exploding cinema - Sound Check

Programme 2005

In 'exploding cinema - Sound Check'

Mountaineer Spinning

Mountaineer Spinning

Rotterdam 2004 Film Maker in Focus returns with digital versions of his so far unique and rare live events for the first time. Nisi Jacobs videotaped the performances. The titles are also new works, and are not suitable for people prone to epileptic seizures! In Mountaineer Spinning, we seem to be seeing a rustic landscape, perhaps. Everything here seems to be a `perhaps', including allusions to Beauty and The Beast and whether we are seeing in 3D or not. As in real life, everything is in constant motion. Rick Reed does the Mendelssohn and here too, lines are blurred between life-recording and astral electrons at play. The second digital Magic Lantern performance sounds very different. These are selections from four live performances by musician John Zorn, assisted by Ikue Mori (improvising on laptops) in May and October of 2004 at Anthology Film Archives in New York. The viewer of Nervous Magic Lantern phenomena plunges, hovers, sinks and rises into illusionist deep space. The question of what we are looking at, tantalizingly suggestive as appearances might be, becomes of less urgency than from where in space we are viewing, and where and of what consistency and shape and size is the mass confronting us at any one moment, and when and how did it become what a moment ago it was not. It might be best to think of what you and others see as a group hallucination. In between those longer pieces is a short film, New York Street-Trolleys (11 min.), in which the Nervous System Performance is explained. (KJ)

Ken Jacobs
  • 26'

  • USA

IFFR 2005

International premiere

REPLAY

REPLAY

'Everywhere I go I find a poet has been there before me.' (Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939) Memories can be so fragile, so elusive and so unreliable. Using cameras and other recording devices, we try in vain to capture life as it slips by, but somehow it's never the same. Perhaps the act of recording blurs the line between reality and memory - we're no longer sure which is the 'truth'. Shot in a wintry, overcast, ghostly Vienna, REPLAY explores this unsettling phenomenon. Heavy with melancholy and nostalgia, the film grieves with a sense of 'loss' - lost love, lost friendship, lost memory. The film maker seems to be yearning to put the clock back, to rewind, to replay.

Matt Hulse
  • 9'

  • United Kingdom

IFFR 2005

World premiere

SEEM

SEEM

Inspired by Memory Lane by David Shea, SEEM is a film that combines seemingly clear and recognizable elements so that their meaning, but also the thoughts that they would usually evoke, become relative. The film is built up on three characters (a man, a girl and a woman), whose roles, actions and relations evolve throughout the film. This film seeks to offer an audiovisual experience that is open to interpretation.

Ben De Loenen, Tijmen Hauer
  • 6'

  • Netherlands

IFFR 2005

World premiere

Streaming Past, Present Moments

Streaming Past, Present Moments

Thoughts and memories flow through our heads like water. You concentrate on one thing, while you are conscious of a periphery of possibilities. Just like in music, where it is possible to hear things on several layers at once and yet to focus your attention on one layer or one detail. In film, things quickly become unclear once several layers are on top of one another. Inspired by the art of Paul Klee, in this film, Scheffer pursues his quest for the filmic possibilities that can bring him closer to the freedom of music.

Frank Scheffer
  • 7'

  • Netherlands

IFFR 2005

World premiere