The European Grandma Project
Program Section: Local Artists | Documentary | World Premiere |Languages: diverse, with English and German subtitles
Alenka Maly, film director and actress from Linz, took her own intensive “conversation relationship” with her grandmother as the starting point for the realization of the European Oral History film project THE EUROPEAN GRANDMA PROJECT. With the motto “Grandmothers telling their versions of European history”, in 2015 she launched a European-wide call and found eight like-minded filmmakers, who created portraits of their grandmothers in parallel to one another in Israel, Greece, Italy, Iceland, Bulgaria, Russia, England, Turkey and Austria. These women, born in the 20s and early 30s of the last century, tell their filmmaking granddaughters about war, political upheavals, love, and everyday life in their time in Europe.
Alenka Maly and her colleagues have succeeded in capturing an authentic panorama of European history on film and creating a small cinematic memorial for a group of strong women, which offers an insight into the dark chapters of European history of the 20th century for the generations born later.
The film will be presented during the festival opening on 25 April with eight of the filmmakers present.
Alenka Maly will be a guest at Kepler Salon Linz on Monday, 23 April to talk about the origins and the development of the project.
The nine Grandma Portraits can be seen in full length as part of the exhibition ORAL HISTORIES: ALENKA MALY from 25 to 30 April in the kulturtankstelle in the Upper Austrian Culture Quarter.
Eröffnungsfilme / Opening Films
Alenka Maly, Hadas Neuman, Fleur Nieddu, Anna Ólafsdóttir, Giorgia Polizzi, Berke Soyuer, Desislava Tsoneva, Maria Tzika, Ekaterina Volkova
AT, IL, GB, IS, IT, TR, BG, GR, RU 2018
German, English, Italian, Hebrew, Icelandic, Turkish, Bulgarian, Greek, Russian
- Alenka Maly
- Alenka Maly, Hadas Neuman, Fleur Nieddu, Anna Ólafsdóttir, Giorgia Polizzi, Berke Soyuer, Desislava Tsoneva, Maria Tzika, Ekaterina Volkova
- Alenka Maly
- Gust Maly
- Margit Wendelin, Alenka Maly, Nora Gumpenberger, Veronika Peterseil, Barbara Steiner