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Germany, 2001

Original music : Drislak Production : Pandora Filmproduktion, Strandfilm-Produktions GmbH

Programmed by Jürgen Ellinghaus





A poetic search for the roots of the American pop idol Andy Warhol, traced back to the remote Slovak village of Miková, the home of his parents before they emigrated overseas. His proud relatives reminisce about this controversial artist; to them he is only “our Andrejko”, enhancing the reputation of his native region all over the world.

Tënk's opinion

How did an Andy Warhol museum, the only one of its kind in Europe, end up stranded like a UFO in this village in the middle of nowhere? It’s because, in the midst of the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution in the autumn of 1989 and with some complicity from Prague, a community centre initially devoted to local culture was reassigned to honour the star of Pop Art whose parents originated from the area. It’s a curious reliquary, slap bang in the middle of a post-soviet-era rural community that’s somewhat unsettled, where the artist and his museum symbolise legends, desires and sometimes jealousy but above all pride – the pride, through kinship, of naturally being part of an otherwise distant and out-of-reach myth. At the risk of occasionally capsizing, “Absolut Warhola” ferries us between Medzilaborce and Miková, where “we would’ve been forced to get married” and where a man’s strength is usually measured by his capacity to withstand the local hooch.

Jürgen Ellinghaus

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