The International Competition programme is dedicated exclusively to aspiring filmmakers who made their first or second feature documentary. Films were selected considering their artistic value, filmmaking skills and revelation of human rights issues. These films showcase a strong belief in cinema as a means of reflecting and reacting to the numerous global issues.
Just like every year, Panorama presents documentaries from the most important international film festivals, introducing some crucial viewpoints relevant not only to Lithuania, but also around the world. This year, the most prominent topics in Panorama’s programme are the process of getting mature, the dichotomy between childish and adult, and the long-term impacts of social issues on our perception of the world.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The border separating the East from the West symbolised the boundary established by the Iron Curtain, Communism and the restraint of freedom and democracy. The collapse of the wall marked an irreversible change in the political situation and continues to inspire the oppressed not to surrender. The Borders film programme presented at this year’s festival is a contribution to an important commemoration and an attempt to raise awareness of the modern day border issues in the world, as well as to discuss them aloud.
Eight years ago, Inconvenient Cinema started with the slogan “Let The Films Speak”. While the belief in cinema’s magical power to express more than words has grown stronger over time, there is a persistent feeling that a mere “conversation” with the film itself is not enough. Some complex and critical issues cannot be resolved without talking to each other and trying to find a certain common ground. This is especially relevant now, when the abundance of social networks are dividing us into increasingly closed communities and there is less and less time for meaningful discussion. Thus, the festival purposefully seeks to become a forum where one can stop and open up to inconvenient yet necessary conversations; and this year’s Dare To Talk programme is full of them.
The entire planet – from woods to waters, from earth to air, from atom to light – has turned into a giant factory converting natural resources into currency. And all of this is happening at an unprecedented pace due to the rapid technological development and the speedy growth of the human population. UN human rights experts warn that humanity is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”. Because of the escalating climate crisis, only the rich will have the privilege of avoiding hunger, heat, and natural disasters. Is there a viable alternative to the immoderate extraction and use of natural resources for the well-being of only a small circle of individuals? Finally, is it at all possible to change people’s outlook on nature? All of these questions and more are tackled in this year’s Green Programme films, which cover a wide range of topics from a human’s relation to animals to land exploitation.
Cinema that reflects on social issues constantly contemplates the ability of film as a medium to successfully represent reality, and does it through the mouth of its own creators, critics and viewers. The issue is particularly important when complex problems with no simple solutions are presented on the screen, together with the real anguish they cause. Can the use of modern technology help us believe in the reality observed in the film, and make us see everything that is sinking in the information stream?
Harun Farocki (1944-2014) was one of the most eminent and influential contemporary German artists and filmmakers. Our festival presents the first comprehensive retrospective of the German artist’s films in Lithuania, covering his works from the first rebellious films of the 60s to the most recent works that analyse media, forms of war representation and consumer society. The programme shown at the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius and Kaunas Artists’ House consists of three feature films and four thematic short films. The retrospective in both cities will be opened by a lecture on Farocki’s work by writer, film critic and Farocki’s colleague Michael Baute. Special thanks to Goethe’s Institute in Lithuania for supporting this programme.
Videograms of a Revolution (1992, 106 min) Prison Images (2000, 60 min) Images of the World and the Inscription of War (1988, 75 min)
PROGRAMME "The Image in Question" (73 min):
Respite (2007, 40 min) In-Formation (2005, 16 min) The Silver and the Cross (2010, 17 min)
PROGRAMME "Images of Violence" (108 min):
Inextinguishable Fire (1969, 25 min) Between Two Wars (1978, 83 min)
PROGRAMME "Technology of War" (101 min):
Serious Games I: Watson Is Down (2010, 8 min) Serious Games II: Three Dead (2010, 8 min) Serious Games III: Immersion (2010, 8 min) Serious Games IV: A Sun With No Shadow (2010, 20 min) War at Distance (2003, 58 min)
PROGRAMME "Strategies of Consumer Culture" (97 min):
The Creators of Shopping Worlds (2001, 72 min) An Image (1983, 25 min)
The programme consists of two feature documentaries and six short film programmes made accordingly to age and interests of the viewers. Closed screenings are for registered school groups and will be accompanied by educational workshops that will address the social issues raised in the documentaries and try to analyze them through the language of cinema. Open screenings welcome parents with kids and everyone interested in these topics. Some films in the programme will be shown with subtitles specially adapted for deaf and hard of hearing audiences. Film screenings for the youngest ones will be translated into sign language.
Where We Belong (78 min)
2040 (92 min)
PROGRAMME: How Do You See Me? For 1-3 classes, dubbed in Lithuanian (screening duration 28 min)
Two short films for the festival's youngest visitors are about funny, energetic kids who are enjoying their life. Elika's parents are of different nationalities, Kunal is blind. Someone could think that they are different from the rest, but are they really? The screening invites to get to know, accept and start loving. Films: Rainbow Children: Portrait of Elika, The Monsoonshow
PROGRAMME: World Around Me For 4-6 classes (screening duration 22 min)
The rising of the sea level because of the climate change is treatening the life in the small village in Columbia. Visitors of a Danish zoo event are looking what's inside a lion. Why these two far away stories should concern us living here? Not just for the knowledge, but also because they raise important questions, e.g., could our behaviour have an impact on those who live on the other side of Earth, how do we treat wild animals and why are we afraid to see what‘s inside us?
Films: Dulce, The Monsoonshow
PROGRAMME: Demolishing Borders For 4-6 classes (sreening duration 32 min)
Bashir and Ahmed are refugees. Bashir goes for a short trip to Barcelona from refugee camp in Sahara desert, Ahmed just arrived to Netherlands from the war in Syria. Dealing with big and small life challenges, the boys are trying to adapt, to find friends and to feel welcome in spite of the borders around them.
Films: Bachir in Wonderland, Ahmad’s Hair
PROGRAMME: Our batles For 7-9 classes (screening duration 30 min)
Heroes of these films face life changing difficulties – bullying at school and disability. Both films encourage to try to understand the situation these kids are in, to be more understanding, friendly and caring towards each other.
Films: Class Photo, Scott & Julia
PROGRAMME: When we grow up For 10-12 classes (screening duration 61 min)
When do you become a grownup? What determinates that? Feeling? Experience? First times? What do you do, how do you behave and communicate when you grow up? Is it possible to grow up completely one day? Many questions and friends seeking for answers: Anya and Seryozha in war-torn Ukraine; Amaryllis and Margot before the party in Canada; Naomi and Sam on their way to the psychiatric hospital in the Netherlands.
Films: Anya and Seryozha, Shirley Temple, Naomi’s Secret