Lone warriors between the chairs

At the end of the day it’s always the lone warriors who change the world. Or at least want to. And, as usual, they don’t really know what they are doing. This year’s Cinedays competitions will focus on lone fighters in whose souls rebellion and losing live together: Stories of protagonists not necessarily born to heroism with an urge for freedom that often turns into anger and a sense of justice that sometimes ends in stubbornness. Stories of people who get caught between the chairs and try to stand up there – the Muslim investigator who has to protect a right-wing populist, the 12-year-old who is the only man left among women after the war, the Turkish immigrant son in the third generation between the words of honour and fun factor, the family father between the obligation to provide and the underground state, the police officer between corruption and the sense of justice.

Stories of people and people who write history. The story of Diana Budisavljevic, for example, who rescued thousands of Serbian children from the Ustaša camps during the Second World War, has rarely been told. It is at the cinema to snatch such authentic stories from oblivion and to tell fictional stories authentically, yet with creative imagination. Stories about the will to live, captivating, gripping and highly emotional, even when told contemplative. European cinema is always on the move – not only in the form of minority co-productions that allow us to look beyond the European horizon, but also directly, with impressive images, whether from the North American province or from bilingual Transylvania. Cinema between tall tales and musical, defiance and beauty mourning – and at the same time always alive and kicking.