SCHOOL FILM DAYS
Once again, goEast targets students from Wiesbaden and surrounding areas
with its School Film Days at the Caligari FilmBühne. The series is
supported by the Federal Office of Political Education and this year encompasses
three films: Garri Bardin’s CHOO-CHOO, Konrad Wolf’s ICH WAR
NEUNZEHN and SEDMIKRASKY by Vera Chytilova. With this series, goEast wants
to create an education platform aimed at promoting film literacy. Günther
Kinstler, director of the International Children’s Film Festival
LUCAS in Frankfurt and an experienced media educationalist, will introduce
each film. Opportunity for discussion is available after screenings, and
on request teachers receive detailed advance information material.
The imaginative three-part puppet-animation film CHOO-CHOO demonstrates without words the importance of having friends. Plot, music and dance combine to form a minor artistic masterpiece in the course of this story about the friendship between a small boy and the fantasy figure Choo-Choo. The adventures they experience together on a pirate island are truly astounding. Although the boy is smitten by jealousy when a small dog joins them, by the end the threesome is inseparable. “The film is striking not least for a subtle humour producing chuckles in younger and older viewers alike” – so ran the verdict of the international jury which awarded a distinction to CHOO-CHOO 3 at the 2005 Children’s Film Festival LUCAS.
Caligari: 06.04. / 8.30 am
SEDMIKRASKY / DAISIES
Czechoslovakia, 1965. Two drop-outs with a keen sense of life’s pleasures and both answering to the name Marie decide to pay back in kind a society that is trampling its own ideals underfoot. Marie I and Marie 2 believe the only way to react to a world they view as corrupt is to beat it at its own game. And so they do exactly as they please. Vera Chytilova came to international notice with this grotesquely anarchistic comedy, which made a timely appearance in the middle of the “Prague Spring”. As a manifesto in favour of freedom of individual development and against any form of stuffy narrow-mindedness, the film was banned in the CSSR almost instantly.
Caligari: 06.04. / 10.30 am
ICH WAR NEUNZEHN / I WAS NINETEEN
April 1945. Wearing the uniform of a Soviet lieutenant, 19-year-old Gregor Hecker returns to Germany for the first time after emigrating to Moscow with his parents when he was eight. He passes by Berlin in the wake of the 48th Army and urges those German soldiers who are still putting up resistance to change sides. The moods of the people he encounters daily vary enormously – some are hopeful, others confused, desperate. Gregor feels at home with his Russian comrades, but is often perplexed by the Germans he meets. As he begins to grasp that there is no such thing as “the” Germans, his first meeting with anti-fascists liberated from a concentration camp is a moving experience. Well-known DEFA director Konrad Wolf was examining aspects of his own biography in ICH WAR NEUNZEHN, which is now included in the canonical listing of the Federal Office for Political Education.
Caligari: 07.04. / 8.30 am