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’
L' amatoreMaria Mauti IFFR 2017 90′
In 1920s and 1930s Milan, Piero Portaluppi became a successful architect, as well as an enthusiastic filmmaker. His collection of amateur films not only illustrates his career but also gives an impression of a society increasingly under the spell of Mussolini.
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.
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.
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.