Quest Europe Film Festival
Wilfried is connected with Zielona Gora since more than 30 years, however he was never visiting the media-sized city in the German/polish border Region. When he organised in 1991 the 1st International ARCHA Conference in the German border town of Görlitz, he invited many representatives from the nearer and wider Silesian region, among them also cultural representatives from Zielona Gora. On the day, when the Conference was starting on 1 May 1991 the Polish participants took the chance to cross the bridge over the river Neisse and the Polish/German border for the 1st time without visa. These days (in 2020) Poland is part of the European Union and nobody can imagine how much the symbol of free movement between Poland and Germany was meaning to all people living in the border region. Wilfried was walking together with the Polish conference participants through the open border as a symbolical act, on his right side, the head of the cultural department of Zielona Gora. After the conference, Wilfried got the feedback, how successful Wilfried’s ideas had been to initiate on occasion of the conference a network of cultural venues and activities in the the German/Polish/Czech border region, a lasting cultural exchange was the result. Wilfried was regretting later, that he did not take the chance and accept the invitation to visit Zielona Gora after the conference.
So, when he heard about the Quest Europe Film Festival located in Zielona Gora, he was very curious to establish contacts by agreeing a collaboration in 2014. When in June 2014 Wilfried’s mother was dying, it was, hoever, clear that Wilfried would miss the chance to visit Ziielona Gora also this time. Such a pity, because the historical Silesia, including the German/Polish border area is a very interesting region incorporating many wonderfully reconstructed historical places, especially the Polish are famous for their great reconstruction work.
The Quest Europe Film Festival started yesterday, but the screening of the two film programs Wilfried was preparing – a selection from the Cambodia Film Collection and a 2nd selection from CologneOFF VIII & exDOX – experimental Documenmtary Film Festival will be shown later on 2 August and 25 August 2013.
Much success! Wilfried hopes to visit Zielona Gora some times later once.
9th Quest Europe Film Festival Zielona Gora/PL – 17 July -25 Aug 2013 @ Kino Nysa