Stalin City Cantata
In recent years, a downright onslaught on archives has taken place in Eastern Europe. Nothing is as important as the past, the complex history of a state that wanted to combine intellectualism with art, culture and politics. In this respect, Hungarian Sztálinvárosi (Stalin City), founded in 1951 and renamed to Danube City ten years later, was a special place, as it was the most privileged city for realising the dream of the New Humankind back in the notorious 1950s. The film portrays the city guided by a cantata, from the musical perspective of the compositor Peter Horváth, whose parents were thoroughly communists, but nevertheless amateur party members. The film very beautifully presents archive film and audio material in-between the protagonists´narratives.
This is the story of Horacio, the grandchild of a slave taken from Africa to Latin America long after the abolition of slavery. Horacio is a family man who works as a lighthouse keeper on a solitary island in the South Atlantic Ocean. Some years ago a series of unexpected events changed his life. Horacio survived a terrible boat crash and later joined Uruguay’s UN peacekeeping force and was sent to serve in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country of his ancestors. The journey, which began as a means of economic progress, soon became a journey into his past. Horacio is about to retire and returns to the land where his story began.
Anna was born in Hungary into a family of internationally renowned filmmakers. She studied Cultural Anthropology and worked as a journalist and editor for several national and international publications. Anna joined the film industry in 2000 and has since produced a number of documentary film projects for the international market. Her production company Librecine has offices in Budapest, Hungary and Montevideo, Uruguay. Anna also works as service producer, line producer and production manager for international productions.
SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: 2002 “Domingueando” (Sundays), Docudrama (Uruguay, Hungary - 3J+1 BT, LIBRECINE) ; „Arriba el Sur”, Documentary (Uruguay, Hungary - LIBRECINE) 2003 “Gyõry” Documentary (Hungary – LIBRECINE, Duna TV Budapest); 2004 “Confessions of a Citizen”, documentary (Uruguay, Hungary- 3J+1 BT, LIBRECINE) 2007 „Stalin City Cantata” (Librecine, developed in the framework of the 2004 Discovery Campus Masterschool), 2007 „A Different Way - Tango with Rodolfo Mederos” (Kelonmedia in association with Librecine in co-production with ZDF/ arte) FIPA D’Or 2008, Grand Prix Performing Arts, 2009 „QesQ” interactive documentary platform and content for children, commissioned by Uruguay’s One Laptop Per Child Project, 2010-2011 „El destello” (The Flicker) (Librecine in co- production with Chello Multicanal for Odisea), “Adaggio” (Librecine) - in post-production, “Los Caminos del Viento” - in development/financing.
Manz. 16, solar 3
CP - 16401 Baln. Biarritz, Canelones
East Silver Caravan - 2008