Because it’s better and easier to utilize individual parts than entire structures
Lene Berg, Declan Clarke, Assaf Gruber, Laura Horelli, Alexander Kluge, Deimantas Narkevičius, Rosalind Nashashibi, Edgar Reitz, Nicolas Siepen, Andrea Luka Zimmerman
Dwelling on the boundary between classic documentary and so-called “fictional film”, the works selected by Leif Magne Tangen and Sarah Schipschack for f/stop Film 2018 reveal insights into the “broken bonds” of society, potentially initiating discussions that a society needs in order to view itself critically and continue to develop. Three evening programmes will explore different thematic domains. The first evening will examine political resistance, enclaves, and social life under precarious conditions. The second evening will take an unnostalgic look at the former East Germany. The past and future perspectives will be debated in what can be described as a kind of historicization of what once was and what might be. The third evening will explore surveillance, espionage and weapons. Yet the subject matter of the three evenings will also overlap, as “it’s better and easier to utilize individual parts than entire structures”, as Christa Wolfs put it in her first letter from the year 1990 in which she refuses to speak publicly about Germany. Nicolas Siepen will be on hand on the final evening to talk with the audience about films, the year 1990, Godard, Deleuze & Guattari, and everything in between.
Klaus Rózsa, a politically active photographer, lived in Zurich for decades as a stateless individual. All of his applications for naturalization were refused on political grounds. In 1956 he fled Hungary, growing up in Switzerland with a Jewish father who had survived Auschwitz. Due to the extreme proximity of such a fate, the camera led him close to places where injustice was done. It was this particular quality of his camerawork that proved fateful for him. State Security writes: “By recording police abuse, he interfered with the work of the police.” – An extraordinary biopic about the political movements in the last decades.
A film by Erich Schmid, Switzerland 2016, 96 min. OV with German subtitles.
6:00 pm Angriff auf eine dicke Tür aus Glas, Alexander Kluge, DE 2018, In Gefahr und größter Not bringt der Mittelweg den Tod, Edgar Reitz & Alexander Kluge, DE 1974, 86 min, OV with English subtitles.
8 :00 pm Electrical Gaza, Rosalind Nashashibi, UK 2015, 18 min, OV with subtitles.
8:30 pm Estate, a Reverie, Andrea Luka Zimmerman, UK 2016, 83 min, OV
7 :00 pm Into the Unknown, Deimantas Narkevičius, LT 2009, 19 min, OV
7:30 pm Namibia Today, Laura Horelli, DE/FI/NA 2018, 21 min, OV with English subtitles, Q & A Laura Horelli
8:30 pm The Conspicuous Parts, Assaf Gruber, DE/US/PL 2018, 35 min, OV with English subtitles, Q & A Assaf Gruber
9:30 pm The Dud Effect, Deimantas Narkevičius, LT 2008, 16 min, OV with English subtitles
7:30 pm GOMP: Tales of Surveillance in Norway 1948 – 89, Lene Berg, NO 2014, 84 min, OV with English subtitles
9:00 pm Group Portrait with Explosives, Declan Clarke, DE/IE/CZ 2014, 42 min, OV (engl.)
10:00 pm What can be answered, Talk with Nicolas Siepen (artist, filmmaker, theoretician), in German and/or English language