Catalogue 2016-2017
Below, browse the 2016-2017 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.
Dan WARD
Performance
ward Dan
Performance
Doc. expérimental | hdv | couleur | 18:0 | Royaume-Uni | 2015

A single day spent in a motion-capture studio documenting actors, a director and technical crew provide the subject matter for this film. Using a cliché B-movie script, the studio Audiomotion test workflow patterns to standardise and improve the production process (e.g. adjusting cameras and monitors, rehearsing with equipment, transferring data etc.) The actor’s movements are recorded during the scene, followed by minute facial gestures (aided with face paint), and finally edited as 3D models. We see how technique and dialogue must change to avoid disrupting the motion-capture technology, how the actors choose their expressions (stylised, but with an emphasis on naturalism), what other jobs the actors may have, and how standards or ideal gestures are created via these technical methods.

Dan Ward is a filmmaker based in London.

Sebastian WIEDEMANN
Los (De)pendientes
wiedemann Sebastian
Los (De)pendientes
Vidéo | hdv | noir et blanc | 24:0 | Colombie | Argentine | 2016

"Sampling Argentinian critical and revolutionary films from 1956 to 2006, Los (De)pendientes offers a great step in the conception of film history. Without any words, considering the past, it tells what visual works were faithful to the real issues of their times; considering the present, it shows in which poor condition are these crucial images of life and struggle; considering the becoming, it indicates what remains to be done to reconstruct a fairest and truest history of cinema; considering eternity, it is an auratic poem of bold shadows." NICOLE BRENEZ

Colombian experimental filmmaker based in São Paulo, Brazil, has shown his films in galleries and festival in the Americas, Europa and Asia. His film "Zugang" was edited by Experiments in Cinema - DVD Collection - New Mexico, USA. In 2015 his film "Los (De)pendientes" was included in Artforum Magazine list of the best films of the year. His work received retrospective shows at Cinematheque of Rio de Janeiro, Museum of Modern Art of Medellin, Colombia and at La Neomudéjar Museum, Madrid-Spain. He defines his cinematic practice as the search of a perpetual becoming state of the image in relation with the cosmos, through the following formula: "I make cinema because I´m not a painter. I make cinema as a compositor would do."

Marcin WOJCIECHOWSKI
under_construction
wojciechowski Marcin
under_construction
Animation | hdv | couleur | 7:50 | Pologne | 2014

Psycho- gymnastics, psycho-drama. A narrated animation in the form of a journal produced as a combination of drawings and graphics. An attempt to find visual equivalents for decomposition and mental deconstruction of personality/person as well as to show desperate efforts aiming at its reconstructing, merging. It’s a peculiar game of graphic representations of mental states which accompany daily struggle with reality, including questions such as: "who am I?, "what do I consist of?".

Born in 1972. Graduated from the of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Poland. Under the name of Moving Pictures Laboratory, he creates small audiovisual forms based on classic stop motion animation techniques. In his works, he explores the realm of emotional states and reactions to the stimuli of the outside world. He takes part in numerous film and video screenings and festivals.

Daniela ZAHLNER, Gunning ARCHIE
68°53’02.0”N 3°00’36.6”E, Arctic Circle (boredoffshore.com)
zahlner Daniela , Gunning ARCHIE
68°53’02.0”N 3°00’36.6”E, Arctic Circle (boredoffshore.com)
Vidéo | hdv | couleur | 5:30 | Royaume-Uni | 2016

The footage for this work is taken from a ROV underwater camera, flying along the seabed, mapping Internet fiber cables. Images an offshore ROV pilot would see 12 hours each day on his shift. The worker, on various trips to open water, spends months at sea, connected to the rest of the world by the same cables that the ROV`s camera is tracking. Boredom and loneliness comforted by the immediacy and instant gratification of the net: Online shopping on open water. A virtual flow of money, earned and spent at the same time: Adidas Originals Gazelles red, Bosch Home Professional hover, 5m per 3m Persian rug, a knitted Fred Perry jumper, Philips flatscreen TV ambilight.

Daniela Zahlner is born 1986 in Austria, she lives and works in Vienna and Glasgow.

Tinne ZENNER
Arrábida - Há Só Uma Terra
zenner Tinne
Arrábida - Há Só Uma Terra
Doc. expérimental | 16mm | couleur | 15:0 | Danemark | Portugal | 2016

A film centred on the production of landscape and concrete in the Arrábida Natural Park, Portugal. Covering a vast area of coast, caves, mountains and forest, the park is inhabited by a massive concrete factory that branches through the landscape. Documenting the various layers of the sourced material, the factory body and the constructed landscape, the film looks at how time is physically embedded in the matter and how the molecular particles act in a circular re-shaping of the whole. The film merges 16mm footage shot in the area of Arrábida with 3D animation of the topographic landscape as an equal analogue layer.

Tinne Zenner (b. 1986, Denmark) is a visual artist and filmmaker based in Copenhagen. She received her MFA from The Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 2016. Working with analogue film and 3D-animation, her work explores the physical structures, in which layers of history, politics and collective memory are embedded.

Pawel ZIEMILSKI
Urban Cowboys
ziemilski Pawel
Urban Cowboys
Documentaire | 4k | couleur | 30:0 | Pologne | 2016

Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) that’s exactly the case. In a district with a lot of problems and not may of prospects, young people face drugs, prison and crime as their only path. But some of them manage to escape thanks to an unusual hobby. They tame wild horses and become… urban cowboys. When 14-year-old Dylan hits a bad streak in his life, he finds comfort in Shelly, a white mare that quickly becomes his whole world. Even though taming wild horses is illegal in Ireland and Shelly’s hooves are not used to the concrete streets, their unlikely friendship grows stronger.

Born in 1981, he graduated from the Łódź National Film School and from the Wajda School in Warsaw. The short documentaries and fiction films he has made so far have received wide publicity at numerous film festivals around the world and have won many prestigious awards. His documentary Rogalik got IDFA nomination in 2012. It has also been shown and awarded at festivals such as Zagreb Dox, Alcine Festival (First Prize), and festivals in Oberhausen, Beijing, Bucharest, Cracow and others. Apart from directing, Paweł Ziemilski is involved in social animation, organizing workshops for so-called troubled youth.