Total cinema: from historical treasures to the edge of the technically possible – film as a laboratory of constant re-invention, an archive of dreams and futures.
Films in ‘Laboratory of Unseen Beauty’
Kino im KopfMichael Glawogger IFFR 2019 87′
Glawogger offered non-professional cineastes a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to shoot a few scenes from their dream projects. An unclassifiable masterpiece.
Died-too-young maverick Michael Glawogger offered non-professional cineastes of all stripes − amateurs, recluses, old friends from film school and the occasional wildcard found by way of an ad − a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Together with him, they could shoot a few scenes from their dream projects. The result: a mosaic in utter defiance of every category.
Apple in the RiverAivars Freimanis IFFR 2019 76′
When the termination of the film Maritime Climates created a quota problem for Rīgas Kinostudijā, a shelved documentary instead became the loveliest of teenage romances!
When the termination of Rolands Kalniņš’s Maritime Climates created a production quota problem for Rīgas Kinostudijā, another on-hold documentary, by Aivars Freimanis, was taken from the shelf and turned into a bitterly tender yet lighthearted, bright-eyed teenage romance – now considered a canonical piece of Latvian national film heritage.
Tondal's VisionStephen Broomer IFFR 2019 64′
A reworking of Giuseppe De Liguoro’s 1911 pictorial Dante interpretation by all means – analog and digital – currently available. A grand audiovisual spectacle!
A reworking, by all analog and digital means available to the modern filmmaker, of Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan & Giuseppe De Liguoro’s L’inferno (1911), a Doré-inspired visualisation of the first canticle of Dante’s Divina Commedia. A grand audiovisual spectacle apart, with a pleasantly ironic flavour.
Happy LamentoAlexander Kluge IFFR 2019 90′
Clash of the titans: Kluge mixes some of his weirder TV-skits with scenes from one of IFFR-darling Khavn’s more outrageous features. BOOM!
On the art of bomb-making: Kluge mixes some of his weirder TV-skits (featuring Fassbinder-regular Peter Berling and theatre genius Heiner Müller, among others) with some of the more outrageous scenes from IFFR-darling Khavn’s 2016 Ang Napakaigsing Buhay Ng Alipato; as a detonator, he uses shots of Merkel and Trump, etc., at the 2017 G20 summit. BOOM!