Film Archive

Jahr

The Great Night

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2013
72 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Kubečková, Tereza Polachová, Hana Kastelicová
Petr Hátle
Prokop Souček
Šimon Hájek
Petr Hátle
Martin Klusák
Without light there are no colours. And that’s what they look like, these people of the night – as if they had been drained of all colour. Who knows whether they became this way because their life happens at night or whether they entered the night because of its fading colours. At any rate, they are looking for surrogates of everything they left behind or that simply stayed behind in a world ruled by a certain degree of timelessness and instability. Drugs, sex, alcohol, and gambling provide help or occasions to while away the time, pass the night and perhaps avoid delving into the oppressive blackness they carry inside and around themselves. “People are exactly like a bench or metal. People are only objects. They disappear like fog and leave nothing behind”, says Zdeněk, one of the protagonists. Maybe it doesn’t matter then when the great night begins and how it ends.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Fortress

Documentary Film
Czech Republic
2012
70 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Pavla Kubečková, Tomas Hruby, nutprodukce
Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská
Lukáš Kokeš
Alexandra Gojdičová
Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic a.k.a. Trans-Dniestr. Imagine a space where time has frozen. The country, whose independence has been recognized by only a few other states, remains an isolated multi-ethnic enclave held together by an authoritarian regime. It’s a country where you are only allowed to film out of the window of a train, the locals are afraid of being denounced but are glad to live in a comfortable refuge from the hectic modern world, and songs on television celebrate the president. Time has stopped and life is stuck in a shape resembling the era of the Soviet Union. Somehow, people got used to the reign of the secret police and the fear of being spied upon. Soviet-style propaganda of the authoritative, power-based regime of President Igor Smirnov turns most of the PMR residents into simple workmen, without any will to understand how unbearable their situation is. Smirnov has been leading this non-existing country for as long as twenty years.
The film focuses on a couple of characters stuck in this geo-political gap, in between the European Union and Russia, in between the present and the past, crime and decency, decadence and hope for change. Framed by the time of the presidential elections, the film is presented as a trip to a museum of communist totalitarianism and analyzes the organization of a “non-state” and the rules of a regular life within.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.