And suddenly the Revolution has a Female Face ...
with Svetlana Tijanovskaja, Maria Kolesnikova, Veronika Zepkalo, Nina Baginskaja,
Olga Shparaga and Svetlana Alexijewitsch
script, director & Coproduction: Cordelia Dvorák
camera: Susan Gluth | Bettina Borgfeld | Kristina Seraikate
Piotr Rosolovski | Cécile Bodénès
sound: Johann Meis | Richard Marx | Dominik Pawliszewski
Ignas Mateikas | Vytas Valiunas | Klavs Silins | Fred Dabo
editors: Celine Jünger | Lena Rem
reseacrh and translations: Wanja Müller
line producer: Leopold Pape
producer: Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer and Sylvia Nagel
an ELEMAG Pictures and Vincent Films production
in association with Paloma Films
AND SUDDENLY THE REVOLUTION HAS A FEMALE FACE... portrays the female empowerment in Belarus since the 2020 elections: the political coming out of six women, their subversive strategies and rituals of solidarity and self-organization, their furor, theirs fears and their dreams in a country where until recently women had no political face.
All our protagonists did not know each other and had little in common. For a few months they were united in resistance on the streets of Belarus, risked everything and lost a lot. Now they are in prison or in forced exile. But with each day of Lukashenko's regime of terror and Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and democracy in their immediate neighborhood the determination of their political fight grows with even more urgency. As their dream of freedom is colliding with the reality of war and two dictatorships our question is : How do they cope when their revolution turns into a long, painful marathon of patience and persistance?
Un femme. Un siècle
with Annouk Aimé, August Diehl, Joris Ivens, Simone Veil,
J.-P. Sergent, Judith Perrignon, Huan Phuong, Jean Biagiaui
FR / NL / CH / 2019/78 '
script & direction: Cordelia Dvorák
camera: Georgie Lazarevski
editing: Laurence Miller, Friederike Anders
production: Elda productions Paris
Marceline. A woman. A century is an encounter with the remarkable French film director, author, producer and actress Marceline Loridan-Ivens: The film tells her eventful life as a radical chronicler, political filmmaker,
Jean Rouch actress in the cinéma vérité-classic: 'Chronicle of a Summer', Auschwitz survivor and companion
of documentary pioneer Joris Ivens.
Marceline. A woman. A century is also a film about a unique love and partnership in film-making, about surviving the Holocaust by film-making and a film about an incorruptible and last witness of the 20th century.
"Une vieille dame intranquille" - a restless, old lady - Marceline Loridan-Ivens was called in France. And she was proud of her reputation. Up to the age of 90 Marceline was radical, uncompromising and completely unadjusted.
Audience Award SoleLuna Film Festival Palermo
World premiere: IDFA Amsterdam / Cinéma Vérité Filmfestival Teheran / Big Sky International Documentary Filmfestival / Sarasota Film Festival / FICG Festival Internacional de Cine Guadalajára / Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival San Francisco / Thessaloniki Documentary Filmfestival / It's All True Filmfestival, Sao Paolo / Hotdocs Toronto Filmfestival / DOK.fest München / CINECINECA Vienna / MIC de Género, Méxiko / RIDM Canada / Manaki Brothers Cinematógraphers Filmfestival / Chania Filmfestival / Internationales Film- and Videofestival Kassel / UK Jewish Filmfestival / Jewish Fim Festival New York / EPOS Artfilmfestival TelAvif / European Filmfestival Hanoi
Or The Art of Looking
with John Christie, Mike Dibb, Simon McBurney, Jean Mohr, John, Katya and Yves Berger
GB / FR / D / 2017 / 56 '
script & direction: Cordelia Dvorák
camera: Piotr Rosolovski
editing: Alfredo Castro, Gesa Marten
production: Majade Berlin
On the occasion of his 90th birthday JOHN BERGER OR THE ART OF LOOKING is an intimate portrait of the famous British writer, political essayist, art-critic and passionate motorcyclist whose ground-breaking work on seeing has shaped our understanding for more than five decades.
The film is a sensitive declaration of love for John Berger, the advocate of the voiceless and underprivileged,
the perpetually critical and highly engaged political intellectual, the always generous collaborator, the extraordinary host and cook, who till the age of 90 remained curious: a truly universal human being.
Covering an amazing range of topics and art-forms, Berger’s work is also inspired by dialogues with other artists. Echoing some of these most astonishing collaborations, JOHN BERGER OR THE ART OF LOOKING is designed as a portrait of works and collaborations, where Berger himself takes the audience on a journey through his writing and his life in his favourite role, that of the storyteller.
Worldpremiere: Volksbühne Berlin & International Literaturfestival Berlin / DoKfest München / Thessaloniki International Filmfestival / FICC Festival Internacional de Cine Guadelajara / FIFA International Filmfestival for the Arts Montreal / Animation & Contemporary Art FF Olomouc / Documentarist IDF Istanbul / New Zealand IFF / Festival Étonnants Voyageurs St. Malo / Cinéma Vérité IDF Teheran
BAILAR PARA VIVIR
idea, script & direction: Cordelia Dvorák
camera: Arturo de la Rosa
editor: Sylvia Seuboth-Radtke
production: Fechner Media
& Cordelia Dvorák / Cie. Miranda
Bailar para vivir - Dancing for living
Seven life stories, dance stories, musical stories from Mexico City.
From dawn to dusk the film follows the musical veins of a city and its dancers.
In the footsteps of the cobbler Don Valentino we learn the stories of his customers and accompany them through the day: the blind street musicians Hector and Florentino,
the dancing Father Don Miguel, the singing transvestite Andrés, the fun-loving dancing teacher Maestra Emma, the street sweeper Xavier, the Dancing couple Nancy and Paco and the taxi driver Don Pedro.
They all share the conviction that it is easier to survive with a Danzón, Mambo, Salsa or Tango
in a megalopolis like Mexico City.
FR / MEX / D / 90 '/ Docufiction
BEST DOCUMENTARY at the BOGOCINE Intl. Film Festival Bogotá
Ten letters from beyond light
Idea, script & direction: Cordelia Dvorák
Camera: Georgi Lazarevski
Production: Paloma Films
Quixotes Camera is a filmic essay about visual perception and the essence of our gaze upon the visible world. Ten filmic letters from beyond light, narrated from the perspective of a blind photographer – a philosopher of sight who will lead us, the allegedly sighted, to the origin of all images: back to our own imagination.
Visiones desde La Memoria Femenina
25 women - 3 countries - 10 questions
video installation / MEXICO / CHILE / COLUMBIA / GERMANY / 2011/88 '
idea, conception and direction: Cordelia Dvorák
collaboration: Hedda Kage
camera: JA Higareda, Xochitl Arellano, Fernando Restrepo, Lucas da Silva, Carlos Puccio, Simone Zimmermann
graphic design and visual effects: Carlos Jacinto, Cuitlahuac Oropeza
production: Companía Miranda & Theater- und Mediengesellschaft Latein Amerika in coproduction with the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, GAK Society for Contemporary Art, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Goethe Institute
200 years of independence of the "New World" from the "Old Continent".
The “América” of the Spanish conquerors, which once was so utopian is celebrating itself
and its protracted birth into the 'modern age' - a historical moment of reflection of an entire continent between Rio Grande and Patagonia.
Twenty-five women from the bicentenario countries of Mexico, Colombia and Chile comment on their reading of independence, resistance and memory in the context of their artistic work in post-dicatorial countries.
With Rosario Ibarra, Graciela Iturbide, Maria del Carmen de Lara, Marta Lamas, Patricia Mercado, Ofelia Medina, Elena Poniatovska and Lorena Wolffer (Mexico)
Michelle Bachelet, Carmen Castillo, Trinidad González, Natividad Llanquileo, Kena Lorenzini, Sonia Montecino, Kena Lorenzini, Lotty Rosenfeld, Marcia Scantlebury and Camila Vallejo (Chile)
Heidi Abderhalden, Patricia Ariza, Ana Teresa Bernal, Alejandra Borrero, María Jimena Duzán, Clemencia Echeverri, Beatriz González, Laura Restrepo and Marta Rodríguez (Colombia)
worldpremiere: Gallery for Contemporary Art GAK Bremen / FICG Festival Internacional de Cine Guadelajára / Museo de la Memoria Santiago de Chile / HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin
You just have to survive
The composer Berthold Goldschmidt
a film by Cordelia Dvorák and Roland Zag
Best Documentary at Prague d'Or
Mention Especial at Classique en images
As the last survivor of Germany's generation of the as "entartet"
stigmatized Jewish artists, conductor and composer Berthold Goldschmidt looks back on a century of music and contemporary history.
Together with colleagues such as Paul Hindemith, Kurt Weill and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, his career was brutally interrupted
when the NSDAP came to power.
Only at the end of his life and from his exile in London,
he findes the long fawaited international succes with his music.
The film accompanies the 90 year old composer
in the last year of his life to concerts, recordings
and opera premieres in London, Berlin and Salzburg
and searches for the secret of his artistic
Survival in signs of war, dictatorship and forced silence.
Script and directors: Cordelia Dvorák and Roland Zag
Camera: Friedl Klütsch
production: MEDIAS RES / with NDR / arte / 1996