The epff7 programme will include screenings and panel discussions of the following films, all of which portray elements of the festival's theme, 'Secrets'.
Karl Markovics, 2011, Austria, 94 min
Roman Kogler, 18, is serving time in a juvenile detention center. He has already served half of his sentence, and could be released on probation, but his chances are poor: he doesn’t have family, and seems incapable of coping with society. After many failed attempts, Roman finds a probation job at the municipal morgue in Vienna. One day, Roman is faced with a dead woman who bears his family name. Even though it soon turns out that she is not his mother, Roman wonders about his past for the first time and starts looking for his mother.
Charles Crichton, 1964, Britain, 99 min
A prominent London Psychologist seems to have taken his own life, causing stunned disbelief amongst his colleagues and patients. His teenage daughter refuses to believe it was suicide as this would go against all of the principles her father stood for, therefore she is convinced it was murder. She enlists the help of a former patient to try to get to the truth. The truth, however, turns out to be both surprising and disturbing.
Istvàn Szabo, 1979, Hungary, 101 min
This powerful drama from Oscar-winning director István Szabó explores the nature of love, trust, loyalty and betrayal borne under the weight of exceptional circumstances. János and Katalin are strangers but forced to pose as husband and wife to hide their links to the anti-Nazi resistance in Budapest 1944. The intensity and intimacy of this relationship forces them to passionately confront their past, challenging what they believe and in whom they can place their trust.
Bernardo Bertolucci, 2011, Italy
Lorenzo (Jacopo Olmo Antinori), a 14-year-old from a well-to-do family, takes no interest whatsoever in the outside world, and withdraws into himself completely: pretending to go on a school skiing trip, he shuts himself in the basement of his mother’s apartment building for an entire week. But the basement turns out to be a regular refuge for Olivia (Tea Falco), his heroin-addicted older half-sister, and so Lorenzo doesn’t find the perfect solitude he’s looking for.
Pernilla August, 2011, Sweden, 99 min
One morning just before Christmas, Leena receives a phone call from a hospital in her childhood town where she grew up. She learns that her mother is dying. This news takes the young woman on a journey to face her mother for the first time in her adult life. Leena has fought hard to let go of her grief over her lost and dark childhood. She is now forced to deal with her past to be able to move on.
Alice Winocur, 2012, France, 101 mins
A Dangerous Method meets The Elephant Man in writer-director Alice Winocour's absorbingly luminous debut feature Augustine, which examines the unusual relationship between a pioneering 19th-century neurologist and his "star" teenage patient.
Dana Budisavjevic, 2012, Croatia, 50 min
Do you remember the last time you talked to your parents? What did you talk about? Have you gone a step further from the weather forecast and daily politics? Five years after last gathering, a birthday celebration brings together an ordinary four member family. They start questioning what made them turn away from each other. Can having a conversation about buried family secrets help them eat without cramps in the stomach in the future? Can a failed birthday cake help them overcome the past? Through the ritual of family meals, the film tells how important it is for us to feel accepted by our loved ones.
Jaak Kilmi and Klur Aarma, 2009, Estonia, 78 min
Winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Warsaw International Film Festival, this witty, charming, and provocative film recounts how in the mid 1980's, the nation of Estonia still lay firmly in the grip of the Soviet Union, and the repressive authorities controlled virtually all aspects of Estonian life. The totalitarian government's power was derived in no small part from their ability to censor cultural life and keep Western culture on the other side of the border. Rock and Roll was but a rumor and the only television shows on the air were dreary propaganda. But one day everything changed. Just a few miles across the border in Finland, a huge new television antenna was built that broadcast western signals in all directions--including directly into the heart of the Talinn, the capital of Estonia. As illicit television antennas sprung up in Northern Estonia, rumors about the attempted murder of J.R. Ewing spread by word of mouth to the rural south, and the nation of Estonia was as gripped by the saga as the USA had ever been