Programmed by Aurélien Marsais
Prix des bibliothèques - Cinéma du réel 2021
“Landscapes of Resistance” delves into the memories of Sonja, 97. This anti-fascist fighter was one of the first Yugoslav Female Partisans as well as one of the resistance leaders in the Auschwitz concentration camp. The story travels through time and is embodied in a new anti-fascist generation, keeping alive the idea that it’s still possible to think and carry out resistance.
Marta Popivoda and her partner Ana Vujanović film Sonja Marta in Belgrade for fourteen years, recording the tumultuous tale of a woman at war. Landscapes come to rest delicately on her words, making them resonate in the past and present. The elder daughter’s activism begins to echo that of the couple who fled Serbia and its “wild capitalism of Europe’s periphery, its homophobia and populism” – two anti-fascist resistance fighters in a new century where the struggle seems more necessary than ever. The handover takes place throughout the film, and Sonja’s discourse of resistance is personified in the places and bodies of the two women. They compose not only a cinematographic memorial, but above all, a “partisan film” for the near future, rejecting the silence. The blood that was spilt in the last century still exists – the poppies in the fields continue to bear witness to it.