Open Air Cinema 2018 #4

Golden Dawn Girls

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Why Jenny allowed him to follow her world with his camera, filmmaker Håvard Bustnes doesn’t know. Perhaps because he is looking for the normal people behind the extreme right-winged Golden Dawn and because he wants to show that they are normal people with families. Bustnes is amazed about the rapid developments of this political party in Greece, which was always known to him because of its sunny beaches and friendly people. Now it is overshadowed by news about extreme nationalism and xenophobia.

Via the spouse of one of the main men in the Golden Dawn, the filmmaker gets in touch with two other women of the party. Their father, husband and son are in prison. Therefore, they are put forward to continue their ideas. The three women very precisely sense what they can and cannot say and don’t recede from their beliefs for a single moment. But while they regularly stop the interviews to make sure it all goes according to their plan, Bustnes leaves te camera rolling. The movie is frustrating, for the producer and viewer, but simultaneously intriguing. Does Bustnes truly manage to come closer to the women?

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Director: Håvard Bustnes
Length: 95 minutes
Subtitels: English subtitles

The open air film can only start at sunset, which is around 9.30 pm. If it rains we will screen the film in our (covered) Genève Room. Drinks and snacks are available on the terrace during the movie.

Make sure to come on time so you can also visit The Sensory Pod: a special cabin that enriches the audiovisual experience of VR glasses with odor, temperature, wind, vibration and light. The Sensory Pod lets you personally meet Syrian refugees who had to exchange their own house for a refugee camp in Lebanon.

Review

“The real power of the film comes not in the footage of public speeches, conventions and protests, where party members engage in fascist salutes and sing their blowhard anthem (‘We want a new Greece that will engulf the whole earth’). […] Instead, it’s in the quieter moments where the light of truth shines brightest. Bustnes leaves cameras rolling and mics on between takes, catching the women as they converse in Greek about what they really shouldn’t say; shockingly honest thoughts about immigrants, Jews and ‘leftists’ which provides unequivocal answers to all the questions they have been attempting to sidestep or outright deny.” Read the entire review at the Screen Daily website.

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