To Live Is to Forget

The selection of films thematizes memory, especially collective memory. These are not just films about particular historical events, but multilayered essays about relating to the past. They show that part of memory is forgetting, rejecting or creating myths.

The selection of films thematizes memory, especially collective memory. These are not just films about particular historical events, but multilayered essays about relating to the past. They show that part of memory is forgetting, rejecting or creating myths—in short, adjusting to the past. The past is not something that has been closed; it is being created in the present. It is constantly rewritten and changed.

Reflections on these problems also require an unconventional film form, which is evidenced by the selected films. Some are based exclusively on archive materials that examine and deconstruct; others work with reconstruction and blend together the past with the present—and even in the case of the two fiction films in this section, they are rather docufictions. All films have in common their essayistic nature and effort to doubt and ask questions.

Tomáš Hudák

  • The King

    El rey

    ES, 2018, 84 min.; es / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Alberto San Juan, Valentín Álvarez

    The Spanish King Juan Carlos I abdicates after almost 40 years.

  • The Waldheim Waltz

    Waldheims Walzer

    AT, 2018, 93 min.; de / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Ruth Beckermann

    In 1985, when Kurt Waldheim—former UN Secretary General—was running for the president of Austria, his participation and role in the Nazi regime during WW II came to light.

  • The Raft

    Flotten

    SE/DK/US/DE, 2018, 97 min.; en, fr, jp, se, de, es / en sub / cz tit

    Director: Marcus Lindeen

    In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior.

  • African Mirror

    African Mirror

    CH, 2019, 84 min.; de, fr / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Mischa Hedinger

    For decades, Swiss filmmaker and traveller René Gardi popularized an image of Africa as a pre-modern place filled with beautiful “savages”. Of course, it is idealized, colonial and racist image.

  • MS Slavic 7

    MS Slavic 7

    CA, 2019, 64 min.; en, pl / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Sofia Bohdanowicz, Deragh Campbell

    Blending family history with fiction, this fascinating film follows a young woman Audrey and her effort to make sense of poems written by her great-grandmother Zofia Bohdanowiczowa.

  • Bisbee ‘17

    Bisbee ‘17

    US, 2018, 113 min.; en, es / sk tit

    Director: Robert Greene

    100 years after the incident in Bisbee, when its citizens violently rounded up and transported approximately 1,200 protesting miners—mostly immigrants—to the desert in New Mexico, a huge recreation of this tragedy is being prepared.

  • The Shape of Now

    La forma del presente

    CO/NO, 2018, 70 min.; es / en sub / sk tit

    Director: Manuel Correa

    The fifty-year Colombian civil war is officially over and it is time to reconcile with the past.