Scandinavian films at Beldocs 2015!

The most representative festival of the documentary film in Serbia, Beldocs will be held from May 7 to 13 and the 2015 Oscar winner for the best documentary film "Citizenfour" will be screened at the festival opening at Sava Center on May 7 at 21:00. 37 films will be shown from 23 countries. The festival will be officially opened at the Great Hall of Sava Center on the 7th of May at 7pm with screening of the film “The Forest“, while at same place at 9pm will be shown Oscar-crowned film “Citizenfour: The Snowden dossier“. All other films will be shown in Dvorana Kulturnog centra Beograda and Dom omladine. Just the award ceremony and the closing ceremony will again be held in the Great Hall of Sava Centar on the 13th of May at 8:30pm, just before the screening of films “Paco de Lucia: A Journey“. Tickets for the Great Hall of Sava Center with selling price of 400 dinars can already be bought at Eventim box office, Sava Center and online sales. Tickets for Dom omladine and Dvorana Kulturnog centra at the price of 200 dinars will be able at the box offices of the mentioned institutions.

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However, what we, Scandinavian Cinematography fans, are especially happy about is the fact that as the part of this year's festival will be shown 4 films produced in Scandinavian countries: “The Visit“, “Flotel Europa“, “The look of Silence“ and “Drones“.

THE VISIT

(Michael Madsen, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, Finland, Norway, 2015, 83’)

Shows: Saturday 9.5. 20:00 / Dom omladine Beograda

The Visit is a documentary with comedy elements, and a philosophical exploration of our fear of strangers through the ultimate threat to our self-image: The discovery of Alien Intelligent Life. The Visit  is a concrete and scientific investigation of the scenario of an Alien visit. Do Aliens have human rights? What would we tell THEM about ourselves? And how?

Directed by: Michael Madsen                                                                                                             
Produced by:  Lise Lense-Moller, Michael Kitzberger, Wolfgang Widerhofer, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser, Andrew Freedman, Sami Jahnukainen, Carsten Aanonsen
Edited by: Stefan Sundlof                                                                                                            
Director of photography: Heikki Farm

FLOTEL EUROPA

(Vladimir Tomić, Denmark, Serbia, 2015, 70’)

Shows: Saturday 9.5. 19:00 / Dvorana kulturnog centra Beograda

In 1992 a wave of refugees from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina reached Denmark. With existing refugee camps completely full, the Red Cross pulled a giant ship into the canals of Copenhagen. The ship, Flotel Europa, became a temporary home for a thousand people waiting for decisions on their asylum applications. Among them was a 12 year old boy, Vladimir, who fled Sarajevo together with his mother and older brother. They spent two years in the limbo of Flotel Europa.
Two decades later, Vladimir Tomic takes us on a journey of growing up on this ship filled with echoes of the war — and other things that make up an adolescence. The coming-of-age story is juxtaposed with personal VHS archive material shot by refugees who shared the “space-time vacuum” of the Flotel.

Written and directed by: Vladimir Tomic
Produced by: Srdjan Keca and Selma Jusufbegovic
Edited by:  Srdjan Keca
Sound design: Alex Pavlovic
Color grading: Ricco Højland Hansen
Consultants: Per Sandholt and Goran Kapetanovic

THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark, Finland, Indonesia, Norway, UK, 2014, 103’)

Shows: Monday 11.5. 20:00 / Dom omladine Beograda

The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerfulcompanion piece to the Oscar®-nominatedThe Act of Killing . Through Oppenheimer’s footage of 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 toaccept responsibility for their actions. This unprecedented film initiates and bears witness to the collapse of fifty years of silence.

Directed by: Joshua Oppenheimer
Produced by: Signe ByrgeSørensen
Executive Producers: Werner Herzog, Errol Morris, Andre Singer
Director of Photography: Lars Skree
Edited by:  Niels Pagh Andersen

DRONES

(Tonje Hessen Schei, Rick Rosenthal, Norway, USA, 2014, 78’)

Shows: Tuesday 12.5. 18:00 / Dom omladine Beograda

Two soldiers are tasked with deciding the fate of a terrorist with a single push of a button. As the action plays out in real time, their window to use a deadly military drone on the target slowly closes. With time running out, the soldiers begin to question what the real motives are behind the ordered lethal attack.

Directed by:Tonje Hessen Schei,  Rick Rosenthal
Produced by: Trent Broin, James C. Hart, M. Elizabeth Huges, Nathan Kelly, Bert Kern, Nick Morton, Rick Rosenthal, Matt Witten
Executive Producer:  Steven Soderbergh
Director of photography: James Watson
Edited by: Michelle M. Witten

The project ‘Nordic Reading Corner’ is financially supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade www.norveska.org.rs