Docs in Progress – Selected Projects 2016

7 feature documentary projects in post-production have been selected for the Docs in Projects 2016

Sanctuary

by Ashley Sabin, David  Redmon
United Kingdom, Canada, United States, 72’
Ashley  Sabin, David Redmon – Carnivalesque Films
Expected release: 2016-2017

The Economist, BBC, New York Times, and Nature have described the 21st century as the Anthropocene  — the “age of the human” — a new epoch defined by human devastation of the wild, natural world through acts of violence, domestication, and destruction. DONKEY explores the broad ramifications of this epoch through the microcosm of care-work and placing viewers in the donkey’s skin.


Chris The Swiss

by Anja Kofmel
Switzerland, Croatia, Germany, 90’
Samir, Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion
Expected release: January 2016

Croatia, 7th of January 1992: In the middle of the war, a young journalist’s body is discovered dressed in the uniform of an international mercenary group. Twenty years later, his cousin Anja Kofmel investigates his story.


13 Summers under water

by Wiktoria Szymanska
Poland, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, 106’
Martin Berléand – Triade Films
Expected release: May 2016

13 Summers under water explores the question of the existence and afterlife in its various imaginative forms and visions. lt is about the parallel life that we can dream of but cannot touch. What happens to the ones we love after their death? Can we bring them back? Can we keep them alive through our memories or perhaps by placing them in an imaginary afterlife?


OLEG'S CHOICE

by Elena Volochine, James Keogh
France, 75’
Montmartin Valerie – Little Big Story
Expected release: May 2016

Summer of 2014, thousands of young Russians in the Donbass region, East Ukraine, take up arms boosted by the propaganda, persuaded to do their patriotic duty. Among them, Oleg appointed battalion commander, and Max, who becomes a soldier. On 3 June 2015, Oleg leads his men to their deaths.


Saying Goodbye

by David Maye
Switzerland, 70’
Sophie Clio Richard – Terrain Vague
Expected release: Autumn 2016

As my mother struggles with her cancer, my sister reveals she is pregnant with her first child and my father proposes an overhaul of our dining room – the very heartbeat of our home. The film tells the story of how a family comes apart at the seams with impending death in their midst and their capacity to deal with a legacy that’s left in the wake of permanent loss.


The Grown-Ups

by Maite Alberti
Chile, Netherlands, France, 80’
Maite Alberdi – Micromundo Films, Denis Vaslin – Mandra Films, Fleur Knopperts – Volya Films
Expected release: 2016

A group of friends with Down syndrome have attended the same school for over 40 years, they’re aging and they have not been allowed to live adulthood on their own.


Penelope

by Eva Vila
Spain, Poland, 96’
Eva Vila – Araki Films, Monika Derenda – Poland Studio
Expected release: February 2017

Taking the universal theme of waiting, as in the Odyssey, Penelope presents 97 years old Carmen, the village dressmaker, and Ramon, the prodigal son who returns to his origins after a long absence. Through them we see a new community. A mirror of the changing reality of Europe. Another possibility to rebuild an identity is drawn at the horizon. 

Sanctuary
by Ashley Sabin, David  Redmon
United Kingdom, Canada, United States – Carnivalesque Films

Chris the Swiss
by Anja Kofmel
Switzerland, Croatia, Germany – Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Nukleus Film, Ma.ja.de Filmproduktion

13 Summers under water
Wictoria Szymanska
Poland, Mexico, United Kingdom, France – Triade Films

Oleg's Choice
by Elena Volochine, James Keogh
France – Little Big Story

Saying Goodbye
by David Maye
Switzerland – Terrain Vague

The Grown-Ups
by Maite Alberti
Chile, France, The Netherlands  – Micromundo, Mandra Films, Volya Films, 

Penelope
by Eva Vila
Spain, Poland, Araki  Films – Poland Studio