"Neptune" is based on a real event that occurred in the summer of 1964.
At that time, the Department of Active Measures of Czechoslovak State Security (StB) organized a comprehensive and deliberate #mystification #campaign
. During a covert operation codenamed #Neptune
, chests with forged Nazi documents were planted in the Black Lake in South Bohemia. The chests were then “discovered” by an unsuspecting television crew that happened to be shooting an unrelated documentary on the site. The purpose of the operation was to create a vicious global media campaign against West Germany and to tarnish its reputation.
The film substitutes the Nazi documents “found” in the crates for a different kind of mysterious content. The story demonstrates the mechanism of #mass #media #propaganda
. It combines fictional sequences with #manipulated
. Fictional sequences were shot on 35 mm negative film stock.
Adéla Babanová (born 1980) is a #Czech #artist
based in Prague, who works with #movingimage
, film and video-installation.
She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in 2006. She works primarily with the form of short fiction films that straddle the boundary between #videoart
Her movies are often based on real events from the recent #Czechoslovak #history
that are still controversial or mysterious. She works with archival footage that she manipulates for a completely new story. Her movies refer to the communist rhetoric #misinformation
, rewriting the history and the #memory #loss
which are still inadequately reflected in East European postcommunist society.
Since 2008, she has been closely cooperating on her films with producer Tomáš Vach and with her brother Džian Baban, who wrote the screenplays and composed the music scores of all their works.
Adéla Babanová's films and #videos
are part of the Frac Normandie Caen collection and Prague City Gallery collection.
Neptune, Feature Film, 38 min. Czech Republic, Germany, 2018. 35 mm, black & white.
till 22 Nov 8.30pm