Eunic DocuMondays : the best European documentary films
>>> Cinema Aventure (Galerie du Centre Bloc II, rue des Fripiers 57, 1000 Brussels) – see map
>>> screenings – every two Mondays
The honour of opening DocuMondays fell to the film ‘HOLY FIELD HOLY WAR‘ by the famous documentary maker Lech KOWALSKI. After the screening, the audience had the opportunity to ask questions and share its reaction to the film with the director himself.
Holy Field, Holy War
Small farmers around the world are under stress. Their struggle is far from the scrutiny of cameras and the media. In Poland, where more than sixty percent of the total area is taken up by farming, new forces are competing for the land. What is happening in Poland is a warning to take to heart.
This film has been awarded the Marseille Hope Prize, the Georges de Beauregard International Prize and the French Research Cinema Network Prize.
More about Kowalski’s life on his website
The second Polish film, Pałac, was screened on Monday 29 June!
It is a report by Tomasz WOLSKI (Poland, 2012, 1h23). The film presents an image of Warsaw’s famous Palace of Culture and Science, the famous ‘present from Stalin’ made to a popular Poland which is still subject to debate today. We are presented with a neutral, efficient image of the palace in the socialist-realist style, an incredible organism scaling 230 metres (without counting the 43-metre-high antenna which hangs over it), with 3,288 rooms including a congress hall which can seat 3,000 people, a real little town built in fewer than three years by a regiment of 3,500 workers labouring 14 hours a day, which, in spite of public debates and squabbles amongst historians, has imposed itself as a symbol of the City, or even the entire country…
The projection took place in the presence of the director Tomasz WOLSKI and his producer.
EUNIC, an abbreviation of ‘European Union National Institutes for Culture’, is a network of National Institutes for Culture from the Member States of the European Union, which aims to contribute to cultural diversity inside and outside of the EU and to strengthen cultural dialogue and exchange. EUNIC Brussels is part of a network of over 90 EUNIC clusters present on all continents.
DocuMondays is an initiative organised by the cultural institutes from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey. Together they represent their own culture as part of a broader European culture. Our partners for this project are Le P’tit Ciné and the festival for documentary films Filmer a Tout Prix.
|26 January||Poland||“Holy Field Holy Land”, by Lech Kowalski (105 min, 2013)|
|2 February||Romania||“The Second Game”, by Corneliu Porumboiu (97 min, 2014)|
|23 February||Slovenia||“A girl and a Tree”, by Vlado Škafar (83 min, 2012)|
|9 March||Letvia||“Pelican in the Desert”, by Viesturs Kairiss (70 min, 2014)|
|23 March||Bulgaria||“Sofia’s Last Ambulance”, by Ilian Metev (75 min, 2012)|
|18 May||Bulgaria||“Tzvetanka”, by Youlian Tabakov (66 min, 2012)|
|1 June||Hungary||“Another Hungary”, by Dénes Nagy (51′, 2013)|
|8 June||Estonia||“The Gull Theorem”, by Joosep Matjus (37′ 44”, 2014)|
|29 June||Poland||“The Palace”, by Tomasz Wolski (83′, 2012)|