Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey

(Tristia: A Black Sea Odyssey)
Germany, 2014, 99 min.
Directed by
Stanislaw Mucha

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, Czech Republic, 2014 – Best Central and Eastern European Documentary nomination

Stanislaw Mucha takes you on an astonishing journey of 5,000 kilometers along the coasts of seven countries. Landscapes extend between Crimea and the Caucasus, the Turkish northern coast and the Danube Delta, whose magic and destruction are unique and admired. TRISTIA captures the collision of mythic images, which seem to have overcome time, with the rapid, multi-cultural changes, as determined by post-communist ideas: the megalomania highway and Olympic madness.

The Black Sea is a place of contradictions: It is where Orient and Occident meet, salt and fresh water, splendor and tranquility, civilization and barbarism. It has equally been a playground of war and a retreat. Ever since this region has been used as stage of history and shaken by conflicts. The Black-Sea-people are blessed with countless promises of happiness and buffeted by disappointments at the same time.

With his usual humorous and roguish glance, the German-Polish filmmaker Stanislaw Mucha discovers a region of Europe, which previously was hidden from our attention. His good eye for bizarre and absurd moments and visuals create an entertaining and rich documentary, which appeals to an audience, who enjoys travel and culture. With the Olympic Winter Games in February 2014 in Sochi on the “Russian Riviera” on the Black Sea and the conflicts around the Crimea the film is very much up to date.

Producer Gerd Haag will join us at Pelicam this year for a Q&A after the screening.