The Superdwarf

Direction
Year 
2003
Country
  • Czech Republic
Runtime
25min 
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The rock city of Adrspach near to Teplice is in the former Sudets region and each year, there are thousands of German tourists coming. The director gathers in her movie a travelling philosopher Zdeněk Neubauer, an ethnologist, a dwarf expert, a secretary of organization of people expelled from the Czech-German borderline in 1938, the former mayor of the city of Teplice, a German family, hundreds of German tourists as well as employees of organization which takes care of exhumation of German soldiers dead in the 2nd WW. Her movie treats the issue of Czech-German relations, which haven’t been cleared-up yet and are still imperceptibly tense. Her regard takes us into the ambiance of the borderline, where two cultures meet, where the king is a dwarf and where Wagner’s music becomes eternally comical – is there still lot of Hitler in Wagner’s music? The dwarf signifies a strange, upside-down world with fuzzy contours of the Apocalypse. During the whole movie, he grows in front of us as a figurine, which is there to lead us towards another national myth. His presence in most of the takes is a continuous commentary, an embodied irony of the history of two nations’ relation.

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