18 de ago de 2007

Join Security Area / Happy Christmas (filmes)

Double Pack – THC Recommends!

“Join Security Area” and “Happy Christmas”
Two excellet films that meditate on the unitility of the wars.

The European Union (EU) is a clear example of how the time heals the wounds and tranforms old enemies in allies – if you don´t consider the economic and not fraternal reasons that so many times surpass the political-ideological divergences.The question is – it´s easier to hit a faceless adversary – the stranger is feared or hated.

“Join Security Area”. Korea is a country separated by war, a recent wound in the asian continent history. So much more than an imaginary line divide the korean people, it has been years of suffering and alienation on both sides.

The Join Security Area is this military controled zone, the DMZ, where take place the film story. A young South Korean soldier, bored with the routine of guarding the frontier, gradually makes contact with two soldiers of the opposite side. The watchfullness nights turn into a secret friendship between this men – an uncertain attempt of catching a glimpse of one another lifes. They´re like brothers separated at birth. Nevertheless, tragically, the men will find out that the boundary between north and south is bigger than a small bridge, it´s an ideologic and emotional canyon.

“Happy Christmas”. The Great War, later known as the WWI, was perhaps the most cruel of the battles the Ocident ever saw. At that time, the principal strategy of the generals was to place the soldiers inside the trenchs, fighting hand to hand with the enemy, marching forward literaly over their bodies. It was a carnage.

As in JSA, the confrontation ends with a meeting of enemy soldiers, in this case in the middle of the batllefield. The slow progress of the troops, and the waiting for reinforcements, leaded to a situation of extreme human degradation.

It´s the european winter, the fields are covered with snow, the soldiers are cold and hungry, inside the insalubrious trenchs. Christmas Eve arrives with combat inside french territory. At one side we have the French and the Scottish men, at the opposite side the German invaders, leaded by Kaiser Wilhelm II. The German commanders, in a situation of superiority at that moment, did encourage their soldiers with christmas trees and food, while de French guys had to count even their gun bullets. But the little miracle happens when a truce is made to gather the dead soldiers at the frozen fields. Being face to face, a christmas spirit´s spark lights this sufferer men´s hearts. A modest party is improvised and the enemy get together to make a toast – a symbolical wish of future days of peace. And the peace would come, but at the expense of so many lives.

Read more about the true story of the Christmas Truce at:http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/christmastruce.htm

Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA
(DVD/ South Korea/ 2000/ 110 min)
Director: Park Chan-wook (Oldboy)
Screenwriters: Jeong Seong-san, Kim Hyeon-seok
Actors: Lee Yeong-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Kim Tae-woo, Shin Ha-kyun
Awards: Best Film at Blue Dragon Awards (2000); Grand Bell Awards 2001 (Best Film, Best Art Direction, Best Actor: Song Kang-ho, Best Sound: Kim Seok-weon, Kim Won-Yong); Best Film (Lotus award) at Deauville Asian Film Festival (2001); Best Foreign Language Film at Blue Ribbon Awards (2002).

Joyeux Noël (Happy Christmas)
“France 1914. A moment of humanity that made history. On Christmas Eve during world War I, the Germans, French, and Scottish are trying to make peace, so they bury their dead and play football.”
France / Germany / UK / Belgium / Romania/2005/116 min
Director/screenwriter: Christian Carion
Actors: Daniel Brühl, Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Gary Lewis, Dany Boon
Awards: Best Feature at Leeds International Film Festival (2005), FIPRESCI Prize at Valladolid International Film Festival (2005), Nominated to Oscar Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (2006).

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