Archive of films The Dike of Transience / A mulandóság gátja
Hungary / Czech Republic
2004, 13 min
Section: Documentary Films - Competition
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.
About the film
Black & white, 35 mm
|Section:||Documentary Films - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Balázs Dobóczi, Márk Györi|
|Music:||Ludwig van Beethoven|
|Production:||MyFilm, koprodukce / coproduction: FAMU-Prague, Inforg Studio-Budapest|
|Contact:||Magyar Filmunió / Hungarian National Film Fund|