Catalogue 2017-2018
Below, browse the 2017-2018 Rencontres Internationales catalogue, or search the archives of the works presented since 2004. New video clips are routinely posted and the images and text are regularly updated.
Martine ROUSSET
Rue pouchkine
rousset Martine
Rue pouchkine
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 33:0 | France | 2017

de Martine ROUSSET 2012-2017 / Betacam Numérique / couleur / sonore / 1E / 33` 00 Yerevan, Arménie, dans l`illisible secret prisonnier des ombres dans les nuits de sous la terre trains pour nulle part la splendeur sereine des montagnes chants mutiques paradoxe mystique les voix des prisons éphémère voyageur léger dormeur

Nait le 29 mai 1951 à Montpellier, réside à Sète jusqu’en 1975 étudie la philosophie et le cinéma à l’Université Paul Valery de Montpellier. cinéaste de la lumière et de l`écrit ,travaille le film depuis 1977 oeuvre au département audiovisuel du Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris ,auprès de Suzanne Pagé depuis 1978.

Ruaidhri RYAN
Modern Props
ryan Ruaidhri
Modern Props
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 9:30 | Irlande | Royaume-Uni | 2017

“ Modern Props ” joins a pair of actors as they shop for furnishings and objects to decorate their character’s new home. The department store, in which they shop, is in fact a TV and Film props warehouse; the objects are devoid of their original function, existing only to be photographed. As the couple traverses a multitude of environments; ancient Greek, British colonial, medieval, they begin to experience aesthetic disharmony. Conflicts around etymology, authenticity and concepts of perfection abrade at the relationship until eventually our couple breakup.

Approaching film from an art background, Ruaidhri entertains a distinctly humorous view on hyper-real, self-aware constructs, perpetually chasing a notion of authenticity that does not exist. Often disclosing methods of production and combining the sincere with the ironic, Ruaidhri continues to develop conceptually driven, narrative films for gallery and film festival exhibition.

Mauricio SAENZ
The Origin of Stones
saenz Mauricio
The Origin of Stones
Vidéo expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 4:53 | Mexique | 2016

“ The origin of stones ” questions the ideals of the past and their validity in the present through the decay and fall of monuments built to preserve a historic memory. With a text based on a debate that puts in doubt the efficiency of a scale used to document the proportion and appearance of archaeological remains, this work looks to ruins as elements of live content linked to the present and emphasizes the powerful yet fragile nature of the narratives of history. Thus, it mirrors the impossibility to imagine the promises of a future on the ruins of the recent past, representing in this way a model of a fallen utopia.

Mauricio Saenz (b. 1977, Matamoros, Mexico) is a visual artist and filmmaker with a practice between experimental and docufiction. He obtained a master`s degree in artistic production from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain and has exhibited his audiovisual work in festivals such as Stuttgarter Filmwinter and European Media Art Festival in Germany where he was also nominated for the Dialogpreis of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He was recently nominated for the LOOP Discover Award in Barcelona for outstanding international video artists.

Niyaz SAGHARI
The Tigger of the Cone
saghari Niyaz
The Tigger of the Cone
Film expérimental | super8 | noir et blanc | 2:22 | Iran | 2016

A Visual experimentation with the dadaist poetry of Ali Sarandibi which juxtaposes the outer, urban life in Tehran with the inner, softer life of its inhabitants

Niyaz Saghari is an Iranian born,UK based documentary maker. Her work is focused on the urban life in her home town of Tehran and Bristol where is based .

Keith SANBORN
An Epilogue
sanborn Keith
An Epilogue
Vidéo | hdv | couleur et n&b | 3:3 | USA | 2016

A détournement of Walter Benjamin`s "Theses on the Philosophy of History," reconfigured for an era dominated by the digital, the instability of the physical body, and the seeming triumph of technology over art and the virtual over the real. Is technology the handmaiden of art? Is art the handmaiden of technology? Or is the notion of a handmaiden so hopelessly obsolete, then it can no longer provide metaphors which provoke us to think?

Keith Sanborn is a media artist, theorist, translator, and curator based in New York.

Mauro SANTINI
Alkaid (Vaghe stelle)
santini Mauro
Alkaid (Vaghe stelle)
Vidéo expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 6:12 | Italie | 2017

“ Vaghe stelle ” is a seven-chaptered film, conceived as a musical album and composed of seven movements, which can be watched singly (like songs), or in the established order (like a record) or also mixing the films creating new combinations or possible narrations. The “ songs ” are seven as the principal stars of the Ursa Major. It will be a nocturnal wandering with the starry sky as a reference: an earthly pilgrimage looking for epiphanies or the drift of a hypothetical interstellar trip.

Since 2000, Mauro Santini (Fano, Italy, 1965) has composed a series of video diaries, stories told in the first person about time, memory and the search for oneself. One of these, “ Da lontano ”, won the Italian competition at the 2002 Torino Film Festival. He has participated at the international film festivals of Locarno, Venezia, Oberhausen, Jeonju, Annecy, Rencontres Paris/Berlin, DocLisboa, Cinémas Différents Paris, Montpellier, Pesaro etc In 2006, he made the feature film Flòr da Baixa and participated in 2008 with different works at “ La cité des yeux, une saison italienne ”, about Italian avant-garde cinema from 1968 to 2008, which was organized by the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and curated by Nicole Brenez and Federico Rossin.

Gerald SCHAUDER
Skulptur21
schauder Gerald
Skulptur21
Installation multimédia | hdv | couleur | 3:30 | Allemagne | 2015

Skulptur21 is an 8 meter long sculpture made of wood, wire, carbon fiber and acrylic paint. It consists of individual hollow elements that are loosely assembled together, partly elevated on wires, on a specially constructed table. The different elements are painted white, light and dark grey, and black. The sculpture is a structural visualisation of Hans Richter‘s experimental film Rhythmus 21. The film, created around 1921, is considered a milestone in film history and is one of the first abstract films ever made. It consists of varying geometric elements that move within the pictorial frame of the screen and change in shape. The elements also change in size, giving the impression of movement towards and away from the viewer, thereby creating a feeling of depth. Skulptur21 shows this movement in space. In the sculpture, every element of the film is shown as a three- dimensional object. Size, position and colour of the elements correspond to those shown in the film. The viewer can physically retrace the elements of the lm by walking along the sculpture. One second of the 3-minute lm corresponds to about 5 cm of the 8 meter long sculpture. The lm can be seen in its entirety at one glance. The sculpture reveals relationships between the elements over the entire duration of the film. However, the translation of the film Rhythmus 21 into sculpture goes beyond a mere reinterpretation of the lm. Skulptur21 creates a connection between the time present in film and the space of architecture. In his paintings, Hans Richter was concerned with studying movement and rhythm. Taking as a basis musical theories, he started developing horizontal rolls depicting geometric elements that gradually change in shape and thus suggest movement. Skulptur21 can likewise be read as a musical score, a linear experimental notation that visualises dynamic proportions and progressions. In addition to o ering a new way of looking at the film Rhythmus 21, the aim of Skulptur21 is to enable the viewer to make their own personal discoveries and experiences, no matter what background or field they come from.

Gerald Schauder a.k.a. KABELTON, born and raised in Munich, socialized in Graz, now living in Cologne, produces media art, electronic music and electroacoustic compositions. He is working as a sound engineer for film and music

Corinna SCHNITT
Vollendete Zukunft (Future Perfect)
schnitt Corinna
Vollendete Zukunft (Future Perfect)
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 9:0 | Allemagne | 2016

Eight protagonists distributed over Marls central Rathausplatz in front of the Skulpturenmuseum use megaphones to call out everyday phrases to each other as if they were carrying out a conversation: “ Do you think he will have won the Lotto ” or “ You will have told me much about your experiences“. Formulated in future perfect, these shouts play with the expectation that certain events will have happend by a certain time in the future. This construction has a distancing effect on the here and now and on the ease of normal everyday conversation, showing the extent to which a present experience is determined by expectations of the future. The use of megaphones seems antiquated today and thus deals ironically with present-day forms of communication. Like on the Web, banal experiences from one`s own life are communicated to an imaginary public without controls or personal contact. Marl`s Rathausplatz and the Skulpturenmuseum were constructed in the 1970s and document the city`structural rebirth, carried out with the goal of turning the urban core into a vibrant place and optimally combining diverse functions. Previously regarded as amuch lauded model solution, it is now obvious that the utopian promise of a city that radically deviates from traditional urban structures has not been fulfilled in the long run.

Born in Duisburg, Germany, lives and works in Braunschweig. From 1986 to 1989 apprenticeship as a carver (diploma), Michelstadt, from 1989 to 1996 studies at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (Academy for Visual Communication), Offenbach, as well as at the Kunstakademie (Art Academy) in Düsseldorf (1995 Masterstudent). Since 2009 Professor for Film/Video at the University of Art Braunschweig.

Jonathan SCHWARTZ
The Crack-Up
schwartz Jonathan
The Crack-Up
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 18:0 | USA | 2017

THE CRACK-UP “ the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function. One should, for example, be able to see that things are hopeless and yet be determined to make them otherwise ” (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up, 1936) Glaciers take time and glaciers hold time immensely, with sorrow and not sorrow, worry and not worry. There is a light that casts on and cast out from within, `a persistent body of dense ice that is constantly moving under its own weight` and slowly dissolving, it sounds enormous, urgent.

Jonathan Schwartz lives in Vermont (usa) where his creative practice includes 16mm films, things that look like list-making and collecting as a mode of research, and teaching film/associative thinking. He has had solo screenings Austrian Film Museum, UnionDocs, SF Cinematheque, Cinema Project, TIFF/Free Screen, and more. His work has been included in many film festivals including New York, Ann Arbor, Rotterdam, Toronto, Punto de Vista, Recontres Internationales, Exis, and more.

Maya SCHWEIZER
A Tall Tale
schweizer Maya
A Tall Tale
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur et n&b | 16:16 | France | Allemagne | 2017

Maya Schweizer (b.in Paris, France) lives and works in Berlin. She studied at the university, Aix-Marseille I, at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig and Berlin University of the Arts, where she graduated. Maya Schweizer exhibited at Kunstverein Leipzig (2017-2018), Drawing Room Hamburg (2017-2018), Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016); Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (2016); Nordstern Videokunstzentrum, Gelsenkirchen (2016); Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden (2015);GRASSI Museum für Angewandte Kunst Leipzig (2015); MWW Wroclaw Contemporary Museum (2015). She recently screened at Videoart at Midnight, Berlin (2018), Traverses Vidéo, Toulouse (2018), Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada (2017), Cinema in viennacontemporary, Vienna, Austria (2017), in Oberhausen 63. International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (2017) and at the 67. Berlinale, Forum Expanded, Berlin (2017). She received the Research stipends from the Berlin Senat (2017), Research grant from Goethe Institute Neapels and the Fundazione Morra-Museo Nitsch, Naples (2017), and the residency at the Watchtower, Flutgraben, Berlin (2016-2017).

Alan SEGAL
Una investigación interrumpida de R (An Interrupted Investigation of R)
segal Alan
Una investigación interrumpida de R (An Interrupted Investigation of R)
Fiction expérimentale | 4k | couleur | 13:50 | Argentine | 2017

"An interrupted investigation of R" is an epistemological sci-fi detective short film. This project is an adaptation of Stanislav Lem`s “ The Investigation ”. The work pretends to contribute to the regime of Extra Science Fiction, as was developed by Quentin Meillassoux. A synopsis of the book that I found at Goodreads: "An officer at Scotland Yard is assigned to investigate an eerie case of missing-and apparently resurrected-bodies. To unravel the mystery, Lt. Gregory consults scientific, philosophical, and theological experts, who supply him with a host of theories and clues". I used that minimal narrative as an excuse to address some of this questions and ideas. What would happen if experimental science became impossible and cannot deploy its theories? What exactly guarantees for us, but also what convinces us that natural laws will still be valid in the next moment? How is the bound in between science and fiction? It seems like the science allows the construction of a storyline because stories happen in ordered worlds. The way the merger of the virtual and the digital elicits a context of indetermination. How will the construction of different models of representation affect our perception of a specific phenomenon?

Alan Segal (AR), born in 1985, he studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Program for Artist and Curators, Universidad Di Tella, and is currently completing his master in Fine Arts at The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. He uses drawings, video, coding and sound to design works that reveal alternative systems of communicative convention. “Tutorial ” was his last solo show at Zmud. Recent group exhibitions include "A word is a shadow that falls on a lot of things" at Ausstellungsraum Klingental (Basel, Switzerland), “Praising the surface ”at the Hesell Museum of Art (New York, USA) and “ To push an ism ” at MAMBA (Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art). He also shows his work in international biennials; "Visual Resonances" at the BIENALSUR (the South America contemporary Art Biennial) and "Draft Systems" at The WRO Biennale (Wroclaw, Poland).

SHAKE
Subduction Zones: Our Status Quo
shake
Subduction Zones: Our Status Quo
Film expérimental | 4k | couleur | 4:8 | Taiwan | 2016

Located at the subduction zone where the Eurasian Plate converges with the Philippine Sea Plate, the island of Taiwan has developed a unique topography as a result of the downwelling tectonic activity. Similarly, Taiwan’s position at the boundaries of different political forces within the global geography, and the hidden forces exerted by political, economic, cultural, and ideological plates, have shaped its national identity. Taiwan’s unique landscape and geopolitical history serves as a theme for The Subduction Zone by Shake. Comprised of three short films entitled Our Status Quo, Our Story and Our Suite de Danses, the work traces the intersection of the tectonic plates and travel to Taipei’s Tatun Volcanoes; the Yuli to Antun section of the old railway line in Hualian that traverses the Eurasian Plate and Philippine Sea Plate; and to the Jili Badlands in Taitung. In the eyes of a geologist, these locations are ideal textbook examples of plate tectonics; but what Shake contemplates is whether these landscapes enable an imagining of the political struggles that have taken place on this island. How does an individual find a resting place within the conflicts of divergent social structures, political systems, and ideological modes? How can the status of the self be reimagined and the story of the self be told? In addition to landscapes, Shake also includes constructions of narrative elements in the film, such as archived historical documents, personal memoire, school activities, and cultural rituals, in the artistic practice of cinematic writing.

Cinematic writing (écriture cinématographique), is the initial creative approach that inspired Shake’s work. In order to experiment the possibility of narrative form, she plays with the plasticity of moving image to liberate the sense of sound and image, and then make them derived. Meanwhile, so as to resist the film’s rigid institutional mode of representation, in addition to the filming as the only manner, she also tries to work with other different medium and expression form to experiment. Recently, she tries to study Asian geopolitical history in her works. She has participated many international artist residency program, and presented her works in different countries.

Fern SILVA
The Watchmen
silva Fern
The Watchmen
Film expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 10:0 | USA | 2017

In The Watchmen, pulsating orbs, panopticons, roadside rest stops, and subterranean labyrinths confront the scope of human consequences and the entanglement of our seeking bodies. Regressions in missing time, caught in the act of captivity, confined to the carceral and perpetuated by movie sets, television sets, and alien encounters at bay. The corporeal cycle of control revolves as steadily as the sight of those who watch from above.

Fern Silva (b. 1982, USA/Portugal) is an artist who primarily works in 16mm. His films consider methods of narrative, ethnographic, and documentary filmmaking as the starting point for structural experimentation. He has created a body of film, video, and projection work that has been screened and performed at various festivals, galleries, museums and cinematheques including the Toronto, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, New York, London, Melbourne, and Hong Kong International Film Festivals, Anthology Film Archives, Gene Siskel Film Center, Cinemateca Boliviana, Museum of Art Lima, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, New Museum, Greater New York at MOMA P.S.1, and Cinema du Reel at the Centre Georges Pompidou. He has organized and curated screenings at venues including the Nightingale Cinema, Gallery 400, and DINCA Vision Quest in Chicago. His work has been featured in publications including Film Comment, Cinema Scope, Filmmaker Magazine, Millennium, and Senses of Cinema. He studied art and cinema at the Massachusetts College of Art and Bard College. He is Visiting Faculty at Bennington College and is based in New York.

Shelly SILVER
A Strange New Beauty
silver Shelly
A Strange New Beauty
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 50:40 | USA | 0 | 2017

A Strange New Beauty, une intrusion perturbante dans les maisons luxueuses de la Silicon Valley. À l’aide d’une bande son agressive et d’un cadre éclaté par des vignettes et des inscriptions sur un écran noir, Silver révèle une violence sourde derrière la beauté clinquante et le calme trompeur des lieux. Aucune présence humaine dans le film, mais les riches demeures semblent renfermer une mémoire d’évènements inquiétants, porter les traces d’une sauvagerie en hors champ. Dans un même mouvement contradictoire, A Strange New Beauty joue des clichés invitant à la poursuite du bonheur, et déboulonne brutalement le mensonge du rêve américain. Charlotte Selb, Revue 24 Images

Shelly Silver is a New York based artist working with the still and moving image. Her work explores contested territories between public and private, narrative and documentary, and increasingly in recent years the watcher and the watched. She has exhibited worldwide, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Yokohama Museum, the London ICA, and the London, the Singapore, New York, Moscow, and Berlin Film Festivals. Silver has received fellowships and grants from organizations such as the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, NYSCA, NYFA, the Jerome Foundation, the Japan Foundation and Anonymous was a Woman. Her films have been broadcast by BBC/England, PBS/USA, Arte/Germany, France, Planete/Europe, RTE/Ireland, SWR/Germany, and Atenor/Spain, among others. She has been a fellow at the DAAD Artists Program in Berlin, the Japan/US Artist Program In Tokyo, Cité des Arts in Paris, and at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Silver is Associate Professor and Director of the Moving Image, Visual Arts Program, Columbia University.

Natalia SKOBEEVA
Do You Speak Peking Opera?
skobeeva Natalia
Do You Speak Peking Opera?
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 6:5 | Belgique | Royaume-Uni | 2017

How post-contemporary critique of post-truth post-index post-everything could look or sound like? What tools are available when language renders meaning sense-less? Do You Speak Peking Opera? is an enquiry in the state of pre-emptive post-contemporaneity, open ended, delivered to you by artificial intelligence, provoking genuine physical reaction.

Natalia Skobeeva is an internationally recognised award winning artist, based in Deptford, whose hybrid experimental practice explores ideas of transnational and multicultural existence in the post-truth society. She is a graduate of MA Fine Art, Royal College of Art, London, UK Solo shows include ” This Territory is Time ” Espronceda Art Centre, Barcelona, “ Horrors of Archiving ” in Objectief Exhibitions, Antwerp, “ Carpets in St Petersburg, former Leningrad, former St Petersburg”in the State Museum of Political History of Russia, St Petersburg, Camera Club London and Viewfinder gallery London, solo projects in Moscow, Istanbul, Brussels, Berlin and London. Recent group exhibitions include Manifesta 11, LOOP festival Barcelona 2017, Tenderflix 2016, Bristol Biennale 2016, Vision in the nunnery 2016, 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary art, 15th WRO Media Art Biennale, Miden 2013 Festival of Video art, Retrospective of Now&After Video art festival among others.

John SKOOG, Richard Vogel, David Skoog, Kettil Kasang
Nosferatu
skoog John , Richard Vogel, David Skoog, Kettil Kasang
Nosferatu
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur et n&b | 23:2 | Suède | 2017

The shadow of a tall and hunched man moves around a labyrinthine apartment full of bookcases, video tapes and plastic bags like a modern Max Schreck who is restlessly looking for something that has been lost forever. The mystery and melancholy from Murnau’s vampire classic is preserved in John Skoog’s interpretation of « Nosferatu », which is a (self-)portrait of the Swedish « outsider artist » Richard Vogel, with whom Skoog has created his latest film work. A film that gives a new meaning and dignity to the concept of Scandinavian Expressionism by being filmed on an antiquated video format and copied from an antique video projector, whose three colours constantly threaten to dissolve the porous picture into a vacuum of abstraction. The recently deceased Vogel was a close friend of Skoog’s family, but lived a quiet life dedicated to accumulating hours of videotaped television shows and almost aggressively meaningless own projects, which in an almost lexical fashion document the welfare state’s invisible corners and waste products in countless works.

In his films, videos, and photography John Skoog combines research into history and everyday life with a poetic and fictional atmosphere that is grounded in the film and literary traditions. His work explores social contexts of individuals and communities; unpacking their complex relationship to collective rituals and historical forces, as well as to existential and natural scenarios of transition. Skoog’s works make clear references to mythological iconography; they remind us of the profane origins of myth and in this way they aim to demystify both nature and society.

Jan SOLDAT
Protokolle (Protocols)
soldat Jan
Protokolle (Protocols)
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 20:0 | Allemagne | 2017

We all have dreams. What happens, however, when those longings radically intrude the taboo that society and culture impose upon us? A hair-raising psychological documentary by Jan Soldat portrays three men whose concealed fantasies will evoke disgust and shock in some viewers. The protagonists wish to be slaughtered, dismembered, and eaten. A more insightful audience member may find references to famous cannibalistic films (“Cannibal Holocaust,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Grimm Love”).

Born in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz) in 1984. He has been making short films at Chemnitzer Filmwerkstatt since 2006. He studied film and television directing at the Konrad Wolf College of Film and Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. He has presented his film many times at Berlinale and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He won the CineMAXXI Award for best short film at the 8th Rome Film Festival.

Giulio SQUILLACCIOTTI, Insom Camilla
Archipelago
squillacciotti Giulio , Insom Camilla
Archipelago
Documentaire | hdv | couleur | 61:0 | Italie | Iran | 2017

Archipelago is a journey through ancient myths, exorcism rituals, sounds and spirits. In the south of Iran, on a group of islands of the Persian Gulf, humans and spirits coexist since centuries. The culture and traditions of these Islands are the result of the encounters between the African Diaspora, the Arab Countries and Iran, generating a unique system of syncretic beliefs. Spirits of different heritages and origins, called Bād, the Persian word for wind, moving through the air, take possession of the islanders bodies and can only be quieted through a music ceremony called the Zār Ritual. Thanks to an unprecedented access given to foreign film makers, the Film showcases stories and landscapes of the islanders daily life within the frame of the Rituals, giving, through pounding drum rhythms and wailing vocal chorus, a rare and unexpected glimpse of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Giulio Squillacciotti (Rome, Italy 1982). Artist, Film maker and researcher lives and works in Milan (I) and Maastricht (NL). He studied Medieval Art History in Barcelona and Rome. He owns a MA in Visual Arts from the University of Architecture in Venice IUAV, where he studied Art, Philosophy, Semiotics and Anthropology. His work is mainly oriented on storytelling, cultural apexes and the way traditions re- shape in new contexts. His research merges together ction and historical facts. Using lm, documentary, sound and performance, Squillacciotti produces research-based investigations that revisits history, crafting new stories from subjective perspectives, storytelling, religion and popular culture. His work has been exhibited and screened internationally at, among the others, Les Rencontres Internationales at Centre Pompidou and Gayte Lyrique in Paris, the Berlin Haus der Kultur der Welt and (D), the Manifesta 8 in Murcia (E), Le Magasin CNAC in Grenoble (F), Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture, the Beirut Art Centre in Lebanon, the New York Photo Festival, the Dumbo Video and Columbia University in New York City and in the Official Competition at the 33rd and 35th Torino Film Festival Camilla Insom (Rome, Italy 1983). Anthropologist lives and works in Rome, Italy and Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. After completing the MA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Rome Sapienza, she’s currently a Phd candidate in Iranian Studies at University of Naples “ L`Orientale ”. Focus of her research is the modi cation of the category of sacred in different contexts through the analysis of ritual practices and their changing. In 2013 she researched the funerary practices of the Zoroastrian Parsi community of Bombay. Since 2014 her studies revolve around the Islam of the Kurds in Sulaimaniyah and Sangaw, Iraqi Kurdistan Kasnazaniyya, with particular reference to the Kasnazaniyya Su Brotherhood. She is in charge of the Anthropological Studies for the Italian Archaeological Mission in Iraqi Kurdistan (MAIKI) of “ Sapienza ” University of Rome, member of the Societas Iranologica Europea (SIE) and member of the International Institute of Kurdish Culture.

Jorge SUÁREZ-QUIÑONES RIVAS
Amijima
suÁrez-quiÑones rivas Jorge
Amijima
Fiction expérimentale | hdv | noir et blanc | 54:55 | Espagne | 2016

“ They arrive at Amijima. This will be their place of death ”. (Monzaemon Chikamatsu, Love Suicides at Amijima) Jorge Suárez-Quiñones sets out on an unusual adaptation of the famous bunraku play The Love Suicides at Amijima, written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon in 1720. This updated version holds on to the passionate, heartbreaking and bleak spirit of the original, adding to it an understanding of the lack of communication and the emptiness, so characteristic of the contemporary world. A hardly distinguishable figure walks through the fog. His is an odyssey of deeply romantic and tragic undertones across a mythical territory where he will encounter both sublimation and existentialist surrender. Besides intelligently threading references to classics such as Viaggio in Italia (Rossellini, 1954) or Double Suicide (Masahiro Shinoda, 1969), Jorge Suárez-Quiñones borrows elements from new prodigies of experimentalism, such as Encounters in Landscape (3x) (Salomé Lamas, 2012). Emotionally overwhelming, sublime in its use of landscape and white and black cinematography, Amijima is an absolute revelation. (Introduction by JAVIER H. ESTRADA)

Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas (1992, León) is a Spanish filmmaker, videoartist and graduate in Architecture with a master in Audiovisual Contemporary Creation in VideoLAB (currently MasterLAV). His last film, “ Amijima ”, had its international premiered in International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017 after having its world premiere in the Official Competition of FILMADRID International Film Festival 2016, where it was awarded with the special mention of the youth jury. His films have been projected as well at MUSAC Contemporary Art Museum, CGAC Contemporary Art Museum, CGAI Image Art Center & Cinematheque, Curtocircuíto International Film Festival, ALCINE International Film Festival, Moscow Media Art Center “ Now and After ” or SixtyEight Art Institute Copenhagen, being part of the archive of Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin 2016, MUBI`s notebook (with his video-essay on Ozu`s cinema “The Eternal Virgin ”, included among the best video-essays of 2017 in Sigh&Sound Magazine), Filmscalpel and the online cinema platform Márgenes. His crossed background, education and practice in both film and architecture has taken place in Madrid (Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid and MasterLAV • Master Course in Contemporary Audiovisual Creation, where he is currently teaching about audio-video-essayist practice), Tokyo (University of Tokyo) and Shanghai (Tongji University).

Philippe TERRIER-HERMANN
La possibilité d'un rêve,  des hommes en trop, une île.
terrier-hermann Philippe
La possibilité d'un rêve,  des hommes en trop, une île.
Fiction | 4k | couleur | 67:0 | France | 2017

A l’image d’un tribunal octroyant un droit au sol à des corps en apesanteur, cinq figures féminines récoltent en visio-conférence les témoignages de clandestins. Cette séquence qui débute le film a été filmée lors d’une performance dans le cadre d’Hors Pistes en 2016. Ces récits en disent long sur l’impérieuse nécessité, même en situation de détresse et de grande dépossession, de retrouver des gestes familiers, ceux qui encadraient naguère les pratiques routinières : cultiver la terre, récolter, cuisiner, chanter, se rencontrer... Le lieu de rencontre, une île, leur permettra par un retour à la terre, à la simplicité des gestes et des sentiments, de se retrouver dans des habitudes que le voyage a brisées. Car même quand on n’a plus rien il reste encore soi.

Il est fondateur et responsable du centre d’art autogéréà La maison Grégoire à Bruxelles. Il est aussi enseignant chercheur à l'ISBA de Besançon et professeur dans le Master de photographie à l'ENSAV la Cambre à Bruxelles. Dans le cadre de la recherche il a initié et développé le projet à Puisqu'on vous dit que c'est Possible à, qui ont conduit à une exposition à la Saline Royale d'Arc-et-Senans et une publication éponyme

Mont TESPRATEEP
Song X
tesprateep Mont
Song X
Fiction expérimentale | 16mm | noir et blanc | 20:19 | Thaïlande | 2017

A group of teenagers conducts a cremation ceremony for a man who is entering the afterlife while still being sought by the military for deserting. Shot on expired black-and-white film stock, the deteriorating image surface echoes life fading away in this tribute to the director`s friend.

MONT TESPRATEEP was born in Bangkok but raised in Isan (the northeastern region of Thailand). He graduated with a Master degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts in London. Since 2014, he has been working on a series of hand-processed 16mm and S-8 short films: Endless, Nameless (2014) and Song X (2017). His films has been shown at film festivals, including Locarno Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI London Film Festival, Les Rencontres Internationales and etc. Mont received a completion grant from the programme `Frameworks`, International Film Festival Rotterdam to complete a new work `Confusion Is Next`, premiered at the festival in 2018. He is currently developing his first feature film project.