American action heroes pair well with (now post-) socialist countries and their revolutionaries, but while you have to travel to Mostar, Bosnia, to find a Bruce Lee statue, a filmographic tribute to Chuck Norris’ role in the Romanian revolution that brought down the Ceausescu regime is delivered right to your doorstep here in Hamburg!
Thursday, February 2 // 20h // Lichtmess Kino, Gaußstr. 25, HH-Ottensen
Lichtmeß Kino is showing “CHUCK NORRIS VS. COMMUNISM” after it made the festival circuit last year. Premiered at Sundance, London-based film maker Ilinca Calugareanu portrays how in the 1980s pirate copy VHS made their way into Romania, sealed-off behind the Iron Curtain, under the eyes (and with the tacit support) of the corrupt nomenclatura. A black market video dealer and a translator who became the voice of the West dubbing almost all the films are the stars of this lovingly made documentary. But beware, the film maker has a degree in Anthropology, so she knows what she is talking about, yet the Sundance Review attests a certain repetitiveness.
But hey, can you ever get enough of Chuck Norris?