Beldocs 2021: Full line-up unveiled for Eastern Europe’s boutique documentary film festival

The rich program of the 14th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival, which will be held from September 9 to 16 in Belgrade, Serbia, includes more than 100 documentaries and VR/AR content. After breaking the ice last fall as one of the first festivals to return to public screenings after COVID-19, Beldocs will once again screen selected films in several outdoor venues, as well as indoor screening rooms. . Most of the films will also be available online at

At the opening of the Festival on September 9, in the open air in the warm atmosphere of the amphitheater in front of the Museum of Yugoslavia, the film “La Foi et Branko” directed by Catherine Harte, an intimate documentary following the love and relationship of two musicians from two disparate worlds, British accordionist Faith Eliot and Roma violinist Branko Rosić.

The international competition will feature 11 films from around the world. From the far north of Russia comes the film “Beaumonde Scrapping” by Nikolai N. Viktorov, about the seething milieu of the struggle for secondary raw materials. The Portuguese film “Our land, our altar” by Andrea Guiomar presents an image of the decline of a community. Visually impressive, the Argentinian film “Ski” by Mancque La Banca, depicts all the complexity of colonialism intertwined with folk horror in South America. Other films in this program include IDFA First Appearance competition winner “This Rain Will Never Stop”, Visions du Réel’s Burning Lights competition winner “Looking for Horses”.

This year’s Serbian Competition brings together seven recent Serbian documentaries or made in co-production with countries in the region or in Europe and the world, including two that had world premieres at prestigious foreign film festivals. On the program of the Rotterdam festival competition come the “Landscapes of the Resistance” by Marta Popivoda, which records a trip to the memories of the anti-fascist fighter Sonja (97), one of the first partisans in Yugoslavia, who was among the leaders of the resistance movement at Auschwitz. From the competitive selection of the “East of the West” festival in Karlovy Vary comes “Roots”, a concept documentary by Tea Lukač. Other films in this program include “Dida”, which had its world premiere in the Burning Lights competition and “The Bird (or – Marty, the Clown)” by 19-year-old Oliver Ćirić.

The emphasis on new and bold cinematic voices continues through program sections such as “Fireworks”, which this year will feature new works by Khalik Allah, the Ross brothers and Alejandro Jodorowsky, as well as a screening of François Reichenbach’s restored little-known classic ‘The Winner’ and ‘Meteors’, with new works by Kazuo Hara, Shenzhe Zhu and Nelson Sullivan’s legendary Video Diaries.

Besides these films, the Festival will present the works of other great documentary filmmakers such as “City Hall” by Frederick Wiseman, “War and Peace” by Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti, “New Gospel” by Milo Rau, “Gorbachev” by Vitaly Mansky. Paradise” and Spike Lee’s “David Byrne’s American Utopia”, Reka Valerik’s controversial “Silent Voice”, recently banned in Russia and many other cinematic delights.

A special event will be organized with two esteemed guests of the festival – Russian director and Artdocfest founder Vitaly Mansky and Serbian director and Golden Bear winner Želimir Žilnik, titled “A conversation between Vitaly Mansky and Želimir Žilnik: Cinema documentary – A mirror or a magnifying glass? The two great authors will look at reality and facts in documentary cinema – what’s the difference and what do they have in common? How does reality impact freedom of expression in cinema and does it really exist in the audiovisual field?

The Festival, as well as the Beldocs Industry programme, which includes Beldocs VR/AR Academy, Beldocs in Progress, Serbian Docs in Progress, Documentaries for Kids & Youth and Beldocs Market, have been developed thanks to the support of Creative Europe MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

Beldocs IDFF 2021 Trailer
Beldocs IDFF 2020 after the movie



This rain will never stop Alina Gorlova
La Banca is missing
Louise Mootz
Things we dare not do
– Bruno Santamaria Razo
Demolition Beaumonde –
Nikolai N. Viktorov
Today’s day –
Maxence Stamatiadis
Middle Earth
Juliette Guignard
Liesbeth De Ceulaer
Zaho Zay
Georg Tiller, Maeva Ranaivojaona
Our land, our altar
André Guiomar
In search of horses
Stefan Pavlovic


Telenovela Color GrayscaleFilip Martinovic
Saint Clair Cemin, Psyche
Svetlana Cemin
The Bird (or – Marty, the Clown)
Oliver Ciric
Marko Sipka
Landscapes of Resistance
Marta Popivoda
Nikola Ilic, Corina Schwingruber Ilic
Lukač tea


Bloody Nose Empty Pockets- Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
In my room
Mati Diop
IWOW: I walk on water
Khalik Allah
Psychomagic, an art that heals
Alejandro Jodorowsky
La Banca is missing
Roxanne Gaucherand
silent voice
Reka Valerik
Drama Girl –
Vincent Boy Kars
In shallow water
Marek Moucka
My cousin Andrea’s communion
Brandan Cervino Abeledo
to pluck, wither
Hanna Hovitie
The winner
Francois Reichenbach
Paula Rodriguez Polanco


A river flows, turns, erases, replacesShenzhen Zhu
Minamata Mandala
Kazuo Hara
out of the present
Andrej Ujica
Chung Kuo – China
Michelangelo Antonioni
our madness
Joao Viana
The Big-Headed Boy, Shamans and Samurai
Bibhusan Basnet, Pooja Gurung
Today’s day
Maxence Stamatiadis
Finfinnee Rift
Daniel Kotter
Exterior noise
Ted Fendt
A gun and a bag
Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe, Isabella Rinaldi
Nelson Sullivan’s Video Diaries
Nelson Sullivan


i love you i miss you i hope to see you before i dieEva Marie Rodbro
Meanwhile on Earth
Carl Olson
Vladimir Loginov
All will not be well
Adrian Pirvu, Helena Maksyom
calm about nothing
Nikola Stojanovic
Gar O’Rourke
We are all gonna die –
Sashko Potter Micevski
Branislav Milatovic
Lejla Kajić, Davorin Sekulić
Last days of the year
Marko Bicanic
Saskia Gubbels
Laura Rantanen


self-portraitMargreth Olin, Katja Nørregaard, Høgset or Espen Wallin
Beautiful something left behind
Kathrine Philippe
silent voice
Reka Valerik
The first woman
Miguel Eek
The Hero’s Journey to the Third Pole – A Bipolar Musical Documentary with Elephants
Andri Snær Magnason, Anní Ólafsdóttir


Long day tomorrowPawel Wysoczanski
The struggle for Greenland –
Kenneth Sorento
War and peace
Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
Camorra Girl
Sinisa Gačic
songs of repression
Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga
My Uncle Tudor
Olga Lucovnicova
The New Gospel
Milo Rau
Thelyia Petraki
An ordinary country
Tomasz Wolski
The last refuge
Ousmane Samassekou
Marija Zidar


Town hallFrederick Wiseman
David Byrne’s American Utopia
Spike Lee
The mole
Mads Brugger
The truffle hunters
Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
You can’t kill David Arquette
David Darg, Price James
The painter and the thief
Benjamin Ree
All the light everywhere
Theo Antoine
A bug in the matrix
Rodney Ascher


Roger waters us + themRoger Waters, Sean Evans
Either water
Bao Nguyen
Gorbachev. Paradise
Vitaly Mansky
Sleep by Max Richter
Natalie John


blue breathRodrigo Areias
Tame the garden
Salome Jashi
Please hold the line
Pavel Cuzuioc
Danilo Stanimirovic
Dzhovani Gospodinov
the little moon
Elena Kairyte
Spirits and rocks: an Azorean myth
Aylin Gokmen


This rain will never stopAlina Gorlova
Don’t worry, the doors will open
Oksana Karpovych
Roses. Cine-Cabaret
Irena Stetsenko
As far as possible
Ganna Iaroshevych


Faith and Branko Catherine Harte
Matthew Somerville
The Witch’s Cauldron
Branislav Jankic
There is no other place
Anat Phone


Dear future childrenFranz Bohm
love around the world
Anđela Rostuhar, Davor Rostuhar
Chelas nha kau
Bataclan 1950, Bagabaga
Teenage lockdown tales
Charlotte Ballet-Baz, Marie-Pierre Jaury


The fourth characterCatherine Patroni
The music of things
Menios Carayanis
The Unknown Athenians
Angelique Antoniou


Where is your hidden smile?
Don’t change anything

6 trifles

Pedro Costa

The end of a love story


AstonishedSara Tirelli
Léon Denise, Samuel Lepoil, Dorian Rigal Midnight