DOCUMENTARY FEATURES COMPETITION 2015 LINE-UP!
We announce the line-up of the Documentary Features Competition "IMAGE OF THE WORLD - WORLD IN IMAGES" of the 23rd edition of the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography CAMERIMAGE.
 
The aim of the competition is to recognize the art of documentary filmmaking as creative interpretation of reality. Putting emphasis on the visual and aesthetic aspects of the selected nonfiction entries, the jury awards the best cinematographers in the competition.
 
 
 
 

(Be)Longing

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Volta à Terra tells the story of an endangered community: farmers who practice subsistence farming in a mountainous village in northern Portugal, deserted because of immigration. Between the evocation of the past and their uncertain future, we follow the 49 inhabitants through four seasons.
Among the inhabitants we meet António, a former emigrant who fulfilled his dream of returning home, preparing the village festivities for the coming summer, and Daniel, a young shepherd who dreams of love at dusk.
 
Original title: Volta à Terra
Director: João Pedro Plácido
Cinematographer: João Pedro Plácido
Produced by: O Som e a Fúria
Portugal, Switzerland, France, 2014
 
 

Above and Below

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Far, far away and out of sight, that’s where April, Dave, Cindy, Rick, and the Godfather are creating life on their own terms. From the depths of the flood channels under Sin City, to a reclaimed military bunker in the middle of the dusty, heated Californian nowhere land, to beyond the stratosphere where Mars now lives on Earth. Each individual has been flung into perilous circumstances on this rollercoaster ride called life. Through the hustle, pain, and laughter, we are whisked away to an unfamiliar world where we discover its inhabitants to be souls not unlike our very own.
 
Original title: Above and Below
Director: Nicolas Steiner
Cinematography: Markus Nestroy
Produced by: maximage
Switzerland, 2015
 
 

Brothers

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
After 80 years of exile, two brothers come back to Poland from Kazakhstan. The aim is to make their place in the new world. They face obstacles of character differences. One is a painter and a dreamer, while the other is a pragmatic engineer. They are as different as ink and water and as inseparable as a flower from its stem. They want to rebuild their lives in spite of the dramatic events that fate sends their way – their house, with several thousand paintings inside, burns down, and one brother has put the other in a centre for elderly people. The race against time begins now. Will they be fast enough?
 
Original title: Bracia
Director: Wojciech Staroń
Cinematographer: Wojciech Staroń
Produced by: Staron Film Sp. z o. o.
Poland, 2015
 
 

Call Me Marianna

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to get a sex change. This decision forces her to leave the people she loves most.

 
Original title: Mów mi Marianna
Director: Karolina Bielawska
Cinematographer: Kacper Czubak
Produced by: Studio Filmowe KALEJDOSKOP
Polish distributor: Studio Filmowe KALEJDOSKOP
Poland, 2015
 
 

Drawing Against Oblivion

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What happened to the children who lay in the wrong crib? asks Austrian artist Manfred Bockelmann. Born in 1943, he embarks on a mission: by drawing their faces he wants to retrieve from oblivion the innumerable children who were murdered in the name of racist mania and who disappeared in the archives as mere statistical numbers. The Nazi terror is remembered through the eyes of the artist, who travels to Auschwitz concentration camp and to the US to encounter those children who escaped from the death camps. This film visualizes the horrors of the holocaust without using archival footage and is a strong plea for vigilance against racism right here, right now.
 
Original title: Zeichnen gegen das Vergessen
Director: Bärbel Jacks
Cinematographer: Tobias Corts
Produced by: Final Frame
Germany, 2015
 
 

Look of Silence, The

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of the perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers. The documentary focuses on the youngest son, an optometrist named Adi, who decides to break the suffocating spell of submission and terror by doing something unimaginable in a society where the murderers remain in power: he confronts the men who killed his brother and, while testing their eyesight, asks them to accept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.
 
Polish title: Scena ciszy
Director: Joshua Oppenheimer
Cinematographer: Lars Skree
Produced by: Final Cut for Real
Polish distributor: Against Gravity Sp. z o. o.
Israel, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, UK, Indonesia, 2014
 
 

Not All Is Vigil

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Antonio and Felisa have been living together their whole life in a little village in the province of Teruel. Now that their health is more fragile, they are afraid of not being able to take care of each other. On the horizon the prospect of having to go into a retirement home appears as a threat. Not All Is Vigil portrays love in old age, and the tossing-and-turning nights due to the fear of loneliness, death, and separation from one’s beloved. It portrays the fear of leaving one’s life in someone else’s hands and losing independence.
 
Original title: No Todo es Vigilia
Director: Hermes Paralluelo
Cinematographer: Julián Elizalde
Produced by: El Dedo en el Ojo
Spain, 2014
 
 

Possibilities are Endless, The

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The celebrated lyricist Edwyn Collins could only say two phrases after waking up: Grace Maxwell and The Possibilities Are Endless. This is the incredible story of Collins, a songwriter who had the contents of his mind effectively deleted after experiencing a stroke. Placed inside Edwyn’s mind, we embark on a remarkable journey from the brink of death back to language, music, life, and love. With the help of his wife Grace, Edwyn submerges himself in a landscape of memories as he tries to unlock the story of his past. More than a story of determination against all odds, this is an intimate and life-affirming tale of rediscovery.
 
Original title: The Possibilities are Endless
Director: James Hall, Edward Lovelace
Cinematographer: Richard Stewart
Produced by: Pulse Films Ltd.
UK, 2014
 
 

Shoulder the Lion

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Using the stories of three artists who have lost the sense defining their art, this visual essay explores the meaning of images, the fragility of memories, and the desire for relevance in today’s world. A blind photographer questions the power of images in today’s image‑saturated culture. Forced to give up his dream of playing music due to his loss of hearing, a musician must reinvent his future. A painter who was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film Million Dollar Baby searches for her place in life, unsure of what she should be to the world. The film attempts to ask what it takes for someone to keep on going in times of uncertainty, and uses unique forms of film to produce the answers.
 
Polish title: Na barkach lwa
Director: Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Cinematographer: Patryk Rebisz
Produced by: Tupelo Productions
USA, 2015
 
 

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A story told by the wandering ghost of a dead man about the hopeless existence of refugees stuck at the edge of Europe.
 
Original title: Those Who Feel the Fire Burning
Director: Morgan Knibbe
Cinematographer: Morgan Knibbe
Produced by: BALDR Film
Greece, Italy, 2014
 
 

Touch of an Angel

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The shocking story of Henryk Schoenker, who reveals unknown information about the Bureau of Emigration of Jews to Palestine that existed in Auschwitz in 1939 and asks uncomfortable questions: Was another scenario possible for the Holocaust? Did his hometown, Auschwitz, have to become the symbol of the Jewish genocide, or could it have saved thousands of Jews in Silesia?
 
Original title: Dotknięcie anioła
Director: Marek Tomasz Pawłowski
Cinematographer: Jacek Januszyk
Produced by: Zoyda Art Production
Polish distributor: Zoyda Art Production
Poland, Germany, 2015
 
 

Visit, The

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In Vienna lies the UNO city, with its extra-territorial status and its late 1970s architecture not unlike a giant spacecraft that has landed in the middle of the civilized world. Inside this impressive institution that represents our belief in humanity resides the UN Office of Outer Space Affairs — the OOSA.
 
Polish title: Wizyta
Director: Michael Madsen
Cinematographer: Heikki Färm
Produced by: Magic Hour Films
Denmark, Finland, 2015