Ex Oriente Film

Successful projects

dir. Malgorzata Goliszewska, Katarzyna Mateja, prod. Anna Stylinska
PL, 2019
In Cafe Smile - a dancing club for seniors in Szczecin, Poland, glamorous Jola is the brightest star on the dancefloor. But behind her cheerfulness there’s a tragic story – 30 years with an alcoholic husband, raising 6 children on her own, working hard to survive. 

∗ IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam 2019 - IDFA Competition for First Appearance
∗ HOT DOCS 2020
∗ DOK.fest München 2020
∗ One World IHRDFF 2020
∗ Iceland Documentary Film Festival (IceDocs) 2020
∗ Sydney Film Festival 2020
∗ New Zeland International Film Festival (NZIFF) 2020
∗ Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer 2020 - Best Directors Award
∗ Millennium Docs Against Gravity 2020

dir. Jindřich Andrš, prod. Miloš Lochman, Augustina Micková
CZ, 2020
Tomas has been working underground as a coal miner for 25 years. When the mine has to close due to the general decline of coal mining, he is offered a new career as a computer programmer. Tomas takes up the challenge and gets ready to transform his life radically. But will a forty something long-haired, subterranean punk rocker who has spent his whole life performing hard physical labour ever fit in with the young and trendy digital crowd?

∗ Ji.hlava IDFF 2020 - the Best Czech Film in the Czech Joy Competition, Silver Eye Award, Audience Award
∗ Sunny Side of the Doc - MDR Film Prize, the Golden Dove in the Competition for the Audience Award 

dir. Carlos Eduardo Lesmes López, prod. Liis Nimik
EE, CO, SE, 2020
Eeva enters the underground world of Bogotá, Colombia under pressure from her mother to find Lauri, her estranged brother. While her mother waits for daily updates back in their home in Estonia, Eeva navigates her brother’s dark world—she is determined to find this ghost who only lives in the whispered rumors far beneath the city of 12 million.

∗ HOT DOCS 2020
∗ Bogota International Film Festival 2020
∗ DocsMX 2020

dir. Johana Ožvold, prod. Kristýna Michálek Květová (Cinémotif Films)
CZ, FR, SK, 2019
When does sound become music? THE SOUND IS INNOCENT invites you on an audiovisual journey into a dreamlike space that explores the meaning, function and significance of the world of electronic and experimental sound. Across five distinct chapters, the film guides us through an oscillating maze of creative figures and moments that’s as bracingly original as the pioneering music it so passionately documents.

∗ Visions du Réel 2019
∗ DOK.fest München 2019
∗ Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019
∗ Ji.hlava IDFF 2019
∗ SoundTrack_Cologne 2019 - SEE THE SOUND / Music Documentary Award: Special Mention

dir. Marta Prus, prod. Maciej Kubicki, Anna Kepinska
PL, DE, FI, 2017
Over the Limit shows how the successful Russian system for training athletes transgresses boundaries. Elite rhythmic gymnast Rita Mamun has reached a crucial moment in her career. She’s soon to retire, but has one final goal set out for her: winning Olympic gold. A nail-biting behind-the-scenes drama about the intense physical and mental labor put into a sport that thrives on its beautiful aesthetics.

∗ IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentaries, the Netherlands (2017) - world premiere
∗ ZagrebDox, Croatia (2018) - Little Stamp Award
∗ Krakow Film Festival, Poland (2018) - Silver Horn for the best feature film in the International Documentary Film Competition and the Silver Hobby-Horse for the director of the best documentary film in the National Competition
∗ Luxembourg City Film Festival (2018) - Best Documentary Award + Special Mention
∗ Other festival screenings include: Hot Docs (2018), Toronto, Canada;
Visions du Réel (2018), Nyon, Switzerland, One World IHRDFF (2018), Prague, CZ; Berlinale, Germany (2018) - European Film Market

dir. Andrei Dăscălescu, prod. Anamaria Antoci
RO, 2016
In Petrila, a coal mining town in Transylvania (Romania), an ex-miner turned artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the oldest coal mine in the country after its' closure in 2015, at EU's recommendation. His quest is not only to preserve the history and the identity of his hometown, but also to find new ways of keeping the community from irreversibly falling apart.

∗ Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj Napoca, Romania (2017) - Romanian Days Competition - Audience Award
∗ Pelicam International Film Festival, Tulcea, Romania (2017) - Black Sea Docs Competition - Best Film Award
∗ Apricot Tree International Ethnographic Film Festival, Yerevan, Armenia (2017) - Special Jury Prize
∗ Urban Eye Film Festival, Bucharest, Romania (2017) - Jury’s Special Mention
∗ Premiul Gapo Award, Romania (2018)

dir. Ksenia Okhapkina, prod. Riho Västrik
EE, 2016
A poetic documentary about life in a war‑torn Chechen village, with the cemetery as its symbolic focal point. The village lives and breathes in unison. The Chechen gravediggers are always busy. Death is an everyday visitor. It does not even matter that yet another war has ended. The people live stuck in a circle of vengeance. They also gather into circles to chant prayers to God.
∗ IDFA, the Netherlands (2017) -  Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary
∗ Kazan International Festival of Muslim Cinema (2017) - Special prize of the Russian Guild of Cinema Critics
∗ XXVIII Open Documentary Festival "РОССИЯ" (2017) - Prize for the best full length film and Prize for the Cinematography
∗ EFTA National Film and TV Award (Estonia, 2017)

dir. Bartek Konopka
PL, DE, 2009
The untold story about wild rabbits which lived between the Berlin Walls. For 28 years Death Zone was their safe home. Full of grass, no predators, guards protecting them from human disturbance. They were closed but safe and happy. Their population quickly grew up to thousands. Guards started to remove them. But rabbits survived and stayed there.
∗ Academy Award nominee in mid-length category (2010)
∗ HOT DOCS, Canada (2009) - The best mid-length film
∗ Ji.hlava IDFF, Czech Republic (2009) - The best mid-length film
∗ Krakow Film Festival, Poland (2009) - The best mid-length film
∗ Hamptons IFF, USA (2009) - The best film

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