Past Continuous: Conflicting Historical Legacies in Contemporary East European Cinema

Monday, 19 May 2014, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Blickle Kino, 21er Haus

IWM Film Retrospective 2014

Curated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood and Oksana Sarkisova

All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham)
Director: Jacek Borcuch (Poland, 2009, 91 minutes, OmU)

The tumultuous spring of 1981, and the Baltic sea coast where Solidarity was born less than a year earlier, form the background for this coming-of-age story. The film focuses on a group of friends who are about to graduate from high school. Janek, an aspiring rock musician whose father is a career officer in the military, falls in love with Basia, the daughter of a Solidarity activist. His great passion for both music and for the girl clashes with the contingencies imposed by the dynamically changing political realities. Yet the picture speaks primarily of the enduring and universal themes of youthful rebellion and love.

Followed by a discussion with:

Jacek Borcuch (Director) was born in 1970 in Kwidzyń, Poland. He is an actor and director, known for Dług (1999), Wszystko co kocham (2009) and Kallafiorr (2000).

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is Associate Professor of Comparative Slavic Studies. Her Research interests include Polish and Soviet/Russian cinemas, gendered notions of identity, nationalism, and colonial and post-colonial studies.

Oksana Sarkisova is Associate Research Fellow at the Open Society Archive and the Department of Legal Studies, Central European University, Budapest. Since 2004 she is Program Director of the annual Verzio International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival in Budapest.

Marci Shore is Associate Professor of History at Yale University where she teaches European cultural and intellectual history. Her most recent book is The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe.

Entrance fee: 5 Euros

Blickle Kino:
21er Haus, Schweizergarten, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Wien

 Film Retrospective – Program

Official cultural policy in socialist  Eastern Europe defined film as the principal cultural form for shaping the consciousness of the masses. Yet the implementation of ideological demands for an overt politicization of the cinematic image during the socialist period turned out to be a double-edged sword, as filmmakers increasingly appropriated moving images to express dissenting political sentiments. After the change of the regime changess in Eastern Europe in 1989, the countries in the region had to re-evaluate their ideological heritage and give a new reading to the contested legacy of the 20th century. Filmmakers throughout the post-socialist space have engaged in re-examining the past by focusing on issues of identity and otherness, and exploring the mechanisms of control and resistance. This series of film screenings and subsequent discussions offers insights into a variety of ways in which the recent past continues to be revisited and relevant for to the present.

Monday, May 5, 6:00pm
In the Fog (V tumane)
Director: Sergei Loznitsa (Germany / Latvia / Russia / The Netherlands / Belarus, 2012, 128 min)

Monday, May 12, 6:00pm
The Dark House (Dom zły)
Director: Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland, 2009, 105 minutes, OmU)

Tuesday, May 27, 6:00pm
S.P.A.R.T.A – Territory of Happiness (S.P.A.R.T.A. – Territoria Schastia)
Director: Anna Moiseenko (2013, Russia, 56 minutes, OmU)

Director: Askold Kurov (Russia / Germany / The Netherlands, 2013, 52 minutes, OmU)


In cooperation with Blickle Kino, 21er Haus and with the generous support of the Polish Embassy, Vienna.