LI FA DIAN DE NU ER / MY DAUGHTERCharlotte Lim Lay Kuen / Malaysia
Grand Prix is awarded to the film “My Daughter” from director Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen because it managed to show in a moving and complex way relationship between two main characters: a young mother and her daughter. It is a relationship created by avoiding conventional dramatic situations, but emphasized though by exquisite performances by the actresses and by use of poetic details in a very personal manner.
DOUBLE TAKEJohan Grimonprez / Belgium, Germany, Netherlands
Jury has decided to give a special award to the film which with its originally created structure managed to bring into correlation seemingly distant and in terms of mind disparate events.
Alex de Ronde, The Netherlands
(The Netherlands, 1958) studied Dutch Literature and Mass Communications. In the eighties he worked as a film critic for several newspapers and magazines. From 1986 till 1993 he was the programming director of the Dutch Film Days, nowadays known as the Nederlands Film Festival. Afterwards he was the chief editor of a Dutch magazine on Deaf Culture and Sign Language. From 2000 till now he is the managing and programming director of Het Ketelhuis, an Amsterdam based three-screen-cinema focusing on Dutch feature films and documentaries and European arthouse.
Zvonimir Jurić, Croatia
Born in 1971 in Osijek. Graduated film and TV directing at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998, following one year of study in film and TV directing at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Screenwriter and director of several documentary and two feature films, as well as stories in two omnibus features. He also worked as a director on a number of TV series, and his work received recognition at international festivals. He lives and works in Zagreb.
Giovanni Spagnoletti, Italy
Born in Milan in 1949; associate professor of film history and criticism at the Tor Vergata University in Rome, author of numerous publications on German and Italian cinema. Editor of the quarterly film magazine “Close up” and web-magazine “Close up”. From 2000, he is the art director of the Pesaro Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale del Nuovo Cinema) and the president of AFIC, Association of Italian Film Festivals.
PATIENCE OF THE MEMORYVuk Jevremović / Germany, Spain
It doesn’t only struck us how beautiful the animation film was made with all the references to the painting and history of art but also at the emotional level, transmitting us different memories kept in the architecture and in time.
LOOMSalh Diab i Yoni Gueta / Israel
Marta Jurkiewicz, The Netherlands
(1982, Poland) is an Amsterdam based artist and filmmaker. She studied Audiovisual Media at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and Cooper Union School of Arts in New York. Since her graduation in 2005 her films have been presented on various international festivals. For the last couple of years she has also been working as a festival distributor at the Filmbank – a foundation for Dutch experimental film, now part of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
Renata Poljak, Croatia
Visual artist born in 1974 in Split, Croatia. Her work covers different media: photos, neon, installation, video and film. She received her undergraduate degree from the Arts Academy in Split, and her post-graduate degree from the École Régionale des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, France. She has been awarded residencies in San Francisco, Vienna, and Paris. Poljak’s work is shown internationally and has received numerous awards, including the Golden Black Box Short Award at the Balkan Black Box Festival in Berlin, and the Annual Award of Women’s Art Centre Electra in Zagreb, Croatia. In the spring of 2010 a selection of her video and film works were exhibited in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Balint Szaloky, Hungary
Born in Budapest in 1982. He received a degree in Communication-Cultural Organizing.From 2004 to the present he has been a publisher, editor and film critic for Mozinet Magazin (Hungarian monthly movie magazine) and also working for other monthly and weekly magazines and newspapers. He was a member of FIPRESCI Jury at Bratislava International Film Festival in 2008 and at Kiev International Film Festival in 2009 and member of FICC Jury at Cracow International Film Festival in 2010.
- Sandro Aguilar - VOODOO (PT) 31:22min
Portugal, 2010, 35mm, 31 min 22 sec
All sympathetic magic is based upon two principles: the first called the Law of Similarity says that “likes produce likes,” or that an effect resembles its cause; the second, called the Law of Contagion or contact says that all things having been in contact with each other continue to react upon one and another at a distance even after they have been severed or disconnected. A fearful man meets a disquiet woman. Do you believe in magic?
Born in 1974 in Portugal, Sandro Aguilar studied film at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema. In 1998 he founded the production company O Som e a Fúria. His short films have won awards at festivals, such as La Biennale di Venezia, Locarno, Vila do Conde, and have been shown in Rotterdam, Belfort, Montreal, Clermont-Ferrand
among others. In 2008 he directed A ZONA, his first fiction feature film.
AGENCIA – Portuguese Short film Agency
+351 252 646683Aleksey Andrianov - FATA MORGANA (RU) 10min
Russia, 2009, DVD, 10 min
Evening. A huge ferroconcrete monster emptied, vision-based systems and a tired security guard keep an eye on each other. Worrisome sleepy faints of the guard are the only interferences on the viewing screens. He is alone here and it seems to him that it is he who is safeguarded. The first menace is his wife’s unexpected phone call. Nothing happens. The second unexpectedness comes from the real world and it is time to decide what is more important: long-forgotten sense of justice or seeming calmness at the post. Or, is it only a dream?
Born in 1976, he holds a degree in Screenwriting from the Gerasimov Institute (VGIK), and a degree in Film Directing from Moscow’s Higher Courses of Screenwriting and Directing. His cinematography credits include Katya Grokhovskaya and Peter Stepin’s feature length film The Man of No Return (Chelovek bezvozvratnyy, 2006), and numerous promotional advertisements. He has directed three short films, Fata Morgana (2009), The Last Day of I.S. Bulkin (2009) and Fun Time, which was included in the 2007 Filminute Festival (London).
+7 9269415280Yann Bertrand / Damien Serban - ASOMNIE (FR) 6:30min
Yann Bertrand / Damien Serban
Francuska / France, 2009, Beta SP, 6 min 30 sec
A world artificially deprived of sleep, floating between dreams and reality.
Yann Bertrand / Damien Serban
Since 2003, Yann Bertrand and Damien Serban’s films display a visual search for narrative and sensory cinema. Chrysalide (2005) is their first independent common project with an approach of digital techniques such as the polygon figure, architecture and the CGI software mistakes. In 2008 they produced Silken, a film exploring the feelings of a man who remains in his mother’s womb, and the same year they founded Absinthe Studio. They just finished the short film Asomnia, entirely shot with a mobile phone, and are now working on their next film.
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+33 1 42 81 17 28Armando Capó Ramos - LA MAREA / TIDE (CU) 26min
Armando Capó Ramos
Cuba, 2009, DV, 26 min
A man, rejected by society, lives in an old wreck anchored somewhere in the bay of Santiago de Cuba. One day, he receives a mysterious call that makes him eager to get in touch with other people again.
Armando Capó Ramos
Born in Cuba in 1979, graduated from EICTV in 2009. Author of a number of short, experimental and documentary films.
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+53-47-38 31 52, ext. 557Frédéric Cousseau - BODY (FR) 7min
France, 2010, HD, 7 min
The body of a beast changing. Real or nightmarish images of the own body.
Born in 1963 in Paris. After being a rock/punk musician, he started to direct films (fiction, documentary, experimental) in the late 1980s.
Des pieds et des mains (1989) ; Bartolin (1991) ; La fatigue (1999) ; Le 17 au soir (2005) ; Sakhalin (2006) ; A Sunday in Pripyat (2006) ; Rouge Nowa Huta (2009) ; Garbusha (2009) ; Pig love (2010).
+33 9 50 26 27 99Salh Diab / Yoni Gueta - LOOM (IL) 23min
Salh Diab / Yoni Gueta
Israel, 2010, Digital camera, 23 min
A living machine resides in an unknown, empty space. The machine consists of three different mechanical characters: two big main mechanisms, seemingly at war with each other, and a fragile bridging mechanism resolved to rebel against the endless work.
Full name Salh Helmy Diab, born and in Tamra, Israel/Palestine in 1980. After high school, he studied various subjects: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer generated animation, and eventually, hand drawn and stop motion animation at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. He left school after two years at Bezalel, and started working on an independent stop motion film with Yoni Gueta, which took 3 years to complete. Currently, Salh is producing 3D simulations of architectural plans for private homes and public buildings.
Born in Netanya, Israel in 1980. He took an interest in drawing at an early age, and spent most of high school doodling in classes. During mandatory military service he served three years as a civilian policeman. At 22 Yoni travelled and worked for about a year in Australia and Florida. On return to Jerusalem, he started studying animation at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. After two years, he left school in pursuit of an independent career, and started work on a stop motion project conceived by Salh Diab.
email@example.comMaria Duncker - TIENVIRSI / THE HOLY ROAD (FI) 2:19min
Finland, 2009, HD, 2 min 19 sec
THE HOLY ROAD
Hymns came out when I was teaching myself to play the harmonium in a freely
improvisational way some ten years ago. And they still come. Other things that I’ve done for a long time are sewing “multi-national costumes” out of plastic bags and experimenting with camera obscura.
(Born 1963) She is a sculptor, living in Helsinki. Her wide production has recently focused on media arts; video works and slide shows. With a freshly naïvistic touch she treats anything between porn and woodsmanship! Her style varies from conceptual experimentalism to narrativity.
+358 9 694 4089Jim Finn - DICK CHENEY IN A COLD, DARK CELL (US) 2:40min
DICK CHENEY IN A COLD, DARK CELL
USA, 2009, DVD, 2 min 40 sec
DICK CHENEY IN A COLD, DARK CELL
River ice sets the scene for Judy Garland’s international justice cri de coeur. It’s hard to understate the amount of anxiety created by a vice president who usurped authority for eight years to start wars and wreck the economy and then sidled off to Wyoming to be a retired Hero of the Right. Impunity is not just the stuff of autocratic dictatorships in the third world. The American form of impunity is going to get us all killed.
His (b. St. Louis, 1968) award-winning movies have been called “Utopian comedies”. His films have screened at Sundance, Rotterdam and other international festivals like AFI and Edinburgh as well as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Danish Film Institute and the Harvard Film Archive. He has had retrospectives in Argentina, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela. His first feature film Interkosmos was called “a retro gust of communist utopianism” by the Village Voice and “charming and fantastic, so full of rare atmospheres” by Canadian filmmaker Guy Maddin. His second feature La Trinchera Luminosa del Presidente Gonzalo was put on the Village Voice’s Top 10 Year in Experimental Film. And Variety called The Juche Idea, his film about a North Korean art residency, “brilliant” and said all three films “upturn notions of documentary and fiction, propaganda thought, reality and restaging, and even what an ‘experimental film’ actually is.”
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+ 1 312 345 3550Jean-Paul Frenay - ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, INC (BE) 3:25min
ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, INC.
Belgium, 2009, Beta SP, 3 min 25 sec
ARTIFICIAL PARADISE, INC.
Somewhere in the future, a major corporation develops a unique software, based on organic virtual reality, which holds all the lost memories of humankind. A user connects to this database of the forgotten…what is he seeking?
Belgian director and visual artist working across disciplines in art direction, graphics design, photography, interactive media, film and motion. He is also doing other projects as well, as an independent and passionate rock artist and in performance arts.
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+33 1 42 81 17 28Rainer Gamsjäger - STATE OF FLUX - WAVE#1 / WAVE#2 / WAVE#3 (AT) 11min
STATE OF FLUX – WAVE #1 / WAVE #2 / WAVE #3
Austria, 2009, HD, 11 min
STATE OF FLUX – WAVE #1 / WAVE #2 / WAVE #3
The videoseries STATE OF FLUX can be understood as a nature study in the broadest sense. Initial point was the interest in chaotic systems and their behaviour. Here especially water and waterstreams in a therefore created digital parallel space. The water keeps in flowing, but it flows somehow different. The raw footage was exclusively shot at barrages, places where the brute power of water is utilized. Energy is transformed form one form into another. In the videomaterial of STATE OF FLUX a chronologically and spaciously new field is emerging, that moves energy through space.
1974 Born in Bad Ischl, Austria
1993 Graduation Diploma at Höhere Technische Bundeslehranstalt – Graphic/Design, Graz
2007 Graduation at University of Art and Industrial Design (Experimental Design/Herbert Lachmayer)
+43 1 526 09 90-0Inger Lise Hansen - TRAVELLING FIELDS (NO) 7:42min
Inger Lise Hansen
Norway, 2009, 35mm, 7 min 42 sec
It focuses on a particular phenomenon occurring through a change of perspective and animated camera movements, as a way of redefining a place and its geography. Sections of the landscape are documented by moving the camera upside/down, one frame at the time, along a track. The film moves between different topographies and locations in the Kola Peninsula, Northern Russia.
Inger Lise Hansen
Inger Lise Hansen was educated at North East London Polytechnic, St. Martin’s College of Art, London and received a Masters of Fine Art Filmmaking from San Francisco Art Institute. She has made a number of experimental animation films with support from Arts Council England, Film London and the Norwegian Film Institute, and has won several international prizes such as Gold Prize for animation at the Bilbao
Festival of Documentary and Short Films, Chris Frayne Award for Best Animation at Ann Arbor International Film Festival. Her earlier films have been screened at Tate Modern, London, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm and Hiroshima Animation Festival.
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+47 22 47 45 00Werner Herzog - LA BOHEME (UK) 4min
UK, 2009, DVD, 4 min
Two kinds of eternal beauty. Puccini’s La bohème and the beautiful ear decorations of the Ethiopian Mursi tribe. Real Herzog. Uncomfortable beauty.
Pseudonym for Werner H. Stipetic (1942, Germany) grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw any films, television or telephones as a child. He started travelling on foot from the age of 14. He made his first phone call at the age of 17. At school he worked nights as a welder in a steel factory to produce his first films. He started making short films in 1962. As constant traveller, Herzog has filmed throughout the world, eagerly using different landscapes. As well as directing more than forty fiction films and documentaries he writes prose and directs operas.
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+44 208 563 9393Vuk Jevremovic - PATIENCE OF THE MEMORY (DE/ES) 6:30min
PATIENCE OF THE MEMORY
Germany, Spain, 2009, 35mm, 6 min 30 sec
PATIENCE OF THE MEMORY
The memory of Dresden, the city which was one of the most painted and destroyed in the past centuries. A romantic-expressive trip into the past, sort of fictive documentary in animation. All material used in film are the artworks from the artists who use to work in this city. From Caspar David Friedrich to WOLS.
1959 born in Frankfurt on Main Germany.
1984 graduated in Architecture at the Technical University in Belgrade, ex Yugoslavia
2002 graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, Germany – as Masterstudent by professor Joseph Kosuth.
+34 938 114535Manuel Knapp / Tim Blechmann - INFORMATION OF DECAY~ (AT) 18min
Manuel Knapp / Tim Blechmann
INFORMATION OF DECAY~
Austria, 2009, HD, 18 min
INFORMATION OF DECAY~
This is a visual and acoustic examination of the aesthetic potentialities of interim noise within deconstructed and distorted interiors. Noise serves at the same time as a medium for transporting information and communication between the visual and acoustic levels. Its modulations have been randomized, resulting in various kinds of extreme disturbance and interference. The audio synthesis is based on non-linear systems of mathematical equations, and the acoustic signals are structured by means of generative algorithms that change constantly throughout the animation. Thus, while the acoustic level is generative, the visual level is designed to be non-generative. Despite the signal’s intentional autonomy, information of decay~ directs the viewer’s attention at the creation of the contingent aesthetic couplings and interference that are, ultimately, impossible to plan or program.
Born in 1978 in Carnithia/Austria. From 1997-2002 he studied painting and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2003 he started studying computer sound and electro-acoustic media at the Institute for Electroacoustics in Vienna.
In 2007 he co organized velakgala at Konzerthaus Vienna; member of V:ELAK association for electro-acoustic music, participated in various concerts and exhibitions.
Born 1981 in Bielefeld, Germany. Since 2005 he lives and works in Vienna. In
2001 Tim graduated from gymnasium Gerlingen, awarded for mathematical-scientific results. 2002-2004: studies of physics & computer sciences, universities of Tübingen and Stuttgart. 2005-2008: studies of electroacoustic music at the Institute for computer based music and electronic media with Wolfgang Musil. Since 2005: studies of computer sciences at the Vienna University of Technology. Since 2007: studies of digital arts at the University of Applied Arts.
+43 1 526 09 90-0Vladislav Knežević - ARHEO 29 (HR) 9:30min
Croatia, 2010, 35mm, 9 min 30 sec
If the new world ever existed, it is still hidden way behind the horizon. An analogue clock is ticking away the last seconds before world crisis, while a noble patina covers fragments for archaeologists of memory. A silent relief in between two wars; a time of diffident bodies, of melancholy leisure, of secret divisions of the world. It is 1929. Peace before an enormous explosion.
Born 1967 in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated from the Academy of Drama Arts (TV and Film Direction Dept.) in Zagreb and De Vrije Academie (Audio-visual Dept.) in Den Haag. Professionally works as a freelance director for TV and various productions since 1993. He is into experimental film, video and sound processing since 1988. He has also initiated and organized several film programmes and presentations (Reference to Difference, Videodrome TV edition, 25 FPS International Experimental Film Festival).
+385 1 483 44 45Nikola Kovac - OSLANJANJE NA SREBRNU VRBU / LEANING AGAINST A SILVER WILLOW (HR) 15min
OSLANJANJE NA SREBRNU VRBU
Croatia, 2009, Digital, 15 min
LEANING AGAINST A SILVER WILLOW
Study of relation and perception of time and space through the medium of digital experimental film, also a result of an intimate magic ritual.
Born October 4th 1983 in Vukovar, Croatia. After finishing the highschool for Applied Art and Design in Zagreb where he did his first experiments in visual arts he started working on a local TV station for a year, an experience that will result in a stronger interest in moving pictures. In 2004 after a successful entry to the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb (department for animated film and new media), he started a period of intensive cooperation on student and professional projects and contributed mainly in the field of digital audio and animation.
In 2009 as a result of the final exam at the Academy he made his first digital experimental film “Leaning Against a Silver Willow”.
+385 10 461 3689György Kristóf - HRANICE / BORDERS (CZ) 5min
Czech Republic, 2009, 16mm, 5 min
Story of a maternal sacrifice in a difficult situation set in raw but metaphorical environment.
Student of 2nd year of film directing at FAMU in Prague, CZ (Academy of Performing Arts, Film and TV School in Prague). While studying philosophy at Faculty of Arts he worked for daily news as a reporter. Worked as AD on couple of international productions in Hungary:
The Eagle of the Ninth (r. Kevin McDonald)
2007 – 2008
The boy in the striped pajamas (r. Mark Herman)
The Moon Princes (r. Gábor Csupo)
Budapest (r. Walter Carvalho)
Robin Hood – Season 2-3 (BBC TV series)
2006 – 2007
First Love (r. Ildiko Enyedi)
Pinprick trailer (r. Daniel Young)
+420 724 148 114Pawel Kryszak - B-1033 (PO) 5min
B – 1033
Poland, 2009, Beta SP, 5 min
B – 1033
An anonymous clerk in an anonymous system is browsing through the files, searching for information on a young woman kept in detention. On a CCTV recording he watches a fragment of her life in prison – moping around a prison cell with her baby and unable to cope with its constant crying… In this short and fragmentary but extremely suggestive form, Kryszak creates an atmosphere of total control by the omnipotent apparatus of force. This individual, understated and allusive story transforms into a universal parable on torturers and their victims, on the fragility of individual human life confronted with the almighty system.
Currently studying Animation Directing and Special Effects at the Cinematography and Television Production Department of the Polish National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łodź. He is a co-founder of the BulletDodge filmgroup.
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+48 122946945Marius Leneweit / Rocío Rodríguez ... - NILAND 1 (ES) 13:11min
Marius Leneweit / Rocío Rodríguez
Spain, 2009, DV, 13 min 11 sec
This film is built on the separating line of both water and air, the centre of which is the man in adaptation by a rise of the sea level.
…niland 1 builds new landscapes on the sea between water and tornades currents, a fight for air being interrupted by a mere rise of the water level, allowing the shining of the water surface line.
…niland 1 tells unreasonably through pictures, lets us imagine events, persists on searching and remains uncertain.
Born in 1975 in Hamburg, Germany. Graduated in 2006 in Universität Lüneburg, Department of Applied Social Studies, Lüneburg, Germany. Selected works: Mensch Erde, Performance, Brodner Ufer, Germany; Über-Ich, Analysis S.Freud, Hamburg, Germany; Scuola, Integration Project, Hamburg, Germany.
Born in 1979 in Caracas, Venezuela. 2005 MA in Digital Performance, University Doncaster College, UK; 2000 Video studies, Centro de Estudios Punt Multimedia, S.G.A.E, España; 1996 Dance diploma, Escuela Ballet Arte, Venezuela. Awards 2009 Entre aigua 1 GRUP CASSA FUNDACIO.
+ 49 175 9493 587Sharon Lockhart - PÓDWORKA (DE) 31:39min
USA, Poland, 2009, 16mm, 31 min 39 sec
It takes as its subject matter the courtyards of Lodz, Poland, and the children that inhabit them. A ubiquitous architectural element of the city, Lodz’ courtyards are the playgrounds of the children that live in the surrounding apartment buildings. Separated from the streets, they provide a sanctuary from the traffic and commotion of the city. Yet far from the overdetermined playgrounds of America, the courtyards are still very much urban environments. In six different courtyards throughout the city of Lodz, we see parking lots, storage units, and metal armatures become jungle gyms, sandboxes, and soccer fields in the children’s world. A series of fleeting interludes within city life, Podworka is both a study of a specific place and an evocation of the resourcefulness of childhood.
Born 1964 in Norwood, Massachusetts. The American artist and filmmaker studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, and at the San Francisco Art Institute. She lives and works in Los Angeles. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions and screenings in America, Europe and in Japan and has won many awards. Lockhart is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asian Cultural Council. Her films NO and TEATRO AMAZONAS both screened at the Berlinale, Forum of New Cinema. In February 2006, her work, PINE FLAT, was shown at the Berlinale within the context of Forum expanded, the new platform for video art and installations, hosted by Forum and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
+49 30 26955 110Sabine Marte - B-STAR, UNTÖTBAR! / B-STAR, UNKILLABLE! (AT) 7:30min
Austria, 2009, Beta SP, 7 min 30 sec
Is the compelling interjection made by a character throughout the film. The story moves from the fictional level of filmic space into real space, producing a loop of fictionality and literality.
Born 1967 in Feldkirch, Austria. 1987-91 Höhere Graphische Bundeslehr- und -versuchsanstalt Vienna. 1991-92 University for Applied Arts Vienna (Prof. Piersol).
+43 1 526 09 90-0Sergej Moya - HOLLYWOOD DRAMA (DE) 30min
Germany, 2010, HD, 30 min
The existentialist director and actor duo Heinrich Hugenrubel (Carlo Ljubek) and Franz Arnold (Clemens Schick) are celebrated in Germany for the nihilistic truthfulness of the films they produce together. They are made for oneanother; the beast-like actor paired with a director who constructs a cage, a stage, for him, so that the audience may also enjoy this creature/creation.
On arriving in Hollywood, the duo finds nothing is impossible and money is not an issue. But do the lavish sets and expensive effects allow space for TRUTH? For the very truthfulness that brought them fame and honour back in Germany?
Born in East Berlin in 1987 Sergej Moya found himself in front of the camera for the first time in Edward Bergers cinema film FRAU 2 SUCHT HAPPY END. On set the 12 year old understood that the art of telling stories, in front as well as behind the camera, would grow to be more than just a hobby in his life. Ten years later, at the beginning of 2009 Sergej started shooting his currently untitled trilogy composed of AKT I: DIE BLAUE PERIODE, AKT II: HOLLYWOOD DRAMA and AKT III: ALS ICH MIR BEGEGNETE, thus making his debut as an author, director and producer. The shoot for AKT III is scheduled for 2011 in Berlin and Paris.
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+49 177 7535991Slaboshpytskiy Myroslav - GLUKHOTA / DEAFNESS (UA) 11min
Ukraine, 2010, HD, 11 min
A 10-minute episode in the life of deaf-and-dumb boarding school inmates is
reconstructed in real time.
Born 1974 in Kiev/Ukraine. He studied film directing at the College of Drama and Art and has worked for Dovshenko Studio in Kiev and Lenfilm in St.Petersburg. Apart from this, he has written several television screenplays and has published his work as a short story writer. After ‘The Incident’ in 2006, his third film ‘Diagnosis’ has been premiered at the 59 Berlin International Film Festival, ‘Deafness’ is his 4th film.
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+ 49 151-25119935Denes Nagy - BERLINSKAYA FUGA (HU) 14min
Hungary, 2009, Beta SP, 14 min
Shocking picture from the heart of Eastern Ukraine. Remains of European culture in the dark industrial metropolis of Donetsk. Smoke, pollution, stray dogs, endless lines of broken down block of flats. Alesia, a five year old girl growing up in love and hope in the warm family nest. Suddenly the day arrives when she has to face reality.
Born in 1980 in Budapest. He has been studying at the University for Theatre and Film of Budapest in the directing class of Janos Szasz since 2002. He spent a year at the Berlin Film Academy (DFFB) as a guest student in 2006/2007 studying under the guidance of Krassimir Krumov and Valeska Grisebach. He has made several short films that were shown at many significant festivals.
firstname.lastname@example.orgAlijan Nasirov - KYSHTOO / CATTLE CAMP (KG) 28min
Kyrgyzstan, 2010, DV, 28 min
A life of one Kyrgyz family living in high lands shown in the film.
A place where only people, wolfs and yaks can survive.
Torn from the delights of civilization and illnesses of the vanity, they live in harmony with nature. It nourishes their self-sufficiency.
He is 30 years old. In 2008, he graduated from Kyrgyzstan – Turkey “Manas” University, Faculty of Communication, Department of Radio, TV and Cinema.
The documentary Cattle Camp is his first film.
+996 312 49 27 59Bernd Oppl - KORRIDOR (AT) 4min
Austria, 2009, HD, 4 min
A spatial model rotating steadily around its own axis. The camera fixed to it makes the corridor and the image on screen seem static, while the white spheres within “float” through the room as if being moved by ghostly hands. In reproducing the model, a new filmic space is created – the viewer’s eye is subject to an illusion that is atypical of cinema.
Born in 1980 in Innsbruck, lives and works in Vienna.
Painting & Graphic Art at the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz (Class of Prof. Ursula Hübner), Diploma 2007; Video and Video Installation at the Acadamy of Fine Arts Vienna (Class of Prof. Dorit Margreiter), still ongoing;
Sponsorship Award for Contemporary Art of the state of Tyrol (2008)
Working grant of the University for Art and Industrial Design Linz (2008/09).
+43 65032 06222Jakub Piatek - MATKA / MOTHER (PO) 11min
Poland, 2009, Beta SP, 11 min
Tables screwed to the floor. One hour, that must suffice for two weeks, sometimes even a month. Meeting room in one of Polish jails. On one side: husbands, sons, fathers; on the opposite: children, wives, mothers. The film depicts the world of one of the mothers, her solitude and constant waiting.
The film was produced within the frame of “The First Documentary” Programme – run by Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, the Andrzej Munk Studio „The Young and Film”, Polish Filmmakers Association, Polish Film Institute and Polish Television.
He studied at the Polish National Film School in Lodz and Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Culture manager.
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+48 122946945Johan Pollefoort - AU BAL DES PENDUS / AT THE BALL OF THE HANGED (FR/BE) 8min
AU BAL DES PENDUS
France, Belgium, 2010, 35mm, 8 min
AT THE BALL OF THE HANGED
In death we get together, free and equal; there is nothing depressing in that.
This movie is a representation of a macabre dance.
Author of comic books and awarded animator, Johan Pollfoort graduated computer graphics at Lille, continuing his studies in animation at La Cambre, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Visuels in Brussels. Both his comics and films are inspired by the gothic novel.
2009 : Au Bal Des Pendus (Prix SACD, festival Anima 2010 Brussels)
2007 : Le voyageur s’exclame alors (Mention Spéciale festival d’Annecy 2008. Grand prix Krok festival 2008 Russia. Prix Cinergie, BeTV et SACD, festival Anima 2008 Brussels)
2006 : Death’s job (prix de la presse Anima 2007 Brussels)
2005 : L’humanité ?
2004 : A short story about…
2002 : Ghost Town
+33 32 0111 130Adnan Popović - LAOKOONGRUPPE: WALZERKÖNIG / KING OF THE WALTZ (AT) 5min
Austria, 2009, Beta SP, 5 min
LAOKONGRUPPE: KING OF THE WALTZ
Perfect stop-motion animation, “location”, the desk. The singer Karl Schwamberger (Laokoongruppe) performs as an animated figure on a stack of post-its, as the lyrics to Walzerkönig roll past on a till roll. Alongside there is a video within a video, a train journey drawn with a highlighter, and from time to time the director reveals himself – grabbing his coffee cup, or remodeling the film set as a miniature home disco.
Born 1979. He studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He works in the fields of film, video and animation.
+43 1 526 09 90-0Stuart Pound - NOT YOU AGAIN! (UK) 3:49
NOT YOU AGAIN!
UK, 2009, Beta SP, 3 min 49 sec
NOT YOU AGAIN!
Joyful self-hate in the recent snow.
He lives in London and has worked in film, digital video, sound and the visual arts since the early 1970’s, and hoping to return to painting in the future. Since 1995 he has collaborated with the poet Rosemary Norman on a number of diverse videos , work has been shown in a number of international festivals and also on the internet.
+44 20 8840 9421Iman Pourhasan - SPANDAR (IR) 18min
Iran, 2010, DV, 18 min
Shir Mohammad Spandar is from Baluch nation, living in the sunny territory that caress the hearts of human with Baluchistan ancient music.
Born in South of Iran. Graduated in filmmaking in Soureh Cinema University.
PERSIAN FILM CO.
+98 218 830 8665Krišs Salmanis - TVEICE / SWELTER (LV) 10min
Latvia, 2009, 35mm, 10 min
An idyllic Latvian country scene, so wonted that one is immediately bored. Thus the tree passes unnoticed. Originally conceived and shown as a video installation, “Swelter” has been adapted for screening purposes.
Born in Riga, and still lives and works there. His formal education includes establishments as diverse as an English public school, a christian academy, the Art Academy of Latvia and Media Art Academy in Cologne. He takes part in exhibitions on a regular basis both in Latvia and abroad and has had a number of solo shows. He has gained awards in the 13th Tallinn Print Triennial (Estonia) in 2004, 2nd International Competition for the work of art of the External Gallery of the City of Gdansk (Poland) in 2007, Waterpieces 2008 in Riga (Latvia) and other events. His works are in the collections of the Art Museum of Estonia, Latvian National Museum of Art, Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art and the Central and Eastern Europe video art archive Transitland.
+371 26487191Mauro Santini - NOTTURNO (IT) 7min
Italy, 2009, HD, 7 min
An indefinite image appears: a journey begins, a drift in the dark, in an unknown sea, waiting for a landing at the end of the night.
‘I have always tried to use shaky shots, unusable leaders or time dilation of fragments to find testimony of a past that has been lived.
In Notturno, this search continues within the image, penetrating it,
running the pleasurable risk of getting lost inside it.’
(Fano, Italy, 1965) since 2000 has composed a series of video diaries, stories told in the first person about time, memory and the search for oneself. One of these, ‘Da lontano’, won the Italian competition at the 2002 Torino Film Festival. He has participated at the international film festivals of Locarno, Oberhausen, Je-onju, Annecy, DocLisboa, Cinémas différents in Paris, Rencontres Paris/Berlin/Madrid,
Montpellier, Pesaro and Bellaria. In 2006, he made the feature film Flòr da Baixa and in 2008 he participated with different works at the festival La cité des yeux, une saison italienne, about Italian avant-garde cinema from 1968 to 2008, which was organized by the Cinémathèque française of Paris and curated by Nicole Brenez. His films are distributed by the Parisian association Collectif Jeune cinéma.
Collectif Jeune Cinema
+33 1 40 11 84 47Harald Schleicher - SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES (DE) 8:35min
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Germany, 2010, Digital, 8 min 35 sec
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
Today there is a certain stigma that surrounds smoking, but that wasn’t always the case: For many years the silver screen was practically paradise for smokers. This is where cigarette smoking became an institutionalised ritual in which the cool hero wasn’t worth his salt without a glowing fag, and a cigarette in the hand of a female star was regarded as sign of emancipation. And when a male film star offered a woman a light, it was partially seen as a type of erotic ceremony. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES is an homage to the stars that smoked on the silver screen.
1951 born in Backnang/Germany
1973 – 1979 Studies in Fine Arts
1983 – 1990 Studies in Cinematic Art, Promotion
1993 Professor for Cinematic Art in the Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz/Germany.
+49/611/9259220Goran Trbuljak - REVIZIJA / REVISION (HR) 3:21min
Croatia, 2009, Beta SP, 3 min 21 sec
Woman’s hands are thumbing through some six hundred drawings of peckers on the papers with the title of the measuring tools factory. They are closing and putting away the portfolio. Under the portfolio we can see, in photographic accuracy, a sample of what was in the drawings. The hand reaches for that unique sample only to discover it is also not real.
Born in Varaždin, Croatia in 1948. After High school of Applied Arts in Zagreb, he got his diploma from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Zagreb in 1972. In 1980 he graduated from the Academy for theater, film and television in Zagreb.
He exhibited on about 20 one-man shows and over 100 joint exhibitions. As a cameraman he filmed over 20 feature films and 20 short films and documentaries,
He was awarded many times for his visual art work and camera. He is a professor at the Academy of Drama Arts at the University of Zagreb.
+385 10 461 3689Patrick Wilen - MADAME DE SADE (CH) 5:13min
MADAME DE SADE
Switzerland, 2010, DVD, 5 min 13 sec
MADAME DE SADE
Performance: Maria Stoyanova
In 2009 Patrick Wilen resurrected xartcollection, a web-based art agency which specializes itself in selling Multiple Art. The company appeals primarily to architects, interior decorators, designers and art buyers, offering a selection of multiplied art works particularly suited for large projects such as casinos, hotels, corporate offices, conference rooms and municipal buildings.
The artists also work on special commissions and xartcollection will act as the link between the parties involved.
OB-ART PRODUCCIONS, SL
+34 935305623Taili Wu - ROUE (TW/US) 5:13min
Taiwan, USA, 2009, HD, 5 min 13 sec
This piece is composed by fragments of my dreams, childhood memories and emotions. “ROUE” is a Chinese word meaning rub back and forth & disorder something. As to me, the experiences of recalls bring me all the affections, both positive and negative. By producing this short film, I explore my unconscious, record my thoughts as a track, and create a way to comfort my emotions.
Taili originated from Taiwan. She received her MFA in Computer Art from School of Visual Arts, NY(2009). Currently, Wu experiments across-field in motion graphics and video design. She enjoys expressing through drawing, animation and photograph in metaphorical forms. She likes to create things and make surprises.
- Cyrus Frisch - OOGVERBLINDEND / DAZZLE (NL) 90min
The Netherlands, 2009, Beta SP, 90 min
This film tells the story of passionate love between two people who long for a more beautiful life. Through a trick of fate a man in Argentina and a young woman in Amsterdam find themselves connected by telephone. They share a sense of horror with the world around them, from which their conversation provides a welcome escape. Despite the physical distance they develop a strong bond. But even the passion ignited between them can’t avert a fatal ending.
(Amsterdam, 1969) is a Dutch avant-garde filmmaker. Filmmaker Magazine called him the wild man of Dutch film. According to Holland Film Frisch is one of the most daring filmmakers currently working in Holland.
His debut feature film Forgive me, meant as a critique of reality-TV culture, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2001) and set his name as a controversial filmmaker. Frisch himself plays the lead in that film. He pretends to be a devilish director without any ethical boundaries in search for the ultimate, exciting (fiction) film. He uses a group of (real) social outcasts and mentally handicapped as actors.
In 2009 Frisch finished Dazzle (aka Oogverblindend) he started shooting 15 years ago, with Dutch star-actress Georgina Verbaan and Rutger Hauer in the lead. Indiewire’s Eric Kohn describes Dazzle as a super-cool cinematic challenge. ARepulsion-like thriller stuffed into the aesthetics of a Chris Marker diary film. According to the Tribeca film festival catalogue, in Dazzle, Frisch creates his own unique vision of a socially engaged cinema. Dazzle is said to be Hauer’s first film in his homecountry in 29 years.
email@example.comJohan Grimonprez - DOUBLE TAKE (BE/NL/DE) 80min
Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, 2009, HD, 80 min
Director casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor, unwittingly caught up in a double take on the cold war period. The master says all the wrong things at all the wrong times while politicians on both sides desperately clammer to say the right things, live on TV. Double Take targets the global political rise of “fear as a commodity” in a tale of odd couples and double deals. As television hijacks cinema, and the Krushchev and Nixon debate rattles on, sexual politics quietly take off and Alfred himself emerges in a dandy new role on the TV, blackmailing housewives with brands they can’t refuse. The novelist Tom McCarthy writes a plot of personal paranoia to mirror the political intrigue, in which Hitchcock and his elusive double increasingly obsess over the perfect murder – of each other! Subverting a meticulous array of TV footage and using The Birds as an essential metaphor, Grimonprez traces catastrophe culture’s relentless assault on the home, from moving images’ inception to the present day.
Artist and filmmaker, he is visiting professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York and otherwise works in Brussels. He garnered a great deal of attention in 1999 for his
video collage Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, an aesthetically compelling, visually hypnotic roller coaster ride through the history of airplane hijackings, which won him “Best Director” awards at the international film festivals in San Francisco and Toronto. Grimonprez’s
most recent work, the short film Looking for Alfred (2005), a kind of sketch for Double Take, won the “Spirit Award” New York, the International Media Prize for Science and Art ZKM Karlsruhe (2005) and the European Media Award 2006.
+33 1 48 70 73 18Kyoung Rock Ham - SOOM / ELBOWROOM (KR) 102min
Kyoung Rock Ham
South Korea, 2010, HD, 102 min
A welfare institution for the disabled founded by a pastor. Here, long cast aside by society and nowhere to go, people with disability have been subject to physical and sexual abuse behind the veil, with their basic human rights ignored and trampled upon. At the institution, however, Soohee, suffering from cerebral palsy, falls in love with Minsoo who also suffers from the same illness. Despite its restrictive and repressive environment of the institution, they struggle to find happiness in the midst of their plight. An investigation into the malpractices of the institution is launched following a petition by a volunteer worker, who, after discovering inadvertently that Soohee has been pregnant, suspects that sexual abuse has taken place. Irrespective of her wish, Soohee is taken to other institution where she, as a victim of sexual abuse, is deemed well protected. However, for Soohee, a different form of confinement awaits her new life.
Kyoung Rock Ham
Born in 1978
2004 VJ (Video Journalist) at Jeonju Broadcast, JTV
2005 Founded an independent film company, “Rolling Film”
Visual Art installation for “dongmoon”
2007 Visual Art installation for “Dilution” (collaboration “Values & Collaboration” 2007)
Program Director for “The Road,” a project commissioned by Korea Arts and Culture Education Service
2008 Program Director for a project commissioned by Korea Arts and Culture Education Service
+82 63 228 5545Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen - LI FA DIAN DE NU ER / MY DAUGHTER (MY) 76min
Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen
LI FA DIAN DE NU ER
Malaysia, 2009, DV, 76 min
This film touches the delicate tale of a small town girl, Faye, and the life she shares closely with her single mother, a hair dresser, who single-handedly raised Faye. Set in the old town of Malacca, away from the normality of modern living, 18 year old Faye crawls into life fencing off degenerating stares and talks of conservative rumourmongers about her young mother’s disgraced single-parenthood.
Charlotte Lim Lay Kuen
Born in the historical town of Malacca in 1981, Charlotte Lim has assisted in direction and production for Malaysian new wave pioneers like James Lee and Ho Yuhang in films like ‘Things We Do when We Fall in Love’ (James Lee); ‘Sanctuary’, ‘Rain Dogs’ and later on ‘At The End of Daybreak’ (Ho Yuhang).
In 2005, Charlotte got the opportunity to work as Assistant Director for notable directors like Tsai Ming Liang in ‘I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone’ and Ang Lee in ‘Lust. Caution’. She continues her dedication as an Assistant Director for her fellow Malaysian new wave filmmakers in the multi-award-winning ‘Flower In The Pocket’ (Liew Seng Tat). Recently she contributed as the Head of Art Department in Tan Chui Mui’s latest feature film ‘The Year Without A Summer’. ‘My Daughter’ is Charlotte’s debut feature, which has garnered support from the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals. It won the Jury Prize at 9th Marrakech International Film Festival. The jury of panel was chaired by the Iranian renowned director, Abbas Kiarostami & he highly praised the film as pure cinema.
firstname.lastname@example.orgGyörgy Pálfi - NEM VAGYOK A BARÁTOD / I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND (HU) 100min
NEM VAGYOK A BARÁTOD
Hungary, 2009, 35mm, 100 min
I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND
Sara loves Mark. They are going to have a baby. Mark also loves Sara – in his own way. Mark loves Sophie too. Just as well as Sophie loves Mark. But Sophie does not like when she is cheated. She rather likes if she is pampered. And Andras likes to pamper Sophie. Andras would be happy to pamper his wife, Rita too. Because he loves her. He loves to twist the tail of her. But Rita does not like to be twitted. She would like to take care of somebody. So she takes care of Natasha. But Natasha does not care with anybody. She is dying. She is in love with life. And life means Jimmy for her rightnow. For Jimmy life also means Natasha – especially if she pays back the money he owes to Etele, that would save his life. Because Etele does not give mercy. Neither does Petra to Etele. Petra loves Etele. But Etele still loves Sara instead. And Sara loves Etele too – in her own way. I AM NOT YOUR FRIEND is a film of improvisations – not only from the part of the nine amateur actors, but from the D.O.P, the director and the scriptwriters as well. The story unfolded itself instantly by the reactions and ideas of actors during the 20 days of shooting and developed into what is presented to the audience. But the story perhaps is less important than the world which opens up in front of us, a taste of Budapest in January 2008. And even more important is the revelation that all those we travel next to on the metro or on the tram or those we stand together in the queue at the grocery or those we sit together in the cinema, they are all the same humans as we are. A little bit good a little bit evil but definitely extremely exciting and lovable – in their own way.
Filmski redatelj, rođen 11. travnja 1974. u Budimpešti, Mađarska
Studij: 1995. –2000. Akademija za kazalište i film, Budimpešta; filmska režija
Nagrade: 2007. Nagrada Balázs Béla, dodjeljuje je mađarsko Ministarstvo kulture
2006. Viteški križ reda za zasluge Republike Mađarske
2009 I Am Not Your Friend
2003 ShaMan vs. Ikarus – part of A Bus Came…
1999 Round and Round
1999 Devil’s Knot, the 7th room in the Knock-knock
1997 The Fish – Ichthys
1993 Break & Csekk II.
1987 – 1990: first experiments S8 format
+36 1 252 50 69Nikolay Renard / Yelena Renard - MAMA (RU) 71min
Nikolay Renard / Yelena Renard
Russia, 2010, Super 16, 71 min
An old mother and her overweighed son are living in a humble little flat. Their only source of living is their sick benefits. Mother put her whole life for raising her only son, alone without a man. But she couldn’t resist him on time, and, made him almost helpless. She doesn’t give him any chance to grow up. But mother doesn’t realize that she had ruined his life, by keeping him always by her side. She is mad at him because he can’t help himself in every days life needs.
Son is suffering. He wants to live, he has dreams and desires. But his mother says that he is pathetic and that she spoiled her life because of him. Guilty feelings are coming all over him, and he decides to go to his father, a person he never saw before. His mother packing his things, she is mad at him, but can’t change his mind. The decision to leave her, is the first decision in his life.
When everything set, and son is asleep, mother realizes, that from next day she is free from her son, but that also means total loneliness and emptiness for her. She decides not to wake him up and from the next day, start to treat him differently.
In the morning, she finds out, that the airplane, he was suppose to fly on, had crushed. She is shocked, but happy. She thinks that she had “saved” her son as always.
But the destiny had freed him from her…
Nikolay Renard / Yelena Renard
Mama is the debut for Yelena and Nikolay as film directors and script writers. Nikolay Renard fell into cinema through visual arts and oil painting. Yelena – through script writing. He studied at the Postgraduate School of Scriptwriters and Film Directors in Moscow. She is a self educated film maker. This film is their first experience of united directing.
+7 985 2246451Ben Russell - LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY (US) 135min
LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY
USA, 2009, 16mm, 135 min
LET EACH ONE GO WHERE HE MAY
Stunning feature debut, a film that both partakes in and dismantles traditional ethnography, opts for mystery and natural beauty over annotation and artifice, and employs unconventional storytelling as a means toward historical remembrance. A rigorous, exquisite work with a structure at once defined and winding, the film traces the extensive journey of two unidentified brothers who venture from the outskirts of Paramaribo, Suriname over land and through rapids, past a Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River, in a rehearsal of the voyage undertaken by their ancestors who escaped from slavery at the hands of the Dutch 300 years prior. A path still travelled to this day, its changing topography bespeaks a diverse history of forced migration.
(1976, USA) He is an itinerant media artist and curator whose films and performances have been presented in spaces ranging from 14th Century Belgian monasteries to 17th Century East India Trading Co. buildings, police station basements to outdoor punk squats, Japanese cinematheques to Parisian storefronts, as well as solo screenings at the Rotterdam Film Festival and the Museum of Modern Art. A 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and 2010 FIPRESCI award recipient, Ben began the Magic Lantern screening series in Providence, Rhode Island, is co-director of the artist-run space BEN RUSSELL in Chicago, and he currently teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
email@example.comAnocha Suwichakornpong - JAO NOK KRAJOK / MUNDANE HISTORY (TH) 82min
JAO NOK KRAJOK
Thailand, 2009, 35mm, 82 min
Ake, paralyzed after an accident, is waiting for the new male nurse’s arrival. Lonely and embittered, he lives surrounded by employees in a formerly gorgeous residence alongside his authoritarian father he hates. His inner world enlightens through hypnotycal pictures of the cosmos as his daily life is sapped by his overall impotence. When the nurse arrives, Ake starts bullying him before finding a way out he no longer expected thanks to his new companion.
Born in Thailand in 1976, Anocha Suwichakornpong, also known as “Mai”, spent the 90s living in England where she received her BA and MA. Early last year, she graduated from the MFA film programme at Columbia University, New York, where she was a recipient of a Hollywood Foreign Press Association Fellowship. In
February 2006, Anocha attended the Berlinale Talent Campus. Her feature-length script, The White Room, was among the fifteen scripts chosen to participate in their Script Clinic programme. In May 2006, Anocha’s thesis, Graceland, became the
first Thai short film to be included in the Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival (Cinéfondation). Jao Nok Krajok has received support from the Hubert Bals Fund from the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
A few years ago, Anocha and her producer friend, Soros Sukhum, established Electric Eel Films, a production house based in Bangkok.
ELECTRIC EEL FILMS
+66 89 728 9411Ludwig Wüst - KOMA (AT) 82min
Austria, 2009, HD, 82 min
Hans lives in a small town near Vienna. Profession: taxi driver. Married. One son. Hans has a secret. It will tear his family apart.
There is only one person he can return to: a woman from the past.
At first, the film shows a petty bourgeois life: family stress during the preparation of a birthday, invited guest coming too early, the beginning of the party. Only the man celebrating his 50th jubilee does not appear. He leaves his car and strolls through the forest. When he eventually comes back home, there is nothing more to say. So he runs away. To save, what is left.
Born in Bavaria, lives and works in Vienna since 1987.
Studies from 1987 to 1990 in acting and singing at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna.
Since 1990 director, author, actor. 40 productions for theater and opera in Vienna, Leipzig, Berlin and Frankfurt. Since 1999 filmmaker.
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- Antoine Boutet - LE PLEIN PAYS (FR) 58min
LE PLEIN PAYS
France, 2009, DigiBeta, 58 min
LE PLEIN PAYS
A man has been living for thirty years as a recluse in a forest in France. Alone, he hews out deep underground tunnels and galleries, which he decorates with old-fashioned engravings. They must withstand the planetary disaster that has been announced, and they must explain things, through their perceptive messages, to future inhabitants. The film recounts this experience as lived on the sidelines of modern society, affected as it is by human wretchedness and the loss, once and for all, of a perfect world.
Works in Montreuil, France. Artist and filmmaker, his recent films include documentaries ZONE OF INITIAL DILUTION (2006) and CONSERVATION_CONVERSATION (2005), experimental films UTOPIA (2005) and PLUS OU MOINS (2004). In 2010, a documentary film project untitled TAMING THE WATERS will be realized in China. Selected video-installations and site-specific art projects have been recently exhibited in Pratt Manhattan Gallery/ New York, Biennale de Selest’Art/ France, Galerie des Filles-du-Calvaire/ Paris, Kunstraum
Walcheturm/ Zürich, Lianzhou International Photo Festival/ Chine, Ateliers des Arques, Musée d’Art Contemporain les Abattoirs/ Toulouse, Festival Estudio Abierto/ Buenos Aires.
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+33 1 53 41 03 54Comes Chahbazian - ICI-BAS / DOWN HERE (BE/FR) 55min
Belgium, France, 2010, DV, 55 min
Loss of family space, work space, urban space and memory space. These four subdivisions of space tested by time, searching for and responding to each other, contaminated by chaos in a town falling apart.
I am of that earth that I have never known. As with so many children of the Armenian diaspora, I was raised with the images of a country that are maintained by cultural and community memory. Beyrouth was the place of my childhood, Brussels, the place of my teenage years and now adulthood. Yerevan is the place that I carry within me, never touched, never known.
Ici-Bas (Down Here), my latest film, was the opportunity to realise this encounter.
+32 484 66 47 61Andrey Gryazev - SANJA I WOROBEI / SANYA AND SPARROW (RU) 61min
SANJA I WOROBEI
Russia, 2009, DV, 61 min
SANYA AND SPARROW
Russia. Centre Moscow. Of 6 km from the Kremlin. It is an episode of the life of two workers from the crush stone terminal. It happened so that the two guys – Sanya, 37 y.o. and Sparrow, 19 y.o. – who had arrived in Moscow got acquainted in so unusual circumstances. The first problems appeared when their salary was suspended. Now Sparrow can’t return home without documents and money, and Sanya is not able to leave Sparrow alone here at the plant. How long will they have to wait for money? How can two persons on the edge of despair support each other? Behind huge problems and conflicts there are usual human thoughts and emotions, there are unbelievable dreams of the further life.
Was born in Moscow 15.02.1982. Professional sportsman – figure skating. Competitor of World and European Championships. Graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Culture as director of theatrical performances (2004), worked as ballet dancer at «The Igor Bobrin Theatre of Miniatures on Ice». Graduated from the First National School of TV as editor (2006). Worked as director of photography and editor at Yu.Lyubimov Theatre on Taganka. Graduated from the Higher Courses of Film Writers & Directors (2008, workshop of Andrey Gerasimov, Andrey Dobrovolsky).
firstname.lastname@example.orgJorge León - VOUS ETES SERVIS / YOU ARE SERVED (BE) 60min
VOUS ÊTES SERVIS
Belgium, 2010, Beta SP, 60 min
YOU ARE SERVED
Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2009. In a recruitment Centre, women undergo training to become maids. They learn how to use a microwave, how to be polite, their future employer’s language and stamina at work. Tens of thousands of them leave each month for Asia or the Middle East in the hope of bringing a better salary back home. But hope sometimes turns into a nightmare: overworked and mistreated, they are reduced to a state of slavery. Their stories lie behind the domestic function for which they were trained, revealed in looks, words, laughter and shocking silence.
Born 1967. He graduated at the Brussels Institut Natonal Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS) and has been working as a photographer and film director. He was also active a dramatist and stage designer for various projects. As a photographer, he worked for Belgian and foreign artists and companies, among who Olga de Soto, Wim Vandekeybus and Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods. Léon’s photos have been exhibited at various locations across Belgium and abroad and were published in newspapers such as The Times and Libération. At the 1999 Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Léon created his installation Unfinished Stories. More recently he has been active primarily as a filmmaker, with a series of films including De Sable et de Ciment (2003), Vous êtes Ici (2006), Between Two Chairs (2007) and 10min. (2009).
+32 4 8668 7768Pawel Lozinski - CHEMIA / CHEMO (PL) 58min
Poland, 2009, 35mm, 58 min
Patients in an oncology clinic receive chemotherapy. Their faces can be seen in a close-up. They lie in pairs and hold fascinating conversations. Life seen from a different perspective, a distance offered by a hospital, reveals its value, sense and charm. Why so late?
Director, scriptwriter and producer of documentary and fiction films born in 1965 in Warsaw. He earned his degree from the Film Directing Department of Łódź Film School. His documentary films include Birthplace (1992), The Way It Is (1999), Sisters (1999), Between the Doors (2004), Wygnańcy (2005), Kitty, Kitty (2008) and Chemo (2009). He has won prestigious awards at festivals in Bornholm, Paris, Leipzig and Krakow.
KRAKOW FILM FOUNDATION
+48 12 294 69 45Sudabeh Mortezai - IN THE BAZAAR OF SEXES (AT) 85min
IN THE BAZAAR OF THE SEXES
Austria, 2009, HD, 85 min
IN THE BAZAAR OF THE SEXES
This film is a relentlessly honest, eye-opening, and sometimes funny account of Islamic sexual and gender politics. Following the real life stories of strong protagonists the film gives an insight into the institution of temporary marriage, also called lust-marriage, a Shia practice that allows a man and a woman to legally marry for a fixed period of time ranging from one hour to 99 years.
The protagonists live their lives with resourcefulness and a great sense of humor. The film portrays them in a direct, honest and emotionally intimate way. Overshadowed by the ubiquitous visual presence of religion, the film tells personal stories about love, lust, money, about the yearning for happiness and the struggle for survival.
Born 1968 in Ludwigsburg, Germany, Sudabeh grew up in Tehran and Vienna.
She received her MA in theater and film studies from the University of Vienna in 1994. She worked as a programmer for film festivals and organized a number of film events as the manager and curator of Filmcasino, an independent arthouse theater in Vienna. After completing UCLA’s certificate program in Film, TV, and Digital Entertainment Media in 2003, Sudabeh worked as an assistant director and production manager on The Writing Code, a documentary series for PBS filmed all over the US and in Egypt, Iran, and the UK. She directed and produced several short films before making her feature-length documentary “Children of the Prophet”.
2007 founder of Freibeuter Film.
+43 720 346 510José Padilha - SECRETS OF THE TRIBE (UK) 94min
SECRETS OF THE TRIBE
Brasil, 2009, HD, 94 min
SECRETS OF THE TRIBE
What happens when western anthropologists descend on the Amazon and proceed to make one of the last ‘unacculturated tribes’ on the planet, the Yanomami Indians, the most exhaustively filmed and studied tribe on the planet? The film is an acute study of the clashing of these two tribes, the wars amongst them and uncovers horrendous secrets long buried.
The 1960s. Seeking adventure, they thrust themselves into dark, mysterious places on the planet… They were young men, fresh out of college, seeking change and adventure. The anthropologists from France and America. They rejected their own cultures’ rites of passage, instead being drawn to exotic climes to make their own. They took a PhD or a film camera and a sense of academic mission with them. They sought out dangerous and unknown tribes to live with and study. They broke with their own cultures, in order to lose themselves or find themselves in others.
How could ‘science’ go so wrong?
He wrote, produced and directed his first fiction feature, ELITE SQUAD in 2007. It won the Golden Bear 2008 at the Berlinale and was the most seen Brazilian film that year.
His documentary BUS 174 was honoured by the Director’s Guild of America for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. The film won Best Documentary, Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival; Best Documentary, São Paulo International Film Festival; Best Documentary, Miami International Film Festival; Best International Premiere, One World Broadcasting Trust; a special Amnesty International Award, Rotterdam International Film Festival; FIPRESCI award for best Brazilian Film.
He is about to direct ELITE SQUAD II and is developing the screenplay of his next feature film, MARCHING POWDER. He has major feature films in development with Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and Lions Gate.
+49 221 2005280Stefano Savona - PIOMBO FUSO / CAST LEAD (IT) 82min
Italy, 2009, HD, 82 min
One can’t get in or out of Gaza. It’s January 6, 2009, the eleventh day of the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip. Air-raid bombings and intensifying land attacks are taking place behind the insurmountable wall which separates Gaza from the rest of the world, but witnesses have been unable to penetrate the Strip to date. It’s been impossible to force the air-tight block to the international press imposed by occupying forces. Only the dead, the wounded, and some trucks bringing medication pass the Egyptian frontier. Those come to describe the war have to make do with the odd phrase snatched from first-aid helpers, as all lenses point towards the dense columns of black smoke rising in the distance from between the houses on the other side. All of a sudden, as if by chance, a tiny crack in the impermeable defence system occurs, and a very small number of people manage to get in. Amongst them, a director with a TV camera. This film is about what that camera was able to film across the border, the simple tale, using those images, of daily life in Gaza during the last tragic days of operation ‘Cast Lead’.
Born in Palermo in 1969. He studied archaeology and anthropology in Rome and took part in various digs in Sudan, Egypt, Turkey and Israel.
He started to work as an independent photographer in 1995. Since 1999, he has been mainly working as director and producer of documentaries.
His works include numerous video installations such as the ones for the collective exhibition Mutations (2000) at Bordeaux’s Arc-en-Re^ve, La Città infinita (2003) and Dreams (2004) at Milan’s Triennale, D-Day (2005) in Paris at the Centre Pompidou, Bombay-Maximum City (2006) in Lille at the Espace Tri-Postal, and the following documentaries; Roshbash Badolato (1999), A Border of Mirror (2002), Notes from a Kurdish Rebel (2006) International Prize from SCAM at the Festival International du Réel in Paris, nomination for Davide di Donatello, Genziana d’oro at the Trento Film Festival 2007, Premio Casa Rossa at the 25th Bellaria Film Festival.
Since 2007 he teams up steadily with the production company Pulsemedia. His last film PiomboFuso-CastLead (2009) won the Ciné Cinéma Special Jury Prize at Locarno Film Festival 2009 (Filmmakers of the Present Competition) and an Honorable Mention Image Award at RIDM – Rencontres internationales du documentaire Montréal 2009.
+39 52 224 3080Alina Skrzeszewska - SONGS FROM THE NICKEL (US/DE) 83min
SONGS FROM THE NICKEL
USA, Germany, 2010, Beta SP, 83 min
SONGS FROM THE NICKEL
Sirens, screams, laughter, bartering: these are the sounds sweeping into the rooms of Downtown Los Angeles’ old forgotten hotels. Their inhabitants’ stories tell of lives lived on the margins. Some residents stay for a few months. Others have lived there for as long as 40 years. Director Alina Skrzeszewska shot SONGS FROM THE NICKEL while living in one of the hotels herself. The result is a strikingly intimate portrait of this largely invisible community. A layered image of America’s diverse urban landscape unfolds, with all its fractures and traumas, as well as its potential.
Born in Wroclaw/Poland. During the politically charged years after the outbreak of the Solidarity movement her family emigrated to West Germany, and Alina grew up in Munich. She studied Stage Design and Art&Media at the University of the Arts in Berlin, and received an MFA in Film&Video from the California Institute of the Arts. Alina’s work meanders between essayistic and documentary forms. Her films often talk about fringes, borders, boundaries: be they spaces that carry borders within them, or people whose lives are somehow fractured. Songs from the Nickel (2010) is her first documentary feature.
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- Claudio Bondi - PIETRO GERMI: IL BRAVO IL BELLO IL CATTIVO / THE GOOD THE BEAUTIFUL THE BAD (IT) 60min
PIETRO GERMI: IL BRAVO IL BELLO IL CATTIVO
Italy, 2008, 60 min
PIETRO GERMI: THE GOOD THE BEAUTIFUL THE BAD
The film centres around the four significant periods of Pietro Germi’s work: neorealism, his great genre films, the invention of the Italian comedy and his attempts, towards the end of his career, to follow new narrative structures. These reference points do not cover all areas of his filmography, but they do provide a neat summary of the artistic journey that lead him to change genre but never style. Therefore we move from images of a Sicily that bears a remarkable resemblance to the landscapes in John Ford’s work, to Gadda-inspired detective plots set in the Rome of the 1950s, to the three great comedies that are central to his filmography and finally onto the highly-debated films he made with Adriano Celentano,
Gianni Morandi and Dustin Hoffman, which were still very successful with the public.
A sixty minute portrait that reveals the formidable cinematic legacy of “the great carpenter”, as his friend Federico Fellini affectionately called him. The documentary uses archive footage from the Teche Rai, excerpts from his films and previously unseen material that has been meticulously restored.
Born in Rome in 1944, graduated in Arts from the Institute of Theatre History at Rome University in 1969. Won a scholarship for the two-year directors’ course at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome, from which he graduated in 1971.
1971 to 1974: assistant director on Roberto Rossellini’s TV movies: Augustine of Hippo, The Age of the Medici, Leon Battista Alberti; director of “behind the scenes” documentary for Blaise Pascal; collaborated with Vittorio De Seta and Marianne Ahrne (now head of the Swedish Film Institute) on the TV series Divorce and the film Vicino lontano. Wrote and directed numerous TV series for Rai Uno, Rai Tre, Orf, Zdf, Reiac Film, Veradia Film , Cinelife, C.E.M, Intervideo, Telesia, Four Corners Prod. Inc. (New York), Promo Media (New York), Telelatino (Toronto), Nitra S.A. (Madrid), Satel Film (Vienna), Almaro (Munich).
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+39 06 3215486Andrew Davies / André Schäfer - ROCK HUDSON – SCHÖNER FREMDER MANN / DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER (DE) 95min
Andrew Davies / André Schäfer
ROCK HUDSON – SCHÖNER FREMDER MANN
Germany, 2010, 95 min
ROCK HUDSON – DARK AND HANDSOME STRANGER
Rock Hudson was a virile screen idol who was the epitome of clean-cut masculinity. He was one of the first Hollywood celebrities to die of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, providing the killer virus with a famous face amidst the American AIDS paranoia of 1985. 2010 is not only the 25th anniversary of his death, but would also have been his 85th birthday. Born as Roy Harold Scherer Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois Rock secretly dreamed of becoming an actor. After arriving in Hollywood his name was changed into ROCK HUDSON – a name ringing of ruggedness and testosterone. The all-American movie idol was now ready for action and perfectly suited for the typical beefcake roles he was destined for. The Hollywood system was not ready for tolerating homosexuals. To prove his masculinity in public, Hudson had to take starlets out for dinner in order to protect his secret double-life behind the scenes. In the 1950s he even married his manager’s secretary Phyllis Gates, a marriage which lasted only three years. In the late sixties a fresh generation of revolutionary films started to hit the cinemas – the so-called New Hollywood. Rock Hudson’s movie career started to fade but he continued working for television. He starred in the successful detective series “McMillan and Wife” and played in the legendary eighties soap “Dynasty”, which bought Rock Hudson into millions of living rooms. But viewers could see that he was not looking as fit as he used to. The symptoms of AIDS were beginning to take their toll.
Who was the real Rock Hudson? Was he a kind of invented personality? Rock always said that his real-life reflected his movie life and vice versa. The film will investigate the many film roles Rock Hudson played, against the more intimate and private world of Roy Fitzgerald, uncovering and revealing what was happening behind the superficial scenarios and double values in Hollywood. Rock Hudson was a star doing a secret balancing act between private, and public, between the heterosexual world of an obviously very male looking star and the dark side of forbidden sexuality as a closeted gay.
Born 29th April 1951 in Walsall, England. Master in Fine Art, Art History, Philosophy, Parapsychology and Creative Writing at Birmingham College of Art and The Royal College of Art, London; lecturer at Ports-mouth College of Art, work in theatre and feature film, UK and Germany; translator for film, TV and radio features, subtitling for films; lecturer for creative writing and translation at Cologne University; several documentary features and magazine programmes about art, music, literature and film for WDR, NDR, 3sat, ZDF and ARTE. Since 2003 author and director at FLORIANFILM GmbH, Cologne.
Born 30th August 1966 in Troisdorf, Germany. Degree in History and Journalism at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and attends the GermanSchool of Journalism, Munich. Freelance journalist for diverse newspapers e.g. Die Zeit, Frankfurter Rundschau and taz. Freelance director for WDR, ARD, stern TV, 3sat, ZDF and ARTE since 1992. Since 2002 partner of FLORIANFILM GmbH, Cologne.
+49 221 2005280Tommaso Lusena de Sarmiento / Giuseppe Schillaci - THE CAMBODIAN ROOM – SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D'AGATA (IT/FR) 55min
Tommaso Lusena de Sarmiento / Giuseppe Schillaci
THE CAMBODIAN ROOM – SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D’AGATA
Italy, France, 2009, 55 min
THE CAMBODIAN ROOM – SITUATIONS WITH ANTOINE D’AGATA
Antoine D’Agata, a photographer from Magnum Agency, is in Phom Penh (Cambodia). Drugs, sex and errance are his autobiographical subjects, but in Cambodia his artistic trail seems to reach an utmost point. After devoting his art to picture desolated landscapes and borderline realities all around the world, Antoine D’Agata focuses his art on body and flesh, in a narrow room. In Cambodia he spends many weeks locked in Lee’s room, a prostitute, smoking Ice, a South East Asia drug similar to Crack. Antoine lives a kind of desperate and paradoxal „love story“ with Lee, smoking dope and trying to take pictures of his intimate relationship with her.
This film catches the hidden part of his art-life; his choice of living sex and drugs as both cure and conviction. An apocalyptic and sublime course, similar to the ones of other heretic artists of contemporary culture, from Kerouac to Artaud, from Bacon to Pasolini.
Tommaso Lusena de Sarmiento
Born in Milan in 1977. After attending the Saint Lucas Film School in Brussels, moved to Berlin, where he prepared his graduating thesis for the Accademia di Brera and directed his first shorts. In 2003, he moved to Rome, where he worked as assistant cameraman on sets for films such as Quiet Chaos by Antonello Grimaldi and The Return of Cagliostro di Ciprì and Maresco.
Born in Palermo on 1978. Graduated in Communication Studies; Master in Show Business Management at the University of Bologna on 2002. Cultural journalist since 2005. On 2010 he published the novel L’anno delle ceneri (Nutrimenti Edizioni).
Since 2004 he works as a free-lance producer and director for documentary films. He is member of EURODOC, Doc It and participated to many pitching forum (Docs Barcelona, Thessaloniki, IDS). He worked as location manager for the docu-fiction “Prove per una tragedia siciliana” by John Turturro (2008); production assistant for the feature film The Palermo Shooting by Wim Wenders (2007). Script-writer and project development manager for the companies Eurofilm and Cinemare (2005-2006).
+39 185 1870 572Paladino Film Group - ANDRZEJ WAJDA: ROBMY ZDJECIE! / LET'S SHOOT! (PL) 54min
Paladino Film Group
ANDRZEJ WAJDA: ROBMY ZDJECIE!
Poland, 2009, 54 min
ANDRZEJ WAJDA: LET’S SHOOT!
This documentary portrait of the most famous founder of the Polish cinema was made by four students of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Their observations, captured on the filming location of Katyń at the turn of 2006 and 2007, combined with the fragments of the director’s monologue make an original picture, different from the familiar and popular image of Andrzej Wajda promoted by the media.
Paladino Film Group
Piotr Stasik – since 2002 he has been the head and coordinator of the Association of Creative Initiatives ‘ę’;
Thierry Paladino – studied in Marseilles, made an award-winning documentary At the
Marcin Sauter – graduate of Łódź Film School, he has been working as a photographer of ‘Gazeta Wyborcza’, a Polish daily, and has his own documentary Programme on TV3 Polish television;
Maciej Cuske – artistic director and author of award-winning documentaries such as Silence (2003), The Cure (2004) and Old Bookstore (2005).
They met at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing and this is when their cooperation began.
KRAKOW FILM FOUNDATION
+48 1 2294 4945Léa Rinaldi - BEHIND JIM JARMUSCH (FR) 52min
BEHIND JIM JARMUSCH
France, 2009, 52 min
BEHIND JIM JARMUSCH
It’s springtime in sunny Sevilla. Léa Rinaldi, camera in hand, shadows the director
and his film crew. For one of the few times in his career, the author of Stranger than
Paradise and Dead man has allowed a camera, during three days to breach into
his creative arena. From the labyrinthine alleys of Sevilla to its orange-tree shaded
squares, or to a bunker-like studio, the young French filmmaker leads us into the
set pulse. It’s an initiation to Time, the time it takes to make a movie.
She holds a Masters Degree in media studies (obtained at the Sorbonne University in Paris IV) and a Masters degree in Literature (from the Havana university in Cuba). She started as a media reporter for channels such as Canal+, CinéCinéma and MK2, shooting and editing film-related newsflashes. She then moved on to directing short fictions, documentaries and experimental films. Behind Jim Jarmusch is her first feature-length documentary film.
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- Cynthia Beatt - THE INVISIBLE FRAME (DE) 60min
THE INVISIBLE FRAME
Germany, 2009, HD, 60 min
THE INVISIBLE FRAME
In June 2009, Cynthia Beatt and Tilda Swinton re-traced the line of the Wall that once isolated Berlin from East and West Germany. “The Invisible Frame“ describes this journey, the print of a second foot, a Wall’s fall and 21 years later, through varied landscapes, this time on both sides of the former Wall. The stagnation of organic growth that characterized the areas separated by the Wall, is now repla¬ced by unchecked nature and building development. The rhythmic interaction of fixed camera and tracking shots combine in a vibrant orbiting of Berlin, visually intertwining west and east. Tilda Swinton’s personal reflections are integrated as inner monologues and complete the film’s soundscape composed by Simon Fis¬her Turner, who collaborated with Derek Jarman and Tilda Swinton in the 80’s.Cynthia Beatt - CYCLING THE FRAME (DE) 27min
CYCLING THE FRAME
Germany, 1988, DV, 27 min
CYCLING THE FRAME
In 1988 I was asked by the Berlin TV to contribute to a series of short films made by foreigners called “Views from Outside”. My film was “Cycling The Frame”. Tilda Swinton ‘performed’ as the cyclist who followed the 160 km Berlin Wall, beginning and ending at the Brandenburg Gate. Simon Fisher Turner cycled with me while I selected shooting locations along the Wall and collected sounds which were later re-worked to create a Soundwall, as well as taping Tilda’s fleeting reflections and ruminations after we finished shooting. One year later the prophetic moment when Tilda’s hand caresses a sticker on the Wall that reads “Berlin will be Wall-free” was realised when East Germans streamed into West Berlin on November 9th.
Born in Jamaica. Lived in Jamaica and the Fiji Islands for twenty years. Art Academy in England, followed by journeys in the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan and India. Based in Berlin since 1975.
www.rbb-media.deSándor Kardos - A SÍRÁSÓ / THE GRAVEDIGGER (HU) 85min
Hungary, 2010, 35mm, 85 min
Ever since I started making films it has bothered me in a certain sense that film images are far too concrete, because technically they try to imitate the sense of space characteristic of everyday life. So the story ignites the imagination only to be slowed down by the images and stops the viewer from taking a flight of fantasy. I have always been searching for an intrinsically different tool in filmmaking. One that could record space in its temporal progression. I would never have thought it existed!
Born in Budapest in 1944. Graduated in Hungarian literature/linguistics and cultural management from the ELTE University, then in cinematography from the Hungarian Academy of Drama and Film. Since 1979 he has been working as a cinematographer for the Hungarian Film Production Company (MAFILM) and as a director and DOP for the Hungarian National Television (MTV). Directed his first full-length feature film Winning Ticket /Telitalálat with Illés Szabó in 2003.
+36 1 351 7760 61Les LeVeque - A LITTLE GIRL DREAMS OF A NEW PLURALISM MEANWHILE THE OLD WAR CONTINUES (US) 94min
A LITTLE GIRL DREAMS OF A NEW PLURALISM MEANWHILE THE OLD WAR CONTINUES
USA, 2009, HD, 94 min
A LITTLE GIRL DREAMS OF A NEW PLURALISM MEANWHILE THE OLD WAR CONTINUES
This is a feature length hallucinatory re-edit of Wee Willie Winkie, the 1937 film based on a Rudyard Kipling story directed by John Ford and starring a young Shirley Temple and Cesar Romero as Khoda Khan. Set in Northern India in 1897 during the British occupation little Shirley brings peace between the warring Nationalist Khan and the British occupiers. The re-editing structure moves the film to the perceptual edge of coherency. Doubled images dance with each other while words emerge from a dialog of babble and bag pipes.
In the work of Les LeVeque we encounter insights born – not only the formal strategies deployed, (condensation, expansion, reversal, mirroring…) – but of the ecstatic destruction of the reified “realities” of the consciousness industries, the purveyors of the spectacle. They remind us – and even now we are in need of that reminder – that these “realities,” presented as eternal as they are in fact shallow are, after all, pliable, not fixed. They are subject to investigation, they may be reconfigured as games in which we are in control, where the terrors and seductions to which they subject us in their unilateral discourse may be altered according to our will, for our pleasure and amusement, for our provocation, for increasing our understanding of the machines of consciousness that process us. They are important viewing and they are considerable achievements. They remind us that the insights and efforts of a single individual can be deployed via computational means to wreak havoc with the massively and expensively constructed tissue of lies that envelope us. And just as important: they are smart and they are fun.
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+1 312 345 3550Ran Slavin - THE INSOMNIAC CITY CYCLES (IL) 70min
THE INSOMNIAC CITY CYCLES
Israel, 2009, HD, 70 min
THE INSOMNIAC CITY CYCLES
A man wakes up with a bullet wound in an abandoned parking garage in Tel Aviv, having lost his memory and a gun. As the man struggles to recall his recent past, a woman wakes up in a Shanghai hotel from a similar dream.
Through a fragmented non linear stream of events that encompass day and night, Tel Aviv and Shanghai are spliced through a vague notion of reality, chaotic observations, drifting between physical and mental spheres, between a known reality and a hallucinatory one. The film blends urban spaces and modes of perception, oscillating between film noir and science fiction, documentary and fiction. Through a probe of memory, an exploration of the city spaces takes place, processing the city as experienced through an obscure labyrinth of memory in a fight to distinguish real from unreal.
The Insomniac City Cycles explores strange scenarios of two people and two cities in transit, shift, decay, while checking boundaries of inner and external worlds, dream and fiction.
He is a Tel Aviv based film maker, video artist and sound producer. His work often oscillates between cinema and art, from dream structured narratives to science fiction and neo-noir.
- Robert Gliñski - ŚWINKI / PIGGIES (PL) 93min
Poland, 2009, 35mm, 93 min
In the local, borderline slang “piggies” mean prostituting teenagers. Children who sell themselves not only for money, but most often for anything: cosmetics, clothes, electronic devices.
The hero of the “Piggies” is Tomek, a sixteen-year-old boy who lives with his parents close to the border. One day Tomek discovers the secret of his school friend, Ciemny. Ciemny and some other 14-16 year-old boys sell themselves to German paedophiles. Marta is Tomek’s girlfriend. Tomek tries to earn some money to make her dreams come true. But the only sure way to earn money in this small town is to do what Ciemny is doing. Tomek becomes the star of the night excursions to Germany.
After a brutal rape of which he is the victim, he starts to organise himself young boys for the Germans.
One of them will die…
One of the most renowned Polish film directors and screenwriters. His first feature movie “Sunday Pranks” became famous long before its release and was awarded Gold Ducat and FIPRESCI Award at the Mannheim Film Festival.
Robert Gliński – born 1952 in Warsaw. A graduate of the Warsaw Technical University (Faculty of Architecture 1975), and of the Lodz Film School (Film Directing). He has also worked in theaters and for TV. Director of many documentary films. Robert Glinski is a professor and from October 2008 the chancellor of the National Film School in Lodz (Poland).
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(F 497)Alain Guiraudie - LE ROI DE L'ÉVASION / THE KING OF ESCAPE (FR) 97min
LE ROI DE L’ÉVASION
France, 2009, 97 min
THE KING OF ESCAPE
Armand Lacourtade, 43, an agricultural equipment salesman, is sick of life as a single gay man. After meeting Curly, a brash teenage girl, he goes straight. With all kinds of people on their tails, they defy every danger to be together in their forbidden love. But is this really what Armand dreamed of?
Born July 15 1964 in Villefranche-de-Rouergue (Aveyron), is an actor, director and writer. Born into a farming family, he developed a passion for very young folk culture. In 1990, he directed his first short film, Heroes Never Die. In a style picaresque and the tone of the tale, he strives to represent the working class in the film That Old Dream That Moves, winner Prix Jean Vigo and presented in 2001 at the Director’s Fortnight. Jean-Luc Godard spoke on this occasion that it was the “Best Film at Festival de Cannes.” Alain Guiraudie then passes to feature film, and is still filming in the Southwest.
LES FILMS DU LOSANGE
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(F 340)Erik Lamens - SM – RECHTER / S&M JUDGE (BE) 90min
SM – RECHTER
Belgium, 2009, 35mm, 90 min
In 1997, the Belgian public was in shock when judge Koen A. was sentenced for an S&M relationship with his wife. Although their life was destroyed by the verdict, Koen and his wife Magda remain together today. A story about love conquering all, no matter what kind of love it is.
He graduated cum laude in 1994 at the HIBK Sint-Lukas in Brussels as director and screenwriter.
2005 LIFE IS A STAGE (37’)
2000 NICOLAS – tv-drama (52’)
1998 TO SPEAK – short film (14’)
1994 GELE VERF – short film (12’)
1993 VAKANTIE ! – short film (16’)
– 20 jaar opvang van Asielzoekers in België (26’)
– Onvoltooid Verleden Tijd (52’)
+32 2 423 23 00Yoshihiko Matsui - DOKO NI IKU NO? / WHERE ARE WE GOING? (JP) 100min
DOKO NI IKU NO?
Japan, 2008, HD, 100 min
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
Akira Tachibana who works at Kinoshita Foundry can not love other people because of the trauma of being molested by his boss Kinoshita, who has been like a father to Akira since Akira was little. Akira gives detective Fukuda a blow job in exchange of money when he is not working at the Foundry. The melting iron, simple hard work… Akira has been living a meaningless life. One day, when Akira is driving his motorcycle, he hits a woman wearing a red dress at a tunnel. He brings back the unconscious woman to his apartment and takes care of her, but when she wakes up, she runs off from his place without a word. This is the moment Akira meets Kaori Yamamoto.
Born in 1956, Yoshihiko Matsui worked with indie icon Sogo Ishii on his early films, including the seminal 1980 biker pic “Kuruizaki Thunder Road (Crazy Thunder Road).” In 1979, Matsui made his debut film, “Rusty Can (Sabita Akikan)” about a gay-love triangle. Then in 1988, Matsui released “Noisy Requiem (Tsuito no Zawameki),” a film five years in the making. The film roused a storm of controversy. Matsui did not make another film for two decades, for reasons he prefers not to discuss. He is a member of „Directors Guild of Japan“ and „Nippon Academy-Sho Association“.
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+1 310 264 0818Maartje Seyferth / Victor Nieuwenhuijs - VLEES / MEAT (NL) 85min
Maartje Seyferth / Victor Nieuwenhuijs
The Netherlands, 2010, 85 min
A butcher and a butchery, both look perfectly normal.
The delivery arrives in the morning, the butcher prepares the meat as it should be. Not many clients though. It’s more like his fantasy world, his asylum, here he can live out his sexual fantasies, here he can play out his dark side and forget about the miserable life he has. There is Roxy, the young girl in the butchery. She’s videoing everything as part of her search for answers, her limits, her life. And the butcher gets into her head, she gets into his. There is the inspector. A man with a miserable life at a point where he doesn’t want to prove or improve anything anymore. Not much different than the butcher. A bit bigger, but they’re sharing the same face. Then the inspector, investigating the mysterious death of the butcher after it happened or maybe while it happens, gets involved with Roxy. It seems that there is only one solution for the puzzle: recreate the death of the butcher.
Victor Nieuwenhuijs / Maartje Seyferth
Victor Nieuwenhuijs studied Politics at the University of Amsterdam, then painting and photography at the Ateliers ’63 and film at the Free Academy in The Hague with Dutch experimental filmmaker Frans Zwartjes. Maartje Seyferth studied acting and directing at the Theaterschools of Antwerp and Amsterdam. She played in avant-garde, trendsetting plays, then she studied painting at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.
In 1986 Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth decided to co-operate as filmmakers and founded MOSKITO FILM to produce their films (www.moskitofilm.com). Their films are now part of the collection of the Dutch Film Museum. In 2008 they founded Plexus Film Productions in Rotterdam. Plexus co-produced “Crepuscule” in 2009 and “Meat” in 2010. Both films premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
- Mijke de Jong - TUSSENSTAND / STAGES (NL) 80 min
Mijke de Jong
The Netherlands, 2007, 80 min
Film about Roos and Martin, who are divorced but haven’t become detached yet. When their 17-year old son Isaac withdraws ever deeper into silent isolation, they try to find a solution. Their attempts fail due to their frustrations from the past and their inability to listen to one another.
Mijke de Jong
Before studying at the Dutch Film Academy, Mijke de Jong attended the College for Social Work. Her interest in social issues is an important theme in her films and her subtle directing of the actors characterises her films. She makes films for cinema and television. She debuted with the film IN KRAKENDE WELSTAND (1988). In 1993 she directed HARTVERSCHEUREND (1993) which received the Golden Leopard Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Filmfestival. In 1997 she directed BRITTLE (1997) for which the five main actresses received a Golden Calf for their acting performance. In 1999 she made EXPELLED which received the San Francisco Golden Gate Award and the Dutch Academy Award for Best Actor. For television she made children’s series such as I AM WILLEM (2002 and 2005). Her film BLUEBIRD (2004) received the Crystal Bear for best children’s film at the Berlin Film Festival.Esther Rots - KAN DOOR HUID HEEN / CAN GO THROUGH SKIN (NL) 97 min
KAN DOOR HUID HEEN
The Netherlands, 2009, 35MM, 97 min
CAN GO THROUGH SKIN
The life of Marieke is transformed by an act of violence. She decides to escape from her hometown and buys a remote and derelict cottage in the Zeeland countryside. By making a new start, she hopes to be able to shake off the violent experience, but the cold and loneliness only add to her feelings of fear and vengeance. With the arrival of summer and a new love, Marieke seems to be regaining strength. But slowly, she loses this grip on her life.
She was born in Groenlo (Netherlands) in 1972. She lives in Amsterdam.
She studied at Academy of Visual Arts in Arnhem, then at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam and she made three short films screened at renowned festivals and winning many awards.
Speel met me (Play with me, 2002) and Ik ontspruit (I sprout, 2003) were selected on competition at Cannes Film Festival, and Dialoogoefening (Dialogue exercise no. 1: City, 2005) among other prizes has been awarded the Gouden Kalf for best short film and the NPS Prijs voor de Korte Film.
Written, directed, edited and produced by herself, Can go through skin is her feature film debut.
+49 3069537850Sonja Wyss - WINTERSTILTE / WINTER SILENCE (NL) 70 min
The Netherlands, 2008, Beta SP, 70 min
In a snowed-in log cabin, widow lives with her four grown-up daughters, all with their own desires for love and intimacy. The strong Catholic faith and their mourning that has tormented them for years have condemned them to a life of chastity. Mysterious deer-men change their existence.
She is from Switzerland but has already lived in Holland for more than 15 years. She is visual artist and makes video films and installations. Her video film Grüezi wohl Frau Stirnimaa was selected in 2000 for Quinzaine des Realisateurs in Cannes. WINTER SILENCE is her first feature film.
SNG Film BV
+31 20 686 78 37Ton van Zantvoort - A BLOOMING BUSINESS (NL) 52 min
Ton van Zantvoort
A BLOOMING BUSINESS
The Netherlands, 2009, 52 min
A BLOOMING BUSINESS
This film is a poetic documentary about people in Kenya who are imprisoned by the global flower industry. The dilemmas of the industry become painfully clear and a dark world of oppression, sexual abuse and terrible working conditions unfolds. There is only one conclusion possible: the smell of the imported rose is not sweet, but bitter. The film combines pure observation with direct comments of the main characters. The camera is absent and present at the same time. With great humanity van Zantvoort shows us a different world in which all human life is valuable.
Ton van Zantvoort
He is an independent filmmaker and takes the initiative to produce a film in accordance with his own interest. His way of producing seems to be connected with direct cinema; direct observations with minimum external interference and control over virtually the entire process of making a film. However, in Ton’s films, you will notice that the preference lies in styling and emphasizing the layout of image and sound. This makes the work original and bears witness, content wise, to the enormous willpower of the maker. Throughout his films, Ton consciously lays down his statement, through which he creates his own vision of reality. The vision of a western civilized person who makes us do some soul searching. Some confronting soul searching, yet making it a process you want to endure as long as possible.
+31 64 10 39 081Cyrus Frisch - ZELFBEKLAG / SELFPITY (NL) 70 min
ZELFBEKLAG / SELFPITY
The Netherlands, 1993, 16mm, 70 min
Great frustration about a single negative sentence in a review of his graduation film made Cyrus Frisch embark on this film about self-pity.
He invited the influential Dutch reviewer in question, Hans Beerekamp, to be his adversary. Standing beside a projector on which the criticised film is being screened, Beerekamp explains what he doesn’t like about “cinema Frisch”. Meanwhile the director, brimming with self-hate, tries to drown himself in an aquarium.Cyrus Frisch - VERGEEF ME / FORGIVE ME (NL) 85 min
VERGEEF ME / FORGIVE ME
The Netherlands, 2001, 35mm, 85 min
Driven by ideals, filmmaker Cyrus Frisch wants to make a film that ends the stream of violence and misery on television. He wants to obtain this by making a film that trespasses the acceptable behaviour in order to make clear where that border precisely lies. He begins to shoot brutal scenes with social outcasts he met on the streets. When a first edit of these materials is screened on the largest documentary festival in the world, the public and critics are exclusively positive. The filmmaker reacts with outrage: he clearly didn’t succeed in his mission and turns to the devil for help. The devil convinces him to go even further and to even destroy the lead characters. Without shame, this film shows the exploitation of the sorrow of the actors and leaves the innocent viewer behind in despair. Is the viewer an innocent voyeur and the film maker an amoral sensational media figure, or is the viewer a passive accomplice?Cyrus Frisch - WAAROM HEEFT NIEMAND MIJ VERTELD DAT HET ZO ERG ZOU WORDEN IN AFGHANISTAN / WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY TELL ME IT WOULD BECOME THIS BAD IN AFGHANISTAN 70 min
WAAROM HEEFT NIEMAND MIJ VERTELD DAT HET ZO ERG ZOU WORDEN IN AFGHANISTAN / WHY DIDN’T ANYBODY TELL ME IT WOULD BECOME THIS BAD IN AFGHANISTAN
The Netherlands, 2007, Digital, 70 min
This first narrative feature film shot with mobile phone shows the world seen through the eyes of a Dutch soldier, traumatized in Afghanistan. An extremely subjective psychological drama.
Frisch is known to have made the first fictional feature film shot with a mobile phone: Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me It Would Become This Bad in Afghanistan, that premiered at major film festivals: the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2007,Tribeca Film Festival 2007, the San Francisco International Film Festival 2007, Pesaro 2007, and several others. According to Dutch newspaper Trouw, Frisch pinpoints the insanity of western society nowadays with this film as precisely as Polanski did in the ’60s with Repulsion. I After graduating from Dutch Film Academy in 1992 he was nominated for the Grolsch Award, one of the most prestigious film awards in the Netherlands.Freerk Wiringa - ROBOTIC SCULPTURES / NEW MEDIA EXBITION
The works shown at the Split Film Festival / International Festival of New Film are robotic sculptures; half sculpture, half robot. As an artist it is not my intention to build robots, it is my intention to create moving and interacting sculptures. In my work technical elements are used as sculptural material and are combined and placed in contrast with modelled pieces. Shape interpretation has a lot to do with association. Most of my works are created using steel. This material has some universal associations: hard, clinical, industrial, heavy and strong. These associations play a big part in how the works are interpreted by the viewer. In my work I combine sculptured steel parts with machine elements like aluminium pneumatic cylinders, cast aluminium valves, and plastic air tubes. The choice of iconic subjects and the enlargement of isolated emotions by size and choice of form, are typical in my oeuvre.
The sculptures I present at the International Festival of New Film all have the same subject; the human hand. But they are of different shape, size and technical philosophy.
In the work, HAND 1, human emotions are manipulated. The sculpture responds physically to the viewer by its sheer size, the hand is 4,5 meters in height when stretched. The viewer gets a sensory experience. Hand 1 is a computer controlled sculpture. Industrial components are used to create movement in the huge hand, a industrial PLC is programmed to perform a certain sequence.
In the work I chose a transparent sculpturing style. Because of this choice the viewer can read the movements the sculpture makes. Not hiding the functioning of the sculpture is of high importance in how the viewer experiences it. Nothing is left to unfold. Hand 2 is sculptured in a low polygon style, as can be seen in the stealth fighter F-117 Nighthawk. The sculpture is completely pre-engineered in a virtual computer environment, this rather complex and tedious design process stands in contrast with the low-tech control of the work. Control is analogue and completely mechanical.
A life-size kinetic sculpture of a human hand. The work is controlled by a 18th century animatronics device called a “chair”. This “chair” makes it possible to create an analogue programmable sequence. The hand follows a certain motion sequence without the use of a computer. This ratter ingenious mechanical device is almost more visually appealing than the hand itself, making it a sort of abstract moving sculptural counterpart of the hand.Short Film Programme - DUTCH STORIES (NL) 92 min
Six experimental films by Dutch makers investigating various possibilities of storytelling. From “Little Red Riding Hood as told by 165 Dutchmen” to an observatory documentary on Amsterdam’s wastelands – old and new works are put aside each other in a selection of films inviting the viewer to look beyond the surface and making his own conclusions. The story here is just a starting point and opens the way for fascinating exploration of film as a medium. Duration: 92mi.
Selected by Marta Jurkiewicz
All films are from the collection of EYE Film Institute Netherlands
Paul de Nooijer
TOURING HOLLAND BY BICYCLE
Netherlands, 1981, 16 mm, 4 min
TOURING HOLLAND BY BICYCLE
A typical Dutch tableau. Cycling rapidly through the living room, de Nooijer winks to learning master Frans Zwartjes.
Netherlands, 2009, HD video, 10 min 40 sec
Rihla is the story of a man who travels from east to west. The film shows a kaleidoscopic view of the West and reflects on Occidentalism and mutual perception. The story is based on fragments of literature, from Arabic and Islamic countries, describing cities and countries of the West. The literature that is used originates from the 14th century until today. Different times and perspectives mix and intersect, all coming together in the narrative of the main character.
ONE PERSON / LUCY
Netherlands, 2006, 35 mm, 3 min 30 sec
ONE PERSON / LUCY
There are thousands of reasons that can cause the death of one person, but only just a few that cause the death of thousands of people.
Netherlands, 2010, 35 mm, 9 min 40 sec
The gay party scene presented in a triptych: the thrills of the night, the location, the date. With a surgeon’s ambition, director Leyendekker dissects a social environment held together by illusions.
Jan Ketelaars, Paul van den Wildenberg
Netherlands, 1992, 16 mm, 48 min
Short documentary in which the filmmakers go in search of the users of the often fallow land on the edge of Amsterdam. They find e.g. urban nomads, allotment-keepers, dog trainers and men who fight wars with paint guns.
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, AS TOLD BY ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE DUTCHMEN
Netherlands, 1976, 35 mm, 18 min
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD, AS TOLD BY ONE HUNDRED SIXTY FIVE DUTCHMEN
Inhabitants of a street in Haarlem, the Netherlands tell the story of Little Red Riding Hood, each of them using 15 words.Short Film Programme - IMPAKT HIGHLIGHTS: DIMENSION PLAY (NL) 69 min
This program focuses on artists and filmmakers that play with perspective scale and dimension in their work. Not only visual artists but also animation filmmakers and performance artists use these techniques to create imaginary worlds, alienating visions or surreal sceneries.
Germany, 2009, video, 6 min
A person dressed in black clothing digs a hole into snow until the black of the clothes and the black of the ground fuse. The person disappears in front of the camera. The video ‘Black hole’ shows a strategy to escape in front of a camera, to escape from the cinema’s audience into another space.
The Netherlands, 2008, 5 min
People singing Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful. Camille Verbunt’s mosaic-films unite many individual and private internet-experiences into a single frame, a collective experience. The films reveal a synchronicity in seemingly unique webcam-video’s posted on the internet. These so called ‘memes’ (units of cultural transmission or imitation) make up the evolutionary DNA of the internet. The films come forth from Verbunt’s other visual art (paintings, photography and embroideries) in which he explores the digital self-presentation on the web. These webcam-self-portraits are explored on a micro and a macro-level. How many (or little) pixels does it take to convey an visual emotion? How many individuals does it take to make up a collective experience or meme?
USA, 2008, video, 10 min 32 sec
In Sand Saga, Moulton’s alter ego Cynthia again gains access to a parallel universe via the transformative powers of New Age body treatments and domestic objects. After applying a facial beauty mask, she moves through an environment energized with South-western motifs and rituals, from sculpted heads and Georgia O’Keefe-like forms to sand painting and hot stone massage. Ultimately Cynthia is transported to a fantastical world and emerges transformed.
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES
The Netherlands, 2010, video, 11 min 45 sec
THE ORIGIN OF CREATURES
A futuristic vision of a world after a catastrophic disaster. In this dark parable mutated limbs are looking for cooperation, but due to miscommunication this mission is doomed to fail.
The Netherlands, 2008, 3 min
Parents make their children play a game with a very scary surprise.
France, 2008, video, 7 min
Naufrage lists fears: the narration stops at the frozen instant. But Naufrage relates something. What is it talking about? We don’t know… perhaps an accident, a depression, an explosion? This scene might be the summit of a catastrophic scenario: the moment of physical emotion. However, nothing in the sequence of events tries to explain this state of things.
United Kingdom, 2007, video, 3 min 34 sec
John Butler is known for his animated futuristic environments. Sub-Optimal takes place in this near future where power relations in human interaction loses its subtlety. We see labour arbitrage in a futuristic transaction space. An altruistic action results in a sub-optimal outcome.
Canada, 2008, 16mm, 8 min 05 sec
Mount Shasta plays with conventions of text / image relations, the fallability of narrative drive, the mismatch between the written word and its performative visualization. Husain’s story is about a mountain trip waylaid by a fog which turns out to be the smoke from a destructive fire. In a sense, this could be a way of understanding Mount Shasta as a film. The elements that envelop this gorgeous film in mystery (is this avant-garde? a narrative short? a children’s film?) are also the ones that threaten to unmake it at every turn, since “the spell” is always already about our ability to turn away from its blatant disenchantment.
USA, 2008, video, 2 min 40 sec
Civilization depicts a journey from hell to heaven interpreted through the modern language of film using computer-enhanced found footage. This epic video mural contains over 300 individual channels of looped video blended into a multi-layered seamless tableau of interconnecting images that illustrates a contemporary, satirical take on the concepts of Heaven and Hell.
REAL SNOW WHITE
Finland, The Netherlands, 2009, video, 9 min 15 sec
REAL SNOW WHITE
The absurd logic of the “real character” and the extreme discipline of Disneyland become apparent when a real fan of Disney’s Snow White* is banned from entering the park in a Snow White costume. As visitors are encouraged to dress up and a lot of costume-like merchandise is sold at the park, the full costumes are only sold for children. The Disney slogan “Dreams Come True” of course means dreams produced exclusively by Disney. Anything even slightly out of control immediately evokes fear of the real, possibly dark and perverse dreams coming true. The fantasy of the innocent Snow White doing something bad is so obviously real, that the security guards and management refer to it when explaining why the visitor can’t enter the park dressed up as Snow White.
Germany, 2008, video, 2 min 20 sec
In the video Line, a high-resolution digital camera reaches its limits. A person dressed in black paints a black line on a wall. As a result of lighting conditions, the camera cannot differentiate between the black of the person and the black background. Artist and art fuse, the person seems to disappear in front of the camera. In a day and age where cameras observe us every minute, Line seems to be a humorous way to escape surveillance.
A program curated by the Impakt Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands
Impakt is an independent organisation for contemporary sound and image, based in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Our main projects are the Impakt Festival, the Impakt Events, Impakt Works and Impakt Online.
The Impakt organisation was founded in 1988 with the explicit purpose of paying attention to various art forms and the relationship between them. Hence our objective is to present and stimulate multimedia and interdisciplinary arts. We present film and video art, music and sound art, performances, new media, installations and other kinds of media related art projects. Impakt brings together audiovisual artists, critics and the general public in order to discuss about old and new media and their role in society and arts.
The Special Festival Award goes to Miklos Jancso, Hungary, for his outstanding contribution to the artistic development of the moving image.
Born in 1921 in Vac, Hungary, Jancsó studied ethnography and law, earning his law degree in 1944. He graduated film directing from the Budapest Academy of Dramatic and Film Art in 1951. Working at the newsreel studio, during the 1950s he directed a number of propaganda movies and newsreels on the rise of socialism, as well as dozens of educational and cultural films. He made his feature debut with A Harangok Rómába Mentek/The Bells Have Gone to Rome (1958). One year later, his short documentary Halhatatlanság/ Immortality (1959) received an award at the San Francisco Film Festival. In 1963 he earned international acclaim for his drama Oldás és kötés/ Cantata, (1963). One of his most important successes is the movie Szegénylegények/ The Round-Up (1965). In 1972 he was awarded the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film festival for Még kér a nép/ Red Psalm (1971). During the 1970s Jancsó made several films in Italy, working with Italian producers. Since the 1980s, he directed a number of increasingly enigmatic and critically acclaimed works: L’Aube/ Dawn (1986), Jézus Krisztus horoszkópja/ Jesus Christ’s Horoscope (1988), Szeressuk Egymast Gyrekek…A Nagy Agyhalal/Let’s Love One Another…The Great Brain Death (1996) and Nekem lámpást adott kezembe az Úr, Pesten/ Lord’s Lantern in Budapest (1999). Jancsó received a number of awards for his work, including the Béla Balázs lifetime achievement award, and special prizes for his film work received at film festivals in Cannes and Venice.
2010: Oda az igazság / So Much for Justice
2006: Ede megevé ebédem / Ed’s Eaten Elevenses
2003: A mohácsi vész / The Battle of Mohács
2002: Kelj fel, komám, ne aludjál / Wake Up Mate, Don’t You Sleep
2000: Utolsó vacsora az Arabs Szürkénél / Last Supper at the Arabian Gray Horse
1999: ANYÁD! a szúnyogok / DAMN YOU! the mosquitoes
1998: Nekem lámpást adott kezembe az Úr Pesten / The Lord’s Lantern in Budapest
1996: A nagy agyhalál (Szeressük egymást, gyerekek) / The Great Brain Death (Love Each Other)
1991: Kék Duna keringő / Blue Danube Waltz
1990: Isten hátrafelé megy / God Walks Backwards
1988: Jézus Krisztus horoszkópja / Jesus Christ’s Horoscope
1986: Szörnyek évadja / Season of Monsters
1985: A hajnal / The Dawn
1981: A zsarnok szíve, avagy Boccaccio Magyarországon / The Tyrant’s Heart
1978: Magyar rapszódia / Hungarian Rhapsody
1978: Allegro Barbaro / Allegro Barbaro
1976: Magánbűnök, közerkölcsök / Vices and Pleasures
1974: Szerelmem Elektra / Elektreia
1973: Róma új cézárt akar / Roma rivuole Cesare
1971: Technika és rítus / La tecnica e il rito
1971: Még kér a nép / Red Psalm
1970: La Pacifista / A pacifista
1970: Égi bárány / Agnus Dei
1969: Sirokkó / Winter Sirocco
1968: Fényes szelek / The Confrontation
1968: Csend és kiáltás / Silence and Cry
1967: Csillagosok, katonák / The Red and the White
1965: Szegénylegények / The Round-Up / Golaći
1964: Így jöttem / My Way Home
1963: Oldás és kötés / Cantata
1958: A harangok Rómába mentek / The Bells Have Gone to Rome
Hungary, 1965, 35mm, 90 min
Hungarian drama referring to a true incident of 1848. Following the famous Kossuth Rebellion, the Hungarian police “round up” the likely suspects. They then subject the peasant prisoners to a sophisticated, ritualized form of psychological torture. Filmed in the manner of a modern documentary, The Round-Up created a sensation when shown at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival.
MARJAN FILM OF THE EIGHTIES
Based on the decision of the Split Municipality Culture Fund, the production company “Slavica Film” was founded on 28th June 1974. In the spring of 1980 it changed name into “Marjan Film”, marking the beginning of the ‘golden age’ in feature film production. Stylistic and thematic diversity was accompanied by readiness to cooperate with a number of film companies in the region, as Split, already established as an acknowledged centre for short film, ‘threatened’ to become an attractive destination for feature film projects by authors in need of producer’s understanding for “other stories”, removed from the still existing cinematographic hubs. In the beginning of the 1990s the company was divided into “Marjan Film”, “Dalmacija film &video” and “Mediteran Film”. The famous name “Marjan Film” continued to exist for several more years without major activities, reduced to a note in the commercial court registry, and finally ceased to exist in the end of the 1990s.
Unfortunately, the ‘threat’ of the Split film production was postponed for another time, which may have already come, as we come across low-budget productions and different forms of electronic recordings…
Marjan Film production / Selected by Joško Jerončić
Film prints courtesy of the C S A – Croatian Cinemateque / State Archive Split and Centar Film, Belgade
NEMIR / RESTLESSNESS
1982, 35 mm, 98 min
Wanting to save her marriage, Marija is trying to erase from her memory the trauma that has been haunting her since youth. The shock she had suffered killed the love she felt for Dinko. When she meets him again, now that he has become a hopeless drunk, she feels even more lost…
UJED ANĐELA / ANGEL’S BITE
1984, 35 mm, 97 min
A lighthouse keeper lives on an isolated island together with his wife, ailing father and retarded sister. News of a serial killer stalking the isolated lighthouses makes him leave in order to hunt him down. In the meantime, the wife meets a mysterious and seductive stranger.
KUĆA NA PIJESKU / THE HOUSE ON THE SAND
1985, 35 mm, 85 min
An archaeologist returns from an assignment in Catalonia to his home in Split. Soon after, he commits suicide. His friend, the judge, finds an audio tape and tries to figure out the reasons behind the archaeologist’s suicide…
LJUBAVNA PISMA S PREDUMIŠLJAJEM / PREMEDITATED LOVE LETTERS
1985, 35 mm, 95 min
Kosor is a music professor, enchanted by Melita, wife of a charming economist Gajski, Kosor’s roommate in the hospital. Kosor starts sending her anonymous letters and Melita becomes interested in her secret admirer, but things spiral out of control.
KRALJEVA ZAVRŠNICA / KING’S ENDGAME
1987, 35 mm, 97 min
Alienated businessman and avid chess fan, Branko Kralj (King) is married to beautiful Višnja. They have a child, a son. Their marriage is in crisis, as Branko feels much closer to his devoted mistress. One day Kralj and Višnja travel on a half empty train. Kralj leaves for a game of chess to the remote compartment and Višnja stays alone. Three men working on the train take advantage of the situation and rape her…
ORAO / THE EAGLE
1990, 35 mm, 85 min
Radovan Orlak, also known as Orao (Eagle), fell from the skyscraper on his birthday, while his closest friends waited for him to join them at the party. Though friends since early childhood, as they grew older and became preoccupied with everyday problems they had less and less time for eachother. Faced with the fact they knew so little about their deceased friend, the four friends start meeting more often, trying to clarify the circumstances of Eagle’s actual or alleged suicide…
- Bruce Molloy, Australia - CHANGING REPRESENTATION OF ABORIGINES IN AUSTRALIAN FILM: FROM EXOTICA TO REALITY
It surveys a range of Australian features from the silent period to the present and is illustrated by brief extracts on a DVD compilation from the films under discussion. The key films for discussion are Charles Chauvels’s “Uncivilised” (1936) and “Jedda” (1955), Ralph Smart’s “Bitter Springs” (1950), Bruce Beresford’s “The Fringe Dwellers” (1986) , Philip Noyce’s “Rabbit Proof Fence” (2002) There will be extracts from Aboriginal filmmakers Tracy Moffrat’s “BeDevil” (1993), and Warwick Thornton’s “Sampson and Delilah” (2007) and the presentation concludes with a segment from “Bran Nue Dae” (2009).
He has been Professor of Film at Bond University since 1994 coming from QUT
where he served from 1968 to 1994. Before entering tertiary education in 1968, Bruce Molloy was a teacher, deputy principal and acting principal in state high schools in Brisbane (1961), Rockhampton (1962-3), Ipswich (1964-5) and Townsville(1966 -7), He joined Bond University in 1994 as Professor and Head, Film and Television and was Director of Bond’s Centre for Film and Television from its foundation in 2001 until 2006. His previous position was at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) as Head, School of Communication (1984 – 1990), and Head, School of Media and Journalism (1990 to 1994). QUT Council awarded him the title Professor Emeritus in 1994. Bruce Molloy has masters degrees in English Literature (UNE, 1970) and Australian Literature (UQ, 1974), and a doctorate in Film History (Griffith U, 1984). He also has a Diploma in Education (UQ,1960). He is the author of two books, numerous journal articles and wrote and narrated the AFTRS documentary “The Bush Myth”.
+61 7 559 52537George Barber, UK VIDEO PRACTICE AND CONTEMPORARY TRENDS
George Barber will talk about his work and relate it to trends in art and in the use of video today. The lecture will show examples and also respond to questions about distribution, funding, and galleries.
had a one month solo show at the Marc De Puechredon Gallery in Basel last month and his ‘Automotive Action Painting’ was also shown at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London last year. He has recently had work at Waterside Projects, FormContent, Primo Alonsi Gallery, and soon at the Whitechapel and a solo show at Dundee Contemporary Arts. He had an installation at Tate Britain in 2006 and a show of his video sculptures, ‘The Long Commute’ at Jack the Pelican Presents Gallery Brooklyn, New York 2008. He has been part of numerous programmes at Tate Modern and had retrospectives at the ICA, New York Film & Video Festival and at La Rochelle Festival, France. He has been written about by Paul Morley and Gareth Evans, the Time Out & Vertigo magazine critic and glowingly in Art Forum by Ed Halter and in Art Monthly by Martin Herbert. His recent found footage work, “Following Your Heart”, “Welcome” and “Autumn” use off-air adverts and TV films, mostly American. The central conceit is to take found footage and manipulate it into a new artistic experience. The adverts and dramas all essentially present clichéd dialogue but by the use of repetition, music, the work rises away from being humdrum television into something more effecting. His “Automotive Action Painting” won First Prize at the 24th Hamburg International Short Film Festival in June 2008 and has inspired a recent BMW Z4 advert where the sports car drives through paint to make a painting.Tanja Vrvilo FILM MUTATIONS: THE FESTIVAL OF INVISIBLE CINEMA
International curatorial film festival Film Mutations: The Festival of Invisible Cinema was initiated in Zagreb in 2007 in collaboration with some of the most influential film curators: Raymond Bellour, Nicole Brenez, Alexander Horwath, Kent Jones, Adrian Martin and Jonathan Rosenbaum. The aim was to create a platform for an internationally connected discourse on film culture which would actualize innovative ideas in the cinema; ideas that have been missing or need to be (re)discovered.
The project was inspired by these authors’ exchange of epistolary essays on changing cartography of contemporary cinema, published in the book Movie Mutations: The Changing Face of World Cinephilia.
We will show part of the last year’s program entitled Visual Pamphlets: Milestones and Actualities, curated by French film theorists Nicole Brenez: the short interventionist films by Collective Outrage & Rebellion, the joint labor of 44 authors, from the project created as a protest against police brutality, when young director Joachim Gatti was seriously injured.
Film Mutations will be presented by an artistic director Tanja Vrvilo.
Collectif OUTRAGE & REBELLION / Collective OUTRAGE & REBELLION
editing Chaab Mahmoud, 2009, cca. 50’ (total 180’), miniDV
Ange Leccia MUTINERIE GÉNÉRALE / ALL-OUT MUTINY, 3′
Gisèle & Luc Meichler JEU ET SÉRIEUX / WORK AND PLAY, 4’08”
Othello Vilgard JE VOUS AIME / I LOVE YOU, 1’30”
Jacques Perconte SATYAGRAHA, 5’12”
Fergus Daly MATTER & MEMORY, 5’10”
Pierre Léon À LA BARBE D’IVAN / AS IVAN’S BEARD, 10′
Guillaume Massart POMPÉI ( NOUVELLE COLLECTION) / POMPEII (NEW COLLECTION), 4’50”
Marc Hurtado (Etant Donnés) CIEL TERRE CIEL / SKY EARTH SKY, 4’44”
Marylène Negro RÉPONS / RESPONSORY, 3’20”
Robert Fenz PARIS, AIRPORT X RAY, 0’40”
Philippe Garrel LA SÉQUENCE ARMAND GATTI / THE ARMAND GATTI SEQUENCE, 5′