Slavik is a former World Champion in Latin American Dance. He is about to make his final comeback as a professional dancer with his partner and lover Anna. Slavik is addicted to the limelight and the dance. His body, however, is causing him aches and pains and his flaring temper puts his relationship with Anna at stake. The pressure from outside and the demons within bring Slavik into an existential crisis as he strives for the throne one last time.
“On January 8, 1988, when I was 10 years old, my parents took a vacation and left me with my brothers. That day I went to a friend’s birthday party and they were to pick me up. But they never arrived. After one year of uncertainty and anguish, we discovered that my brothers had been kidnapped, tortured, murdered and disappeared by the Ecuadorian police for no reason at all.” This documentary is a personal journey interlaced with the past of an entire country that was marked by this story.
What would be the shortest route between Entre R?os in Argentina and the Chinese metropolis Shanghai? Simply a straight line through the center of the earth, since the two places are antipodes: they are located diametrically opposite to each other on the earth’s surface. During his visits to four such antipodal pairs, the award-winning documentary filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky captured images that turn our view of the world upside down. Kossakovsky’s movie is a feast for the senses, a fascinating kaleidoscope of our planet.
Namir is a French filmmaker of Egyptian origin. One day he watches a videotape of the Virgin Mary’s apparition in Egypt with his mother who, like millions of other Copts, (Egypt’s Christians) sees the Virgin on the screen while he sees nothing. Skeptical about the videotape, Namir travels back to Egypt, to make a film about the bizarre occurrence of these apparitions.
THE TURTLES’S RAGE tells the story of a mysterious man, whose life has been molded by flight, expulsion, life in exile and the failed return to Palestine. A torn biography which was affected tremendously by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film is composed of a daughter’s search for answers from her father.
THE PUNK SYNDROME is a film about the Finnish punk-rock band Pertti Kurikan nimip?iv?t (PerttiKurikka’s Name Day), formed by four mentally disabled guys. It follows the band’s journey from the rehearsal room to festival stages and into the limelight. The film shows the dynamics between the band members, the arguments, the crying, and the laughter. It shows what punk used to be about: misfits screaming their lungs out about real problems.
There was a point in the seventies when Paul Williams was everywhere. He wrote “We’ve Only Just Begun”; "Evergreen" and “Rainbow Connection." Williams struck a chord with many, including director Stephen Kessler. Despite Kessler’s plan to stay behind the camera, Williams coaxes him out, and Kessler becomes part of the story; their strained relationship helps shape a candid examination of an artist who fought against his own drug-fuelled ego run amok and then became more in love with the attention than the music.
Director Marc Schmidt films his childhood friend Matthew, who, due to his autistic disorder, desperately tries to create order in the chaos around him. Schmidt follows him close to the heart. Explosive confrontations with the outside world are alternated with stylized observations and personal confessions. Little by little the film unravels Matthew’s complex way of thinking and shows the catastrophic consequences it eventually has for him.
Lagos is with 15 million people Africa's most populated city south of Cairo. A stream of migrants is attracted by Lagos`s reputation “this is the place to make it!”. The film features six protagonists and their daily lives. Following the rhythm and the energy of the city through the stream of traffic, to the workplaces and centers of commerce, religion and music, the film encounters the force of belief and the musical and spiritual heritage of Fela Kuti.
GYPSY DAVY tells the story of David Jones, stage name: "David Serva," from the perspective of his five women and five children—one of whom is the director of the film. This is a personal and political portrait of a man, a family, a generation. Shot over a ten-year period in five countries across three continents, and featuring some of the finest old-school Gypsy Flamenco artists and hottest names in American and Spanish alternative rock.