Pathway: Life in Europe

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    This year, IDFA, in collaboration with the European Cultural Foundation, will once again present a selection of films that shed light on various aspects of life in Europe. The continent faces major issues with a bloody war on the continent, but migration and an increasingly tight labor market as a result of aging are also undiminished important themes.

    Titles in this Pathway

    Budapest Silo

    • Zsófia Paczolay
    • 2022

      A powerfully visual film, with stunning cinematography, about a worker at an old grain silo in Budapest. His work is like that of a scuba diver: each day he is lowered into the 25-meters-deep silos, where he performs a dazzling dance.

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      Europe

      • Philip Scheffner
      • 2022

        From one day to the next, an Algerian woman is driven into illegality. The life Zohra planned in France becomes an imaginary existence. Her isolation is made palpable as she literally vanishes from view.

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        Fatima

        • Lucia Chicos, Alexandra Diaconu
        • 2022

          The video diary of 18-year-old Fatima, who fled Afghanistan with her family and now lives in Bucharest. With increasing frankness, the young Muslim woman records her life in the Romanian capital.

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          Merkel

          • Eva Weber
          • 2022

            Thanks to her unique palette of knowledge and experience, Angela Merkel served as the forceful and influential chancellor of Germany for 16 years. Merkel looks back on her childhood and career with vivid archive footage and a range of interviews.

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            Notes on Displacement

            • Khaled Jarrar
            • 2022

              Refugees are often in the news, but what do we really know about their experiences? Notes on Displacement takes a deep dive into the fear and disorientation felt by a Syrian family on the grueling journey to a better life.

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              Ruthless Times – Songs of Care

              • Susanna Helke
              • 2022

                The right to spend the final years of your life in dignity is threatening to become unaffordable. This unorthodox combination of classic documentary and musical is a sharp indictment of market forces in the care for the elderly in Finland.

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                The Lost Souls of Syria

                • Stéphane Malterre, Garance Le Caisne
                • 2022

                  A calmly composed, probing account of attempts in various European countries to chart the crimes of the Syrian regime and bring the perpetrators to justice, based on thousands of smuggled photos of tortured and murdered victims.

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                  Blue Files

                  • Ander Iriarte
                  • 2022

                    More than 4,000 citizens were tortured in the context of the Basque Conflict in Spain between 1960 and 2014. One of them was the filmmaker’s father. He and experts discuss the past, what torture is and how it affects the victims.

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                    Away

                    • Ruslan Fedotow
                    • 2022

                      A heartbreaking portrait of two 16-year-old Ukrainian refugees in Budapest. They help out at a school for refugee children and make protest art on the streets—triggering political discussions among the Hungarian passersby.

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                      When the Mountain Rumbles

                      • Alba Bresolí Aliberch
                      • 2022

                        An observational portrait of three aging brothers living together, isolated in a Spanish village that many decades ago was emptied by government order. But now new political and economic decisions are threatening their way of life again.

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