Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe: City Scene / Country Scene
As spaces laden with sociopolitical meanings, both city streets and rural locales feature heavily in East European experimental cinema of the 1950s and 1960s, especially in films that focus on where they were made. With short films by Naško Križnar and the OHO group from the former Yugoslavia, Kazimierz Bendkowski from Poland, and Tibor Hajas from Hungary, among others, this program investigates people’s complicated and fraught relationships with various kinds of public, urban, and natural space in the postwar period.
19th Nervous Breakdown (19. Živčni Zlom), Naško Križnar /OHO, Slovenia, 1966, 5 min.
Dok. Film, Naško Križnar and OHO, Slovenia, 1968, 4 min.
Self Fashion Show (Öndivatbemutató), Tibor Hajas, Hungary, 1976, 15 min.
Centre (Centrum), Kazimierz Bendkowski, Poland, 1973, 5 min.
Death of Metalosaurus (Smrt metalosaurusa), Igor Toholj, Serbia, 1989, 3 min.
Endless Day (Lõputu Päev), Jaan Tooming and Virve Aruoja, Estonia, 1971/1991, 30 min.
(1966–1991, digital video, 75 min.)
The Experimental Cinema in Eastern Europe series was curated by Zdenko Mandusic (CMS) from the series originally screened at the National Gallery of Art as part of the Film Studies Center’s Graduate Student Curatorial Program. The original film series was co-organized by Joanna Raczynska, Assistant Curator, film programs, and Ksenya Gurshtein, A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow (2012-2014), National Gallery of Art. Co-presented by the Smart Museum of Art and the Center for Eastern European and Russian/Eurasian Studies.