Body and Spirit
Central European Films

December 9 - 29, 2017

Pera Film is ending 2017 with the Turkish-Visegrad Culture Festival, celebrating the cinema of Hungary, Poland, Czechia and Slovakia. This year’s theme Body and Spirit, explores the inner world of human nature in relation with the body, mind and spirit. The correlation between the mind and the body have been key to understanding the human complexities. Common inquires such as whether the mind is part of the body, or the body is part of the mind has evolved intensely over centuries. Inspired from this complex and diverse situation, the body and mind illustrate a most curious interaction. The program journeys through captivating stories investigating the physical and the intangible notions of existence. Jean-Paul Sartre exquisitely wrote “I exist. It is soft, so soft, so slow. And light: it seems as though it suspends in the air. It moves.” This selection of films in a sense suspends the air, examining the intricate and curious relationship we have with our bodies, mind and spirit. Body and Spirit spans over several decades and salutes master filmmakers as well as young directors such as Jan Švankmajer, Věra Chytilová, Wojciech Marczewski, Martin Šulík, Ildikó Enyedi, György Pálfi, Virág Zomborácz and Anna Zamecka.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations.

Supported by the Consulates of the Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia

This program is presented in collaboration with the Visegrad Fund; V4 / Visegrad Group is an alliance of four Central European states – Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – for the purposes of furthering their European integration, as well as for advancing cultural, economic etc. cooperation with one another.

December 9

13:00 Daisies

December 10

17:00 Free Fall

December 13

17:00 The Garden

19:00 I, Olga

December 14

19:00 Daisies

December 15

18:00 Goat

December 16

12:00 Free Fall

14:00 Photon

16:00 Afterlife

18:00 Conspirators of Pleasure

December 17

14:00 The Garden

16:00 Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

18:00 On Body and Soul

December 19

19:00 Goat

December 20

17:00 Five October

19:00 Conspirators of Pleasure

December 22

19:00 Photon

21:00 On Body and Soul

December 23

14:00 Communion

16:00 Little Harbour

18:00 Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

December 27

17:00 Communion

19:00 I, Olga

December 28

19:00 Afterlife

December 29

19:00 Five October

21:00 Little Harbour

Daisies

Daisies

Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

Escape from the ‘Liberty’ Cinema

The Garden

The Garden

Conspirators of Pleasure

Conspirators of Pleasure

Afterlife

Afterlife

Free Fall

Free Fall

Goat

Goat

Five October

Five October

I, Olga

I, Olga

Communion

Communion

Little Harbour

Little Harbour

On Body and Soul

On Body and Soul

Photon

Photon

Program Trailer

Body and Spirit
Central European Films

Body and Spirit spans over several decades and salutes master filmmakers as well as young directors such as Jan Švankmajer, Vera Chytilová, Wojciech Marczewski, Martin Šulík, Ildikó Enyedi, György Pálfi, Virág Zomborácz and Anna Zamecka.

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Félix Ziem is accepted as one of the well-known artists of the romantic landscape painting, and has been followed closely by art lovers and collectors of all periods since. He had a profound influence on generations of artists after him, and was the first artist whose works were acquired by the Louvre while he was still alive.

Dancing on Architecture

Dancing on Architecture

I think it was Frank Zappa – though others claim it was Laurie Anderson – who said in an interview that ‘writing on music is much like dancing on architecture’. 

Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul: Mario Prassinos

Istanbul-Paris-Istanbul: Mario Prassinos

Mario Prassinos liked Istanbul more than the current Istanbulites of today. It is obvious that you can understand this from the article written by her daughter Catherine Prassinos in the Pera Museum's book on the artist.