|26.02. / Thursday, 22:00 - 00:00 Theatre 5|
Abkhazia is a forgotten war torn country close to Crimea-Ukraine. Perched on the shores of the Black Sea, the unrecognized splinter state used to be a beach getaway for lucky Soviets, but palatial hotels now sit in post-communist ruin. For Abkhazian Sports Minister Rafael, however, everything’s looking up. He’s hopeful that the mysterious Domino World Championship he’s organizing will finally put his beloved motherland on the world’s radar and madly in love, he’s willing to overlook that his dear wife is a foreigner. A proud Russian opera singer, Natasha gave up her home and custody of her Russian daughter to take a chance on a new life. But when locals won’t warm to her and troubles cloud Rafael’s “sports” event, their bright future and even national pride start to wobble.
Elwira Niewiera is a Polish director and researcher. Her feature documentary debut, Bulgarian Stories was presented at a number of international film festivals. Elwira worked as first assistant director on the Academy Award nominated documentary Rabbit à la Berlin. Since 2008 she is executive director of the Polish-German cultural foundation Nowa Ameryka.
Piotr Rosołowski graduated as a cinematographer from the Katowice Film School. He is co-director of the documentary The Art of Disappearing (premiere at Visions du Réel 2013) and co-author of Rabbit à la Berlin – Academy Award nominated short documentary film.
Karoline Schulz, Andrzej Dąbrowski
Anna Wydra, Ann Carolin Renninger, Thomas Kufus
Otter Films, zero one film
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