Kedi and Petrila Planet, among the films in the Black Sea Docs competition


Pelicam Film Festival on Environment and People invites you to a new tour around the Black Sea through five documentaries about and from the countries of this region. We leave from Petrila, Romania and we end up in Istanbul, Turkey where we will meet the cats from Kedi. The jury of the section includes the director Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan.

The Black Sea Docs competition returns for the sixth edition of Pelicam with a selection of five documentaries from Romania, Turkey, Russia and Georgia:

  • Petrila Planet (Andrei Dăscălescu, Romania, 2016) – In Petrila, a coal mining town in Transylvania (Romania), an ex-miner turned artist and activist uses art and absurdism to stop local authorities from demolishing the historic buildings of the oldest coal mine in the country after its’ closure in 2015, at EU’s recommendation. His quest is not only to preserve the history and the identity of his hometown, but also to find new ways of keeping the community from irreversibly falling apart. The film will be screened in the presence of its director Andrei Dăscălescu and its main protagonist, the artist Ion Barbu.
  • Cats (Ceyda Torun, Turkey/USA, 2016) – In the city of Istanbul, there are more than just human inhabitants. There are also the stray domestic cats of the city that live freely, but have complicated relationships with the people themselves. This film follows a selection of individual cats as they live their own lives in Istanbul with their own distinctive personalities. However, with this vibrant population, is the reality of an ancient metropolis changing with the times that may have less of a place for them. The film will have its Romanian premiere at Pelicam.
  • Free Fall (Susanne Schüle, Elena Levina, Germany/Russia, 2016) – In Soviet Russia the Altaic shepherding family Urmatov were heroes. For Boris and Marina, though, those days are just a memory. Unemployment is now rife in the entire region and worries are drowned with vodka. When debris from a Proton M rocket crash-lands on the mountain pasture, narrowly missing the cabin, Boris and Marina demand a large sum of compensation money from the Russian space agency Roscosmos. The will be screened in national premiere, in the presence of its directors.
  • 24 Snow (Mikhail Barynin, Russia, 2016) – Intolerable climate of the Arctic part of Yakutia. Permafrost. Most of the year the temperature is always negative, reaching minus 65C below zero, in winter. There is no telephone or electricity. The lack of roads complicates travelling around. Living in such conditions is associated with daily struggles with the environment and yourself. Our hero is a horse-breeder, most of the year he lives in the mountains looking after the horses. Feeling like an outsider in his own house, Sergei almost lost touch with his family and he doesn’t see his children grow up. The film will have its Romanian premiere at Pelicam.
  • Didube, the last stop (Shorena Tevzadze, Georgia/Switzerland, 2017) – In Georgia, in the tiny Didube bus station, characters flow into Niko’s veterinarian pharmacy. They are not really customers, some of them come in by mistake. The faded poster, with its cows that have turned blue over time, is the only trace of an activity connected to animals. The store, its counter overflowing with packaging and other useless things, could have been filmed in another era. But time stands still here, and it really is the Georgia of today that we find in this snapshot of the nonetheless incessant activity at the station. The film will have its Romanian premiere at Pelicam.

The jury of the Black Sea Docs competition:

Monica Lăzurean-Gorgan is a director and producer. Her film A Mere Breath (2016) won the Best Documentary Prize at the Sarajevo International Film Festival and the Best Documentary Award at Astra Film Festival 2016. In 2015, following the investigation done by Monica Lauzurean-Gorgan, along with Alexander von Bismarck, director of the Environmental Investigation Agency, broke out a scandal surrounding Holtzindustrie Schweighofer, an Austrian company accused of encouraging deforestation and buying illegally cut timber.

Carlos Teófilo is the artistic director of the Cine’eco festival in Portugal, a member of the Green Film Network international network, alongside Pelicam. Lawyer and professor, he was the administrative director of the Culture and Recreation Company of the Municipality of Seia and to this day organizes various cultural initiatives in town, as the Seia Jazz & Blues.

Florin Stoican is the president of the Kogayon Association, founded 14 years ago, and is one of those who set up the Buila-Vânturariţa National Park. Coordinator of over 20 projects focusing on the management of protected natural areas, biodiversity and geodiversity conservation, ecological education, ecotourism and sustainable development. He is also part of the Vacaresti Natural Park Association, which became the administrator of the first urban natural park in Romania – the Văcăreşti Natural Park.

Photo exhibition, at Pelicam 2017

Pelicam brings back to Tulcea four photographers who visited the Danube Delta and discovered it through the camera’s lens. Petruț Călinescu, Vlad Bâscă, Alex Tomazatos and George Popescu are coming to Pelicam with a photo exhibition about the Danube Delta’s people and their connection to the nature. The exhibition will be available during the festival at Casa Avramide.