“I think that we are unable to deal with our own past. Paper Heads is a reflection on freedom and lack of freedom. It talks about the relationship between the citizen and power and the lack of respect for human rights in the Czechoslovakia of 1945–1989. The film takes place in the framework of street theatre. The conclusion extends these happening motives by contemporary reflections of our times. The structure of the film is built around key events of the past regime and archive footage is applied in shortened, paradoxical and even humorous ways. In the testimonies I looked for the people’s concrete human and universal dimensions in order to combine them in an emotional picture of man in socialist society.” Dušan Hanák
Images of an Old World
One of the greatest works of Slovak cinematography was 16 years old cursed on dubious ideological and aesthetic criteria "normalization. This remarkable documentary sensitively drawn and sympathetic form of the old villagers, apparently living at the margins, in conditions bordering on poverty, but in his own distinct world. The photographic work inspired by five cycles Martinček Martin, whose portrait gallery extends to other characters, cut visually inventive photographs with documentary footage, synchrony and commentary. Undistorted view of civilization, the individuality of the Hanak also searched for answers to straight questions of human existence (as social maladjustment, is one of the resources is to maintain the inner world of harmony, freedom and focus on the essence of being). The apparent bizarreness often hides a tragic fate, struggle with poverty, selfishness, disease, dislike, age, and retain the ability to have a fight with the world and ourselves and intensely experience their own existence. Pictures of the Old World is the second feature film, a young Slovak director Dušan Hanák. There is the evocation of the old bygone days, but a perceptive look at the artist autumn of human life. Inspires the five cycles zasloužilého photographic artist Martina Martinečka, the portrait gallery was expanded to include other characters Hanak talking about old people who apparently live on the edge of today spolčnosti. With the remarkable participation penetrates into the deepest recesses of human souls that have discovered and brought to the surface of the purest and most basic human values. Brings his simple heroes in their uniqueness, their wealth and their inner moral purity. The specific verse, idiosyncratic attitude towards life and the interaction between people, this film consists of a valuable document for people that, despite the difficult and complex life she never left the eternal and immortal desire for freedom. Awards: Grand Prix - Golden Sestertius, Audience Prize, Jury Award for young and Price ekumenickej jury to 20 MFF doc films in Nyon 1988 Price Film Critics Association in Los Angeles for the best doc film 1990 Grand Prix at the V. Etnofilm Čadca 1988 Grand Prize at the 4th MF doc films in Munich 1989, European Film Award - Honorable Mention for the documentary in Paris in 1990, nominated for Oscar 1991 in the category of documentary film.