Film Archive

Cinema, Mon Amour

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Romania
2015
74 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Tudor Giurgiu
Alexandru Belc
Tudor Vladimir Panduru
Ion Ioachim Stroe
Alexandru Belc, Tudor Giurgiu
Vlad Voinescu
Victor Purice definitely deserves a medal as a “Hero of Socialist Labour”. Witnessing the desperation, the vigour, the persistence with which he keeps fighting for his cinema brings tears to the eyes. The “Dacia” Panorama Film Theatre, somewhere in the Romanian province, a concrete beauty with several hundred seats, a good-sized foyer and solid 35 mm projection equipment is on the brink of failure. It shares the fate of many Romanian cinemas; there are less than 30 left. The others were privatised, sold off, turned into amusement arcades or discotheques, even the film studio sold many of them. What nonsense – just as we are celebrating the new golden age of Romanian cinema in our part of the world!

But Victor Purice and the small staff he has left will not be driven out of their dream cinema that easily. They live and cook among film reels, turn the foyer into a table tennis hall and watch a Hollywood blockbuster alone, if need be. All this is narrated affectionately and full of admiration for this modern Don Quixote who is fighting mismanagement, digital progress and a broken heating system. The price he pays is high. It’s to be feared that this story will not have a happy ending. Mission: Impossible.

Cornelia Klauß
Next Masters Wettbewerb 2015
The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček Kristýna Bartošová

A young director with Bosnian roots and the famous Dr. Doleček, half Serbian, denier of Srebrenica and a friend of Ratko Mladić. An inquiry with absurd elements.

The Dangerous World of Doctor Doleček

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2015
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Kristýna Hněvsová, Dagmar Sedláčková, Tomáš Michálek
Kristýna Bartošová
Jakub Rataj
Kristýna Bartošová
Šimon Hájek
Kristýna Bartošová
Lukáš Ujčík
A film about Dr. Rajko Doleček – but how and to what purpose? A public figure as a doctor in Czechia, he appeared in the Yugoslavian war as a spokesman for the Serbian nationalistic view of the world. Even today the Knight of the Orthodox Church is proud of his friendship with General Ratko Mladić, about whom he wrote a book. Could it be possible at all to wrest some insight from this denier of the Srebrenica massacre – namely that he is wrong? The young director embarks on a delicate mission. Both are Czechs with roots in Yugoslavia. She has her Bosnian side, he his Serbian one. But the two are unequal opponents in terms of experience and social rank. What Kristýna Bartošová expected least, however, was that Doleček would disarm her with his openness, even introduce her to his friends. So she makes her doubts the content of this film as she ingeniously depicts the ambivalent relationship with her protagonist. She bakes him, who was fighting calories on television, a rich cake and takes him on a journey through the Republika Srpska, where his strategy of denial begins to look absurd. By exposing the limitations of her own film project she also exposes his limitations – and the limits of any historical (or documentary) search for truth.

Lars Meyer
Retrospective 2015
The Eye – The Night When the State Fell Apart Marcel Dekanovský, Jozef Horal, Vladislav Kvasnička, Fero Fenič

Unadorned and atmospheric images from Slovakia, captured by four camera crews on the night of independence.

The Eye – The Night When the State Fell Apart

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
1993
22 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Eugen Korda, Tomáš Diamant, Olga Hellerová
Marcel Dekanovský, Jozef Horal, Vladislav Kvasnička, Fero Fenič
Ladislav Šidelský, Jozef Bábik, Antonín Kutík, Vlastimil Hamerník
Vladimír Horvát, Jan Petras, Zdenek Patočka
Marcel Dekanovský, Jozef Horal, Vladislav Kvasnička, Fero Fenič
Pavel Sádek, Vladimír Nahodil
Unadorned and atmospheric images from Slovakia, captured by four camera crews on the night of independence.

Under the Sun

Documentary Film
Czech Republic,
Germany,
North Korea,
Russia
2015
110 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Natalya Manskaya, Simone Baumann, Filip Remunda
Vitaly Mansky
Kārlis Auzāns
Alexandra Ivanova, Mikhail Gorobchuk
Andrej Paperny
Vitaly Mansky
Evgeniya Lachina, Anrijs Krenbergs
North Korea wants to be the best of all possible worlds. Everything and everyone is taken care off. Pyongyang is a clean, modern metropolis. 8-year-old Zin-mi, who is at the centre of this film, takes us through the stations of a happy childhood: becoming a member of the pioneer organisation, brisk flag ceremonies, enough food and always a song in praise of the Great Leader Kim Jong-un on her lips.

Russian-Ukrainian director Vitaly Mansky got the official permission to document the ordinary life of the city and country for one year. He knows that he is being instrumentalised and simply turns the tables by exposing how the presentations and arrangements are fabricated. His official minder proves to be a real “co-director”. So it’s the apparent details and minor matters Mansky asks us to discover. They offer insights into a well-trained and dulled society. Though we feel like we’re in “1984”, Mansky has come neither as a voyeur nor as a cynic. His camera is looking for the human element behind the mask of the official bulletins: a yawn or a moment of insecurity in this land of the ever-rising sun.

Cornelia Klauß