Taking in stop-motion animation, collage, verité, archive and everything in between, journey across Eastern Europe with this cherry-picked selection of wildly creative short documentaries.
ROAD TO PARIS Dir. Daniel Delikatnyi / Ukraine, UK / 2020 / 16 mins
A team of Ukrainian ballroom enthusiasts peep through the Iron Curtain in pursuit of success at the French World Open. Unaware of the challenges ahead, this comic coming-of-age story is peppered with wit, conquest and Soviet nostalgia.
CITIZENS OF NOWHERE Dir Zuzanna Rabikowska / UK, Poland / 2019 / 7 mins
Citizens of Nowhere delves into the experience of citizenship, nationality, and identity. The film is a personal response to the Brexit referendum and the increased xenophobia that followed, created by Zuzanna Rabikowska — a Polish filmmaker who moved to the UK as a child with her mother and sister in 2001.
OUTSIDERS Dir. Almantas Petkunas / Lithuania / 2019 / 17 mins
Kestutis and his friend Arni both spend their days on the basketball court. Kestutis is in a gang dealing drugs, while Arni struggles to live at home with his alcoholic father. Both are trying to escape their own realities — until they meet Wyte, the father of Lithuanian streetball.
THE VIBRANT VILLAGE Dir. Weronika Jurkiewicz / Hungary / 2019 / 7 mins
In a quiet Hungarian village, men gather to swill beer at the bar. Meanwhile, the women are busy at work, mass producing sexual satisfaction.
MICROCASSETTE Dir. Igor Bezinovic, Ivana Pipal / Croatia / 2020 / 19 mins
Among the garbage heaps of a landfill site perched on a Croatian island, Zoki uncovers a microcassette. A close study of the discarded object becomes a tribute to chance — and imagination.
We've cherry picked this free online programme from the collection of films playing at this year's Calvert Journal Film Festival. Find out more about Calvert Journal and the 2021 festival here.
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