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East Silver at Karlovy Vary

46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the biggest film event in Czech Republic recognised by FIAPF, will screen several documentary films from the East Silver Caravan selection. Silver Eye winner At the Edge of Russia by Michal Marczak is included in the documentary film competition and will compete with another Polish doc, Declaration of Immortality by Marcin Koszalka. Documentary film about Vienna’s music scene, Vinyl (Tales from the Vienna Underground) by Andrew Standen-Raz, will be presented in 2011: Musical Odyssey section, together with Ilja (dir. Ivan Ostrochovsky) and Erkki-Sven Tüür: 7 Etudes in Pictures (dir. Marianne Kõrver).

The screening of Vinyl will be accompanied by special event – Austrian electronic music artists portrayed in the film will play in the festival club Aeroport. We had an opportunity to meet with the director and discussed his film and new projects connected with Vienna. You may find the interview here.

The out-of-competition documentary section will present contemporary Czech documentary films, most of them currently included in the East Silver Caravan, such as Theatre Svoboda, Matchmaking Mayor, Bear Islands or Coal in the Soul.

East Silver will be represented at the festival by Zdenek Blaha (from July 2 to 8), who is looking forward to meeting with you. To schedule a meeting, please contact him at or by phone: +420 775 602 555.


46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic
July 1 – 9, 2011


Selected East Silver titles at Karlovy Vary:

At the Edge of Russia

Director: Marczak Michał
Production company: Ozumi Films, Aperto Films, TVN SA

Koniec Rosji, Poland, 2010, 72 min, Digi Beta, Society

Alexei is a nineteen year old recruit being flown in to perform his military service on the frontier of northern Russia. The base is one of few such remaining outposts on the Arctic Ocean. There are five other seasoned and long serving soldiers stationed here, each with their own personal story or secret that has caused them to retreat from the real world. Their training and breaking in of the new arrival is sometimes humorous, at times harsh. Gradually, they each reveal something of themselves in their daily interactions and private moments as they continue their absurd duty in this snow covered no man's land, hundreds of miles from the nearest human settlement.

East Silver 2010Silver Eye Award 2010East Silver Caravan 2010Ex Oriente Film 2006East European Forum 2006 /


VINYL (Tales from the Vienna Underground)

Production company: Lush Films

VINYL (Příběhy z vídeňského podzemí) , Austria, United Kingdom, 2010, 78 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Experimental, Music

VINYL (Tales from the Vienna Underground) is the first feature-length documentary to reveal the interconnected world of experimental, trash & electronic musicians in Vienna, and how the artists in this historically unique space interpret which sounds make music in very different ways. V I N Y L is also partly a love letter to a cultural icon – vinyl records - which have been a part of so many people’s lives for decades, and which persist in the future of music creation & distribution, despite the pervasiveness of digital technology. In this film, vinyl is a metaphor for something we love, even for its imperfections and scratches, and so it is with these musicians’ love-hate relationship to their city. Some things must change, but some things will be important forever.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010


The Declaration of Immortality

Producer: Slezak Ewa
Production company: Agencja Filmowa for Polish TV

Deklaracja nieśmiertelności, Poland, 2010, 29 min, Beta, Personal View, Portrait

In his new film Marcin Koszałka returns to a forgotten genre, namely a mountain film. The protagonist of his story is Piotr “Mad” Korczak, somewhere in the background there is his rival Andrzej Marcisz. The director focuses on the decline of the career of the great master, provoking his reflection on his future life, when he will no longer be able to climb mountains. It’s a moving story about inability to come to terms with old age and about desire of immortality.

East Silver 2010



Producer: Urban Marek
Production company: sentimentalfilm s.r.o., Slovenská televízia - Slovak Television

Ilja, Slovak Republic, 2010, 30 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Music, Portrait

A film manual on how not to get pulled down by communism or by ones own death or The last days of Ilja Zeljenka, the most famous music composer of the second half of the 20th Century, known for auditioning his forbbiden cantata for two reciters "Auswitch".

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010


Komeda - Soundtrack for a Life

Production company: Kalejdoskop Film Studio

Komeda - muzyczne ścieżki życia, Poland, 2009, 52 min, Beta SP, Arts and Culture, Music, Portrait

Krzysztof Komeda – jazz pianist and film composer. With compositions like the lullaby for “Rosemary's Baby” from RomanPolanski, Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the history of soundtracks. As a jazz pianist he gained cult-status inPoland. As a film composer he made it into Hollywood’s first ranks. But there his career came to a sudden end.Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy’s film essay follows the dramatic life story of the musician and film composer Komeda by the meansof the melodic sounds of Komeda’s music.

East Silver 2010


Erkki-Sven Tüür: 7 Etudes in Pictures

Producer: Ahven Anneli
Production company: Exitfilm

Erkki-Sven Tüür: 7 etüüdi piltides, Estonia, 2010, 77 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Music, Portrait

Besides Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür is the most known Estonian composer, whose work is loved and honoured by the general music public all over the world. The film consists of 7 parts, each of them tells a different story and has a special visual solution to open an important theme in composer´s life. The chapters resound the musical history, worldviews and existential questions which are important to the composer. Questions are being answered by Tüür and the people, who understand and appreciate his creative life and his colorific personality. His work is being ordered by the best interprets and orchestras, his pieces are performed in the most respectable music halls. BBC Music Magazine released an overview of 250 interprets, composers and conductors, who have made an impact to the music of the world. People who make difference, said the cover of the magazine. Next to John Adams, John Tavener and Gavin Bryarsiga, Erkki-Sven Tüür was one of the 70 composers included there.

East Silver 2010


Theatre Svoboda

Director: Hejna Jakub
Production company: Czech TV, endorfilm, Young Film

Divadlo Svoboda, Czech Republic, 2011, 98 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Creative, Portrait

„Darkness is my raw material. Just as the sculptor needs his clay, the carver needs his wood; I carve my theatre out of darkness." (Josef Svoboda). „I grew up in the house of a man who was a brilliant stage designer, but who also was my grandfather to whom I did not talk much. I was twenty-five when he died and I knew very little about him. I decided to explore the darkness and the emptiness and to search for some of the things that outlive us." (Jakub Hejna). The only Czech documentary dealing with Josef Svoboda's life and work in a comprehensive and profound manner as well as the only film to show archive materials related to Svoboda’s work and private life that have not yet been published.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / East European Forum 2007 / Docu Talents from the East 2010


Matchmaking Mayor

Director: Hníková Erika
Production company: endorfilm, UNFILM, Czech TV, Slovenská televízia - Slovak Television, i/o post

Nesvatbov, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, 2010, 72 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Society

A situational documentary film about a village mayor trying to match local people in their thirties who are still single. Slowly but surely, the Slovak village Zemplínské Hámre is dying out. Its mayor, a retired general, doesn't want to give up though. Fighting the thirty-year-olds' loneliness, he has used various means such as offering a financial reward for each newborn child or encouraging people to make children in the local public address system. None of it has worked. However, the mayor has a new plan. He decides to organize a dating party for singles from all the neighbouring villages...

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Docu Talents from the East 2010


Bear Islands

Director: Ryšavý Martin
Production company: Bionaut Films

Medvědí ostrovy, Czech Republic, 2010, 62 min, HD, Creative, Nature, Reportage, Society

In "Bear Islands", director Martin Ryšavý continues his exploration of subjects related to the Sakha Republic, or Yakutia, Russia's Far Eastern Federal District. The film captures the life of residents in the remotest part of the territory, Nizhnekolymsky Ulus. Bear Islands are located in the East Siberian Sea at the mouth of the Kolyma River. The camera follows park rangers who take care of the nature reserve as they travel to an isolated polar station through the vast space where the past meets the present. A portrait of a landscape, its history and people who inhabit it.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010 / Docu Talents from the East 2010


Coal in the Soul

Producer: Plešák Pavel
Production company: Czech TV

Ženy SHR, Czech Republic, 2010, 58 min, Beta SP, Current Affairs, Portrait

A documentary portrait of two women, who plays a very personal game with the fate of Horni Jiretin, a town endangered by coal-mining industry. With typical mixture of sensitive approach and irony the authors shows the whole case and uses both women, press agent of mining company and chatelaine/eco-activist, as their guides. Their personal stories mirror the current case of total liquidation of Horni Jiretin, small town that stands in the way of another coalmining.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010