The Visegrad Group reflects the efforts of these four neighbour countries of Central Europe to work together in a number of fields of common interest, including cultural heritage.
The pilot edition focuses on fantastic, magical or horror motives in the national cinematographies which have gone through the similar dynamics in the past and all have received global recognition.
The festival selection features mostly ‘style-setting’ movies from the second half of 20th Century: the very iconic Czech movie ‘The Fabulous World of Jules Verne’ (1958) by celebrated animator Karel Zeman, or ‘Cat City’ (1986), a legendary animated film of Hungarian production. Slovak cinematography was represented by the world-reputed director Juraj Jakubisko’s fairy-tale ‘The Feather-Fairy’ (1984), and Polish party composed a sequence of contemporary short movies by young film-makers.
The festival will be accompanied by an exhibition of Central European film posters ‘The Fantastic Invention.’
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Consulate General of Poland: www.istanbul.mfa.gov.pl
Consulate General of Slovakia: www.mzv.sk/gkistanbul
Czech Expats in Istanbul Association: www.krajaneistanbul.cz
Moravian Gallery in Brno: www.moravska-galerie.cz
Gama Gallery, Istanbul: www.gamagallery.com