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04 Spectrum

 

 Everything, just not what you'd expect. Police officers who arrest you because you're too pessimistic about life? Film Noir in the Serbian lowlands? Grandma as a legendary figure from Estonian mythology who grows restless when she has nothing to do? War veterans as squatters in revolt? Nothing is impossible, as evidenced by the works in this year's Spectrum.
The space between experimental and genre film is where works arise that tell tales with a surprising freshness. Be it off-beat humour or romance with extraterrestrials, borrowings from expressionism or YouTube drama, ironic everyday portraits or grotesque animation, each of these films develops a cinematic language of its own, with its characters unafraid to go against the grain of expectation. Films that stay long in the memory due to their willingness to look at life from new perspectives. BB

Kratt

Kratt

Kratt

Rasmus Merivoo
Estonia / 2020 / 107 min
Remarkably fabulous madness, inclusive of criticism of social media. Mia and Kevin are desperate. Their parents have left them behind with grandma so that they might experience a childhood just like in the past. No smartphones, no videos and no ...
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The War of Raya Sinitsina

The War of Raya Sinitsina

Milchamta shel Raya Sinitsina

Efim Graboy
Israel / 2020 / 89 min
A young filmmaker meets a self-confident veteran: Raya Sinitsina battled against the siege of Leningrad. Efim Graboy wants to make a film about the Soviet war heroine. Sixty-two years of life experience divides the two however and, indeed, it is not ...
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Fire

Fire

OT

Aizhan Kassymbek
Kazakhstan / 2020 / 84 min
Tolik is up to his ears in debt, has stress with his boss, and at home the woman awaits who is tired of his recklessness. Tolik can't seem to please anyone, and yet he continues to waltz through life like as if nothing were wrong. How does he do it? ...
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Once We Were Good To You

Once We Were Good To You

A Bili Smo Vam Dobri

Branko Schmidt
Croatia / 2021 / 76 min
Revolt of the old war heroes. Armed with gas cylinders and hand grenades veterans of the Croatian War occupy an old mill from which they once defended their country. Instead of the museum promised to them a shopping centre is to be built there. Soon ...
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After the Winter

After the Winter

Posle Zime

Ivan Bakrač
Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, France / 2021 / 101 min
Generation In-Between: When the war raged in the Balkans they were but children. Today Mladen, Danilo, Bubi, Maija and Jana are in their early thirties and find themselves scattered all over the former Yugoslavia. They were able to maintain a bond ...
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#dogpoopgirl

#dogpoopgirl

#dogpoopgirl

Andrei Huțuleac
Romania / 2021 / 78 min
A real-life shit storm in the truest sense of the word. A cell phone video of bank clerk Aline's dog vomiting in the subway serves as the prelude to an absurdly comical online social shaming satire. Conservationists, the tabloid press and artists, ...
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Unidentified

Unidentified

Neidentificat

Bogdan George Apetri
Romania, Czech Republic, Latvia / 2020 / 123 min
A relentless police thriller staged in the captivatingly captured setting of a provincial town in Romania. Hot-headed policeman Florin tries to blame a young Roma for a crime yet soon begins to lose control of the scenario. Is it all about justice or ...
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Russian Cyberpunk Farm

Russian Cyberpunk Farm

Russkaja Kiberderevnja

Sergey Vasiliev
Russia / 2020 / 5 min
A Russian farm not far from Ryazan. Farmer Nikolay is looking for new workers and presents his cyber farm, full of all sorts of technical innovations that should simplify every aspect of working life. The advances in technology are world-class, yet ...
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Man from Podolsk

Chelovek iz Podolska

Semyon Serzin
Russia / 2020 / 92 min
A tongue-in-cheek, Kafkaesque reality satire from Russia about police officers who lock up a young man out of a sense of altruism. By means of dance and music they get to know one another better, and even end up discussing the German band ...
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The Time She Comes

The Time She Comes

Kogda ona prihodit

Alexander Choi
Russia / 2020 / 97 min
An unsuccessful man meets a woman with psychic abilities who helps him to achieve new success. His life doesn't only change for the better however; unforeseeable events occur that he can find no explanation for.
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The End

The End

Konets fil'ma

Vladimir Kott
Russia / 2020 / 102 min
A successful director caught in a crisis: Mitya is fed up with the film industry. His thoughts are dominated by Marcello Mastroianni, who encourages him to finally get back to film-making as an art form rather than make mainstream series. After an ...
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Loan Shark

Loan Shark

Lihvar

Nemanja Ceranic
Serbia / 2020 / 88 min
Turbo-folk gets the nod over country in this film noir that comes complete with western motifs and a good pinch of black humour. Back in the Vojvodina debt collector Munir finally hopes to retire; his plans are thwarted however on what should be his ...
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A Colorful Dream

A Colorful Dream

Barevný sen

Jan Balej
Czech Republic / 2020 / 74 min
An imagination for freedom. A group of travelling performers falls into the clutches of a perfidious dictatorship and yet refuses to be defeated. Making reference to both historical and current events, this animated political thriller looks at a ...
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Garbage Theory

Garbage Theory

Űrpiknik

Ákos Badits
Hungary / 2020 / 80 min
Romantic sci-fi dramedy meets feel-good musical: the autistic scientist Panna meets Boy, a clumsy alien with a Beatles look. Together they are looking for the 60s/70s cult pop singer Zoltan Zaratnay, whose song Boy and its ability to move the ...
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The Defender

The Defender

Ochránce

Tereza Kopáčová
Czech Republic / 2019 / 129 min
From the classroom to the underworld. In this gripping “Czech Noir” crime series, set in an unusual setting, youth counsellor Aleš Pelán is sent to schools in order to investigate mysterious cases of bullying and sexual harassment which, in ...
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