DAFilms portal celebrates 10 years. Win a film subscription and luxurious champagne
In 2016, DAFilms.com celebrates its 10th anniversary. We have prepared an anniversary selection of 5 films for you. From January 25 to 31, you can watch them completely for free. Moreover, if you answer the quiz questions concerning the films correctly, you can win 1 of 10 subscriptions and watch all the films on our portal (there are over 1300!). On top of that, one of you will win a bottle of real champagne.
You can read more about the 10 years of the portal in an interview with the managing director of DAFilms.com Nina Numankadić. We will remind you of the anniversary by various events throughout the year. Watch the films we have selected for you this week and answer the following playful questions:
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy is an incredible story of how the mummified corpse of a 40-year-old man was discovered by a hunter in one of the most remote parts of the country. The dead man's detailed notes reveal that he actually committed suicide through self-imposed starvation only the summer before. It is a cinematic manifesto for life, challenged by the main character’s radical renunciation of life itself.
Quiz question: What composer helps to satisfy hunger and alleviate stomach cramps in the film?
Letter, by Sergei Loznitsa is a silent film consisting of merely 11 shots set in a remote village in the northwest of Russia. A mental asylum is located in an old wooden house.
Quiz question: What is the (single) music instrument that is heard in this poetic film?
Hush! is a film shot by Victor Kossakovski from his apartment window. He himself describes it as a comedy. “We don't normally look at things that are right in front of us,” the famous director said about his work in which he follows a woman putting snow in her coat pocket, drunks and policemen, young lovers...
Quiz question: The most grotesque scene of the film in the 25th minute and the statement “Tanks aren’t afraid of mud” seen some 30 minutes later have something in common in their visual aspect. What is it?
In his masterclass held at Jihlava IDFF, Godfrey Reggio (director of Koyaanisqatsi, Powaqqatsi, Naqoyqatsi among others) speaks about cinema, culture and technology.
Quiz question: How many times does the film essayist and great speaker use the word “technology“ and its derivatives between 07:45 and the 12th minute?
Alda is a documentary story of Mrs O. suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. The film footage is combined with video recordings from a small digital camera used by Mrs O. to record instructions for various daily activities, memories, ideas and commentaries on events she does not want to forget.
Quiz question: What is written next to the cooker when Mrs Olinka is roasting a chicken?
Send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. On February 1, we will draw 10 winners from the correct answers. All of them will get a voucher to watch films for free throughout February 2016. On top of that, one of them will win a bottle of real champagne.
Films for the event
The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy (Orig.) / 2009 / Schweiz / 88 min
Peter Liechti's documentary is the winner of European Film Awards Prix ARTE for best European documentary in 2009. This year's edition of European Film Awards will take place in Berlin on 3 December.
Pismo (Orig.) / 2012 / Holland, Rusland / 20 min
A remote village in the Northwest of Russia. A mental asylum is located in an old wooden house. The place and its inhabitants seem to be untouched by civilization. In this pristine setting no articulate human voice is heard, and pain is muted.
Tishe! (Orig.) / 2002 / Rusland / 80 min
From his apartment window in St. Petersburg, filmmaker Victor Kossakowsky has made a documentary, which he himself describes as a comedy. During one year of endless repairs for the 300th anniversary of the city, he filmed a few square meters of a St. Petersburg street...
Masterclass - Godfrey Reggio (Orig.) / 2014 / Tjekkiet, USA / 103 min
Godfrey Reggio’s task will be to provoke those present to consider the most misunderstood and consequential subject of the last 5,000 years: the Technological Environment. Technology is not something we use; it is as ubiquitous as the air we breathe. Though seeing, we are blind to its presence, hidden in plain sight...