In this shorts program we are watching:
WAITING FOR A MIRACLE, Aljona Surzikova | Estonia | 2018 | 14 min
A woman’s biggest joy is giving the gift of life to a new human being. The biggest pain – the loss of a child – helps to see the beauty in life. A film about life and how miraculous it is that we are alive. Aljona is waiting for a baby birth. Happiness is in the air, but a huge problem causes change. The filmmaker turns the camera upon herself and her family to capture the excitement and mayhem of the arrival of a new-born. When events take an unexpected turn, the viewer is drawn into the turmoil and we see the most taboo topic in the film, birth and death.
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND, Ondrej Erban | Czech Republic | 2018 | 16 min
An award-winning Czech short on debt and its impact on people’s daily lives, screened this year in Cannes. Right now, almost one in ten Czechs over the age of 15 faces the prospect of having their property seized because of the money they owe. Every day, more and more people fall into the debt trap, but Karel is on the opposite side of the dilemma - his job is collecting debts. The young director Ondrej Erban tackles one of the biggest social issues of the country, and points out: 'I wanted to give the audience as authentic experience as possible of what it is like to have your property seized; to give them a feeling that would stay with them even after the film was over, so maybe they would have a little bit more empathy for the people who get caught in a debt trap'.
HOPE, Bernard Brkic/Luka Radovic | Germany, The Netherlands | 2019 | 15 min
A modern drama that deals with buried emotions and relationship gone cold. A story of a man trying to win his ex-wife back, full of comic moments.
Reviving a relationship is a very delicate task, which inevitably brings back bad memories and calls for caution. As she assumes a distrustful and defensive attitude, he becomes more and more insecure until the moment when he spots in her bedroom an old photo of the two of them as a happy couple. That gives him courage, but his hope is not meant to last long. Bosnian actor turned director Bernard Brkic co-directed with young Luka Radovic their debut film Hope.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA, Aleksandra Odic | Germany | 2017 | 36 min
A compelling story from today’s Bosnia where the temptation to migrate is omnipresent among the young generation. A family gathering in the Bosnian countryside brings joy and pleasure to almost everyone. Maja, an 8- year-old girl is the single family member that is noticing change is happening, while all the grownups are blind to it. Through a mix of dreamy sequences and bright daylight, Maja’s realisation of her rebellious aunt Ljilja’s next steps are revealed. Ljilja, an arty teen, is simply not cut for the post- conflict reality in the Bosnian countryside. She regards individuality and self-expression, the values that are not highly appreciated in her surroundings. While she’s getting ready to change that forever, Maja stands as the only witness of those intentions.
Screening will be followed by Q&A with Bernard Brkic & Aleksandra Odic