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ETHNOCINECA

International Documentary Film Festival Vienna 2016
May 17th - 22nd 2016 | Votiv Kino, De France & Volkskundemuseum

Donnerstag, 19.05.2016, 21:00
Votiv Kino | Votiv 3 | reservieren

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BALAZHER. KORREKTUREN DER WIRKLICHKEIT
Lesia Kordonets | Ukraine, Schweiz 2013 | 29 Min. | OmeU

Ein alter, verrosteter Linienbus verbindet Balazher und andere ukrainische Dörfer an der EU-Grenze zu Ungarn. Der Zustand dieses Busses ist so fragil wie die sowjetische Vergangenheit und politische Zukunft der Region selbst. Die Menschen warten geduldig, auf den Bus und auf eine bessere Zukunft. Ein graphisch-verspieltes Filmwerk, das von ungewissen Zeiten und verschiedenen Entwürfen der Wirklichkeit erzählt.


Biography

Lesia Kordonets was born in Ukraine in 1983. Growing up in the times of social turmoil in her homeland, she entered Theodor-Heuss College of Education (promoting democratic responsibility and civil engagement among young people in Eastern Europe). Since her graduation in German Studies she has written and directed various short films and documentaries in Ukraine, Germany and Switzerland. In 2013 she graduated from the department of cinema of Zurich Art Institute.


Directors Statement

Through dreams and ideologies people try to correct reality – once on an individual and once again on a collective level. The ideology of a state declares the ideal situation. And a human being dreams most often about something that he/she misses. In theory, most things work. Seen as architectural drawings, buildings are always in immaculate condition.  Transport and transportation means are always constructed so that they have no apparent defects. An ideology or how a society should function, can also appear perfect on a theoretical level – but the reality is often a different one. I come from the region that seems – to me – like an eternal no-mans-land. This is likely due to the fact that this land has been owned by so many countries in its history. My grandma was a citizen of five different states, despite having left her village. One generation lived through five different state systems, five political ideologies, languages, currency etc. I’ve seen only one such change of the social system but probably it was the most radical one. After 22 years we are still in a situation of seeing value systems change. Ideologies can alternate but personal aspirations and desires remain. I wanted this film to convey the state of waiting… Waiting for something, where nobody is sure if it’s going to happen or not. The bus shown in the film represents a movement not only across the territory but also through the time, it is a relic of the changing past on the way to an uncertain future. What’s left of ideology and what remains of dreams? I've construed my film in the space that has been left in between these two concepts. It’s my personal “correction” of reality…


Awards & Screenings (selection)

  • 20th GENEVA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - FESTIVAL TOUS ECRANS (Competition, Switzerland)  *RTS PRIZE FOR BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM*, *SPECIAL MENTION OF THE JURY*, 2014 
  • 12th FILMFEST EBERSWALDE (Comeptition „Dokumentarfilm bis 45min“, Germany),*AUDIENCE AWARD SHORT DOCUMENTARY*, 2015
  • 11th EARLY BIRD STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria), *BEST DOCUMENTARY*, 2015
  • 9th GRAND OFF INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, Warsaw, Poland), *NOMINATION IN THE CATEGORY BEST DOCUMENTARY*, 2015 
  • 1st LYON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, France), 2016 
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina), 2016
  • 3rd GREEN IMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Tokyo, Japan), 2016


Filmography (selection)

  • 2013 BALAZHER. THE CORRECTIONS OF REALITY / 29’ Documentary
  • 2010 THE NAMELESS / 16’ Documentary
  • 2007 QUO VADIS? / 4’ Fiction
  • 2006 NOT MACHT KREATIVER (Necessity is the mother of creativity) /  25 ’ Documentary


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