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’
EscapesMichael Almereyda IFFR 2017 90′
An actor who played mainly supporting roles during the 1960s and 1970s tells his life story. Fascinating anecdotes, illustrated by a host of film clips, about the people he worked with, the relationships he had and friendships that developed. An unknown name to many, which makes the surprise in the last part of the film all the greater.
Le film à venirRaúl Ruiz IFFR 2017 8′
One of the most emblematic films by the master concerns a holy fragment of celluloid that can only be seen by a secret society known as the Philokinetes.
AccelerandoGeorg Wasner IFFR 2017 40′
Essayist Georg Wasner used fragments from three films to breathe new life into a text from 1909. This was the year that Norman Angell published his manifesto Europe’s Optical Illusion, in which he warns of violent reactions to globalisation, which even then was in the air.
SERGEI/SIR GAYMark Rappaport IFFR 2017 36′
As a teenager, Eisenstein always signed his drawings 'Sir Gay'. The waggish essayist Rappaport sees clear signs of his sexual orientation throughout the Russian director’s film oeuvre.