International programme of 11th Mostar Film Festival called „Between The Rivers“ brings eight movies which in different ways portrait human's destinies. They are all told in interesting way and with innovative directorial approach. True treat for the lovers of good movies, ones who are too tired of stereotypical Hollywood production of blockbusters and superheroes.
THE PARADISE SUITE / Netherlands, Sweden, Bulgaria / 2015 / 123min
Director: Joost van Ginkel
Script: Jeroen Beker, Ellen Havenith
Cast: Issaka Sawadogo, Anjela Nedyalkova, Jasna Djuričić, Magnus Krepper, Dragan Bakema, Victoria Koblenko, Sigrid ten Napel, Raymond Thiry, Jeroen Spitzenberger
The Paradise Suite is a story about six people finding each other and, sometimes with just one glance, influencing each other's lives irreversibly. For the beautiful young Bulgarian Jenya, her journey to Amsterdam turns out to be the opposite of what she hoped for. Her grueling captivity forces the angelic African, Yaya, to fight for her freedom - a dangerous fight in which he loses everything but his beloved faith. The Serbian war criminal Ivica, who has just become a father, is painfully confronted with the fact that crimes will never go unpunished.
A BALKAN NOIR / Sweden / 2017 / 74min
Director: Dražen Kuljanin
Script: Dražen Kuljanin
Cast: Disa Östrand, Srdjan Grahovac, Johannes Kuhnke
It has been seven years since Nina's daughter went missing and only during cigarette breaks do we get to follow her hunt for the perpetrator as she returns to Montenegro for one last time.
ARRHYTHMIA / Russia, Finland, Germany / 2017 / 116min
Director: Boris Khlebnikov
Script: Boris Khlebnikov, Natalya Meshchaninova
Cast: Galina Averyanova, Irina Gorbacheva, Polina Ilyukhina, Vladimir Kapustin, Anna Kotova
Oleg is a young gifted paramedic. His wife Katya works at the hospital emergency department. She loves Oleg, but is fed up with him caring more about patients than her. She tells him she wants a divorce. The new head of Oleg's EMA substation is a cold-hearted manager who's got new strict rules to implement. Oleg couldn't care less about the rules - he's got lives to save. His attitude gets him in trouble with the new boss. The crisis at work coincides with the personal life crisis. Caught between emergency calls, alcohol-fueled off-shifts, and search for a meaning in life, Oleg and Katya have to find the binding force that keeps them together.
THE LINE / Slovakia, Ukraine / 2017 / 108min
Director: Peter Bebjak
Script: Peter Bebjak
Cast: Géza Benkõ, Stanislav Boklan, Zuzana Fialová
Adam Krajňák is a father of family and a head of a criminal group that smuggles cigarettes from Ukraine to Slovakia. Among his nearest and dearest ones, he plays an irreplaceable role of a caring confidant as well as a high-principled and uncompromising leader who does not lack temperament in the deciding moments. Peaceful co-existence of the two intertwining worlds is shaken by the newly-secured border of the Schengen area that increases nervosity about the unclear future. And when one of the smuggling consignments fails a concatenation of events launches that will make Krajňák reconsider his own borderlines he always refused to overstep. Directed by Peter Bebjak the criminal story with elements of thriller offers a contagious vigor that digresses it significantly from an ordinary genre entertainment. It reveals a universal human story set in environment in which the cultures, traditions and lives intertwine.
SCAFFOLDING / Israel, Poland / 2017 / 90min
Director: Matan Yair
Script: Matan Yair
Cast: Asher Lax, Ami Smolartchik, Yaacov Cohen
17-year- old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through junior high and high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, and he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence; yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in his gentle literature teacher Rami and forges a special connection with him. Torn between the two worlds, Asher looks for a chance for a new life and new identity. When a sudden tragedy occurs, he has to take the ultimate test of maturity.
TWO LOTTERY TICKETS / Romania / 2016 / 86min
Director: Paul Negoescu
Script: Ion Luca Caragiale, Paul Negoescu
Cast: Mircea Banu, Dorian Boguta, Dragos Bucur
Three men from a provincial town are in urgent need of money and decide to buy a lottery ticket. They win the lottery, but soon after their ticket gets stolen.
DEDE / Georgia, Qatar / 2017 / 107min
Director: Mariam Khatchvani
Script: Vladimer Katcharava, Mariam Khatchvani, Irakli Solomonashvili
Cast: George Babluani, Girshel Chelidze, Mose Khachvani
It’s 1992. Young Dina lives in a remote mountain village where life is strictly governed by centuries of tradition. Dina’s grandfather has promised her to David, who is returning from the war. But with him comes a comrade-in-arms, the handsome Gegi, and Dina falls in love. Is it possible to defy the firmly established order?
THE FINAL BARRIER / Austria, B&H, CROATIA, SERBIA, MONTENEGRO / 2016 / 90min
Director: Jasmin Duraković
Script: Nataša Drakulić, Robert Hofferer
Cast: Michael Kristof, Hannes Fretzer, Serena Marija, Irina Marković, Essam Ferris, Jelena Angelovski, Aida Begović, Ivo Gregurević, Ursula Steiner, Nedim Malkočević, Feđa Zahirović, Xlemens AAP Lindernberg
Michael, the director from Austria, travels with the filmmaker Leo to the Serbian-Hungarian border. They want to shot a documentary about the refugees from Middle East. In a refugee camp near the border, fenced with barbed wire, they meet young women Nur and Zhor, and their friend Bassam. The three of them are from Syria and their goal is to reach the West. Zhora has gone mute because of horrific experiences she’s been through. Nur, who apparently comes from educated circles, has taken care of Zhora, while Bassam is hiding the dark secret.