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SEHNSUCHT NACH SPIRITUALITÄT – FILM UND RELIGION IM OSTEN EUROPAS

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GOEAST SYMPOSIUM:
THE YEARNING FOR SPIRITUALITY – FILM AND RELIGION IN EASTERN EUROPE

Accompanied by debates on essential values and a growing longing for spirituality, religious conflict - in particular Christian-Islamic - is the issue currently dominating public discourse worldwide. Similar phenomena can be observed in the former Communist countries of Eastern Europe, where disappointed consumerist expectations and the failure to install the promised civil-society structures have led to an increasing preoccupation with values and religious identity. With guest speakers from Germany, Poland, Russia and Georgia, the 2007 goEast Symposium seeks to explore the ways in which the revived significance of religion is reflected in the film cultures of Central and Eastern Europe.

Diverse connections between religion and cinema can also be discovered in the historical perspective: Eisenstein’s filmic secularization; the quest for forms of spirituality in film, inspired above all by Tarkovsky; religious themes smuggled past the censors in Central and Eastern European films from the 1960s onward; and not least, Tengis Abuladze’s analysis, from as early as 1967, of the Christian-Muslim conflict in the Caucasus.

While the cultural diversity of Eastern Europe is fuelled by the coexistence of the Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Jewish and Islamic religions, religious pluralism also harbours the potential for conflict, most recently illustrated by the wars in former Yugoslavia and in Chechnya. This is the background against which the Symposium aims to address both the political instrumentalization of religious conflicts as well as experience with functioning coexistence. This dialogue between theology and film studies will focus on the inter-religious conflict of images in the cinema.

Lectures will be delivered in Russian, English or German, with simultaneous translation into the other two languages in each case.

Venue
Roncallihaus
Friedrichstr. 26-28
65185 Wiesbaden


SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

HANS-JOACHIM SCHLEGEL, head of symposium
Film historian, Berlin
The Yearning for Spirituality: Film and Religion in Eastern Europe’s Past and Present

BERND BUDER, moderator
Film journalist, Berlin

NIKOLAJ A. CHRENOV
Professor at the State Institute of Art, Moscow
Archetypes of Orthodox Messianism in Russian Cinema

HANS WERNER DANNOWSKI
Protestant theologian and honorary president of Interfilm, Hanover
Eastern European Films in Theological Discourse

GIORGI MASALKIN
Professor at the State Rustaweli University Batumi, autonomous Adzhar Republic, Georgia
Christians and Muslims in Georgian Film

TADEUSZ SOBOLEWSKI
Film theorist and critic, Warsaw
Forms and Functions of the Religious in Polish Film

JOACHIM VALENTIN
Director of Haus am Dom, Frankfurt am Main
Incarnation and Screen Image

KARSTEN VISARIUS
Film writer, director of Interfilm and of the film-cultural centre in GEP, Frankfurt am Main
Iconoclastic Controversy

FILM PROGRAMME (Selection)

BEŽIN LUG / Bezhin Meadow
USSR 1937
Director: Sergej Eisenstein

ARCHANDEL GABRIEL A PANÍ HUSA / Archangel Gabriel and Mrs. Goose
CSSR 1964
Director: Jirí Trnka

ANDREJ RUBLJOV / Andrey Rublyov
USSR 1966
Director: Andrej Tarkovskij

VEDREBA (MOLBA) / The Entreaty
USSR (Georgia) 1967
Director: Tengis Abuladze

OMSA / The Mass
CSSR (Slovakia) 1967
Director: Dusan Hanák

ODCHADZÁ CLOVEK / A Man Leaves Us
CSSR (Slowakia) 1968
Director: Martin Slivka

IKONOSTAST / The Icon Stand
Bulgaria 1969
Director: Christo Christov

ADGILIS DEDA / Mother of the Earth
USSR (Georgia) 1982
Director: Goderdzi Tšoheli

ŽERTVA VECERNJAJA / The Evening Sacrifice
USSR 1987
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

JANCIO WODNIK / Johnnie Waterman
Poland 1993
Director: Jan Jakub Kolski

KAMEN' / The Gravestone
Georgia 1996
Director: Vissarion Džugašvili

VOSTOCNAJA ELEGIA / Eastern Elegy
Russia/Japan 1996
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

HLJAB NAD OGRADATA / Bread Over the Fence
Bulgaria 2002
Director: Stephan Komandarev

VOZVRAŠCENIE / The Return
Russia 2003
Director: Andrej Zvjagincev

OSTROV / The Island
Russia 2006
Director: Pavel Lungin

POLUDNIE-PÓLNOC / South-North
Poland 2006
Director: Lukasz Karwowski

PEREKRESTOK / The Crossing
Russia 2006
Director: Ivan Golovnev

The Films are presented at the goEast festival cinemas.

Subject to change.

Please apply until 12. März 2007. Accreditation allows reduced entry to the film programme.

Accreditation:
Deutsches Filminstitut – DIF
goEast – Festival des mittel- und osteuropäischen Films
Schaumainkai 41
60596 Frankfurt am Main
T: +49 / 069-961 220 650
F: +49 / 069-961 220 669
info@filmfestival-goEast.de
www.filmfestival-goEast.de

 
         
         
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