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Balcony Tales

Documentary Film
Cuba,
Denmark
2013
36 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ellen Riis
Helle Windeløv-Lidzélius
Christian Schrøder, Max Bering, Peter Johansson, Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius
Adam Morris Philp, Denis Guerra Ribas, Rocío Aballí Hernández
Mette Esmark, Nanna Frank Møller
Helle Windeløv-Lidzélius, Janis Reyes Hernández
Niels Arild
Everybody in the city of Havana knows that it’s better to walk in the middle of the street and not on the sidewalk, where you may be hit by a crumbling balcony. Still: the balcony is a loyal friend, connecting people with their neighbours, the hawkers, the noise and smell of the street. Ceci has spent his whole life here. Now he is old and blind, but not alone. He has his balcony, from which he shops, hears important news and calls for Edilia, a young woman from the opposite side of the street who takes care of him like a daughter. This warm-hearted, unspectacular relationship forms the framework for a filmic declaration of love to the balconies of Havana. Each of them has their own story, their own soul and magic. It’s a bitter thing for anyone not to have one, for then you are cut off from life, which displays the full panorama of human diversity only to the viewer from above.
Matthias Heeder
International Programme 2014
The Agreement Karen Stokkendal Poulsen

The negotiations for the independence of Kosovo. Two parties, an EU facilitator. A political thriller as a chamber play where even the colour of a tie becomes a tactical detail.

The Agreement

Documentary Film
Denmark
2014
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Vibeke Vogel
Karen Stokkendal Poulsen
Steffen Breum
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, Lars Skree, Marie Billegrav
Anders Villadsen
Esa Nissi
How does it look and feel when the status quo of history is challenged? Like a sinister poker game or more like a brightly lit meeting? Will there be casual affability or will the sparks fly? And what about tactics? Had you better sit with your back to the wall or to the window? And how careful must one be about the choice of one’s tie? Danish filmmaker Karen Stokkendal Poulsen wants to know: with immense curiosity and equal reserve she keeps watching the several week long final round of the long negotiations between Serbia and Kosovo in 2012. The goal is to delicately settle a smouldering conflict, or rather: to pave a long-term path towards peaceful coexistence that both sides can take. The complicated dialogue is moderated and hosted by EU facilitator Robert Cooper. The opponents are Edita Tahiri, deputy Minister President of Kosovo, and Borko Stefanović, chief negotiator for Serbia. Each of the three main protagonists acts as the representative of a cause and an individual personality – two sides that do not always merge seamlessly. Precisely speaking, these agents are the key characters of a drama that may rarely leave its main stage, the conference room – but is still more exciting than many a global thriller. Instructive and moving. Direct Cinema at its best!
Ralph Eue