26 Aug Michał Oleszczyk about Eastern Europe Cinema
We are finalising program of Behind the curtain film and new media festival. Meanwhile, we asked Michał Oleszczyk who is a critic, scholar and translator based in Warsaw, to share his reflection about Estern European cinema. He contributes to RogerEbert.com and works as the artistic director of Gdynia Film Festival, as well as a programmer for Polish Filmmakers NYC so he is a perfect person to ask about it. This is what he said:
Eastern European culture is unique in that it bears the marks of so many historical blows (and testifies to methodical fracturing of identify so relentless), it is often mistook for being uniformly bleak by Westerners. As bleak at it may get, though, I also see it as beautifully gallant: it remains a testimony to human spirit suffering calamities of history with poise, wit and imagination. From Franz Kafka to Milan Kundera, from Witold Gombrowicz to Walerian Borowczyk, culture of this part of the world is never carefree, but forever grappling with the question: once you strip a human being of all pretences of welath, comfort, and compliance – what will you be left with? Turns out the answer is: spirit and endurance, which sounds almost optmistic to me.
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