Film projects selected for DOK.Incubator 2013<
Scotland, Iceland / Produced by: Zik Zak Filmworks
After sixteen years in prison, Uisdean returns to his home at the edge of a Highland loch, to look after his father. However, as 92 year old Calum recovers with the care of his son, both struggle to start over again and find a shared normality beyond the stigma of Uisdean's murder conviction. However, after a year of living as a 'marked man' in a small village, Uisdean is suddenly re-arrested and taken back to prison for stabbing a neighbour. He sits destitute in a prison cell, disowned by his family, until an ex-journalist takes on the battle to have him released. Is what follows a transformative love that promises to liberate Uisdean from his past, or is it the story of the risks people will take to feel less alone?
Director: Lou McLoughlan / LouMcLou Films, Edinburgh
Producer: Hlin Johannesdottir / Zik Zak Filmworks, Reykjavík
Hungaria / Produced by: Laokoon Film
Men with balls
Men with balls
In a remote Hungarian village of the 126 inhabitants, 102, including the mayor, are Roma. 98 percent are unemployed. This, however, doesn't stop the mayor from dreaming big. He wants his villagers to become real Europeans who have a regular job earning wages each month and do sports after a day of hard work. To accomplish his vision, the mayor applies for all possible funding and has success in getting grants for two projects: a bio gardening project and the building of a tennis court. Until now, the villagers have only seen tennis on TV but thanks to the involvement of a professional coach, they start putting a lot of effort into their daily training. They are also very enthusiastic about the new kind of gardening. Things couldn't look any brighter and more promising, but Central Eastern European reality works in more complicated and challenging ways....
Director: Kristof Kovacs
Producer: Judit Stalter, Laokoon Films, Budapest
Communist Romania 1985. Everything is off limits. The government dictates the news and the people are left in the dark. But a man with an enigmatic past discovers a way to pirate and distribute American VHS blockbusters. He is joined by a courageous young woman who dubs over 3000 of the films he smuggles into the country. Together they risk imprisonment to give the people a window into the free world. But will the regime stamp out the VHS operation or will heroes jump from screen to reality?
Director: Ilinca Calugareanu
Producer: Mara Adina, Vernon Films, London
Director: Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Producer: Vibeke Vogel, Bullitt Film, Copenhagen
A veteran fighter slowly realizes that he needs to retire. He has never done anything but fighting. His girlfriend want's to help him to break with his addiction to fighting. His next fight mayt be a promise of everlasting glory... 'The Life of a Butterfly" is a study of a man who is struggeling with himself to find his place in life.
Director / Editor: Piotr Bernaś
Producer: Marta Golba, Endorfina Studio, Warsaw
Okhwan Yoon is a studied lawyer who wanted to change his life. He threw away his suit and tie and set up for an epic bicycle journey around the world. "When I close my eyes, I can see all different people in the world, I can feel them, I can touch them." He set a goal to reunify his nation which technically still remains in the state of war. Reunification of South and North Korea would mean a meaningful life to him and a more peaceful world to us.
How far is he willing to go? In order to remove the border, Okhwan has cycled 10 years around the world, overcoming limitless obstacles, ending up on a hunger strike for North Korea to open the border. Where are the borders of a meaningful life?
Director/Producer: Marek Mackovič, Filmpark Production, Bratislava
Natasha Yurchenko used to live in a small village before developers decided to rebuild the area into a modern district with a lot of high-floor buildings. Her neighbors were expelled and Natasha's family resisted as the last one, now trapped between the skyscrapers. She wants to keep on fighting for her farm, her way of life, her belief – whatever it costs. But under such pressure conflicts appeared in the family. Is the fight still worth fighting?
Director: Jiří Stejskal
Producer: Pavla Kubečková, Tomáš Hrubý, Nutprodukce, Prague
Cardio surgeon Sergey Sukhanov, who has performed more then 20000 operations on the open heart during his career, always despised politics. He believed the only value in this world were a human life and health. He was proud to be a doctor and all his life he worked hard for the good of society. Thus he has earned the love and respect of the people of his native Ural region. In the end, he managed almost the impossible - the huge modern Cardiac Centre was supposed to be built on the border between Europe and Asia. The government has allocated substantial funds for construction of the Centre, but its delivery was constantly delayed: budgetary funds embezzled. Tired of fighting with regional officials responsible for the construction, Professor Sukhanov was about to lose hope for a fast resolution of a problem. In late 2011, Sukhanov has got an unexpected offer from the Kremlin to head the Vladimir Putin's election headquarter. Realizing that the government uses him, Sukhanov accepts the offer, hoping in turn to use the protection of the authorities for the solution of the problem with the new Cardiac Center. Suddenly, the political activity captures the professor.
Director: Svetlana Strelnikova
Producer: Mariya Dadiomova, Film Studio Novyi Kurs, Perm
In Country is an immersive feature documentary about a platoon of soldiers who are recreating the Vietnam War in the woods of Oregon. Weaving together verite footage of the reenactments with flashbacks to the characters' real lives and unseen archival footage from the Vietnam War, IN COUNTRY blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy, past and present to tell a story about the lives of soldiers and the act of remembering. The question at the center of In Country is why? Why would these men - many of them combat veterans of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan haunted by their own experiences on the frontline -- try to recreate a war that so many Americans have tried to forget?
In Country is not just about the aftermath of the Vietnam War or the fantasies of grown men; it is a meditation on how the drums of war continue to draw men to battle despite devastating consequences.
Directors: Meghan O'Hara, Mike Attie