Photography: Ulrich Rydzewski
Editing: Andrzej Klamt, Ulrich Rydzewski
Color: Colour

The over 1,500 kilometre long mountain ridge joins the five states, that once belonged to the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, then, after World War Two, got into the sphere of the Soviet influence, and now are striving (or were striving) to enter the European Union. The moody journey represents the discovering and re-assessing of the still living Carpathian myth, hesitating on the crossroad between yesterday and today.

A simple storyline wants to capture the wide panorama of the mountains with all the diversities and contracts of the life there. But the views from outside only interpret the isolated space as the directors' vision, as a product of their impressions or imagination, not as the ethnographic attempt to explain the situation; the Carpathians remain the terra incognita.

The authors come through the most different places, touch the religious issues, point out the national conflicts and social issues. Their point of view, however, is narrower, focused on the need of understanding itself: we cannot understand until we start telling the story.

Photo Gallery
Festival edition: 2004
Sections: Opus Bonum
Exhibition format: 35 mm


The leitmotif of this year’s edition of the Ji.hlava IDFF will be memory