White World, Amour and War at BIDF 2019

14. 1. 2019

Author: Veronika Zýková

Budapest International Documentary Festival (BIDF) will show from January 28 to February 3, 2019 in its competition East Silver Caravan titles and Silver Eye nominees. The theme of its 5th edition is "Naked truth on the film screen".

After its presence at Hot Docs, ZagrebDox and Beldocs the Macedonian film Avec l'amour (2017), directed by Ilija Cvetkovsky, will have its screening at BIDF on January 29 and 31, 2019. It tells a story of Dionis, a biology teacher about to retire. He has a passion and a dream. He owns over a hundred rusty vintage cars most of which don’t even work, and every night he sleeps next to his cars in the outskirts of the town he lives in, only to dream of opening up a museum for his unusual collection. His younger wife works all day to pay for his passion. The producer and author of original idea Atanas Georgiev's recent film Honeyland (dir. Ljubomir Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska) is in the competition of Sundance 2019.

The documentary about radical neo-Nazi and amateur horror filmmaker The White World According to Daliborek (2017), directed by Vít Klusák, was screened at Hot Docs, Doc Point Helsinki and Docudays UA. BIDF has it on the programme on February 2 and 3, 2019.

One of the most successful Czech documentaries of 2018, When the War Comes (dir. Jan Gebert), which was premiered at the 68th Berlinale and received Silver Eye Award 2018, will be screened at BIDF on February 1 and 2, 2019. The documentary portrays Peter who is the head of a paramilitary group called Slovenskí branci that recruits hundreds of Slovak teenagers with the silent approval of the authorities. The group’s goal is simple – to prepare for war time and create a model community based on military drill, obedience and fear. Peter's ambition is clear - becoming influential politician. 

The Distant Barking of Dogs (2017, dir. Simon Lereng Wilmont), nominated for both European Film Award and Silver Eye Award 2018, Genesis 2.0 (2018, dir. Christian Freie and Maxim Arbugajev) and Sisters (2018, dir. Michał Hytroś), both nominated for Silver Eye Award 2018, and Árpád Bogdán's Ghetto Balboa (2018), which was presented at East Silver Market, are also included in the programme of BIDF.

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