Two US Marines are trapped behind enemy lines with vague mission objectives and an even more mysterious package...

Official Selection (Season 1)

Black Bag
Directed by: Lee Foster
Black Bag
War has always been a weapon of higher power to prove themselves right or just to amuse themselves. The real harm is being made to people. The stories of suffering civilians are told by media, writers or just direct witnesses. While most of the times the stories about members of armed forces can not be told due to different reasons.
This short movie depicts events of two man tracking a mysterious black suitcase. There is no information about the content of that suitcase and it is not needed as these two are just do their duty without a question. The thing is that they expect the help from their superiors as they are trapped and surrounded by the enemy. And the help comes, it is just not what they expected.
This short movie brings up a theme of government secrets and its’ reputation. There is nothing these people wouldn’t do to protect themselves, they are ready to sacrifice their best men, the citizens of their country. Unfortunately, armed forces are pawns in the game of upper officials. How many secrets our countries keep that we will never know of? How many stories of people killed by their own land we will never hear?
The director choses little room of a basement to show that these marines are trapped. Trapped and surrounded not just by their enemies, but by their government too. The shots are taken from the low angle to demonstrate the little power they have over current situation. Sometimes shots are taken from the level of the eyes, as if the viewer is also in this basement.
Actors had little room to perform but they managed to show anxiety, stress and confusion in time of ten minutes. They mostly used their voices which is expressive. As it was said the director’s statement this short can be used as an opening to the full movies as it has a hook to the whole plot.
Portrait film about Lajos J. Takács who left Hungary in 1970. He settled in Sweden and there he founded the Layota Art Studio which provided scholarships to more than hundred Hungarian artists. At a time when Hungarian artists could not enter the world because of the Iron Curtain. It was a one-man revolution against communism at the time. After his return to Hungary in 1990. he compiled a book that collected the works created within the Szentendre-based Lajos Vajda Studio, and also he was the creator of the art project called A Subway Train Emerging from the Ground located in Csákberény. His personality, and peculiar philosophy, his diversified interest and constant desire for freedom through his love of his homeland created a continously expanding huge oeuvre that is important not only for Hungarian society. The film set out to show that.

Official Selection (Season 2)

The eternal asker
Directed by: Ernő Nagy
The eternal asker
So many people are trying to make this world better, fair, and equal for all. There are a huge number of stories from all over the world when people who are not indifferent to their homeland try to change the outdated and unfair principles of the state, which are harmful to art, education, and life in general. It is one of these stories that Ernõ Nagy undertakes to tell, introducing us to an inconspicuous but outstanding personality - Lajos J. Takács, who managed to influence more than a hundred destinies of various Hungarian artists.

How did he do it? Perhaps the answer to this question is best learned by watching a quality documentary project “The eternal asker”. Documentary films are not a cinema format but are an important part of the film world in general. There are many different stories from different parts of the world that deserve to be heard, and it is projects such as “The eternal asker” that help people see that in this world, heroes do not wear capes.

Ernõ has created a technically modern documentary that looks interesting, because it is not an "interview" format, and we have the opportunity not only to hear the story from the mouth of the protagonist, but also to observe his movements and his hysterical objects. The constant change of locations makes this documentary work more dynamic, and therefore more accessible to impatient viewers who prefer dynamic scenes over static ones. I would like to note the quality work in all technical aspects: sound design, editing, color editing and camera work.

 In addition to getting to know the main character of the film, we get the opportunity to walk with him through the streets of the Hungarian town and get to know the culture of this country better. “The eternal asker” doesn't look flashy, but it can surely be considered as a quality work. A historical documentary project that tells us one of the million "inconspicuous" stories that have greatly influenced the fate of many people.
The World Cruzer travels through a future of nature pollution and climate chaos. Mankind is organized more democratically fighting for the survival of their own species. We share moments of insights with the World Cruzer on his mission to save the planet. His crew supports him with familiar voices, speaking about the many facets of being human. A modern movie with contemporary electronic music from Berlin clubs. It wants to change our point of view and to call upon mankind to find a global agreement - a new common sense pact.

The World Cruzer
Directed by: Yorick Niess
The World Cruzer

Yorick Niess gave us a very original, experimental, and specific work. His feature film “The World Cruzer” hardly fits into the “documentary” genre, at least it is definitely not a classic representative of this direction. Over 100 minutes of real psychedelia and digging into human perception. Yorick tells us his parable about how we can save our planet, and what awaits us if we do nothing to save the human species.

 “The World Cruzer” goes very far from the classic documentary work, towards a large experimental project that will not appeal to everyone but will definitely stand out from the crowd. Yorick Niess quite successfully balances on the verge of complete psychedelia, diluting his crazy CGI attraction with fragments of real life. The mysterious protagonist leads the viewer through a dizzying adventure, realized with the help of very good CGI, periodically returning us to the real world, in which we can observe everything that humanity can achieve or, on the contrary, lose.

I would like to note the very high-quality editing, which is a key aspect here, because the work is a huge number of different fragments combined into a single picture. Unusual, but extremely aesthetic visuals are well complemented by equally unusual music that comes from various Berlin clubs.

Of course, “The World Cruzer” is a very arthouse work. Such films are not always able to bring the viewer what he is looking for, but not every person is ready to take care of our planet.

Perhaps Yorick's work will be able to awaken in someone the desire to change their attitude to the environment in the first place, and then push others to do the same, or perhaps such a psychedelic format will simply seem insane, and the viewer will spit. However, the key factor is that "The World Cruzer" will not leave the viewer indifferent. This format of cinema evokes emotions, which means it makes a person more alive.
In late-1800s Europe, Oscar, a wealthy but lonely middle-aged man who has lived a decadent, extravagant life in a chateau filled with wine, courtesans and opium, confesses love to his gardener Jude before he dies of his excesses.

Award Winner - Best Actor (Season 2)
Award Winner - Best Costume Design (Season 2)

For I Am Dead
Directed by: Patricia Delso Lucas
For I Am Dead
In the second season, we were lucky to enjoy the work of Patricia Delco Lucas, which sends us back to the late years of the 19th century to tell the story of the extravagant, eccentric, and insolent Oscar, who hides his true nature behind courtesans, opium and wine.

The film's strongest quality is clearly Al Nazemian's performance as the protagonist Oscar and Riggsby Lane, who portrays the young gardener Jude, who unexpectedly becomes his employer's love interest. A big nod to Patricia Delso Lucas, who was able to create interesting and quite deep characters within a limited and small-time frame.

Patricia brings up one of the most discussed topics of the 21st century, which has many points of view. “For I Am Dead” tells a deeply emotional story about not accepting yourself. What can self-deception and denial of one's nature lead to? I guess it might be crazy. Al Nazemian, through a huge range of emotions and excellent acting talent, demonstrates the destruction of the consciousness of a person who has and at the same time has nothing. Riggsby Lane perfectly complements this story with the image of a shy gardener who is forced to indulge the unexpected impulses of his "patron".

All in all, “For I Am Dead” is a movie with no weak points in its ampoule. Technically, Patricia's work looks and sounds flawless, good work in all aspects: editing, color grading, sound, etc. The good work of stylists and costume designers helps the viewer to move to the 19th century, and the chosen location for filming, in the form of a huge castle, leaves no doubt about the quality of the picture.

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