Minor Border
2014, 25 mins
color, Austria (with English subtitles)
Lisbeth Kovacic
Since the border between Austria and Hungary became a „Schengen border” it seems to have lost its meaning: the border stations, among them the „small border crossing” in Nickelsdorf/Hegyeshalom are being removed. The border persists culturally and socially, based on historically grown resentments and new European laws and 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, the border still exsists as division in income and life standards.

Temples of Money
2013, 31 mins
color, Czech Republic (with English subtitles)
Jana Pavlová, Martin Hrubý
The documentary film deals with architecture of banks and savings banks in the 1990s, presenting it as a phenomenon closely related to the social and political changes following the year 1989. A great number of new banks was built at that time, creating a specific model corresponding to the contemporary ideals of the newly developing economic sphere in a post-communist country. The architecture of these buildings was influenced by the then already fading postmodern. A heated discussion arose over the architecture of money institutions already when they were under construction, stressing for example the moral aspects related to the enormous financial costs and pompous form of these buildings. Criticism of prodigal forms and bombastic gestures referred to the very use of postmodern vocabulary. For the coming generation of young architects postmodern vocabulary meant an exhausted trend aimed more at commercial purposes than art.

2014, 24 mins
color, Czech Republic (with English subtitles)
Martin Hrubý
An experimental film dealing with the complicated history of Vystrkov Summer Resort, a secret recreational resort designated to the prime representatives of the Czech communist establishment. It stretches in the woodlands and contains hotel, restaurants, swimming pools, yacht club and number of architecturally unique villas. These houses were most surprisingly not built by prominent communist architects but on the contrary, they were designed by some of the most progressive architectural and engineering experts of the 1950s, deeply rooted in the modernist avant-garde. The craftsmen were imprisoned so they would work on the secret project, and the whole architectural documentation was classified and later destroyed. General public only learnt about this communist paradise after 1989, when controversial businessmen moved into the villas whose dream was to wipe Vystrkov’s negative history and establish a successful holiday resort. Still, Vystrkov is a blackbox of the darkest parts of Czech history of last 60 years.

2014, 20 mins
color, Poland (with English subtitles)
Teresa Czepiec
Superjednostka (Polish for Superunit) is a huge block of flats designed as a „housing machine”. Up to three thousand people can live on 15 floors of the building. The lifts only stop every three floors so the residents must go through a maze of corridors and stairs in order to get to their flats. This is where its inhabitants’ emotions throb, their expectations engender, and their desires come true… or not. 762 flat doors and 762 stories.