Košice – European Capital of Culture 2013

66 Seasons

The documentary film 66 SEASONS about the Old Swimming Pool in Košice, where the history came to bathe, was made over the summer seasons 2000 to 2002. Seen through several stories which unfolded between the years 1936 and 2002, the film captures 66 seasons at the popular swimming pool, and also the same number of years in the history of Central and Eastern Europe. The film is supported by the reminiscences of several visitors to the “Čéháčko”, as the pool was known, which the film crew try to reconstruct years later. The swimming pool thus acquires another metaphysical dimension – it resembles a model of the world where, with greater intensity, private stories merge with universal history.  Different generations of swimmers replaced one another over the course of the decades, only the craving for water as a place of absolute equality and also a source of security remains just as strong.

Details

Country of Production
Slovakia

Year of Production
2003

Format
35mm, Digi Beta Pal, Beta SP Pal

Length
58 / 66 / 86 min

Director
Peter Kerekes

Production
Peter Kerekes in co-production with Slovenská televízia and Česká televize

Original Language
Hungarian, Slovak, Czech

Festivals / Awards

Karlovy Vary IFF 2003
Athens IFF 2003
IDFA 2003
IDF Jihlava 2003 (Prize for the Best Central European Documentary)
Febiofest 2004 (Prize Kristian for the Best Documentary)
DocAviv 2004 (Best Film Award)
Gothenburg IFF 2004
Visions du Réel Nyon 2004
Belgrade Doc & Short FF 2004
Syracuse Film and Video Festival 2004 (Award for Best European Film)
One World IDF Prague 2004
Mediawave Festival Györ 2004 (Grand Prix)
Crossing Europe Linz 2004
Munich DFF 2004
Cracow IFF 2004
Sheffield IDF 2004
DocLisboa 2005
L’Alternativa Barcelona 2005
BAFICI Buenos Aires 2005