Film at the Conrad Festival

Like every year, during the Conrad Festival there will of course be plenty of films – we would like to announce the programme. As always, we are offering some interesting and thrilling pictures from exceptional directors – everything in order to experience the meeting with literature in a more intense way. The movies will be displayed in the usual place – Kino Pod Baranami – in the very centre of the festival space.

We are going to present three movies directed by the famous Margarethe von Trotta. The first movie, Hannah Arendt, presents the figure of one of the most important European thinkers. The movie goes back to May 1960, the moment when the world heard about the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi officer responsible for the plan of mass extermination of the Jews during World War II. Soon after, the media reported that a trial of the war criminal was to take place in Jerusalem, and Hannah Arendt decided to work for The New Yorker as a correspondent for this event. The leading role is played by Barbara Sukowa, who won the Best Actress Award of Cannes Film Festival in 1986.

Vision tells us the story of a medieval mystic, visionary, healer and a religious reformer, Hildegard of Bingen. As a child, Hildegard experienced some mystical visions and at the age of 8, she was accepted to the Order of Saint Benedict. She perfected her spirit, and at the same time trained skills which in the Middle Ages were reserved for men only. What is even more interesting, the movie’s soundtrack contains some of the pieces composed by Hildegard herself.

The last of Margarethe von Trotta’s movies we are going to display is the award-winning Rose Luxemburg. It tells the story of a socialist, activist and ideologist of the Polish and German worker movements, theoretician of the political economy. At the same time, it provides an insight into the socio-economic situation of Germany under the reign of the last Emperor, Wilhelm II. By connecting narrative film with para-documentary, the director also showed the private side of the tumultuous life of the activist, killed in 1919 by the officers of the right-wing Freikorps.

On Wednesday, 21st of October we are going to watch Watching the Moon at Night ­– a documentary on terrorism, filmed in six countries by Joanna Helander and Bo Persson. The movie presents the issue of terrorism both from the standpoint of the victims, and through analyses by international experts. In the face of the latest events from Paris, the topic becomes even more current, and so does the question whether we can protect ourselves from terrorism at all?

Taxi-Tehran by Jafar Panahi, which was awarded the Golden Bear, is like an audio-visual postcard from Iran. The director, travelling around Tehran as a taxi driver, uses his passengers to humorously point out the absurdities and terrors of living in his country. Although the director was prohibited from making new movies for 20 years (Taxi, as well as the two previous movies were created illegally, without permission from the Iranian censorship office), the movie demonstrates the joy of life and creation. Another thing that makes the day even more special is the fact that Hooman Majd – acclaimed Iranian-American writer – will provide an introduction to the screening, and his presence is a perfect occasion to show movies describing everyday life in Iran.

We also remind you of the already-announced Literary Barany for Children, during which we will see The Little Prince and The Adventures of Pyza, known to many generations of audiences. We guarantee a great cinematic experience and lots of fun – also for our youngest viewers!

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