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Alpi

 
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(Alpi) Director: Armin Linke, D, 2011, English and German version / English subtitles, 64 min

Alpi is the result of seven years of research on contemporary perceptions of the landscape of the Alps, juxtaposing places and situations across all eight bordering nations and spanning the territories of four languages. In the film, the Alps are encountered like an island that is connected to various global transformations. We undertook many journeys in the alpine region, which, ironically, led us as far as Dubai. The film shows the Alps as a key location, owing to its delicacy and environmental importance, where one can observe and study the complexity of social, economic, and political relationships. In the Europe of today, the Alps are a hotbed for modernity and its illusions.

Screened together with a short film:
Transformations – Evaporations – Melanosis
CZ 2017, 7 min, Michal Kindernay, no dialogue
This short film plays with the topic of abusing natural resources, their transformation into various forms of energy and with the topic of (not only) industrial architecture legacy. The main theme is water, its metamorphoses and various forms during its cycle that may be natural, but is corrupted by civilization. Ash, „black“, strongly polluted water that flows out of one of the power plants located in the Most region is, in the symbolic way, one of the ingredients that generate a system fault and violate the closed circle of natural harmony with the laws of nature. Exploitation of natural resources and their transformations into dirty energy, associated with a number of side effects – all that cause disharmony that cannot be reversed. Moreover, further non-ecological elements in the complex industrial chain bring permanent harm to the ecosystems and spiritual disorientation of the man. The film has a very free narrative and its structure comprises of several minimalistic images with certain analogic pattern. Visions of black, ash water change with sequences of dark water, of a utopian industrial temple, of waterworks and water transportation. There is both natural and man-made energy, we can see images of industrial, natural and generated objects, and all that bring about atmosphere of vague unease.


 

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