Kino Aero, Biskupcova 31, Praha 3
4:00 p.m. Gimme Some Respect (Yo, también / Álvaro Pastor, Antonio Naharro / 2009 / Spain / 103 min.)
(Vähän kunnioitusta / Pekka Karjalainen / 2010 / Finland / 93 min.)
Young Siiri is about to move away from home. Her aim is to become independent and she is dreaming about love. Like many young women, however, there is one separating factor: Siiri has a learning disability. Siiri makes progress in becoming independent. She lives in an innovative dormitory and will not live on social security, instead getting a real job. She falls in love with Santeri, who does not have a learning disability. For a while, happiness is blooming. Siiri’s friend, Suski, who lives in the same dormitory, is desperately dreaming of marriage and – not being careful enough – is subjected to sexual abuse. This event, along with the unbiased relationship with Siiri and Santeri, brings all people’s hidden attitudes flooding to the surface.
6:00 p.m. Me Too
34-year-old Daniel (Pablo Pineda) is the first European with Down syndrome to complete university. He starts work in social services in Seville, where he becomes acquainted with his free-thinking colleague, Laura (Lola Dueñas). They soon become friends, which draws the attention of their colleagues and families. Their relationship becomes even more complicated when Daniel falls in love with Laura. Both are outcasts in “their” worlds, and together they find love and friendship the likes of which they had never known before.
8:00 p.m. Inventura presents: Normal Festival 2010 – Conquering Public Spaces
The opening evening of this year’s Normal Festival will again offer the traditional amalgam of the most successful audiovisual creations from Inventura and associated foreign organisations. This time, the common theme of all videos presented will be conquering public spaces. Molotov cocktails and cobblestones aside, our weapons are cameras, candid questions, openness and creativity. The Prague Inventura team will present its latest film, this time a documentary, Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For?, which emerged during the pre-election jousting at political party meetings and in the Inventura film workshop at the MeetFactory. The evening will be accompanied by the improvisational duo of Josef Fojt and Martin Vošmik from Inventura Theatre. After the film programme there will be music and dancing with DJ Tony.
Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For?
(Inventura / 2010 / Czech Republic / 40 min.)
Earthlings, Who Are You Voting For? is a documentary project created by people who have difficulty getting their bearings in the surrounding world and who probably did not excel in school. To be politically correct – they have a learning disability. This does not prevent them, however, from having an original and novel perspective on the world around them, sensitivity, curiosity and even audacity – all necessary traits of a documentary filmmaker. In Inventura’s six-month documentary workshop under the direction of Linda Jablonská, a film emerged which demonstrates that even people with a learning disability can get their bearings in public spaces and have a political opinion. The Dokumentalit crew followed a phenomenon which affects all of us – elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic. They participated in pre-election meetings and recorded surveys with citizens as well as politicians on topics which in other media are unusual to say the least. External cameras captured everything that happened in the vicinity – the reactions of security personnel, supporters and opponents of particular political parties. The film crew also investigated whether political correctness and pre-election promises aren’t just empty slogans, and attempted to reveal the extent to which – 20 years after the revolution – a prejudice against everything that is not “completely normal” is still rooted in the Czech psyche.
Tying Your Own Shoes
(Shira Avni / 2009 / Canada / 16 min.)
“My name is Petra Tolley. I’m 36, and don’t worry, I’m fine.” Tying Your Own Shoes explores how it feels to be a little bit unusual. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Shira Avni, this animated documentary provides an intimate glimpse into the exceptional mindsets and emotional lives of four adult artists with Down syndrome. Petra, Matthew, Katherine and Daninah’s artworks are combined with footage from interviews to blur philosophical lines between personal power and “disability”. Their first-person narratives challenge widely-believed stereotypes about Down syndrome. Their stories are direct, hard-hitting and wondrous, conveying each artist’s individual attitudes to create a touching, four-way essay about ability.
35 km (Hungary / 2008 / 8 min.)
Memories of Glasgow,
tady ještě přibudou krátký synopse
4:00 p.m. Gimme Some Respect
(Yo, también / Álvaro Pastor, Antonio Naharro / 2009 / Spain / 103 min.)
7:00 p.m. Filmmaker, Fan, Freak (premiere)
(Kateřina Mikulcová / 2010 / Czech Republic / 59 min.)
Josef F., a young cartoon filmmaker, living in the world of cinema and theatre is a social case. He has a slight learning disability. The documentary’s aim is not to portray a learning disabled person, but to present a man living at the edge of two worlds – living a life at the top and the life of an outsider. Josef is in frequent contact with the environment of film and theatre celebrities. At the same time, he lives a rather lonely and chaotic life with his caretaker, in a house without running water. The contrast between the glittering world of the celebrities and the colourless, slow-paced existence of social cases forms the scope of Joseph’s life and also frames the film.
Guests: Josef Fojt and Kateřina Mikulcová
8:30 p.m. The Idiots
(Idioterne / Lars von Trier / 1998 / Denmark / France / Italy / The Netherlands / 117 min.)
The Danish film The Idiots, subtitled An Idiotic Film about Idiots and for Idiots, has provoked viewers since its first screening. In a family house in a Copenhagen suburb, there lives a group of intellectuals with a strange hobby: they pretend to be variously disabled and use this to deliberately provoke their surroundings. The people at Inventura of course remember the film from their youth, but now they like it mainly for a different reason: ahead of this year’s elections, Inventura’s Dokumentalit film crews were often suspected of feigning their disabilities in an effort to more effectively corner politicians. Come and refresh your film memory with us and see where such efforts can lead.