Archive of films The Dike of Transience / A mulandóság gátja

Hungary / Czech Republic
2004, 13 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2004

This black-and-white pictorial study portrays, in the spirit of the writer Bohumil Hrabal, life over three years at the reservoir Kopaszi. The musical accompaniment – a village brass band rehearsing Beethoven’s Egmont overture – is brilliantly cut into a sequence of raw pictures from a forgotten corner of the world.


Captured over three years, this black-and-white pictorial study portrays life under the threat of demolition at the Kopaszi dam. The raw image of dug-out material comes alongside mini-portraits of the inhabitants of the settlement. The mood is influenced by the work of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal, whose poetics form a link to impressive insights into a slumbering corner of the countryside. The contribution of the sound track – a village brass band rehearsing Beethoven’s Egmont overture – permeates everything with a sorrowfully melancholy feeling of the transience of human destinies.

About the director

Gyula Nemes (b. 1974, Vác, Hungary) graduated in Czech and Hungarian literature with film theory from ELTE in Budapest. Since 2002 he has been studying in the department of documentary film at Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU) under the guidance of Věra Chytilová and Karel Vachek. He made his debut with the short film Parrot (2001) based upon motives by Bohumil Hrabal.


Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund
Róna utca 174., 1145, Budapest
Tel: +36 146 113 01, +36 146 113 20

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Gyula Nemes
Screenplay: Gyula Nemes
Dir. of Photography: Balázs Dobóczi, Márk Györi
Music: Ludwig van Beethoven
Editor: Martin Blažíček
Producer: Igor Lazin
Production: MyFilm, koprodukce / coproduction: FAMU-Prague, Inforg Studio-Budapest
Contact: Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund


Gyula Nemes

Film Director

Annamária Basa

András Muhi



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