FORBIDDEN CINEMA: Theatre of War
Where:Lower Silesia Film Centre, room Warszawa, Piłsudskiego 64a
Category:BRAVE: forbidden CINEMA
Theatre of War is an unusual film essay, in which the visual artist Lola Arias tries to tell the audience about the trauma of the war fought in 1982 by Great Britain and Argentina. It is called the Falklands War or the Malvinas War, depending on whether English- or Spanish-speaking people are sitting in front of the camera. Arias’ project was to unite them. After 35 years from the end of the conflict, which cost the lives of 655 Argentinian and 255 British soldiers, the then enemies face each other. Together they recreate the past manoeuvres, compare their memories, and try to agree on a version of events they all could accept. But can one tell the story of a conflict in such a way that could be accepted by both rival parties? Can old wounds be healed? Can art help with this? In her exciting film Arias, made famous by – as she herself claims, without her knowledge – the Oscar-winning film The Square by Ruben Östlund, which attributed authorship of the title installation to her, asks British and Argentinian veterans these questions. Men of steel on the outside, but wounded boys on the inside.
Movie in English, Spanish with Polish and English subtitles.