Film Archive

Father

Animadoc
Bulgaria,
Croatia,
Germany
2012
16 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Maria Stanisheva, Compote Collective
Ivan Bogdanov, Moritz Mayerhofer, Veljko Popović, Asparuh Petrov, Rositsa Raleva, Dmitry Yagodin
Petar Dundakov
Ivan Bogdanov
Vessela Dantcheva, Kristijan Dulic, Moritz Mayerhofer, Asparuh Petrov, Dmitry Yagodin
Ivan Bogdanov, Phil Mulloy
Emil Iliev
When did you last talk with your father? Will you ever ask him about those things that hurt you? In the film, an impossible dialogue is created between the one who left and the ones that were left behind.



Golden Dove in the International Competition Animated Film 2012

Sofia's Last Ambulance

Documentary Film
Bulgaria,
Croatia,
Germany
2012
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ingmar Trost, Sutor Kolonko Filmproduktion,Siniša Juričić, Nukleus film d.o.o., Dimitar Gotchev, SIA Ltd, Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Betina Ip, Ilian Metev
Ilian Metev
Tom Kirk
The ambulance carries us on its bumpy ride through the streets of the Bulgarian capital. Dr. Krassimir Yordanov chain-smokes by the window. Sister Mila, who affectionately calls him Krassi and is as fond of nicotine as he is, sits between him and the friendly driver Pramen. This is the wonderful cast we follow to their various patients in Sofia. Heart attacks, junkies, abortion attempts and drunks, they’re all there. But the Bulgarian health system is as rotten as the streets of Sofia – there are exactly 13 ambulances servicing the city’s 1.2 million inhabitants. It’s easy to imagine what an exhausting and gruelling job this is. And it doesn’t make any difference that Mila stays calm even with the most difficult patients and calls everyone “darling” or “honey”.
The film follows a consistent narrative format. During the rides the camera is mounted on the dashboard, observing only the three protagonists or the street. Even in the patients’ homes, with worried relatives surrounding the rescue team, we glimpse a leg or the back of a patient’s head at best. No interviews, no voice-over, only live sound – a documentary film in its purest form. The director won the 2008 DOK Leipzig Talent Award and used the prize money to realise this film.

Antje Stamer



Silver Dove in the International Competition Documentary Film 2012


International Programme 2012
The Blockade Igor Bezinović

A student strike in Zagreb spreads across the whole country but then inner conflicts threaten to break it up... the anatomy of a revolt, brash, clever and captivating.

The Blockade

Documentary Film
Croatia
2012
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Nenad Puhovski, Factum Documentary Project, Oliver Sertić, Restart
Igor Bezinović
Zli bubnjari, Antenat, Ibrica Jusić, Naš mali Afro bend, Tigrova mast, Idoli
Đuro Gavran, Eva Kraljević, Igor Bezinović, Haris Berbić
Hrvoslava Brkušić, Maida Srabović, Miro Manojlović
Igor Bezinović
Occupy, sit-ins, or punk performances in churches – civil disobedience is spreading like wildfire across the globe. In Zagreb, too, students of the Philosophy Department were no longer willing to accept the constantly rising tuition fees and decided to organise a student strike, the biggest since 1971. The revolt quickly spread to other universities. What started more or less spontaneously out of anger soon developed its own rules. Democracy needs practice, too, and there are no manuals on how to keep the protests going, mobilise the public and find an appropriate form of resistance; there’s only the process itself. Director Igor Bezinovic used to be a student of this department. His film is an anatomy of the asynchronous processes, the shifting hierarchies, the debates about opposition and opportunism, the fear of failing under public pressure. The Minister of Education on the other side knows exactly where the weak points of such a protest lie. How long will the students hold out and know that the teachers are on their side once the money stops coming? “Blokada” openly sympathises with the students but does not conceal how lonely and wearying it can be to be radical. The filmmaker is always present and very precise in his observations. Despite the many different perspectives Bezinovic managed to make a very coherent film.
– Cornelia Klauß

Tide

Animated Film
Croatia
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles

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Dino Krpan, Diedra
Alen Zanjko
Vjeran Salamon
Ivana Fumic
Sinisa Mataic
Alen Zanjko
Boris Wagner
When the moon is full and the tide is high, strange things begin to happen. That's the initial point for a surreal story about two characters wanting to drink a cup of tea together, despite all odds. In this banal attempt, the damage greatly exceeds the benefit.