“Bios Politikos” - the special section of 17th Tbilisi International Film Festival (TIFF) is about Political cinema. The name comes after the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle.
The section unites 10 films on different political issues while at the same time each of them is in line with one another. The main point of selection was exactly the desire, to create unity around the modern political cinematography with equal representation of the main issues of political life.
The section focuses on different issues considering the existing political system. For example, ‘’Jean Ziegler, The optimism of willpower’’ by Nicolas Wadimoff (93’) focuses on the role and responsibility of political actors. It looks close to the life of experienced politician and a scientist. We see old Jean Ziegler who has dealt variety of political battles, who is now analyzing the path he has gone through the decades and values which is based on the biographical examples. He retells a story on how important and hard it is to have an idea for participating in political life and be loyal to it.
''Assalto al Cielo'' by Francesco Munzi (78’) recalls the difficulty of interrelationship between an idea and politics. Based fully on the archive materials this historical-political film introduces us with the revolutionary dynamics of political battles organized by the Italian youth back in 1967-77.
‘’The Last Resort’’ by Thanos Anastopoulos ,describes the life and tells the stories of beach-goers revolving around a very popular beach located in Trieste, in the Northeast of Italy, where a wall still separates men from women. A film about boundaries, identities and discrimination. A tragicomedy on human nature.
‘’The Constitution ‘’ by Rajko Grlić is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in downtown Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don't share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbor Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam.
''Saint George'' by Marco Martins (112’) is about the difficulties the individual faces for one’s full integration with the social life. On the example of a young boxer the film describes socio-economic asymmetries in Portugal, created by the reforms of the so-called “Trioka” (European Central Bank (ECB), the European Commission(EC), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)). In the circumstances when the debts are increasing and salaries – decreasing, the main hero who has been left without any income has to start working as a debt collector for one of the countless agencies who’ve bought the debts of regular Portuguese people who defaulted on their loans because their wages or income was reduced or they were laid off. The political scenario of the film develops in line with the ethical dilemma following this decision.
‘’And the Party Goes On and On’’ directed by Gueorgui Balabanov (91), recalls the negative influence of institutional and systemic transformations. The film focuses on social results of political and economic transformation in Bulgaria. The series of interviews with different social groups gives a closer picture to not only Bulgarian but post-communist difficulties and paradox in general.
‘’Cambridge Squatter’’ by ElianneCaffe (99’) is focused on interrelation between psycho-political context of poverty and social existence. The film tells about everyday life and personal stories of internally displaced people and homeless sheltered in an abandoned building in Sao Paolo.
‘’Dreams Rewired’’ directed by Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart, Thomas Tode, Austria, Based on more than 200 edited film materials we face a historical panorama of technique. With a blend of rich visual art with fine narrative, the film takes us back in the epoch when electronic medium was born. This is the time when the technical machines made the first steps for further domination.
It is noteworthy that the section will have not offer only films but also lectures and panel discussions creating a space for communication among the invited guests and the audience. For example, after the ‘’Cambridge Squatter’’ we will talk about the different political aspects. German director Martin Reinhardt, who will visit the festival within the section, will deliver a lecture on interconnection between the techniques and politics. With Nicolas Wadimoff, a guest of the section we will talk about his film ‘’Jean Ziegler, The optimism of willpower’’. Local scientists and activists will also be actively engaged in discussions. This wouldcontribute to improvement and development of good practice of exchanging opinions among the citizens. The main aim of the section is exactly to create a micro space for discussion and rational argumentation, the door which will be open for everyone interested during the whole week.