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Here Be Dragons

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Synopsis

Filmmaker Mark Cousins goes to Albania for five days, and films what he sees. He discovers that the movie prints in the country's film archive are decaying. In investigating this, Cousins begins to encounter bigger questions about the history and memory of a place. Perhaps a country whose 20th Century, dominated by its authoritarian ruler Enver Hoxha, was so traumatic, should allow its film heritage to fade away? Perhaps a national forgetting should be welcomed? Influenced by the films of Chris Marker, Cousins' film broadens to consider the architecture of dictators and the great icon paintings of Onufri. In the past, when cartographers knew little about a country, they wrote on it Here be Dragons. Albania was, for decades, one of the least well know countries in the world. Cousins' road movie meditation takes the advice of Goethe: "If you would understand the poet, you must go to the poet's land." http://www.hibrow.tv/player.html?em=R5YXRxZDr7FnjogcA4GHLKvD58XkeCxK

Details

Year
2013
Type of film
Features
Running Time
79 mins
Format
16:9 HD
Director
Mark Cousins
Producer
Don Boyd, Genc Permeti
Executive Producer
Genc Permeti
Editor
Timo Langer
Screenwriter
Mark Cousins, Thomas Logoreci
Director of Photography
Mark Cousins
Sound
Ali Murray
Music
Immigrant Suns, Elizabeth Temple
Principal Cast
Mark Cousins

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Production Company

Hibrow Productions
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