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 inside ‘Regained’
SERGEI/SIR GAYMark Rappaport 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.
Dawson City: Frozen Time120′
Compelling documentary about Dawson City and the unique relationship between this little Canadian town with its cinema and the gold fever that briefly engulfed the sleepy fishing village. Both a symphony and a time capsule, consisting of fragments from the perfectly preserved silent films found in a dump. A marvellous record of the early 20th century.
Tony Conrad: Completely in the PresentTyler Hubby 96′
Jack-of-all-trades Tony Conrad had a bigger influence on post-war art than many people might think. From the godfather of The Velvet Underground and progenitor of minimal music to drone-filming hero, and from radical filmmaker to activist video-maker and conceptual performer: a portrait of an all-round, extremely loveable avant-gardist.
People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam RoseJohn Torres 89′
After recovering decaying 35mm footage from an unfinished 1980s film by the 'Messiah of Philippine Cinema', John Torres shot new footage and interviews to complete the portrait of a tormented young actress in a film that echoes not only its own troubled production but also the fate of the nation.