Ten films supported by the IDF at goEast Filmfestival

25. 4. 2023

Author: Veronika Zýková

Flotacija, Motherland, We Will Not Fade Away and Fragile Memory are among the films, supported by the Institute of Documentary Film, that will be screened at goEast Filmfestival in Wiesbaden in Germany (April 26 - May 2). 


Directors: Alesandra Tatić, Eluned Zoë Aiano
SRB 2023 / 78 min

Conditions in Majdanpek are so bad that even the dragons are leaving. Both miners and dragon hunters, the Marković family struggle to keep the magic alive as their town gets swallowed up by the demands of industry.

IDF activities: East Doc Market 2022, East Silver Caravan Award 2022 at Beldocs, East Silver Caravan 2023

Caligari FilmBühne Sa, 29.04. / 19:00
Apollo Kino-Center Sun, 30.04. / 14:15

Black and White
Directors: Eluned Zoë Aiano, Anna Brenner
CZE, DEU 2019 / 19 min

Nurses and Nazis, syphilis and seduction: this experimental short delves into a scandalous urban legend from World War Two Czechoslovakia, deconstructing the ways stories are told about women in history.

IDF activity: East Doc Platform 2019

Apollo Kino-Center Sa, 29.04. / 14:00

Directors: Alexander Mihalkovich, Hanna Badziaka
NOR, SWE, UKR 2023 / 92 min /

“Everything is different. You’re in the army now,” a sergeant in the Belorussian army greets a newcomer to compulsory military service – under the command of an authoritarian regime where even the most minor form of protest carries harsh consequences.

IDF activities: Ex Oriente Film 2019, East Doc Forum 2020

Caligari FilmBühne Fr, 28.04. / 17:00 
Apollo Kino-Center Sa, 29.04. / 20:00 

We Will Not Fade Away
Director: Alisa Kovalenko
FRA, POL, UKR, USA 2023 / 100 min

Five Ukrainian teenagers, trapped in the war zone in Donbas, dream of freedom and discovering the world outside. One day, they are offered a unique opportunity to climb the Himalayas…

IDF activities: Silver Eye Award 2023, East Silver Market 2023, East Doc Forum 2021

Caligari FilmBühne Sa, 29.04. / 21:00
Apollo Kino-Center Sun, 30.04. / 16:00

Fragile Memory
Director: Ihor Ivanko
UKR, SVK 2022 / 85 min 

A young filmmaker Ihor finds a hidden and unpublished photo archive of his grandfather Leonid Burlaka, a famous Soviet cinematographer. Yet Leonid has Altzheimers, so Ihor has to embark on a journey against forgetting.

IDF activities: Ex Oriente Film 2018, East Doc Forum 2019, East Doc Market 2021

Apollo Kino-Center Th, 27.04. / 20:00
Palatin, Mainz Sun, 30.04. / 20:00

The Hamlet Syndrome
Director: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski
DEU, POL 2022 

The film depicts the young Ukrainian generation scarred by war and political breakthroughs since 2014. A powerful portrait of a generation having to confront their war trauma and tackle the painful past.

IDF activities: East Silver Market 2022, Silver Eye Award 2022 nominee

Rex, Darmstadt Sa, 29.04. / 20:15 
Murnau-Filmtheater Sun, 30.04. / 14:30 


Whose Dog am I?
Director: Róbert Lakatos
HUN, ROU 2022 / 80 min

In this documentary satire, dog breading ideologies are metaphors for human national and social politics.

IDF activities: East Silver Market 2022, Silver Eye Award 2022 nominee

Murnau-Filmtheater Fr, 28.04. / 15:30

D Is For Division
Director: Dāvis Sīmanis Jr.
CZE, LVA 2018 / 87 min 

Two worlds defined by a dividing line, two contradictory views of the past as well as the present. A film dealing with the tension existing on the borders between Europe and Russia.

IDF activities: East Doc Forum 2016, East Silver 2018

Murnau-Filmtheater Sun, 30.04. / 18:00

Love, Dad
Director: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
CZE, SVK 2021 / 13 min

In addition to memories, our image of the past is also based on various media. In the case of Diana Cam Van Nguyen's film LOVE, DAD, these items are above all photos, letters and books. Through an animated collage, she tells the story of her youth, including all of the areas of conflict she experienced growing up in the Czech Republic as the child of Vietnamese parents.

IDF activity: East Silver 2021

Apollo Kino-Center Sa, 29.04. / 14:00

Director: Diana Cam Van Nguyen
CZE 2018 / 10 min

What does it mean to lose a loved one at a young age? Various grown-ups wander around restlessly in a world composed of painted-over photographs – reflecting on the death of their parents long ago, on suicide, religion and many other questions for which there are no clear answers.

IDF activities: East Silver Market 2022, Silver Eye Award 2022 nominee

Apollo Kino-Center Sa, 29.04. / 14:00

Ex Oriente Film and East Doc Platform alumni also have their films screened at goEast. Be sure to check them in the program:
Polish Prayers by Hanka Nobis 
Aurica, a dog's life by Mihail-Gavril Dragole
It's a Date by Nadia Parfan

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