Daily news - 27.7.2010
TV news about the Summer Film School – every evening on channel ČT2. Today’s here
Icelandic Godard instead of Danish dogma
Another Icelander, director Dagur Kári
has come to Hradište. In the morning he presented his second film Outsider
and after that, he was answering all questions from the audience. People wanted him to explain this tragicomedy about irresponsibility. Outsider was shot in Denmark and at first it was supposed to be another film according to Dogma manifest. “But before I finished the screenplay, Dogma lost its relevance and become a new fashion; I felt I should fight against it. So I asked the producer if I can make the film differently and I was inspired by French New Wave, especially by film Masculine-Feminine by Godard.”
Brave hundred years old Bielik
Films by director Palo Bielik
are this year on the schedule of several festivals. They are remembering one century that has gone pass since his birth. Neither did the SFS forget about him - on today’s “Slovak Day” his war drama about brave Captain Dabač
(a character similar to Juraj Jánošík, acted by Ladislav Chudík) was projected. In Hradiště at Terry Posters you can buy memoirs about the director, whose films are the most attended in the history of Slovak film. “The book is not only about Bielik, but also about contemporary cultural and spectators’ background, in short – everything I was able to collect during eight years of work” said the author of the book Petra Hanáková.
How an Argentinean minimalist works
In the set Masterclass, Argentinean director of minimalistic films like The Dead and Liverpool
presented his work. The audience for instance got to know that film The Dead was affected by controversial film Irréversible. “I wanted to imitate what Gaspar Noé does, only not so creepy”. The director also agreed that he considers film as a great excuse when you want to get to new places and to meet new people. “In The Dead I wanted to film in prison and I used the characters to get there” revealed Alonso.
Chaos of the past, obscurity of the future
Discussion called Who is gonna watch the Watchmen? or about The 1990s Czech Cinematography Transformation offers to the audience several interesting guests – Helena Ulrichová
, Michael Málek
, Ivo Mathé
and Jan Gogola
(and from the audience the doyen of Czech distribution Jan Jíra
was contributing). The guests brought new view of the changes which Czechoslovakian (and later Czech and Slovak) cinematographies had to go through. Mathé said about today’s situation: “Czech Television has been acting literally roughly”. It doesn’t seek after gifted film-makers, but “it lets them show the best screenplays and organizes selection procedure for coproduction”. He also expressed his curiosity and worries at the same time – “so that the next year didn’t become the wildest”. That’s because on November 11 2011 analogue broadcasting will be terminated and it is a big deal what will happen with money from commercials – because that is very important to sponsor Czech film.
In bed with Fassbinder
For the second time at the SFS the epilogue of Berlin, Alexanderplatz
by Reiner Werner Fassbinder
was presented at Mít cinema. It was just a visual post script of a lecture by Vladimír Hendrich
, though. Instead of summarizing the lecture let Peter Buchek
(German expert of Fassbinder’s life and work) talk: “Central spot of Fassbinder’s world is bed. That’s because people deal with each other without fudge in there. Plus various people meet in bed, and their recital creates summary image of the society – naive lovers, gangsters and whores, petty bourgeoisie and eccentric film-makers, lesbians and gays, masochists and sadists, lonely people as well as compulsive gadabouts, people heartbroken with disappointment and chronic idealists – that’s how the whole world is concentrated in Fassbinder’s beds together with things that hang together – lust and betrayal. Fassbinder uses the intimate side of a man as a mirror for generally valid facts. In connection with seemingly private field of sexuality you can find basics of interpersonal relationships.
Films with faults are attractive
was talking to the audience of the SFS about shooting films during today’s second Masterclass. As his feature debut Noi the Albino
suggests, Kári comes from Iceland but got film knowledge in Denmark at school where (among others) Lone Scherfig was teaching. “It was there where I learnt that the more personal films get the better they are, because it is our personality which is the most valuable. A that it is attractive to make films with faults. It was the most important thing for me to realize.” Who wants to hear more from this nice Icelander can come to see his Albino or his novelty The Good Heart
Statuette for Szomolányi
Before presenting drama Organ by Štefan Uher Stanislav Szomolányi, camera operator who celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday this year, was awarded The Annual Association of Czech Film Club Award. The Award was handed by Tomáš Tichý, an agent from RWE, who admitted than even though the company he represented is known as a supporter of the festival In Carlsbad, “he likes the atmosphere in Hradiště more (…) I don’t know what the applause was for but thanks for you paying attention”. Szomolányi with the statuette in his hand said, that “every award means small euphoria and I am in one right now” and added big thanks to Uher (passed away in 1993) “who was the guide through my life”.
NewsFlash: Ken Loach has come to Hradiště
The number of guests at the SFS is widened thanks to Ken Loach – director of world caliber and a famous representative of British social realism. What this style actually means is now clear to everybody who came to see drama My Name is Joe about a past alcoholic, who tries to live a good life. In a bad neighborhood in Glasgow and with his reputation it is not a piece of cake. “World that is described in the film is very rough and rude. I perceive the drugs problem as a sign of a bigger problem – disunion of people who have no jobs, live in poverty and have no hope. As far as I know the situation hasn’t changed” said the director during discussion that followed projection of his film (on which he came right after his arrival at Hradiště). In the next few days Loach will be awarded ACFK award and will go through parol patting on his shoulders.