First Films for Golden Goblet Award
CHRYSALIS directed by Paula Ortiz (Spain)
COLOR OF SKY directed by Dr.Biju Damodaran (India)
EXCUSE ME directed by Henrik Ruben Genz (Denmark)
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD directed by Micheline Lanctôt (Canada)
I, ANNA directed by Barnaby Southcombe (UK/Germany/France)
ISZTAMBUL directed by Ferenc Torok (Hungary/Holland/Ireland/Turkey)
RAT KING directed by Petri Kotwica (Finland)
STARS ABOVE directed by Saara Cantell (Finland)
THE CONDUCTOR directed by Pavel Lungin (Russia)
WHITE TIGER directed by Karen Shakhnazarov (Russia)
CHRYSALIS (Spain, 2011, 94’)
Directed by Paula Ortiz
Violeta, Inés and Luisa are women of different ages, whose days pass in apparent calmness on the other side of the window. Wheat fields, mountains, and the streets of an old city provide settings in which Chrysalis recreates these women's lives, as seen through the light and the beauty of memories. The film gives us the magical past when it was still possible for a young girl to dream in the woods; it gives us the distant gaze of a mother in the arid desert and the autumnal memory of a mature woman in a closed house. It tells the tale of women who seem to live in silence, but who have memories that keep secrets, passions, and dreams alive.
CHRYSALIS is the first feature film by Paula Ortiz, after three shorts that were selected in numerous festivals. She graduated in Literature and earned a Masters in Scriptwriting in Barcelona and later studied filmmaking and scriptwriting in New York and Los Angeles.
COLOR OF SKY (India, 2012, 117’)
Directed by Dr. Biju Damodaran
A 60-year-old man lives on an isolated island. He visits the nearby harbour in a motor boat once a month to sell handicrafts. One day a young burglar jumps onto his motor boat and demands money. The old man remains calm and takes the motor boat towards his island where the young man remains trapped. He meets the people who live with the old man, a 7-year-old boy, a 20-year-old deaf and dumb lady and a middle-aged man with a stammer. The intruder confronts rare life situations for the first time, His concept about life changes as he understands how nature blends with life. The film is the “colour” of life, of the wind, of the sea and nature.
Dr.Biju, is a practicing Homoeopathic Medical Doctor who turned to filmmaking and made three feature films in Malayalam, one different to another and each one received with acclaim. He is a self-taught filmmaker and debuted as writer and director with SAIRA, which was the opening film of Cinema Of The World at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007. Dr.Biju is also known for his bold stands, reactions and writings on cinema and film media issues at various magazines. His articles made many controversies and widely discussed and made a new wave of changes in Malayalam film industry. Dr.Biju got Kerala state film award for best writing on cinema in 2011. Dr.Biju served as jury member at 30th Fajr International film festival, Iran 2012, International film festival Kerala 2011.
EXCUSE ME (Denmark, 2011, 90’)
Directed by Henrik Ruben Genz
This is a story about the beautiful but confused young woman Helene, who, according to her mother, was born as a “technical error”. Helene suspects that her father, who left his family before Helene was born, might be the once celebrated director of a dilapidated theater in Copenhagen. Assisted by a series of bizarre coincidences and by her mother's dog, Helene manages to get closer to her father. This is a rugged, larger than life comedy about finding your place in life, about being accepted and the price you pay in doing so. It's a story about identity—amongst all creatures, including humans.
Henrik Ruben Genz originally majored in drawing and printmaking in 1987 and later attended the National Film School of Denmark, graduating with his student film CROSS ROADS in 1995, for which he received Best Film and Script Award at the Film School Festival in Munich. Subsequently, he worked at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation DR, directing a number of short films, documentaries and episodes of TV series. In 2009 Genz was honoured with the Carl Th. Dreyer Award. Genz's short fiction film TEIS & NICO (1999) received the Crystal Bear in Berlin and an Academy Award nomination. His feature film debut, SOMEONE LIKE HODDER (2003) was awarded in Buenos Aires, Chicago, London and Zlin. CHINAMAN (2005) swept up Karlovy Vary's Grand Prix and Silver Arrow for Best Actor. TERRIBLY HAPPY (2008) took the Grand Prix – Crystal Globe, while also winning a remarkable seven honours at the Danish Robert Awards 2009.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD (Canada, 2011, 91’)
Directed by Micheline Lanctôt
Between human love and love of God, which will win out? In 1959 in Sister Cécile’s class, 12-year-old Léonie meets Father Malachy, a recently ordained priest visiting her school. It’s love at first sight for the dreamy and solitary child who retreats into religious piety to escape her oppressive home life. But there’s also a spark between Sister Cécile and Father Malachy who are forced to hide their strong attraction for one another, an attraction forbidden by their vows. Both are young and passionate, making it difficult to hide their emotions. Fifty years later, Léonie must come to terms with her betrayal so many years before.
Micheline Lanctôt studied in music and the plastic arts. She concentrated on animated film for almost seven years, while simultaneously pursuing a career in acting. In 1980, she wrote and directed her first feature film, L’HOMME A TOUT FAIRE (THE HANDYMAN), which was selected to the prestigious Cannes “Quinzaine des Réalisateurs”. Her second feature, SONATINE, won the Silver Lion at the 1984 Venice Film Festival. Lanctôt writes, directs, produces and acts in many of her films and has received numerous Canadian and international awards in each field.
I, ANNA (UK/Germany/France, 2011, 104’)
Directed by Barnaby Southcombe
Detective Chief Inspector Bernie Reid hasn’t slept for weeks. Recently separated from his wife and son, he prowls the city as it sleeps. He fields a call to an apartment, where he finds divorcee George Stone bludgeoned to death. Near the scene of the crime, Bernie is distracted by an encounter with a female passer-by, who leaves a lasting impression: Anna. He follows Anna and when they finally meet at a singles’ party, the mutual attraction is instant, although Anna has no recollection of Bernie, nor of the night they first met. As evidence begins to point to Anna’s involvement in Stone’s murder, Bernie’s professional judgement battles with his desire for intimacy and love. When the mystery deep within Anna’s mind finally unravels, it reveals a truth too painful to bear.
Born in September 1972 Barnaby Southcombe began his directing career in Paris with a theatrical production of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal. He subsequently moved into music video production and directing television drama in the UK. I, ANNA marks his feature debut.
ISZTAMBUL (Hungary/Holland/Ireland/Turkey, 2011, 99’)
Directed by Ferenc Torok
When Janos, a popular 55 year old professor leaves home to have an affair with one of his students, nobody really bats an eye. But when his wife, Katalin, first goes off the deep end and then hitchhikes out of the country to “find herself”, her family hits the roof and switches into high gear. When she is found to be in Istanbul, teenage son Zoli is sent to bring her back. Meanwhile his sister Zsofi is fully occupied giving birth to the family’s first grandchild. It doesn’t occur to all of them that Katalin may actually be doing very well without them in the exciting new environment of Istanbul. In the east meets west environment of this exotic city, she meets Hamil, an out of town Muslim worker also away from his family. Both having something to share, they find an uneasy but touching relationship. When Zoli finally catches up with his Mom, he discovers that she is a changed person. Ultimately he comes to see her as someone who may be happier to start a new life. Isn’t happiness what everyone in their family is seeking?
Ferenc Torok is a prominent figure in the young generation of Hungarian filmmakers. After graduating from the Academy of Drama and Film in film directing in 2000 and having made a number of successful short films, he made his first feature film MOSCOW SQUARE. It became one of the most important cult films in Hungary after the change of regime and was screened at many international film festivals. His second feature EASTERN SUGAR had its international premiere at the 57th Locarno IFF. OVERNIGHT, the third part of a loose trilogy about the winners and losers of the change in regime was his first feature produced in a European co-production (Hungary-Germany). It premiered at the 56th Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF in competition. In 2008, he received Béla Balázs Award a state recognition for outstanding achievement in filmmaking. He’s also a Member of the European Film Academy.
RAT KING (Finland, 2012, 93’)
Directed by Petri Kotwica
Juri, a 18 years old boy, is seriously addicted to online gaming, so much so he becomes isolated from his single mother and his girlfriend is about to leave him. He decides to quit but is soon lured back by one of his net-mates, Niki 18, who, when they meet for the first time, turns out to look strikingly like Juri. Niki has a web-address tattooed on his arm. When Juri types it into his computer, he gets lured into a curious game that grants him the username RAT KING. As the game becomes increasingly dangerous, Niki vows to help Juri get through it. But the game triggers off a series of life-threatening events and pretty soon Juri realizes that he is gaming for his life.
Petri Kotwica studied philosophy and literature from 1988-1992 and holds a Master of Arts Degree from Helsinki University of Art and Design, Department of Film. He has made several award winning short films and his feature debut HOMESICK also won several prizes on international film festivals. His second feature BLACK ICE premiered in Berlin Film Festival's competition and won six national film awards including best film, directing and screenplay.
STARS ABOVE (Finland, 2012, 105’)
Directed by Saara Cantell
STARS ABOVE follows the stories of three women from the same family in three different decades. The setting for all the stories is the same: an old country house that has been in the family for years. Each woman is between 30 and 40 and at a crossroads in their lives during her story segment. The three women – Saima, Tuulikki and Salla are each in turn to spend the autumn in the country house that was built in the 1920’s, and which is later used as the family’s summer house. Saima’s story takes place in 1942, Tuulikki’s story in 1978, and Salla’s story in the present day. In the film, the women’s stories overlap like the various coloured threads in a wall fabric, and gradually the individual fates of the women, scattered across decades, form a whole picture.
Saara Cantell graduated from the University of Art & Design Helsinki in 1996. Her feature film HEARTBEATS awarded Jussi (Finnish Oscar award) in 2010 and State Quality Price for Films in 2010. In ad-dition, Saara awarded Best Film Director award in 2010 and States Film Price 2010 together with the cinematographer Mari-ta Hällfors. Saara has written for the screen several short films, as well as countless radio plays. In addition to directing, Saara is a Doctorate in the arts, and has just finished her thesis on narra-tive short films. Saara Cantell lives in Helsinki with her husband and three sons.
THE CONDUCTOR (Russia, 2012, 86’)
Directed by Pavel Lungin
The Conductor is a story of passions, is about musicians going to Jerusalem to perform St. Matthew Passion oratorio. While getting ready to play and sing the story of the Passion, they are busy with their own passions, emotions and worries, so human and every day. What is expected to be an ordinary business trip becomes a life-changing experience.
Pavel Lungin studies mathematics and linguistics at the university of Moscow between 1965 and 1971. After that he integrated The Highest Courses of Scriptwriters and Directors and finished them in 1980. Нe wrote scripts of many films between 1974 and 1989. He also works for television shooting documentary films.
WHITE TIGER (Russia, 2012, 104’)
Directed by Karen Shakhnazarov
World War Two is drawing to a close. Furious and prolonged fighting is exhausting both the Soviet and the fascist troops. The more decisive the advance of the Soviet army, the more often White Tiger, a huge, indestructible fascist tank, appears in the battlefield. It relentlessly emerges from the smoke of combat, ruthlessly destroys the adversary and swiftly vanishes. No one can either verify or refute its existence. However, the Soviet military command decides to build an extraordinary tank – a special version of the T-34. The crew of this tank is headed by a man with a remarkable past, a tank crewman who was almost burnt alive in combat and doomed to death. Contrary to all expectations, he survives, recovers and returns to the ranks. He does not know his own name, he does not remember anything from his past, but he has acquired the unusual ability to understand the language of tanks. He is sure that the elusive fascist tank exists and must be destroyed, because White Tiger is the embodiment of war, its terror and its blood. The pursuit of the mystic monster begins. Who will win in this duel?
Karen Shakhnazarov is a film director, script writer, producer and prose writer. He graduated from VGIK In 1975 (All-Union State Institute of Cinematography). Since 1976 Karen Shakhnazarov has been directing films produced at Mosfilm Studios. Since 1991, he has been Art Director and Chairman of the Board of Courier Studio of Mosfilm Cinema Concern. Since 1998, he has been General Director of Mosfilm Cinema Concern.