A succinct selection from the rich oeuvre of the Dutch experimental film pioneer who passed away recently, including his first and last works.
Wed 31 Jan
Films screened in this combined programme
Film IIFrans Zwartjes 18′
To mark his ninetieth birthday, EYE has restored Zwartjes’ very first film, originally shot on Super-8 and long thought lost.
BirdsFrans Zwartjes 5′
Hypnotic, repetitive film featuring Trix, Zwartjes' regular partner in crime – and in life. The second 'turtle dove' is a piece of a toy between her fingers.
Visual TrainingFrans Zwartjes 8′
Oppressive black-and-white study of a man in pale makeup surrendering as apathetically as a zombie from a German Expressionist film to primitive, childlike playing with food.
Behind Your WallsFrans Zwartjes 12′
In true Zwartjes style, the filmmaker creates an intoxicating, surreal microcosm – this time through a bizarre pantomime featuring extras in heavy makeup.
Moving StillsFrans Zwartjes, Paul de Nooijer 7′
Working with one of his most talented students, Zwartjes animated a series of photos to create an obsessive study of a favourite motif: the female nude.
Tribute to Art #2Frank Scheffer, Frans Zwartjes 14′
Rather than a documentary about Zwartjes, Scheffer made a film with him – a feverish dream of his major motifs. And a final moment of eye contact with the camera.