When the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, Bojina was eight years old. A short time after, her father, an artist, moved with her from Bulgaria to live in Paris. Twenty years later, this young woman returns to Sofia on her own, intent on documenting everything. She senses that there is something unspoken in her family’s past. Why were they always able to travel? Were her parents privileged? Bojina starts to confront them with uncomfortable questions. She learns that her father sold his paintings to members of the secret service. It is enough for Bojina to dig deeper and deeper in her family’s history, analyzing loyalty, post-communist arrogance and the right to one’s own history.
Bojina Panayotova • France • 2018 • 84′
„My mother realized the situation: she was registered as a secret agent by this guy… without being aware of it. She even had a code name!” (Bojina Panayotova, the director)
Bojina Panayotova, Xavier Sirven
Léa Chatauret, Elsa Jonquet, Bojina Panayotova
Bojina was born in Bulgaria in 1982 and her family moved to France when she was eight. In 2008 she directed her first short film, If I Fall, followed by other shorts over the next years. I See Red People is her first feature documentary.
15.10.2019 – 21:30 Astra Film Cinema 1
16.10.2019 – 16:00 Gong
When Joseph Stalin died in March 1953, his death plunged the Soviet Union into a state of national mourning, with expressions of bereavement extended across the entire breadth of the country that culminated four days later in the dictator’s grand funeral in the Red Square. Almost seven decades later, Sergei Loznitsa dissects the grandiose rites of the “Grand Farewell”, through the meticulous montage of rare and long-forgotten archival footage. Forgoing to make any explicit statements and resorting instead to meaning derived from the association of sounds and images, the documentary succeeds in presenting history as a ritual, dominated by the propaganda machine of a tyrannical figure whose legacy still haunts the contemporary world. Sergei Loznitsa • Olanda • 2019 • 135′
In March 1990 Lithuania became the first Soviet republic to declare itself independent. In January 1991 Soviet forces stormed Vilnius and unarmed civilian Lithuanians confronted the invading paratroopers and tanks. Fourteen people were killed and seven hundred injured. Delta Zoo is a partly animated feature documentary about 13 handpicked teenage boys – among them Crab, Spider, Crocodile, and Whale – who are playing war. With no proper training, but with extreme courage and patriotism they were willing to stop Soviet tanks with their bare hands and with the kicks they learned from karate movies watched on VHS.
Andrius Lekavičius • Lithuania • 2019 • 91′
There is a place on the very edge of the continent from where one can get a panoramic view of the whole coast and the spellbinding seascape. It is the famous Balcón de Europa in Málaga on the coast of Spain. Needless to say, the place is a top tourist destination. In her cinematic essay, Lithuanian filmmaker Dali Rust puts this exquisite place to even better use, as the splendid Mediterranean scenery becomes a backdrop for her inquisitive look into the daily routine of the place. There is an alternation of the mundane, of religious processions and carnival episodes and everybody do their parts. Meanwhile, the director has her viewers comfortably seated on the Balcony of Europe, watching the carnival of life pass by. Dali Rust • Rusia • 2019 • 60′