Disappearing Act IV
By Don Simpson | April 2, 2012
The Czech Center New York and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in collaboration with 23 other European cultural institutes and consulates in the framework of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), present the Disappearing Act IV European Film Festival (April 11 – April 22, 2012) in New York. The festival will present 25 contemporary European films from Austria, the Wallonia-Brussels and Flanders regions of Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Amador, Spain, 2010, directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa – NY Premiere
The Big Trip (Le grand’tour), Belgium, 2011, directed by Jerome Le Maire – U.S. Premiere
The Border (Hranice), Slovakia, 2009, directed by Jaroslav Vojtek – NY Premiere
Brownian Movement, The Netherlands-Belgium-Germany, 2010, directed by Nanouk Leopold – NY Premiere
The Christening (Chrzest), Poland, 2010, directed by Marcin Wrona – NY Premiere
Cinema Komunisto, Serbia, 2010, directed by Mila Turaljic
Dad (Oca), Slovenia, 2010, directed by Vlado Skafar – NY Premiere
Disco and Atomic War (Disko ja tuumasoda), Estonia-Finland, 2009, directed by Jaak Kilmi and Kiur Aarma
Eastern Plays (Iztochni piesi), Bulgaria-Sweden, 2009, directed by Kamen Kalev
Eighty Letters (Osmdesat dopisu), Czech Republic, 2011, directed by Vaclav Kadrnka – NY Premiere
The Fatherless (Die Vaterlosen), Austria, 2011, directed by Marie Kreutzer – NY Premiere
Involuntary (De ofrivilliga), Sweden, 2008, directed by Ruben Ostlund
Just Between Us (Neka ostane medju nama), Croatia-Serbia-Slovenia, 2010, directed by Rajko Grlic
The Little Room (La petite chambre), Switzerland-Luxembourg, 2010, directed by Stephanie Chuat and Veronique Reymond – NY Premiere
Medal of Honor (Medalia de onoare), Romania-Germany, 2009, directed by Calin Peter Netzer
Memory Lane, France, 2010, directed by Mikhael Hers
Michael, Austria, 2011, directed by Markus Schleinzer
The Misfortunates (De helaasheid der dingen), Belgium, 2009, directed by Felix van Groeningen
The Mouth of the Wolf (La bocca del lupo), Italy-France, 2009, directed by Pietro Marcello
Negative History of Hungarian Cinema (Negativ Magyar filmtortenet), Hungary, 2010, directed by Gyula Nemes – NY Premiere
Our Beloved Month of August (Aquele Querido Mes de Agosto), Portugal-France, 2008, directed by Miguel Gomes
Police, Adjective (Politist, adjectiv), Romania, 2009, directed by Corneliu Porumboiu
The System (Das System – alles verstehen heisst alles verzeihen), Germany, 2011
Wasted Youth, Greece, 2010, directed by Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel – NY Premiere
White White World (Beli, beli svet), Serbia-Germany-Sweden, 2010, directed by Oleg Novkovic
Disappearing Act launched as an annual event in 2009 and instantly became a popular event in New York for its unique, carefully curated celebration of the vitality of European cinema. This year, the program presents films that have gained acclaim on the festival circuit and with critics, yet remain largely unknown to American audiences. Though some of the films have secured U.S. theatrical distribution and a DVD release, the unbending financial demands of the current distribution system prevents them from attaining wider audiences. Disappearing Act brings these titles back to the attention of the media and the public, giving them another chance to be seen. Films will be introduced by special guests and filmmakers, who will also be present for post-screening discussions. Guests include Marc Bauder, director of The System, along with co-screenwriter Doerte Franke, who will be present for the U.S. premiere of their film on the opening night on April 11 at the IFC Center; Vaclav Kadrnka, director and screenwriter of Eighty Letters; Uliks Fehmiu, producer and star of White White World; and, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, co-director of Wasted Youth.
Although the festival does not hunt for premieres and discoveries, the program includes a number of theatrical and festival New York firsts, including the U.S. premiere of the opening night film The System at the IFC Center. The festival will also present New York premieres of the long awaited Wasted Youth, as well as Amador, Eighty Letters and Christening to name just a few. This year the series also brings back into the spotlight two critically acclaimed films with current distribution: Michael and Police, Adjective.
The Disappearing Act program includes a panel discussion, to be held this year on April 10 at the Bohemian National Hall as a pre-festival event. This year’s panel turns its attention to the presence of European cinema at American universities. The festival also opens itself as an educational resource providing an opportunity to students of New York University’s cinema studies program to introduce several films.
Tickets to opening night screening of The System are available for purchase at the IFC Center and online at ifccenter.com for $13, seniors and students $9, IFC members $8. The Opening night screening will be followed by a party for ticket holders.
Admission is FREE to all other screenings on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visit www.DisappearingAct.org for more details.