The 18th Days of European Film will offer around 40 contemporary films from over 25 European countries. You can look forward to premiered films as well as those that have had success at many festivals (for instance films shown in the LUX Prize section representing this European award). The festival will be opened in Prague's Světozor cinema on April 14, 2011 with the comedy Three (2010) about a love triangle by renowned contemporary German film director Tom Tykwer.
Sections: National League / To the Point / Best of / Film & Music / LUX Prize
Click here for details on all films at the 2011 DEF. All programme details available here.
For film professionals, MEDIA Desk Czech Republic in cooperation with Days of European Film and Pro-DIGI organize a special seminar called Age of Digital Cinema - How Do We Address the Audience in the Digital Era? The event takes place April 15, 9am - 4pm, Kino Aero.
Zew wolności , Poland, 2010, 73 min, 35 mm, Arts and Culture, Current Affairs, Environmental, History, Music, Politics
"Beats of Freedom" is a captivating film about the birth of rock music in Poland. In the times when life was controlled by the communist regime, music became an extremely powerful phenomenon. The Iron Curtain could not stop rock music, thanks to which young people could find their space of freedom. From the very beginning, Polish rock stood in opposition to the reality. The songs broke stereotypes and formed bonds among people. One particular freedom enclave was the festival in Jarocin, colourfully shown in the film thanks to previously unpublished archival materials.
Disko ja tuumasõda , Estonia, 2009, 80 min, ?, Beta, DVD, HD, Archive , Creative, History, Personal View
Disco and Atomic War tells the story of a strange kind of information war in which a totalitarian regime stands face to face with the heroes of popular culture. And loses. Western popular culture had an incomparable role shaping Soviet children's worldviews in those days - in ways that now seem slightly odd. Finnish television was a window to a world of dreams that the authorities could not block in any way. Though Finnish channels were banned, many households found some way to access the forbidden fruit. Disco and Atomic War offers its own version of recent history, mixing spy games into a human tragicomedy.
Pozemšťané, koho budete volit? , Czech Republic, 2010, 26 min, Digi Beta, Current Affairs
"Conquering Public Space - Documentalities" is a documentary project made by people who find it hard to get oriented in the world and who probably never were A students. To put it politically correct, they are mentally handicapped. That, however, does not prevent them from having an original perspective, sensitivity, curiosity and courage - all one needs to become a documentarist. During a six month documentary workshop of the civic association Inventura, a film was made under the supervision of documentarist Linda Jablonská, trying to prove that mentally handicapped people, too, can get oriented in the public space and have a political opinion of their own. We were following a phenomenon concerning all of us - the Czech parliamentary election.
Manuál na výrobu teroristy , Czech Republic, 2010, 92 min, Beta SP, DV, DVD, Politics, Social Issues, Youth Documentary
In the Basque region of Navarra, the director - a stranger - stops passers by next to pieces of political graffiti, letting them explain what they mean and why they were painted. A feature-length documentary about repression, the anti-terrorist act and the events that happen within our common borders.All rights are with the producer FAMU, Czech Republic.
Tsunami po vlně zájmu , Czech Republic, 2009, 57 min, Digi Beta, Current Affairs, Human Rights, Social Issues
The authors of this documentary film folow the stories of five people in the Indonesian province of Aceh after the 2004 tsunami.
VINYL (Příběhy z vídeňského podzemí) , Austria, United Kingdom, 2010, 78 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Experimental, Music
VINYL (Tales from the Vienna Underground) is the first feature-length documentary to reveal the interconnected world of experimental, trash & electronic musicians in Vienna, and how the artists in this historically unique space interpret which sounds make music in very different ways. V I N Y L is also partly a love letter to a cultural icon – vinyl records - which have been a part of so many people’s lives for decades, and which persist in the future of music creation & distribution, despite the pervasiveness of digital technology. In this film, vinyl is a metaphor for something we love, even for its imperfections and scratches, and so it is with these musicians’ love-hate relationship to their city. Some things must change, but some things will be important forever.
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