Germany | 2023 | 32 min

At the height of the Cold War, a man considers ending his life to escape enlistment in the national army. But is he really free to decide his own fate? The tape rewinds to tell a backstory with possible tragic consequences. Kiesling is called to arms and is subjected to psychological tests and physical trials to prove he is suitable to join the Hungarian People's Army. He boycotts the examinations, pretending to be unstable and insane, claiming the freedom of his body in the face of a government that wants to appropriate it. Gusztáv Hámos and Katja Pratschke discuss the catastrophic events of the post-World War II period in Hungary making a film about memory, identity, and individual freedom. The experimental medium-length film made by the directors, who have an artistic background and well-known career, reflects on formal composition and, departing from cinematography, defines a new way of thinking the cinematic experience and exploring its multiple meanings. (s.c.) 

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 09 Nov 2023
  • Time: 11:50


Cinema La Compagnia
Cinema La Compagnia - Via Camillo Cavour, 50/R, 50121 Florence
Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke


Gusztáv Hámos, Katja Pratschke

Gusztáv Hámos is an artist born in Budapest and currently based in Berlin. Together with Katja Pratschke, he has been working on the theory and practice of intermedia art for 20 years. Their practice includes video, film, photography, interactive and site-specific installations, VR works, as well as the curation of symposia, film series, workshops and publications. Katja Pratschke is an artist who has been working with Gusztáv Hámos since 2000, exploring the relationship between stillness and movement through photography, film and installation. Her work concerns a variety of themes, including the urban experience, war, dictatorship and the interaction between light and time.

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