In Xavier Marrades’ short “Misericórdia”, the titular location could be seen from a highly religious and spiritual point of view: God had mercy on the people of that place, rewarding them with a beautiful nature, weather and the opportunity for leisure.
For the sake of his ideals, Arges Artiaga had left his seemingly normal life in Galicia to join the cause of the Kurdish people fighting the Islamic State in Syria. After three years of combat, he is back to Europe, with a stop in the UK to attend the funeral of one of his brothers in arms who had lost his life on their last day in the war.
In Chinese, the term “shanzhai”, has changed its meaning from the original “mountain fortress” or “mountain village” to “forged, replica or parody product”. The whole city of Shenzhen was practically built on “shanzhai” industry of the tech goods from the West, Korea or Japan.
Lene Marie’s special place was Chios, Greece, where she did some of her best work, including the collection of self-portraits in an abandoned health facility that lead her to fame. In those photos, she exposed her fragility, vulnerability and the pain of the everyday life, with the striking contrasts highlighting the skin, the eyes and the bones, which was everything she had left from her body.
In this observational, but occasionally poetic, dream-like documentary, we meet our protagonist Jola in the breaking point of her life, when she is getting ready to leave her abusive husband Bogdan after many decades of domestic terror
That there is no one who’s actually practicing virgin-sacrificing on graveyards under the light of candles arranged to form a pentagram, doesn’t really matter. Such picture is present in the minds of state-, church- and media gurus who imprint it to hearts and minds of …
Honeyland, directed by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov, was one of rare films from this year to be found in the official feature-length competition of the first edition of IceDocs.
How did you obtain the footage for the film? It is basically a found footage film. It is really a found footage film. The term has been used nowadays to excuse auteurs for all kinds of stuff, so every archive film or badly shot film or participatory documentary is often called found footage. This really […]
The point of Mladen Kovačević’s latest documentary, 4 Years in 10 Minutes, shown in the competition of IceDocs, is stated early on, in the first title card.