A story of a vanishing world made of four women that are torn between an undeniable desire for family extension, and the freedom they are familiar with only in their imagination. In a man’s world, a woman who cannot give posterity, gets exiled or chooses exile herself. Mother, heroine of the film, chose an ultimate exile, taking her three daughters with her. The situation goes out of control at the youngest daughter’s 20th birthday, when Mother’s struggle comes to its peak, as well as its fiasco at the same time.
In a small village a young cowgirl is rounding up her cattle and preparing herself for a trip to the town. On her way there, she meets different people in different sceneries. In the town, she is attracted by the cinema building and the film posters. The girl enters the cinema for the first time…
Lukas, a young dedicated metal head, is visiting his recently departed grandfather at the hospital. Despite the bloodline, he doesn’t want the old man to be buried in the family grave.
Dark secrets come to light, and when opportunity comes, he seeks revenge.
“Weleer”/ “Once” tells the story of the rise and fall of an entire cardboard society. It’s about construction from scratch, nostalgia for ‘village life’ and the intrigues between villagers during a time of crisis.
In 1991, after more than four decades of oppression and isolation, the totalitarian communist regime in Albania falls, leaving its people exposed to the new world. The refugee crisis spread across Europe in Germany, Italy and Greece. Some succeeded in creating a new life, others not. Shpetim and Fatbardha were together. They decided to walk the distance between Albania and Greece to live their love. 25 years later, their son walks the same distance, this time from Greece to Albania.
While a hurricane thretens the city, Lubrini, a Havana cabaret dancer, is searching Ulises, his companion who disappeared in Havana. Gradually, the threat and the greed push Lubrini adrift within a obscure and full of dispair city.
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Language disintegrates into broken sounds as Mother and Daughter fail to communicate during their last Christmas together. On Christmas Eve, after a silent year of absence, a daughter returns home. Afraid to lose her, afraid of her, her mother tries to break down her daughter’s wall of secrets and lies. A portrait of misunderstanding and missed opportunity when words crackle and fade like a broken frequency that will never reach its destination.
A little girl in a house expecting important guests wants to buy one of them a little present with the money she saved up. Losing the present she bought with a struggle, the little girl will come home a grown person.
Moldova. On a cold winter’s day, a young woman travels from the countryside to an address in the city, that she’s never been to before. There, she hopes to get something that may affect her future. Raisa sets off at the break of dawn to the bus stop. A long bus journey takes her to the city, and to a stranger’s house. It is a fateful journey into the unknown. An older woman opens the door. No appointment? You could have at least called. No need to pay, they’re for free. But Raisa is put on a waiting list. A meticulously rendered, deeply insightful portrayal of a crucial moment in the life of a survivor.The script is based on non-fictional stories by Aurelia Zavtoni.
Edgar works in a pig slaughterhouse. He loves opera and he loves Ginette, the stripper of his dreams. Edgar is about to ask her to marry him when he surprises her bedding her boss. In shock, he loses his voice and unfortunately finds himself with the voice of a pig.
In a small town in Northern Hungary, garages have become venues of rebellion against the monotony of repetitive, everyday life. The film explores the lives inside a forgotten town’s garages and shows the subtle struggles in the Hungarian countryside where, like smoke spewing out from the nearby chemical factory, a certain atmosphere of collective resignation fills the air.
Stop-motion animation on the arranging of marriages in the 1950s-60s, set in the Eastern-Polish borderland. The script is based on a part of Mikołaj Smyk’s diary, the director’s grandfather. The biographical objects used in the animation, such as an authentic headscarf, Polish and Russian books, the copy of Mikołaj Smyk’s diary and photographs, help situate the story in its original environment and express the atmosphere of the times. “The Deal” is a contemplation on family memory, and represents the journey of discovery through archives, sometimes referring back to the items the director has been familiar with, in an attempt to try to remind herself of the personal feelings and memories attached to those objects.
A man has come back to the place where he was born… There is an oil lamp hanging from a peg, illuminating during day and night the main entry to the village… A book… and the wind, always the wind wrapping it all.