The official competition program is here
All films in the competition program have the common pattern of being a coming of age story or a tale of someone who is trying to find his right place in the world.
The film ‘Laika’ by the Czech Aurel Klimt is about the famous space-dog of 1957 who, in this animated puppet musical, not only survives the adventure in the Sputnik 2 but also breaks the connection with Baikonur herself and lands on a strange planet where she gets her first taste of how things are when man isn’t the lord of creation. Lazar Dobroza’s ‘Ederlezi Rising’ is a reconsideration of the sci-fi genre that explores the essence of love and emotion between Milutin, the astronaut, and his very attractive cyborg companion on a long journey in space.
A great example of rethinking the genre is given us by Timur Bekmanbetov in ‘Profile’. The film is an adaptation of Anna Erelle’s book ‘The Skin of a Jihadist’. The investigative journalist published her book under fake name after researching the recruitment procedure of the ISIS on social media and even being engaged to a jihadist. The Russian-Kazakh filmmaker tells the story on a single monitor.
Lars Kraume’s ‘The Silent Revolution’ is the true story of a class form East Germany standing up for the Hungarian revolution. In October, 1956, a couple of teenagers travel to West Berlin where they learn about the truth of the events in Budapest. The students decide to pay tribute to the martyrs with a moment of silence, but their act is followed by a punishment sealing their fate.