Originally there was a silence. That of Malek, the filmmaker's father, who for years said nothing of his childhood in Algeria. And then, the need to break the silence, with a script that he gives to his children, to start telling his story.
On her quest to find out what motherhood means for herself, director Antonia Hungerland encounters all kinds of people, none of whom seem to correspond to our traditional notion of a mother. What is a ‘real mother?
The filmmaker’s family falls into crisis when her father is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease – a condition in which the brain stops producing dopamine, the hormone responsible for muscle movement and happiness.
Flora Schvartzman is a 90-year-old single woman who wishes to die since the day she was born. Estranged from her family, she comes into contact again in order to organize her own death.
A film by Nguyễn Phương-Đan & Philip Widmann. Following the everyday life around a house in Ninh Hoa, the constellation of its inhabitants’ extended family becomes visible. Marked by the course of history in the 20th century, this constellation connects Vietnam, Germany, and the spirit world.
An annual bus service that takes children to visit their mothers in prison explores the impact of mass incarceration on a generation of youth.
A mother, who rarely sees her filmmaker son, suddenly encounters a ghost outside of his childhood bedroom. He pays her a long overdue visit, to explore the mystery, and contemplate why his family has drifted apart.
An intimate portrait of three women who share an extraordinary strength. What links Shelly, Sian and Linda? With sensitivity and affection Peter Entell films these three women whose lives come together, weaving a shared story that reveals itself little by little.
The film director’s 60-year-old father regularly flies to Thailand to enjoy the company of women her own age. Is this love, asks his daughter, or more of a “business”? A light-hearted and personal film.
Jakob took his life. He had emigrated to Portugal, yet was stricken with homesickness and longing. Two years later in Are You Sleeping, Brother Jakob? his four brothers, including director Stefan Bohun, take a trip into the past. Their different memories about the late brother gradually shape a family portrait in which everyone, even as adults, has had yet to find their place.
Few films are as perceptive about the routine gestures that amass over a lifetime spent together as Manu Gerosa’s Between Sisters. Ornella and Teresa have cared for each other through their whole lives. As Teresa's memory beginning to fade with age, Ornella — the younger of the two — decides to share a painful story practically as old as their relationship, reaching back to childhood.
The portrait without the person being portrayed, director Vít Klusák shoots a film about his father – the famous music composer Emil Viklický who refuses to act in the documentary...
Born in Evin follows filmmaker and actress, Maryam Zaree, on her quest to find out the violent circumstances surrounding her birth inside one of the most notorious political prisons in the world.
Fatumata and Aissato, the mother and the eldest daughter of a large family originally from Guinea-Bissau, discuss love and happiness.
As a poem, a story, a letter and a prayer are spoken, words travel from one language to another, from one speaker and one voice to another, creating connections.
Ani and Sanda are two girls from Maramuresh who grew up with their grandparents. Their parents are working in Spain, like so many other Romanians. When they left, their common project looked promising: with the money earned in Spain they shall build a house in which the whole family will be happy...
A short film about wedding celebration. ”A lie is not a murder and besides, truth is just as subjective as is the favourite part of the pig roast.”
At family celebrations the conversation can go on for hours without anyone saying anything important. The party atmosphere in this case appears to be made up of a series of standard expressions and stock phrases, namely small-talk waffle that replaces any kind of sincere human interaction...
Dalsza Modlitwa (Another Prayer) explores the filmmaker's efforts to recreate a memory of her grandmother.
This unique experimental film poetically depicts the struggle of a daughter and her father's descent into depression combines live action, documentary and animation.
‘Imagine we are sitting at home, the screen is set up, the projector ready, and we start watching home movies together,’ suggests the calm voice of the filmmaker Gustav Deutsch at the beginning of how we live...
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