ÉCU Official Selection 2008

Animated Film

JELEK

Director:  Palfi Zsolt
Country: Hungary

The lives of two homeless men run parallel to each other, as they meet at
the same place on the same night, despite having taken different roads. As
they wander around, they leave messages behind, and run into signs drawn
by their fellows.

HANGED MAN’S ELEGY

Director:  Alek Wasilewski
Country
: Poland

Second half of the 19th century. A poet struggles to come to terms with his fiancée’s unexpected death. He finds refuge in writing.

PERPETUUM MOBILE

Director: Enrique Garcia
Country
: Spain

An alchemist obsessed with discovering the secrets of the Perpetual Motion will change the life of Leo da Vinci, a sensitive and curious young Italian boy,forever.

Documentaries

FORBIDDEN FUTURE

Director:  Gard Andreassen
Country: Norway

Behind closed doors in Teheran young Iranian artists express themselves
through music, painting and sports thereby risking public floggings and even
a death-sentence. If discovered, the lucky ones affluent enough to have the
one option of buying their way back to freedom.

TORN FROM THE FLAG

Director: Klaudia Kovacs
Country
: Hungary

In 1956, Hungary, a nation of 10 million, resists the tyranny of the Soviet Union, a nation of 200 million; the event lasts for just 13 days, but catalyzes the eventual fall of communism around the world. Interviewees include Dr.Henry Kissinger and Otto von Habsburg.

CUBA, I ’AN 50 (CUBA, YEAR 50)

Director: Pierre Beccu
Country
: France

A car picks up some passengers in Cuba, and the car unexpectedly becomes a site of free speech: while on the road, it is announced that power had passed from Fidel to Raúl Castro.

ESCAPE FROM LUANDA

Director:  Phil Grabsky
Country
: United Kingdom

In Luanda, one of the poorest and the most dangerous places in the world,three students from a music school rehearse for their end-of-year concert. This film asks if, despite the ravages of 27 years of civil war, musical passion can overcome terrible hardships.

LEBANON – RESISTING LUNACY

Director: Uwe-S. Tautenhahn
Country
: Germany

After the Israli-Lebanese conflict in 2006, two German-Lebanese women return to their native Lebanon better understand the conflict. Their perspective
oscillates between hope and despair.

WELCOME ABOARD TO
TOXIC AIRLINES

Director:  Tristan Loraine
Country
: United Kingdom

Welcome Aboard Toxic Airlines tells the story of air passengers and crews breathing air contaminated with carcinogens and neurotoxins, and the serious health and flight safety consequences that are occurring on commercial aircrafts around the world.

PATRIA MIA

Director: Duska Zagorac
Country
: United Kingdom

After 15 years of exile in London, director Duska Zagorac returns to Bosnia to find a sizeable Chinese community settled in her homeland. Like a mirror image of Bosnia’s past population, the new inhabitants are struggling to define their identity.

THE LOST COLONY

Director: Astrid Bussink
Country
: Netherlands

The oldest primate laboratory in the world, located in the former Soviet republic of Abkhazia, was virtually destroyed during its struggle for independence from Georgia. But the lab workers refuse to give up.

OURS IS THE LABOUR

Director: Jeroen Van Bergeyk
Country
: Netherlands

In the 1970s, the first Morroccan “guest workers” arrived in Holland. How does this generation look back on their lives in the Netherlands?

Documentary Short

IN YOUR TIME

Director: João Paulo Tristão
Country
: United Kingdom

The short documentary In your time is a colorful quilt of a narrative,
composed of simple and unique characters, who are brought together at Greenwich Park. Spontaneity and instability are constant in this film, as the
voices unite to tell their various stories.

DOPPELPASS (ONE-TWO PASS)

Director: Gregor Frei
Country
: Switzerland

Doppelpass is the portrait of a football team. Six young Swiss Turks represent Switzerland in an international street soccer tournament. Questions about
identity arise alongside a dramatic story of pride and homesickness.

UNDER THEIR SKIRT

Director: Astrid Bussink
Country
: Netherlands

The oldest primate laboratory in the world, located in the former Soviet republic of Abkhazia, was virtually destroyed during its struggle for independence from Georgia. But the lab workers refuse to give up.

OURS IS THE LABOUR

Director: Jeroen Van Bergeyk
Country
: Netherlands

In the 1970s, the first Morroccan “guest workers” arrived in Holland. How does this generation look back on their lives in the Netherlands?

THE LOST COLONY

Director: Astrid Bussink
Country
: Netherlands

The oldest primate laboratory in the world, located in the former Soviet republic of Abkhazia, was virtually destroyed during its struggle for independence from Georgia. But the lab workers refuse to give up.

OURS IS THE LABOUR

Director: Jeroen Van Bergeyk
Country
: Netherlands

In the 1970s, the first Morroccan “guest workers” arrived in Holland. How does this generation look back on their lives in the Netherlands?

THE LOST COLONY

Director: Astrid Bussink
Country
: Netherlands

The oldest primate laboratory in the world, located in the former Soviet republic of Abkhazia, was virtually destroyed during its struggle for independence from Georgia. But the lab workers refuse to give up.

OURS IS THE LABOUR

Director: Jeroen Van Bergeyk
Country
: Netherlands

In the 1970s, the first Morroccan “guest workers” arrived in Holland. How does this generation look back on their lives in the Netherlands?