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Crulic and Chronicle of Oldrich S. - Animated Docs at SXSW

The lineup of the upcoming SXSW - South by Southwest Festival (March 9 - 17) includes two documentaries from the East Silver Caravan: the 2011 Silver Eye winner Crulic - The Path to Beyond by Anca Damian and Chronicle of Oldrich S. by Rudolf Šmíd.

Both documentaries are unique in one way – they reconstruct reality through animation. Crulic – The Path to Beyond follows the case of Crulic, a Romanian citizen who was sentenced to prison in Poland for a crime he didn’t commit. There he started a hunger strike in order to protest against the false charge and injustice.

On the other hand, Chronicle of Oldřich S. is an intimate personal story of Oldřich S. who keeps a diary full of short notes about what everyday events, his friends, his fellow villagers, but reflecting also global events. A specific mixture of those notes, which are reconstructed through animation, offers a new point of view on history and our society. Chronicle of Oldřich S. will be presented for the first time in world premiere.

Apart from the East Silver Caravan films, the festival will also screen El Medico: The Cubaton Story by Daniel Fridell, which was available in the East Silver Market in 2011.

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals
March 9 - 17, 2012


Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Director: Damian Anca
Producer: Damian Anca
Production company: Aparte Film, Magellan Foundation

Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo , Poland, Romania, 2011, 69 min, 35 mm, DCP, Digi Beta, HD, Animated, Drama doc, Human Rights, Social Issues

The animated documentary feature "Crulic - The Path to Beyond" tells the story of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on a hunger strike. The story is told from the point of view of Crulic, in the present tense, after his death. A strong visual style, the result of beautifully blending hand-drawn collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.

East Silver 2011 / East Silver Caravan 2012 / Silver Eye winner 2011


Chronicle of Oldřich S.

Director: Šmíd Rudolf
Production company: AniFest - International Festival of Animated Films, Anima Production

Kronika Oldřicha S. , Czech Republic, 2011, 18 min, DVD, HD, Animated, History, Personal View, Politics, Social Issues

Mr Sedláček was writing one-sentence entries in his chronicle from 1981 to 2005. The chronicle includes everyday stories of his and his family's life (Today our Gypsy neighbour Gina broke my hand. I was taken to hospital in Mladá Boleslav), the life of the village and its surroundings (A man called Bartoš, 32 years old, killed his wife, 30, today in Příšovice and threw her body into the pond) as well as international events (L.I. Brezhnev died today). The real chronicle has more than two thousand daily notes. The authors picked two hundred and used about eighty of them for the screenplay. These eighty notes provide a concentrated overview of Mr. Sedláček's life and of our society. English voiceover by Jan Triska will be available soon.

East Silver 2011 / East Silver Caravan 2012 / Silver Eye nominee 2011

El Medico: The Cubaton Story

Director: Fridell Daniel
Production company: Film Tower Kuubis, Röde Orm Film, Elfvik Film

Cubaton , Estonia, Sweden, 2011, 104 min, DCP, Arts and Culture, Creative, Music, Portrait

Can a capitalist music producer and a communist doctor and artist work together? In Cuba they can! Michel Miglis is a Swedish music producer, known for his provocative ideas and El Medico is a doctor and a singer, born and raised in the midst of the Cuban Revolution, whose values are in total contrast to the cynical, Western music industry.

East Silver 2011