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23 Feb 2015

Pictures of the Old World - DVD release

Second Run DVD releases Dušan Hanák’s renowned film (voted ‘the best Slovak film of all time’ by Slovak critics 2000), a poetic visual essay on the forgotten people of remote Slovakian villages in the Tatra Mountains. Inspired by the photographs of Slovak artist Martin Martinček (1913–2004), whose pictures distilled entire lifetimes into luminous, intransient images, Hanák creates his own distinctive impressions of the artist’s work, crafting a polyphony of human stories. The film documents the lives of nine old people – the textures of faces, of hands, and of landscape predominate alongside an obstinate vitality and desire for life.

“These are stories of people rooted in the soil they came from. They cannot be replanted, they would perish.” Dušan Hanák


At odds with the Communist propaganda of the time, its depiction of poverty punctuated with alcoholism, religion, and the hardships of the subjects’ lives, resulted in the film being withdrawn from release. Condemned for its “aesthetics of ugliness”, the film remained banned for many years. However, Hanák's film is not a political, polemical or even social film. It goes far deeper to more fundamental levels of human experience - its power and beauty lies in its unique portrait of a people who seem to have been forgotten by the modern world.

At odds with the Communist propaganda of the time, its depiction of poverty punctuated with alcoholism, religion, and the hardships of the subjects’ lives, resulted in the film being withdrawn from release. Condemned for its “aesthetics of ugliness”, the film remained banned for many years. However, Hanák's film is not a political, polemical or even social film. It goes far deeper to more fundamental levels of human experience - its power and beauty lies in its unique portrait of a people who seem to have been forgotten by the modern world.

 “One of the greatest works of documentary cinema” Peter Hames 

“Pictures of the Old World is incredible. What a find!” David Jenkins, Little White Lies 

DVD Special features:
- New HD digital transfer with restored picture and sound
- Dušan Hanák’s acclaimed short films Mass (Omša, 1967) and Old Shatterhand Came to Us (Prišiel k nám Old Shatterhand, 1966)
- Booklet featuring a new essay by author and critic Jonathan Owen 
- New and improved English subtitle translation 

Release date: 23rd February 2015
Price: £12.99
Feature: 65 minutes
Special features: 25 mins
Language: Slovak; Subtitles: English

Awards:
- 1988 20th Nyon International Festival of Documentary Films / Winner: Grand Prix Golden Sestercius, Audience Award, Award of the Youth Jury, and Honorary Mention of the Ecumenical Jury
- 1990 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards / Winner: Best Documentary, Non-Fiction Film

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Second Run DVD

Date

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