Chilly Finland, rainy Italy or sunny India. What do they have in common? In all of these countries, the audience can get familiar with outstanding documentary films from Central and Eastern Europe during January.
At one of the first film festivals of 2016, in Jaipur, India, the documentary Cinema, Mon Amour by the Romanian director Alexandru Belc, made in Czech co-production was screened, and the Croatian documentary Sick also made it to the main programme.
Both films were also selected to be on the programme of the 27th Trieste Film Festival, which will take place January 22 to 30 and out of the IDF supported documentaries, it will also present Brothers and When we talk about KGB which both went through the Ex Oriente Film programme. An interesting Romanian documentary Chuck Norris vs. Communism and Austrian film For my Sisters were picked up for the festival from East Silver Market. The LUX Prize section presented an extremely successful documentary Toto and His Sisters. Industry programme Last Stop Trieste will also host IDF supported projects: A two way Mirror, The Beast is Still Alive and See you in Chechnya. Czech documentary filmmaking will be represented by one of the most important directors, Miroslav Janek, and his film about the history of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival - Film Spa.
On January 25, the International Documentary Film Festival DocPoint will begin in Helsinki. It is the largest documentary festival in Scandinavia, which has also been organized in Estonian Talinn since 2010 and thus became the only festival in the world which takes place in two countries simultaneously. The record number of documentaries supported by the IDF activities were selected by the organizers of this festival to be screened within this year’s programme: East Silver Caravan members Mallory by Helena Třeštíková, Yallah! Underground by Farida Eslam, Cinema, Mon Amour by Alexandru Belc and Estonian film Rough Stage by Toomase Järvet; Anthill, Catching Haider, Drawing Against Oblivion, Like The Others, Call me Marianna, Under the Sun and K2 Touching the Sky from the East Silver Market selection. The last named documentary was also presented at the biggest CEE pitch of documentary projects - East European Forum. In both Helsinki and Tallinn the audience will also have a chance to watch the finished documentaries that took part in the year-round series of workshops, Ex Oriente Film, when they were still projects: Family Business, The Invisible City, When we talk about KGB, Yallah! Underground and Brothers. My Home and Holly Cow, which some of you may remember from Project Market will also be presented. We wish a satisfied audience and many festival awards to all!