Post-Socialist Screenings






Films at ILOS


Transitions: Intimacy and Publicity in Post-Socialist Cultures
Russia-Hungary-Romania


Autumn 2019

Film Screenings at ILOS
2019
After 1989, people in post-socialist countries not only faced a change on the economic and political levels, they also saw a transition from public to private that was fast and furious. Sometimes the borders in-between were swept away relentlessly, leaving people behind. The films from 1960-2010s are about people who lived through socialism and those who are trying to find their place and their identity in post-socialist society.
11.09.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

Tales from the Golden Age
Romania, 2009

A film by Hanno Höfer, Răzvan Mărculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru. The film is composed of six comic short stories, each one set in the late communist period in Romania and based on urban myths from the time, reflecting of ordinary people. The title of the film refers to the last 15 years of Nicolae Ceausescu´s regime (photo from the website: https://newonnetflix.com/usa/movie/341037/tales-from-the-golden-age).
Trailer
25.09.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

The Thief
Russia, 1997

A film by Pavel Chuhrai. This drama is about post-WWII life in the Soviet Union. A young woman Katya and her son Sanya meet a veteran Soviet officer named Tolyan. Katya falls in love with Tolyan, who turns out to be a professional criminal, but who also becomes a father figure to Sanya (photo from: http://122763-vor.xn--c1ajfnfb.xn--p1acf/.).
Trailer
09.10.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
Romania, 2007

A film by Cristian Mungiu. Romania, 1987, the brutal Ceausescu communist regime is in place; birth control is illegal and abortion is a crime punishable by death. Gabita is almost five months into an unwanted pregnancy and in meek desperation turns to her friend and roommate, Otilia for help in organizing an illegal termination. Unfortunate circumstances force the two women to use an unwanted male abortionist, Bebe. (photo from the website https://www.criterionchannel.com/4-months-3-weeks-and-2-days).
Trailer
23.10.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

Bolse Vita
Hungary, 1996
A film by Ibolya Fekete. Based upon the brief window of "openness" in Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe in 1989, offering contrasting glimpses of the time before and after. Questioning not only the east (Russia), but also the alternative, as proles from Russia, Hungary, and the West mingle in a suspended state, confused about what to do, and how to do it, in a world from which autocracy has suddenly, without preparation, been subtracted. In some sense the highly focused lens, following two Russian street musicians through their brief introduction to the middle ground between East and West in Budapest, explodes with the energy of the larger story in which it is enveloped (photo from :https://urania-nf.hu/en/movie_program/bolse-vita).
Trailer
06.11.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Seminarrom 4

Little Vera
Russia, 1988
A film by Vasili Pichul. Young Vera is a girl who just finished school. Her parents want her to apply for university, but at the moment she prefers going out with her best friend, Lena, dancing, party and nightlife. Vera loves listening to American and Western European rock and pop music and wears clothes and make up inspired by some of her idols such as Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Debbie Harry. She lives with her mother and her alcoholic father, Kolya, who are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with her choice of friends and what they consider her decadent lifestyle (photo from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luVD82nYSIY).
Trailer
20.11.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

White Palms
Hungary, 2006
A film by Szabolcs Hajdu. Having suffered as a boy under a brutal Communist-era coach, champion Hungarian gymnast Miklos moves to Canada years later in search of a new start - only to find himself unwittingly perpetuating the very same cycle of abuse among his own pupils (photo from: https://mnf.hu/en/film/white-palms).
Trailer
04.12. 2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

Cloud-Paradise
Russia, 1990
A film by Nikolay Dostal. In a small provincial town, early in the morning, Kolya encounters his friend Fedya, wearily and indifferently. Wanting to attract attention, Kolya says that he is going to leave, ostensibly, to the Far East. His decision wins unanimous support. Kolya becomes a local hero, all the neighbors assist in his training. Kolya sells his furniture off, writes a resignation letter and leaves his hometown on a bus. He is on his way to nowhere (photo from: http://kinodata.pro/vse-o-kino/novosti-rus-kino/40374-segodnya-vecherom-posle-pokaza-v-muzee-kino-nikolaj-dostal-rasskazhet-kak-on-snimal-oblako-raj.html).
Trailer
11.12.2019 18.00
Sophus Bugges hus: Auditorium 3

Toni Erdmann
Germany, 2016
A film by Maren Ade. A father tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter (who lives in Bucharest) by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. Bucharest appears as a capital of transitions between different systems and regimes, between East and West life-styles. (photo from: https://plymouthartscentre.org/toni-erdmann-review-i-would-gladly-watch-again-and-again/).
Trailer
Organised by
Anastasia Kriachko Røren (a.k.roeren@ilos.uio.no)
Mónika Dánél (monika.danel@ilos.uio.no)

With the support of
Elisa Storchi and Randi Cathinka Neverdal
HumSam-biblioteket i Georg Sverdrups hus

Centre for Slavic and Eastern European Studies
https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/research/centre-slavic-and-east-europe/

Probing the Boundaries of the TransNational
https://www.hf.uio.no/ilos/english/research/projects/probing-the-boundaries-of-the-transnational/

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