Documentary film competiton

17 filmów
A total of 16 films compete for Golden and Silver Horns. This competition opens up a way to the Oscars and the European Film Awards (EFA). All hues of the documentary genre are represented here: a thriller, social drama and an essay. The themes range from serious issues of the world and its ordinary inhabitants, from Iceland to Mongolia, through attempts to solve family mysteries and gangster-police relations, everyday life struggle in Siberian tundra and fighting police violence in Hong Kong, a Russian vlogger confronting Putin’s regime, a Finnish director struggling with cruel Lyme disease, the world overtaken by war and religious fanaticism, the exaltation of youth and the horrors of addiction to, eventually, an anti-hero that never surrenders taking as much as possible from life.
  • Blue Code of Silence

    dir. Magnus Skatvold, Gregory Mallozzi
    dok2020

    In the 1970s New York detective Bob Leuci infiltrated his colleagues who were implicated in criminal activity. For exposing corruption he was branded a traitor. Who was he really? Employing sensation and film references, the documentary presents the man’s unambiguous portrayal.

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  • Children of the Enemy

    dir. Gorki Glaser-Müller
    dok2021

    Patricio Galvez’s daughter was an ISIS bride. After her death her father starts the fight to recover his seven grandchildren who are staying in a refugee camp in Syria. The film, reminiscent of a thriller at certain moments, is a recording of a bravado action and the enormous determination of a man who wants to pluck children out of hell.

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  • Courage

    dir. Aliaksei Paluyan
    dok2021

    For many months we have been following the events in Belorussian streets after the presidential election. Three actors from the underground theatre in Minsk are trying to find themselves in this chaos. They used to protest against the authorities through art and now they have decided to join the crowds. Their courage will be tested.

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  • Dad Shot Them (Pojkarna och skotten i Rodeby)

    dir. Per Anders Rudelius
    dok2020
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  • Far Eastern Golgotha (Dalnevostochnaya Golgofa)

    dir. Julia Sergina
    dok2021

    ‘It’s better to be a clown than an intelligent slave’- thinks Viktor Toropcev, a youtuber from Khabarovsk Krai in the eastern corner of Russia. The protagonist starts a fight with Leviathan – local corruption, omnipresent hopelessness and the intimidation of anarchists trying to wake up Russian society from slumber.

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  • Inside the Red Brick Wall (W potrzasku)

    dir. Hong Kong Documentary Filmmaker
    dok2020
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  • Life of Ivanna (Życie Ivanny)

    dir. Renato Borrayo Serrano
    dok2021

    The eponymous protagonist is a true strongwoman. This young mother of five children belongs to a nomadic community living in tundra. Unable to count on her husband – an alcoholic, Ivanna dreams about giving up her nomadic life in severe conditions. Moving to a city, however, signifies a radical change and a violation of tradition.

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  • Lobster Soup

    dir. Pepe Andreu, Rafá Moles
    dok2020

    A family restaurant in the fishing town of Grindavík is a small centre of the world. It is here where old sea dogs and local misfits meet. But the world is moving forward and changes are becoming increasingly painful for the eatery’s regular clients. This Islandic town in the shadow of volcanos attracts tourists and big business.

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  • Lost Boys

    dir. Joonas Neuvonen, Sadri Cetinkaya
    dok2020

    [18+] This film is a drug trip, a criminal puzzle and, at times, a pornographic recording. The filmmakers follow into the footsteps of their two mates who disappeared during their trip together to Thailand and Cambodia. It was to be an extreme adventure, but an attempt to solve the puzzle becomes increasingly similar to entering an abyss.

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  • North by Current

    dir. Angelo Madsen Minax
    dok2021

    When the author of the film visits his Mormon family in Michigan it has been exactly three years since a great tragedy. This return also has a concealed aim – Angelo would like to find out how his family members, in particular his parents, understand his transgender identity. Will the camera become a family psychotherapist?

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  • No Hero At All (Antybohater)

    dir. Michał Kawecki
    dok2021

    Mishka is a boy of many faces – a petty criminal and a promising alpine skier who enjoys life to its fullest despite his physical disability and difficult living conditions. He is captured at a key moment when he enters adulthood and receives the last opportunity to take part in the Paralympics.

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  • Radiograph of a Family

    dir. Firouzeh Khosrovani
    dok2020
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  • The Man Who Paints Water Drops (L'homme qui peint des gouttes d'eau)

    dir. Oan Kim, Brigitte Bouillot
    dok2020
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  • The Red Ring (Punainen ympyrä)

    dir. Joonas Berghall
    dok2021

    Disinformation, indifference and, above all, unimaginable suffering has been the fate of the film director since he fell ill with borreliosis. Visiting different countries he reveals controversies and myths surrounding Lyme disease and the global interests preying on them.

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  • The Wheel (Khürd)

    dir. Nomin Lkhagvasuren
    dok2020

    Why are there so many suicide attempts among the inhabitants of Mongolia today? Showing different stories the film focuses on experiences and emotions that accompanied such desperate gestures. In most cases it is impossible to reverse the tragic course of events. Both the lives of those who survived and of the mourning families must go on.

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  • Walk With Angels (Spacer z Aniołami)

    dir. Tomasz Wysokiński
    dok2021

    Children routinely disappear in South Africa. Organised business, local conspiracy of silence and blood clotting stories often stand behind it. Jerry, who has been fighting his demons since childhood, makes an attempt to find a girl who was kidnapped a few years ago. His investigation leads him to the very heart of darkness.

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  • Writing with Fire (Ogniem pisane)

    dir. Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh
    dok2021

    Contrary to stereotypes and preconceptions, against the caste system in India and a crisis in journalism, a group of female residents of Uttar Pradesh create their own independent newspaper. Rising violence against women and the radicalisation of the political stage in India make the publishing of the newspaper increasingly riskier.

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