AND SON (Ojciec i syn), 2013
  • YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU (Nawet nie wiesz, jak bardzo cie kocham), 2016
  • THE BALCONY MOVIE (Film balkonowy), 2021



Spain 2021
78 minutes
director: Pere Puigbert

This film with its beauty has conquered the whole of Spain going from festival to festival. Awarded as the best Spanish film in Valladolid and winner of the Latitud selection at Doc Barcelona.

If you want to hear the wind that makes all nature tremble, you must learn to respect the silence. The young poetically inspired Catalan author testifies about that deep respect through his exceptional visual style and brings us an enchanting meditative silence as the fullness of nature's breathing. "I am passionate about creating poetry through the camera (when I shoot) and through the assembly of images (when I edit)," says Pere Puigbert about himself, talking about the discreet yet powerful forces that move him in his work. With this film, he takes us to beautiful spaces of his native Catalonia, where we can completely surrender to the slow, soothing rhythms of nature. In changing of seasons, in carefully chosen details, we discover the fullness and intensity of life. A wise, gentle, caring grandmother who leads her great-grandson through secrets of the world, a dedicated shepherd, his flock and a dog, and a young woman pregnant with a new life will be our guides through meadows, orchards, groves and wastelands. Touching walnut shells, ripe apples, flickering leaves, sheep's fleece, they touch the secrets with which nature pulsates and they get empowered by energies that permeate the entire planet.

A film for a magnificent cinematic experience, an unrepeatable journey into spaces of primeval beauty and energy.

Pere Puigbert

Born in 1983 in Ventalló, Alt Empordà, Catalonia, Spain. Graduated in audiovisual and multimedia production from ERAM faculty at the University of Girona; in media production from the University of Northampton in the UK and specialized in non-linear digital editing for film, video and television at the IDEP College of Image and Design in Barcelona. He worked as an editor on film and television. As an author he is dedicated to nature as in the audiovisual project Anima Naturae, which won an award in 2014 and became a travelling audiovisual exhibition during 2015-16. Filmed several short documentaries. His film "Fluvius" from 2020 was presented as an important part of the interactive audio-visual exhibition about rivers. He works as a producer and as a lecturer at the ERAM faculty.

Selected filmography

  • THE WIND THAT MOVES US (El vent que ens mou), 2021



Ireland, Great Britain, France, Belgium 2021
102 minutes
directors: Neasa Ní Chianáin and Declan McGrath

A remarkable continuation of dealing with school and growing up problems from creative and life tandem - director Neasa Ní Chianáin and producer David Rane. If you enjoyed watching their previous hit, magnificent documentary "In loco parentis", this new one continues to reveal the beauty of direct, wonderful relationship between teacher and students. This time an experienced documentarian Declan McGrath joined them in a role of co-director.

To discover Plato in one of the most troubled areas of Belfast, in a poor area divided by religious and economic problems and conflicts, seems quite unreal. In this incredible life story, elementary school pupils and their teachers try to stop the tide of all kind of aggression and conflicts, current and those from the past; to stop or at least mitigate them with wisdom and thoughts of philosophers. The enthusiastic headmaster calls upon ancient thinkers for help, his only allies in the battle against entrenched frustrations and violence they cause. He offers his anxious and confused pupils a precious, almost magical tool - a mental distance that lifts them high above the harshness of reality. The filmmakers focus all their attention on the dynamic, witty headmaster, a fan of Elvis Presley, and his relentless struggle to establish this new perspective with pupils as an invisible but solid and salutary platform from which children can see the world as it is and see themselves in it without fear.

This is a wonderful documentary manifesto about the power of human thought and the power of speech and conversation, a documentary that bears witness to the exciting connections of past, present and future.

Neasa Ní Chianáin

Born in 1966 in Dublin, Ireland. Trained at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin, and worked as a freelance Art Director on Irish feature film and television projects. She started directing documentaries in 2001. Her films were awarded and screened at numerous international festivals. Since 2006, she has been co-director of the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival in the Northern Ireland.

Selected filmography

  • NO MAN’S LAND, 2001
  • THE STRANGER, 2014
  • IN LOCO PARENTIS, 2016 with David Rane
  • YOUNG PLATO, 2021 with Declan McGrath

Declan McGrath

He was brought up in North Belfast, just over a kilometer from Ardoyne, during the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1970s and 1980s. For more than twenty-five years, he has been working as an editor of numerous feature films and documentaries, many among them awarded. Directed documentaries for television. He received multiple awards for his work. He has taught film in Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dundalk Institute of Technology, and University College Dublin, Ireland. Wrote two books - "Screencraft: Editing & Post-Production" and "Screencraft: Scriptwriting", both translated into five languages.

Selected filmography

  • YOUNG PLATO, 2021 with Niasom Ni Kinon



Bulgaria, Germany 2022
102 minutes
directors: Ilian Metev, Ivan Chertov, Zlatina Teneva

This film begins its festival life right after its premiere at the big festival in Karlovy Vary, as a new great film by Ilian Metev, a young European author with an English documentary style. This time he is with two other young filmmakers. A documentary that amazed Europe with the magnificent courage of documentary authors to enter a dangerous place and come face to face with things that the whole world wanted to run away from.

This exceptional film stands opposite to everything we saw during the covid 19 pandemic - this is the work of three directors in a completely unexpected relationship. Metev is in isolation in London, and two young colleagues, Ivan Chertov and Zlatina Teneva, bravely enter a space that everyone was afraid of and many were horrified. They spent more than two months in the isolated covid ward of a hospital in Bulgarian city of Kyustendil. All three of them, with immeasurable creative efforts, shape a story about exceptional characters and destinies transposed into a film that throws us into the very center of humanity's greatest battle in the XXI century. By brilliant precise focusing on charismatic heroes, through carefully established direct contacts, authors discretely convey the dramatic atmosphere of the place and events. They are empathetic observers who share devotedly doubts and anxieties of their heroes, in their numerous efforts and sufferings, as well as in their rare but astonishing feats.

This film goes beyond the study of an epidemic. With simplicity of observation and communication, it develops the story of a modest provincial hospital into a supreme parable about life, suffering and hope.

Ilian Metev

Born in Bulgaria in 1981. As a teenager he lived in Germany, where he had an ambition to become a violinist and performed classical music on German radio. While studying fine arts at the London University of Art (Central Saint Martins), he experimented with 16mm film. In 2008 he completed his studies at the British National Film and Television School (NFTS).

Selected filmography

  • GOLESHEVO (Голешово), 2008
  • SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE (Последната линейка на София), 2012
  • A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL (Една провинциална болница), 2022

Ivan Chertov

Worked as a cinematographer on various fiction and documentary films of Bulgarian and foreign productions. As a feature fiction film debutant, he was the director of photography on the film "February", which was in the official selection of the Cannes Film Festival 2020. Colaboration with Ilian Metev is his directorial debut.

Zlatina Teneva

She graduated in journalism in 2018 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. Since then, she has been working as a director, line producer and researcher on numerous film projects for ARTE and Deutsche Welle. This is her feature directorial debut.

Selected collective filmography – Ivan Chertov and Zlatina Teneva

  • A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL (Една провинциална болница), 2022



Netherlands 2021
82 minutes
director: Oeke Hoogendijk

The work of a prominent Dutch director famous for her magnificent films dealing with the world of art, which introduce us to the exclusive spaces behind the splendor and beauty that we admire.

This film brings before us one of the most controversial issues related to archaeological and artistic heritage. Impartially and always respecting the need to listen to the other side, author Oeke Hoogendijk follows, since 2014, a process full of twists and turns, the battle of lawyers, laws and regulations. The priceless archaeological and artistic treasure of Crimea presented at an exhibition in the Netherlands has suddenly become the subject of an intractable controversy - to whom it actually belongs after the political changes that took place during the exhibition. The discreet and, for many, imperceptible museum director in Amsterdam decides to become an unexpected hero by asking the question, ready to stand up for silent, wonderful objects and provide them with unlimited shelter. Before us, through a series of exciting portraits of the main participants and unexpected events the story of the incredible fate of objects of a long-lost nation is developing and becoming more and more complex. Superb camera and editing as in great feature films, with a masterful director’s work by Oeke Hoogendijk, create a saga about archaeologists and their love, about the nightmare that the Scythians unknowingly experience centuries after they disappeared in the labyrinths of history, about valuables that deserve to be preserved by those who gave them themselves in return.

An unexpected, thrilling cinematic experience that takes you from the excavations of Crimea to the cool, contemporary designed spaces of the Netherlands and back.

Oeke Hoogendijk

Born on 5th August, 1961 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Studied at the Academy of Arts in Utrecht, where she graduated in theater direction (1990). Directed theater performances from 1990 to 1996 with numerous theater companies. In 1997, she studied television documentary film at the Media Academy and worked as a director for VPRO television program. In 1998, she directed, together with Paul Cohen, the documentary film "Happy Time" (Een Gelukkike Tijd) which received the award of the Dutch Film Academy and the "Euro-Comenius" award (Vienna). Later she specializes in films on the world of art. For ten years, she followed the epic renovation of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and made a world-famous and award-winning documentary about it, as well as the film about the discovery of a previously unknown Rembrandt painting in 2019.

Selected filmography

  • A HAPPY TIME (Een gelukkige tijd), 1998, with Paul Cohen
  • THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM (Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum), 2008
  • THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM – FILM (Het nieuwe Rijksmuseum – De Film), 2014
  • MARTEN & OOPJEN: PORTRAIT OF A MARIAGE (Marten & Oopjen: Portret van een huwelijk), 2019
  • MY REMBRANT (Mijn Rembrandt), 2019
  • HOUSEWITZ, 2021
  • THE TREASURES OF CRIMEA (De Schatten van de Krim), 2021
  • LICHT, 2022



Austria 2022
73 minutes
director: Andreas Horvath

This is an exciting visual adventure by an exceptional Austrian photographer and filmmaker who exclusively introduces us to the world closed behind the long-locked doors of the Salzburg Zoo, to the world like from fairy tales and dreams.

The unexpected circumstances of the lockdown during the covid 19 pandemic left permanent residents of Salzburg Zoo without daily visits and noisy presence of visitors. In addition to the very discreet staff that maintains the basic living conditions, animals are left completely alone most of the time and left to their own devices. Through a series of surprising scenes the author virtuosly transforms the architectural particularity of the garden, full of glass partitions that relieve the impression of confinement and enable communication between animals, while making the space fluid, unreal and dreamlike. The presence of animals from a solid and unquestionable existence in life and on the screen often passes into unusual states between reality and apparition. Thoughtful, precisely chosen shots, with scenes sometimes as if from another, to us unknown world, very carefully study these creatures that we often take for granted and awaken in us the awareness of the equality of all living beings, in which man doesn't have and shouldn't have a privileged place . The secret of creatures remain undiscovered and exciting, and even the reappearance of people, daily visitors, who in their false superiority turn this place into a so-called zoo, trivializing the world, does not manage to change that.

A remarkable cinema experience, an impressive story almost without a single word about life and living beings with whom we share the that we live on.

Andreas Horvath

Born in 1968 in Salzburg, Austria. Studied photography in Vienna and multimedia art in Salzburg. As a photographer, he published black and white photo albums about Yakutia in Siberia and rural America. His works were shown abroad at individual and group exhibitions. Horvath's films premiered in Cannes, Venice, Locarno, Rotterdam and Amsterdam. He is the winner of the Max Ophüls Award; he was honoured by the Ministry of Culture of Austria with an Outstanding Artist Award. In 2019 he worked on his first feature fiction film "Lilian" in collaboration with the Austrian author Urlich Seidl who was the producer of the project.

Selected filmography

  • ZOO LOCKDOWN, 2022



Austria, 2022
110 minutes
director: Nikolaus Geyrhalter

A grandiose fresco about the state of our planet. After extraordinary films Homo sapiens and Earth, the great Austrian documentary filmmaker once again shows traces of man around the world, traces that are increasingly becoming an unavoidable testimony of our existence.

The title “Matter out of place”, or abbreviated MOOP, refers to marking everything that does not originally belong to the soil, no matter how small, and the term was created through a project "leave no traces" initiated in the USA.

All over the planet, regardless of the level of development and wealth, culture or religious differences, man is extremely and irresistibly productive in the production of all he declares that he does not need. And the scale of what man rejects litters the planet and surprises more and more with its persistent accumulation and long-lasting existance. Through visually superior scenes Nikolaus Geyrhalter takes us on an incredible journey from highly civilized Austria to poor suburbs somewhere in Nepal, from the tourist paradise of Maldives to the shores of Albania, on land and sea and under the sea. Distant, extremely aestheticized, often surreal scenes reveal to us incomprehensible and unmeasurable human interventions in open spaces - gigantic landfills and sophisticated, somewhat monstrous waste processing factories. The author creates a powerful documentary film that, as it develops, confronts us more and more with intractable problems and with the astonishing arrogance of the human species. The film explodes in the final sequence in complete counterpoint to the previous course as an important promise for a different world.

Certainly one of the most important documentaries of the 21st century.

Nikolaus Gejrhalter

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

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



Netherland,Germany, 2008
93 minutes
director: Heddi Honigmann

Oblivion is the story about Lima, the capital of Peru; about it's colourful area around the Presidential Palace and about people that you meet there. As we wander through the streets, we visit old restaurants and some small shops, we enter a few smart bars and we sit down in various plazas to watch and observe. We meet some moving characters who use poetry, real or mental juggling, dreams and creativity to resist being consigned to oblivion and against those who have sworn for centuries that they love their people, but who in reality they despise. The characters of the film look at history with a sense of humour and irony and give a twist to reality.

In the big street circus we'll find metaphors for much bigger circus that gives shows for decades on political scene and that shakes Peru and lives of people like devastating earthquakes. All that is mixed into an exotic cocktail, by a firm hand of the very witty film character, and the audience drinks it with big pleasure, but with bitter under-taste.

A film about poverty and poetry in a country plundered by the powerful.

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

  • METAL AND MELANCHOLY (Metaal en melancholie), 1992
  • GOODBUY (Tot ziens), 1995
  • O AMOR NATURAL, 1996
  • THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Het ondergronds orkest), 1997
  • 2 MINUTS SILANCE, PLEASE (2 minuten stilte a.u.b.), 1998
  • CRAZY (Crazy), 1999
  • GIVE ME YOUR HAND (Dame la mano), 2004
  • PRIVATE (Privé), 2004
  • FOREVER, 2006
  • OBLIVION (El Olvido), 2008
  • AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 CONCERTS (Om de Wereld in 50 Concerten) 2014
  • BUDDY, 2018
  • 100UP, 2020
  • THERE IS NO PATH (No hay camino), 2021