Przemiany Cinema

The film festival prepared by Against Gravity will allow us to look at humanity from a new perspective: as a species that reigns supreme on Earth and that endangers itself and the entire planet with its activity. Can we impose limits on ourselves? Will we be able to do it on time?

FRIDAY, 4 September

Beginning: 4.00 p.m.
The Visit
Director: Michael Madsen / 85 minutes / Denmark / 2014

Are we ready to meet aliens? What will we tell them when we meet them? How will we communicate with them? In an ingenious way, The Visit shows that it is often good to look from the perspective of an alien to understand oneself.

Beginning: 5.45 p.m.
Darwin’s Nightmare
Director: Hubert Sauper / 107 minutes / Austria-France / 2005

In the 1960s, scientists released Nile perch into Lake Victoria. In a short time, these predators eliminated virtually all other fish species living in the lake. In the film by Sauper film, the export of Nile perch, a species now popular all around the world, is associated with the smuggling of weapons to Africa.

Beginning: 7.45 p.m.
Surviving Progress
Director: Mathieu Roy, Harold Crooks / 86 minutes / Canada / 2012

A film essay based on “A Short History of Progress” by Ronald Wright refers to the history of the humanity. The film directors present the pitfalls of development in which subsequent civilisations on Earth fall. It turns out that our civilisation is no exception to this process.

SATURDAY, 5 September

Beginning: 1.00 p.m.
Katastrofin aineksia
Director: John Webster / 85 minutes / Finland / 2008

Can we sacrifice our comfortable lifestyle for the good of the planet? How much can we do on our own, without shrugging off the responsibility onto others? These are the questions asked by the author of the film. In order not to sound hollow, he takes the decision that he and his family will go on a low-carbon diet for a year. The film is a documentary record of the experiment.

Beginning: 2.45 p.m.
Workingman’s Death
Director: Michael Glawogger / 122 minutes / Austria-Germany / 2005

Accustomed to our comfortable lives, more and more often we forget how hard humans can work. The director resigns from the commentary, and in sophisticated images records inhuman effort of contemporary forgotten heroes.

Beginning: 5.00 p.m.
Into Eternity
Director: Michael Madsen / 90 minutes / Denmark / 2012

In Finnish, ‘onkalo’ means ‘storage’. It is also the name of the first underground storage of nuclear waste. Onkalo is to survive for about 100,000 years. This is more or less the period in which the waste remains a threat to people and environment. If there is no building erected by humans that survived for such a long time, will our memory survive? How to tell the future civilisations not to open this Pandora’s box too early?

Beginning: 6.45 p.m.
Just Eat It
Director: Grant Baldwin / 74 minutes / Canada-Great Britain-USA / 2014

Food is the obsession of our times. Nevertheless, we throw away as much as 50% of the food we produce – and it is not because it is inedible but because it looks bad and unattractive. The film follows the process of wasting food – both on farms producing food and at our homes.

Beginning: 8.30 p.m.
Manufactured Landscapes
Director: Jenifer Baichwal / 90 minutes / Canada / 2006

There is virtually nothing natural in this film. Even if there is an element of nature somewhere, it is completely controlled by humans. The vast majority of images show the effects of human activity: dead slag heaps, piles of metal, glass and concrete, and also private gardens, cultivated by the human hand and resembling artificial oases at the background of a post-industrial landscape. There is beauty also in this devastation and transformation. In an ingenious way, Manufactured Landscapes reveals the aesthetics of Anthropocene: the epoch of human beings.

SUNDAY, 6 September

Beginning: 1.00 p.m.
Director: Jennifer Baichwal / 82 minutes / Canada / 2013

The film is another approach to the problem of guilt, debt and conscience, presented through a series of seemingly unrelated threads. From the lectures of the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood through interviews with prisoners and the act of revenge in an Albanian family to the analysis of the BP oil platform disaster in 2010 and the scandal over the immigrant slave labour in Florida.

Beginning: 2.45 p.m.
We Come As Friends
Director: Hubert Sauper / 104 minutes / France-Austria / 2014

By telling the story of creation of South Sudan, the authors of the film analyse the contemporary faces of colonialism and present possible scenarios of development of the second largest continent in the world.

Beginning: 5.00 p.m.
Director: Christian von Borries / 69 minutes / Germany / 2014

At the beginning of this provocative film, which exposes the pathological synergy between the Western predatory capitalism and the communism in the Chinese version, Christian von Borries defiantly asks: “If Apple were a country, would you rather live there or in China?”. We visit Shenzhen, where electronic gadgets for the entire world are made, and we discover similarities between the worlds of capitalism and communism. In the times of unlimited accumulation of capital, the freedom of the individual is as much at risk as during the Cultural Revolution.

Beginning: 6.30 p.m.
Good Things Await
Director: Phie Ambo / 91 minutes / Denmark / 2014

In a meditative way, the film portrays the life’s mission of a couple of Danish farmers. They try to be respectful of the nature, treat the world as a place of harmony that should develop in a sustainable manner in order to ensure a healthy and safe future to all creatures. However, they collide with the impersonal requirements of law.

When and where?

4 September,
4.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
5-6 September,
1.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
Copernicus Science Centre, floor 1
Free admission

Supervised by:
Artur Liebhart

Expert partner: Against Gravity