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3th DMZ Docs(2011)

I AM DOCU



Olda

Viera CAKANYOVA

  • Slovakia
  • 2011
  • 75min
  • DigiBeta
  • color

Synopsis

Dementia is one of the most serious problems the modern aging society is facing. The film’s protagonist Ms. Oldriska is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, but when two strokes follow the doctor’s diagnosis, her life becomes unbearable without painkillers. Physical pain is one thing but what haunts her more is the fact that she is slowly losing her memory with the progression of Alzheimer’s. Living with her dog, weakened from old age, she is fearful of what will happen to her when she totally loses her memory and decides to capture her experience on camera. As if she is preparing for a future life without any memory, she starts to shoot her daily routine and the small details of what goes on in her life. Unfamiliar with the camera, shooting a single scene is a major task for her. But eventually the camera surpasses its original purpose and befriends her in a way that she can reveal her anxieties and pain. During the running time of 75 minutes, she never steps out of the comfort of her apartment, and images captured within the frame display numerous mishaps of going out of focus or out of frame. Nevertheless, the film presents a rich collection of stories that deal with pain and fear, solitude, love and even complaints about the insidious way capitalism reduces everything in life to a matter of money. In an environment where films are inundated with spectacular technical gimmicks and special effects, Olda reminds us of the age-old fact that filmmaking is not just for a special group of people and that it is not about technique but one’s heart and soul. (CHUNG Woo-chung)

Review

Director

  • Viera CAKANYOVA

    Born in 1980, Bratislava. Studied scriptwriting at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava, Faculty of Film and Television, and documentary filmmaking at the Film and TV school of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU). Olda (2011)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerViera CAKANYOVA
  • Cinematography Oldriska SEVELOVA
  • Editor Viera CAKANYOVA
  • Sound Oldriska SEVELOVA

Distributor / World Sales

Distribution / World Sales  Tel_ 421 904 348536

E-mail  Email_ viera.cakany@gmail.com​