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Hot Docs & EFP Partner on The Changing Face of Europe

Hot Docs and EFP (European Film Promotion) are proud to partner on The Changing Face of Europe program for the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.

EFP is a unique network of 38 European member organisations who represent films and talent from their respective territories. Under the EFP flag, they team up on initiatives to jointly promote the diversity and the spirit of European cinema and talent at key international film festivals and markets.


The Changing Face of Europe Films

BRAGUINO
D: Clément Cogitore | France | 2017 | 49 min | Toronto Premiere
In this eerie, hazy fairy tale, two self-reliant families, isolated in the Siberian boreal forest, are locked in a perpetual feud that distracts them from the real threat looming: rapacious foreigners bent on profiting from the unspoiled landscape. Film recommended by EFP member UniFrance.

THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS
D: Simon Lereng Wilmont | Denmark, Finland, Sweden | 2017 | 86 min | Canadian Premiere
A 10-year-old and his grandmother, living on the frontlines of the ongoing war in East Ukraine, decide to stay in the small village that most have fled—but as the war drags on, bloodshed and terror test their resolve. Film recommended by EFP member Danish Film Institute.

GLOBAL FAMILY
D: Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler | Germany | 2018 | 88 min | International Premiere
Splintered across three continents by civil war, one Somali family rankles indifferent bureaucracies and intolerant communities in each of their new countries when a crisis hits their frail matriarch and they desperately struggle to find her a home.Film recommended by EFP member German Films.

OF FISH AND FOE
D: Heike Bachelier, Andy Heathcote | UK | 2018 | 94 min | World Premiere
Drama explodes on the Scottish high seas as the last fishing family using traditional salmon nets battles animal activists Sea Shepherd and Hunt Saboteurs. Intrepid cameras capture the fiery fight as an even greater enemy emerges to confront them both. Film recommended by EFP member British Council.

RODEO
D: Raimo Jōerand, Kiur Aarma | Estonia, Finland | 2018 | 77 min | International Premiere
In 1992, Estonia’s first free elections voted in Europe’s youngest and most radical leader. Frank interviews and rare archives reveal just how wild the newly “western” eastern-bloc country had to become to oust the Soviets and embrace capitalism. Film recommended by EFP member Estonian Film Institute.

THE RUSSIAN JOB
D: Petr Horký | Czech Republic | 2017 | 63 min | North American Premiere
When an ambitious Swedish manager is dispatched to revive a failing car manufacturing plant, he steps into an absurdist microcosm of modern Russia. His earnest but strict managerial style soon clashes with sleepy Soviet standards in this witty workplace satire. Film recommended by EFP member Czech Film Center.

THE STRANGE SOUND OF HAPPINESS
D: Diego Pascal Panarello | Italy, Germany | 2017 | 89 min | North American Premiere
A dumped, jobless musician returns home to Sicily looking for purpose. After a melodic vision of the mouth harp—one of the world’s oldest instruments—he scours the Siberian wilderness to study under its master in this funny, fantastical midlife crisis. Film recommended by EFP member Istituto Luce Cinecittà.

TO WANT, TO NEED, TO LOVE
D: Ilir Hasanaj | Kosovo | 2017 | 90 min | Canadian Premiere
The filmmaker follows three participants in an ambitious performance art project—including his own apathetic brother and a couple on the verge of a breakup—as they travel from Pristina to Belgrade to Zurich, inspired by the question: What do you believe in? Film recommended by EFP member Kosova Cinematography Center.

WHEN PIGS COME
D: Biljana Tutorov | Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina | 2017 | 72 min | North American Premiere
Vital and engaged, a retired schoolteacher in a small Serbian border town compulsively consumes the news in the lead-up to the presidential election, encouraging others with humour and determination to get out and vote for the leaders they deserve. Film recommended by EFP member Film Center Serbia.

THE WHITE WORLD ACCORDING TO DALIBOREK
D: Vít Klusák | Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK, Denmark | 2017 | 107 min | North American Premiere
A lonely middle-aged Czech man loves Nazis and YouTube while hating gypsies and his mom’s new boyfriend. Plucking at the tensions of Europe’s rampant racism, this darkly comic satire uses family drama to push unspeakably shameful hatred into the light. Film recommended by EFP member Czech Film Center.



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