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The year is 1980. Michal and Juraj are students at a theological seminary in totalitarian Czechoslovakia. Fearing the dissolution of their school, the tutors are moulding the students into a shape satisfactory to the ruling Communist Party.



The breathtaking story of a man gifted with exceptional abilities set against the background of the events of the totalitarian 1950s.

How to Fake a War


In How to Fake a War, press officer, Kate (Katherine Parkinson), creates a fake war story that her client, global megastar Harry Hope (Jay Pharoah), can seemingly "stop" with his humanitarian work. But things quickly get out of hand as people from different sides believe the story to be real.



Based on real events that took place during the 2008 Russian military intervention in Georgia. Shindisi, where the film was shot, was the location where Russian military forces opened fire in what was designated as a humanitarian corridor, where the wounded can be helped, and where the dead can be buried with respect. The villagers stood up to the betrayal, and one man became a hero.

Streetkids United III - The Road to Moscow


Streetkids United 3 - The Road To Moscow is the empowering story of 9 Indian girls who are chosen by Karunalaya Social Service Society to represent their country at the Street Child World Cup 2018 in Moscow, Russia. The girls who all had a rough start living on the streets, where they faced abuse and violence on a daily basis, are an inspiration to everyone who meets them because of their positive and uplifting spirit.

Ruben Brandt, Collector


A psychiatrist who has a roster of criminal patients must exorcise some strange demons. Featuring pit-stops in Paris, Tokyo, Venice, Rome, "Ruben Brandt, Collector" has the effervescence of a 1960s comedy-mystery-thriller, a hybrid difficult to pull off and not really in vogue now in our oh-so-solemn age where James Bond has to be gloomy and scowling in order to be taken seriously.



She watches him through the window as he loads the final pieces of furniture into the truck. They are counting down the last hours in their home. Their seven-month-old baby is asleep, unaware of the trouble brewing. They will either vacate the apartment peacefully, or they will be forcefully evicted.

Fighting for Life


The documentary film Fighting for Life gives a unique look inside the South-African prison Drakenstein Correctional Center and the impressive work of Dutch boxing coach Sharita van der Hulst in the rehabilitation program for prisoners that are serving heavy sentences.



Dennis is a young man in modern-day Moscow who knows how to get by. He has just left a psychiatric clinic, where he was treated, unsuccessfully, for a rare disease: a total numbness to pain. He lives with his mother, who tries to appear younger than her age. She is divorced, and Dennis seems to be the only man in her life.

Once upon a time in November


Once Upon a Time in Warsaw centres around two Warsaw residents, a mother and a son who have had to leave their home, when they are evicted in November 2013. The story plays out against the background of actual events such as large scale patriotic marches and demonstrations, including the extreme right wing.

Elvis Walks Home


Mickey Jones scrapes a living as a nightclub singer in the tacky Mediterranean resort of Zayana. He’s a great Elvis Presley impersonator but a meagre human being: selfish and careless. An argument with two drunken women turns into a fight, and before he knows it Mickey is on the run from the vicious thugs of this police state.

Return to Montauk


A renowned German writer, Max Zorn, travels to New York for the launch and reading of his latest novel. His devoted but headstrong wife Clara has been there for a few months already, proof-reading the novel’s translation and press materials in preparation for the event. But little does she know that Max is thinking about another woman, a woman from his past - Rebecca.

Tom of Finland


The story of Touko Laaksonen, better known as iconic gay artist and human rights activist Tom of Finland. In post-WW II Finland, homosexuals were officially classified as mentally ill, weak and feminine.

Light Thereafter


Pavel, 16, idolises the reclusive artist, legendary French painter Arnaud. For Pavel, Arnaud’s Diaries are Holy Scriptures, and he lives by them. Pavel seizes his chance to go and find Arnaud.



Dina lives in a remote village high in the Georgian mountains where traditions have remained the same for centuries. Her marriage has been arranged but when handsome Gegi returns from war, she falls in love with him and they elope.

The Constitution

Ustav Republike Hrvatske


Four very different people live in the same building but avoid each other because of differences in how they live their lives, what they believe in, and where they come from. They would probably never exchange a word, but misfortune pushes them towards each other.

Liberation of Skopje


The story and the cruelty of war, the poverty, suffering and the occupation of Skopje are seen through an eight-year old boy Zoran's eyes. Zoran's father is a member of the partisan forces, while Zoran's mother Lica gets involved in a love affair with a German officer Hans.

A Stinking Fairy Tale


A Stinking Fairy tale tells the story of two hobo who help each other out through life. Moma suffers from depression, Ema had been treated for alcoholism. Moma lives in the abandoned factory premises. Ema lives in the shaft. Moma liked Ema at first sight. Ema liked Moma at second sight.

The Surprise


An eccentric multimillionaire signs a contract to have his life ended in a surprise manner. At a funeral parlour he meets a young woman who has signed up for the same arrangement. Trouble ensues when the couple falls in love and wishes to delay the execution of their agreement.

Paul (Short Film)


Paul is a documentary film about a 13 year old boy from the Dunoon township in Cape Town, South Africa, named Paul. Paul has a dream, a dream he thinks about all day; he wants to be surfer. But boys from Dunoon township don’t surf.