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TRANSPORTS AND DISCO MAKE THEIR WAY TO SWEDEN

Awarded in Warsaw and Tallinn, Disco & Atomic War (East European Forum 2007) by Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Aarma kicks off 2010 at the Göteborg International Film Festival (Jan 29 - Feb 8). Lukáš Přibyl's complete Forgotten Transports series will also screen at the festival, a not-to-miss opportunity for audiences and another prestigious stop in the filmmaker's busy festival schedule.

 

Göteborg International Film Festival 
January 29 - February 8, 2010
Sweden

 

 

 

THE LAST TIGHTROPE DANCER IN ARMENIA
Armenia 2009, 55 min
D: Inna Sahakyan, Arman Yeritsyan

The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia: 30 years ago, 20 families practiced the ancient art of tightrope dancing. Now only two old masters, Zhora and Knyaz, remain alive - and they're both in their 80s. Are they doomed to see their profession expire with them? Their old antagonism has been laid aside in their shared hope: that the last tightrope dancing apprentice, 17-year-old Hovsep, will keep their craft alive.

The film was developed at the 2007 Ex Oriente Film workshop.

 

 

 

COOKING HISTORY / JAK SE VAŘÍ DĚJINY
Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic 2009, 88 min
D: Peter Kerekes

There are countless tales of the horrors and hardships of war. Many of them have engaging stories but far from all are cinematically interesting. This one, however, definitely is. Well structured in both imagery and narrative, this documentary swings between the darkest gravity and almost parodical humour. Using the aspect of food as its angle, the film lets a string of military cooks explain the realities of war. Here's the baker from Wehrmacht, the woman who hardly had any food to prepare during the three year siege of Leningrad during WWII, tales from the wars in Yugoslavia and Chechnya and the man in charge of Tito's food - a scientific branch in its own right. Every sequence is garnished with a unique, often strong, recipe!

Peter Kerekes presented his project at the 2007 Docu Talents from the East.

Read also:
COOKS AND RABBITS AWARDED AT HOT DOCS
COOKING HISTORY AND OTHER EAST SILVER FILMS NOMINATED FOR THE PRIX ARTE AWARD
COOKING HISTORY VOTED BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AT VIENNALE

 

 

DISCO & ATOMIC WAR
Finland, Estonia 2009, 78 min
D: Jaak Kilmi, Kiur Aarma

A family from southern Estonia visit their relatives in Tallinn. They gaze in awe at a whole new world as they watch an episode of Dallas, broadcast on Finnish TV. The TV war begins as early as in the 50s, when Estonia began television broadcasts ahead of Finland, showing Soviet propaganda and prompting a Finnish backlash. The propaganda war escalates as Disco enters the fray. Naturally, the Communist system has to retaliate with disco á la russ. People became very inventive in their ways of watching Finnish TV without a huge antenna. A thermometer worked fine, for instance. Unfortunately this destroyed the reception for all your neighbours, including the nuclear missile base. Interesting and entertaining about the cold progaganda war.

In 2007, Jaak Kilmi's film Disco & Atomic War was pitched at the East European Forum and in 2008 presented at Docu Talents from the East.

Read also:
WFF AWARDS DISCO AND ATOMIC WAR
TALLINN BLACK NIGHTS MAKE KILMI SHINE




FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO LATVIA
Czech Republic 2007, 86 min
D: Lukáš Přibyl

The film about Latvia shows how people in extreme circumstances can survive, with their sanity intact, by maintaining what we would call normal family lives. Young people fell in love, had their hearts broken, went to dances, to school - all in the shadow of the gallows. By shifting focus from the evils of Nazism to questions of survival, life, death, love, family and treason, the portraits and the historical narrative also becomes much more human - and thus more understandable and horrible. From a Swedish perspective To Latvia and To Estonia are of particular interest, since they remind us to an even greater extent than the other films that Sweden was a country not many miles from the barbarism of the Second World War.

 

 

FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO BELARUS
Czech Republic 2008, 88 min
D: Lukáš Přibyl

Out of the 7 000 Czech Jews who were deported to Belarus, only 22 survived - men who resisted and took up arms. To Belarus offers an insight into the Holocaust in the Eastern parts of Europe, a still relatively unexplored area. Forgotten Transports moves far beyond the traditional depictions of the Holocaust; far from the overarching historical portrait of Nazi leadership in Berlin, and far from Auschwitz. The films focus on how people in widely varying situations form different strategies to survive horrors we cannot even imagine. In so doing they expand our understandning of the Holocaust like no films since the classic Shoah.

 

 

FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO ESTONIA
Czech Republic 2008, 86 min
D: Lukáš Přibyl

The creation of the four films in the Forgotten Transports project deserves its own film. Czech academic Lukas Pribyl turned documentary maker in order to tell people about unknown camps in the East, where Central European and Czech Jews where deported during the Holocaust. For ten years he worked to find survivors, most of whom had never before been interviewed. He decided that every testimony should be illustrated with material from that time and place and has been combing through the archives, aquiring photos through Vodka bribes and smuggled material out of dictatorships. The four films depict strategies of survival: To Estonia is about a group of women and children who through their friendship made it through the camps, without even realising what was going on around them.

 

 

FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS: TO POLAND
Czech Republic 2009, 90 min
D: Lukáš Přibyl

The story of survivors from the area around Lublin in South East Poland is about individuals who were constantly on the run, and how this affected their psyches. Among others, we meet a man who was jailed three times, under three different identities, got away every time - and can talk about it with a sense of humour. But also Jews who in their desperation to survive turned in fellow Jews, and family members who had to abandon each other. As in the other films, the skillfully edited images and testimonies form a powerful documentary, all the more effectively suggestive through its beautifully minimalist music and eerie sounds.

 

More details at www.forgottentransports.com.


Read also:
FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS TO POLAND IN NEW YORK PREMIERE
FORGOTTEN TRANSPORTS RELEASED ON DVD

 

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