Competition

Safer in Silence

Corinne Niox Chateau, USA, 2020, 90min

At sixteen, Corinne receives a phone call from a mysterious woman in a heavy foreign accent, claiming to be her grandmother. The woman tells Corinne she has found her through a private detective, has just arrived from Brazil. Can they meet? Thus begins a lifetime quest to understand her family’s hidden past. Uncovering Jewish roots, Corinne is pulled on a complex journey that spans 30 years and five continents. One startling revelation leads to another. “Safer in Silence” is a story about hiding and family secrets; about identity and inter-generational trauma. Ultimately, it’s a story about one woman’s search for wholeness.

20.11, Friday | 20:00 | Ninateka.pl

The Day of Wrath

Jacek Raginis-Królikiewicz, Poland, 2020, 85min

During World War II Poland is kept under German occupation. In the autumn of 1943, a young Jewish escapee from a nearby ghetto appears in a Polish monastery, asking for help. German Nazis punish hiding Jews with death so the monks face the most difficult dilemma. The stakes become even higher when SS officer, responsible for local extermination campaign against the Jews, visits the monastery. "The Day of Wrath" is a full of tension blend of a war thriller and a morality play. The film is based on the drama by Roman Brandstaetter under the same title.

18.11, Wednesday | 20:00 | Ninateka.pl

Man on the bus

Eve Ash, Australia, 2019, 84min

How does it feel to spend entire life hiding something of great importance from your loved ones? After her mother’s death Australian psychologist and TV producer Eve Ash decided to investigate her seemingly perfect family’s past. Her parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland who started anew in distant Australia. Poring over photos, documents and recordings, interviewing relatives in Europe and USA Eve uncovered all the lies and was forced to rewrite her entire life. This extraordinary documentary proves that truth is easily stranger than fiction.

16.11, Monday | 20:00 | Ninateka.pl

The Sacred Talisman

Mihhail Plutahhin, Russia, 2020, 33min

Combining the techniques of object theater with cinematic ones, the authors create a fragile visual and musical world of childhood memories. In this world, there is a cozy little light in the window and the clock is ticking. And then, this secluded children’s world is ruthlessly invaded by a large adult war. The camera captures details and scrutinizes textures, immersing the spectator into history through a biography of things, where music and sound design become the main vehicles. The soundtrack of the performance-film features songs and poems in Yiddish from the repertoire of Leibu Levin, reader and composer.

18.11, Wednesday | 20:00 | Ninateka.pl

Birth Right

Inbar Horesh, Israel, 2019, 24min

Birth Right is a comic drama that tells the story of Natasha, a young Russian woman, who is participating in an organized trip to encourage immigration of Jews to Israel. On the second day, the group arrives to the desert. Two Israeli soldiers join them for the night and the girls all fall for Shlomi, the handsome combat soldier. When Natasha manages to catch his attention by revealing her weird plan to stay in Israel right after the trip, her friends grow jealous and things turn ugly. This is a story about the universal need to feel a sense of belonging while Natasha’s personal narrative clashes with the national one, presented by the groups’ tour guide.

21.11, Saturday | 16:00 | WJFF.pl

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