Feature Film Selection 2020

Manou the Swift

Germany, 2019, 88’, 3D

director Andrea Block, Christian Haas

scriptwriter Axel Melzener, Andrea Block

music Frank Schreiber, Steffen Wick

MANOU grows up believing he is a seagull like his parents. He strives to swim, fish and fly like them but seems not very gifted. At Summer race he discovers Why. To his great shock he finds out he was adopted as an offspring of the much-hated Swifts. His family still stands by him, claiming he is a bird like them. Especially his seagull brother Luc admires him wildly. One night MANOU fails to guard the eggs and surrenders one to the rats. The seagulls are outraged and MANOU is expelled from home. Utterly disappointed he retreats and stumbles across Parcival, a funny Guinea Fowl who cannot fly but turns out to be a deep-rooted pal. MANOU checks out the swifts‘ way with his new buddies Yusuf and Poncho when he bumps into Kalifa, a stunning lady swift. Suddenly he is struck by an entangling flirt on top of all other troubles. Stakes are high as Rats hijack Swift eggs and a big Storm threatens the Seagulls. MANOU is committed to save them both – courageous like a seagull and inventive like a swift.

The White Fang

France, 2018, 80’, 3D

director Alexandre Espigares

scriptwriter Jack London, Philippe Lioret, Serge Frydman, Dominique Monfery

music Bruno Coulais

Based on the timeless novel by Jack London. 

The white fang is a proud and brave hybrid of wolf and dog who grew up in the cold and hostile wasteland of the Polar circle. He was adopted by the Gray Beaver and his indigenous tribe.

Human treachery forces Gray Beaver to give White Fang to a cruel and malicious man. Eventually saved by honest and good people, White fang will manage to master his wild instincts and turn into their friend.

Kill It and Leave This Town

Poland, 2020, 88’, cutout

director Mariusz Wilczynski

scriptwriter Mariusz Wilczynski, Agnieszka Scibior

music Michal Kosterkiewicz, Franciszek Kozlowski, Tadeusz Nalepa

Fleeing from despair after losing those dearest to him, the hero hides in a safe land of memories, where time stands still and all those dear to him are alive.

The Nose or the Conspiracy of Mavericks

Germany, 2020, 89’, cutout

director Andrey Khrzhanovsky

scriptwriter Yury Arabov, Andrey Khrzhanovsky

producer Andrey Khrzhanovsky

music Artem Fadeev

The film is based on two greatest creations of the Russian genius. A short story “The Nose” by Nikolai Gogol. And an Opera “The Nose” that was made in 1930 upon Gogol’s novel by composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The film is dedicated to pioneers, innovators in art. People who are ahead of their time. And, most importantly, they had fearlessness to go against the tide. At the cost of personal well-being, and often life. The main characters of the film are writers Nikolai Gogol and Mikhail Bulgakov, director Vsevolod Meyerhold and composer Dmitry Shostakovich.