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Auto*Mate

"A playful film essay about our automobile-automatic society. A film crossing the border of its media, turning into a social act.Martin Mareček: “I lived in downtown Prague, in the ""heart of Europe"". In Prague, ""the mother of cities"", as well as ""the city of cars""... According to statistics, it is one of the most car-crippled cities in Europe. Six years ago, I met my neighbour in the hallway. He was moving: ""Well, we're off, we can't take this anymore."" I replied: ""Yeah, I understand, it's the cars, isn't it? The noise, the smell…"" The neighbour smiled, puzzled: ""Not really, it's cause we have nowhere to park."" Is the story absurd? Is my neighbour autistic? Not quite. I believe that most of us city folks are this automatic… We all suffer from it… Automatically we swear, automatically we drive. Slowly but surely, our game ends with our own auto-mate. Isn't there anything we can do about it? I realized that it is no longer sufficient to make a film. It would only turn into another short essay filled with automated clichés, targetting the usual audience. Another submission into the intellectual fish tank. Therefore, I have gradually turned from a film director into an activist, an artistic radical and a political lobbyist. The multilayered organism AUTO*MATE was conceived.”

Nowhere Blues

Far, far away, in a small town beyond distant mountains and an enormous forest, Warkocz is trapped. Only Great Love can release him. While waiting patiently for It to come, Warkocz is combing his long beard which houses all his powers...

Nude

Since 1963 in the Soviet Union the heroine of the film participates in a series of nude-art photography sessions every next 10 years. Like others write diaries - the heroine of our film memorializes her life in nude-art photos. In a delicate yet existentially sharp manner by participating in the fifth photo session the film reveals a lifetime of a woman.

Speechless

Can silent faces tell stories of horror that these people have gone through… "Speechless" is an experiment with human faces. It is an attempt to tell the story of the tragedy that cannot be expressed through words or dramatic images. Or it might be just a silent space to think about personal accounts of the 5 days of Georgian-Russian war of August, 2008.

Beast

The story of a girl, who had grown up behind the Iron Curtain and escaped to the West, sums up the lives of many people who lived “the experiment”. This girl is a fantasy character, played and narrated by an actor and she appears in an animated sequence interspersed throughout the film. She is chased by a cartoon character called Beast. The Beast is a graphic metaphor of all common ideas and clichés about communism, positive or negative. The real live characters in our film are two groups who lead a debate - on one side those who lived under the regime – Cubans, Bulgarians, Russians, Hungarians, and on the other, westerners – British and Germans, who still romanticize about it. Indeed what is Communism - an aspirational idea or a menacing dictatorship?

Aphocalypse Now

Short Long Journey

" About people, not only about Jews, about the evil in us, not only about the holocaust,about the present not only about the past" In April 1945 Vojtech Gál was murdered on the way from Sachsenhausen to Schwerin. In April 2008 his son walked the same route in an attempt to find his father's grave and leave a testimony. He was accompanied by friends, film makers and fellow pilgrims. They did not understand everything they came across. They could not comprehend some of the people with whom they talked. But it never occurred to them even for a moment that they were travelling without aim and meaning. They give harsh personal witness of their journey, anticipating neither agreement nor tolerance.

Football Father

Marcin works as a masseur in a soccer club. Instead of going to the match with the team, he prefers the risky way of getting there with the hooligans. Although he is blind himself, he starts taking his partially sighted son with him.

For Freedom

Documentary about the unsuccesful revolution in Belarus during the presidential election in 2006.

Extraordinary Adventures of Diego Diegovich in the Land of the Bolsheviks

The fate of Mexican painter and muralist Diego Rivera is connected to Russia in a number of ways: Russian painters Angelina Belova and Maria Vorobyova-Stebelskaya gave birth to his children; he was Trotsky's long-time friend; he joined the Communist Party for several years; and he was in friendly relations with major figures of the young Soviet art movement, such as Eisenstein, Mayakovsky, Erenburg. Finally, Soviet Russia is where Diego Rivera came during the last years of his life with the hope of healing his cancer. This film explores the connection between the painter born in the faraway Mexican village of Guanjuato and the young Soviet state.

 

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