The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – a Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants, Andri Snær Magnason, Anní Ólafsdóttir, Island, 78’ – Elemental
Follow Anna, an Icelander raised in Nepal and legendary musician Högni Egilsson, as they journey to Anna’s childhood home in the mountain jungles to explore the afflictions and ‘superpowers’ that come with bipolar disorder. Part road movie, part musical, part serious inquiry into the caverns of the mind, this is at once an artful, sensitive and amusing examination of mental health told through an unexpected story of friendship.
Looking For Horses, Stefan Pavlović, Norveška, Bosna i Hercegovina, Francuska, 88’ – Međunarodni takmičarski program
This is a film about a friendship between the filmmaker and a fisherman, who lost his hearing during the Bosnian civil war and retreated to a lake to live in solitude. The filmmaker, son of Bosnian parents, struggles to communicate as he lost his mother tongue due to a stutter. Despite their speech and hearing limitations, a bond develops between the young man and the veteran, as he shares his world of the lake.
The Little Moon, Elena Kairytė, Litvanija, 26’ – Pejzaž
“Where the last house faded away in the wheat, there lived a little girl, who walked at night out in the fields, with a bucket of water to mirror the moon.” It’s a true story, based on Tonino Guerra’s poem, about a girl who lives in a remote Lithuanian village. This single farm holds her entire world: family, beloved animals and the whole seeing moon.
Middle Earth, Juliette Guignard, Francuska, 57’ – Međunarodni takmičarski program
Camille became a peasant, as they say of someone that lives off the land. She chose the Creuse region, a rough and supple land, laborious yet luminous, but experiences a growing rejection of the agricultural standards that govern her production. Raising her three children, caring for her animals and plants, will always be more important to her than yield. In parallel, her children learn to make choices in the face of the standards imposed on them by the school system.