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.
Conner's Crossroads and The Exploding Digital InevitableRoss Lipman, Bruce Conner IFFR 2017 86′
Crossroads (1976), the most controversial film by avant-garde icon Bruce Conner, consists solely of images of atomic tests, set to music by Terry Riley. Former film historian and restorer Ross Lipman takes a new look at the material, and the human urge towards self-destruction. He does this in the form of a 'live documentary'.
EXPRMNTL PAPERSXavier García Bardón IFFR 2017 360′
As rich as the pantheon of entries in the EXPRMNTL festival may appear, many more projects were proposed, yet not selected. From the vaults of the Brussels Cinematek comes a selection of documents, posters, print work and special projects that constitute a counter-archive to what is celebrated as the most important festival of the avant-garde.
Jan zonder VreesJef Cassiers IFFR 2017 78′
This animated film, full of references to Old Masters like Brueghel and Bosch, tells the tale of an extremely strong farm boy battling evil. Thanks to its pioneering synthesiser soundtrack by Alain Pierre, this 1980s children’s film remains fresh. With a live concert by the composer, in co-production with WORM.