EXPIFF / 24 – 28 noiembrie / Cinema Scala

/ Surviving Life by Jan Svankmajer la gala de incheiere a festivalului EXPIFF
// Decanul FAMU, Pavel Jech, in juriul EXPIFF
/// Diary of Caroline H. by Simon Hajek la competitia internationala EXPIFF
//// The Mindbender by Dana Bubakova la competitia internationala EXPIFF

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Intre 24 – 28 noiembrie publicul cinefil va avea acces la cele mai valoroase productii ale cinematografului de avangarda din ultimii ani in cadrul Festivalului International de Film Experimental Bucuresti EXPIFF. Creat sub patronajul Universitatii Nationale de Arta Teatrala si Cinematografica, al Universitatii Nationale de Arte si sustinut de Centrul National al Cinematografiei, EXPIFF este singurul eveniment din Romania dedicat filmului experimental.
Misiunea EXPIFF este aceea de a promova creatii inovatoare atat la nivel conceptual- tematic cat si stilistic, artisti cu viziuni profund personale asupra realitatii contemporane, artisti care exploreaza cu indrazneala limitele limbajului cinematografic. Un cinema al libertatii totale de creatie, un cinema fara compromisuri. Aceste creatii unicat si regizori emblematici ai filmului experimental care vor gira Festivalul prin prezenta lor vor fi dezvaluiti publicului in urmatoarele doua saptamani. Competitia Internaţionala EXPIFF va oferi publicului o serie de capodopere ale genului din ultimii ani, majoritatea premiere in Romania. Echipa curatoriala a EXPIFF este extrem de onorata de a avea alaturi pentru aceasta editie curatori de talie internationala din zona filmului experimental: PETER VAN HOOF – Directorul Departamentului de Scurtmentraj al prestigiosului Festival Internațional de Film Rotterdam – si MIGUEL VALVERDE – co-director al Festivalului International de Film Independent Lisabona – Indielisboa. Fiecare dintre ei va prezenta publicului cinefil o selectie CARTE BLANCHE – parte componenta a Competiției Internaționale de Scurtmetraj – compusa din titluri-cheie ale programelor pe care le-au conceput in ultimii ani. Festivalul International de Film Rotterdam si IndieLisboa sunt doua dintre cele mai importante evenimente din zona filmului experimental, recunoscute in intreaga lume pentru sprijinul constant acordat creatiei radical-inovatoare in cinema si arte vizuale. EXPIFF este un eveniment absolut necesar pentru Romania. In ultimii ani cinema-ul romanesc s-a facut remarcat prin voci puternice precum cele ale lui Cristi Puiu, Corneliu Porumboiu, Cristian Mungiu, Radu Jude si altii, care au excelat mai cu seama în zona fictiunii narative realiste. Pe acest teren fertil, EXPIFF vine ca o reactie complementara, avand ca scop principal extinderea ariei de perceptie catre un spatiu artistic complet nou, atat pentru publicul larg cat si pentru cel specializat. EXPIFF este de asemenea primul festival de film din Romania care promoveaza zona de granita dintre cinema si artele vizuale, oferind vizibilitate unor artisti proeminenti prin pozitia lor inovatoare, ale caror lucrari sunt indeobste prezentate in muzee si galerii de arta si doar rareori in sali de cinema. Punctul de intalnire al celor doua medii este un teritoriu extrem de fertil din punct de vedere creativ, din care au provenit de-a lungul anilor voci artistice unice precum Peter Greenaway, Derek Jarman, Andy Warhol, David Lynch si altii. EXPIFF propune publicului cinefil filme unicat, adevărate “lectii” de cinema experimental, productii emblematice care aduc in lumina posibilitatile nelimitate ale limbajului cinematografic. Fiecare film va fi sustinut de o contributie curatoriala complexa, menita a facilita accesul si a trezi interesul pentru o zona artistica radical inovatoare.

SURVIVING LIFE (Theory and Practice) by JAN SVANKMAJER

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Prezit svuj zivot (teorie a praxe), Rep. Ceha,  2010, 105 min.
regia: Jan Svankmajer
distributia: Klara Issova, Zuzana Kronerova, Vaclav Helsus

Eugene, un barbat trecut de varsta a doua, duce o viata dubla – una reala si una pe taramul viselor. Apeleaza la un psihoterapeut care incearca sa-i interpreteze visele. Eugene gaseste o cale prin care poate intra in lumea viselor fara sa doarma; afla ce s-a intamplat cu parintii lui, plus o multime de detalii despre propria copilarie. Dupa ce sotia lui il confrunta si il obliga sa aleaga intre viata alaturi de ea, viata reala, si viata pe care o duce in vise, Eugene alege intr-un final sa-si continue visarea.

PAVEL JECH

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Decanul Facultății de Film din Praga, Pavel Jech, face parte din juriul Festivalului Internațional de Film Experimental / EXPIFF. Pavel Jech s-a nascut la Praga dar a crescut in Statele Unite, unde parintii lui s-au mutat dupa 1968, pe cand el avea doar doi ani. Pavel Jech este atat absolvent al Universitatii Columbia, cat si a FAMU, unde a ramas ca decan incepand cu anul 2008. Pavel are o larga experienta educationala in scenaristica si dramaturgie, atat in Republica Ceha cat si in Statele Unite, si a lucrat pe plan international ca scenarist si consultant. Inainte de a prelua postul de decan, a activat ca profesor la FAMU International, unde a castigat o experienta vasta in lucrul cu echipe de studenti internationali.

DIARY OF CAROLINE H.  by Simon Hajek (5:20 min. / 2008)

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Scurt metrajul experimental este inspirat din jurnalele intime a doua persoane diferite. Acest film pune privitorul pe post de martor intr-o confruntare dintre jurnalul Carolinei H, si cel al autorului. Limbajul folosit in film este situat undeva pe o baza experimentala (preluare de cadre statice, tehnici de filmare hand-made, materiale gasite aleator…etc), si incearca sa conecteze la un loc amintirile si emotiile unor persoane diferite, totodata facand o sinteza intre acele sentimente si materiale.

THE MINDBENDER by Dana Bubakova (5 min. / 2009)

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Un film de animatie osciland la granita dintre o linie narativa obiectiva si o expresivitate abstracta a unor emotii complexe reprezentate prin imagini. Despre asemenea probleme cum ar fi lipsa totala a cuvintelor.

ENGLISH VERSION

EXPIFF presents an International Official Selection of Experimental Features, consisting of outstanding titles from the last years, highly innovative cinema works, filmmakers with unique visions on contemporary reality, which also uncompromisingly explore the limits of cinema language. Created under the patronage of National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, National Art University Bucharest and Romanian National Cinema Center, with strong educational purpose, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival EXPIFF is the first and only showcase of experimental film in Romania, aimed at bringing in front of the audience highly innovative films, both in content and style, filmmakers with strong personal views on contemporary reality, which also daringly explore the boundaries of cinema language.

JAN SVANKMAJER

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After studying at the Institute of Industrial Arts and the Marionette Faculty of the Prague Academy of Fine Arts in the 1950s, Jan Svankmajer started working as a theatre director, chiefly in association with the Theatre of Masks and the Black Theatre. He first experimented with film-making after becoming involved with the mixed-media productions of Prague’s Lanterna Magika Theatre. He began making short films in 1964, and continued working in the same medium for over twenty years, when he finally achieved his long-held ambition to make a feature film based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland (Neco z Alenky (1988)). He has also exhibited his drawings, collages and ‘tactile sculptures’, many of which were produced in the mid-1970s, when he was temporarily banned from film-making by the Czech authorities. He has been a card-carrying member of the Prague Surrealist Group since 1969.

SURVIVING LIFE ((Theory and Practice)
Prezit svuj zivot (teorie a praxe), Rep. Ceha,  2010, 105 min.
regia: Jan Svankmajer
distributia: Klara Issova, Zuzana Kronerova, Vaclav Helsus

Eugene leads a double life – one real life, and another life in his dreams. In real life, he is married to Milada; in his dreams, he has a young lover called Eugenia. Sensing that these dreams have a deeper meaning, he goes to see a psychoanalyst, who interprets his dreams for him. Gradually we learn that Eugene lost his parents in early childhood and was brought up in an orphanage. In the meantime, Eugenia is expecting Eugene’s child – to the dismay of a psychoanalyst, who believes Eugenia is in fact his anima. And getting your anima pregnant is worse than incest. Meanwhile Milada suspects Eugene is having an affair. She spies on Eugene’s ritual in his studio, and enter his dream-world. French Romantic poet, Gerard de Nerval, said: “Our dreams are a second life.” This films wants to prove his words.

PAVEL JECH
The dean of the Prague Film Faculty, Pavel Jech, is among the jury members of the International Experimental Film Festival / EXPIFF. Pavel Jech was born in Prague but grew up in the United States, where his parents moved after 1968, when he was only two months old. Pavel Jech is a graduate of Columbia University as well as of FAMU, where he has served as dean since 2008. Pavel has broad teaching experience in scriptwriting and dramaturgy, both in the Czech Republic and in the US, and has worked internationally as a screenwriter and script doctor. Prior to taking on his latest post he was chair of FAMU International, where he gained extensive experience in working with teams of international students.

DIARY OF CAROLINE H. by Simon Hajek (5:20 min. / 2008)
The short experimental film working with intimate diary records of two diferent persons. This film is operating with viewer like with witness of confrontation between Karolina H. diary and author`s diary. The film language used in this film is located on experimental base (single frame film pick-up, handmade film technique, foundfootage material…etc. ) and it`s trying to connect together memories and emotions of diferent persons and make synthesis of those feelings and materials.

THE MINDBENDER by Dana Bubakova (5 min. / 2009)
An animated film bordering between an objective storyline and an abstract expression of complex
emotion in images. About such concerns, when words are not enough.

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