Ir/reel charts the increasingly fluid borders of contemporary reality with a multitude of different immersive experiences.
BARULHO, ECLIPSE (UPROAR, ECLIPSE) Ico Costa / 2017, 68’, Portugal
with Ico Costa
Shot in steely black and white, the first feature length film by Ico Costa (whose Nyo Vweta Nafta won the Short film Award at Cinéma du réel last year) is a hypnotic and immersive concert film documenting a musical performance by Rahu, a.k.a. Alex Zhang Hungtai, fomerly of Dirty Beaches fame.
Caniba Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel / 2017, 97’, France
with Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Jacques Audiard
A deeply disturbing interview-portrait of Issei Sagawa – notoriously indicted for murder and cannibalism in Paris in 1981 – Caniba is also a Shakespearian tale of the rivalry between Sagawa and his brother.
Den’ Pobedy (Victory Day) Sergei Loznitsa / 2018, 94’, Germany
During the course of a day at Treptower Park in Berlin, we follow an exiled community who has come to commemorate the Soviet victory over the Nazis in a disorderly, burlesque and anachronistic choreography.
En attendant les barbares Eugène Green / 2017, 76’, France
with Eugène Green
Dans la nuit, six personnes frappent à la porte d’un mage et d’une magesse. Elles cherchent à se protéger de l’arrivée des barbares annoncée sur les réseaux sociaux.
End of Life John Bruce, Paweł Wojtasik / 2017, 91’, USA
with Athina Rachel Tsangari, Paweł Wojtasik et John Bruce
Following five terminally ill people, the filmmakers bring us face to face with their weakened bodies and minds and query our gaze. The result is a magnificent film about love.
Extinção (Extinction) Salomé Lamas / 2018, 80’, Germany-Portugal with Salomé Lamas
The question of borders of what was once the USSR has proven to be a potential time bomb. Extinction is a haunting mix of materials, fragments of the collective imaginary of the Soviet Union, with Kolya, a national of Transnistria, in the lead role.
Good Luck Ben Russell / 2017, 143’, France-Germany
with Ben Russell and Marie Voignier
American filmmaker and artist Ben Russell continues his explorations in speculative ethnography with this surprisingly moving study of two mines stunningly shot on Super 16mm.
The Green Fog Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson / 2017, 63’, USA
with Evan Johnson
For their and our own enjoyment, Guy Maddin, Galen and Evan Johnson have recreated Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo using nothing but shots from films and TV series whose action is set in San Francisco.
L’Héroïque Lande, la frontière brûle Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval / 2017, 219’, France
with Nicolas Klotz, Elisabeth Perceval and Robert Bonamy
The destinies of Almaz, Zeid and Dawitt become intertwined, between the narrow tracks of the Jungle, the low skies of the wastelands and the long perspectives of the Calais beaches.
Ta peau si lisse (A Skin So Soft) Denis Côté / 2017, 93’, Canada
with producer Dounia Sichov
Ta peau si lisse closely follows six bodybuilders as they prepare for championships. Denis Côté crafts a droll and tender portrait of these modern-day gladiators driven by a mutual idea of physical perfection.
# About Lucrecia Martel
Zama Lucrecia Martel / 2017, 115’, Argentina, Brazil
Set in the late 18th century in a far-flung Latin American locale, the film follows magistrate Don Diego de Zama as he awaits transfer to Buenos Aires, languishing in a perpetual, liminal state, which induces a feverish tropical malady.
Años Luz (Light Years) Manuel Abramovich / 2017, 72’, Argentina
Manuel Abramovich filmed Lucrecia Martel during the shooting of Zama. Años Luz is both the portrait of a filmmaker at work and a personal film about creation.
# Anger / Rivers / Russell
Invocation of my demon brother Kenneth Anger / 1969, 12’, USA
“Presented here as a kino-offering before The Rare Event, this darkly auratic time-object is a startling black mirror of occult vibrations, magical inquiry, and the very real possibilities of Satanic resistance.” – B.R.
The Rare Event Ben Rivers, Ben Russell / 2018, 48’, UK // with Ben Russell and Ben Rivers (to be confirmed)
With the aid of an immersive sound-mix, kinetic digital magic and an impressive cast, what appeared to be a document of a philosophical discussion slowly transforms into The Rare Event – a portal that joins all dimensions into one.
The Private Property Trilogy: A survey of the life and films of C.B. Nicolás Pereda / 50’, Mexico
The Private Property Trilogy: A survey of the life and films of C.B est une lecture performée en forme d’enquête sur la vie et l’œuvre de C.B., artiste aux multiples facettes, militant politique, archéologue amateur, anarchiste auto-proclamé et fondateur d’un Musée Minier.
Spell Reel Filipa César / 2017, 96’, France-Portugal
The film archives of the independence movement led by Amílcar Cabral in Guinea-Bissau – fragile and incomplete material rediscovered in 2011 – are the starting point of Spell Reel, a multi-layered film in which Portuguese artist Filipa César makes between the past and its struggles resonate with those of today, through a polyphonic montage of stories and places.
+ performance Palmistry
There’s a Place Beyond the Beyond I’ve Seen the Future (Yann Gonzalez, Pierre-Edouard Dumora, Alain Garcia) with DJ and producer Sky H1
A documentary performance imaged by the collective, “I’ve Seen the Future”, in collaboration with the producer and Sky H1 DJ.