Saturday – 30.09, 19:30, Kino Nowe Horyzonty

The documentary takes us on a  journey through five socialist buildings and architectural icons that witnessed the historical turmoil of the 20th century: the Moscow State University, the Palace of Serbia in Belgrade, the now defunct Palace of the Republic in Berlin, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia and the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest.

A university designed in a way that one never has to leave it. A palace that is inaccessible on a daily basis, where each living room is filled with carefully selected furniture and artworks from one of the Yugoslav republics. East Germany’s most expensive building, demolished after the country’s reunification, on the pretext that the asbestos used in its construction was harmful. The communist congress center, which in 2018 became the seat of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The whim of a dictator for whom nearby churches were moved. What are these “palaces for the people”, representing a bygone political system and its values, today? What could or should they be?