Special Directors Lounge Screening: Bruno Gularte Barreto 5 Casas (Five Houses)

Special Directors Lounge Screening: Bruno Gularte Barreto – 5 Casas (Five Houses)

  Special Directors Lounge Screening: Bruno Gularte Barreto – 5 Casas (Five Houses) Sunday, 25 February 2024, 5:30 p.m. Z-Bar, Bergstraße 2, 10115 Berlin-Mitte This Sunday, Brazilian artist Bruno Gularte Barreto will present his film “5 Casas”. The documentary was first presented at IDFA in Amsterdam; this will be the German premiere. The visually breathtaking …

Pripyat — the Uncanny of Modernity

Thursday, 22 March 2012
Bergstr. 2
D-10115 Berlin-Mitte

U-Rosenthaler Platz

One year after the Fukushima disaster and 26 years after the explosion of the Chernobyl reactor, the discussion on civil nuclear energy has again reached the “normality” of planning for new power plants. Over the same time, Pripyat the destroyed young Sowjet city, now situated in Ukraine, has gained an eerie attraction. Firstly presented in Freiburg DE, the collected films allow a discussion of the human imagination triggered by nuclear energy and nuclear disasters beyond excited press news.

Presented by Klaus W. Eisenlohr. The film program comprises films representing visions of the abandoned city of Pripyat by artists and documentary filmmakers, and imaginations of futures under the influence of “peaceful nuclear energy”.

Artists list:
Hanne Adam + Thierry Buysse,
Klaus W. Eisenlohr,
Gair Dunlop,
Andrea Slavik,
Vanessa Renwick,
Anders Weberg,
Sarah Breen Lovett,
Nicky Larkin,
Julio Soto

More infos at:

alina skrzeszewska –
songs from the nickel

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Bergstr. 2
D-10115 Berlin-Mitte
U-Rosenthaler Platz

Alina Skrzeszewska created a colorful, sad and thoughtful film about the shadow sides of downtown Los Angeles, not without showing strains of hope. And there is music, songs by the protagonists starring in the film.

The Nickel, the Eastern part of downtown used to be an isolated island in the urban grid of L.A.: historic but sordid former grand hotels; the number of homeless people surpasses the number of inhabitants multiple times; a network of christian missions and charity organisations are entangled in what is called the Skid Row; from 10 pm through 6:30 am you are allowed to sleep in the street (but then you have to move); there is a lack of over 12,000 beds for homeless shelter; on the other hand, a massive police presence and the reign of crack makes life in the street like a trip to hell. In this strange otherworldly urban zone, the old hotels seem to be islands in the stormy waters, and they are the cheapest places to live in town. Here, the artist Skrzeszewska rented a room for over one and half a year while shooting for her film. Those who live here, and whom we get to know in the film, have at least some kind of steady income, a job in the hotel, a veteran pension, or social welfare for the disabled. They were able to leave the state of homelessness or the circle of jail and drugs.

Thus, for Alina the hotels are a place of reflection, a retreat from the “war in the street” as Alina calls it. “In the street there is never time for thoughtfulness.” Therefore, she uses these odd spaces of retreat that the hotels are as spaces of reflection — and possibly projection — to discuss life and the society that creates those biographies missing any hope. The artist’s conditions for a talk in front of the camera was openness to have an earnest conversation. We see very little “false” acting in front of the camera, maybe because the artist does all the recording on her own, and it is this sincerity of a “one to one” talk and Alina’s honest interest in the story of her counterpart that makes her bridge the gap: A young European woman who studies at CalArts and the finally settled tramps. Some of them tell stories of their life, they never told before. We get to know there are many reasons to strand at the hotels of the Nickel. Some were dropped out by the society that fits only for the fittest, and they lost everything they had in the past. Others decided not to “play their game.” All of them still seem to be untouched by the epidemic that now spreads for 2 decades: crack.

In such a way, Alina Skrzeszewska also shows to us the poetry and wisdom of the underprivileged, all of which recorded by a camera that was inspired by Edward Hopper and the reading of Charles Bukowski, as Alina admitted to herself after she had finished the film. The positive notions of the film however derive from the examples of anarchistic renderings of their interests, like the illegal music studio in the hotel’s basement. It’s that very American idea of the self-made man that is still valid, and the roots of American pop culture based in the will of the poorest men to survive in dignity that are still showing, here.

A. Skrzeszewska, who was born in Wroclaw in Poland, and who lives and works somewhere in between Berlin, Los Angeles and Vienna, will be present at the screening at Z-Bar and will be available for Q&A.

In addition, Alina will present the short film “Notes from the Fields”, 10 mins, showing a day’s cycle on the crossing of 5th St. and Los Angeles St. in The Nickels.

Curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr

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Please feel invited for a special private showing:

Experimental Films by Danièle Wilmouth
Thursday, January 14th

Studio 1B (Hiroshi McDonald-Mori)
Lobeck Strasse 30/35
(Aqua Care Building Complex, Entrance via Ritterstrasse or Lobeckstr.)
10999  BERLIN
U-Bahn Moritzplatz U8

(please see attached map and look for candles)

Please join us for an impromptu private screening & discussion of short films & videos by Danièle Wilmouth, currently in Berlin.  Danièle is a Chicago based artist working primarily in experimental and documentary filmmaking.  She creates hybrids of performance art, dance, installation and cinema, which exploit the shifting hierarchies between live and screen space.  Her works have screened in festivals, museums, galleries, and on television worldwide.  She teaches at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Columbia College.

Website:  http://www.HairlessFilms.org.

Films to be presented:
ELEANORE & THE TIMEKEEPER (2010 – excerpt of work-in-progress).

FREE ADMISSION. Wine & Tea served for a small fee.
Please dress warmly, as the studio gets chilly.

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