Cine Esquema Novo Expandido presents in Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro an exclusive selection of Berlinale Forum / Forum Expanded sections
The german festival’s “most daring programme” gets a week dedicated to some of its main movies and video installations exhibited this year
The cities of Porto Alegre and Rio de Janeiro (in the Semana dos Realizadores / Filmmakers Week festival) will host in November the 2015 edition of Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – the special exhibition that, intertwined each year with the original competitive version of Cine Esquema Novo festival, offers the public a more specific snippet of the relations between auteur cinema and video art in Brazil and in the rest of the world.
The Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015 presents, between the 3rd and 8th of November in Porto Alegre (P. F Gastal theater and Cinemateca Capitólio) and between the 19th and 25th of the same month in Rio de Janeiro (Espaço Itaú de Cinema – Semana dos Realizadores) a curatorship of works exhibited in February in the Forum / Forum Expanded section: officially, the “most daring programme of the Berlin Film Festival”. The Forum was created in the 1970s, as a cultural and narrative counterpoint to the mainstream competition of the Berlinale.
The Forum films belong to that fertile line crossing art and cinema – exploring, according to the German curators, “the Avant Garde, the experimental work, the essays, the long term observations, the political report, and the film landscapes that are still to be discovered”. It is a mission of reference in the global audiovisual panorama, and that has become even more acute since 2006 with the implementation of the Forum Expanded – the program that occupy several spaces in Berlin with movies, videos, installations and performance art, “giving a critical perspective and an expanded meaning to filmmaking”. Both sections are managed by CEN’s friends of Arsenal - Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
It’s about this universe that guest curators and partners of the CEN, Gustavo Spolidoro and Jaqueline Beltrame, worked to set up a programme that arrives at the two Brazilian cities with free entrance. Amongst the artists/ filmmakers selected for the Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015 are names like Canadians Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson (“The Forbidden Room”, screened at the Sundance, Copenhagen, Barcelona and Istambul festivals), the Israeli Silvina Landsmann (with the political documentary “Hotline”), Mexican Joshua Gil (disciple of Patricio Guzmán and Carlos Reygadas, who helped him in the final stages of “La Maldad”, screened at this edition of the CEN), the Lebanese Akram Zaatari (with the impressive visual essay “Twenty-Eight Nights and a Poem” that premieres this month in the MoMA in New York) and Portuguese João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata (with “Iec Long”, where they once again explore Macau’s industrial imagination). Completing the programme, amongst movies and video installations, are works by Basma Alsharif (Palestine, “A Field Guide to the Ferns”), Janina Herhoffer (Germany, “Freie Zeiten – After Work”) and the Brazilizans Felipe Bragança (“Escape From My Eyes”), Filipe Matzenbacher and Márcio Reolon (“Beira-Mar”), Fred Benevides (“Viventes”) and Arthur Tuoto (winner of the Brazilian Competition of the Cine Esquema Novo 2014 with the movie essay “Aquilo que Fazemos com as Nossas Desgraças” and that participates of the CEN-E with the loop video screened in Berlin “Je Proclame la Destruction”).
To Jaqueline and Spolidoro, this is a selection marked by an artistic eye that runs through little explored paths. “Those are works that transit between spaces and plataforms, be it in the theater or the gallery, presenting a formal and narrative liberty open to radicalisms, strangeness and social ebulition”.
The Cine Esquema Novo Expandido – Berlinale Forum 2015 edition is made by ACENDI – Associação Cine Esquema Novo de Desenvolvimento da Imagem, with co-production of Porto Alegre City Hall and Goethe-Institut Porto Alegre.
Art: Gustavo Panichi, with creative partner Duda Bom Queiroz.
PORTO ALEGRE PROGRAMME
Sala P.F. Gastal / Usina do Gasômetro
Presidente João Goulart avenue, 551 – Centro Histórico
* Tuesday, 03/11 – 20h
The Forbidden Room, Guy Maddin & Evan Johnson (Canada)
2015, 120min (Forum)
A submarine crew, a feared pack of forest bandits, a famous surgeon, and a battalion of child soldiers all get more than they bargained for as they wend their way toward progressive ideas on life and love.
* Wednesday, 04/11 – 20h
Iec Long, João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra da Mata (Portugal)
2014, 31min (Forum Expanded)
Macau, Taipa Island, 2014. It was in Macau that the word “panchão” was first heard. From Chinese, “pan-tcheong” or “pau-tcheong”, it’s on the dictionary as a Macanese regionalism, also called “Chinese bang” or “Chinese rocket”. Who lives in the old Iec Long Panchão Factory?
Beira-Mar, Filipe Matzenbacher & Márcio Reolon (Brazil)
2015, 83min (Forum)
Martin and Tomaz spend a weekend immersed in their own universe. Alternating between trivial distractions and reflections on their lives and friendship, the boys shelter themselves in a glass house by a cold and restless sea.
* Thursday, 05/11 – 20h
A field guide to the ferns, Basma Alsharif (Palestine)
2015, 11min (Forum Expanded)
A horror nature film. “Primitive savagery meets the brutality of the modern world in Ruggero Deodato’s timeless slice of visceral horror”. Cannibal Holocaust is revived deep in the New Hampshire woods where apathy and violence are blurred.
La Maldad, Joshua Gil (Mexico)
2015, 74min (Forum)
A decided man, a destroyed friendship, a country in catharsis. Rafael is an ancient countryman that decides to write the story of his life in what he thinks is a screenplay. Blinded by the conviction of making his movie, he betrays his only friend to travel to the capital to get the necessary funds. La Maldad is the story of a man embraced with loneliness and hopelessness.
* Friday, 06/11 – 20h
Counting, Jem Cohen (USA)
2015, 111min (Forum)
Counting’s fifteen linked chapters conjoin city symphony, diary film, and personal/political essay (documentary’s unruly stepchildren) to build a vivid portrait of contemporary life. Shot in locations including Russia, Istanbul, and New York City, its subjects range from naturally occurring Moscow street theater to NSA spying to the dismantling of Brooklyn landmarks. In Cohen’s 30 year exploration of documentary as a path of open inquiry, the film is perhaps his most personal reckoning.
* Saturday, 07/11 – 18h30
Freie Zeiten (After Work), Janina Herhoffer (Germany)
2015, 71min (Forum)
A girl band makes music. Women at a slimming course talk about successfully losing weight by controlling what they eat. Teenagers dance or go shopping. A role-play on conflicts at work is performed at a meeting of a men’s group. Other people do yoga, meditate to the sound of Tibetan singing bowls, limber up by babbling gibberish or run laps in a gymnasium. A documentary that trains its gaze on group leisure activities. There’s something slightly insane about seeing an entire yoga class hanging upside down from ropes, an image that fascinates and alienates in equal measure. At moments like this, the protagonists come across like unknown creatures performing strange rituals. The film keeps watching and listening to them with true precision. The static camera and carefully considered framings generate clarity and concentration. The montage succeeds in bringing a feeling of abstraction into these concrete observations of recurring situations. A portrait of free time as a project designed to hone one’s body, consciousness or performance skills emerges, whether through discipline, play or conversation. One would never have thought that research into leisure could be so visually rich.
* Saturday, 07/11 – 20h
Escape from my eyes, Felipe Bragança (Brazil / Germany)
2015, 33min (Forum Expanded)
“They see a black man and think that they saw a lion”. Documentary and fictional images blend together to tell the memories and dreams of three war refugees living camped in a square in the heart of Berlin.
Hotline, Silvina Landsmann (Israel / France)
2015, 100min (Forum)
Hotline gets to the heart of a small NGO based in Tel Aviv: The Hotline for Refugees and Migrants. In exactly inverse proportion to the small-scale of this human rights organization, the issues they deal with are enormous, as are the numbers of those seeking help.
* Domingo, 08/11 – 20h
Twenty-eight nights and a poem, Akram Zaatari (Lebanon)
2015, 120min (Forum)
Partly a study of the of a photographer’s studio practice in the mid twentieth century and partly an exploration of the essence of archives today, this film tries to understand how did this mode of producing images, functioned in the lives of communities it served, and how it seized to exist and what did it lead to? It is set between the Arab Image Foundation, where most of Hashem el Madani’s collection is preserved today, and in Studio Shehrazade in Saida, where the photographer still spends time surrounded by his old machines, tools, photographs, negatives and what remained of million transactions that took place there. It is a reflection on making images, on an industry of image making, on age and on the life that remains and continues to grow in an archive. All is presented in this film through a set of staged interventions where Madani himself is part of.
Demetrio Ribeiro street, 1085 – Centro Histórico
Tuesday – Saturday, November 03rd – 08th:
tuesday / friday: 9h – 21h / saturday / sunday: 15h – 21h
* Opaque, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz (Switzerland / Germany)
2014, 10min (Forum Expanded Exhibition)
A curtain, two performers, inside the remnants of an old public swimming pool. The performers claim to be representatives of an underground organization. The curtain is set up for their anonymity. The public is long gone, the place seems abandoned. Once the curtain is removed, another one appears. This one, pink zebra, fuses the war technique of camouflage with the stylishness of homo-outfits and becomes a showcase for the entrance of large amounts of smoke. The dense smoke perhaps stems from bombings, or it is set off as a signal during a political demonstration. Later a speech is delivered, based on a text by Jean Genet. Its topic? The desire for a proper faultless enemy. It opens up the question of how to move forward in a war or a fight for resistance without any declared and ‘visible’ enemy. Do the curtains and fumes grant the “right to opacity” (Edouard Glissant) to the bodies that they mask and disguise? Or do they blur the dividing lines between same and other, between accomplices and enemies?
* Je proclame la destruction, Arthur Tuoto (Brazil)
2014, 4min, (Forum Expanded Exhibition)
Two takes from the movie “Le diable probablement” (1977) by Robert Bresson are repeated on a loop , creating a cyclical and unending raccord. The constant repetition of the phrase “Je proclaim la destruction ” (I proclaim the destruction) reveals an anarchist mantra of universal and timeless power.
* Viventes, Frederico Benevides (Brazil)
2015, 21min, (Forum Expanded Exhibition)
Fortaleza is one of the many Brazilian cities going through a “Miamization” process, creating an armored area impenetrable to most of its inhabitants. Moreira Campos was a writer with a surgical eye to the transparent images of the way of life of its inhabitants that today disappeared without a trace. His house, for example, was demolished so a parking lot for yet another mall could be build. This work tries to touch the transparency of the images of these inhabitants and the impasses brought by these processes of formalization of life.