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Astra Film Festival

Astra Film Cinematheque: CHECK CHECK POTO by Julia Varga

Thursday, on the 15th of March, at 6 o’clock pm in Studio Hall / Huet Square no.12, Sibiu

CHECK CHECK POTO

Julia Varga/ France / 82 min./ 2010

Synopsis:
Mosaique is a community youth center based in Aubervilliers, a suburb of Paris focusing on 12 to 17 year-olds. Check Check Poto offers a glimpse into the life of this unique place where tenagers come and go freely, without having to pay or enroll, as regularly or irregularly as they please. They come to be listened to, to be informed and even to be supported in case of difficulties. Or they come simply to make an appearance and just be there. The film records and reconstructs the unspoken words. Behind the closed doors of this refuge, Check Check Poto draws an engaging, but harsh panorama of young people desperately searching for self-esteem.

 

AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY, EUROPE COMPETITION / Astra Film Festival 2011

JURY'S MOTIVATION:
Thy jury was impressed by the freshness of this film compared with the over-polished and cosmetic approach of many so-called documentaries. Apparently simple and artless it is actually carefully positioned and cinematically sophisticated. It is a film that allows the viewers to look and ponder always conscious of the importance of what is shown and what is off screen. The decision to limit itself to the interior of the day centre is a considered and courageous one, allowing our understanding to develop through the nuances of the children’s talk, gestures and interactions. The film shows respect for the audience by allowing the complexities of the children’s individual personalities and the larger social context to emerge without resorting to manipulation or didactic exposition.