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East Silver Caravan in South America

The biggest Argentinian festival of independent film, BAFICI in Buenos Aires, will introduce to the audience 4 titles selected from East Silver Caravan. Among the selected films there are Czech documentaries Eye over Prague (dir. Olga Spatova) and Matchmaking Mayor (dir. Erika Hnikova), Latvian On Rubik’s Road (dir. Laila Pakalnina) and Negative History of Hungarian Cinema (dir. Gyula Nemes).

Several other films included in East Silver 2010 can be found in the programme - one of the most successful Romanian documentaries at the moment, The World According to Ion B. by Alexander Nanau, Austrian Love History by Simone Bader and Jo Schmeiser or Czech portrait of a young drug addict, Katka by Helena Trestikova.

13th BAFICI – Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente, Argentina
April 6 – 17, 2011

East Silver Caravan films in programme:

Negative History of Hungarian Cinema

Director: Nemes Gyula
Producer: Nemes Gyula
Production company: Absolut Film Studio Bt., Duna Workshop

Negatív Magyar Filmtörténet, Hungary, 2010, 47 min, Beta SP, Archive , Arts and Culture, Creative

Reconstructions of unrealized Hungarian films in cooperation with the greatest Hungarian film directors.


East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2011 / East Silver TV Focus 2011 / Docu Talents from the East 2010

 

Eye over Prague

Director: Špátová Olga
Production company: Simply Cinema, Czech TV

Oko nad Prahou, Czech Republic, 2010, 78 min, 35 mm, DV, Arts and Culture, Portrait

An extraordinary tale of Jan Kaplicky, one of the most consummate visionaries of modern architecture. Shot over 3 years in the UK, Czech Republic and Italy, the film portrays Kaplicky at the height of his profession and the petty political gamesmanship that denied him his crowning achievement. His most audacious building would have been the Czech National Library, a triumphant return to his home country and vindication of his uncompromising philosophy. The organic design was too forward-looking for the political powers in Prague, however, and the architect tragically died uncertain whether his achievement would ever be realized.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2010

 

Matchmaking Mayor

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

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 2011 / Docu Talents from the East 2010 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010

 

On Rubik's Road

Director: Pakalnina Laila
Producer: Pakalnina Laila
Production company: Hargla Company

Pa Rubika Celu, Latvia, 2010, 30 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Experimental

If the entire world can be reflected in a single drop of dew (and it can!), then why couldn’t it fit onto a single bicycle road in Latvia? A film about a world that walks, runs, crawls, sits, rides, flies. And falls. A world alive.

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2011



Other Eastern European documentaries at BAFICI:

Love History

Producer: Bader Simone

Liebe Geschichte, Austria, 2010, 98 min, 35 mm, History, Society

The film is about women in Austria and Germany tracing their Nazi family history. They research the historical facts as well as the marks this past has left on their lives: how does it affect their personal relationships, love and political activism? The protagonists are shown in public spaces. Architecture from the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s in Vienna are the locations for the film. They stand for the way National Socialism was dealt with in Austria and reflect the political currents during those eras.

East Silver 2010

 

Katka

Production company: Negativ s.r.o., Czech TV

Katka, Czech Republic, 2010, 90 min, 35 mm, HD, Creative, Longitudinal, Portrait

Helena Třeštíková's film is a remarkable documentary tracing fourteen years in the life of a young junkie and her futile battle with drug addiction. Why did she start taking drugs? She claims she wanted to be different. The year is 1996 and 19-year-old Katka lives in the Sananim therapy community in the town of Němčice with hope for a normal life – she dreams of having a boyfriend and even a family, some day. But there's no happy ending. The director records Katka's descent over the years into a spiral of theft, prostitution, physical and psychological deterioration – a spiral that is broken only by brief flashes of hope and resolutions to stop taking drugs. Katka's desire is sincere, but in the end drugs always win. Will Katka finally find the strength when she becomes pregnant and motherhood offers her life-sustaining motivation?

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2011 / East European Forum 2007 / Docu Talents From the East 2009

 

The World According to Ion B.

Director: Nanau Alexander
Production company: HBO Romania, Alexander Nanau Production

Lumea vazuta de Ion B., Romania, 2009, 60 min, HD, Arts and Culture, Portrait

Ion B. is a 62 year-old homeless man. His bed is a filthy foam mattress at the bottom of a garbage chute. Ion sorts through the daily household garbage of the block, avidly reading the books, magazines and newspapers he finds. Since the 70s he has been creating collages from them that he calls "my films".

East Silver 2010 / East Silver Caravan 2011 / Silver Eye Nominee 2010