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AWARDS 15th edition TIFF 2017 »   FEATURE JURY composed by Denis Côté (Canada) and Dritan Huqi (Albania) awards:   BEST FEATURE FILM   BEST FEATURE FILM Glory by Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | 2016 | Bulgaria, Greece | 97'   A movie that speaks to every time, place, and society – with an extraordinary development of a simple plot, which we live every day. A movie that carries a powerful message, but also a work of art with emotional and aesthetical values.   Një film që i flet çdo kohe, çdo vendi dhe çd... SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   1,4 Sextillion Litre Doro Götz Germany 2017 8 Days of Parlor Zoe Phylactidou Cyprus 2016 Born of Stone Emilio Bellu Italy, Czechia 2016 Dragon Circle Gertrud Schulte Westenberg Germany 2016 Evripidou 14 Michael Demetrius Greece 2016 Golden Hour Claudia Vogt Germany 2017 Happy Happy Baby Jan Soldat Germany 2017 In Search of the Land Without Evil Anna Azevedo Brazil 2017 Jungle Colia Vranici France 2016 ... DOCUMENTARY Mid-length - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Everybody Knows... Elizabeth Murray Kristi Zea USA 2016 Imma Pasquale Marino Italy 2017 On the Edge of Life Yaser Kassab Syria 2017 Prohibited Visit Nikos Theodosiou Greece 2017 Saint Lazarus's Miracle Nicolas Muñoz Avia Spain 2016 Valentina Maximilian Feldmann Germany 2016 VIDEO ART - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Brutes Are Afraid of Silence Étienne Boulanger Canada 2016 Ex Terrat Reinhold Bidner Austria, France 2016 Final Gathering Alain Escalle France 2017 Finish Saeed Naghavian Iran 2017 Genesis Abtin Mozafari Iran 2017 Hey You! Tessa Garland UK 2016 Hiwa Jacqueline Lentzou Greece 2016 Hysteria Maurice Kelliher UK, Ireland 2016 Label Amir Lashkari Iran 2017 Lying Women Deborah Kelly Australia 2017 mo... STUDENT International - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Beer & Calippo Paul Ploberger Austria 2017 Best of Everything, Always Alexios Koukias-Pantelis UK 2017 Boundary Bartosz Brzeziński Poland 2016 Buoyancy Simon Valentin Denmark 2017 Casting Katarzyna Iskra Poland 2017 Digital Immigrants Dennis Stauffer, Norbert Kottmann Switzerland 2016 Donkey Xote Ottó Bánovits Hungary, Sweden 2016 Eat me! Ilina Perianova Bulgaria 2016 Empathy (a digital love letter) ... IN ALBANIAN - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   A Long Way Home Ibër Deari Macedonia 2017 A True Story Viron Roboci Albania 2017 Conversation on Life Agim Abdula Macedonia 2016 Heaven Has Been Fooled Odeta Çunaj Albania 2016 Home More Raça Kosova 2016 Kaini Shaqir Veseli Albania 2017 Lord of the House Daniëlle Bremer Kosova 2017 Reverse Antipode Oltsen Gripshi Albania 2017 The Eagles Sokol Reka Belgium 2017 The Junction Xhelal Haliti Kosova 2... DOCUMENTARY Full-length - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   69 Minutes of 86 Days Egil Haskjold Larsen Norway 2017 Blood and the Moon Tommaso Cotronei Italy, Yemen 2017 Jeffrey Yanillys Perez Dominican Republic, France 2017 Mr. Gay Syria Ayse Toprak Turkey 2017 Siberian Love Olga Delane Germany 2016 The Charro of Toluquilla José Villalobos Romero Mexico 2016 Tonino Daniele Ceccarini, Mario Molinari Italy 2017 SHORT ANIMATED FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) »   Aiport Michaela Müller Switzerland 2017 And the Moon Stands Still Yulia Ruditskaya Belarus 2017 Bystander Sheyda Kashi Iran 2017 Chill and Shivering Kwok Wai Chung Philip Hong Kong 2016 Confined Nico Bonomolo Italy 2016 Framed Marco Jemolo Italy 2017 In Exile Alexander Kurilov Moldova 2016 Light Sight Seyed M. Tabatabaei Iran 2016 Manivald Chintis Lundgren Estonia 2017 Nothing Happens Uri & Michel... SHORT FICTION FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) » 8 Minutes George Gogichaishvili, David Abramishvili Georgia 2017 A Swedish Classic Måns Berthas Sweden 2017 Animal Bahman & Bahram Ark Iran 2017 Blue in Green Leigh Heiman Pruzanski Israel 2016 Building No.13 Amir Gholami Iran 2016 Burning Slimane Bounia France 2016 Check-list Frédéric Mosbeux Belgium 2017 Everyday Philippe Orreindy France 2017 Fluffy Lee Filipovski Serbia 2016 FU Ilya Aksenov R... FEATURE FILMS - TIFF 2017 (15'th edition) » A Balkan Noir Dražen Kuljanin Sweden, Montenegro 2017 Beneath the Silence Erez Mizrahi, Sahar Shavit Israel 2016 Black Crow Tayfur Aydin Turkey 2016 Daybreak Gentian Koçi Albania, Greece 2017 Directions Stephan Komandarev Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia 2017 Glory Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov Bulgaria 2016 Ministry of Love Pavo Marinković Croatia 2016 Mothering Roqiye Tavakoli Iran 2017 Unwanted Edon R...
Sunday, 19 November 2017
Feature (official selection - TIFF 2017)
A BALKAN NOIR

Sweden, Montenegro | 2017 | 74’

 

A BALKAN NOIR

It has been five years since Nina’s daughter went missing and only during the cigarette breaks do we get to follow her hunt for the perpetrator as she returns to Montenegro for one last time. The story is told in 20 sequences. The characters hunt for the truth unfolds only when they smoke. Every scene begins with protagonist lighting a cigarette and ends when they put it out. One pack. 20 cigarettes. 20 scenes

 

Written & Directed

Drazen Kuljanin

Director of Photography

Anna Patarakina

Producer

Drazen Kuljanin (Sweden)

Co-producer

Nikola Vukcevic (Montenegro) Jonas Sörensson

Executive Producer

Veronika Drazic

 
BENEATH THE SILENCE

Israel | 2016 | 112’

BENEATH THE SILENCE

1973. Six years after returning from the Six Day War with a battle shock, Menashe realizes he will never be the man he used to be before the war. He can’t communicate with his surroundings, and spends his days driving away in his red track for long hours. The young family he created collapses due to his lack of communication with his wife, Daphna, and their little son, Shlomi.

At a time when PTSD is still not recognized as a medical condition, Daphna, his wife, struggles to get help from the military in order to maintain her husband’s last bits of sanity, while 10 year-old Shlomi tries to understand what happened to his father and why he is different. When the Yom Kippur War breaks out, and Menashe is sent again to the battle field, the small family crumbles to the dust.

 

Director

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Producer

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Screenplay

Erez Mizrahi & Sahar Shavit

Cinematographer

Tomer Moneta

Editor

Erez Mizrahi

Cast

Leading Roles

Amos Tamam

Adva Bole

 
BLACK CROW

Turkey | 2016 | 97’

BLACK CROW

Sara (26) who is a famous Iranian actress lives in France for years. She has lost her contact with her family that she left in Iran when she immigrated to France when she was 17. One night when she comes back home after an award ceremony, she receives a letter form her father calling her to Iran. As her entrance to her country is prohibited because of the obscene scenes she took part in, she takes illegal ways to arrive her village in Iran. A dangerous long journey full of patience, which she will travers on the garrons through the foggy and snowy mountains, starts for her. Accompanied by the smugglers and a group of Turkish guides, will she be able to arrive her village to discover the mistery of her father’s letter?

 

Writer

Tayfur Aydin

Producer

Muslum aydin

Key Cast

Sebnem Hassanisoughi Aziz Capkurt

Sedat Culum

 
DAYBREAK

Albania, Greece | 2017 | 85’

 

DAYBREAK

 

Leta is in a difficult economic situation and has not been able to pay the rent for several months. When she and her one-year-old son are thrown out of their apartment, they move in with Sophie, an old, immobile woman whose daughter has just employed Leta as a caretaker. In order to keep her job and their new roof, Leta has to keep Sophie alive at any cost.

 

Producer

Gentian Koçi

Co-producers

Konstantina Stavrianou Rena Vougioukalou

Director of Photography

Ilias Adamis

Editing

Christos Giannakopoulous Bonita Papastathi

With

Ornela Kapetani Suzana Prifti

Kasem Hoxha

 

Festivals - Awards

Sarajevo Film Festival 2017

Stockholm Film Festival 2017

Warsaw International Film Festival 2017

 
DIRECTIONS

Bulgaria, Germany, Macedonia | 2017 | 103’

DIRECTIONS


At a meeting with his banker, a small business owner, who drives a taxi to make ends meet, discovers the bribe he will have to pay to get a loan has doubled. He wants to remain an honest man. The ethics board that reviewed his complaint about extortion now also wants its share of the action. In desperate anger, he shoots the banker and then himself. The incident sparks a major national debate on talk radio about how despair has taken over civil society. Meanwhile, five taxi drivers and their passengers move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward – a new direction.

 

Screenwriter

Stephan Komandarev

Simeon Ventsislavov

Producer

Stephan Komandarev

DoP

Vesselin Hristov

Art Director

Maria Koycheva

Costume Design

Zaklina Krstevska

Editor

Nina Altaparmakova

 
GLORY

 

Bulgaria | 2016 | 97’

GLORY


Tsanko Petrov, a railroad worker finds millions of leva on the train tracks. He decides to turn the entire amount over to the police, and the state rewards him with a new wristwatch, but soon the new watch stops working. Meanwhile, Julia Staikova, head of the PR department of the Ministry of Transport, loses Petrov’s old watch. And here starts his desperate struggle to get his old watch back, as well as his dignity.

 

Writing

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov Decho Taralezhkov Photography

Krum Rodriguez

Editing

Petar Valchanov

Music

Hristo Namliev

Cast

Stefan Denolyubov Margita Gosheva Decho Taralezhkov Ana Bratoeva

Produced by

Kristina Grozeva Petar Valchanov

Co-producer

Graal Films Konstantina Stavrianou Irini Vougioukalou


Festivals - Awards

Nominated Golden Leopard - Locarno International Film Festival 2016

Don Quixote Award / Special Mention - Locarno International Film Festival 2016 Best International Feature Film - Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

Best Balkan Film - Sofia International Film Festival 2017

Special Jury Award - Transilvania International Film Festival 2017

 
MINISTRY OF LOVE

Croatia | 2016 | 103’

MINISTRY OF LOVE


Krešo, a hapless biologist-turned-bureaucrat, lands the least desirable government job in Croatia: spying on war widows in order to cut off their pensions should they find new partners. But what his bosses, including his father-in-law, don’t know is that he just may be romance’s unlikeliest champion.

 

Writer

Pavo Marinkovic

Director of Photography

Simon Tanšek

Editor

Dubravko Slunjski Producers

Stanislav Babic Julietta Sichel

Cast

Stjepan Peric

Dražen Kühn

Ecija Ojdanic

Olga Pakalovic

 
MOTHERING

Iran | 2017 | 77’

 

MOTHERING

 

MOTHERING is a film about two sisters who live in Yazd, a city located in the deserts of Iran. One of the sisters has abandoned her love and the other has been abandoned by hers…

 

Written

Roqiye Tavakoli

Producer

Siyavash Haghighi

Production Company

Aseman Honar

Co.Director of Photography

Morteza Gheidi

Editor

Hayedeh Safiyari

Cast

Nazanin Bayati

Houman Seyedi

 
UNWANTED

Kosova | 2017 | 85’

 

UNWANTED

A lonely teenage boy, who lives in Amsterdam with his refugee mother from Kosovo, keeps getting into trouble while yearning for her acceptance. But the traumas caused by the war, which his mother initially hides away from him, turn his world upside down.

 

Festivals - Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF, East of the West Competition

Prishtina International Film Festival

 

Written

Edon Rizvanolli

Director of Photography

Danny Noordanus

Production Manager

Danielle Bremer

Co-producers

Annemiek van Gorp

René Goossens

Producer

Edon Rizvanolli

Starring

Adriana Matoshi

Jason de Ridder

 


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