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Directed by Various

International 2014 55 mins.

Celluloid-based filmmaking is alive and well in Europe, thanks to a network of film labs dedicated to both the preservation of technology and cinematic experimentation. This two-night program features work from three artist-run cooperatives: L’Abominable in La Courneuve, France; Labor Berlin in Berlin, Germany; and Labo Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium. While the artists associated with these labs produce work in a variety of styles, the films selected for these two evenings are similar in demonstrating extremes of the photographic process.

Monday night’s films:

 

Parties Visible et Invisible D’Un Ensemble Sous Tension

France 2009
Director: Emmanuel Lefrant

 

In these landscapes in fusion, it’s the logic of a world that reveals itself. A bipolar world, where invisible takes shape with the visible, where the first dissolves itself into the second and vice versa. (7 mins.— L’Abominable)

 

Tahousse

France 2006
Directors: Oliver Fouchard, Mahine Rouhi
“In the Alps, in Kurdistan, in Tchecheny… It all begins with a blue tree – BLACK – Then, clouds raking the earth of a lost valley – swirling clouds at the speed of terror – BLACK – images returning from beyond the war volcanoes.”—Light Cone (31 mins.—L’Abominable)
H(i)J
Germany 2009
Director: Guillaume Cailleau
A hand-processed film that is extremely rich in contrast. More than with standard black–and–white material, the black and white here seem to lead their own lives, conquering the entire film frame in turns. (6 mins.—Labor Berlin)
Didam
France 2000
Director: Oliver Fouchard, Mahine Rouhi
“Rouhi and Fouchard set their cameras in grandiose virgin landscapes and edit their film to the rolling of thunder or the shadow of a cloud passing. The intense work on the film medium (colors, contrasts, negatives) reinstates nature as piercingly primeval.” —Emeric de Lastens (11 mins.—L’Abominable)

Co-presented by Cinema Project and Northwest Film Center.

Films in this Program

Parties Visible et Invisible D’Un Ensemble Sous Tension

Directed by Emmanuel Lefrant

In these landscapes in fusion, it’s the logic of a world that reveals itself. A bipolar world, where invisible takes

Tahousse

Directed by Oliver Fouchard, Mahine Rouhi

“In the Alps, in Kurdistan, in Tchecheny... It all begins with a blue tree – BLACK – Then, clouds raking

H(i)J

Directed by Guillaume Cailleau

A hand-processed film that is extremely rich in contrast. More than with standard black–and–white material, the black and white here

Didam

Directed by Oliver Fouchard, Mahine Rouhi

“Rouhi and Fouchard set their cameras in grandiose virgin landscapes and edit their film to the rolling of thunder or

Genres: Short



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