A film by Manu Riche. Based on the novel by Dimitri Verhulst
Available to watch February 7, 2017
For the inmates of the multinational residential center somewhere in Europe, the circular, black comedy that is the cross-frontier migrant’s life ‘within the system’ becomes even blacker in December. For we are in the European ‘season of gladness and joy.’ Bipul doesn’t want to admit it to himself, but the Russian girl’s arrival makes a difference: Lidia. Hope? Surely not! A future? Get real! December is also the ninth month of Martina’s pregnancy. Pregnancies don’t go round in circles; they end in eruptions. Because when the situation is hopeless, rescue is near.
Bipul TAREK HALABY (Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker), Mahsun GÖKHAN GIRGINOL (KVS), Lidia EVGENIA BRENDES, Martina LYDIA INDJOVA, Igor KAMIL ALISULTANOV, Zef TIMUR MAGOMEDGADZHIEV, Yusuf HAYDER HELO, Olugbenga GORGES OCLOO
Manu Riche, Steve Hawes, Emmy Oost, Volya Films, Renaat Lambeets, Michèle Hubinon, Igor Gabriel, Anne-Catherine Kunz, Gerben Kokmeijer, Ranko Paukoviċ, Michel Schöpping, Harry de Wit, Guy Cabay, Eddo Hartmann
Year of production: 2015
Running time: 110
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About filmmaker Manu Riche:
Manu made over 20 long and middle length documentaries. He was an early contributor to
the legendary documentary magazine Strip – Tease produced by Belgian TV channel RTBF in the early ‘90s. In 2002/2003 he explored the relationship between fiction and documentary in two major films on Belgian personalities, King Baudouin I and Georges Simenon. He is the initiator, producer and director of Hoge Bomen, a series of portraits on formal and informal power in Belgium at the beginning of the 21stC. Manu Riche made his widely acclaimed theater directorial debut in February 2012, when he directed actor Josse De Pauw in ‘Raymond’ by Thomas Gunzig at the KVS. Together with writer Patrick Marnham he created the documentary Snake Dance, that premiered in Nyon in 2012, where it garnered the Buyens Chagoll award, and that is now touring internationally (IDFA a.o.) in combination with a theatre performance.
PROBLEMSKI HOTEL: For the inmates of the multinational residential center somewhere in Europe, the circular, black comedy that is the cross-frontier migrant’s life ‘within the system’ becomes even blacker in December. For we are in the European ‘season of gladness and joy.’ Bipul doesn’t want to admit it to himself, but the Russian girl’s arrival makes a difference: Lidia. Hope? Surely not! A future? Get real! December is also the ninth month of Martina’s pregnancy. Pregnancies don’t go round in circles; they end in eruptions. Because when the situation is hopeless, rescue is near.
SURVIVING SKOKIE: They survived the horrors of the Holocaust and came to America to put the past behind. For decades they kept their awful memories secret, even from their children. But their silence ended when a band of neo-Nazi thugs threatened to march in their quiet village of Skokie, Illinois “because that is where the Jews are.”
Surviving Skokie is an intensely personal documentary by former Skokie resident Eli Adler about the provocative events of the 1970s, their aftermath, his family’s horrific experience of the Shoah, and a journey with his father to confront long-suppressed memories.
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The project is open for submissions until February 21st, 2017 at 4:00 PM PST. There are $40,000 in total cash awards available that will be assigned to the top eight videos chosen by T-Mobile. In addition to the cash awards, all winning videos will also be featured on T-Mobile’s social and web platforms or as a part of a compilation celebrating adventurous moments from around the world.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT): Zooppa and Nickelodeon are inviting filmmakers and motion graphic artists from around the world to reimagine TMNT on a global scale through depicting what they are up to in various home towns or cities. The goal is to show how the Turtles would come to life in any given location, using local city or pop culture influences to help tell the story. Zooppa and Nickelodeon are looking for imagination and creativity, the videos made should be a fun way to share Turtle stories from across the globe––authenticity is key!
The project is open for submissions until February 23rd, 2017 at 4:00PM PST. There are $25,000 in cash awards available to the top 10 videos that will be chosen by Nickelodeon.