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Oct 9, 2015 6:16 PM
We’re mere moments away from the Festival Gala premiere of High-Rise, and excitment levels are through the roof…
Oct 9, 2015 5:28 PM
Dare strand documentary Wave vs Shore made its festival debut last night. Here’s Ben Nicholson on why you might want to catch it when it screens again tomorrow afternoon at the Cine Lumière.
“Those guys spoke neither Czech nor Slovak; they spoke Czechoslovak. It’s another language,” explained producer Zuzana Mistríková about the subjects of documentary Wave vs Shore as its post-screening Q&A drew to a close. It was an apt observation, as the film concerns a photography movement, The Slovak New Wave, which rose to prominence in the 1980s precisely because it seemed to speak a language all of its own.
Director Martin Štrba had key insight into the group, having been a member himself. “There was a joke in the pub that [the Slovak New Wave] is what we were, and the curators saw it that way afterwards. Then the Velvet Revolution came and it was then that the work spread further.” The arresting images on display are reason enough in themselves to see the film, and Štrba channels their creative energy into a vibrant and warm scrapbook of an extraordinary and dynamic artistic reflex against the state.
“To some extent, it was a reaction to this totalitarianism and finding a freedom through the work,” he explained, going on to elaborate on his own sense of release - for him “the Slovak New Wave was bungee jumping.” His film evokes the spirit of playfulness and bold expression that these provocateurs embraced wholeheartedly.