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’
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.
Colossal CaveGraeme Arnfield IFFR 2017 11′
Plato’s allegory of the cave is often read as a prefiguration of cinema. Yet this film illustrates how online gaming was born from a network of caves.
Jointed FilmImai Norio IFFR 2017 20′
The film version of his installation Severed Film, Imai Norio’s found-footage film is a collage made from discarded 16mm film he collected from a local television station.
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?"