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’
AnnaAlberto Grifi, Massimo Sarchielli IFFR 2012 225′
Fascinating masterpiece of documentary from the 1970s. Its charm, freshness and complexity defy short explanation. Shot on video, transferred to 16mm and now finally restored. Highly pregnant, wandering hippie Anna is picked up by Sarchielli. About real people, real love and the camera’s role.
Flash in the MetropolitanRosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer IFFR 2012 3′
Artefacts from the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic collections are filmed in the depths of darkness in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
De tijdBart Vegter IFFR 2012
A flat, monochrome image slowly evolves into a dramatic spectacle; colour allows lines and conical forms to subtly dissolve and solidify. In the end, the colours lose their intensity, leaving only the basic structure of the image, 'the skeleton'. Vegter used the Fourier transformation, in three dimensions, to create De tijd.
AdebarPeter Kubelka IFFR 2012
Kubelka strips the images down to their black-and-white essentials, to create the ultimate abstract film choreography.