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21 September | 21:30 | Casa Comum
Universidade do Porto - Reitoria - Praça Gomes Teixeira
Free Entry
M/16 - English Subtitles

In partnership with the University of Porto, BEAST will held two special sessions at Casa Comum, one as a Warm up for the festival’s 2019 edition, on the 21st September, Saturday at 21h30, with the screening of a selection of movies from last year’s edition, and an after festival session with the winners of the competition of BEAST 2019, on the 26th October, Saturday at 21h30.

We invite all students and friends of the University of Porto to join us on this journey to discover the Wild, Wild, East!


Sasha Svirsky | Russia | 2016 | EXP | 6’30’’

Nine short and unexpected stories that tell us, how a person can be depicted. By mixing abstraction, collage, drawing animation the author invites us into a spontaneous and unsystematic research of potential of the animation and leads us into the world of irrepressible imagination.

Alzbeta Kovandova | Czech Republic | 2017  | 4’33’’

An interplay of horizontal and vertical lines, as well as other types of lines, found in in the public space, evokes a lyrical
narrative combining them into a visual continuity in one image. Among found objects, events, and spaces, new relationships
and continuations are created. Shot on 35mm film.

BUILT TO LAST –  Relics of Communist-era Architecture
Haruna Honcoop | Czech Republic | 2017 | Doc., Exp. | 57’48’’

A series of ten short experimental films, Built To Last presents an audio-visual mosaic of relics of communist-era architecture in the former Soviet Union and its Eastern
European satellite countries. It features examples of: early sorella (socialist realist)
architecture; the vast panel housing projects constructed from the 1950s onwards; modernism of the Brussels Expo style from the 1960s; socialist modernism; the concrete brutalism of the 1970s; and the high-rise buildings of the 1980s.

The short vignettes trace an imaginary spiral from Moscow, following the architectural relics of communism in Berlin, Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Beograd, Pristina, Tirana, and Sofia, culminating in a climb up the enormous Bulgarian mountain monument of Buzludzha.