Essay Film Festival Prelude 2: Vers la mer (Annik Leroy, Belgium, 1999, 87 mins)
Friday 2 March 18:00 – 21:00
In collaboration with Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture
Starting in East Germany before crossing into Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, Vers la mer (To the Sea) is a documentary-voyage filmed in black-and-white by Annik Leroy, as she traces the River Danube from its source to the estuary of the Black Sea. As the landscape changes together with national frontiers and political borders, the film offers a cinematic encounter with twentieth-century history and the everyday realities of the region and its people.