Part of the "Documentary, Adjective" Series
Oct 25, 2011
from 06:30 PM to 08:15 PM
|Where||Toy Lounge, Dey Hall|
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Summary: For almost 20 years, Třeštíková follows the life of juvenile delinquent René Plasil, most of which is spent in prisons, interrupted only by brief stretches of freedom. As the only reliable person in the protagonist’s life she is also his only link to the outside world. Meanwhile, a contradictory and shifting relationship is reflected in René’s letters to Treštíková. These add another level of meaning to the film, making Třeštíková the second character in a larger story about the limits of relationships between filmmakers and their subjects. Winner of the European Academy Award – Prix Arte 2008, Golden Dove for the Best International documentary at DOK Leipzig 2008, and other awards.
Admission is free.
About the Retrospective: This retrospective is part of the new Ackland Film Forum and will feature documentary films from Poland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Romania and Croatia.
This retrospective presents several films by contemporary documentary filmmakers indicative of trends in East European non-fiction cinema in the last twenty years. The films in the program strike many interesting formal and thematic directions, such as concepts of national identity, political power, historical memory, representation of war, freedom, and family rituals.
The intent is not to present these films as a cohesive series of responses of one generation to the transformation of the former East Bloc into independent states. After all, what once constituted the geopolitical construct “Eastern Europe,” now consists of societies of diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds, each capable of producing a distinct cinematic tradition. This is as true of filmmakers before 1989 and those today.
In that sense, the primary goal of the retrospective is not to present these films as sources of factual information about East Europe, but rather as intersections of creative expression and documentary practice. The audience’s attention, in return, is drawn to the limits of abstracting meaning from particular social contexts and to the equivocal historical function of moving image forms. Hence the choice of the title: “Documentary, adjective.” Documentary, as a caveat and contingency.
Location: Toy Lounge, 4th floor, Dey Hall
Sponsors: Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literature; Ackland Art Museum; Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies.