Short films: Block VII. Doc Alliance

dir. Monika Proba ("Light Years"); Eliška Cílková ("Beautiful Solution"); José Oliveira, Marta Ramos ("Peace"); Jeppe Lange ("Abyss") / 2021 / Poland ("Light Years"); Czech Republic ("Beautiful Solution"); Portugal ("Peace"); Denmark ("Abyss") / 74min.
Millennium Docs Against Gravity is co-founder and member of the Doc Alliance network, a partnership of seven major European documentary film festivals: CPH: DOX Copenhagen, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, Visions du Réel Nyon, Doclisboa and Millennium Docs Against Gravity. Each year Doc Alliance gives out its awards for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film.

"Light Years"
dir. Monika Proba / 2021 / Poland / 28min.
cinematography: Zvika Gregory Portnoy
producer: Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński, Magdalena Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak, Daria Zienowicz / Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association, SQUARE film studio
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – The Krakow Film Festival

According to the rules of the Eastern Orthodox Church, to become a priest, first you need to find a wife Vitali has always wanted to be a priest. There is only one thing left to do – according to the rules of the Eastern Orthodox Church, he needs to find a wife. Waiting for the change to come, he rents a flat with a friend from the seminary. They turn the two tiny rooms filled with books and icons into their own world, living beyond time and mundane rules. Years go by and Vitali’s family is still waiting for the arrival of the priest among its members.

 

"Beautiful Solution"
dir. Eliška Cílková / 2021 / Czech Republic / 8min.
cinematography: Simona Donovalová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková
producer: FAMU
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

The film poem about pesticides reflects on the return to the natural food chain, in which insect pest serve as food for the higher order.
The film poem about pesticides reflects on the return to the natural food chain, in which insect pest serve as food for the higher order. The harmonic cycle of life and death, the temple that is the wildflower field resounding with the inebriating sound of crickets chirping and wheat spikes rustling in the wind, is invaded by the human, the ultimate consumer with no natural predator. „Do we need pesticides, if we have flower strips?“

 

"Peace"
dir. José Oliveira, Marta Ramos / 2021 / Portugal / 25min.
cinematography: José António Loureiro
producer: José Oliveira, Marta Ramos, Daniel Pereira / José Oliveira, Marta Ramos, The Stone and The Plot
selected festivals and awards: 2021 – Doclisboa

The wartime stories hide both a longing for youth and a sense of belonging as well as traumatic experiences
A group of veterans of the Portuguese colonial war, which lasted from the early 60s to the mid 70s, gets together during present times. Between songs and remembrances, the past starts taking over.

"Abyss"
dir. Jeppe Lange / 2022 / Denmark / 13 min.
cinematography: Jeppe Lange
production: Jeppe Lange / Artist Jeppe Lange

Warning! The following film contains flashing lights and may cause seizures

“Abyss” is a chain of 10,000 images found through Google’s reverse image search. 

The visual development is based on the misunderstandings that happen in the AI’s reading of the image material. The AI doesn’t care about scale, emotions or context but is only interested in patterns, colours and correlations. We are watching a primal chaos before the creation of an artificial consciousness. And the awakening consciousness is looking back at us – as a genuine species of its own.

duration:
74 min
country / year of production:
Poland ("Light Years"); Czech Republic ("Beautiful Solution"); Portugal ("Peace"); Denmark ("Abyss") / 2021
director:
Monika Proba ("Light Years"); Eliška Cílková ("Beautiful Solution"); José Oliveira, Marta Ramos ("Peace"); Jeppe Lange ("Abyss")
cinematography:
Zvika Gregory Portnoy ("Light Years"); Simona Donovalová, Matouš Bičák, Eliška Cílková ("Beautiful Solution"); José António Loureiro ("Peace"); Jeppe Lange ("Abyss")
producer:
Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński, Magdalena Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak, Daria Zienowicz / Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association, SQUARE film studio ("Light Years"); FAMU ("Beautiful Solution"); José Oliveira, Marta Ramos, Daniel Pereira / José Oliveira / Marta Ramos, The Stone and The Plot ("Peace"); Jeppe Lange / Artist Jeppe Lange ("Abyss")
selected festivals and awards:
2021 – The Krakow Film Festival ("Light Years"); 2021 – Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival ("Beautiful Solution"); 2021 – Doclisboa (Peace")
sections:
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tags:
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