Life in Europe

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    So many questions face our great continent today - maybe even too many. While it may not be the worst of times, it is certainly not the easiest. How we deal with the questions of our economy, the refugee crisis, education, the rise of the far right and more will define tomorrow’s reality. Together with the European Cultural Foundation, we invite you to watch these films and think about Life in Europe.

    The New Gospel was supported by the Europeaan Cultural Foundation earlier this year. Read more about the project here.

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    The Blue House

    • Hamedine Kane
    • 2020

      Alpha is an artist living in the Calais Jungle refugee encampment, where he has transformed his self-built cabin into an artwork. He calmly continues building and drawing, and becomes a local celebrity in this no man’s land.

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      Dusk

      • Bálint Bíró
      • 2020

        An ominous documentary viewing a global theme from the perspective of a small Hungarian community. A “landguard” and his son go on patrol in the border area near Serbia, where an invisible danger looms.

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        Fire at Sea

        • Gianfranco Rosi
        • 2016

          This urgently topical film shows the intersection of two worlds: everyday life on Lampedusa, and refugees arriving full of fear and anxiety on this small European island, so deceptively close to the African coast.

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          The Foundation Pit

          • Andrey Gryazev
          • 2020

            This hard-hitting, found-footage film shows Russian citizens voicing their concerns and rage about Putin’s rule. Combined in this way, the clips constitute a powerful protest against a government that appears to have forgotten about its citizens.

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            Gorbachev. Heaven

            • Vitaly Mansky
            • 2020

              A fascinating interview with former Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev, one of the most influential figures of the last century, whose rule heralded the end of the Soviet Union. In an intimate setting, he gives his view of Russia then and now.

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              Jano & Shiro, a Brothers' Journey

              • Els van Driel, Eefje Blankevoort
              • 2020

                An experimentally filmed account of the far-reaching consequences of Dutch asylum policy for Jano and Shiro, two brothers who fled from Syria. With music and editing at times reminiscent of a video clip.

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                Lost Kids on the Beach

                • Alina Manolache
                • 2020

                  The director embarks on a personal quest in Romania to portray the generation born shortly after the fall of the country’s dictator Ceausescu—and the beginning of a new, post-communist era.

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                  Made for Walking

                  • Hélène Baillot, Raphael Botiveau
                  • 2020

                    Wading through knee-high snow in the mountains separating France and Italy, young West-Africans venture clandestinely across the border at night. Then they hand back the boots they received from volunteers so that the next person can cross.

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                    The New Gospel

                    • Milo Rau
                    • 2020

                      The story of the crucifixion of Jesus gains topical relevance in this docufictional film about alarming conditions for illegal farm workers in southern Italy. A convincing passion play, making-of film, and powerful statement against exploitation.

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                      Notes from the Underworld

                      • Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel
                      • 2020

                        What starts as a portrait of the popular Austrian singer Kurt Girk develops into a unique and powerful document of an era: the Austrian underworld in the 1960s. Packed with tall tales, bad cops and bittersweet songs.

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                        Oeconomia

                        • Carmen Losmann
                        • 2020

                          A multilayered quest to fathom the workings of the capitalist system. Financial sector insiders grapple with simple questions such as “Where does profit come from?” and “How is money created?” Some of the staged scenes are quite telling.

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                          Silence of the Tides

                          • Pieter-Rim de Kroon
                          • 2020

                            The passage of time is spellbinding in this cinematic tour de force about the Wadden Sea. A film that inhales and exhales along with the tides as it explores the fragile relationship between man and nature.

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                            A Way Home

                            • Karima Saïdi
                            • 2020

                              Filmmaker Karima Saïdi’s mother has Alzheimer’s. Now, they turn their thoughts back in time together, for one last time. A poetic portrait of a complex mother-daughter relationship, renewed acquaintance, and a loving farewell.

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                              Silent Voice

                              • Reka Valerik
                              • 2020

                                Khavaj, a young Chechnyan martial arts fighter, is hiding in Belgium because of his sexual orientation. The traumas he’s been through caused him to lose his voice. Cut off from his family and far from home, his only option is to reinvent himself.

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