Eighth Day Theatre

Date: 
February 9, 2011 - 17:30 - 19:00
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
Auditorium
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CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
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Eighth Day Theatre

(Eighth Day Theatre / Teater Åttonde Dagen, 1992, written and directed by Joanna Helander and Bo Persson, in Swedish, with English subtitles)

The film is an authentic human drama about theatre and freedom, about exile and revolution in the on-going metamorphosis of Europe We accompany a legendary Polish theatre company in the period before, during and after the upheavals in Eastern Europe. During the 1980´s, the company is forbidden to pursue its profession in Poland and is forced to present its plays underground; in selected monasteries and churches. Several members of the company succeed in leaving Poland and start touring Western Europe. Years pass before the entire company can be reunited in the West. The company then journeys from country to country, constantly facing new existential and psychological trials. Is their exile temporary or permanent? How will Western Europe react to the company´s merciless depiction of the East European apocalypse? Finally, the totalitarian glacier in the East begins to melt. Censorship in Poland eases up. Solidarity forces the collapse of the communist state, and the Eighth Day Theatre returns to Poland in rapid and radical transition.

The film screening has an educational purpose and is attached to the course Countercultures in the'East Bloc' and former Yugoslavia, 1960-1990.