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14 Oct 2005 00:00 - 18 Oct 2005 00:00

Across the Border

Documentary film festival showcasing films aimed at presenting people and cultures of six neighbouring countries - Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia - thus also giving a variety of perspectives on common themes and concerns, as well as on EC enlargement.


Friday 14 October evening programme



Across the Border (Austria 2004)

An episodic journey from north to south, a polyglot portrait of ideas about borders in central Europe at the dawn of the 21st century.



Panel discussion

with Markus Glaser and Jan Gogola



Saturday 15 October evening programme



For a While/ Nursery (Poland 2004)

Story of a couple of filmmakers and their 4 year old son, who goes to observe the life of the village.



Here We Are (Slovakia 2005)

After living more than 40 years in Kazakhstan a Slovakian family decides to return to  their original homeland, which they know only through their parents stories.



New Eldorado (Hungary 2004)

The story of a picture-postcard village in the mountains of Romania and a Canadian mining company eager to turn their homes into Europe’s largest gold mine.



Q&A with Tibor Kocsis



Sunday 16 October afternoon programme



Under Preseren’s Head (Slovenia 2004)

A week in the life of four people; a cleaner, a model, a journalist, a musician/rapper, with each day of the week being focused on one topic – work, flat, body, organs, poet, Europe, coffee and beer.


3.55 pm

Land Without Qualities (Austria 2000)

Friedl’s documentary perceives a sharp and critical image of recent Austrian identity or better “non-identity” through the eyes and voices of artists and intellectuals.


5.10 pm

A Prefab Building is a Friend (Czech Republic 2000)

A satirical take on prefab housing estates and its inhabitants.



Q&A with Jan Gogola



Sunday 16 October evening programme I



Pure Heart (Slovakia 2004)

An ironic selfportrait of an an ordinary girl who leaves Slovakia for Finland to find out more about the world.


6.30 pm

A Bar at Victoria Station (Poland 2003)

The story of two Polish friends Marek and Piotr, who decided to go to London, looking for a better life. The film shows the true life of Polish workers without language skills and low level of experience.



Sunday 16 October evening programme II



The Hero Who Wasn’t There (Slovakia 2004)

Six intertwined chapters follow love memories of two girls and the history of one grave and its effect on two couples but also on lives of the whole community.


8.10 pm

Poor - land (Poland 2004)

"Poor land" shows the most ecologically destroyed region of Poland, which also has the highest levels of unemployment.


8.15 pm

God’s Stone Quarry (Czech Republic 2004)

One year in Northern Bohemia marked by the past fifty years - the deportation of Germans, the era of socialism and coal mining.



Q&A with Bretislav Rychlik



Monday 17 October evening programme I



1.35 (Slovakia 2003)

Experimental docudrama about two separated lovers; for him the only way to keep contact with her is to send packs of photocopies from his private life.



I am from Nowhere (Austria 2002)

Innumerable documentaries and reports have been made about the small East-Slovakian village of Mikova. It was this village, population 150, that Andy Warhol’s family left in 1921 when they emigrated to the USA.



Monday 17 October evening programme II


8.20 pm

Ill Fated Child (Czech Republic 2003)

Portrait of a twenty years old joiner and author of “Predator in Holocaust” who dedicated his life to former extermination camps in Europe. The film questions how can the tragedy of holocaust be so deeply connected with ours predestinations.



March of Living (Poland 2003)

The meeting between Jakub Weksler –Waszkinel, catholic priest, who learnt that he was a Jew saved from the ghetto and Martin Bormann Jr., son of Hitler’s closest collaborator.



Q&A with Grzegorz Linkowski



Tuesday 18 October evening programme



Children – Kosovo 2000 (Hungary 2001)

The two words deca and fëmijët mean the same thing: the one is Serb, the other is Albanian for children. The suffering caused by ethnic hatred and intolerance will leave and indelible mark on their young lives.



The Road of Fraternity and Unity (Slovenia 1999)

A journey on the road, which once united Yugoslavia, then turned into the road of war and hell.



Q&A with Maja Weiss



Ticket prices per programme: £6.50 (£5.50 conc)








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From: 14 Oct 2005 00:00
To: 18 Oct 2005 00:00


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