December 3, 2009, 19:00
Academy of Film & Multimedia Marubi - Tirana
Varied in their approaches and concerns, these short films and videos
represent a program of recent artist’s and experimental works.
The gaze with which we comprehend the world and which it casts back at
us in response breaks up Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller’s
Contre-jour into disquieting fragments: blurs, flashes, and
stroboscopic montages disintegrate reality into shadowy images that
inflict pain on the eye. Bjørn Melhus’ Murphy is a dramatic
reduction to abstract fields of color, and concentrates exclusively on
sounds taken out of the movie Blue Thunder (USA, 1982), resulting in
a collage of some significant moments from Hollywood war movies.
Destination Finale is drawn from an original 8mm amateur film, shot
in 1964, found in Saigon in 2005, and edited by Philip Widmann.
Thümmler’s photo film Radfahrer combines East German photographer
Harald Hauswald’s images with the details contained in the Stasi file
on Hauswald. Guillaume Caillau’s Blitzkrieg shows the confrontation
between Berlin Mayday protesters and massive police violence. Sylvia
Schedelbauer’s Remote Intimacy is an allegorical
stream-of-consciousness that touches on questions of history and
Pola Sieverding’s Nocturne Arabesque is a portrait of the
multiple images of manhood. Mirko Martin’s Noir catapults the viewer
into a real crime scene in Los Angeles, but there is nothing to see,
the action can only be heard; Alpine St./Yale St. by Maya Schweizershows an entirely different scenario of the same city. Christine
Woditschka takes the viewer to a specific neighborhood in Berlin, and
Halina Kliem’s Real World chronicles the obstacles of everyday life.
Untitled—Two Guys by Mario Pfeifer draws a portrait of
second-generation adolescents in Berlin. Russian immigrants re-stage
the waiting-line scene in front of the German Consulate in Moscow in
an outer quarter of Berlin in Clemens von Wedemeyer’s Otjesd. In
Florian Gwinner’s The Model, the camera tracks slowly backwards,
then stops in the middle of a room. Reality bites its own tail.
Total Running Time 125 minutes
Programmed and presented by Sylvia Schedelbauer