BELA FILM WILL CELEBRATE 20TH ANNIVERSARY ON MARCH 20TH IN THE FRAME OF 20TH FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY FILM WITH PREMIERE OF FEATURE DOCUMENTARY MY WAY 50 – BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND WORLD BY MAJA WEISS AND DOCUMENTARY FILM PETER VS. HARRY BY IDA WEISS.
MY WAY 50 – BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND WORLD is a biographical feature about the times that Maja Weiss has, during the five decades of her life, experienced and recorded with her films, which she signs as a directress, screenwriter, or camerawoman. Maja Weiss shot her first short at the AGRFT in 1984 and bought her first video camera as soon as she received her first fee in filmmaking: as a script supervisor in 1987. “She and I”, who am I, who we are”. The film is an insight in the life and work of the directress: it reveals her personal “rosebud” and describes her socially critical outlook on the society since Tito’s death in 1980 to the present days of rampant terrorism, refugee crises, and unemployment.
PETER VS. HARRY is a documentary portrayal of Peter Braatz, a German-Slovenian artist, musician, cinematographer, screenwriter and director, who also goes by the name of Harry Rag, though not being sure what “harry rag” actually stands for (apart from being the title of a smash hit by The Kinks). Braatz, who came onto the German punk scene in late 1970s and ’80s as lead singer of S.Y.P.H., is primarily a documentary filmmaker whose works are often misunderstood and rejected. Peter vs. Harry features insightful interviews with Braatz’s colleagues and friends, as well as family members, including his wife Maja Wess, and like-minded people.