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7th ATHENS AVANT-GARDE FILM FESTIVAL
Transcript of 7th ATHENS AVANT-GARDE FILM FESTIVAL
Harun Faroki: Against what? Against who?
“I am honored to be invited form the Greek Film Archive to show my works in the School of Fine Arts and in the cinema. The honor is even greater when you invite me in such difficult times”.
The main tribute of the 7th Athens Avant-garde Film Festival focuses on Harun Faroki, a radical artist, who is well established in the field of cinema so much as in the field of the arts. His invitation is implemented in collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Arts, in the context of the long-time standing collaboration of the two institutes in presenting artist that are on the verge between arts and cinema, but also with Goethe-Institut Athen, a favorite collaborator of the GFA that firmly supports its proposals. Collaborators to the tribute are also the Department of Communication and Media and the School of Economic and Social Sciences of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.
In Greece he is introduced with a triptych tribute that is curated by his long standing and constant collaborator, companion and his art exhibition curator, Ms. Antje Ehmann and includes:
-exhibition in Nikos Kessanlis room of the School of Fine Arts, which will be inaugurated by Faroki himself on the 29th of October and in which 7 video-installations of the artist from 1995 till today will be exhibited.
-cinematic tribute in the Greek Film Archive, which attempts to present a good representative sample of his entire filmography. Overall 15 works will be screened in film and video, which cover five decades form 1969 to 2009. Every program consists of an older and a newer film, while the filmmaker will be present to some of the screenings.
-master class in Goethe-Institut Athen
More information on the artist is available in his personal website www.farocki-film.de/
Harun Farocki is an outstanding author of documentary films, feature films, film essays, videos and video-installations, an art critic and media theoretician. One of the most important personalities in the post-war history of political cinema in Europe. In his works Farocki examines social functioning of images in the context of various ideologies, the development of technological tools and economy. He is the author of over 120 films and film installations. From 1974 to 1984 he was the editor of the influential Filmkritik. He also worked as a visiting professor at the Universities of Berkley and Harvard, and as a full professor at the Art Academy in Vienna. The evidence of the significant influence of Farocki’s work on visual arts are numerous retrospective exhibitions at, among others, Tate Modern and Rawen Row in London (2009), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2011) and the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2012). The artist has participated in many group exhibitions, including Documenta in Kassel (1997 and 2007).
He is the author of many books, including Speaking about Godard / Von Godard sprechen (1998, with Kaja Silverman), Imprint / Nachdruck (2001), Kino wie noch nie / Cinema like never before (2006, ed. with Antje Ehmann) and Rote Berta Geht Ohne Liebe Wandern (2009). Currently he is co-conducting and co-curating a series of workshops and exhibitions called Labour in a Single Shot (2011-2015, together with Antje Ehmann. For further information see: labour-in-a-single-shot.net
Born in Lisbon, he left his course of studies in History to attend classes taught by the poet and filmmaker António Reis at the Lisbon Film School.
His first film O Sangue / Blood had its world premiere at the Mostra Cinematografica di Venezia in 1989. Casa de Lava, his second feature, shot in Cabo Verde, was shown in Cannes, 'Un Certain Regard', in 1994.His other feature films include 'Ossos', 'In Vanda's Room' and 'Where Does Your Hidden Smile Lie?', on the work of Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub.
Recently he directed 'Sweet Exorcist', a segment of the omnibus feature 'Centro Histórico', with Manoel de Oliveira, Aki Kaurismaki and Victor Erice. His work has been presented in galleries and museums around the world. He is one of the invited artists of the Cuban Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2013.
As part of the Festival there will be a complete retrospective to Pedro Costa. The following will be screened: 8 feature films, 3 short films, 1 documentary by the director as well as a documentary about the director. Pedro Costa will be in Athens to introduce his films and have a discussion with the audience.
The Greek Film Archive in collaboration with the Bologna Film Archive (Cineteca di Bologna) and with the Italian Educational Institute of Athens in the framework of Projeto Rossellini, presents six digitally restored films of the top director Roberto Rossellini.
The Rossellini Project, a collaboration of Cinecitta Luce, CSC - Cineteca Nazionale, Cineteca di Bologna and Coproduction Office, aims at the digital restoration with the latest technology of a selection of ten films from Rossellini’s entire filmography, which includes the neorealistic trilogy, but also several other film works of the director.
REINVENTING CINEPHILIA: Workshop for cinema professionals and round table discussion open to the public, in collaboration with the European Association of Film Archives, (ACE, Association des Cinémathèques Européenes). In an online and “connected” world, where young people systematically download films on their i-pads and i-phones, what is it that still keeps spectators in the cinema auditoriums and especially in an Archive? Directors and industry professionals from Greece and abroad take part in the workshop.
ATHENS TALKS: Three round table discussions with distinguished guests of the Festival accompany the screenings.
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES: The young friends of the Greek Film Archive will come in contact and get to know the magical world of George Melies through screenings and workshops.
-About 70 screenings over 10 days in both screening rooms of the Greek Film Archive: 50 European productions, 12 non-European productions, 17 Greek films.
-17 guests who are introducing their films, leading discussions with the audience and participating in round-table discussions.
-3 discussions, a workshop, 2 masterclasses
-1 exhibition at the Athens School of Fine Arts
An estimated 15,000 people are expected to attend the screenings and the parallel events of the Festival.
In the context of the tribute, the Greek Film Archive will screen in DCP the six digitally restored films, that have already been done by the labatory Immagini Ritrovata in Bologna, and that have already premiered in many international festivals, but haven’t since a long time been screened in Greece:
The Machine that Kills Bad people (La macchina ammazzacattivi, 1952), Journey to Italy (Viaggio in Italia, 1953), India (India, 1959), Stromboli (Stroboli terra di dio, 1949), Ways of Love (L’amore, 1948), Rome, Open City (Roma citta aperta, 1945).
OXI (First Cut)/ Ken McMullen: a Greek-British co-production, following an invitation to the director by the Greek Film Archive, filmed in both England and Greece. Oxi (First Cut) examines the relationship between ancient Greek classical philosophy and the contemporary crisis is Greece
RED BANK/ Vouvoula Skoura: The film develops around the Greek by James Joyce.
GREEK CINEMA NOW!
Greek cinema that doesn’t compromise, that observes, records and takes a stand- even by remaining silent- in the face of what it means to live in today’s Greece. Greek productions strictly chosen based on how they deal with the “here and now” of the Greek reality and how they commune deservedly with the global cinematic cartography.
THE "OTHER 80s"
Three films that were produced in the 80s and after decades will be screened again, along with presentations from the producers and special quests. In the context of the social transformation and the “Change” that came about in this period, specific social groups continue to remain isolated. Juvenile delinquency, drugs and multileveled alienation characterise what is called the “fringe”, which nevertheless isn’t characterised by homogeneity.
This new section of the Festival, curated by Vassily Bourikas, aims at presenting very recent films from the avant-garde cinema. Few but very important films that manage to extend the limits of form narrative and thematology, will be included in this small but dynamic section. A cinema that is different, but not distant and that observes reacts and affects the wider cinematic language. All directors of the films screened in this section will be in Athens to introduce their films and lead discussions with the audience
2 NARRATE OR NOT
We experience a deep economic crisis. Is it true? Or is it just a construct? In the context of this section 10 films will be screened that emphasize the subjective truth of a crisis in the most optimistic notes possible. The films will compete for a post-production prize which will be awarded by the production company Authorwave. Three of the directors will be in Athens to introduce their films and discuss with the audience.
SOME LIKE IT SHORT
A selection of short films by Greek and international directors.
The Festival will be promoted through
-articles in daily and Sunday newspapers.
-articles in weekly magazines and cultural journals
-posts and web-banners on the site and social media of the Festival, of the Greek Film Archive and its partners
-radio spot transmission
-television spot transmission
-advertisements in print media
-posters in billboards at the Athens Underground
-posters around the city
-distribution of the Festival timetable at central spots around Athens
-distribution of the Festival catalogue in the Greek Film Archive
THE FESTIVAL IN NUMBERS
LES GRANDES ONDES/ Lionel Baier: straight from Locarno Film Festival to the premiere of the 7th Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival the first part of the tetralogy by the highly-regarded Swiss director.
The initiative of an Avant-grade Film Festival of the Greek Film Archive that has been underway over the last years, already from its first organizing in 2004, has met with great success the demands of the Greek audience for a contemporary hearthstone that cultivates cinephilia in its multidimensional form. We remind the retrospectives to Derek Jarman, Valie Export, Ken McMullen, Peter Kubelka, Germaine Dulac, Helke Sander, Margaret Tait, Delphine Seyrig, to the British cooperative London Filmmakers Coop and to the Dutch experimental cinema, as well as the special screenings of Keneth Anger, Maya Deren, Laura Mulvey, Ula Stoeckl, Ute Aurand, Udi Aloni, Frans Zwartjes, Babette Mangolte, John Smith, Guy Debord, Thomas Heise and others more.
More information for past events is available in http://www.tainiothiki.gr/festivals/
In this year’s 7th organizing that consists of three great tributes, special screenings and parallel events, three new sections are included: two international and one Greek.
Pupils, students, researchers, industry professionals, distinguished personalities of the letters and the arts, accredited representatives of Embassies and Cultural Institutions in Athens, international guests.
ATHENS SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS
INSTITUT FRANCAIS D’ ATHENES
EMBAJADA DE ESPANA
ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA DI ATENE
EMBASSY OF SWITZERLAND IN GREECE
EMBASSY OF PORTUGAL IN GREECE
GREEK FILM CENTRE
IN COLLABORATION WITH