Marriage stories 2: Mirka and Antonin / 15 februarie / 20h00 / Centrul Ceh

DOCUMENTARY MONDAYS
un eveniment Centrul Ceh sustinut de Pilsner Urquell

MARRIAGE STORIES, AFTER 20 YEARS
In 2006 Televiziunea Ceha a difuzat ciclul de documentare realizat de Helena Trestikova, intitulat Marriage Stories, 20 Years Later (Povesti despre casatorie, dupa 20 de ani).
Urmarindu-si protagonistii de-a lungul timpului, regizoarea traseaza in doua perioade diferite povestea vietii a 6 cupluri casatorite. Aceasta poveste incepe cu casatoria lor in 1980, se intrerupe in 1986 si continua dupa 1999 pana in prezent. Rezultatul este o serie de documentare in 6 filme a cate 2 parti fiecare.

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STORY 2: Mirka and Antonin
Manzelske Etudy, Rep. Ceha, 2006, 91 min
Regie: Helena Trestikova
VO ceha / subtitrari in engleza

„Oricum vroiam sa ne casatorim, faptul ca am  ramas  insarcinata a grabit doar decizia ”. Probabil prea mult. Mirka  in varsta de 17 ani, proaspat absolventa a scolii profesionale de coafor, s-a maritat cu Antonin (19 ani), dispecer. Primii ani ai casniciei lor nu promiteau un viitor stralucit. O mama tanara care si-a pierdut libertatea si hobbyurile, care se plange de interesul insuficient al sotului fata de familie, iar pe de alta parte Antonin, un tata tanar care incearca sa asigure existenta familiei. Dupa doua decenii inca mai traiesc impreuna cu fiica lor Lucie (18 ani) si fiul lor Tomas (13 ani) intr-un apartament obisnuit de cartier.
Mirka si-a deschis la parterul blocului un mic coafor si Antonin e angajat la o firma care distribuie discuri pentru cauciucuri. Ce s-a mai  intamplat cu ei? Veniti sa vedeti.

ENGLISH VERSION

An episode from a cycle of documentary films tracing 25 years in the lives of six married couples. Normalization-era socialism, and then early capitalism as seen through the lives of several Czech families. They married in 1980, and until 1986 their lives were documented on film using time-lapse, resulting in a cycle of six 30-minute films about the six young couples and the six years of their marriages. In 1999, the filmmakers visited them again, and resumed shooting until 2005. The result is another six hour-long films continuing the original cycle.

“One day we wanted to marry anyway, the pregnancy just rushed it.” Perhaps too much. 17 year old Mirka, freshly apprenticed in hairdressing, married Antonin, 19 year old dispatcher. The first years of  their marriage did not promise her a great future. Young mother, deprived of freedom and personal interests, complaining about her husband’s insufficient care of the household, and Antonin as a young father, breadwinner trying to sustain the family.
After almost two decades they still live with their daughter Lucie (18) and their son Tomas (13) in the typical suburb flat.
Mirka has a small hairdresser shop on the ground floor of the house and Antonin is employed at a company which distributes disks for tires. What else happened to them? Come and see.

Helena Trestikova
born in 1949, is one of Europe’s most acclaimed documentary filmmakers. She studied direction at FAMU (1974) and, ever since her college film Viva Acqua (1972), has been developing her real-time documentaries, shot over several years. Her films examine interpersonal relationships within a broader social context. In 1990 she co-founded the Film & Sociology Foundation and, in 1994, the Man and Time Foundation.
Select filmography: A Touch of Light (1979), If Something Needs Our Help – It’s Freedom (1990), Sweet Century (1998 – Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary IFF), Women at the Turn of the Millennium (Trapped) (2001 – Special Mention at the KVIFF). Her film René (2008), part of the long-term cycle Tell Me Something about Yourself (begun in 1989), brought her international recognition (European Film Award 2008 for Best Documentary). Marriage Stories (1987–2006) is another of her projects which spans several years.

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