They’ve told us over and over again now: 2014 is the hundredth anniversary of the start of the Great War, which was not only the first war on a worldwide scale, but also the starting point of that Short century which was to end with the collapse of the regimes of the Communist bloc. In November, we will be celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the transition to democracy, not always bloodless, of the regimes linked to the USSR and the Warsaw Pact and with them the ideological and superstructure system that had supported them disintegrated, followed by the fall, in 1991 of the Soviet Union, while on the scene, the renewed myth, in actual fact a thousand years old, of a united Europe became consolidated.
A generation of filmmakers born around this date that have matured the need to face up to this recent past, has not yet developed (let’s give time to time). We are seeing however, an interest emerging in critically approaching that period by the filmmakers of the two previous generations, the ones in their thirties and the ones in their fifties. Above all, the reflections on pre- and post-1989, from very different angles, are the theme, like an urgency, chosen by some authors for the passage to the feature film; the documentary, the self-portrait or the film-essay are the favourite forms (even though there are interesting attempts in narrative cinema).
A meeting to discuss some of the many aspects that Experiment Europe shows: the Balkans are like a tinderbox, an unstable point, a weak point of the european asset, improperly extending the definition to the whole geografical zone with ex-Jugoslavia, Albania, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Macedonia.
Participants: Roberto Merlo and Erik Gobetti