Absolut Warhola

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Absolut Warhola

  • Germany
  • STC
    Director:
  • Stanislaw Mucha

In the remote "Ruthenian Bermuda Triangle" between Slovenia, Poland and Ukraine lies the seemingly unremarkable town of Medzilaborce, home of Europe’s only Pop Art Museum. Dedicated to American icon Andy Warhol — known to the locals as Andrijju Warhola — the museum is situated next door to the tiny village of Milova, hometown of the Warhol family clan. Unbowed by poverty and unemployment, Warhol’s aunts and cousins swap stories and schnapps, digging up memories and souvenirs of their famous relation. Although a leaky roof and declining attendance are threatening the museum’s collection, the zealousness of its curator remains unaffected, as evidenced by the Andy-themed pop songs that he and his band perform on the museum’s steps. With humour and compassion, director Stanislaw Mucha tells the story of a village whose famous son has taken on mythic proportions, kindling the villagers’ imaginations and linking their isolated home to a distant world of glamour and prosperity. Winner of the 2001 German Film Critics Prize for Best Documentary and the Planete Audience Prize at the 2001 Leipzig Festival. Karen Tisch. In Ruthenian and Slovakian with English subtitles.

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