Cine Esquema Novo (CEN) has emerged in 2003 in Porto Alegre, southernmost Brazil, from a necessity for exhibition and discussion of Brazilian audiovisual works committed to more contemporary aesthetical choices and proposals. At that time, the upcoming 21st auteur film dedicated to explore genres, formats and length still weren’t exhibited in other regular festivals in Brazil. Since then, CEN has been dedicated to exhibit, think, debate and encourage the contemporary audiovisual production in Brazil, and also support the community and intersections around the film and visual arts production.
Right after the 2011 edition, the festival announced a more focused approach as a biennial audiovisual festival, composed by video installations, movie theater screenings and commissioned projects, opening the idea of “film” experience and space. Since then, special projects sustain the CEN agenda between each full edition.
Say so, after a special edition in 2013 – where a partnership with 9ª Mercosul Biennial brought to Brazil the referential londoner name in expanded cinema, William Raban – the biennial edition of Cine Esquema Novo (2014) joined forces with Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art (Berlin). The result war a full schedule composed of a brazilian panorama of recent film works (Competição Brasil); a selection from the Arsenal archive; an artistic residence of the duo cinéma copains; and a curatorship of remarkable works, chosen along the Forum Expanded – Berlinale history, by its head of programme Stefanie Schulte Strathaus.
ACENDI, the entity behind Cine Esquema Novo, uses to switch the full festival version with special editions like happened in 2013. Saying so, the Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015 is again a special one, this year dedicated to highlight films and video installations from the Forum / Forum Expanded section in Berlin.
Cine Esquema Novo (Alisson Avila, Gustavo Spolidoro, Jaqueline Beltrame, Ramiro Azevedo) is a partnership with Porto Alegre’s City Hall – Department of Cinema, Video and Photography.
Curatorship: Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015
How not to make it personal? In a festival like Berlinale, with so much to be seen, it was in the individual snippets that the Cine Esquema Novo found its curatorship, with open doors to the Forum and Forum Expanded sections of the Berlin Film Festival. Two independent organs inside the German programme, capable of creating audio visual pulsations with their own personality, and that were the basis for Jaqueline Beltrame and Gustavo Spolidoro’s curatorship for Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015: 13 movies and video installations chosen from over 100 works.
This specific project is the result of a partnership started in July 2014 with Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre and Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. that, before this year’s programme, already involved a curatorial residence for the CEN in the Arsenal archives in Berlin; a show from this archives and from past editions of the Forum / Forum Expanded in the Cine Esquema Novo 2014; and the exchange of contemporary filmmakers and visual artists with curator Stefanie Schulte Strathaus in Porto Alegre, helping the screening of Brazilian movies and video installations in Berlin this year.
CEN-E Berlinale Forum 2015’s programme is the result of a 12 day dive in projects from all over the world that, during this observation period, took form and un-individualized itself, acquiring the face and body of what CEN has proposed in the last twelve years: a free and expanded panorama for the fruition and comprehension of the audio visual. This made more interesting the exploration of diversity proposed by one of the world’s largest festivals, where cinema’s mainstream lives next to the most radical image experience. It is a sample of the latter that Porto Alegre will host from the 3rd to the 8th of November (P.F. Gastal Theater and Cinemateca Capitólio); and Rio from the 19th to the 25th at the Espaço Itaú de cinema at Semana dos Realizadores / Filmmakers Week.
The choice of this specific programme, recognized as Cine Esquema Novo Expandido, gives continuity in 2015 to an idea started two years before: offering a bi annual project with a single theme, intertwined with the integral and diverse editions of the CEN (including the Brazil Competition, seminars, special programs and debates). After proposing a dialogue in 2013 between the referential work in expanded cinema from Englishman William Raban with five Brazilian artists (Carlosmagno Rodrigues, Distruktur, Guto Parente, Ricardo Alves Jr. e Sérgio Borges), this is the opportunity for us to share, as the Forum / Forum Expanded organizations puts it, a snippet of the “most daring programme from the Berlin Film Festival: “the Avant Garde, the experimental work, the essays, the long term observations, the political report, and the film landscapes that are yet to be discovered”.
About the works
In Porto Alegre, on 11/03, the CEN-E Berlinale Forum 2015 begins at P.F. Gastal theater at the Usina do Gasômetro with the nightmare-movie from renowned Canadian director Guy Maddin, THE FORBIDDEN ROOM, also screened at Sundance, with a cast that include Geraldine Chaplin, Maria de Medeiros, Udo Kier and Mathieu Amalric.
From then on, throughout the days, the curatorship reveals the rest of the works. Portuguese João Pedro Rodrigues, from “O Fantasma” and “Morrer Como um Homem”, and João Rui Guerra da Mata present an investigative documentary with a delicate eye on a firework factory in Macau: IEC LONG. In the same session, the Porto Alegre pre-premire of BEIRA MAR, the claustrophobic and intimist relationship between men and the Brazilian sea from Brazilian Filipe Matzenbacher and Márcio Reolon.
There is a very curios and personal homage from Palestinian artist Basma Alsharif to the gore classic “Cannibal Holocaust”, from Ruggero Deodato, in A FIELD GUIDE TO THE FERNS. In the feature LA MALDAD, Mexican Joshua Gil creates a fictional work after real stories from his grandparents, that “act” and the two main characters.
American Jem Cohen, from “Chain” and “Instrument” (screened at CEN on the Zona Livre 2010 exhibition at Rio de Janeiro), brings COUNTING, his “Sans Soleil”: a sweet and beautiful one-man trip based in an intimate look through the camera. Meanwhile, FREI ZEITEN (After Work), from German Janina Herhoffer, proposed a documentary that can be watched with your eyes closed, to get closer to the characters (a girl band and a yoga group) and its music-sound nature.
One of the most recurring themes/ question at Berlinale, the migratory policies, comes up in the form of dialogue and observation in the movies from Brazilian Felipe Bragança (ESCAPE FROM MY EYES, about an occupation at a central square in Berlin) and from Israeli Silvina Landsmann, (in HOTLINE – that, as its summary says, “has a camera that throws the audience in the middle of the action”).
Amongst the movies, and honoring the proposed debate in its own name, the Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015 embraces naturally video installations, which occupy the rooms of the Cinemateca Capitólio. From Switzerland/ Germany comes the colorful, hermetic, queer OPAQUE, from Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, with performances from Wernet Hirsch and Ginger Brooks Takahash. E from Brazil, two works from filmmakers/ artists that came to the Berlinale from the encounters with the Forum Curatorship in Porto Alegre during last year’s CEN: Fred Benevides, with VIVENTES, and Arthur Tuoto (winner of the Brazil Competition of Cine Esquema Novo 2014 with the essay-movie “Aquilo que Fazemos com as Nossas Desgraças”), showing up with his “little” loop video JE PROCLAME LA DESTRUCTION.
In the last screening of the programme, on the 8th of November, it’s time for renowned Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari’s TWENTY-EIGHT NIGHS AND A POEM. An award winner at the Forum / Forum Expanded with this impressing visual essay, also recently screened at the Films from Here: Recent Views from the Arab World programme at the MoMA, Zaatari places a refined eye over the simplicity of the life of the old owner of a traditional photographic studio at Lebanon.
This esthetic and geographical one week round-the-world trip through contemporary audio visual, with free entrance, is an invitation from the Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2105. It is produced by ACENDI – Associação Cine Esquema Novo de Desenvolvimento da Imagem, with the coproduction / partnership of Porto Alegre City Hall – Film, Video and Photography unit and Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre.