The International Film Festival Rotterdam is known for setting great store in innovative cinema. But the cinematic past also has a permanent spot in the programming. Regained is an annual part of the Signals programme which explores cinema’s treasure trove and screens restored classics, inexplicably forgotten masterpieces and films and documentaries that centre on cinema itself.
Films in ‘Signals: Regained’
Ponskaart polonaiseMatthijs Blonk IFFR 2012
Rhythmic play of light and shadow via holes in the roll of film awakes the suggestion of punch card holes dancing across the image. Formal investigation of rhythm in light and darkness with a powerful visual effect.
Village, SilencedDeborah Stratman IFFR 2012
Focus in this short remake is on how sound is used as a means of social control, and the larger historical implications of repetition.
Goose WeatherStephen Sutcliffe IFFR 2012
A visual oddity: a George Harrison album cover is explored as a visual counterpoint to a choral rendition of the text English Eccentrics.
ZwerkBart Vegter IFFR 2012
Zwerk is an abstract film that depicts an illusionary world. The film was made with the purpose of creating an opportunity to view something as it is. What remains is a visual experience. When making the film I let myself be inspired by the words 'at the edge of emptiness' and by my interest in the field between chaos and order. (BV)