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Argippo Resurrected

Shot in Prague, Český Krumlov, Kuks and Venice, Argippo Resurrected expresses the suggestive beauty and original atmosphere of Baroque theatre. Antonio Vivaldi's lost opera Argippo was originally composed for a Prague debut in 1730. Lost for centuries, the opera's score was discovered by a young Czech conductor Ondřej Macek. Almost as remarkable as the discovery of this lost masterpiece was the process of remounting the work. Dan Krameš's film observes, gloriously, the gradual birth of the modern world premiere of Argippo and the search for its authentic Baroque interpretation. It confirms the genius of Argippo, the most significant opera written for Prague before Mozart's Don Giovanni.

Arsy-Versy

The film is a story of a mother and her son Lubos who lives in a world turned upside-down, or, arsy-versy. Lubos broke free from the world as generally conceived by others to arrive at the supreme human-nature symbiosis; he flew away to a planet purely inhabited by butterflies - intelligent beings. The sole focus of his life energy, enriched by a great deal of empathy, is being channelled into his amateur photography and film making, the climax of his fascination with natural phenomenon being his unique study of bats. By way of communicating with the upside-down creatures he is fascinated with, he attempts to achieve the utmost understanding between man and beast. He is assisted by his mother who has been a great research and life

Atijat, the First Wife

A starting point for the film is a story of Atijat and her husband Adil - a story that shows the world of dilemmas, experiences and marriage relationships in an Arabian family. After few years of living together, our heroine finds out that her husband is looking for a second wife. Reconciled with his plans and the reality she lives in, Atijat tells her story to Ania - a Polish young archeologist, the director of the film. In the background of Atijat's drama, there are numerous discussions on Sudanese ideal of beauty, the polygamy, the circumcision of girls. Both women and men talk to Ania, and introduce her into their deepest believes and convictions: the polygamy as a custom difficult for women and hilarious for men, the circumcision as a mean of becoming a real woman and achieving sexual temperance, and the way a woman and a man should co-exist in marriage. A touching picture, full of beautiful shots, focused on the things that help woman to feel fulfilled.

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

This film observes the Socialist idea in a form of a semi-mystic dialogue between a young woman and her long departed Granddad. The Granddad joined an unprecedented revolutionary movement in 1951 in Bulgaria – the very first armed opposition against the Communists. This short-lived action had grave consequences on many generations of his family and nowadays his dear granddaughter studies his motives. What made a former Orthodox priest convert into a Socialist to then have to fight the Bolsheviks and finally be summoned to work for the notorious Secret Services? The conversation between them, based on his secret archive, is often angry often humourous and attempts reconciliation between generations so far apart. Why did he abandoned his wife and five young kids and fled to the mountain armed with rifle, radio and a typewriter only to be caught few months later and spend his whole life in jail? Was it worth the sacrifice? What made him confident that this movement will succeed? Sofia, Bulgarian capital – summer 2013. The granddaughter stands at the longest peaceful protests against the Socialist government in Bulgaria – a government containing former Communist politicians and Secret Service informers. Twenty-five years have passed since the fall of Communism but the Communists are still in power. As if she had lived in a dream that took 25 years. Will the beast ever die? Questions and answers will be exchanged in fantasy sequences, enhanced by animation, that’ll mirror the nowadays. While our country is being utterly destroyed, Socialism is becoming an increasingly modern concept in Europe and the rest of the world. Led by the inner voice of her Granddad who believed that only the Western democracy could build true Socialism, the young woman meets socialists in Western Europe and finds out what is their attraction to this idea. At first, she’s opinionated and argumentative. But through these meetings she experiences a transformation and truly evaluates her past.

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.

 

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