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REPORT: dok.incubator 2020


- We profile the projects that took part in the 2020 edition of dok.incubator, an international rough-cut training initiative for documentary filmmakers

REPORT: dok.incubator 2020

The dok.incubator six-month rough-cut training programme for documentary filmmakers presented the eight projects developed through the initiative in 2020 during an online event last week (see the news). In this report, Cineuropa profiles six of the eight projects, while the remaining two were covered previously at other industry events.

Brotherhood - Francesco Montagner (Czech Republic/Italy)
Brotherhood won the HBO Award at Last Stop Trieste last month (see the news) and will be ready for a premiere this April.

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Life of Ivanna - Renato Borrayo Serrano (Russia/Norway/Estonia/Finland)
Life of Ivanna was presented at the 2018 edition of Karlovy Vary's Docs in Progress (see the report). It is now a co-production between Russia's Ethnofund Film Company, Norway's Ten Thousand Images, Estonia's Baltic Film Production and Finland's Illume Oy, and will also be completed in April.

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- Tuija Halttunen (Finland/Denmark)
Seasoned Finnish filmmaker Tuija Halttunen follows scientist Hannele Korhonen, whose life changes dramatically when she is awarded a $1.5 million research grant by the United Arab Emirates to participate in an ambitious project to stimulate rainfall. As she learns that her financiers have their own agenda, she faces an ethical dilemma. The co-production between Finland's Wacky Tie Film and Denmark's Copenhagen Film Company is ready for release, and Rise and Shine has the international rights.

Diagnonsense by Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård

Diagnonsense - Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård (Norway)
This is Norwegian director Ane-Martha Tamnes Hansgård’s self-reflective documentary about her experience of being diagnosed with several mental disorders over a 15-year period. A fragmented coming-of-age tale, it takes a “meta” approach towards her many failed attempts at making such a film while being reliant on the mental-health system. CAT&Docs has already picked up the international rights for this production by Norway's Mattima Films AS, which is expected to be completed in January 2022.

The Labudović Reels by Mila Turajlić

The Labudović Reels - Mila Turajlić (Serbia/France/Croatia/Montenegro)
IDFA-winning Serbian filmmaker Mila Turajlić (The Other Side of Everything [+see also:
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) again tackles a cinematic story from her country's past in The Labudović Reels, in which Stevan Labudović, the cameraman of Yugoslav President Tito, takes us on an archival road trip through the birth of the Non-Aligned Movement, revealing a battle of images where cinema gave voice to a decolonising world. A co-production between Serbia's Dribbling Pictures, France's Survivance, Croatia's Restart and Montenegro's Kino, it should be completed this coming September.

The Pawnshop - Łukasz Kowalski (Poland)
Polish director Łukasz Kowalski's lively The Pawnshop follows Jola and Wiesiek, a couple of colourful entrepreneurs who run the biggest pawnshop in Poland. As the harsh winter takes hold of the neighbourhood and the money runs dry, their love begins to falter. To save the business and themselves, they decide to organise a grand spring sale. Co-produced by Poland's 4.30 Studio and Silesia Film, it should be ready for release by June this year.

Untitled Turkey Project by Maria Binder

Untitled Turkey Project - Maria Binder (Germany)
German filmmaker Maria Binder's still Untitled Turkey Project profiles a Turkish lawyer and human rights defender who has been a key player in the fight for women’s and LGBT rights, taking a stand against torture and sexual violence. This has made her a target, and she has been attacked and imprisoned several times by the regime. With dozens of indictments adding up to a lifelong stretch in prison, she wakes up every morning without knowing whether this is her last day of freedom. The film is a production by Germany's Film Five and will be ready for release this April.

We Are Inside - Farah Kassem (Lebanon/Denmark)
For her first feature-length documentary, We Are Inside, Farah Kassem returns to her crisis-stricken hometown of Tripoli after more than a decade to stay with her widowed, ageing father, Mustapha. They constantly fight, as his only wish is for her to adapt to the city’s prevailing conservative identity. But she finds an opening to reach out to her father: Mustapha’s weekly all-male poetry club. The film is a co-production between Lebanon's Road2Films, Denmark's Good Company Pictures and Al Jazeera Documentary Channel, and is expected to be ready for release in January 2022.

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