NOLANDIA is a bold portrait of contemporary Poland from the perspective of a young generation reckoning with Poland’s role in the Holocaust. This feature-length documentary takes the viewer on a stranger-than-fiction journey through today’s Poland, where stories of friendships, first loves, and mundane jobs unfold on or around former sites of horror.
An observational thriller based on the true story of Viktor Kalivoda – the Czech serial killer dubbed the ‘Forest Killer’ by the media. In an attempt to unravel the mystery of the motive behind Kalivoda’s crimes, we follow his story over the course of a year from the moment he won the ‘Millionaires’ programme, through his preparations for committing the murders, his trial, to his suicide in prison.
Isabella Flore is 91 years old and has an explosive temperament. She is a deeply religious catholic and a fortune teller. She is also the only inhabitant of a Sardinian village next to what was once the world’s largest river dam. Today, the dam is in danger of collapse and the village stands abandoned.
Isabella is often visited by people who look for her prophecies. But whoever arrives expecting a quiet old lady blinks their eyes in astonishment. She is despotic, loses patience easily and has a bawdy sense of humor.
But despite her strong character, she grows weaker. When the guests leave, she puts on her oxygen mask and breathes heavily. Isabella has one dream. Before she dies, she wants to renovate the abandoned village.
She crosses out successive lottery tickets and writes letters to the authorities asking them for action. There is not much time left. According to her own prediction, she will die in 2 years. She does everything to save the memory of the village and of herself.
The film „You have to go, the others stay” is to be centered on death, loss and the need for inventing new traditions to help overcome grief. It will feature a group of people, whose personal experience will serve as a point of departure for describing the world of lack after the death of a loved one.
At the basic level, the film will feature meetings, so called dinners of death. This initiative brings together strangers who all experienced loss, discussing the topic of death at the dinner table. Free of social convention, their conversations are full of grief, anger and laughter, giving a new perspective on bereavement. Our guides in this world will be Anja Franczak, the only licensed death doula in Poland.
On a deeper level the film conveys the need for constructing new funerary traditions, as the previous ones have proven dated and ineffective. I would like to show these new rituals as psychological tools that the protagonists use to survive the loss of a loved one. The structure and narrative are intended to follow the group process, without resorting to interviews.
On a third level the film aims to show the burial ceremony as a ritual that requires transformation.
Our guide in the world of funerary rites will be Jan Möller, founder of the Center for Funerary Culture and Education in Berlin, a pioneer in discourse of death.
I wish to create a multi-faceted film portraying the process of reclaiming the subject of death in modern culture.
Liberating, primal dance gives the dancing women power to emancipate. Mutual exchange of experiences between the choreographer and the participants of the workshop, allows us to observe the process of their transformation.
Manuela, the title character of “The White Queen”, is the wife of an exiled Togolese king, Jules. Manuela’s unusual, royal function provides a distraction from her mundane life in Germany. Each trip to Africa is a fulfillment of her dreams and fills her with satisfaction that she can finally be of use to other people. With every return, she faces the challenge of reconciliation with the problems that were left behind.
The film concerns Manuela’s intuitive search for her identity, as she faces the opportunities and limitations only a life split between two continents can offer.
In 1972 a team of French TV journalists came to Poland to secretly interview Leopold Trepper – Polish Jew, head of the legendary Red Orchestra – the most powerful espionage network during World War II.
French TV crew managed to record a more than hour interview with the legendary spy. However, the French crew returned home empty-handed. The whole video material was confiscated at Warsaw Airport. They were told the film’s reels would be destroyed.
After 45 years, it turned out that undestroyed and unreleased reels remained in Polish archives. The journalist who interviewed Trepper in the 70s is now 80-years old French TV celebrity. The screening of this interview will serve as a pretext and first step to tell a part of the story of controversial Leopold Trepper.
The killing of a dog connects the fates of three people, and as everyone tries to avoid taking the blame events spin out of control, resulting in the disaster of a famous pianist’s concert, the breakdown of an apparently ideal family, and a tragic death.