Vintage footage of alien landscapes and mystical mental states, shot by the first Serbian man to climb Mount Everest. Meditation on a journey to eternal glory, and back to the banality of everyday life; a journey that changed him in ways he never intended.
This film explores the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of a river and of man. In low flight across the water, from the source in the mountains to its mouth, we witness the consequences of the indifference of man towards nature. But the river resists. Because everything that runs deep is revealed at the surface.
“A Rua da Estrada” travels around Portuguese roads, with its very peculiar landscapes – a seismograph of passing time. Voiced by geographer Alvaro Domingues, the film shows us a trip around Portugal as it is.
In the maritime boarding school IBIS in Ostend (BE), boys learn how to read the sea and work on a fishing boat. They look at the sea, captured in maps. On sea maps, there are no storms and there is no time. But the sea is capricious and her face is always changing.
In the evacuated zone around the nuclear plant of Fukushima, five years after the catastrophe, the village of Tomioka is still abandoned and empty of its five thousand inhabitants. A few rare individuals still live there, however, pacing a land burning with radiation.
A film poem about a continent at night, a culture on which the sun’s going down, though it’s hyper alert at the same time, an “Abendland” that, often somewhat self-obsessively, sees itself as the crown of human civilization, while its service economy is undergoing rapid growth in a thoroughly pragmatic way.
The belief that there are no more white spots on Austria’s map is not quite right: In 1938 the German army established one of Europe’s largest military training grounds in northern Lower Austria. The over 160 square kilometers it covers is still restricted.
Fûkei means landscape in Japanese. Fûkeiron is a proposition: turn the camera 180 degrees to film not the subject of the film, but rather the landscapes that he has seen. Film the clinic where the subject was born in the Parisian suburb of Vitry, the buildings he grew up in, his high school and workplaces...
A dive, the noon sunlight cuts through the water. The air on both longs will have to be enough to rip the abalone from the rocks in the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. With no aid from air tanks or any other tools to enable underwater breathing, the body as a whole is summoned to its limit. In Wagu, a fishing village in the Ise Peninsula, Matsumi, Mayumi and Masumi dive everyday not knowing what they'll find.
"It's all intertwined and ecosystems are collapsing. We need do something radical about it."
I think about how I once thought. What it meant to stay or to leave at the place where we grew up. All my friends, my sister and me… It seem as if leaving was a given for most of us. I would have wanted someone to ask me if the place is some sort of accessory...
Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film, IDFF Jihlava 2007.
In harsh natural environment, four young men try to rip from the frozen lake in the middle of the snowy Russian plains something which will provide them with a livelihood.
Gerês, Portugal. Days are born with fire and die with it. Men renew the earth with ancient practices. All beings inhabit the same place.
Viswanadhan, the Indian painter, goes back to the various places he filmed 30 years ago all around India for his documentary series about the Elements. He will try to capture the changes which have taken place in a country that mixes recent modernity with timeless traditions.
Documentary made by three brothers on a surf trip on one of the coldest islands on earth: Bear Island. They cross country ski in a white, barren landscape. Each has a sled in tow with a surfboard perched on top. The snow whips them as they set up camp in preparation for the day ahead...
This audio-visual composition stimulates the senses through its fascinating insight into transient reality. Its collage of images and scenes has no labels or definitions. They stir in the mind only to disappear as soon as they emerge, creating a visual poem on genesis and decay underscored by a raw soundscape.
In the dismal post-apocalyptic landscape of the coal basin in the northern part of the Czech Republic, through an artistically conceived film, we learn about an environmental movement whose motto is „change the system, not the climate“.
Living among the percebeiros of the Coast of Death (Costa da Morte, Galicia), Between a Rock and a Wave focuses on the relationship between man and his surroundings, man and the sea.
Biotop is a video collage and impressive filmic essay on the evolution of species. With the desire to show the dehumanising effects of modernity the film contrasts urban space, shown from the perspective of Google Maps, with shots of wild animals...
A family of Ponderai Native Americans embark on a controversial journey through Yellowstone to exercise their treaty hunting rights. Bisonhead glimpses into the continued marginalization of indigenous life in the American West, and challenges our expectations of what it means to assert a tribal heritage in the modern world.
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