War Games... deals with the life of Ryszard Kukliński – a man with a mark of the most important spy of the cold war, who handed over to the West a thousands of very sensitive and top secret information, that had effect on the course of the Cold War. The film can be compared to the similar documentary, The Most Dangerous Man in America by the Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith, which deals with the story of Daniel Ellsberg who published the Pentagon Papers, a U.S. Government top secret study about the Vietnam War.
Documentary film Village Without Women by director and former participant of Ex Oriente and East European Forum, Srdjan Sarenac, brings completely different story – the picture of the decaying old world of tradition. The main characters, three brothers and their neighbour, the only residents of small mountain village in Serbia, where time stopped many years ago. The only way how to save the village is to get married, but the question is, where to find women willing to live in such a place?
The Cinequest Film Festival screens more than 200 titles from all over the world during the 13 days and many of them with premiere status . Cinequest is not only a festival, but also a starting platform for new talents (project Empowering Mavericks), including also distribution company or the production company Cinequest Mavericks Studio.
Cinequest 2011, San Jose, USA
March 1 – 13, 2011
Selo bez žena , Croatia, France, 2010, 83 min, Digi Beta, HD, Creative, Social Issues, Society
In Southwest Serbia, atop a mountain and four kilometres from the nearest road, the Jankovic brothers hold down the fort in the womanless village of Zabrdje. Dragan, Zoran, and Rodoljub, along with their neighbour, Velimir, represent the entire population of what was once a vibrant rural community. They live in tough conditions. No running water, no roads, not even a hint of a woman’s touch. Not to mention, the three brothers still share the same bedroom. Zoran, the eldest brother, dreams of marrying a woman capable of handling life in Zabrdje. Can he fulfil his dream and renew hope in his village?
Gry wojenne , Poland, Slovak Republic, 2009, 113 min, 35 mm, HD, History, Politics, Portrait
"War Games" is a story about a man whom historians consider as the most important spy of the cold war era. The main character of Dariusz Jabloński’s documentary is Ryszard Kukliński (pseudonym: Jack Strong), a colonel in headquarters of the Polish Army (Ludowe Wojsko Polskie) in the ‘70s. Between 1972 and 1981 he handed over to the West over 40 thousand pages of the top secret Warsaw Pact documents. Some people claim that if it wasn’t for those documents, maybe all Europe would be licking their wounds after the worldwide nuclear cataclysm. Americans see him as a hero, Russians – as a traitor, Poles are divided...