... When You Look Away

by Phie Ambo
Viola-Lucia Film, Hansen & Pedersen film og fjernsyn
| 84’ | Denmark | 2017 | |
Where are the limits of consciousness and are we connected in ways we never knew? Phie Ambo asks these big questions in a filmic experiment with surprising answers. A thought-provoking film from the unknown borderland between science and alternative world views.


ALREADYMADE


Alreadymade

by Barbara Visser
Tomtit Film
| 82’ | The Netherlands | 2023 | |
Was it marketing, mystification or misogyny that led to the success of the artwork Fountain? What started as a lost piece of anti-art by an anonymous creator eventually became the most influential artwork of the 20th century. Speculations about a female author come and go. Who is she? And what is true, or even real, in this case? ALREADYMADE itself takes on the form of a ‘readymade’, intricately weaving it’s story with found material from many different sources, thus embodying the content of the film in its own form. In Alreadymade, originality, authorship and identity are challenged, just as Fountain did over a century ago, but this time by using today's tools.


APOLONIA


Apolonia, Apolonia

by Lea Glob
Danish Documentary Production, Staron Films,
| 116’ | Denmark, Poland | 2022 | |






Before the Last Curtain Falls

by Thomas Wallner
Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Köln GmbH & Co.KG , Savage Film
| 86’&52’ | Germany/Belgium | 2014 | HD |
The film dives deeply into the exceptional and heart-warmingstories of a group of transsexuals and drag queens in their sixties and seventies, who summon up their bravery to take the stage once again – perhaps for the last time.


BEETWEEN REVOLUTIONS


Between Revolutions

by Vlad Petri
Activ Docs, Restart (Oliver Sertic)
| 68' | Romania, Croatia | 2023 | |
Two women separated by political revolutions find connection through letters, defying distance and turmoil.


Calendar girls


Calendar Girls

by Maria Loohufvud, Love Martinsen
Pink Dolphin AB
| 83’&58’ | Sweden | 2022 | 4K |
They are the magical reindeers at parties and churches, pink fluffy unicorns at air force reunions, and zombies at retirement homes. They are the Calendar Girls – Florida’s most dedicated dance team for women over 60. Being a Calendar Girl requires commitment and passion but it gives something priceless back – 30 soul sisters who always have your back. Being a Calendar Girl means dancing out the door leaving your problems at home. But it also means that you will change, and that your relationships will be tested. Calendar Girls is an intimate and life-affirming coming-of-mature-age film filled to the brim with playfulness and dance. The film shakes up the outdated image of “the old lady” and is a call for everyone to dance their heart out while you can.



CALVET

by Dominic Allan
Firewalk Films
| 86’ - 52’ | UK | 2011 | HD
Never believe you've played your last hand..

French painter Jean Marc Calvet recounts his incredible life story as a former Cannes bodyguard who abandoned his family, robbed a Miami mobster, hid out in Central America and at the age of 38 overcame addictions through an extraordinary metamorphosis in which he began to paint.





* Nominated for Best Feature Documentary by The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) for the Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards

Cameraperson

by Kirsten Johnson
Big Mouth Productions
| 102’ | USA | 2016 | |
Exposing her role behind the camera, Kirsten Johnson reaches into the vast trove of footage she has shot over decades around the world. What emerges is a visually bold memoir and a revelatory interrogation of the power of the camera.





China's van Goghs

by Haibo YU, Kiki Tiangi YU
Century Image Media Ltd, TrueWorks
| 84' - 52' | China | 2015 | HD |
Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, but Zhao Xiaoyong has sold over 90,000 copies of van Gogh’s paintings in the past 20 years. Living in China, the world’s fastest developing country, Zhao has been through great transitions. First from a peasant to a rural migrant worker. Then he learnt how to copy iconic Western paintings. Now Zhao is in the midst of a new transition – from copy maker to original artist. China’s van Gogh not only presents how this painter pursues his dream, but also tells the human story of challenge and struggle during his journey.





Cinema, Mon Amour

by Alexandru Belc
Libra Film Productions, Pink Productions
| 70' - 52' | Romania/Czech Republic | 2015 | |
Having lived through “the golden age” of cinema, Viktor Purice fights to preserve the Dacia Panoramic Cinema in Piatra Neamt - one of the last remaining cinemas in Romania today and bring back the good old glory days, yet struggles to keep up with the new harsh reality. In a theater that lacks heating and is slowly falling apart, with no support from the State who owns the place, it’s almost a Don Quixote fight.


Erwin Olaf


Erwin Olaf. The Legacy

by Michiel van Erp
De Familie Film & TV
| 76’ | The Netherlands | 2019 | |

The struggles of the much celebrated photographer and artist, Erwin Olaf, who is at the top of his fame.

ESCAPE TO THE SILVER GLOBE


ESCAPE TO THE SILVER GLOBE

by Jakub Mikurda
Silver Frame, DiFactory, Kracow Regional Film Fund, Mx 35, Polish Film Institute
| 92’ | Poland | 2021 | 4K |






Ethiopiques - Revolt of the Soul

by Maciek Bochniak
Pokromski Studio, P’Artisan Film Produktion GmbH
| 70’ & 52’ | Poland, Germany, UK | 2017 | |
The story of forgotten Ethiopian musicians who became a considerable inspiration for free jazz and pop music nowadays.

HARRY GRUYAERT - PHOTOGRAPHER


HARRY GRUYAERT - PHOTOGRAPHER

by Gerrit Messiaen
Las Belgas & Take Five | 70’ - 52’ | Belgium| 2018 | HD |
This is the story of 77 year old Magnum member Harry Gruyaert whose life is saved by color.


IN A FUTURE APRIL


IN A FUTURE APRIL

by Francesco Costabile, Federico Savonitto
Altreforme
| 75’&52’ | Italy | 2019 | 4K |
During the Forties the young Pasolini lived in Casarsa, a small town in Friuli and his mother's birthplace. The story of those years is told by Nico Naldini, Pasolini's direct cousin. The life of Pier Paolo runs through Nico’s voice, that unveils two unavoidably linked lifepaths. Both were, at the time, discovering an unknown world, of which they experienced the aesthetic and erotic violence, in its cruel reality. This universe would become the basis for the later poetry and movies of Pasolini.





European Film Awards Shortlist

La Chana

by Lucija Stojevic
Noon Films S.L., Bless Bless Productions
| 82’ & 55’ | Spain | 2016 | HD |
An intimate portrait of Gypsy flamenco dancer La Chana as she returns to the stage after a 23-year break and uncovers the secret why she disappeared at the peak of her career.


LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO


Look what you made me do

by Coco Schrijber
Witfilm
| 81’&55’ | The Netherlands | 2022 | |
Look What You Made Me Do starts with a brutal fight scene. While Laura tells us about her deed, the emergency call sounds and we hear the murder of her boyfriend, in the freezing night. Rosalba cooks meatballs, telling us how she burned her husband in a barn in an Italian field. Rachel keeps silent in the night. A woman, hidden in a red shadow for safety reasons, talks about her abusive husband. Laura, Rachel and Rosalba advise her. Never believe in a man’s repentance, Rosalba warns. Will the red woman become a victim, or a perpetrator? Between stories, a cleaner mops up the blood of a murdered woman – a chore he faces once or twice every week. Laura, Rachel and Rosalba saw murder as the only solution: their deeds weigh heavily on them. Look What You Made Me Do is a film about fear, anger, and decision. It’s the ultimate revenge movie but with a happy ending: Laura, Rachel and Rosalba don’t join the endless list of the 30,000-plus women who are killed every year by their (ex)partners. They have survived





Mad as Hell: Peter Finch

by Robert de Young
Lowlands Media Pty Ltd
| 77’ - 55’ | Australia | 2011 | 16:9 |
Mad as Hell is the first documentary to map the significance and legacy of Australian actor Peter Finch’s life and career as seen through the eyes of his daughters, fellow actors, producers and his manager. With: Anita Harrison, Tamara Tchinarova Finch, Samantha Finch, Diana Braley-Finch, Barry Norman, Trader Faulkner, Vincent Ball, Peter Thompson, Bill Hunter, Virginia McKenna, Glenda Jackson, Howard Gottfried. Finch is still the only actor to have been awarded a posthumous Academy Award® for Best Actor (Network, 1977).


MADE TO MEASURE


Made to Measure

by
Beware of Horses GmbH, Studio Docmine AG
| 44’& 52’ | Germany | made-to-measure | 2K |
The one-of-a-kind cross-media project MADE TO MEASURE also includes a TV documentary that uses concrete examples to illustrate how online companies, advertisers and other data traders use the information they collect to profit from peoples’ weaknesses, insecurities, illnesses and addiction potential.


Minted


Minted

by Nicholas Bruckman
NFT Film LLC
| 84’ - 52’ | USA | 2023 | |
A renegade group of outsider artists are thrust into the global limelight when they embrace a powerful new technology, but they must reckon with the controversies that threaten to collapse the wild world of NFTs.

MY STOLEN PLANET


My Stolen Planet

by Farahnaz Sharifi
JYOTI Film GmbH, Pak Film, Farzad Pak
| 82’ | Iran, Germany | 2024 | |
Farah, an Iranian woman is forced to migrate to her private planet to be free. She buys other people's memories in form of super 8mm films and records and archives her own, to create an alternative history of Iran.


OUR TIME MACHINE


Our Time Machine

by S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun
Walking Iris Media
| 81’ | USA, China | 2019 | True HD |
Conceptual artist and puppeteer Ma Liang begins work on an ambitious performance piece about time and memory. For collaboration, he turns to his father, a former director of the Shanghai Chinese Opera, who is beginning to lose his own memories.

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SIDE BY SIDE

by Chris Kenneally
Company Films LLC
| USA | 98’ - 56’ | 2012
Keanu Reeves interviews directors, cinematographers, film students, producers, technologies, editors, and exhibitors, as Side by Side examines all aspects of filmmaking. At this moment when digital and photochemical filmmaking coexist, Side by Side explores what has been gained, what is lost, and what the future might bring.




THE END OF FEAR

by Barbara Visser
De Familie Film & TV
| 70' | The Netherlands | 2018 | Cinemascope |
THE END OF FEAR is a cinematographic essay on a crucial and controversial work of art from the 1960’s, the painting Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III by Barnett Newman. What is the possible value of art: what makes something a work of art; who decides this; what does it mean; what is the value of art in economic, artistic, and social terms?


The New Gospel


The New Gospel

by Milo Rau
Fruitmarket Arts & Media GmbH, Langfilm / Bernard Lang AG
| 107' | Germany / Switzerland | 2020 | 4K |

An authentically political, theatrical and cinematic New Gospel for the 21st century. What would Jesus preach in the 21st century? Who would his disciples be?




The Night

by Steffan Strandberg
Indie Film as, Walking the Dog, Fasad Produktion
| 63' & 58' | Norway | 2017 | HD |
When Steffan's mother died, he felt nothing. No sadness, no sense of relief. How did it come to this?





The Poetess

by Stefanie Brockhaus, Andreas Wolff
Brockhaus/Wolff Films GbR
| 88’ & 52’ | Germany, Saudi Arabia | 2017 | HD |
Hissa Hilal, a 43-year-old housewife from Saudi Arabia, tests her boundaries in the daily struggle for change. Veiled in a burqa, she gains international fame at Abu Dhabi’s prestigious contest “Million’s Poet” with her poems critical of terrorism and the ideologies of fanatic islamists.





The Road to Fame

by Hao Wu
Tripod Media LLC
| 80’ - 56' | China | 2013 | HD |
The film gives a rare, intimate look at the coming-of-age of some of China's most promising yet confused youth. It chronicles the staging of the musical 'Fame' by the graduating class of China's top drama academy, in China's first official collaboration with Broadway. It follows five students of divergent personalities and family backgrounds as they compete for roles, struggle with the expectations of teachers and parents, and prepare to graduate into China's reality of huge wealth gap and rampant corruption. Often confused by the conflicting cultural values shaping China today, the students must confront their anxieties about an uncertain future and negotiate their own paths to fame.





The Woodmans

by C Scott Willis
C Scott Films LCC
| 82’ - 60' | USA | 2010 | HD |
The Woodmans are a family of well-known artists bonded in their belief of art-making as the highest form of expression, but for their daughter Francesca -- one of the late 20th century’s most recognized and influential photographer -- fame came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. The Woodmans traces the story of a family broken and then healed by their art.





To Stay Alive - a method

by Arno Hagers, Erik Lieshout, Reinier van Brummelen
Seriousfilm, AT-Prod sa
| 70’ - 60' & 55' | The Netherlands, Belgium | 2016 | |
Iggy Pop’s way of surviving as an individual in an impersonal world, based on Michel Houellebecq’s ‘To Stay Alive’, and on his own experiences in rock. Did they help each other to survive? From his sunlit garden in Miami Iggy Pop recites Michel Houellebecq’s ‘To Stay Alive’. In France we meet Houellebecq and the people whose life stories inspired this essay, in which Iggy recognizes his own struggle as a young artist. A film of musings, interviews and dialogues, with Iggy speaking directly to the audience through Houellebecq’s words. A call to break free from our chains and to ‘go for it’.





Turning with Antony & the Johnsons

by Antony , Charles Atlas
Turning Film LLC, Lucy Sexton Film, Beofilm
| 82’ | USA / Denmark | 2012 | |
The indelible music of Antony and the Johnsons has won the admiration of Lou Reed, Rufus Wainwright, and others. Turning captures the band in concert collaborating with the filmmaker Charles Atlas, celebrating 13 women taking the stage who, like Antony himself, are not easily categorized personas. Many of them are transgendered, some gay, some straight. All have stories to tell about the hard-won struggle to be themselves, expressed with the transcendent power of Antony’s music.



WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS: A MAN WITHIN

by Yony Leyser
Yonilizer Productions - BulletProof Film - PBS
| 87' - 60' | USA | 2010 |
Valentino’s Ghost exposes the way in which the U.S. Government’s foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media’s portrayals of Arabs and Muslims.In 1920s Hollywood, the Arab was a hero, as played by the iconic Rudolph Valentino in his hugely successful “Sheik” movies. By the 1970s, Arabs and Muslims were depicted solely as embodiments of evil, not only in Hollywood films, but in children’s cartoons, in the news media, on TV, and even on radio.


Wintopia the enigmatic footsteps of renowned documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick


Wintopia

by Mira Burt-Wintonick
EyeSteelFilm Distribution, National Film Board of Canada
| 88’ | Canada | 2019 | |

A box of tapes uncovered. A father’s obsession with Utopia. A daughter’s struggle to reconnect with her dad by completing his unfinished film. Wintopia traces the enigmatic footsteps of renowned documentary filmmaker Peter Wintonick through the lens of his daughter, as she attempts to decipher the map he has left behind. Reverberating with emotion and whimsy, the film guides us on a journey through possible worlds in pursuit of reconciliation, both between artist and family and between dreams and reality.