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’
Maritime ClimatesRolands Kalnins IFFR 2019 34′
The colourful musical comedy Maritime Climates may well have been a triumph of smart political satire. These remnants testify to its indomitable genius.
The colourful musical comedy Piejūras klimats may well have been a triumph of smart political satire. These remnants testify to its indomitable genius.
Sea of Lost TimeGurvinder Singh IFFR 2019 45′
After his student workshop project (based on a Gabriel García Márquez story) was terminated, Siṃgh found a small masterpiece in the material already shot.
One of several scandals to befall the Film and Television Institute of India recently was the termination of a graduation film for acting students Gurviṃdar Siṃgh set out to direct (based on Gabriel García Márquez's story); the motivation for the decision felt dubious, to say the least. Not one to give up, Siṃgh looked at the footage shot, and found a moving gem of realist cinema.
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.
They Shall Not Grow OldPeter Jackson IFFR 2019 109′
What looks like a by-the-book documentary on WWI turns out to be the biggest and most dazzling experimental film of 2018.
What at first looks like a by-the-book documentary on WWI from the fighting men’s perspective, turns out to be the biggest and most dazzling experimental film of 2018. Using original materials as something akin to a cyanotype, Jackson digitally created a completely new experience in colour, 3D and with a mind-blowing soundscape!