The Ugliest Car

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Date Time Venue
4/10 (Thur) 7:30 pm Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre
23/10 (Tue) 7:30 pm Louis Koo Cinema, Hong Kong Arts Centre

Grzegorz Szczepaniak
Poland / 2017 / 47 min
In Polish and German with Chi & Eng Sub

70-year-old Bogdan entered "The Ugliest Car" contest with his 50-year-old vintage car from East Germany and his 94-year-old mother as passenger. They drove as far as the border and visited the Nazi concentration camp where his father was killed and the factory where his mother worked as forced labour. Mother and son bickered constantly on the road. The old vehicle also broke down frequently as the long journey took its toll.

Director's Profile
Grzegorz Szczepaniak is a Polish documentary director who graduated from the Lodz Film School. The Ugliest Car is his first feature-length documentary, which was selected by Krakow Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and Taiwan International Documentary Festival etc.

Background Information

The car featured in the film is the Wartburg model manufactured by East Germany in the 1960s. It had minimal accessories and low horsepower, yet it was cheap which made it popular amongst communist countries in Eastern Europe at the time. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in the 1980s, lots of East Germans traveled to West Germany in their Wartburgs, thus making it a world renowned symbol of German reunification, and a favorite amongst collectors.

In 1933, Hitler's Nazi Germany began constructing a large number of concentration camps. Originally used to jail political prisoners and anti-Nazi activists, they were later used to lock up the Jewish people. Prisoners of these concentration camps were forced to work and separate from their family. They had to live under appalling conditions such as freezing temperatures, starvation and spreading diseases, which contributed to the extremely high death rate in camps.

Following the start of the Second World War, the concentration camps soon turned into extermination camps. Gas chambers and incinerators were built to massacre the Jews, the Romani, the Polish and others. Around 6 million Jews were killed under the genocidal policies of the Nazi Regime.


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