Curated by Maciej Misztal
TO BE A WOMAN: Replica of LUBLIN FILM FESTIVAL
short live-action films programme
Short films mirror the reality in which they are created. Much more immediately than feature-length production they react on social transformations and anticipate future trends in cinema. Their authors frequently experiment with form and pursue new modes of storytelling. Dynamic technological development has dismantled an economic barrier that reduced opportunities for the directors from underprivileged regions to reach the most distant audiences with their ideas. Content and originality became most important. And even if the mainstream cinema in recent years has presented some inspiring heroines, it is the short form that has been touching upon women's issues for a long time already in a mature and nuanced way. In the programme "To be a Woman" that is at the same time a replica of Lublin Film Festival 2018, I look at the films made in the former Eastern Bloc. Each of them approaches subject of womanhood from various angles, each of them presents somewhat different issues related to the age of the main women characters. It is difficult to compare life of a Russian teenager and a senior lady from Hungary. Maturing Slovak girl most likely doesn't have much to talk about with a Hungarian waitress in her middle age. However there is a lot to connect them... I believe that discovering such interconnections will inspire your reflection and long discussions.
About the curator
Maciej Misztal - initiator and director of Lublin Film Festival (till year 2016 known as MFF Golden Anteaters). Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television University of Silesia graduate in Organization of Film and Television Production studies. Award winning production manager of documentaries and feature films as well as many television broadcasts including international co-production. Initiator and host of project Warsaw Short Framing. Film workshops for youth instructor. Creator and animator of art-houses.
01. Magic Moments
Martina Buchelová (FTF VŠMU)
2016, SVK, 25’
While the parents struggle to earn a living, their daughters practically take care of each other. They share a special bond, but the elder sister is overwhelmed by escalating problems.
Screenplay: Marína Mĺkva, Martina Buchelová
Dir. of Photography: Radka Šišuláková
Music: Herzog Herzog
Editor: Dušan Varmeďa
Cast: Michaela Kostková, Mia Sofia Arpášová, Ján Pavúr, Zvonko Lakčevič
Production: FTF VŠMU
Sales: FTF VŠMU
Festivals: Toronto 2017, CinEast 2017, Uppsala 2017
02. Silent Mode/ Без звука/ Bez zvuka
Lena Lanskih (Moscow School of New Cinema)
2017, RUS, 18’
A teenager despised by her peers wants to finally become a woman. She’s ready to sacrifice a lot to make her dream come true.
Cast : Angessa Tsvelodub, Elizabeth Kashintseva, Kseniya Gekeit, Olga Mironova, Maria Yanicheva, Svetlana Podgornaya, Viktoria Chernobai, Kirill Mitrofanov
Screenplay : Lena Lanskih
Cinematography : Michael Weizenfeld
Assistant réalisation : Vadim Istomin
Production : Moscow School of new cinema (Vasily Filatov, Vadim Istomin)
International sales : Moscow School of new cinema
03. Mildly Salty/ Enyhén sós
Zoltán Nagy (Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem)
2017, HUN, 24’
Anita, a 40-year-old waitress works hard to fulfil her dream of leaving Hungary for good, but instead she makes someone else's dream come true.
Script: Zoltán Nagy
Photos: Nándor Gulyás
Cast: Zsófia Szamos, Róbert Kardos, Rozi Csámpai
School: Színház- és Filmművészeti Egyetem
04. Last Call
2018, HUN, 27’
Anikó, 61, is about to leave Hungary to move in with her daughter's family in the UK. This is her last day before leaving everything she has. Lublin Film Festival 2018 Grand Prix of Short Films Competitions.
Cast: Kati Zsurzs
Script: Hajni Kis, Fanni Szántó
Editing: Vanda Gorácz
Assistant Director: Gergely Apjok, Dániel Füzes
Production: SZFE (Miklós Bosnyák, Gábor Garami)
Co-production: Cinema-Film H.I.P., Filmfabriq, Proton Cinema
Lublin Film Festival, until 2016 known as the IFF Golden Anteaters, is one of the oldest international independent film festivals in Poland. The statuettes awarded to the festival’s winners bear the former name of the event to this day. The project, which was started in 2007, is a perfect place for those who like to ask questions and reflect on the answers. These are the people for whom we hand-pick films from all over the world. LFF combines the traditional film competitions with a modern approach and an openness characteristic for the city of Lublin. The festival is rich in various workshops, concerts and other events as well as long talks with Polish and foreign guests who eagerly blend into the festival’s community and always highlight the LFF’s unique vibe. For years, we’ve been cultivating and developing our philosophy of cinema as a pretext for meeting, discussing views and getting to know each other. We are fueled by passion, a passion that we want to spread. We love Lublin and we believe that there’s a community that can be created around cinema, one that we want to be a part of.