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The overview of the movies registered for the International Movie Festival EKOFILM


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Name of the movie Der Weg der Pilgerin - Unterwegs nach Santiago de Compostela
Country of origin Germany
Director Bernhard von Dadelsen
Screenplay Bernhard von Dadelsen
Summary  Für diese Dokumentation reiste das ZDF-Team zu den wichtigsten Orten des „Camino Santiago“ und erzählt die unglaublichsten Geschichten aus den Herbergen, Wanderwegen, Kirchen und Klöstern. Die Gefahren am Jakobsweg beispielsweise: warum gab es hier so viele Diebe, Verräter und Mörder? Und die Verlockungen - was waren die Freuden des müden Jakobspilgers? Die Historikern Pilar Abadia von der Universität Burgos erklärt, wie man als Frau in der Männerwelt des Camino überlebte – und es wirklich schaffte, nach einem Marsch durch Europa unversehrt in Santiago anzukommen. Frauen auf dem Weg – das war gar nicht so ungewöhnlich. Wir zeigen, wie hier soziale Schranken nicht mehr viel galten: denn neben den Königen und Päpste pilgerten Grafen, Ritter, Städter, Kaufleute, Bauern: beim Pilgern waren alle so ziemlich gleich. Wir besuchen die alten Herbergen, in denen jeder ein freies Mahl bekam – und kochen dieses „Pilgermenue“ mit der Starköchin Isab el Alvarez aus Burgos nach. Immer wieder faszinierend: die Wunder am Weg. Prachtvolle Kathedralen wie am Schnürchen, und wie auf einer Showbühne werden über ihre Heiligen wunderbarste Geschichten erzählt, dass man nur so staunt. Der Jakobsweg ist heute wieder so attraktiv wie im Mittelalter Da überholen Hochleistungssportler fröhliche Pilgerclubs, da verbünden sich aufrechte Christen mit atheistischen Skeptikern: alle gehen den Jakobsweg. Was treibt sie an? Viele sagen, dass sie auf der Suche sind und ihrem Leben eine neue Richtung geben wollen. Unsere Dokumentation wird von den dramatischen Höhen und Tiefen des Jakobswegs strukturiert: Luftaufnahmen zeigen die berühmtesten Wegpunkte, Brücken, Kreuzungen, Ortschaften der 1200 Jahre alten Strecke. Vom baskischen Roncesvalles in den Pyrenäen führt uns der Weg nach Rioja, über Domingo de la Calzada ins prachtvolle Burgos. Dann geht es über brütend heiße Ebene zweihundert Kilometer bis zum letzten Hindernis, das raue Bierzo. Wer hier, 120 Kilometer vor dem Ziel noch nicht schlapp gemacht hat, der stürzt sich in den Abstieg nach Santiago de Compostela.
Duration 44 min. Year of origin 2014
97
Name of the movie Szigetköz - The Inland Delta of the River Danube
Country of origin Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia
Director Szabolcs Mosonyi
Screenplay Erika Bagladi
Summary V západních oblastech Maďarska život zrychlil - jsou zde větrné mlýny, dálnice, velká města a industriální oblasti po celé zemi. Ale něco je mezi nimi skryto - malé vesničky, lesy a rozvětvené řeky.

 In the Western access areas to Hungary life had speeded up - there are wind-mills, motorways, big cities and industrial parks all over the place. Yet, something is hiding between them. This is an enormous cone-shaped alluvial deposit with tiny villages, forests, and river branches. On one side of this region is today’s Szigetköz. Flowing out of the Alps and Carpathians the Danube River created this land delta unique in Europe. Arriving at the plain the river broke into wide branches where unparalleled fauna developed. These days the river cannot change its course as freely as it used to in the old days. The decisive change came about some twenty years ago with the diversion of the river and the building of the hydroelectric plant of Gabcikovo. Seeing the grip of the built in surroundings the question is obvious: can the fauna preserve its former abundance?
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
98
Name of the movie Rare Earths
Country of origin Germany
Director Christian Schidlowski
Screenplay Christian Schidlowski
Summary Elektrická auta, větrné turbíny, solární panely. Vzácné kovy jsou používány k výrobě zelených technologií budoucnosti, které nejsou tak zelené, jak si každý myslí. Kopání těchto minerálů má za následek znečištění, radioaktivitu a zničené krajiny. Vědci po celé zemi hledají způsob, jak inteligentně recyklovat vzácné zeminy, nebo je nahradit něčím jiným. Ptáme se: Budou tyto vzácné zeminy brzy věcí minulosti, nebo ne? 

Electric cars, wind turbines, solar cells: Rare earth metals are essential ingredients for the green technologies of the future. But they aren’t as green as everybody thinks: Digging for the precious minerals means pollution, radioactivity, and destroyed landscapes. Now scientists around the world are looking for ways to recycle rare earths intelligently – or replace them completely. We ask: Will rare earth metals soon be a thing of the past?
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
99
Name of the movie Footprints of war
Country of origin Germany
Director Max Mönch
Screenplay Max Mönch
Summary Válečné útoky mají velký dopad na ekosystém. Radioaktivita postihla krajiny, miliony tun munice je v našich oceánech, krajiny jsou toxické, deset procent globálních emisí uhlíku je válečného původu. Stopy války je film o dvou protichůdných logikách: logika síly a boje proti logice života a rovnováhy.

 Military attacks have alarming consequences on our ecosystem. Radioactive contaminated landscapes, many millions of tons of ammunition in our oceans, toxic landscapes, ten percent of global carbon emissions - the military footprint is huge. From WWI until today, nature is under fire. FOOTPRINTS OF WAR is a film about two antagonist logics: the logic of strength and fight versus the logic of life and balance.
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
100
Name of the movie Am Puls des Planeten - Wie Tiere unsere Erde retten können
Country of origin Germany
Director Sonja Hachenberger, Markus Froböse
Screenplay Sonja Hachenberger, Markus Froböse
Summary Martin Wikelski zkoumá roli zvířat v potravinovém řetězci, rovnováze s ostatními živočichy a jejich využití k předpovídání katastrof. 

Martin Wikelski ist ein Mann mit einer Mission: Abertausende von Tieren stattet der Leiter des Max-Planck-Instituts für Ornithologie in Radolfzell weltweit mit ultraleichten Sendern aus, um ihre Funksignale von Satelliten aus dem All registrieren zu lassen. Es ist schon jetzt ein Jahrhundertprojekt, an dem rund um den Globus ein Netzwerk hochkarätiger Forscher beteiligt ist. Mit modernster Sender-Technik und mit Lust am Abenteuer ausgestattet, taucht der Visionär Wikelski ein in die Welt der Tiere: Wie beeinflusst der Klimawandel ihr Verhalten und ihren Lebensraum? Welche Rolle spielen Tiere bei der Ausbreitung von Krankheiten oder als Schlüsselspezies in unseren Nahrungsmittelketten? Wie können wir ihr Verhalten für die Vorhersage von Naturkatastrophen nutzen?
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
101
Name of the movie Auf der Suche nach dem Alten Russland - Kiew, Mutter aller russischen Städte
Country of origin Germany
Director Klaus Kastenholz
Screenplay Klaus Kastenholz
Summary  Die “Mutter aller russischen Städte“ war im Mittelalter das Machtzentrum des ersten russischen Reiches – der Kiewer Rus, dem Vorläuferstaat des späteren Russland. Seit 1991 ist Kiew Hauptstadt der nun unabhängigen Ukraine. Ein neuer Anfang für eine alte Metropole, die in fast jedem Winkel ein Kapitel der religiösen, politischen und kulturellen Geschichte Osteuropas erzählt. Der Stolz Kiews und sein prachtvolles Wahrzeichen ist das Höhlenkloster, in dessen verzweigtem Kellergeschoss die Hydrogeologin Irina Tscherewko die faszinierende Welt eines der ältesten russisch-orthodoxen Klöster erkundet. Von der modernen Zeit nach der Unabhängigkeit erzählt der Andreassteig, der auch „Montmartre“ von Kiew genannt wird. Der Galerist Alexander Milovsorov kennt das Viertel wie seine Westentasche, er gilt als Gründervater dieser Künstlerhochburg. Mit ihm und anderen Protagonisten fangen die Filmemacher nicht nur die Geschichte sondern auch das mediterrane F lair der Stadt am Dnjepr ein.
Duration 43 min. Year of origin 2013
102
Name of the movie Strahlende Zukunft - Frankreichs Erbe in der Südsee
Country of origin Germany
Director Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson
Screenplay Helgi Felixson, Titti Johnson
Summary  Kua und Teariki wollen heiraten, aber Kua macht sich Sorgen: Sie ist auf das paradiesische Tureia-Atoll gezogen um festzustellen, dass beinahe alle Verwandten ihres Verlobten Teariki Krebs haben. Kann das die Folge der 190 französischen Atomwaffentests sein, die bis 1996 in der Südsee stattgefunden haben? Und nun besteht auch noch Erdbebengefahr.
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
103
Name of the movie Firewood, Kanta & Grandpa
Country of origin Japan
Director Takeshi Yashiro
Screenplay Takeshi Yashiro
Summary  Little Kanta and his grandfather live together in the snowy mountains. As the grandfather is sick in bed, Kanta needs to carry firewood home – but the road ahead is scary. Through this journey, he realizes the importance of wood and his grandfather's love.
Duration 16 min. Year of origin 2012
104
Name of the movie Projekt Tarsius - výzkum a ochrana nártouna filipínského
Country of origin Czech Republic
Director Milada Petrů (nyni Řeháková), Rostislav Korejs
Screenplay Milada Petrů (nyni Řeháková), Rostislav Korejs
Summary  Nártoun filipínský je hmyzožravý primát s obrovskýma očima a dlouhými přísavkovitými prsty, jehož drobné tělíčko se vejde do dlaně. Obývá poslední zbytky lesa na několika ostrovech Filipín. O filipínské přírodě, o nártounech, jejich šancích na budoucí přežití, ale také o naší činnosti v terénu v letech 2009-2010 a budoucích plánech projektu Tarsius, o tom všem je náš dokument. Dokument obsahuje mimo jiné také unikátní záběry nártounů filipínských z volné přírody. Neradostnou kapitolou je držení nártounů za účelem pobavení turistů. Od doby vzniku tohoto dokumentu v roce 2010 se našemu týmu podařil obrovský úspěch, díky naší činnosti a spolupráci s úřady se podmínky těchto zvířat pomalu ale jistě mění k lepšímu. V současnosti budujeme své vlastní ochranářské centrum na Filipínách.
Duration 14 min. Year of origin 2010
105
Name of the movie The other side of the shore
Country of origin France
Director Marie DANIEL & Fabien MAZZOCCO
Screenplay Marie DANIEL & Fabien MAZZOCCO
Summary  « We use to cross the dunes when we go to the ocean, but we never take a real look into this strange landscape... Wild, Desert and Alive! ... Without any voice over and comments, this film bring us into a new vision of the invisible animals, plants living in the dune... during one day and one night.... an free experience of sounds and images, for a free imagination! »
Duration 13 min. Year of origin 2013
106
Name of the movie Carousel of Life - The Traditional Orchard
Country of origin Germany
Director Annette and Klaus Scheurich
Screenplay Annette Scheurich, Mi-Yong Brehm, Moritz Mayerle
Summary Film o barvách přírody, ovocných stromech a šťavnatém ovoci.

 Blossoming trees, meadows splashed with colour and juicy fruit – traditional mixed orchards are a little paradise right on the outskirts of our cities and villages. Here, plants, animals and man live in a mutually dependent symbiosis. It is a world of its own, that turns with the rhythm of the seasons. A carousel of life – with no beginning and no end. Hundreds of years ago, man created this unique cultivated landscape to enable him to grow fruit in large quantities while using the fields to raise livestock. Over time, these orchards have become a widely varied habitat, home to countless animal, insect and plant species. The old fruit trees offer nesting places for almost every species of bird, the many grasses, flowers and herbs attract insects while underground there are multitudes of field mice – welcome sustenance for foxes and birds of prey. Migratory birds return to the traditional mixed orchards every year as the conditions here are ideal for breeding. Only with the help of man can traditional mixed orchards be preserved. From pruning the trees at the end of winter and mowing the grass throughout summer to the fruit harvest in autumn - man creates change all year round in the orchards, shaping the lives of its animal inhabitants as he does so. It takes a lot of work to care for and cultivate these orchards, and the return is uneconomical compared to ordinary, commercially-run orchards. Today, traditional mixed orchards are among the endangered biotopes in central Europe. The film is a ride on the carousel of life that is never ending in the orchard. As the seasons change, we experience the interplay of nature, man and animal. Each depends on the other – and observing this miniature world, we gain an impressive perspective on the principles of life. We accompany typical orchard dwellers like the nuthatch, field mouse, the squirrel or the deer throughout the year, experience carefree, astonishing and poignant moments and watch the eternally fascinating dance of life and death. These encounters create an awareness that traditional mixed orchards are much more than an obsolete agricultural anomaly. As an essential part of European heritage they are above all a valuable habitat for our indigenous and fascinating animals, insects and plants. A last remnant of the Garden of Eden.
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2014
107
Name of the movie Christmas Winter Wonderland
Country of origin Germany
Director Annette and Klaus Scheurich
Screenplay Mi-Yong Brehm, Annette Scheurich
Summary Zima má velmi speciálního, magického ducha a kouzlo. Čas tradic a zvyků: sněhuláci přicházejí k životu, Santa řádí v obchodních domech a tak dále. Nicméně pro zvířata je toto období velmi často osudným. Musí budovat strategii a složitě se připravovat, aby vůbec zimu přežili. 

 Winter casts a very special, magical spell. It’s a time for traditions and customs: snowmen come to life, Santas wander through brightly-lit Christmas markets, much to the delight of the children. But indigenous animal life pays no heed to this human idyll. For them, winter is a time of austerity. Squirrels, boars and lynx all have their own strategy for surviving the winter. But despite an amazing ability to adapt, the fight for survival is hard – and can often only be won with the help of human beings. The film takes us on a journey through wintry Germany - underscored by a childlike enthusiasm for the cold season. Snow-covered fairy-tale landscapes, unusual wildlife stories and touching tales about animals create a special heart-warming winter atmosphere that not even adults can escape: Contemplative, amusing and fascinating all at the same time, the film lyrically illustrates the charm of an enchanting Christmas Winter Wonderland.
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2014
108
Name of the movie Mühlen, Meer und Trottellummen
Country of origin Germany
Director Stefan Quante
Screenplay Stefan Quante
Summary  A documentary about the first German offshore windpark called Alphaventus. The film shows the extreme difficulties in constructing and running such a plant. Main character Karsten Pioch is a highly specialized electrician. For him working offshore turns out to be the biggest adventure of his life.
Duration 45 min. Year of origin 2011
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Name of the movie Unplugged
Country of origin Serbia, Finland
Director Mladen Kovacevic
Screenplay Mladen Kovacevic
Summary  “Unplugged” is an existential allegory about blowing into tree leaves, that humorously rattles between the most primitive of nature's instruments and the most universal escapism of music. It is a parable about the long-lost connection with simple joys of nature. Meet Josip, amateur inventor set out to decode the artistry of leaf-playing, and the last leaf-players – Vera, ex private detective, and Pera, the know-it-all peasant – in the autumns of their lives, still going for the verdant leaves. Music has rarely been so offbeat. Nature rarely so entertaining.
Duration 53 min. Year of origin 2013
110
Name of the movie Cissa - The Flower
Country of origin Belgium, Ecuador
Director Jacques Dochamps, José Gualinga
Screenplay Jacques Dochamps, José Gualinga
Summary  Threatened by the petroleum industry, the Amazonian people of Sarayaku lead a constant fight for their survival. Inspired by an ancestral shaman song, they commit, in an incredible challenge of universal reach: the Border of Life.
Duration 61 min. Year of origin 2013
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Name of the movie Dál nic
Country of origin Czech Republic
Director Ivo Bystřičan
Screenplay Ivo Bystřičan
Summary  „Dneska jako člověk seš míň než ta žabička, ty vado.“ Ani po sedmi letech se stavařům nedaří uvést do provozu pár zbývajících kilometrů dálnice D8, vedoucí chráněnou oblastí Českého středohoří směrem do Německa. Dokončení stavby blokuje série žalob občanského sdružení Děti Země, které upozorňuje na nezákonný průběh celého projektu. Místní lidé ale vnímají situaci odlišně. Kvůli nedostavěným úsekům jim pod okny denně proudí nekonečné množství aut a kamionů a oni by se rádi dočkali klidu. Neřeší přitom, že za zpoždění stavby může v první řadě neschopnost státu dodržovat vlastní zákony. Autorský film vypovídající o nefunkčnosti státu je rámován vizuálně působivými obrazy unikátní krajiny Českého středohoří, za monumentálního podkresu Wagnerovy opery Tannhäuser.
Duration 72 min. Year of origin 2013
112
Name of the movie Icefall
Country of origin Switzerland
Director Joseph Areddy
Screenplay Joseph Areddy
Summary  Dani Arnold, Stefan Siegrist, and other remarkable athletes climb frozen waterfalls which were lit up and glowing at night - a rare adventure shot in the barren beauty of Norway's icefalls.
Duration 4 min. Year of origin 2013
113
Name of the movie La voix de la Toundra
Country of origin Belgium
Director Jean Ehret
Screenplay Jean Ehret
Summary  Anastasia Lapsui is the first film-maker from the Far North of Russia to have filmed her people in her mother tongue - Nenets. Born in the Yamal tundra in 1943, she bears witness to the end of an era, filming a world in the process of mutation. With the same desire to pass on knowledge I filmed Anastasia Lapsui in her daily and professional life. Through a "making of" from her latest film-shoot, this is a portrait of a film-maker and her people, the Nenets of the tundra.
Duration 52 min. Year of origin 2013
114
Name of the movie Draussen ist wo Du nicht bist
Country of origin Germany
Director Friederike Hoppe
Screenplay Friederike Hoppe
Summary  The indoor garden © institution is an indoor garden institution where people can apply to go on holidays from their everyday life. WE OFFER PONIES, GARDEN GAMES, PRINCESS COSTUMING ETC. FUN! FUN! FUN! FUN! PARTY PARTY! YAY PARTY! YAY!
Duration 10 min. Year of origin 2013
115
Name of the movie Quälen
Country of origin Germany
Director Rebecca Blöcher
Screenplay Rebecca Blöcher
Summary  The film is based on the poem of the same name by Etta Streicher. It is concerned with not speaking out, keeping your feet still or actually biting the bullet and achieving inner freedom. And about how individual mental states influence the world.
Duration 4 min. Year of origin 2013

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The Citizen Association
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702 00 Moravská Ostrava

Tel.: +420 777 890 271
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The Centre of Culture Průhon in Prague 6 is returning to this year’s 40th International Festival Ekofilm 2014. Between 23rd and 25th October the centre will organise Echoes of Ekofilm. “The festival offers a wide range of interesting films. The main theme is in particular responsible consumption. Viewers will learn tips how to live being more considerate towards the environment. The Ekofilm programme will be suitably complemented with fun and educational activities which can be joined by visitors of any age,” invite event organisers, adding that the admission fee to the Echoes of Ekofilm is voluntary.

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Ekofilm will bring several exhibitions

The program of Ekofilm film festival includes several interesting exhibitions. In the foyer of the Akord culture house, an interactive exhibition Water and its Animals will take place. In the foyer of the Vesmír cinema, not only boys will certainly be intrigued by the exhibition called Man and Nature Influence Each Other, or: From the Slide Rule to a Supercomputer. It is organized by the VŠB – Technical University of Ostrava. “This exhibition is actually a brief history from human-conducted arithmetic to a supercomputer that is able to calculate things we cannot even imagine. There you will be able to see a supercomputer model as well as six information panels. The exhibition will be on display throughout the festival and it is intended for general public – visitors of all ages,” said the co-organizer Bohuslava Dostálová. The Ostrava Museum is organizing the exhibitions Year of Farming Families and Year of Crystallography (with crystals, minerals and photos of crystals). The Amos Family Care Center has prepared an exhibition called Birds on Land and Water. And last, but not least, the Faculty of Science of University of Ostrava invites all nature lovers to the exhibition Water in a Thousand Forms.

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