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  UNICA INTERNATIONAL NON-PROFESSIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Gdansk, Poland 2009)       (Library ref no. 67)
Set of 2 DVDs

Every year the UNICA Festival donates a compilation programme of major entries to the IAC Library. It is free with only postal charges to pay. This year there are two DVDs in the collection with far more than can be shown in a Club evening. I hope the following reviews will help your choice. I have not referred to which film is on which disc, since you will probably prefer to select between discs.

GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

1. Still from 'Rent-a-Mate'.RENT-A-MATE
Nigel Barton (Great Britain)

A delightful comedy of relationships as a young man seeks more stimulating companionship than he can get from his goldfish. (This British film is presented with French and German subtitles)
(article on making it)

Fiction
19.mins

2. Still from the film.EL EMPLEO (Employment)
Santiago Bou Grasso (Argentina)

Every man has a role in life. …. but is it what we want? A beautifully drawn animation with a poignant heart.

Animation
8.mins


3. Still from the film.LA MOINDRE DES CHOSES (The Least One Can Do)
Renaud Ducoing (France)

A beautifully acted drama as Delphine hopes that her pregnancy will bring new happiness to her partner's life. (Some sexual scenes)

Fiction
20.mins

4. Still from the film.YOUR WORLD
Jae Kyung Suh (South Korea)
Jeunesse (youth) Award.

A girl's life is devoted to running. However on the day of a race she suffers a traumatic accident. A fiction with almost documentary style photography.

Fiction
13.mins


SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

1 Still from the film.SANTO ES A TOBBIEK (Santo and the Others)
Laszlo Kaldy (Hungary)

A revealing documentary about the harsh realities of life on the road with a small family travelling circus. Santo, the 15 year old clown looks forward to being able to leave to live his own life.

Documentary
25.mins

2. Still from the film.THIBAUT
Martti Helde (Estonia)
Film School

A naturally slow paced story of Thibaut the loyal, patient butler. While waiting for his masters to return he discovers the pigeons that live in the eaves.

Fiction
17.mins


3. Still from the film.CLINT
Florian Gregor & Philipp Scholz (Germany)

A wonderful comedy demonstrating that it is not always easy to give up smoking.

Fiction
4.mins

4. Still from the film.POMIEDZY (Between)
Michal Stenzel & Anna Kasperska (Poland)

A universal truth about isolation and friendship is beautifully told in this lovely story.

Fiction
15.min


5. Still from the film.HIJAB (Headscarf)
The Lumetics [Jan Baca] (Spain)

Two ladies from different backgrounds are brought together by a tragic event. This powerful story slowly reveals itself through flashbacks, but what next?

Fiction
28.mins

6. Still from 'When Paola Leaves'.QUAND PAOLA PART (When Paola Leaves)
Claude Saussereau (France)

Albert owns a small petrol station. One day in July his wife Paola leaves home.… A gentle, light comedy.
(article on making it)

Fiction
19.mins


7. Still from the film.REGENBOGENENGEL (Rainbow Angel)
Anna Kasten (Germany)

A sensitively scripted story told by a little boy about the ever changing colours of the bruises on his brother's skin. He describes him as a "rainbow angel".

Fiction
7.mins

BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS

1 Still from the film.KLEM (Stuck)
Jef Caelen (Netherlands)

This comedy with black undertones shows how relationships in confined situations can take unexpected twists.

Fiction
14.mins

2. Still from the film.EINTAGESFLIEGEN (Mayflies)
Alfred Leumann & Erich Preisig (Switzerland)

The biggest mayflies in Europe only live 2 to 3 hours. Just long enough to reproduce themselves and create this spectacular event which can only be seen in Hungary.

Nature documentary
8.mins


WORLD MINUTE MOVIE CUP - TOP FOUR

Still from the film. 1 FOLK HEALER
Jan Kuska, Jeroslav Chomo (Slovakia)
Gold Award

Fiction
1.min

2. PARKING PLACE
Jeannick & Pierre Michel (France)
Silver Award

Fiction
1.min

Still from the film.

Still from the film. 3. IN THE CROWD
Agnieszka Konarska (Poland)
Bronze Award

Animation
1 min

4. THE TENOR
Willy Lang (Luxembourg)
Bronze Award
Fiction
1 min
Still from the film.

DVD

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