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la Biennale di Venezia
Main Visual Sezione Cinema EN (new)


69th Venice International Film Festival

Director: Alberto Barbera

29th August > 8th September 2012


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In Malešice, the new neighbourhood being built in Prague, avoiding the mud is the inhabitants’ main concern. It is an ironic visual fantasy about the ambiguous and often absurd policies of urban and social development in 1960s Czechoslovakia. The negative and positive aspects of the new reality are captured: the happiness of the people moving into the new flats, the everyday worries, the roads under construction, the occasional lack of water, the heating problems...
3 September 17:00 - Sala Volpi 3 September 20:00 - Sala Perla 2 «80!» Zablácené mesto (Mud-covered City) (1963) by Václav Táborský - Czechoslovakia, 8'
language: no dialogue -

Director’s Statement
In Communist Czechoslovakia documentary makers had to submit a detailed screenplay to a special commission for approval. Today it might seem absurd but we had to write the real events before they actually happened. It was common practice. My wife and I were about to move house and we came up with the idea of working on the subject of the new neighbourhoods.