Directed by Anaïs Volpé
Struggling to succeed as an artist, 25-year-old Pia, played by director Anaïs Volpé, returns to her mother’s home. She aims for a fresh start but her twin brother doesn’t support her vision. Volpé voices the concerns of the millennial generation: finding independence. ...
Los Angeles Film Festival 2016 Jury’s Award : Best World Fiction Feature Film
Bordeaux IFF 2016 - Official Selection : Contrebandes - Jury’s Award
« The orchestration of existing material and new footage, shot on a variety of formats, reveals a poetic sensibility and a masterful command of rhythmic flow. »
The Hollywood Reporter
« The themes that Anaïs deals with in her story are essential, important, serious, but the freedom so powerful that the film exudes lightness and grace. Enormous grace.»
Women Occupy Hollywood
/ 2016 / France / 92min
Directed by Daniel Warth
Struggling actor Audrey (Claire Armstrong) and aspiring playwright Lillian (Naomi Skwarna) pour all of their creative energy into the only paying work they can find: corporate role-playing demonstrations. When they book the biggest gig of their careers at a hotel conference, work commences on their most ambitious production to date and the ensuing tensions threaten to derail both the production ...
SLAMDANCE 2017 GRAND JURY PRIZE
"A Slamdance Film Festival gem... from start to finish, the film is an enchanting portrait that rests on a whimsical yet unexpectedly lovely premise: the unlikely places in which we can create art"
"...a unique take of a familiar narrative...a considerable amount of talent has come together and made it happen."
Winner of Slamdance’s Grand Jury Prize, Dim the Fluorescents is the kind of dynamic, entertaining debut feature that hopefully puts its cast and crew on the map. Taking place in the city of Toronto – which is currently going through its own indie cinema renaissance – director Daniel Warth and co-writer Miles Barstead have put together a film that crackles with energy along its lengthy, surprisingly breezy two-hour-plus runtime.
The Film Stage
/ 2017 / Canada / 128min
Directed by Katja Wik
The girlfriend Klara has recently fallen in love and wants nothing more than to hang out with her boyfriend. The mother-of-two Anna clocks how long it takes for her husband to cook baby formula. The ex-wife Vera can't let go of her ex-husband. The feature-film debuting Katja Wik presents a squib right on the money about women's tendency to, both ...
/ 2017 / SWEDEN / 90
Directed by Grzegorz Zariczny
Ania and Kasia are at the end of their schooling as women's hairdressers. They're now doing an internship at a salon in the most disparaged district of Krakow, Nowa Huta, which was built in the received Stalinist style near a steel plant at the beginning of the 1950s. Both Ania and Kasia have complicated relationships with their parents—relationships that are ...
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival - Nominated Best Film
An authentic, endearing, small, beautifully formed feature debut with this bittersweet snapshot of frustrated Polish youth.
Waves is a compelling and accomplished piece of work, and is indicative that Zariczny will be a talent to watch closely over the coming years.
"A distinct whiff of Mike Leigh running through Waves..."
/ 2016 / Poland / 78min
Directed by Nino Basilia
The single mom Anna is forced to take three then four jobs to support herself and her austistic son who lives in a children’s home, and when the whole thing becomes too much to bear she decides to leave Georgia and travel to the US. But it’s easier said than done getting tickets and the fake visa she needs. The ...
The acting is magnificent in Nino Basilia’s first feature film, and with a moving, realistic style the film skillfully captures feelings of hope, guilt and grinding confinement.
Jonas Holmberg / Göteborg Int Film Fest
/ 2016 / Georgia / 108'
Directed by IGOR DRLJAČA
Jasmin, once a successful actor in former Yugoslavia, now lives in Toronto with his second wife and young son. While juggling a construction job and a busy audition schedule, he dreams of re-launching an old televised stage show that made him famous in his homeland. When he is cast in a role that triggers recollections of the civil war, he ...
"Director Igor Drljaca's portrait of Bosnian immigrant Jasmin Geljo's struggling acting career is sad, funny and deeply authentic...a poignant character study about the immigrant experience."
Eric Kohn, Indiewire
/ 2015 / Canada / 92'
Directed by Henrik Martin DAHLSBAKKEN
The film begins as Einar (Ingar Helge Gimle) returns to his family in Norway after serving as an officer in Afghanistan for nearly a year. Absent a clear father figure, the eldest brother Oscar (Åsmund Høeg) has assumed responsibility for little brother Fredrik (Fredrik Grøndahl) and the home, as their mother Anna (Lia Boysen) is bed-ridden most of the time. ...
Nordic Film Days Lübeck: NDR Prize (Main Award)
/ 2015 / Norway / 73'
Directed by Ines Tanovic
War veteran Sasha, 40, tries to cope with the changing political situation and the economic hardships of postwar Bosnia, while his father Muhamed, 63, cannot give up his allegiance to an increasingly corrupt society. Sasha’s mother Marija, 62, a retired teacher, longs for her daughter Senada, 35, who fled war-torn Sarajevo as a young girl. Muhamed is not happy with ...
"...a compelling, character-driven drama..."
Alissa Simon - Variety
Our Everyday Life is a subtly compelling portrait of a family—and a nation—in repair.
This is truly a story of everyday life, without any hugely dramatic tragedies or hysterically uplifting moods. It is a realistic film that lovingly depicts a part of Bosnian society that is not so often presented on the big screen, as opposed to films dealing with poverty and tragedy.
/ 2015 (sept) / Bosnia-Herzegovina – Croatia – Slovenia / 89'
Directed by Roni EZRA
New York City. The first night of fall. Three women seek love in three very different ways.
Sasha (21) is an impulsive young woman consumed by a volatile relationship with a passionate writer, Gavin. After yet another fight, Gavin refuses to play along with their evening plans. Sasha takes off with her best friend instead.
Jessie (33) is a successful ...
/ 2015 / USA, DENMARK / 80'
Directed by Kenneth Kokin
It is a story of seduction, retribution, and innocence lost. When a young woman is raped, will she sacrifice her humanity and her innocence to enact revenge on her attacker? The film explores the transition from a perky, pretty teen-ager to someone who is forever warped from abuse and degradation. BLOOD MOON asks the question: when a man’s casual approach ...
“Kenneth Kokin’s brilliant directorial debut ‘Blood Moon’ is an engaging and gripping tragedy that’s worthy of being seen. Written by Oscar Nominated Nicholas Kazan, ‘Blood Moon’ stars his daughter, Maya Kazan (‘The Knick’), Frank Medrano (‘The Shawshank Redemption’) and James Callis (‘Battle Star Galactica’, ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’).
Kokin also produced and directed second unit on several award- winning films that include the ‘The Usual Suspects’, ‘Captain Abu Raed’,’The Way of the Gun’ and ‘Mortdecai’.
Haunting, yet stylistically beautiful, the story follows a young woman who is raped and how she executes retribution on her attacker. It explores the transition from of a perky, pretty teen-ager to someone who is forever warped from abuse and degradation. ‘
‘Blood Moon’ is a culturally relevant story and a reminder that the issue of rape is too often ignored, especially in a country where abortion sharply divides its people and where women have to pay for their own rape kits to gather legal evidence – the equivalent of having to pay the police to dust for prints in a robbery.”
By Erin Grover | SydneysBuzz
/ 2015 / U.S.A / 72'
Directed by Ben Cura
Grant Pierce (Christian McKay) arrives from London into Madrid, Spain, hoping to be given the chance to meet his favourite painter, American Freddie Lynch (Ben Cura), who is currently staying at a private hotel in an unassuming location outside the city. As Grant steps into the main building of 'El Madroño', he troublingly finds Lynch a crippled man whom, he ...
Honorable Mention BEST NORDIC NARRATIVE FEATURE (Nordic International Film Festival)
Award of Excellence FEATURE FILM (indieFEST Film Awards)
Award of Excellence LEADING ACTOR: Christian McKay (indieFEST Film Awards)
Award of Excellence LEADING ACTOR: Ben Cura (indieFEST Film Awards)
Award of Excellence LEADING ACTRESS: Andrea Deck (indieFEST Film Awards)
Award of Excellence CINEMATOGRAPHY: Ben Hecking (Accolade Global Film Competition)
Award of Merit Special Mention EDITING: Teresa Font (Accolade Global Film Competition)
Award of Merit Special Mention ORIGINAL SCORE: Nina Aranda (Accolade Global Film Competition)
Award of Merit Special Mention SCRIPT / WRITER: Ben Cura (Accolade Global Film Competition)
Award of Merit Special Mention FEATURE FILM (Accolade Global Film Competition)
"A triumphant debut"
David Salazar for Latin Post
"[Ben Cura] is one to watch out for, as is Creditors"
Stuie Greenfield for Screen Relish
“Deck exudes an explosive elegance. Cura and McKay are terrific”.
Darryl Griffiths for Movie Marker
"An intelligent thought-provoking film"
Susanne Hodder for Blazing Minds
/ 2014 / UNITED KINGDOM / 81'
Directed by Marcin Malaszczak
The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses OverThe Hills is an intimate and raw film about women and female identity. Using both black-and-white and color, this feature, set in Berlin and its environs, and in a small town in Poland takes place in private homes and in public gardens; the worlds seem very tightly contained, even in the open outdoor ...
Back when families still used to chronicle their lives in photo albums, the summer holidays were often followed by snapshots of Christmas Eve, the interim period slipping away imageless. The Days Run Away Like Wild Horses Over the Hills takes its title from a collection of poems Charles Bukowski wrote for his lover. This film’s depiction of everyday life comes across like poetry as well: three young women on a summer evening in an almost empty apartment. One of them later immerses herself in the sweet presence of small children, yet only for hours at a time, as a nanny. She puts on her make-up and the film slowly shifts to colour; from then on, it takes place in the apartment of a Polish grandmother, crammed full of the evidence of a long life. Friends come by to talk. A man dies. They drink tea. Life goes on. Autumn comes, and then winter: With tender intimacy, the film looks within the cosmos of the private for the moments in which the time in between becomes concentrated in the gaze of the horses running by. A touching illusion emerges, as if Marcin Malaszczak managed to capture the fleeting moments of life between its turning points on film.
/ 2015 / Germany, Poland, USA / 73 min
Directed by Andreas Schimmelbusch
WELCOME TO THE CLUB is a drama/black comedy about suicide. KATE, a manic-depressive actress in her early 30s, checks into a suicide hotel, determined to kill herself. The hotel offers a variety of suicide options and promises total privacy, far away from the prying eyes of overprotective relatives. Here, Kate meets VIKTOR, a room service waiter, who comes up to ...
/ 2014 / Germany / 87
Directed by Zvonimir Juric
Unfolding over a summer night in a rural Croatian village, the new film from director Zvonimir Juric is a bold, humane, and morally challenging social drama.
The Reaper begins with Ivo (Ivo Gregurevic), a quiet labourer in the employ of an agro-industrial conglomerate, coming to the aid of a woman whose car has run out of petrol on a ...
Pula FF/ Golden Arena awards for Best Cinematography for Branko Linta
Pula FF/ Best Actor in a Leading Role for Ivo Gregurević
Pula FF/ Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Igor Kovač
Three intertwined stories that unfold over a single night in an isolated Croatian village add up to grim but compelling viewing in “The Reaper,” a tense, nuanced drama from helmer Zvonimir Juric (“The Blacks”). Aided by a superb, seasoned cast and stellar camerawork from Branko Linta (a prizewinner at the Pula Film Festival), Juric captures the atmosphere of volatility and despair in a place where former deeds are not easily forgotten and the recent past is still a raw wound. Festival programmers should take note.
/ 2014 / Croatia/Slovenia / 98'
Directed by Arto Halonen
Princess is based on real-life events and a real person. Cabaret dancer Anna Lappalainen (Katja Kukkola), drifting from one foster home to another, ends up in psychiatric care and soon the hospital staff and her fellow patients see that she’s suffering from severe delusions. She claims to be “Princess”, a member of the English royal family from Buckingham Palace.
Grand Prix Cape Winelands Film Festival South Africa 2011
Best Leading Actress - Jussi Award Finland 2011
Film Actor of the Year Finnish Actors' Union 2010
Best Actress Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival Estonia 2010
Nominee Best Nordic Film Dragon Award Göteborg International Film Festival Sweden 2011
Winner of 2nd prize for best film in main competition Viareggio Europacinema Italy October 2011
/ 2010 / Finland, Sweden / 100'
Directed by Hisham Zaman
A group of refugees are on a bus bound for Oslo, visiting the capital city in a land promising new beginnings. But for five people, it’s a day to rectify their past and justify a new future. We follow them as they each explore their possibilities – a secret love, a new life, a white lie, fulfilling a dream and ...
The Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg Film Festival 2014
San Marino International Film Festival 2014: Best Film
Having nabbed the Nordic film prize at the Gothenburg Film Festival for 2013′s “Before Snowfall,” Norwegian helmer Hisham Zaman pulled off the same honor for the second year in a row with his sophomore effort, “Letter to the King,” a poignant ensemble drama that crosscuts among various refugees and asylum seekers, each with their individual hopes and agendas, as they spend a day in Oslo.
The film’s only 75 minutes long, which means that each of the five interconnected storylines has less than 15 minutes to introduce the characters, develop their conflicts and bring their stories to a close. But Zaman does so beautifully, further confirming he’s a storyteller of significant economy and observational skill as well as talent.
With this low-budget but impressive film, which was released in Norway at the end of January, the writer-director managed to take win the top prize at Sweden’s Goteborg Film Festival, the Dragon Award, for the second year in a row after last year’s win for his debut, Before Snowfall.
The Hollywood Reporter
/ 2014 / Norway, Kurdistan / 75'
Directed by Aleksandra Gowin & Ireneusz Grzyb
Little Crushes takes us into the lives of three young adults looking for solidarity, love and independence. Kasia and Asia share an apartment, a car and a job: clearing out the houses of the recently deceased and selling the treasures they find at a second-hand market. Peter works in a factory screwing lids onto jars, but ends up on the ...
Napoli International Film Festival: Vesuvio Award, Augustus Color Award & Asit News Award
KinoPolska Paris: Audience Award
Mumblecore from Poland? This fresh-faced auteur film may not tick all the genre boxes, but it makes a lot of nods in that direction. The natural dialogues, dry humour and delicate singer-songwriter music from Polish band Enchanted Hunters make a comparable, natural impression.
Rotterdam Int. Film Festival
Little Crushes is a film about the beauty in everyday simplicity.
Göteborg International Film Festival 2015
/ 2014 / Poland / 78'
Directed by Rafael Lewandowski
It is in Warsaw that the celebrated French conductor Marc Minkowski uncovers the fascinating past of his Jewish paternal ancestors, fervent Polish patriots, who belonged to the elite of their country prior to the Second World War. Yet today there remains little of their previous splendor.
This documentary film accompanied by the famous symphonic orchestra "Sinfonia Varsovia", under the direction ...
/ 2013 / Poland / 85 mn / 58 mn
Directed by Hisham Zaman
BEFORE SNOWFALL is a road movie that becomes an odyssey from East to West for young Siyar, a village-boy from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His journey begins when his older sister, Nermin, flees her wedding. Siyar's father is dead, and as the eldest son, he is obliged to set out to find his sister and restore his family honour in the local village. ...
Göteborg International Film Festival/Sweden (2013): Best Nordic Film Dragon Award
Amanda Awards/ Norway (2013): Best Supporting Actress
Tribeca Film Festival/USA (2013): Best Cinematography & Narrative Feature
"Before Snowfall's complexity and non-judgmental approach mark Zaman out as a director to watch." "...Powerful."
Amber Wilkinson/EYE ON FILM
Before Snowfall is a complex and superbly-written debut, a coming-of-age tale set against a background of austere cultural tradition. The plot is gripping and takes us on a provocative, multicultural journey, filled with emotional catharsis. But what is most impressive is Zaman’s dramatic restraint and detached approach, enabling him to explore a personal and highly-charged story through nuanced progression, without it ever becoming overwrought.
"Before Snowfall" is a riveting coming-of-age journey that informs as it rivets with strong balance that few other films achieve. The two lead performances carry the film wondrously in a tale of two lost souls filling the voids of their respective loneliness.
David Salazar/Tribeca FF
/ 2013 / Norway, Germany / 105 min
Directed by Matevž Luzar
Ivan is a retired music teacher in his late 70s, and has grown weary of life. He buys himself a plot in a graveyard with an unrivalled view of the Alps and checks into a retirement home, so he can wait for his death in peace. However, the exact opposite happens: at computer classes, he discovers his joie-de-vivre and finally ...
Slovene Film Festival (Sept 2012): Best Picture, Audience Award, Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Sound.
Mumbai Film Festival (Nov 2013): The Silver Gateway of India trophy for Second Best Film
/ 2012 / Slovenia, Croatia / 100 min