program

7.11.

19:00 - Kinocenter Gießen

vendor beast – Finn Rabbitt Dove
I Am and Tell Me What – Maggessi/Morusiewicz
Passing Place – Sofía Petersen & Shaun Finneran
How I Choose to Spend the Remainder of my Birthing Years – Sarah Lasley
My Grandfather’s skin –  Yana Bachynska
Reality Fragment 160921 – 七个木 Qigemu 七個木 (April Lin & Jasmine Lin)

from 20:30 - anschlussverwendung

chitchat, drinks & aftertalks

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The evening is called Mariupol: from 2068 to 2017 and combines films about the brutality of besieged Mariupol with a utopian vision of the city in 2068 and a melancholic epilogue about three friends wasting time and film reels before the occupation of Mariupol.

The films My Favorite Job and 100% OFF contain video and audio material that may be disturbing and distressing for people who survived the blockade of Mariupol and the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine and people who have lived through similar situations. In the film My Favorite Job, an air raid siren can be heard from the 10th to the 17th minute of the film. The room can be exited and re-entered at any time.

21.11.

19:00 - Kinocenter Gießen

Mariupol: from 2068 till 2017

Khayt – Sashko Protyah
My Favorite Job – Sashko Protyah
100% OFF – Sashko Protyah
Sea. Wind. WTF – Sashko Protyah

Dieser Filmblock wurde von Yulia Serdyukova
and
Kollektiv Freefilmers kuratiert.

ab 21:00 Uhr - anschlussverwendung

chitchat, drinks & aftertalks.

5.12.

19:00 - Kinocenter Gießen

Call of Comfort – Brenda Lien
The Imaginary Woman (La Mujer Imaginaria) – Laura Benavides
el jardín de los espíritus – Lili Ullrich
Why the Birds? – Tomás de Souza
SOS/Animals/Action – Big Art Group
DER FALL I LOOKING BACK IS GRACE – Aleksandre Koberidze

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chitchat, drinks & aftertalks

vendor beast

Short film by Finn Rabbitt Dove
GB 2020

"Vendor Beast explores cross species relationships, nostalgia and loss, in a world of increasingly manufactured landscapes."

Finn Rabbitt Dove is a Glasgow based artist working in film, 3D Animation and new media. Doves work reflects an abiding interest in the interaction of human and nonhuman animals.

Full Credits: Finn Rabbit Dove

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I Am and Tell Me What

Short film by Maggessi/Morusiewicz
AUT 2022

"I Am and Tell Me What is a film in a process and a film about a process. It is a non-chronological and fragmented record of a research investigation that artistic duo Maggessi/Morusiewicz conducted in mid-2021 as the onset of their ongoing “Wormholes” series. The film is built out of snippets of footage shot during their seven-day bicycle trip around Carinthia‘s lakes, which is interrupted and fuelled by references to a variety of academic texts, films, and music. Exploring their multi-faceted relationship while digressing about academic essays, blockbuster horror movies, and arthouse videos, the filmmakers-turned-protagonists point their cameras on their immediate surroundings and on each other for the purpose of fabulating stories about convivial queer futures. All this unravels in a stream of loose associations and at a languid pace of a scorching hot summer, scored by the ongoing hum of always-present cicadas.

Maggessi/Morusiewicz is a duo of researching artists and curators, working with found-footage audiovisual material, digital/analogue printing techniques, and textile installations. Situating their practice within queer, critical-archive, and post-/ anti-/de-colonial discourses, they employ (peri-)academic theory to explore spaces of in-betweenness, ambiguity, and pleasure through collaging films, sounds, and images. They currently work on two long-term projects: the research project “W/ri/gh/ting Archives through Artistic Research” (FWF, PEEK), hosted by the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (2022-2025), and the “Wormholes” series, presented in several art spaces (Kunstraum Lakeside, VBKÖ, wukperformingarts, SPEDITION Bremen, Belvedere21).

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This film features voice samples of Vienna-based artists: Gleb Amankulov, Valerie Ludwig, Tabea Marschall, Mzamo Nondlwana, Miriam Stoney, and Selina Shirin Stritzel.

This film uses footage from the following films: 2084 (dir. Chris Marker, 1984), Arrebato (dir. Iván Zulueta, 1979), Away with Words (dir. Christopher Doyle, 1999), Bates Motel (dir. Richard Rothstein, 1987), Fast Trip, Long Drop (dir. Gregg Bordowitz, 1993), High Life (dir. Claire Denis, 2018), L’heure de la sortie (dir. Sébastien Marnier, 2018), Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse (dir. Agnès Varda, 2000), Les Glaneurs et la glaneuse… deux ans après (dir. Agnès Varda, 2002), Primer (dir. Shane Carruth, 2004), Sud Pralad (dir. Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004), You, the Better (dir. Erika Balsom, 1983)

Passing Place

Short film by Sofía Petersen & Shaun Finneran
ESP/GBR/ARG 2021

"Unfixed, images from a lifetime come to light, fleetingly, before decaying into darkness."

Sofía Petersen is an Argentine filmmaker whose first feature film as writer and director, 'Olivia', is currently in post-production. She holds a masters degree in Filmmaking at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola.

Shaun Finneran (UK) is a physicist by training, an engineer by trade, a filmmaker and enthusiast and, most recently, producer of 'Olivia'.

Together they form Animitas film collective, whose work has featured in several international film festivals. Their first short film, ‘Passing Place’, won the Grand Jury Grand Prix at the 25FPS Festival 2021.

credits: A film by Sofía Petersen & Shaun Finneran.

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How I Choose to Spend the Remainder of my Birthing Years

Short film by Sarah Lasley
US 2020

"Blending personal narrative with shared pop cultural experience, the artist manifests a longheld childhood fantasy set within the love scene from Dirty Dancing (1987). How I Choose to Spend the Remainder of my Birthing Years juxtaposes pre-pubescent sexual desire with that of a woman descending her sexual peak. Fantasy is both a balm to religious piety and an act of resistance to the pressures put upon women approaching middle age. Here the digitally simulated image, in its wavering visual verisimilitude, exposes our willingness and desire to believe. Made alone at the onset of the Covid-19 quarantine."

Sarah Lasley is a video artist from Louisville, Kentucky and an Assistant Professor of Film at Cal Poly Humboldt. She has screened internationally at film festivals and universities, notably the Cairo Video Festival in Egypt and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. Her museum and gallery exhibitions include the Katonah Museum of Art in upstate New York, Leslie Hellar Workspace in New York City, and LAXART in Los Angeles. Recently she was awarded the grand prize for Blue Star Contemporary’s Projection/Projektion video program in collaboration with Darmstädter Sezession in Germany, where she is an artist in residence for 2023. She holds an MFA from Yale School of Art and a BFA from University of Louisville and was a resident at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2004.

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My Grandfather’s skin

Short film by Yana Bachynska
UKR 2020

"The film My Grandfather's skin is based on the repressed stories of Yana Bachynska’s ancestors. Those stories were rediscovered by the artist in his pursuit of a better understanding of himself. All the stories, which were repressed, are often repeated. By turning to the past and the forgotten, Bachynska strives to find the causes for the current state and avoid the repetition of history. Such discoveries not only help to embrace current reality but also serve as the impetus for future changes."

Yana Bachynska born in 1991 in Lviv, Ukraine is a visual artist, curator, and film director whose practice is focused on queering grand narratives. After receiving a master's degree in philosophy from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, he received a master's degree from the Art Academy of Szczecin. Currently lives and works between Lviv and numerous European residencies.

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Credits:

Supporting program: TWO ROOTS , Director: Yana Bachynska, Writer:  Yana Bachynska, Actor:  Yana Bachynska

Reality Fragment 160921

Short film by 七个木 Qigemu 七個木
(April Lin 林森 and Jasmine Lin 林思穎)
US/SWE 2018

"Reality Fragment 160921 follows two people in their process of reality-curation, as they create their own spaces against and via understandings of distance, as they go through the motions of growing themselves by growing their universes. We witness not only their movements, but also partake in the thoughts of two witnesses and how by seeing these two people, worlds are merged. In turn, we ask you, a viewer of this film and thus also a witness, to pay attention to your own movements of perception and reflect around the ways in which you build your own world. Who have you merged your world with, and what does that mean for the subjective truths you tend to?"

七个木 Qigemu 七個木 is a duo consisting of coordinates April Lin 林森 and Jasmine Lin 林思穎 exploring the interstices of movement, visual media, identity, and the global Asian diaspora as respectively, Chinese-Swedish and Taiwanese-American. Using the potential of this hybrid space, Qigemu engages in conversations dealing with bodies, information, and energies, and how these are conceptualized in the Internet Age.

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Credits:

Directors, Producers, Editors, Performers: April Lin 林森 and Jasmine Lin 林思穎
Voiceovers: Tessa Qiu and Madeleine Han
Sound editor: Oscar Ulfheden
Music: Redundancy Charm Study — G. S. Sultan
UX Design — DJ Supermarket
imessage In A Bottle — soy
Chinese subtitling: Qafone

Khayt

Short film by Sashko Protyah
UKR 2022

"A mockumentary on the post-industrial future of Mariupol. The authors imagine what the city would be like with the developed culture of the Azov Greeks, the ethnic population of the Donetsk and Zaporizhzhia regions. The plot develops in 2068 in Mariupol, where a musician arrives to Mariupol for participation in an art residency organized by a local institution Center for Industrial Heritage (CIS). The film was finished one month before Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine."

Sashko Protyah is a film director and activist from Mariupol, Ukraine. He is a co-founder of cinemovement/NGO Freefilmers, a collective of artists and filmmakers. In his films, he works with topics of memory, otherness, and alienation. Now Sashko is based in Zaporizhzhia and volunteers for IDPs and the Ukrainian army.

credits:
Director: Sashko Protyah
Music: by Vasyl Lyakh & Dake
Camera: Sashko Protyah, Vasyl Lyakh, Oleksandr Surovtsov

 

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My Favorite Job

Short film by Sashko Protyah
UKR 2022

"In the spring of 2022, the Ukrainian city of Mariupol was surrounded by Russian troops. They were using the weapons of mass destruction against the civilian population every day. In mid-March volunteers started evacuating people from Mariupol to Zaporizhzhya. They gathered after each trip to exchange the information, support each other, and talk about their traumatic experiences."

Sashko Protyah is a film director and activist from Mariupol, Ukraine. He is a co-founder of cinemovement/NGO Freefilmers, a collective of artists and filmmakers. In his films, he works with topics of memory, otherness, and alienation. Now Sashko is based in Zaporizhzhia and volunteers for IDPs and the Ukrainian army.

credits:
Director: Sashko Protyah
3D generalist: Vova Morrow

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100% OFF

Short film by Sashko Protyah
UKR 2023

"People of Mariupol talk about looting in shops during the siege and capture of the city by Russian troops in March 2022."

Sashko Protyah is a film director and activist from Mariupol, Ukraine. He is a co-founder of cinemovement/NGO Freefilmers, a collective of artists and filmmakers. In his films, he works with topics of memory, otherness, and alienation. Now Sashko is based in Zaporizhzhia and volunteers for IDPs and the Ukrainian army.

credits:
Director: Sashko Protyah
Drawings: Natalia Tseliuba
Music: Oleksiy Podat

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Sea. Wind. WTF

Short film by Sashko Protyah
UKR 2017

"An abandoned house on the sea coast, an overcast sky and a camera shared by 3 friends."

Sashko Protyah is a film director and activist from Mariupol, Ukraine. He is a co-founder of cinemovement/NGO Freefilmers, a collective of artists and filmmakers. In his films, he works with topics of memory, otherness, and alienation. Now Sashko is based in Zaporizhzhia and volunteers for IDPs and the Ukrainian army.

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Call of Comfort

Short film by Brenda Lien

"Please agree to terms and conditions to be a part of the Community,” says the Big Data crystal ball as it bathes you in positive affirmations and hyper-personalized ads, “All for your own benefit, of course.” You are a never-ending energy source. Feel your body becoming heavy and relaxed, and just say, “Yes!" 

"An experimental film about current technology seducing us to sacrifice our privacy, in hope of an optimised life."

Filmmaker and music producer Brenda Lien´s works have screened at film festivals worldwide (Berlinale Shorts, ISFF Oberhausen, Aspen SF and Uppsala ISFF) and received multiple awards. “Call of Cuteness” was on the long list for the “Short Animation”-Oscars 2018 and in 2018 “Call of Comfort” won the German Short Film Award. In 2019 they were invited to the Berlinale Talents Campus and in 2020 they received Hessen´s Newcomer Award. Their graduation film “First Work, Then Play” received the Filmförderpreis Sachsen at Filmfest Dresden in 2022. The recent graduate at the University of Art and Design Offenbach is currently developing their first feature film and preparing an album release.

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Credits: Written, produced and directed by Brenda Lien Cinematogaphy: Brenda Lien, Tim Seger Music: Brenda Lien Sounddesign and mixing: Lena Beck Animation: Leonie Link, Julia Merkschien, Brenda Lien Acting: Sina Martens, Yodit Tarikwa, Johanna Miller

 

The Imaginary Woman (La Mujer Imaginaria)

Short film by Laura Benavides
COL 2019

"You will be that other woman you have never seen. A collection of words, questions and songs, this animated poem tells of feelings linked to breakups, auto-reflection and love."

Laura Benavides is a cuir artist, animation filmmaker. She is interested in the poetic experimentation taken to the animation format in order to question concepts of gender, sexual identity, corporeality, intimacy and memory.

credits:
Director: Laura Benavides; Music: Edgar Cortés Angaríta; Music performers/Composers: Edgar Cortés Angaríta, Gabriela Aedo, Francisca Straube; Sound and Soundmix: Edgar Cortés Angaríta; Script: Laura Benavides; Design: Laura Benavides; Animation: Laura Benavides, Laura Castro, Tatiana Vaca; Composite: Laura Benavides; Editing: Laura Espinel; Photography director: Laura Ardila; Post production: Laura Benavides; Technical support: Creative Space; General Producer: Fabián Villamil

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el jardín de los espiritus

Short film by Lili Ullrich
DE/COL 2020

Lili Ullrich’s el jardín de los espiritus (2020, engl.: garden of spirits) is a homage to her grandmother Lolito. The video uncovers the effects and attitudes of white privilege and racism situated in Cali, Colombia. While mapping family histories and oral knowledge, she also maps the landscape in a cinematic performance with the character of the “white ghost”. In the video piece, they first blissfully enjoy their existence, sitting at the pool and drinking sparkling water. While taking its ‘pet’, a mosquito net, for a walk in the last wax palm forest, they become obsessed trying to make it fly, falling downhill and missing the opportunity to experience its surroundings.

Lili Ullrich (b. 1993, Frankfurt am Main) is a multimedia and performance artist based in Rotterdam (NL) and Berlin (DE). Her practice explores subconscious myth building and the Knowing Body, a term focusing on the connection between the physical and psychological experience. Her aim is to provide imagery and actions for possible futures and question existing structures, while also allowing for playful exploration and interpretations of the mundane. Their latest work deals with archetypes and trauma, exploring identity in its layered and complex ways. She works in performance art, video, installation and sculpture. Ullrich graduated from WDKA in Fine Art and the University of Music and Performing Arts, Frankfurt am Main, in Acting. She has been a recipient of the CBK Research & Development grant for her research mimesis and the poetic body, where she looked into the connection between the subconscious archetypes, trauma and the knowing body. She is an alumni of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (2014-19). Ulrich has exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Showroom MAMA and das Odradek, among others. Since 2021 they are part of the collective wet dreamzZz.

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Credits:

film & performance: Lili Ullrich camera: Elissa Lacoste costume: Elissa Lacoste color: Pilar Mata Dupont, Magdalena Petrova sound correction: Peter Matthies

Why the Birds?

Short film by Tomás de Souza
BEL 2022

Why the Birds? is a short movie made with images gathered by cellphones across the world about a soft obsession, birds. Always around us, we often overlook them. But sometimes a breach between us may appear.

Tomás de Souza is an artist, musician and video-maker based in Brussels.

credits:

Written, edited and voiced by Tomás de Souza 
Video and photo captures: Members of the ‘Pássaros’ group on Whatsapp.

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SOS/Animals/Action

Short film by Big Art Group
US 2021

"In SOS/Animals/Action, a multi-camera and multi-screen forest of technology located within a landscape of refuse gives the audience a corrupted panoptic view of colliding narratives. Unlike traditional theatrical performance, Big Art Group’s extended mediated performances reposition viewers into active editors, challenging audience members to problem-solve complex issues of sexuality, race, narrative and truth as a theatrical mirror to the process of navigation through contemporary society."

Big Art Group is a New York based experimental performance ensemble founded by Caden Manson and Jemma Nelson in 1999. Big Art Group uses language and media to push formal boundaries of theatre, film and visual arts; it creates culturally transgressive works and innovative performances using original text, technology and experimental methods of communication.

credits:

Created by Big Art Group with Caden Manson, Jemma Nelson, Kathleen Amshoff, David Commander, Edward Stresen-Reuter, Michael Helland, and Willie Mullins.

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DER FALL / LOOKING BACK IS GRACE

Short film by Aleksandre Koberidze DE 2013

Looking Back is Grace is a film. A story is told. People can be seen. And an animal also. The animal is somebody’s ride. Because of the rider, people’s lives change. Because of the person who causes these changes, again other people’s lives find an end. Some people’s lives are changed. Some people’s lives are ended. All in rather peculiar ways. Looking Back is Grace is a film. In this film, peculiar incidents, which happened some time ago, are shown."

After studying microeconomy and film production in Tiflis, Alexandre Koberidze moved to Berlin and studied directing at the German Film- and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB). During his studies, he directed several successful short films, starting with his short Colophon (2015) that gained critical plaudits at the Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. His first feature “Let the summer never come again” (2017) won multiple awards at many festivals worldwide, including the Grand Prix at FID Marseille. His diploma film “What do we see when we look at the sky?” (2021) premiered in the competition of the 71. Berlinale and won the Fipresci Award for Best Film there amongst many others.

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credits:

Director, Script, Photographer, Editor: Aleksandre Koberidze
Producer: Simon Lubinski, Tim Wustrack
Sound: Jan Pasemann
Cast: Beniamin Forthi, Anka Baier, Emilio de Marchi, Adriana Altaras, Nana Lou Reschke, Mathias Lintner, Giorgi Koberidze
Production Company: German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb)
Co-production: ARTE

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