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OPENING NIGHT GALA

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Thursday – April 30, 2015 – 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:00 PM.

 

Celebrating the 10th Annual SEEfest!

Opening Gala with Red Carpet

Reception after the Film

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Victor Rebengiuc

actor, Romania

Victor-Rebengiuc

Born 82 years ago to a modest family in Bucharest, Romania, Victor Rebengiuc is the leading actor of his country, equally sought after by the young directors of the Romanian New Wave. His memorable performances in Medal of Honor, which won Best Film at SEEfest in 2011, in short film Half Shaved shown at the festival last year, and in The Japanese Dog in this year’s festival are timeless highlights of a remarkable career. Rebengiuc brings to the screen the qualities seen only in the greatest of actors such as Michel Simon or Spencer Tracy.

He credits Liviu Ciulei, who directed The Forest of the Hanged—winner of Best Director award in Cannes 1965—for his breakout role. The film, and the book by Liviu Rebreanu it was based on, dealt with ethnic conflicts in Austria-Hungary. The film was a watershed moment in the recent history of Romanian cinema, as the first Romanian film to gain critical recognition internationally.

Victor Rebengiuc collaborated with veteran Romanian filmmaker Dan Piţa on several of his films and worked with the great theater director Silviu Purcărete on numerous occasions. He also collaborated with the celebrated Romanian stage and film director, Lucian Pintilie, most notably in Too Late, nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes (1996) and Last Stop Paradise (1998), winner of the Special Grand Jury prize in Venice.

He received awards for his work at international film festivals in Torino, Thessaloniki, and Cluj, an honorary doctorate from the Theater Institute, and the Prometheus Opera Omnia Award for Performance Art from the Anonimul Foundation.

SEEfest is celebrating the great Victor Rebengiuc with his latest film, The Japanese Dog, the debut feature by Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, and a Romanian Oscar entry. Mr. Rebengiuc is a delight to watch; an artist who graces the screen with his every performance.
The SEEfest inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award is dedicated to Victor Rebengiuc’s entire body of work in Romanian cinema and theater.

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George Chakiris

Academy and Golden Globe Award winner
for his role as Bernardo in West Side Story

George-Chakiris

 

On the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of SEEfest, the Board of Directors is honored to pay tribute to Greek-American actor and dancer George Chakiris, whose charismatic turn as Bernardo in the legendary West Side Story earned him an Oscar in 1961 and whose career achievements are an enduring cultural legacy in Hollywood.

Born in Ohio to Greek parents, George Chakiris enjoyed a long and versatile career alongside such film luminaries as Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly in The Young Girls Of Rochefort, Charlton Heston in Diamondhead, Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Claudia Cardinale in Bebo’s Girl, among many others. He appeared on stage in London’s West End and on Broadway, hosted musical TV specials in France, Germany and Japan, starred in mini-series in Japan and England, and had recurring roles on American TV in Dallas, Hawaii Five-O, and The Carol Burnett Show.

For his contributions to the arts George Chakiris has received France’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Introducing George Chakiris and speaking about his legacy:
Debra Levine, artsmeme

 

Legacy Award for actor George Chakiris
Lifetime Achievement Award for actor Victor Rebengiuc

Opening Film: Romanian Oscar-entry, The Japanese Dog

Writers Guild Theater
135 S Doheny Drive, Beverly Hills 90211

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Opening Film: The Japanese Dog

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Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Producers: Bogdan Craciun, Tudor Giurgiu
Genre: Drama
Duration: 85 minutes
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
WRITERS GUILD THEATRE
135 S. Doheny Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

An old widower—played by the Romanian acting legend Victor Rebengiuc in a bravura performance—is coping with the aftermath of the recent floods that devastated an entire village. A visit from his estranged son with a young Japanese family in tow stir deep-seated emotions on both sides. The encounter, filmed with great subtlety on a backdrop of spectacular visuals, transforms one solitary life in a powerfully wrapped conclusion.

The screening is generously supported by Stefania Magidson, Turkish Airlines, Viitorul Roman, and the Romanian Consul General Eugen Chivu.

Director's Still - Tudor JurgiuBorn in 1984 in Medias, Romania, Jurgiu graduated from The National University of Theatre and Film ”I.L.Caragiale” Bucharest in 2009. He directed four short films while in school. One of them, Oli’s Wedding, produced by Libra Film, was selected to participate in many festivals and won the Best Short Award in Leeds, 2009. In 2012, he shot his first feature, The Japanese Dog, also produced by Libra Film, which will be released in Romania in October 2013. His latest short, In the Fishbowl, was selected for the Cinefondation competition in Cannes 2013, where he was awarded 3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo.

 

7th Annual Business of Film Conference • FREE (Reservation Required)

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

 

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Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Saturday, May 2, 2015
9:30am – 12pm
networking luncheon
12pm – 1pm

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Filmmakers and industry, please use the button below to register for your free ticket through our ticketing site:

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General public: Conference is included with the purchase of the 3-day Festival Pass.

 

 

 

FEATURE FILMS

The Woods are Still Green

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Friday – May 1, 2015 – 6:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Lead actor Michael Kristof in person!

Director: Marko Naberšnik
Producer: Robert Hofferer
Duration: 107 minutes
Genre: Drama
Country: Austria/Slovenia
Language: German
Subtitles: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

When a handful of Austrian-Hungarian soldiers in a solitary artillery post in the Julian Alps during World War I sustain casualties, two survivors are left to fend for themselves. Without any help from their command head office and no food or water, survival becomes an existential challenge.

This screening is made possible by generous support from the Consulate General of Austria and Turkish Airlines.

Born in 1973 in Maribor, Slovenia (former Yugoslavia), Marko Nabersnik attended an 8-week filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy in 1996. In 2002, he graduated from the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT), University of Ljubljana, and in 2010, he completed his MA. For Shanghai Gypsy (2012), Nabersnik won the Award for Best Screenplay at Montreal World Film Festival 2012. He is an Associate Professor at Slovenia’s AGRFT and works permanently for the public Slovenian Broadcasting Television Company, Radio Televizija Slovenija (RTV SLO) as director of numerous live television shows and documentaries. He has directed more than 500 television shows since 2001 and successful television serials. Nabersnik lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Michael Kristof
Simon Serbinek
Clemens Aap Lindenberg
Kristian Hodko

 

 

It Takes Two to Fence

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Monday – May 4, 2015 – 9:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director Andrei Gheorghe in person!

Director: Andrei Gheorghe
Producer: Dan Chisu, Andrei Gheorghe
Duration: 83 minutes
Genre: Drama, Sports
Country: Romania
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Alex, a former fencing champion recovering from a serious injury, is assigned to coach Anda. The two develop a relationship through outdoor training exercises revealing the beauties of the Black Sea port of Constanţa, and leading to an intense rivalry between Alex and Anda’s boyfriend, a fellow fencing athlete. Luminous Romanian actress Olimpia Melinte electrifies the screen in the role of Anda.

This premiere is generously supported by Stefania Magidson, Blue Heron Foundation, and Turkish Airlines.

Fence - DirectGheorghe Andrei is a producer and cinematographer, known for It Takes Two to Fence (2014), Deaf Sounds (2010 and Ciobanila (2010).

 

 

 

 

Olimpia Melinte
Silvian Valcu
Marian Adochitei

 

 

Down the River

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Wednesday – May 6, 2015 – 9:30 PM

 

West Coast Premiere

Down-the-River

Director: Asif Rustamov
Producer: Mushfig Hatamov
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre: Drama
Country: Azerbaijan
Language: Azerbaijani
Subtitles: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Sumptuously photographed psychological drama powers through rowing races in a provincial town where coach Ali is caught in a web of his own midlife crisis and a desire to win a trophy at the expense of his trainee son, whom he forces off the team. A rare contemporary tale from a country making its debut at SEEfest.

The screening is made possible by the generous support from the Azerbaijanfilm Film Studio named after Jafar Jabbarly.

Down the River - DirectorAsif Rustamov (b. 1975, Baku, USSR) studied at a private university of economics (1995) and graduated from the department of film direction at the Azerbaijan State Academy of Arts (2005). He made several short features, including Sunset (2002), Labyrinth (2003), and The House (2007), which were shown at a number of international festivals. He has shot a series of short and medium-length documentaries, such as The Crossroad (2004), Time of Mercy (2006) and Sun City (2007). He is a cofounder of AGFIA (Association of Young Azerbaijani Filmmakers) and contributes to the Azerbaijani film magazine, FocusDown the River is his feature film debut.

Namig Agayev
Mekhriban Zeki
Aleksandra Andrzejewska
Teymur Mammadov

 

 

Rat Poison

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 9:30 PM

 

West Coast Premiere

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Director Konstantin Burov in person!

Director: Konstantin Burov
Producer: Andrei Altaparmakov
Duration: 86 minutes
Genre: Drama
Country: Bulgaria/Romania
Language: Bulgarian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Four young, petty thieves meet in a juvenile hall on the eve of tectonic changes that swept Eastern Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the chaos of a lawless transition, they strike out on their own, seeking fortunes and trying to make sense of their fast-approaching adulthood. Their infectious belief that life is a game they know how to play is the currency for these daredevils and take them to the most unlikely of places: a bank.

This screening is made possible by the generous support from Irina Maleeva, the Bulgarian Consul General, Marin Dimitrov, and Internet Tours.

Rat Poison - DirectorKonstantin Burov was born in 1974 in Pazardzhik. He graduated in Film and Television Directing at NATFA “K. Sarafov.” He won the Golden Rose Award for his debut feature novelette Plan for Revenge (2008). Rat Poison is his first feature film.

 

 

 

Nikolay Yovin
Biser Marinov
Ivan Panayotov
Petar Genkov
Lora Dekova
Devan Georgiev
Petar Varbanov

 

 

Bota

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Friday – May 1, 2015 – 8:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Directors Iris Elezi and Thomas Logoreci in person!

Directors: Iris Elezi, Thomas Logoreci
Producers: Andrea Stucovitz, Sabina Kodra
Genre: Drama, Sports
Duration: 100 minutes
Country: Albania/Italy
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Juli and Nora are two young waitresses stuck in a road cafe where middle-aged owner Ben presides over a cast of odd patrons, including a construction crew building the new road. Under Juli’s disapproving eyes, Ben juggles an affair with Nora and dreams of expanding his café while secrets from their shared past suddenly awaken this sleepy outpost.

This screening is made possible by the generous support from Turkish Airlines.

Albanian born Iris Elezi studied film theory and criticism, anthropology and women’s studies before completing her film production studies at New York University in 2001.
​ Her feature debut, Bota, premiered at the prestigious Karlovy Vary Film Festival and won the Fedeora Critics Award. Bota - DirectorBota also triumphed in the Reykjavik International Film Festival, winning both the Fipresci and the Audience Award. Iris Elezi lives and works in the Albanian capital of Tirana where she teaches film history and analysis.

​Thomas Logoreci is a filmmaker, editor, and screenwriter who worked for many years with Caveh Zahedi on such films as In the Bathtub of the World, The World is a Classroom, and the Gotham Award-Winning feature I Am A Sex Addict. He contributed to the short film, 9/10 to the Underground Zeroanthology, and wrote and acted in Ed Feldman’s A Day’s Work, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the U.S. Shorts Fest and the Trieste Film Festival. Working with Irish filmmaker Mark Cousins, he co-wrote Here Be Dragons, a feature-length essay film that premiered at the BFI London Film Festival and had its North American premiere in Telluride in 2013.

Flonja Kodheli
Fioralba Kryemadhi
Artur Gorishti
Tinka Kurti
Alban Ukaj
Erand Sojli
Guljelm Radoja
Luca Lionello
Ngjelina Ziu
Pjeter Logoreci
Roland Saro
Gezim Rudi
Amos Zaharia
Tristan Halilaj
Guljem Kotori
Suela Bako

 

 

Cowboys

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 5:00 PM

 

Cowboys

Director: Tomislav Mršić
Producer: Suzana Pandek
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 107 minutes
Country: Croatia
Language: Croatian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Eight outsiders in a deep Croatian province audition for a theater play, breaking every rule of stage craft. Their shenanigans test the limits of everyone’s good will, especially that of the hapless director Sacha who has fallen on hard times with his career in the big city’s theater in tatters. The production gets on its merry way with eight loopy characters getting under the hide of the king of all genres: the Western.

This screening is supported by Kino Croatia.

Cowboys - DirectorTomislav Mrsic was born in Zagreb in 1972. He became involved in film while studying at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, which he graduated from in 1998. He received the Best Debutant Award at the Days of Croatian Film Festival in 2002 for his film Sala nije na liniji 310. Along with documentaries, he directs short feature films and promotional videos. He is one of the founding members of MUF, Film Art Museum Association.

Matija Antolic
Sasa Anocic
Zivko Anocic
Hrvoje Barisic
Kruno Klabucar
Ivana Rushaidat
Rakan Rushaidat
Radovan Rusdjak

 

 

 

Tbilisi, I Love You

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Tuesday – May 5, 2015 – 9:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Directors: Nick Agiashvili, Irakli Chkhikvadze, Levan Glonti, Alexander Kviria, Tako Shavgulidze, Kote Takaishvili, Levan Tutberidze
Producers: David Agiashvili, Nick Agiashvili, Emmanuel Benbihy, Jason Speer
Genre: Drama/Romance
Duration: 93 minutes
Country: Georgia
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Tbilisi, I Love You is an ode to the capital of Georgia, another installment of the Cities of Love franchise that started with love letters to Paris, and New York. The familiar episodic structure is in evidence with a series of vignettes, from intimate stories about the contemporary family life, to Tbilisi playing host to international guests.

What emerges is an urban tapestry that lovingly pins its hopes on the beauty found in the eye of a camera in each of the seven captivating stories.

Malcolm McDowell
Ron Perlman
George Finn
Sarah Dumont

 

 

Racket

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Thursday – May 7, 2015 – 5:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Admir Buljugić
Producer: Hamza Ražnatović
Duration: 80 minutes
Genre: Crime Drama
Country: Bosnia Herzegovina
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

The cityscape of Sarajevo is a fetching backdrop for a rare crime story from Bosnia, by the first-time helmer Admir Buljugić. Taking a page from Jason Statham movies, the story follows a lone hero fighting the local thugs in a desperate bid to protect his ailing father’s business. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film aims for much more than its modest means, including a winning comic episode with a shepherd who moves the plot along.

admir buljugic 10000-previewSarajevo native, Admir Buljugić studied film directing at Columbia College in Chicago, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Since 2007 he lives in Sarajevo and works as a freelance artist. Racket is his feature debut.

 

Adnan Hasković
Izudin Bajrović
Edhem Husić
Lana Stanišić
Dragan Marinković

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Consumed

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 7:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

Consumed

Director: Borut Šeparović
Producer: Borut Šeparović
Duration: 93 minutes
Country: Croatia
Language: Croatian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

With more than 30 million minutes of life behind them, a group of elderly, over 55 years, are challenged to describe the most important minute in their life—within as many seconds as the number of years they have lived.

Borut Šeparović was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1967. He graduated in Philosophy and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Zagreb, and from the graduate school at Consumed - DirDas Arts (Advanced Studies in Performance Arts) in Amsterdam. His artistic biography as a founder, artistic leader, director and choreographer equates with Montažstroj’s biography. Under his artistic leadership, the group Montažstroj, since its founding in 1989, became a trademark of a new and different theatre in Croatia and abroad, retaining that status until today. He directed, choreographed and led over 50 projects, plays and performances whose production was signed by Montažstroj or by various institutional theaters. By directing documentary film Consumed, he started with creating audiovisual art by transferring his idea of socially responsible art into a new media. He is permanently interested in creating engaged theater and art that, far from the explicit daily political discourse, always questions anew the society in which they are created.

 

 

The Cover Story

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 6:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Silvana Menđušić

Producer: Marina Andree Skop, Darija Kulenovic Gudan, Petar Milic
Duration: 55 minutes
Country: Croatia
Language: Croatian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Despite monumental events in 2013 Croatia, the most popular news topic was the tragic death of Dolores Lambaša, a young actress whom all loved to hate. The documentary observes her final year and her intense relationship with the media.

Cover - DirectSilvana Menđušić (1967) worked as a television reporter for political magazines and news on Croatian Radio and a Television Network. She was also Editor in Chief of the Croatian edition of Cosmopolitan and Grazia, head of the Online Video News project at the EPH publishing house, and founder of a viso news agency, Infopunkt.tv. Now, she is the head of the editorial staff and a screenwriter of the talk show, Evening on the 8th Floor (Croatian National Television). The Cover Story is her debut feature documentary.

 

 

Flowers of the Shadows

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 12:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Olivier Magis
Producer: David Royen
Duration: 63 minutes
Country: Belgium/Romania
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

In mid-summer, women from across the country gather for the annual beauty pageant, a contest like many others—except here, only inner beauty counts. Why? Organizers and contestants are blind or partially sighted.

Olivier Magis graduated from film production in 2004. His end of studies film, The Secret of the Gods, Flowers of the Shadows - Directorwas shown at more than sixty-five European festivals and received several awards. In 2013, he directed Ion, a documentary screened and awarded at many international festivals and shown in cinemas in Belgium and in Belgian public broadcasting television. In 2014, he released his new documentary, Flowers in the Shadows. In addition, he has directed for televisions ARTE and RTBF, has written and worked as an assistant director in cinema and has been the assistant to the stage director in theater and the circus. He is a teacher of the documentary genre at SAE Film Institute Brussels.

 

 

Hey Neighbour!

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 5:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Bingöl Elmas
Producers: Bingöl Elmas
Duration: 54 minutes
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

A monster of urban transformation roams Turkey, haunting neighborhoods and leaving local history unremembered. The film portrays a personified relationship between uncommon neighbors: a shanty and an apartment building.

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Bingöl Elmas graduated from the Radio, Television and Cinema department of Marmara University Faculty of Communication. She worked as a reporter at various national television channels between 1998 and 2001 and was a director’s assistant in various television programs. She also worked at The Association of Documentary Filmmakers in Turkey (BSB), the only professional union in the field of documentary, for eight years. Now, she works at the Asmin Film Company as a director, producer and scriptwriter.

 

 

In the Dark

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 9:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director Goran Stanković in person!

Director: Goran Stanković
Producer: Snežana Penev
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 60 minutes
Country: Serbia
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Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Young coal miner, Davor, working with his father in southeast Serbia, struggles to carve out his own destiny and start a new life while still honoring his family’s expectations.

In the Dark - DirectorGoran Stanković grew up in Serbia where he received his BA in film directing and gained experience working on major national and foreign productions. He recently graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Directing Program at the American Film Institute and his thesis film, Way in Rye, was nominated for the Student Academy Award for Best Narrative Short. His two undergraduate films, Who Guards the Guardians and Old Mountain, were selected for over 50 international festivals and won 17 awards. More recently, he won the Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award in recognition of talent and outstanding film directing.

 

The Land is Hard, The Sky is High

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Monday – May 4, 2015 – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Erich Rathfelder, Amela Maldošević, Philippe Deprez
Producer: Mustafa Kapidžić
Duration: 64 minutes
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Subtitles: English
Venue:
MACHA THEATER
1107 N Kings Rd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069

 

In 1992, more than 3,500 residents of Prijedor were murdered, and hundreds of others were tortured in concentration camps. Archival footage and the accounts of those affected suggest that twenty years later, many scars of war remain unhealed.

Amela MaldosevicAmela Maldosevic is an art historian and a painter. She is the founder and director of the cultural NGO Kontrapunkt. She has worked for foreign journalists and now organizes exhibitions and study-trips into Bosnia and Herzegovina for the German-speaking society.Erich foto4

Erich Rathfelder, German journalist and writer, has been living in the region for 20 years (Sarajevo and Split). He was a reporter during the wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. He has published several books about the Balkans, including, Kosovo-die Geschichte eines Konfliktes (Berlin, 2010), Bosnien im Fokus (Berlin 2010), and Schnittpunkt Sarajevo (Berlin, 2006).

Foto FilipPhilippe Deprez is a Belgian reporter, living in Sarajevo for almost twenty years. He has covered the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq. He also recently reported from Libya. He wrote, Le Long Serpent – Avec les Americains jusqu’a Bagdad (Luce Wilquin, Avin, 2004).

 

Motions To Promised Lands

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Friday – May 1, 2015 – 7:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Miha Erman
Producer: Matija Šturm, Jasmina Založnik, Kristina Rozman
Duration: 55 minutes
Country: Slovenia
Language: Slovenian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

As one young woman journeys through several cities, the film questions the position and perception of the migrant in contemporary society, enriching these inquiries with dance interpretations from the Bitnamuun dance group.

Miha Erman, born in 1980 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and now living in Berlin, is a multimedia artist who works primarily with film, sound, performance theater and photography. He has studied Sculpture Motions - Directorat the Academy of Fine Arts in Ljubljana. In 2003, he studied at Svenska yrkeshögskolan, Nykarleby, Finland, as an exchange Erasmus student. Later, he received his Masters in Film at Ljubljana Film, Theater and Film TV Academy, where his interest was a fusion of sculptural qualities and film. He has directed several experimental short films, and from 2007 to 2010, he directed three theater performances. He actively works as a set designer for film and animation, as a sound designer, as a video artist and as a photographer. His most prominent work Room With No Echo is a project in three stages, first of which, theater performance, has been premiered in 2010 and continued with exhibition and a film. For the 2007/08 season, he was a manager and program director of the art cinema Kinodvor, Ljubljana. He has also led workshops for stop-motion animation and theater. He is a founding member of ZVVIKS, Institute for Film and Audiovisual Production in Ljubljana.

 

 

Nadeshda

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 1:00 PM

 

U.S. Premiere

NADESHDA

Director: Anna Frances Ewert, Falk Müller
Producer: Isabelle Bertolone
Duration: 48 minutes
Country: Germany/Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Misho, Zorka and Tsveti, children who live in Nadeshda, one of Bulgaria’s largest Roma ghettos, dream of becoming professional, classical musicians. Faced with prejudice, stigma and discrimination, this will be no easy task.

B&W_Foto_Falk-MuellerBorn in 1990 in Gera, Germany, Falk Müller gained experience working for local television and has been making films since 2008. In 2011, he began his studies in the documentary department of the University of Television and Film in Munich. He also provides television courses for children and teenagers.

Born in 1986, Anna Frances Ewert studied filmmaking at the Edinburgh Nadeshda - DirectorCollege of Art. She is now a student of documentary film at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Her shorts have been screened at major film festivals around the world, including Sundance. She is also an alumna of the Berlinale Talent Campus.

 

 

The Undertaker

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 5:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

THE-UNDERTAKER

Director: Dragan Nikolić
Producer: Jovana Nikolić
Duration: 53 minutes
Country: Serbia
Language: English, German, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Bata, a Serbian undertaker, spends his days driving a hearse for a company that manages twenty-six. He negotiates in Europe transporting various corpses, attempting to seem calm and collected, but it eventually takes a toll on him.

Dragan Nikolić, born 1974 in Belgrade, Serbia, studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and graduated in Dramaturgy from the University of Arts. director_and_producer_ photographer Boris MiticNikolić is an author of documentary films, a co-scriptwriter, an assistant director and a director. He achieved great success with previous projects, including The Caviar ConnectionNational Park and Hot Line, shown and awarded at big world festivals (IDFA 2008, Berlin Film Festival 2007, IDFA 2006…). He is a cinematographer of Bar De Zi, the best Romanian documentary in 2007 and a co-scriptwriter of Made in Serbia, which was the first Serbian documentary regularly shown in cinemas (2005). He was also a co-scriptwriter and director’s assistant of a short fiction film, Run Rabbit Run, which received the first award at Cannes Film Festival in the sinefondasion category in 2003.

 

 

 

The Waiting Point

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  Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 2:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

THE-WAITING-POINT

Director: Maša Drndić
Producer: Marin Lukanović
Duration: 43 minutes
Country: Croatia
Film Color: Black and White
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

At Žabica – a small, crowded bus terminal in Rijeka – plans for building a larger bus terminal are overshadowed by busy preparations for Croatia’s entrance to the EU. Meanwhile, its patrons await change in their home country. Will patience be rewarded?

Waiting - DirectorMaša Drndić (1982) is an artist, designer, cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. Her first autobiographical documentary, My Belgrade, came after a documentary workshop led by french Atelier Varan in 2007 in Belgrade, Serbia. She attained her MA Degree in graphic arts and has attended the workshop, “Aristoteles.” In 2008, she enrolled in MA studies in cinematography at BFM, Estonia. ​Drndić has directed six documentary films, including The Waiting Point (2013). She also worked on over a dozen short fiction films as a director, cinematographer, editor and assistant, many of which received recognition and awards. Drndić is also engaged in teaching, planning, curating and promoting educational and cultural projects and events. She is one of the co-founders of SKC Rijeka, a student cultural center, and STIFF Film Festival.

 

 

Zivan Makes a Punk Festival

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  Friday – May 1, 2015 – 8:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Ognjen Glavonić
Producer: Mladen Bulbuk, Ognjen Glavonić
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 63 minutes
Country: Serbia
Language: Serbian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

In his small Serbian village, Živan is a punk rocker poet, an outsider, about to embark on his sixth year of putting on a punk festival for the locals. But this year, he confronts the reality that the village isn’t interested.

Zivan Punk Festival - DirectorOgnjen Glavonić (1985, Yugoslavia) graduated from film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His short films have been screened at more than fifty international film festivals. He is currently producing his first fiction feature film, The Load, a project supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, the Boost! platform, CineMart, Connecting Cottbus (Post Pitch Award), Zagreb Film Festival, Les Arcs European Film Festival, Visions sud Est and CNC. Živan Makes a Punk Festival, premiered at Cinema du Reel (2014) and is his first feature documentary film.

SHORT FICTION FILMS

Art

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

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Director: Adrian Sitaru
Producers: Anamaria Antoci
Genre: Drama
Duration: 19 minutes
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Filmmakers hoping to cast a 13-year-old girl in a controversial role have a heated discussion with the girl’s mother, provoking questions about the line between art and exploitation.

AdrArt - Directorian Sitaru, born in 1971, is a filmmaker living and working in Bucharest. In 2007, his short film, Waves, brought him the Golden Leopard of Tomorrow. His debut feature film, Hooked, premiered at the Venice Days Film Festival in 2008 and established Sitaru as a new voice in Romanian post-communist cinema. Since then, his films gathered recognition from festivals such as Locarno, Sundance, Berlinale and Sarajevo.

Emanuel Parvu
Andrei Rus
Ioana Abur
Iulia Crisan

 

 

By Chance

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

By-Chance

Director/Producer: Tanja Golić
Genre: drama
Duration: 40 minutes
Country: Croatia
Language: Croatian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

After a chance encounter, two ex-lovers reconnect and discuss their shared and unshared histories, with a mature and thoughtful tone reminiscent of Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy.

By Chance - Director

Tanja Golic (1973, Rijeka, Croatia) graduated from the Visual Arts at Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in 1998 and from the Film and Television Directing at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2007. She has done 1990´s exhibits in video art, graphics, installations and experimental works and is an author, screenwriter and director of shorts, documentaries and experimental films.

Lana Baric
Kresimir Mikic

 

 

Dead End

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

Dead-End

Director: Tonia Mishiali
Producer: Christos Georghiades, Tonia Mishiali
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Duration: 15 minutes
Country: Cyprus
Language: Modern Greek (1453-)
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

An elderly couple struggles with a lack of communication and the husband’s obsession with money. Their story is told with thrillingly assured direction.

Tonia Mishiali’s love for the moving image led her to pursue her dream and become a director. In 1997, after studying in the UK, she moved to Cyprus to start working as a director and producer “experimentDead End - Directoring” in film, theatre, video and television. Her short film Dead End (2013) made its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival and achieved a nomination for the Golden Pardino – Leopards of Tomorrow. The same film was officially selected to compete in more than 35 International Film Festivals around the world, winning five awards, two for Best Director. She is now developing her debut feature film. She is also one of the Artistic Directors of Cyprus Film Days International Film Festival and the Film Representative in the Board of Directors of the Directors Guild of Cyprus.

Fivos Georgiades

 

 

The Fish Tank

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Codrut Mendea
Producer: Laura Baron
Duration: 24 minutes
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Shot in one long take, this drama offers a revealing peek into the kitchen of a Romanian family and the issues they face in their everyday lives.

Director Codrut Tudor Mendea’s films have been selected in a number of film festivals. In 2010, hisFish Tank - Director documentary, More Wool for the Country, was also selected at Festivalul Eco-Etno Folk-Film in Slatioara, and Promise was a finalist at AVON Movie for Life. His film, What a Nice Guy, Uncle Sica, was selected at Festivalul de Film CineMaiubit in 2010 and received the Diploma of Honour at Festivalul de Film Unica, Luxemburg. In 2012, Mr. Nelu’s Humble Whim won Best Image at Festivalul de Film Hyperion. His film, Fiction, was selected at Festivalul de Film “Future Movie” Galati, at Festivalul de Film Romanesc Mamaia and at Festivalul National de Film Artistic de Scurt Metraj.

Luana Stoica
Mihai-Gruia Sandu
Victor Țapeanu

 

 

Kresnik: Lore of Fire

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

West Coast Premiere

Kresnik

Director/Producer: David Sipoš
Duration: 22 minutes
Country: Slovenia
Language: Slovenian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

A young boy visits his grandfather and experiences an unexpected adventure, facing a test of courage and the opportunity to become a man. This tale delves into the mythology of the early Slavs.

Kresnik - DirectorDavid Sipoš grew up in the small town of Ptuj, Slovenia. Despite being a bookworm in his childhood, he constantly found new adventures in nature. He finished high school with high grades but soon afterward, decided to learn about filmmaking by making simple short movies. His latest short film Kresnik: The Lore of Fire is his first step into fantasy themes and is a genre he wishes to continue exploring, particularly with Slavic mythology, a cultural heritage he values. David is 25 and currently lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Cene Skrt
Dare Valic
Aljaz Simunic
Domen Jancic

 

 

Nine Days

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

Nine-Days

Director: Strahinja Savić
Producers: Vukota Antunović, Jovan Vukašinović
Duration: 25 minutes
Country: Serbia
Language: Serbian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

In an arrangement neither party seems particularly thrilled about, a teenager is forced to take care of his grandmother for nine days.

Nine Days - DirectorStrahinja Savić (Belgrade, 1991) is the author of some thirty short films. Most have been screened at national and international festivals, winning several awards. He graduated from film and television directing at the top of his class in 2010/2011 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade.

Eva Ras
Jovan Negic
Milka Novovic

 

 

The Penguin Construction

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Directors: Mihály Schwechtje
Producer: László Kántor
Duration: 14 minutes
Country: Hungary
Language: Hungarian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Told with deadpan humor, a down-on-his-luck man celebrates a new job and apartment and hopes to share his newfound fortune with an old flame.

Mihály Schwechtje has completed a variety of shorts and documentaries, many of which have Penguin - Directorwon awards like Best Scenario for Heart at the Hartley-Merill competition (2005), the Young Talent Prize at the 38th Hungarian Film Week for The Apple in 2007, Best Short Film at the 40th Hungarian Film Week Budapest and the Jury Price at Soria Short Film Festival for Cold Grove in 2009. His screenplay, Heat was selected at the Cinelink at Sarajevo, first feature movie, at Binger Filmlab Amsterdam (2009), at Festival des Arcs at ‘Lowbudget Film Forum’ (2010), and was shortlisted at the Sundance Feature Film Festival Program, among others.

Judit Rezes
Zoltán Csankó

 

 

A Soccer Game Journal

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

 

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Director: Deniz Ozden
Producer: Şebnem Vitrinel, Funda Alp
Duration: 5 minutes
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Nothing can distract these die-hard soccer fans from the Turkish National Team game on television, no matter what is happening outside.

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Deniz Özden was born in 1990 in Istanbul. When he was seventeen years old, he shot his first short film for the “Get Your Own Picture” project in Germany. He worked for Eflatun Film as a director’s assistant, cameraman and editor. His most important film as a director was Muezzin. He now studies with the Beykent University Faculty of Fine Arts Cinema in their television department.

Altan İnci
Ünal Hakverdi
Serhat Üstündağ
Hüseyin Santur
Hüseyin Kaplan
Hakan Hüseyin Gül
Yücel Gökçek
Mehmet Günal
Hüseyin Erişken
Salih Ortaçay
Deniz Ceylan
Kenan Etişgen
Kutay Kunt
Onur Dursun
Turan Kızmaz
Zehra Şahin
Aja Horackova
Berna Gülen

 

 

Yesterday Today Tomorrow

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Anil Kaya
Producer: Yağmur Dolkun, Volkan Çağsal
Genre: Drama/Romance/Drama-Comedy
Duration: 17 minutes
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

In this charming, magical realist love story, a young man must choose between wallowing in memories of his previous failed relationship and giving himself a chance at a new one.

Anıl Kaya was born in 1985 in Ankara. After having studied for one year in the Business Administration Yest - DirectorDepartment of Bilkent University, he switched to the communication and design department of the same university from which he graduated. He then completed his first short film, Dore on the Road, which was screened in various national and international film festivals. His third short film, One Missed Call: Life, has been awarded Best Director in Eskişehir King Midas International Short Film Festival. His last short, Yesterday Today Tomorrow, received two Best Short Film awards.

Arda Tümer
Kutay Kunt
Senem Kulman
Duygu Yetiş
Başak Daşman
Sezin Akbaşoğullari
Sermet Yeşil
Erkan Yolaç

SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Busking in Thessaloniki

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

 

North American Premiere

Director: Evripidis Tarasidis
Producers: Evripidis Tarasidis, Zois Antonis
Duration: 15 minutes
Country: Greece
Language: Modern Greek (1453-)
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Providing a compelling look at the lives and mentalities of street musicians in Greece’s second largest city, this film documents the hardships and romance of making music on the street in times of economic struggle.

thess_directorEvripidis Tarasidis is 26 years old. He studied as a civil engineer in University of Thessaly. He graduated from Metropolitan College with a HND. He has directed two short length documentaries, Busking In Thessaloniki and Leda and the Shawn. He writes theatrical plays.

Aida El Gkomati
Giannis Dimas
Elena Vontitsianou

 

 

Cemetery 35

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

 

North American Premiere

Director/Producer: Jose Cabrera Betancort
Duration: 5 minutes
Country: Romania
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

A brief survey of the remains of a former film storage facility demonstrates the loss of art and cultural heritage.

jose_cabrera_2013Jose Cabrera Betancort has a degree in Audiovisual Media at UCM. Yo Te Prefiero (2008) was his first short film. Yo Te Prefiero won first prize at El Festivalito in San Borondón from Las Palmas, second prize in Cruzarte and Canary Government Prize and was also selected in more than 15 film festivals. Cahiers du Cinema Spain (now Caiman Cuadernos de Cine) picked “Vertigo50” as one of the best Spanish shorts in 2009. His last documentary work, When in Bucharest (Do as the Romans Do), premiered in DocumentaMadrid and was also selected at Alcine, Rio de Janeiro, Toluca. It was awarded Best Editing at Aguilar de Campoo. Jose Cabrera was an artist in residency at RAER (Rome) and TEA (Tenerife). He is also the director of La Caja de Medea (Medea ́s Box), Dársena (Dock), Cemetery 35 and Un Indie Muy Mainstream.

 

 

Nikola Mihov

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

 

North American Premiere

Director: Mariyan Stefanov
Producers: Rozaliya Dimitrova, Kevork Aslanyan
Duration: 17 minutes
Country: Bulgaria
Language: Bulgarian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

Taking its cues from its subject, both in tone and composition, this short presents a resounding look at the human strength and paradoxes that infuse the work of one of the most influential photographers in Bulgaria.

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Mariyan Stefanov was born in 1986 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He graduated from New Bulgarian University (Sofia, Bulgaria) in 2014 with a BA in TV and Movie Directing.

Nikola Mihov

 

 

Off-History

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Sunday – May 3, 2015 – 5:30 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director/Producer: Selini Halvadaki
Duration: 19 minutes
Country: Denmark
Language: English/Greek
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

An investigation of an unfinished building at the harbor of Piraeus leads to ruminations about history, the myth of past glory, and how something meant to be a symbol of power ends up an eyesore.

Directors_headshotSelini Halvadaki graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2014 and since then, among other things, has shown her films at CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Film Festival and Copenhagen ShortFilm Festival. She works within the field of contemporary video art and experimental documentary film making.

 

 

Once Upon Another Time

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director/Producer: Alexandr Baev
Duration: 30 minutes
Country: Georgia
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

A multi-generational family living in a crowded junk market in Georgia opens their home to us. In this fly-on-the-wall documentary, we see the tough realities they face living hand-to-mouth.

avtor_Alexandr_BaevAlexandr Baev is a beginner documentary filmmaker from Georgia. With his first degree in editing, he studied documentary filmmaking at Ilia State University Education Television Center. His short film, Once Upon Another time is his graduating film.

 

 

Resumption

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Zoltan Csubrilo
Producer: Attila Ivan
Duration: 40 minutes
Country: Serbia/Malta/Hungary
Language: Hungarian, Serbian
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

A captivating cinéma vérité documentary depicts a family preparing for a journey. Their hope and the promise of a new start transcend place and time.

Zoltan_Csubrilo_-_directorBorn in 1977 in Senta, Zoltan Csubrilo now lives in Kanjiza. He has been working at the local television station as a cinematographer since 1997. In 2000, he made his own 8-minute film, titled One Day Eternity- Blossoming of the River Tisza. He took this film to the Szolnok Film Festival, and it was established as demonstrative material at schools in Hungary. For about a year, Zoltan was a correspondent for Duna TV in making the program, Getting the Whole Picture. In 2002, he was one of the founding members of the Cinema Film Workshop in Kanjiza, a civil organization, which is still working successfully. In 2004 and 2006, He was one of the organizers of the International Youth Cinema Film Workshop of Former Southern Territories of Hungary, organized within the scope of the Cinema Film Workshop in Kanjiza. In 2009, with four other filmmakers, he established the Art Pictures Film Production Ltd., and although it is still a small company, it has successfully completed five documentaries that have been shown at many film festivals internationally.

Attila Toldi
Csenge Toldi
Reka Toldi
Klara Mihalyi
Predrag Tosic

 

 

Sculpt, Inc.

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Saturday – May 2, 2015 – 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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Director: Tuna Tetik
Producers: Tuna Tetik, Barkın Bulutbeyaz
Duration: 10 minutes
Country: Turkey
Language: Turkish
Subtitles: English
Venue:
GOETHE-INSTITUT LOS ANGELES
5750 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

A variety of interviewees offer their reactions to some of Turkey’s unique sculptures for an entertaining look at the subjectivity of art.

Sculpt Inc - DirectorTuna Tetik graduated from Suadiye Hacı Mustafa Tarman High School and began creating short film projects at the time. In 2009, he entered Bahçeşehir University Department of Cinema and Television. Today, Tetik continues his short films, photography, video art, television introductions, stop motion and documentary projects.

Ersin Kıvrak
Işıl Saka
Ömer Çapoğlu

SHORT ANIMATION FILMS

The Blood

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

West Coast Premiere

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Director: Velislava Gospodinova
Producers: Geopoly Film Ltd.
Duration: 6 minutes
Country: Bulgaria
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

With dark and vivid imagery, this short is a potent representation of the toll of violence.

Velislava Gospodinova was born in 1986 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Animation Directing at the New Bulgarian University. Her graduation film, The Lighthouse (Farat), Blood - Dirhas been screened at more than 100 international film festivals and has been certified with numerous awards at such venues like: World Festival of Animated Film – Varna, Krok Int. Animated Film Festival, Animazing Spotlight, Message to Man etc. The Blood (Kravta) is her debut film. It is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Center and, at the moment, is on a successful festival run with already more than 20 festival screenings and a few awards and nominations for Best Debut Animation Film. As of 2005, Velislava works in the field of visual effects and 2D compositing. She is a freelance art director, compositor and animator. In 2010, she was selected and participated in the prestigious Berlinale Talent Campus. In 2014, she founded her own production company, Red Stroke Ltd.

 

 

Choban

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Matija Pisačić
Producers: Vinko Brešan, Ustanova Zagreb Film
Duration: 18 minutes
Country: Croatia
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

After his dog is stolen and sent into space, Choban’s search leads him to an underground city with a bevy of astonishing animated surprises.

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Matija Pisačić was born in 1975 in Zagreb. He is an animation director, illustrator and cartoonist. Choban is his second animated short.

 

 

The Day of the Bleeding Gums

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

West Coast Premiere

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Director: Dimitar Dimitrov
Producers: Neli Gacharova
Genre: Drama
Duration: 5 minutes
Country: Bulgaria
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Drawn entirely on a smartphone, this short tells the clever tale of an artist’s journey.

Day Gum - DirDimitar Dimitrov was born in 1975 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He received his Masters Degree as an Animation Director at NATFA in 2003, graduating from Professor Donyo Donev’s class. He is recently employed as a full-time Universal 3D artist in Gameloft and works for Nova TV, Nova Sport and Diema TV. Additionally, he makes animated stage sets for theatrical performances as well as all various digital and drawn productions as a freelance artist.

Leonid Yovchev

 

 

Dinner for Few

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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Director: Nassos Vakalis
Producers: Nassos Vakalis, Katerinai Stergiopoulou
Genre: Political, Drama
Duration: 10 minutes
Country: Greece/U.S.
Language: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

An aristocratic dinner turns bloody in an allegorical depiction of modern Greek society, aided by inventive animation.

Nassos Vakalis is an Emmy award-winning animator, storyboard artist and animation director. He dinner - dirwas born and raised in Athens, Greece and studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts. He has worked for many studios including DreamWorks Animation, Warner Bros, Paramount, Sullivan-Bluth and Universal/Illumination. Nassos has been the main pre-production and storyboard artist for the popular ESPN channel series “Off Mikes” for which he received an Emmy award. He also wrote and directed 130 episodes of the Internet animated series “Crime Time” which reached 25 million views worldwide. In the Greek entertainment business, he is known as the co-founder and co-owner of the company Time-Lapse Pictures. Today he lives in Los Angeles and works at DreamWorks Animation with credits in movies like The Bee Movie, Over the Hedge, Flushed Away, Kung Fu Panda, Monsters vs. Aliens, Puss in Boots, Turbo and many more.

 

 

Elmando

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Anton Octavian
Producers: Mr Few
Duration: 4 minutes
Country: Romania/Italy
Language: French
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

The story of a young Congolese child and his village is presented with vibrant use of color, music and movement.

Born in 1986, Anton Octavian is a Romanian animator and illustrator, living and working in Bucharest. After graduating from the University of West Timisoara, Faculty of Art and completing his studies in 2008 with a Bachelor’s elmando - dirDegree of Arts in Sculpture, he started experimenting in a new medium, animation, and started producing and directing short films and music videos. His films are created through various techniques, from Rotoscoping and 2D, to cut out and hand-drawn animation. “The Fog” is his first music video directed in 2008 for the Italian band, The Mantra ATSMM. The short film, My Friend is A Cloud, produced in 2009, is perhaps his most personal work – a story of childhood, dreams and music inspired by his personal experiences. In 2013, he animated and directed the official promo video for “Lionheart from the album Coming into Frame, the fifth studio album by pop rock band, Sirsy, produced by Grammy winners, Paul Kloderie and Sean Slade. From surrealistic explorations to dystrophic future scenarios, sea monsters to simply experimental eye candy, his work proves both insightful and surprising and is a consistent feature at animation and new media festivals.

 

 

Koyaa – Flower

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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Director/Producer: Kolja Saksida
Genre: Comedy
Duration: 4 minutes
Country: Slovenia
Language: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

A young man discovers the power of music to make plants grow, though sometimes not to his liking.

Kolja Saksida (Slovenian, born 1981) is active in the field of film as a director, actor and producer. At his fifteen years, he made his debut in the short film, Forward, by Boris Petković. As an Koyee - Dirassistant director, he participated in the making of Academy Award winning film No Man’s Land. He also directed three animated short films featuring the Plastos Civilization. Until now, his most notable production was an animated series Koyaa, appearing on Slovenian national television in 2005. In 2009, he realized a short puppet animated film entitled Kiddo ‘Slingshot’ as the director, co-writer and co-producer, and in 2011, created a short puppet animation, Koyaa ‘The Extraordinary.’ Saksida participated as an ‘’artist in residence’’ at CEC Arts Link (New York), Talent Campus (Berlin and Sarajevo), Animwork – Open Workshop (Denmark), Nipkow Programm (Berlin), and won two awards from the Association of Slovenian filmmakers and special jury price at the Alternative Film Festival. Saksida is the co-founder and director of production house ZVVIKS based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

 

 

The Mediterranean

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Yigit Pehlivan, Seckin Yalin
Producers: Berat Ilk
Duration: 3 minutes
Country: Turkey
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

In this charming tale, a Mediterranean seal struggles to escape the wrath of a greedy fisherman.

Seckin Yalin

Seçkin Yalın was born in Mersin and is now 28 years old. Yalın graduated from Anadolu University, Fine Arts Faculty, from the Cartoon (Animation) Department.

Yiğit Pehlivan was born in Trabzon and is now 28 years old. Yigit PehlivanPehlivan graduated from Anadolu University, Fine Arts Faculty, from the Cartoon (Animation) Department.

 

 

Mother Beast

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

U.S. Premiere

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Director: Csinos
Producers: Jozsef Fülöp
Duration: 7 minutes
Country: Hungary/Spain
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

With a peaceful tone, a creative use of nature is highlighted in this stop-motion animation.

Mother - DirCsinos was born in 1981 in Budapest, Hungary. After finishing at the High School of Fine Art (in 2000), she studied drawing animation in Pannónia Film Stúdió. She then became a student in the visual communication/animation department of MOME (Moholy-Nagy University of Art). In 2005, she worked as puppetmaker in the studio of Ferenc Cakó. In 2009, she left Hungary and went to live in Spain, where she started painting and filmed her first animation short. Since 2011, she has lived in Argentina. She is the founder and teacher of Stopmotion Collective (since 2010), and she is an animator in the studio El Birque in Cordoba, Argentina (since 2012).

 

 

Rabbitland

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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Director: Ana Nedeljković, Nikola Majdak
Producers: Jelena Mitrović
Duration: 7 minutes
Country: Serbia
Language: English
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

Visually striking claymation depicts the lives of brainless rabbits in a dystopian civilization.

Ana Nedeljković was born in Belgrade in 1978. She graduated from painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Arts in Rabbit - DirBelgrade. She has acquired a PhD in Art Practice from the same faculty in 2012. She is visual artist working in media of drawing, installation, animated film and is active in the field of art education.

Nikola Majdak, Jr. was born in Slovenia in 1972. He has an MFA from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in the camera department. In the last 20 years, he has been a freelance cameraman, animator, director and lecturer.

 

 

The Vast Landscape

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Lea Vidaković
Producers: Draško Ivezić, AKC Attack!
Duration: 11 minutes
Country: Croatia
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

In this beautifully realized short, four stories present six characters experiencing love, longing and self-destruction.

Vast - DirLea Vidakovic (1983, Serbia) is a multimedia artist, who works in the field of art installation and puppet animation. In 2010, she received a BA in animation. From 2006 to 2010, she studied graphic art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Croatia, and graduated in 2011. In 2012, she received an MA for audiovisual arts and for animation at the Royal Academy of Arts (KASK) in Belgium. In 2014, she earned a PhD for research in animation at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, with interest in fragmented narratives in animated installations and films. She has exhibited internationally on solo and group exhibitions and animation festivals and is a winner of several art and film awards. She is a member of the Association of Croatian Artists (HDLU) and the Association of artists from Vojvodina (SULUV).

 

 

Vis Dubium

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Saturday – May 2, 2014 – 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

 

North American Premiere

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Director: Mihajlo Dragaš
Duration: 7 minutes
Country: Serbia
Venue:
LAEMMLE MUSIC HALL
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

 

On an ominous ocean structure, a fisherman struggles with the sea monsters that surround him.

Vis D - DirMihajlo Dragaš was born in 1991 in Capljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina and now lives in Bor, Serbia. In 2014, he graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia in the field of animation. He is also active in the field of graphic printing. His films were shown in many animation festivals throughout the country and abroad, including at Balkanima (2013, 2014), Fesa (2014) in Belgrade, BeThere in Greece, Reanimania (2014) in Armenia, and DOK Leipzig (2014) in Germany. Currently, he is pursuing a Master Studies of Animation from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade.