23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival

Across The Border (Pull Focus: European Union)
2004 - Austria - 131 min.

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DIRECTOR: Pawel Lozinski, Jan Gogola,Peter Kerekes,Robert Lakatos,Biljana Cakic –Veselic

In an episodic journey from north to south, five directors from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia preseant their visions of the New Europe, its borders and identities in the 21st century . From the so-called “old Europe” to the new, the multi-faceted differences between cultures,, peoples, mentalities, “speeds” of living, and lifestyles are becoming increasingly visible. Across the sleepy landscapes of east and central Europe and relative, persistent ,age-old stereotypes, new prosperity as well as new problems are being encountered as the incoming European Union nations change their zlotys, crowns, and forints for the “euro” . The five directors place their personal cinematographic imprint on these variegated portraits of their respective home countries in all their stylistic variety. To sample more broad spaces opening up in the new European Union countries, meet the strangers next door in the other films in this series: The Center, The Ister, Crash-Test Dummies, Visions of Europe,The Edukators,

PRODUCER: Nikolaous Geyrhalter
US Premiere

Sunday, April 03 4:45pm McNally Smith Auditorium
Sunday, April 10 11AM 2

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