La Reprise is an ongoing exercise begun on April 21, 2013.
Every week, a subsequent minute is produced consisting of scenes shot that week along with archival material from the past years. Footage and sound are consistently recorded with the same single device.
The film may distort, but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is what was recorded.
The sequences are neither true nor false, they integrate various degrees of theatricality and authenticity. They become portraits of an agitated immersion in the perpetual process of systematic indexing and gathering, and of close observations.
I am a passenger, a witness to recurrences and patterns.
This continuous collage of archives is the tension. The narrative is disconnected from the sum of its parts, and elaborates on successes and failures. Each screening becomes a unique occasion to view the film as the succession of each 1min weekly film is then randomly sorted.
La Reprise. #60. June 8, 2014
La Reprise. #52. April 13, 2014
La Reprise. #51. April 6, 2014.
La Reprise. #47. March 9, 2014.
La Société du Spectacle, 4' 30''
La Société du Spectacle
In his 1967 book “La Société du Spectacle,” French Marxist theorist Guy Debord observes “All that once was directly lived has become mere representation” and laments “the decline of being into having, and having into merely appearing.
No doubt these ideas have accelerated exponentially over the past 45 years and ring more true today – and somehow relevant to a holiday called Thanksgiving when pictures of distant loved ones are replaced by the actual people for a few hours.
Italian director Russosky interprets Debord’s thoughts into this carefully curated and hyper-detailed matrix of cycling images which resolve into a QR code.
Laugh Tracking, 1' 35''
A funny (yet uncomfortable) exploration of personal space through the lens of both human and machine, this video short turns the "eye of the beholder" back upon itself.
Laut & Leise, 14'
Laut & Leise / Loud & Low
Production: GER 2012
It´s summer holidays. Greta (12) and Gunnar (12) spend a lot of time on the adventure playground building a hut. But there´s a new feeling in Greta´s stomach, making her curious. Both want to spend the afternoon together at Greta´s place. Waiting for Gunnar's arrival, she unexpectedly get in contact with a porn for the first time. Greta is confused and as Gunnar finally arrives, everything´s different…
FiSH: BDFA Gold Medal 2014
Let Christy Take It , 6' 14''
Let Christy Take It
My Left Foot beat synched to a track by Sunil Sharpe
Lick Suck Screen, 0' 50''
Lick Suck Screen
Lick Suck Screen is a performance co-starring honey and a webcam. In the video, the artist drips honey onto an webcam embedded in her screen and licks it off, sensually engaging her computer.
Mamo, gdzie jesteś?, 11'
Mamo, gdzie jesteś? / Mom, where are you?
Production: POL 2014
In 2010 the fate of little Adrian moved the hearts of people so deeply that the boy did not only receive material help, but also his biggest dream came true – abandoned by his biological parents, he found new ones. Adrian, fighting an incurable disease, wanted to have a new home and, finally, a wonderful childhood. But the new parents put the boy into foster care in less than a year after taking him in. Will someone finally love Adrian?
Matter of State, 3'
Matter of State
Production: Poland / Germany 2014
An experimental short focusing on the changing environment that we inhabit: from nature's bosom to a world of technology. A split screen, replicating the portrayal of the same person in a woodland and an urban environment; it tests our perception by showing what became paradoxically natural for the Western man: the rejection of Nature, and unrestrained faith in technology. This rejection is probably irreversible.
Mein Leben als Kosmonaut, 13'
Mein Leben als Kosmonaut / Living in Space
Production: GER 2013
Oliver has schizophrenia. In his life imagination and reality form a world, where it's hard to resist being dragged in illusion, but even harder to get out of it. Every day, he lives with a threat of falling back to psychosis. But Oliver is struggling and quite happy about every boringly ordinary day. An Animated Documentary about Oliver, a man from Tallinn, who, as a young man suffered from bouts of schizophrenia.
Melancolía, 3' 13''
experimental short film about Madrid and the melancholy that i was feeling during the time the short was made.
Melodie der Welt, 49'
Melodie der Welt / Melodie świata / Melody of the World
Production: GER 1929
The documentary, first made as an advertisement for the Hamburg-America Lines, is the first German feature-length film with sound. A sailor and his beloved with all their belongings go to the port where a ship is waiting for them. These are the last sweet moments they spend on land, for they are about to part with what they know and enter the new, faraway land. The picture includes rhythmic sequences that depict the confrontation of man with war, death, love, and fun. A film which by many critics is believed to be the predecessor of such documentaries as “Koyaanisqatsi” by Godfrey Reggio or “Baraka” and “Samsara” by Ron Fricke.
Menjek/Mardajak: New York, 30'
Menjek/Mardajak: New York / Leave/Stay: New York
Production: HUN 2013
In the recent two decades, the number of Hungarians considering living in a foreign country has tripled. Leave/Stay: New York is the pilot episode of independent documentary film series on the migration trends, life experiences, dilemmas and world of the contemporary Hungarian youth, the generation of the “new mobility”. Mirjam and Attila, two young Hungarians, the main characters of the movie, live their everyday lives in New York City. They left their home country with different goals; they live lives very different from one another, yet they are bound by the same dilemma of leaving or staying.
Miasto 44, 125'
Miasto 44 / City 44
Production: POL 2014
It is a story about young Poles who came into adulthood in the cruel reality of occupation. Still, they are full of life, passionate, impatient. They live like every day can be their last. It is a dream about the moment when one can fulfill the duty owed to their Homeland.
Mind Over Matter, 3' 53''
Mind Over Matter
By Mulugeta Gebrekidan and Mark Morgan
Sintayehu Teshale overcame a physical disability to find his calling in life. Sintayehu, 42, spent his early years as a beggar, convinced by his parents that he was fit for nothing else. But the young man had a passion to do something useful, and over the years this desire grew and grew. Today, Sintayehu stands out in his community more for his skills than for his appearance. He inspires those around him by working in public places, putting his considerable talents on display. Sintayheu lives in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, with his wife and five children.
Mother, 4' 53''
Mounted car camera
Mounted car camera
My Family Archive, 1' 15''
My Family Archive
Rethinking the past - mixing up and blanking out - happens both to individuals and states. How much fake the story should be to become credible?This micro mockumentary uses a combination of pictures & drawings from the family archive dating to 1940-1950s and found footage related to WW2. Revealing a very personal research on the features of Soviet Era through the minor details - like homogenous haircuts or way that head scarfs are used - the scary routs of social dissolving.
My Name is Salt, 92'
My Name is Salt
Production: CHE/IND 2013
The desert extends endlessly – flat, grey, relentless. There is not a tree or blade of grass or rock. But there is one thing in abundance: salt. Salt is everywhere, lying just beneath the cracked, baked surface of the earth. This is the Little Rann of Kutch, 5000 sq kms of saline desert in India. And for eight months of the year, Chhanabhai and his family live here without water, electricity or provisions – tirelessly extracting salt from this desolate landscape. Under the blinding glare of the sun, they work on the salt fields until large crystals have formed. After months of hard work, the salt is ready to be harvested - just before the heavy monsoon rains will come to once again wash their salt fields away.
My Shadow . An Illusion of Me, 3' 10''
My Shadow . An Illusion of Me
The film plays with the tension between images of shadows, a text describing shadows and an audio independent from the images and text. This juxtaposition of each element one to the other in the end creates a sense of lightness appropriate for a shadow.
Na wnuczka, 12'
Na wnuczka / Grandson style
Production: POL 2010
Honourable mention at PiK 2011
“Bilked out of 5 thousand zł!”, “He lost his life savings!”, “The grandson strikes again – an elderly lady lost 70 thousand zł!” – the author saw such headlines in the newspapers and received such information from the police every day. He decided to make a cautionary reportage. He did not expect the case to take the sensational track that it did. To reveal how the fraud works, the author decided on a journalist provocation. By taking on the identity of a fraudulent grandson, he got in touch with the real criminals.
Nature, 20' 38''
What about nature and culture and their supposed contraposition? When they meet, is there really a difference in their behaviour? Are they substantially different?
Contemporary times prove very well that man is a mere product of nature. Like a medusa or a fruit fly or a fern or a bacteria or a virus. Like worms they fuck around in an apple until every bit is eaten. They die together with the apple and manifest themselves as part of nature. Hence, culture as a product of man is a product of nature and a product of nature cannot be anything else but nature.
One can spend moments of great pleasure watching nature. When walking just at dawn in a shopping center or an industrial park or through a parking lot. The early sun shines brightly in the dewdrops that hang on a ware house sign.
The wind enjoys itself with a plastic bag that is captured by barbed wire.
Never Be Clever, 19'
Never Be Clever
Production: Holland 2013
30-year-old Wouter, who suffers from autism, loves drawing erotic comics. He lives on a quiet farm with his brother, who spends his time painting gloomy landscapes. Wouter is fascinated with Daria Morgendorffer, a character of MTV animated series (Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria). Throughout the years, the animated character made a great impact on his erotic comics. When Wouter starts publishing his works in the Internet, people begin to develop prejudice towards him. He, however, becomes more aware of what he is presenting, and would like to be recognised for it. Will he achieve his goal?
Niedzielny poranek, 18'
Niedzielny poranek / One Sunday Morning
Production: POL 1955
This film, made on the basis of Munk's own script, is a humorous film essay, with a subtitle appropriate to its character: Scherzo. It tells a story of a summer Sunday morning in Warsaw, of the city dwellers seen mostly through the bus window. The film merges a humorous, distanced commentary read by Kazimierz Rudzki, and a short anegdote about “him” and about “her” - the bus driver and the bus ticket inspector. Munk used this trivial anecdote to observe and stage typical, everyday scenes from the life of the inhabitants of Warsaw. They do not lack the qualities of realistic observation and humour.
Nóż w wozie, 11'
Nóż w wozie / Knife in the Wife
Production: Poland 2014
If one were to seek film references, this wouldn't be an easy connotation with Polański's Knife in the Water, but with The Impossible Goodbye – the atmospheric, melancholy debut of Stanisław Jędryka from 1962. Both films tell the story of a provincial circus. The films are 52 years apart and belong to different genres (The Impossible Goodbye is a feature film), and the laundry is done differently as well (no buckets or jugs anymore, but an automatic laundry machine). However, in both the 50-year-old circus story as well as the contemporary one, the circus lady does the laundry outside. In the story by Vita Drygas we get to see the Arizona circus, where the husbands throw knives at their wives. And the audience, regardless of age, take in the experience: the funny, the scary, and the exciting.
O Której Wrócisz?, 14'
O Której Wrócisz? / When Will You Be Back?
Production: Poland 2014
"When will you be back?" is the story of a young single mother, who graduated her acting studies and tries to find her place in the world of theater, film, and movie stars. When she realizes that the combination of this things is impossible, seeking advice and help from her grandmother, for whom this beautiful world of showbiz is behind thick TV glass and is not available for her granddaughter.
O rządach miłości, 13'
O rządach miłości
Production: Poland 2013
An animated, personal, and philosophical documentary. Mariusz – the film's protagonist and narrator – tells a simple story: about himself, about others, about visions, about dreams, about mood changes. Adela Kaczmarek follows Mariusz's words and drawings. He has been mentally ill for many years. Through his drawings and his tale we discover this man's world – in both its difficult-to-penetrate aspect of what we call illness, and its universal aspect.
Odchod na korze, 21'
Odchod na korze / The Stop on Main Street
Production: Slovakia 2013
A documentary not necessarily about an Oscar-awarded film, but rather about what happened after the fact. The camera follows the people, places, adventures, and feelings accompanying that production: The shop on Main Street from 1965. The Czechoslovakian film made cinema history as the first central-European film to win an Academy Award. One of its stars was Ida Kamińska – Polish, Jewish, and international actress and theatre director. The nostalgically black-and-white documentary The stop on Main Street returns to the atmosphere of The shop on Main Street, also appreciating those who couldn't play in the Oscar-winning film due to important life matters.
Odwiedziny / A visit
Production: Poland 2013
Somewhere near a beautiful forest there are leisurely but careful preparations taking place. Festive outfits, tables being covered by sheets, a vase of fresh flowers from the field or the woods. Someone is dusting, a clock is ticking, beautiful weather, woods, fairytale serenity. Time goes by. Dressed in their best, the people wait. The documentary was shot in Sokole, in a nursing home on the Polish-Belarusian border.
Ogród po drugiej stronie rzeki, 55'
Okno na świat, 29'
Ogród po drugiej stronie rzeki / Garden across the river
Production: POL 2014,
Poles are used to Germans looking for places where their ancestors used to live, both in Szczecin and other locations east from the Oder. Surprisingly, Marek Brzeziński might be the only Pole looking for places connected with his past on the western side of the Oder. Wandering through the West Pomeranian Voivodeship and Brandenburg he is amazed to discover how many nationalities have exerted and are still exerting influence on how we live today. The film captures the unique process of a new community being born on the Polish-German borderland.
Okno na świat / Window To The World
Production: POL 2001
It is a story about Szczecin, which, thanks to the development of major industry (from the mid-19th century until the 1920s), radically changed its appearance. It became a large metropolis known in Europe and around the world. The film consists of old photographs and documents, among other things.
On My Way Home Yesterday, 2' 53''
On My Way Home Yesterday
One Minute of Casa Viva, 1' 05''
One Minute of Casa Viva
An audiovisual essay on an underground cultural center in Porto. In the making of the work the real interiors, signs and spaces are re-mixed into a fictional one-minute story of alive house, secured from the life outside of its walls.
One Thousand and One Teardrops, 17'
One Thousand and One Teardrops
Production: UK 2014
On her first day at school, little Louly has to face a problem: what should she wear? A disgusting school uniform with a scarf, or whatever she fancies? The magical tear-carafe helps her choose, by telling the story of how Iranian women have been trying to answer the very same question for 200 years. The whimsical animation softens the severity of this question.
Performed by Bothnian Draale Pack in Winter 2009 Kati & Arpad Kovasc and AGF performed the famous Simultangedicht by Kurt Schwitters on the frozen ocean between Hailuoto and Oulu/ Finland, close to an airport and a public ferry. The sound scape and video taken were reworked and edited to this surrealist piece.
Schwitters, Kurt - 1887-1948
Pamiętniki chłopów, 14'
Pamiętniki chłopów / Peasant Diaries
Production: POL 1952
Andrzej Munk's first attempt to “humanise” the socialist-realist formula of documentary cinema. He does it by referring to authentic materials, the Peasant diaries published in 1935. The director finds its three authors and, by quoting excerpts from their diaries, confronts their old fate with the life in socialist Poland which makes the old dreams come true – dreams about one's own share of land, the chance to live with dignity, and the possibility to educate one's children. A part of this “humanising” is giving the viewer a chance for direct contact with those non-anonymous protagonists, whereas what dominated documentary film those days was the anonymous collectivity.
Pan Ciasteczko, 12' 22''
Pan Ciasteczko / Mr. Biscuit
Production: Poland, 2014
Mr. Biscuit is Krzysztof Kraśniewicz, a citizen of the city of Szczecin, who despite his disablity managed to make his place within the local artistic and cultural circles. It would seem that such a person would require a helping hand, encouragement, and direction, but he has taken his fate into his own hands and found his own way through life, making it more attractive. Krzysztof Kraśniewicz regularly attends most of the city's cultural events, and this consistent presence at premieres, exhibitions, and literary soirees has made him a well-known figure in the local artistic environment. Art and culture are his main passion as well as a recipe for socialising. This sounds lofty, and that is precisely the way it's supposed to sound.
Pevnost / Fortress
Production: CZE 2012
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. Imagine a space where the time has frozen. The time's stopped and life's been stuck in a shape resembling the era of Soviet Union. Somehow, people got used to the reign of the secret police and the fear of being spied on. Soviet-style propaganda of the authoritative, power-based regime of the president Igor Smirnov turns most of the PMR residents into simple workmen, without any will to understand how unbearable their situation is. Smirnov has been leading this non-existing country for as long as twenty years. The film focuses on a couple of characters being stuck in this geo-political gap, in between the European Union and Russia, in between the present and the past, crime and decency, decadence and hope for change. Framed by the time of presidential election, the film analyzes the organization of “no-state” and the rules of a regular life within.
Polska Kronika Filmowa (numer jubileuszowy – 1959 rok, nr 52 – A-B), 20'
Polska Kronika Filmowa (numer jubileuszowy – 1959 rok, nr 52 – A-B)
Polish Film Chronicle (anniversary edition – 1959, nr 52 – A-B)
Production: POL 1959
The fact that Andrzej Munk made the anniversary PKF chronicle in 1959 was a surprising move in the director's artistic work, as he was already a great artistic authority who dealt with great historiosophic, political, and moral topics in his feature films. As one can tell, he also liked to distance himself from the seemingly marginal matters, and the anniversary edition of Chronicle best proves that, being a pastiche of the genre as such, and of its Polish version. Chronicle's eleven topics are united by Wiesław Gołas, the actor who takes on different roles, including one of a shipyard worker, scientist, preschooler, orator, cook, sportsman – protagonists of events noted by the chronicler, such as New achievements, New school, New sport, New plaque (with the information: No famous Pole lived here), etc.
Polska za 20 lat, 1' 30''
Polska za 20 lat / Poland 20 yers from now
Production: Poland 2013
Warsaw in 2032 is fallowed farmland. An elderly ex-celebrity, known from such films as “Snow White and Russian Red” and “Lejdis,” tells us how this came to be. The actor is repairing some kind of archaic lamp and talking about how Polish politicians obstinately acted in such a way that even the excessively lenient EU lost its patience. Even the everlasting Palace of Culture and Science finally became overgrown with grass.
Popcorn, 1' 35''
The inferno of popcorn comes to life in this short epic.
Prezydenckie gołębie, 30'
Prezydenckie gołębie / President's Pigeons
Production: Poland 2013
A year in the life of the inhabitants of a social housing estate created 20 years ago in a complex of sheet-metal cabins adapted for this purpose. Among the inhabitants are people who are lonely, old, and ill. There are also families with children. Each of the protagonists tries to get by somehow. The local government – owners of the land and buildings – is turning a blind eye to the problem.
PS Sao Paulo, 15'
PS São Paulo
Production: Belgium / Brazil 2013
Two men are wandering about in the night in a big city. They are having a conversation, one that can only happen between two lost souls. We will not get to know their life stories or their faces. Maybe they are watchmen guarding rich neighbourhoods, maybe something else. We are driving around an alien town with at-hand equipment. A (police?) helicopter drowns out the conversation and the thoughts. São Paulo is the biggest agglomeration on the southern hemisphere. The city itself is inhabited by 11 million people, the whole agglomeration – by around 21 million.
Quicken Belts, 3' 54''
Quicken Belts is a movie of an ordinary train ride – then mirrored and enhanced with technicolor cyan. The result is calmness and pause for a moment - in order to show the beauty and the specificity of seemingly normal moments.
Raoul Wallenberg, 61'
An incredible – and, simultaneously, typical for many 20th century European citizens – story of Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat who, together with other employees of the Swedish embassy in Budapest, saved about 100 thousand Hungarian Jews from extermination. Ten thousand Hungarians were given Swedish passports, several hundred were employed in the embassy and accommodated in houses with political immunity. In January 1945 Wallenberg was arrested by the NKVD and accused of spying for the USA. The film tells his story, and the history of Nazi and Soviet crimes in an original, experimental form.
Rue Milton, 1' 05''
A one-minute long pause to observe the soundscape of Milton Street in Montreal, QC.
This piece is a document of an autumn afternoon in the city of Montreal; its passers-by, cars, vans and bikers. Moved by the question of perpetual and inevitable change of a city, this video aims to memorialize a transient, perhaps even ordinary, space in time.