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12 Oct 2012 - 17 Oct 2012

Solar Eclipse at the 56th BFI London Film Festival

Martin Mareček’s revealing documentary about two Czech technical experts working in Zambia casts uncomfortable light on a clash of cultures.


Director-Screenwriter Martin Mareček
Producer Vít Klusák, Filip Remunda
Czech Republic 2011
82 mins
Production company Hypermarket Film

Two Czech engineers, Milan and Tomáš, are sent on a mission to restore a solar electric system in a remote village in Zambia. It had been installed several years earlier as part of an international aid project but has since fallen into disrepair. They discover a number of causes, ranging from poor maintenance to theft and corruption. Basically an observational documentary, Martin Mareček’s film analyses the course of events with an ironic perspective that raises uncomfortable issues around the clash of cultures. Mareček is best known for his two previous feature documentaries Dust Games / Hry prachu, which focused on demonstrations against the World Bank, and Source / Zdroj, about issues around the construction of the BP oil pipeline in Azerbaijan. Winner of the Czech critics’ prize, Solar Eclipse is a collaboration between Mareček and the production team of Vít Klusák and Filip Remunda (Czech Dream / Česky sen).

Peter Hames

Showing times
12 October at 3.30 pm, on sale from 24 September
BFI Southbank, NFT2
Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

17 October at 9 pm, on sale from 24 September
ICA, Screen 1
12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH



In association with


BFI Southbank and ICA


From: 12 Oct 2012
To: 17 Oct 2012



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