Archive - ALTER-NATIVE 19

1 IN A BETTER WORLD (Denmark, Sweenden)
2010, 119:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
SUSANNE BIER
Director’s filmography:
THE ONE AND AND ONLY (1999)
OPEN HEARTS (2002)
BROTHERS (2004)
AFTER THE WEDDING (2006)
THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE (2007)


Producer
Sisse Graum Jørgensen (Zentropa Entertainment)
Cinematographer: Morten Soborg

Synopsis
The story traces elements from a refugee camp in Africa to the grey humdrum of everyday life in a Danish provincial town. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Soon, friendship transforms into a dangerous alliance and a breathtaking pursuit in which life is at stake. Susanne Bier’s new feature film is a drama about the destruction of the idyll and the personal choice between revenge and pacifism.
2 Pál Adrienn (Hungary, France, Austria)
2010, 138:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Kocsis Agnes
Director’s filmography:
Friss levego - 2006
Pal Adrienn - 2010

Producer
Ferenc Pusztai (KMH Film)
Cinematographer: Ádám Fillenz

Synopsis
Piroska is an overweight, alienated nurse who can’t resist cream-filled pastries. She works in the terminal ward of a hospital; her life is surrounded by death. One day she sets off to find her long-lost childhood friend. While tracing her recollections, she embarks on a paradox-filled voyage within her own memory and the memory of those she encounters.
3 Children of the Green Dragon (Hungary)
2011, 93:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Miklauzic Bence
Director’s filmography:
2000 Valaki kopog (TV series) (segment "A cenzor")
2002 Ébrenjárók
2005 Fejezetek az Erények könyvéből (TV movie) (segment "Állhatatottság")
2006 Hősöm tere (short)
2006 A harmadik fiú (TV movie)
2009 Hajónapló (TV series) (segment "Barbárok")
2011 A zöld sárkány gyermekei

Producer
Berger József (Mythberg Films)
Cinematographer: Vecsernyés János

Synopsis
Mate, a lonely, divorced real estate agent is put in charge by his boss to sell a suburban storage building. The storage is rented by the Chinese, who keep their semi-legal goods here before selling them on the market. The stock comprising of several thousands of boxes is guarded by a Chinese man, Wu, who also lives in the storage. During this forced association a strange friendship begins between the two lonely men, even though Wu is told by his boss to prevent the sale of the storage under all circumstances. The boss is also giving enticing promises to Wu to help him realize his dream: go back to China and create his own football team. The situation is further complicated by the pizza girl, who is equally liked by both men and stirs up the strange life of the storage.

Cast: Rátóti Zoltán, Yu Debin, Bánfalvi Eszter, Lengyel Ferenc, Shan Yu Jie, Egyed Attila, Thuróczy Szabolcs, Uwe Lauer
4 WOMB (Germanz, Hungary, France)
2010, 107:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Benedek Fliegauf
Director’s filmography:
2007 MILKY WAY (Tejút)
2004 DEALER
2003 FOREST (Rengeteg)

Producer
Gerhard Meixner (Razor Film Production)
Roman Paul (Razor Film Production)
Andras Muhi (Inforg Studio)
Cinematographer: Peter Szatmári

Synopsis
When Rebecca returns to her grandfather’s house, she meets her childhood sweetheart Thomas again. Thomas leaves his girlfriend Rose and their love picks up where it left off, until Thomas dies in a car accident. Devastated, the young woman contemplates suicide until she finds consolation in the idea of cloning. Although society does not fully accept it yet, she plans to give birth to Thomas, bringing her lost love to life (again). Living in Rebecca’s grandfather’s remote old house, Thomas grows up believing his father died in an accident. Rebecca never mentions cloning. In spite of their secret, Rebecca and Thomas lead an almost normal life until Rose finds out about them …
5 Tender Son: The Frankenstein Project (Hungary, Austria, Germany)
2010, 105:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Kornél Mundruczó
Director’s filmography:
2010 - Szelíd teremtés - A Frankenstein-terv
2008 - Delta
2005 - Elveszett tárgyak (Lost and Found)
2005 - Johanna

Producer
Viktória Petrányi (Proton Cinema Ltd)
Cinematographer: Erdély Mátyás

Synopsis
Long ago, a young man fathered a child without ever knowing what became of him. Now 17, his son Rudi returns home hoping to reunite with his family after years spent in an institution. Returning to his mother, he hopes to find acceptance, affection, and most importantly, who his father is, but finds that he is not welcome. Almost by accident, Rudi slips into a casting session. The director of the film is transfixed by his innocence and thinks he has found his lead. But a terrible event soon compromises Rudi’s good intentions. He becomes a hunted murderer, and the director realizes that Rudi, this peculiar and silent boy, is his son and his own monstrous creation. The director now has no other choice but to accompany his son on his inevitable, brutal path and their common search for redemption.
6 The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (Bulgaria, Germany, Slovenia, Hungary)
2008, 105:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Stephan Komandarev
Director’s filmography:
ALPHABET OF HOPE 2003
BREAD OVER THE FENCE 2002
DOGS’ HOME 2000

Producer
Karl Baumgartner (Pandora Film)
Danijel Hočevar (Emotion Films)
Thanassis Karathanos (Pallas Film GmbH)
Stefan Kitanov (ART FEST Ltd)
Andras Muhi (Inforg Studio)
Cinematographer: Emil Hristow

Synopsis
he World is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner, based on the bestseller of Ilija Trojanow, is the story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey with tandem and backgammon in search of his real self.

Bulgaria, 1980. Clouds are gathering over Alex's idyllic childhood in a small provincial town. Militia wants his father to spy on Alex's grandfather, Bai Dan, the local King of backgammon. The family decides to emigrate to the West. 25 years later Alex is in German hospital after severe car crash in which his parents have died. Bai Dan goes off to Germany. Alex does not recognise his grandfather because he now suffers from amnesia as a result of the accident. Bai Dan teaches his grandson backgammon. The ancient game restores Alex back to life. Bai Dan drags Alex out of hospital and they set off on the road with tandem bicycle. On this journey back to Bulgaria, which is also a journey back to the past, Alex gets his memory back, and with it, the will to live again. The film is based on the autobiographical novel by Ilija Trojanow.
7 East Side Stories (Hungary)
2010, 90:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Bollók Csaba Török Ferenc Bodzsár Márk Hajdu Szabolcs
Director’s filmography:
n/a

Producer
Bodzsár István (Unio Film)
Cinematographer: Reich Dániel Lovasi Zoltán Nagy András Garas Dániel

Synopsis
The Logbook series about the last 20 years after the change of the regime now has a feature film version. It consists of four previous Logbook episodes in a new design with a new title. A new musical main title holds the four films together.

Cast: Radnay Csilla, Telekes Péter, Csomós Mari, Garas Dezsô, Nagy Ervin, Tóth Anita, Andi Vasluianu, Török-Illyés Orsolya, Rába Roland, Trill Zsolt, Rezes Judit
8 The Maiden Danced to Death (Hungary - Canada - Slovenia)
2011, 106:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Hules Endre
Director’s filmography:
Debut film

Producer
Garami Gábor Michael A. Dobbin Igor Pedicek (Cinema-Film (Hungary), Quiet Revolution Pictures (Canada), Casablanca Film Production (Slovenia))
Cinematographer: Zsigmond Vilmos Honti Zoltán

Synopsis
When Steve, a dancer-turned-impresario, returns to his native Hungary after a 20-year absence, he finds many things different. The Communist regime that expelled him is gone, life has changed for the better and his former apparatchik father had retired in disgrace. His brother, Gyula hasn't changed one bit, he still works in the same run-down studio with the same cash-strapped dance company they both started out in - and he is married to Steve's former sweetheart, Mari. They agree to revive their last success together, a dance piece based on the ballad, “The Maiden Danced to Death.” If Gyula can make it to Steve's exacting standards, Steve agrees to promote it for a world tour breathing new life into the sagging careers of both brothers. The situations gets complicated when Steve tries to reveal and bring to justice the person who, as he perceives, had caused his expulsion and robbed him of his life and future two decades earlier – his own brother. The film combines dramatic scenes with dance and music, seamlessly slipping from one into another. Where the words fail, the dance takes over revealing long-held secrets and emotions the protagonists kept even from themselves.

Cast:László Zsolt, Hules Endre, Melkvi Bea, Deborah Kara Unger, Stephen McHattie, Boris Cavazza, Minu Kjuder, Zsigmond Emőke, Gil Bellows, Kovács Lajos, Honvéd Táncszínház
9 Retrace (Hungary - Sweden - Romania)
2010, 98:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Elek Judit
Director’s filmography:
n/a

Producer
Elek Judit (Dániel Film Stúdió (Hungary))
Thomas Eskilsson, Johan Fälemark, Peter Hiltunen (Illusion Film&Television (Sweden))
Cornelia Palos (Artis Film (Romania))
Cinematographer: Berger László

Synopsis
Katherine, who survived the Holocaust at the age of seven, visits her once left fatherland of Transylvania, Romania for the first time departing from Sweden with her family. Not only the happy and the frightful memories of her once forgotten past come to life, but she also has to face the depressing reality of Ceausescu's communist dictatorship and the romance developing between her husband and her sister. Parallel to her story and simultaneously we get to know her childhood love and friend Sandor, who serves the dictator as a forester and whose story has a tragic ending. The film ends with the surprising and odd encounter of the two stories.

Cast: Kathleen Gati, Philip Zandén, Demeter András, Shara Clark, Péter Hilda, Kenderesi Manna, Molnár Gizella, Váta Lóránd, Dukász Péter, Lukáts Andor, Gajzágó Zsuzsanna, Gasparik Attila, D. Albu Annamária Szanyi Hanna
10 Best Intentions (Romania - Hungary)
2011, 105:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Adrian Sitaru
Director’s filmography:
Best Intentions / Din dragoste cu cele mai bune intenții / Szívből jövő szeretetből (2011)
Pescuit sportiv / Hooked / Sporthorgászat (2008)

Producer
Ada Solomon (HI FILM (Romania))
Vágási Emőke (COR LEONIS FILMS (Hungary))
Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan (4PROOF FILM (Romania))
Cinematographer: Adrian Silișteanu

Synopsis
Alex, in his mid-thirties, is a quite neurotic character. When his mother is hospitalized with a stroke, the caring son’s life gets out of track. At the hospital he finds himself in a burlesque kind of human zoo full of unexpected characters and surprising events. Trying to manage the situation in between everybody’s advice, he’s becoming hypochondriac. While his mother seems to feel perfectly fine Alex is making his own set of mistakes – throughout with best intentions.

Cast: Bogdan Dumitrache, Nataşa Raab, Alina Grigore, Marian Râlea
11 Hunting Down Small Predators (Bulgaria)
2010, 100:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Cvetodar Markov
Director’s filmography:
Debut film

Producer
Christian Nochev (Andy Film)
Cinematographer: Anton Bakarski

Synopsis
A young man has trouble communicating with people and is seeing a shrink. He falls in love at first sight, then meets three friends and joins their small community. The four youngsters naively decide to make some easy money by blackmailing an elderly woman. Little do they know that a stranger with a shady past and problematic present will turn their lives upside down. A story about love and despair, hope and disillusionment, revenge and revelation.

Cast: Marian Vulev, Hristo Shopov, Stefan Mavrodiev, Vladimir Georgiev, Silvia Petkova, Yana Titova, Liudmila Slaneva and students from the National Theatre and Film Academy Sofia
12 Footsteps in the Sand (Bulgaria)
2010, 89:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Ivailo Hristov
Director’s filmography:
2002 Emigrants
2007 My Friends Call Me Old Chap
2010 Footsteps in the Sand


Producer
Assen Vladimirov (Pro Film)
Cinematographer: Emil Christov

Synopsis
At the airport, Slavi tells his life story to a young customs officer and his colleagues. He recalls his childhood friend who promised to marry him. As teenagers they were passionately in love with each other but after some time Nelly fell for another guy. Then Slavi got himself in trouble with the Bulgarian militia (police). This is when he decides to defect to the West and he spends years living in Austria and the US. Eventually, Slavi comes back to Bulgaria. Why?

Cast: Ivan Barnev, Yana Titova, Assen Blatechki, Deyan Donkov, Karla Rahal, Velko Kunev, Labina Mitevska, Franklin O. Smith, Vassil Mihailov, Milko Yovchev
13 Shelter (Bulgaria)
2010, 88:00 minutes, Feature film

Director
Dragomir Sholev
Director’s filmography:
Debut feature film

Producer
Rossitsa Valkanova (Klas Film)
Cinematographer: Krum Rodriguez

Synopsis
While they have been changing TV channels, making pickles or discussing politics, the parents of 12-year-old Rado have missed their son’s growing up. Now they cannot understand why, after disappearing for two days, he isn’t sorry for the nightmare he has caused them and why is he ready to run away from home with the first junkies he has met on the street.


Cast: Cvetan Daskalov, Yanina Kasheva, Kaloyan Siriiski, Silvia Gerina, Irena Hristoskova

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