Screening: Hurrah, We Are Still Alive!
Agnieszka Polska

Salt Beyoğlu

August 11, 2022 19.00

Hurrah Image 2 <i>Hurrah, We Are Still Alive!</i> [Yaşasın, Hâlâ Hayattayız!] (2020) filminden bir kare
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Still from Hurrah, We Are Still Alive! (2020)
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Walk-in Cinema

Hurrah, We Are Still Alive! (2020)
Director: Agnieszka Polska
Cast: Piotr Polak, Sonia Roszczuk, Marta Ojrzyńska
85 minutes
Polish; Turkish subtitles

An artistic commune of actors and a film producer set out to work on a film about the Polish revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg, but as they begin filming, the mysterious director disappears without a trace. As they wait for his return, they are confronted with questions that cannot be answered.

Written and directed by Agnieszka Polska, Hurrah, We Are Still Alive! is screened as part of the exhibition Into the Unknown’s public program, A Crack In the Wall. The film will be shown in its original language with Turkish subtitles on Thursday, August 11 at 19.00 in Salt Beyoğlu’s Walk-in Cinema.

Polska looks into the conflicting dynamics between ideology and art, through the story of a tight-knit group of actors working on a film about Rosa Luxemburg. Inspired by a group of artists led by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder, the film unfolds around the sudden disappearance of the charismatic director, whom they regard as a kind of “father figure.” Left without a clue, the troupe starts questioning their sense of community and the purpose of their common ideology. The film tackles the relationship between the political, critical yet indirect power of filmmaking as an artistic practice and the first-hand experience of being involved in a political movement.

The work of visual artist Agnieszka Polska focuses on the gaps within historical narratives, forgotten Polish avant-garde figures as well as artists that never existed. Challenging the documentary form with an anachronistic approach, her video The Thousand-Year Plan (2020) is also part of Into the Unknown and can be viewed at Salt Beyoğlu until August 14.

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.