This carefully composed monochrome film without voiceover shows scenes of modern-day tourists at Holocaust sites in German and asks troubling questions about man’s ability to consume and yet, at the same time, forget the past. Loznitsa describes Austerlitz as an effort to reckon with an existential crisis he felt on his first visit to Buchenwald. He was there doing side research for a project called “Babi Year” about mass murders in World War II Ukraine. "I realized, in front of the crematorium, that I was myself like a tourist,” he said. “And at the same time, I thought, ‘How can I be? How can I stay there?"
Is it possible to create a low-budget film that feels like a blockbuster?
An experimental, feature-length adventure movie based on a novel by Ondřej Cikán. An Austrian/Czech co-production by Die Gruppe, FAMU and nutprodukce. A kidnapped bride. A distraught hero. Odysseys in surreal worlds. At her wedding to Menandros, Thaïs is carried off by pirates. In his search for her, the bridegroom becomes a bloodthirsty avenger, his horse grows wings, a witch promises him another woman, King Xerxes attempts to unman him, but eventually everything comes to a happy ending. Or does it? Exclusive pre-premiere screening and case study during VFF!
Should I buy a flat in Bracknell or make a film in Transylvania?
Case study of debut feature film by Peter Strickland who completed the project for £25,000 with a very small crew of 11 people including transport and catering. Strickland paid everyone on the shoot out of his own pocket, apart from the focus- puller, who agreed to work for free. The film won numerous awards including a Silver Bear at the berlin Film festival and The European Film Academy's Discovery of the Year award in 2009.
You will never understand this is the first Salomonowitz´s film which started in the cinemas. The film in which she confronted her own family with their history commanded great attention of the audience as well as film critics. Some of them spoke about the best Austrian film in years.
Are documentary films obsession or transformation of reality?
The documentary film about human trafficking has an unusual approach to the theme: the film is based on real narratives by women who were the objects of trafficking which were then re-worked into a documentary screenplay by the director. The stories are not retold by actresses but by people who have a direct relationship to events and places. The film won Caligari Film Award during Berlin Film Festival.
Five parties, five different style of music, five clubs!
Bratislava is not only historic sightseeing and nice walk through the Danube river. The real genius locci is hidden in many music bars, nightclubs and venues. Since every one of us like various genre, we decided to explore urban space by having five different party at five drastically different places. Rave at withs us listening to twist, rock, jazz a rock'n 'roll, international jukebox, indie, edm, techno and acoustic bands.
Is the knowing of our past history really important?
No words, no music, only sounds and pictures of slowly dying city. Case study of documentary by Sergei Loznitsa was shot with no dialogue and consists of black and white footage shot during the Siege of Leningrad in the Second World War, composed of unique material from Moscow film archives.
How to shoot reality or observational documentary?
Case study of another documentary by Sergei Loznitsa . Winter. Bus stop in a small village. People are waiting for a bus. They talk. Listening to their conversations the viewer can imagine the world they live in. United by the movement of the camera, the whole place and the people blend together. The ethnographic study which concentrates on the Russian older as they wait for a bus.
Austrian film director and screenwriter specialize on documentary films with political or social background. Her films You Will Never Understand This, It Happened Just Before and The 727 Days without Karamo have gained international recognition and won numerous film awards including Caligari Film Award at the Berlin Film Festival or Best Feature Documentary in IDFF Jihlava.
Peter Strickland is a cinephilic English director and writer. His first feature film Katalin Varga, micro-budget Romanian rural revenge drama went on to win numerous awards including a Silver Bear in Berlin and The European Film Academy's Discovery of the Year award in 2009. Strickland followed Katalin Varga with unsettling psychological thriller Berberian Sound Studio. The film was named British Film of the Year at the 2012 London Critics' Circle Film Awards. In 2014 he, directed a Bjork concert film. At the same year he has finished his latest film - The Duke of Burgundy, highly atmospheric pastiche of 1970s European sleaze.