Vikings - AFO 2015
Terry Gunnell: Vikings - Wrath of the Northmen
Fri 17. 4. | Kino Metropol | 4PM
When looking at battle scenes of Viking conquerors accompanied not by grandiose brass and string music, but rather by geese honking, one cannot help thinking that the approach of the Vikings TV series’ producers is rather unusual. Do you want to see what the everyday life of Vikings and their mystical rituals really looked like? Do you want to feel the rough battle atmosphere and intrigues against one’s bloodline? The producers knew that the main character Ragnar Lothbrok was a real historical person, and together with a team of consultants they created a world that is closer to the true reality than anything you have ever seen on your screens; including the art of seafaring, negotiations, or the portrayal of the slave trade. The story follows ambitious Ragnar and his family, as well as ordinary villagers, on their journey for fame but also towards doom. The film will be screened together with the episode Vikings: Dispossessed and after the projection there will be a discussion with experts.
Terry Gunnell: The Vikings of the Icelandic Sagas
Sat 18. 4. | Film hall | 5PM
The image of the Viking warrior in pop culture is built on a series of fixed attributes: blond hair, horned helmet, a ship with a dragon figurehead, a bloodthirsty nature and the worshipping of gods such as Thor and Odin. But to what extent does this image correspond to reality, and to what extent does it differ from contemporary sources, such as the Edda sagas? This lecture will not only contribute to the debate about the accuracy of the image mentioned above, but professor Terry Gunnell will introduce the Icelandic myths as they were once passed down from genera- tion to generation. He will further clarify the reasons that led the Vikings to the adoption of “the white god”, and will explain that the culture famous for its martial arts forged their swords into ploughshares long before that. Viking ideas about the beginning and the demise of the world, about the cosmos, ancestors and gods, and also about the role of women in society – are all sub- topics that the lecture explores.
Terry Gunnell: Vikings - Sacrifice
Sobota 18. 4. | Film hall | 9PM
The final episode of The Vikings series produced by the History Channel is the highlight of the first series epic docudrama, as well as a summary of the program line related to the Nordic cultures. Together with the projection, the collective discussion of experts and co-creator of the series music, Einar Selvik, the frontman of the musical group Wardruna, which also performs at the festival, will take place. Sacrifice, the theme of the episode, is an ideal take-off point for questions directed to Marie Novotna from Charles University in Prague, who has long been dedicated to the topic of spirituality and religion of the Nordic nations. Insights of both academics from the University of Iceland, Terry Gunnell and Arngrimur Vidalin, will undoubtedly be equally beneficial. The story of Rangar and his relatives culminates to the moment of the sacred celebrations in Uppsala, during which mass sacrifices to the gods and prayers to earn their patronage take place every ninth year. Naturalistic aspect of the film is balanced by its captivating atmosphere.