DIGITAL CRYSTAL BALL: THE FUTURE, NEAR AND FAR FROM PARIS
At 7pm, the first of three Urban Research curations by DL’s Klaus W. Eisenlohr hits town… or rather, city. “The Future, The City” explores future and futuristic redfinitions of urban space, in terms of both loss and gain. Then at 8pm, Argentinian filmmaker Gustavo Postiglione takes a single city and digs to its depths with an eye for humour: Rosario, Argentine crossroads metropolis and birthplace of Che Guevara, is dissected for irony in “Lejos de Paris” (“Far From Paris”). At 9pm, another heady brew of shorts, DL Selection V, takes Space A with six premieres, including German first screenings of the black humour “5 Ways to Die” from Cyprus and “The Big Leap” (PL/SE), with its director Kristoffer Rus in attendance. Rounding all this up, Directors Lounge fittingly presents Deep House Lounge from the spinners of DJ Jense, who embraces deep/deeper/deepest sounds in Nu Disco and more, as he has done in travels across Finland and Germany. Be there, Sunday doesn’t get better!
pictured: Gustavo Postiglione “Lejos De Paris” (Far From Paris); Urban Research curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr
WILDLIFE AND… WILD LIFE (ANIMATED & HUMAN ANIMALS)
Directors Lounge boomerang contributor Kim Collmer carts a jungle of joys to the Naherholung Sternchen tonight. Kicking off at 6pm, her self-curated “Wild at Heart: Animations about Animals and ‘Nature” includes dragons and a minotaur in the zoo.The filmmaker will be on hand to administer first aid in the form of illumination. At 8pm, DL Selection III tumbles love and home around like a badger in a spin-dryer, with a couple of World Premieres in the lot, and more than a couple of thought-provokers. Four shorts take over the screen at 9pm with DL Selection IV, including Max Sacker ’s eye-seducing take on Bunuel’s (and others’) film language, “Belle de Lyon,” with the director in personal attendance to hear your reactions to this sliced serving of b/w and colour pain and pleasure. Kate Maveau is also on hand to present her “Shimi”. At the shank of the evening,Herr Blum (neither man nor flower, but a son-and-father frontal attack on the senses) bring their visual/acoustic “music and action painting” performance assault to the boiling point. Their aim is “provocation and ecstasy,” and you can never get enough of either. After that, anything can happen… and probably will. Open end, the best end there is (!)… tonight at Directors Lounge.
pictured: Max Sacker “Belle De Lyon”, Steven Subotnick “Hairyman”, “Chaingang of Love” by Nicolas Maidana
PEQUEÑOS ELECTRODOMÉSTICOS byManuel Arija
First dates tend to be awkward. You don’t know each other, but it’s fun to explore. You first meet for a coffee, and then you end up in her apartment. It’s all good, she’s got good refreshing alcohol, you’re liking each other and it’s gonna work out. Red lipstick, red mini skirt, curly hair – almost Almodovar and you’re ready for some passion. Yet the Spanish director, Manuel Arija, decides to prevent the obvious and get it a bit trashy. She is special, but so he is. They are a perfect match, like a plus and a minus on a battery, like a nut and a key. This surreal story of the two strangers won’t leave you thirsty.
“Pequeños Electrodomésticos / Little Appliances” will be screened during the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6 – 16, 2014 in DL Selection III:Sat 8 | 8pm | space A
Space A plays host to a double-header of DL Selections(I and II, 6:30 and 8:00), a flavour bag from four continents, more film treats than you can swallow without undeniable pleasure. Meanwhile, Space B goes “Concrete” with nonstop film premiere presentions and loops at 6:30pm. Russian man-about-the-continent (and occasional DL import) Alexei Dmitriev, here in the flesh, puts desires of the flesh back where they belong… off the laptop monitor and onto the big screen (8:30, Space B) in Alexxxei’s Program. Bring that unsupecting friend… this could be the ice-breaker you’ve been aching for. Then, as live as it gets… when people say “indescribable,” they probably mean to say Petra Flurr, the “queerpunk” who picked up two awards at BMVA 2013, and who will pick you up, too. Maybe literally. Petra does it (exactly what, you wonder?) at 10:00. Danceteria with a surprise DJ starts around 11:00pm. What a trip. All tonight at Directors Lounge.
pictured: Edina Csüllög “Hearts in Vain”, Robert Arnold "Morphology of Desire 1998”, Petra Flurr
HUNTING DOWN ECSTASY
Buñuel, Bergman and Genet meet in Max Sacker’s Belle de Lyon
by Kenton Turk
“I should punish you.” The line comes later in the film, but could just as well accompany the initial shots. Opening with dank halls, a caged rat and Nikolai Kinski setting up a miniature guillotine, you could expect to be soaked in dreariness in Max Sacker’s ten-minute short, but it soon turns to the distance of a cinema setting and a turnabout of the standard roles, with beauty sitting firmly in the audience, and not flickering up front, larger than life. This turns again and again, so that it not always clear if we are watching the audience from the screen or vise versa. In this way, the tone is set for the ambiguities that the film explores in pictures and words Belle de Lyon is a determined collage of moments, the sort of images that accompany a night sweat. In large part a take on Buñuel ’s out put, spanning his black-and-white earlier works and culminating with his first colour feature, Belle du jour, Sacker’s film honours beauty and implied horrors.
The disturbing (Un Chien Andalou’s infamous eye-slicing scene) jockeys for attention next to the comforting (fields bathed in pastel sunsets), the connection being that every scene, every moment is a picture, literally, with an ever-present camera reminding of the viewer of his voyeurism, and that of film in general. Indeed, this is watching the watcher watch the watcher, layers of voyeurism draped over layers of film references. Midway through comes a sequence of Bergmanesque arrangement and stares, making the relative fluidity of the opening and closing sequences bookend swaths in a formal symmetry. Defining direction throughout is an aphoristic romp through words whispered, spoken and occasionally printed out to fill the frame, banners of proclamation that feel like poetic penetration. Jean Genet’s and Harry Crews’s askew logic on love and its attendant pain get headline treatment: ecstasy in betrayal, ecstasy in vengeful annihilation. Valeria Piskounova (Deneuve/Séverine), a Candy Darling clone, strolls through like a work in soft marble. Kinski’s face complements hers with a bevelled angularity that matches his nuanced and shifting earnestness. There isn’t a moment you couldn’t frame; few you wouldn’t bathe in. Even if pain necessarily attends or even intensifies ecstasy, you rarely see the two look better partnered to each other than here.
“Belle De Lyon” will be screened during the 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge [DLX], Feb 6 – 16, 2014 in DL Selection IV:Sat 8 | 9pm | space A
51 Paintings is the first instalment of the 51 Paintings Suite filmed between 2006-2012 in Germany, England and Australia by director Shaun Wilson. After visiting the medieval St Michael’s Church in Schwabisch Hall, Wilson recreated 51 characters found in the displayed religious paintings into other places of historical note with actors, friends and other film makers playing out the idea of the ‘memory’ of each painting nested in each new segment. There are no words spoken, only moving paintings and is meant to be experienced, not understood. This experimental, non-narrative film plays out the notions of slowness as a means of cinematic device by exploring the poetic links between memory, art and time..
Digital storytelling introduces an installation of RFID books that trigger interaction through the flipping of pages.
Digital Storytelling ist ein relativ neuer Begriff sowohl in der Medienwelt als auch in der Welt der Künstler. Dabei ist Digital Storytelling mehr als nur die digitale Variante gedruckter Bücher.Gemeinsam haben Informatiker und Künstler versucht, neue Elemente in der Gestaltung von digitalen Büchern zu ﬁnden.
Die beiden interaktiven Bücher “Urban Framing” von Sandra Becker und “Simulacra” von Bego Santiago verbinden die analoge mit der digitalen Leseweise. Während die Buchseiten umgeblättert werden erscheinen die digitalen Inhalte als Projektion an der Wand. Diese werden über RFID-Tags gesteuert. Dadurch wird das Buch als Objekt in das digitale Zeitalter gerettet. Entstanden im Workshop “Digital Storytelling” von Dr. Regina Franken wurden die Bücher im Rahmen des Projekts BeWITEC in einer Kooperation zwischen der Medienwerkstatt Berlin/Netzwerkvirus und der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft realisiert.
pictured: Urban Framing, digital storytelling by Sandra Becker01. photo: Stephan Bergemann.
Flicka is Julia Deryabina and Oskar Lindskog, Berlin musicians born from the vast woodlands of Sweden and the southern coast of Ukraine. Working from a Kreuzberg bedroom, Flicka delivers electronic music with an organic feel — having fun combining groovy rhythms, abstract sounds and spaced-out blue notes.