Dir. Eluned Zoë Aiano, Anna Benner / Czech Republic, Germany / 2019 / 19’
Directors: Eluned Zoë Aiano, Anna Benner
Cinematography: Klára Belicová
Editing: Eluned Zoë Aiano
Sound: Vojtěch Knot, Michał Krajczok
Music: Raphael Tschernuth
Producers: Linda Dědková
Production: ZLA Films, Punk Film
World sales: ZLA Films
The small Czech town of Třeboň found itself at the centre of unexpected international attention when the world-wide press picked up on an obscure urban legend from World War II, some 70 years after the event. The story concerns a nurse who was raped by a Nazi and contracted syphilis as a result. While tending other wounded soldiers, she seized her opportunity for revenge and systematically seduced them to pass on the deadly disease. She was so successful that eventually the gestapo had her executed. At least, this is the version told by the international press, but the residents of the town also have their own contradictory interpretations, including the local historian and even the man who erected the plaque in the first place.
“Black&White” pieces this story together through a collage of interviews with a group of locals. The film explores how the story came about in the first place, and how it evolved after it ended up in the news. Their reflections are visualised through a combination of excerpts from the history of cinema, together with animation, problematising the types of tropes and conventions used to depict the roles of women.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Warsaw Film Festival, Primanima, Melbourne Short Film Festival, L'Europe autour de l'Europe, Tiburon Film Festival, Norwegian Short Film Festival, Neisse Film Festival, Filmfest Weiterstadt, Makedox, Elbe Dock, SevDocFilmFest “Won Together”, Tirana International Film Festival, Unabhängiges FilmFest Osnabrück, Film Festival Cottbus, Saint Louis Film Festival, Split Video Art Festival, Exground, Ethnofest, Interface Video Art Festival, Cefalu, European Film Festival of Lille, Courtivore, Sphere
Eluned Zoë Aiano
Filmmaker, editor and translator with a background in Visual Anthropology whose work is generally centred on Central & Eastern Europe. She currently works on her first feature documentary in Serbia. She also writes about film and is a regular contributor to the “East European Film Bulletin”.
An artist working across animation, drawing and installation. Her work deals with psychology and emotions, often using hand-drawn rotoscope animation. Her animated short films have been screened worldwide and won prizes at international film festivals like Annecy, Encounters and Stuttgart Trickfilmfestival.