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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

I AM DOCU



Flashback

Herz FRANK

  • Latvia
  • 2002
  • 105min
  • Beta
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

This film is a piece of poetry that retrospect’s on Herz FRANK’s life and put his philosophy about the documentary he had worked on during his whole life at the same time. If you are the audience who have already seen his former works, if you are the audience who have already known his major work such as Ten Minutes Older, The Last Judgement, The Song of Songs, Once There Were Seven Simeons, this film will not be unfamiliar at all. Because his works are already the part of his life, they are like his child or grandchild, further, they guarantee his attitude and philosophy on his life. After Juris PODNIEKS, the director of photography of Ten Minutes Older, died in 1992, Herz FRANK tries to make 20 Years Older which draws the presence of a young boy in Ten Minutes Older. The camera captures the main character participating in a card game tournament in Prague. He tries to read various facial expressions and thoughts through the faces of many young participants, and emphasize that making documentary films is just like gambling. During the film shooting, the director had his second heart surgery. As a documentary filmmaker who has always observed and exposed other’ s lives, he bravely shows his surgery on screen without making any kind of adjustments. During the long surgery, his consciousness remembers his parents, brothers and sisters and his wife who has already gone because of illness. It even shows his grandson’s circumcision. His career and people become another ego of Herz FRANK with photos that his father, himself and his daughter have left behind. Those photos are in order of the director’s intention, as if they are moments in life shown from a photo album, and they become a ground of thinking. Also, they float in his films, family and past through free association method. “I am withdrawing into my past like a dream. In the future, and in the past I don’t care what will happen or what has already happened. Because everything is happening inside myself.” As the subtitle shows, and as he put the others’ lives in his documentary films, he objectifies himself and tries to turn over the position as a observer. The flexibility of narrative and the expandability of thoughts could be impossible without his firm movie philosophy. (Jinna LEE)

Director

  • Herz FRANK

    1926년 라트비아 출생, 2013년 3월 2일 이스라엘 예루살렘에서 사망. 1947년 모스코바 대학에서 법학을 전공하고, 언론인, 사진작가 등으로 활동하다가, 1959년부터 리가 영화사에서 편 집자, 각본가, 그리고 연출가로 활동하며 20여 편이 넘는 다큐멘터리 영화를 연출했다. 1960년대 리가 영화학교의 시적 다큐멘터리 영화 제작을 이끌었던 주요 감독 중 한 명으로, 기존 다 큐멘터리의 형식을 뛰어넘어 인간의 운명, 삶의 비극성에 관한 주제를 담은 작품을 만들었다. 그의 영화는160여 편이 넘는 논문과 책, 잡지, 신문기사 등에 소개되었고 <마지막 판결>, <원 스 데어 워 세븐 시몬즈>로 니옹영화제, 산세바스찬영화제 등에서 수상하기도 했다. 십분 간의 러닝타임 동안 아이들의 표정을 통해 인간의 다양한 감정을 묘사해 낸 <텐 미닛 올더>와 자 전적 다큐멘터리 <플래시백>이 대표작으로 알려져 있다. 저서로는 자신의 다큐멘터리 영화이론을 서술한 『프톨레마이오스의 지도』가 있다 

Credit

  • ProducerHerz FRANK, Guntis TREKTERIS
  • Cinematography Victor GRIBERMAN
  • Editor Sergei USANOV
  • Music Liudgard GEDRAVICHIUS, Irzi PAUER, Georg. F. HENDEL
  • Sound Aivars RIEKSTINS, Sergei USANOV

PRODUCTION COMPANY / WORLD SALES

PRODUCTION COMPANY  EFEF, KAUPO FILMS 

WORLD SALES  National Film Centre Latvia

Tel  371 6735 8879

E-mail  astra.spalvena@nfc.gov.lv​