Wednesday, April 11
Opening night — Disappearing Act European Film Festival
U.S. Premiere! Q&A with director Marc Bauder and screenwriter Doerte Franke! Tickets include admission to Opening Night party!
Starring the captivating Jacob Matschenz (who appeared in the lead role of Beats Being Dead, Christian Petzold’s contribution in the Dreileben film trilogy) THE SYSTEM is a self-assured fiction feature debut about a young man who is seduced by power and money when he crosses paths with former agents of the East German secret police. The once popular seaside town of Rostock, now a bit empty and much less alluring, is where the twenty-year-old lives with his widowed mother. He does not know anything about his father or the circumstances of his death. Being a bit of a rebel and petty thief, he’s easily convinced by a man in a flashy car and suit to become his apprentice. He hopes to solve the mystery of his father’s death that his mother does not want to divulge. But as the German subtitle of the film suggests, understanding everything comes at a price.
Disappearing Act IV European film festival in New York presents 25 films from 21 countries in three venues with an opening night event at the IFC Center on Wednesday, April 11; two days of free screenings at Tinker Auditorium at the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14; and free screenings in the digital cinema at Bohemian National Hall, from April 12-22. More information www.DisappearingAct.org
Disappearing Act IV is organized by the Czech Center New York and the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York in partnership with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, the Belgian Tourist Office – French Speaking Belgium – Brussels Wallonia, the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia, the Consulate General of Estonia, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, the Consulate General of Slovenia, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Consulate General of Switzerland, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the Embassy of Portugal, the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF), Flanders House, the Goethe-Institut New York, the Hungarian Cultural Center, the IFC Center, Instituto Cervantes – The Cultural Center of Spain in New York together with Spain Culture New York – the Consulate General of Spain, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute New York, and with the support of the +421 Foundation, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, the Slovak Film Institute, the Slovenian Film Fund and Wallonie Bruxelles Images. An official project of the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), with the support of the EU Delegation to the United Nations. The festival is curated and produced by Irena Kovarova.