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’
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?"
Pizza TimeImai Norio IFFR 2017 10′
One of several performances where Imai Norio used the Polaroid, this one involves him eating slices of pizza while recreating his dinner in picture form.
On AirImai Norio IFFR 2017 16′
Describing videotape as a "tape measure of time", Imai Norio’s performance shows him wrapping a television monitor with open-reel videotape, visually silencing the broadcast.
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.