Kinoeye:  The fornightly journal of film in the new Europe

Vol 1
Issue 4
15 Oct

Audrius Stonys's Viena (Alone, 2001)SPLIT FILM FESTIVAL
Croatia's Bronx
goes avant garde

4th Festival of New Film

Despite a history of heroin abuse, football violence and right-wing extremism on the one hand and classical culture on the other, Split hosts an important festival of new and experimental film and video, as Jurica Pavičić reports.

A time and a place

Three reviews of three films shown at Karlovy Vary that evoke the spirit of a group of people at a certain place at a certain time.

Roman Vavra, Miroslav Janek and Vit Janecek's Bitva o zivot (Battle for Life, 2000)KARLOVY VARY
Bystré is paradise
Roman Vávra,
Miroslav Janek and Vít Janeček's
Bitva o život (Battle for Life, 2000)

Starring the inhabitants of a Czech village in severe economic decline, Bitva o život presents a series of stories that blend reality and carnival, as Peter Hames explains.

George Agathonikiadis's Podzimni navrat (Returning in Autumn, 2001)KARLOVY VARY
Going back to Brno
George Agathonikiadis's
Podzimní návrat
(Returning in Autumn, 2001)

Podzimní návrat tries to breathe new life into the Czech interest in the past with an unusual historical focus—Greek refugees in 1950s Czechoslovakia—and non-linear narrative. Mark Preskett was at the world premiere.

Ferenc Moldoványi's Deca-Femijet (Kosovo 2000) / Children (Kosovo 2000) [2001]KARLOVY VARY
The wounds that
never show

Ferenc Moldoványi's
Деца-Fëmijët (Kosovo 2000) /
Children (Kosovo 2000) [2001]

Moldoványi targets the tenderest points of our emotions to reveal the iniquity of war and the pain of readjusting to life beyond it. Andrew James Horton examines his approach.

Previous coverage of Karlovy Vary

Everything for sale

Cover for Slavoj Zizek's The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieslowski Between Theory and Post-TheoryBOOK REVIEW
The fright of real theory
Slavoj Žižek's The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kieślowski Between Theory and Post-Theory

Žižek's book doesn't mention a Kieślowski film until page 38 and uses phrases such as "the zero level story of an intrusion of the meaningless and contingent Real." Alexei Monroe still considers it the best work on the director yet.

Video cover for Krzysztof Zanussi's Opowiesci weekendowe (Weekend Stories, 1996-97)OUT ON VIDEO
The unacceptable
cost of being moral

Krzysztof Zanussi's
Opowieści weekendowe
(Weekend Stories, 1996-97)

Opowieści weekendowe is, perhaps, Zanussi's response to Kieślowski's famous Dekalog series in its exploration of moral dilemmas. Josephine Woll reviews its video release.

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