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’
Ghost ChildrenJoão Vieira Torres IFFR 2017 16′
A procession of cheap snapshots, most likely assembled from discarded family albums. Voices reminisce about childhood, while the camera explores the fading colours.
David Lynch: The Art LifeJon Nguyen, Olivia Neergaard-Holm, Rick Barnes IFFR 2017 90′
Cineaste, musician, artist, guru and coffee aficionado David Lynch takes us back to the roots of his creativity. A portrait of the artist as a young man, played by himself as a relaxed, candid, middle-aged man – with the emphasis on painting and how he swapped a cosy nest for an odyssey through his dark side.
En (Circle)Imai Norio IFFR 2017 3′
Echoing his work in white relief sculptures, Imai Norio’s debut film is entirely composed of circular flashes made using a hole punch on each frame of 16mm black film leader.
ExprmntlBrecht Debackere IFFR 2017 68′
The enigmatic Jacques Ledoux was not only the initiator and, for many years, heart and soul of the Brussels film archive – five times he also organised a festival of avant-garde film in the casino of the cosmopolitan resort Knokke. This festival’s celebrated reputation spread worldwide, and continues to stir imaginations to this day.