In the Regained section, new light is cast on existing film material by means of restored classics, films about film, experimental works and installations. John Torres’ People Power Bombshell: Diary of Vietnam Rose will have its international première during IFFR. This reconstruction of an uncompleted film is experienced as a fevered trip that acts as a metaphor for the Philippine nation and its traumas. With Conner’s Crossroads and The Exploding Digital Inevitable, American film archivist Ross Lipman will present a live performance based around Bruce Conner’s notorious film Crossroads, which combines nuclear explosions with minimal music. To create the project Homeless Movies, which has its international première on the Schouwburgplein in special individual film cabins, six luminaries of the Belgian arts scene pored over amateur films.
Films in ‘Regained’
The Stability of the SystemSasha Litvintseva, Isabel Mallet IFFR 2017 17′
Haunted by Italo Calvino’s books and the land art of Robert Smithson, this audiovisual trip takes us through the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote.
GeminiMeggy Rustamova IFFR 2017 4′
Using a wide range of archival images, Rustamova evokes tension between abstract images and familiar scenes from daily life. The artist’s associative editing is based on thematic clusters such as twins and look-alikes, as well as references to art history. "What if parrots could actually speak?"
GilEva Giolo IFFR 2017 5′
At the core of this film collage is the artist’s search for the face of her deceased twin brother, who died without leaving behind any photographic record. Paradoxically his absence is rendered perceptible through a profusion of images. An indirect portrait as the confirmation of an existence.
How I Fell in Love with Eva RasAndré Gil Mata IFFR 2017 74′
The old films seventy-year-old Sena watches daily in a cinema in Sarajevo, where she lives and works in the projection booth, show parallels with her life in former Yugoslavia, from the German occupation through Tito’s Communist utopia to the siege of Sarajevo in 1992 and the disintegration of her country.