Prague to Sundance x 3

Prague to Sundance x 3

Three of the twelve films selected for Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition 2020 received post-production development support at the Prague-based dok.incubator workshop. These are Iryna Tsilyk’s The Earth is Blue as an Orange (Ukraine/Lith), Acasa, My Home by Radu Ciorniciuc(Rom/Fin/Ger) and Anabel Rodríguez’s Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (Ven/UK/Br).

 

Over the past eight years, the number of dok.incubated projects selected for Sundance World Doc Comp number twelve, and include The Good Postman by Tonislav Hristov (2017) and Bernadett Tuza-Ritter’s A Woman Captured (2018).

 

The Earth is Blue as an Orange is a first time feature length film by Iryna Tsilyk, telling the a story of a family coping with the daily trauma of living in the front-line war-zone of Donbas and facing down hardship with remarkable resilience. Anna and her children are making a film together about their life in the most surreal surroundings.

 

Acasa, My Home (pictured above) follows the dramatic change in the life of Enache family which is chased out from the wilderness of the Bucharest’s Delta and forced to adapt to the big city. Fishing rods are replaced by smartphones, idle afternoons are now spent in classrooms, and family links are hard to maintain. With their roots in the wilderness, the nine children and their parents need to keep their family united in the concrete jungle.

 

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela tells the story of a once prosperous Venezuelan village which is now decaying and disintegrating, its inhabitants having to deal with the gradual disappearance of their home as the lake – Latin America’s largest oil field – is slowly turning into a swamp. A small but prophetic reflection of Venezuela itself.

 

The next dok.incubator workshop runs April to September 2020, with a submissions deadline of January 29. Features include an intensive 6 months of editing and project development aiming for picture lock in early autumn 2020, 25 internationally-active filmmakers to tutor throughout the post-production period and personal feedback on the cut from key festival representatives, sales agents and other decision-makers.