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Testimony

When the clock starts ticking, what really matters? When death is at hand or the body disabled, what happens to creativity? Diagnosed with a brain tumour and with three more years to live, the Romanian-born director, Razvan Georgescu (38), takes issue with a tricky social taboo. The filmmaker sets out to explore the realm between life and death, in search of some of its most famous inhabitants. He meets world famous artists willing to talk candidly about their own terminal illness or their traumatic brush with mortality. Can death and disability be a motor for creativity? Can creativity armour us against oblivion or surrender? Razvan Georgescu gets intriguing answers. The film starts on an operating table in Germany and follows the filmmaker on a very personal journey along Venetian canals, down Broadway, up Sunset Boulevard, coming full circle to Romania. Arresting, unsettling and surprisingly humorous, ‘Testimony’ rides a rollercoaster of emotions, in a series of encounters with artists hoping to stand the test of time: Jörg Immendorff, the painter (+2008), Bill Viola, the videoartist, Katherine Sherwood, the painter, Peter Jecza, the sculptor, William Filnn, the Broadway musical composer. TESTIMONY is a film about finding beauty in the face of death, about the healing qualities of art. A road movie full of twists and turns that took three years to complete. It’s not about watching the body surrender to disease. It’s a film about life before death and against all odds. It will make you think and it will make you laugh TESTIMONY is a film about finding beauty in the face of death, about the healing qualities of art. A road movie full of twists and turns that took three years to complete. It’s not about watching the body surrender to disease. It’s a film about life before death and against all odds. It will make you think and it will make you laugh.

Hello Willy!

Twenty years ago he could be found playing the trumpet in the Moscow streets and pedestrian subways. Today you can find him on the Cologne streets in Germany. He calls himself a Prussian baron, former GULAG prisoner and one of the best trumpeters in the world. He has lived many years, with many names and many lives.

Today I was Young and Pretty

Most of the Gypsy population of Clejani, a village located some 50 km away from Bucharest, traditionally consists of musicians going back for many generations. After the collapse of communism, two Belgians mustered up some of the "lăutari" in Clejani and formed a band called, "Taraf des Haidouks", which was soon to attain international fame. After 17 years on tour, Stephane Karo, one of the managers, had the idea to pep up the "Taraf" repertoire, and suggested that they try their hand at classical music. The film follows the progress of interpreting a classical suite - inspired from the Romanian folklore - from practice and rehearsals to the first public performance in France. We can thus see how a classical piece originating in the folklore comes full circle.

Visoko - Flying High

In 2005, the Texas-based businessman and pyramid researcher Semir Osmanagić visited the Bosnian town of Visoko. He claimed that the hills surrounding the town could well be the oldest existing pyramids in the world. The hypothesis awoke the war-torn region from its slumber and inspired more than just the inhabitants of Visoko, which during the Middle Ages was at the heart of the Bosnian kingdom, to some extremely creative flights of the imagination. Visoko - Flying High tells of euphoric plans for the future in a region of Europe where globalisation is only just starting to take effect. The newly discovered pyramids fulfil multiple functions: they act as a beacon of hope, a source of inspiration and, not least of all, as an important economic catalyst.

Trivial Europe

What´s the European thing about Europe and how trivial is everyday life? There are lots of stereotypes about each European country. What do these images mean to networked and cultural addicted coevals? In nighttime walks DIE FABRIKANTEN, an artist collective from Linz, are looking for answers: Residents of Thessaloniki, Novi Sad, Linz, Essen and Liverpool lead us to their favourite places. The result is a transition of a different kind.

When Did I Stop Telling You My Dreams?

My good-bye letter to her is accompanied by black-and-white photographs to evoke memories from our past. She lives in an old people's home, I come to visit her.

In the Stasi Line of Fire: The Case W. Loetzsch

In the 70s Wolfgang Loetzsch was the most promising cycling talent in East Germany. An unwilling revolutionary, he refused to be an opportunist within the state sport apparatus. The secret service, the Stasi, arranged for an icy headwind to blow in the face of his career. 17 years long he won race after race in East Germany but was never allowed to participate in any important international race outside of the country. The documentary tells how an unpolitical man develops a personal resistance against opportunism, cowardice and betrayal and in doing so upsets the entire machinery of a repressive state..

Walk on the Edge of Democracy

"Walk on the Edge of Democracy" shows a camera panning the security fence around the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany. Jörg Hommer followed the 12.5 kilometer barricade with a camera. The Baltic Sea glistens in the morning sun. The waves break continuously on the shore. We start to walk.... Moving forward, steadily forward: Along different landscapes, blooming rapeseed, a main road - another checkpoint, police control. After an identity check we carry on. Even the Editing does not break the fence. Sporadically original sounds recorded at the G8 summit are audible. The constant interplay of the ongoing in front and behind the fence in combination with the narrative sound line let the fence become a projection screen of the individual utopia.

Welcome to North Korea!

In its catalogue, a Czech travel agency offers a "journey into the unknown", a tour of North Korea. This trip was the second time since 1990 that a group of Czech tourists set foot in North Korea. The film follows twenty-seven Czechs who have decided to spend approximately 2,600 Euros on a sightseeing tour of a country which cultivates a cult of personality, maintains concentration camps for its citizens and doesn't hide its development of nuclear weapons. Foreign visitors are only allowed a view of a carefully prepared illusion, thoroughly supervised by "guides". What is more, the North Korean system is starkly reminiscent of the Czechs' own past. Which emotions do our travellers experience: sympathy, nostalgia or, in contrast, happiness that "we already have this behind us"? How does someone, after being accustomed to freedom and democracy, come to terms with the directives and restrictions of a totalitarian system?

Left, Right, Forward

In our documentary film, we follow members of two very different organizations: the young communists and the young conservatives. Through their lives and ideas, we will try to understand why these young people link themselves with politics and how that influences their lives. In the end we will probably find out that although the communists hate the conservatives and vice versa, both these organizations work on the same principles and the motivations for joining them are basically the same. Department of documentary film, FAMU - graduate film.

 

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