Movie Bones of Contention
Director: Andrea Weiss
Production: Jezebel Production
Duration: 75 minutes
Event production: Nina Dragičević, Association Pride Parade, Kinodvor
The documentary film Bones of Contention explores historical memory in post-Franco Spain and gives a special focus on the repression of LGBT people under Franquismo. What happened to LGBT people during Spain’s fascist regime? The film uncovers their stories, also the story of Spain’s most famous poet, Federico García Lorca, who has become the symbol for both the historical memory and Spanish LGBT movement.
“Andrea Weiss’ sensitive film gives a voice to the victims from the LGBTIQ* community. Her documentary tells their stories and their struggle for clarification, justice and human rights as well as their continued efforts to provide those who were murdered and ‘disappeared’ with a dignified burial. Impressive archive material documents this repressed history which finds a painful echo in Lorca’s poetry and music.” – Berlin International Film Festival
“Bones of Contention stays close to the standard television documentary approach, with testimony of war atrocities and gruesome footage of bodies piled up. It also stresses the uniqueness of the Spanish context, where the Catholic Church participated in the punishment of Republican prisoners who weren’t killed, and the Spanish state used prison labour to construct an immense monument to the heroes of the fascist victory. /…/ Another new dimension comes from details of gay and lesbian life under Franco.” – David D’Arcy, Screen Daily
Andrea Weiss is an internationally acclaimed and awarded documentary filmmaker and a historian. Her films are International Sweethearts of Rhythm (with Greta Schiller; 1986), A Bit of Scarlet (1997), Seed of Sarah (1998), Escape to Life: the Erica and Klaus Mann Story (with Wieland Speck; 2000), U.N. Fever (2008) and Bones of Contention (2017). Her book Paris Was A Woman, published in 1995, won a Lambda Literary Award, and was a base for Greta Schiller’s eponymous documentary film. In 1993 she published a book Vampires And Violets: Lesbians in Film, which was translated into Slovenian language by Nataša Velikonja in 2010 and published by Škuc. In 2008 she published a book In The Shadow Of The Magic Mountain: The Erika And Klaus Mann Story, which won the Publishing Triangle Award. Since 2003, she has been a professor of film and video at the City College of New York.
Before the screening there will be a conversation with Andrea Weiss and Nina Dragičević.
Honorary patron is Tanja Fajon (S&D), MEP. Event is financially supported by S&D – Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.
Entry fee: 5,30 EUR, 4,50 EUR*
* Concessions are available to children under 14 years of age, secondary school and university students, pensioners and the unemployed. To grant concession, please note that Kinodvor may ask visitors to prove their eligibility. Pensioners are required to present their pensioner card (ZPIZ), children their health insurance card, secondary school and university students their student card or relevant document, and the unemployed a valid document certifying unemployment and a valid identification card.