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european short films - experimental, set 2

89’

Moving Stories

Poruszające historie
Belgium 2011 / 7'15’

Director Nicolas Provost once again returns to his favorite themes, exploring the storytelling techniques and codes of cinema. In Moving Stories, he minimizes the role of narrative while raising the soundtrack to equal status in an attempt to broaden perceptions of how viewers’ imaginations interact with creative work in film.

director: Nicolas Provost
screenplay: Nicolas Provost
cinematography: Nicolas Provost
editing: Nicolas Provost
music: Evgueni Galperine
producer: Nicolas Provost
production: Flanders Audiovisual Fund
sales: Argos
language: English
colouration: colour

Nicolas Provost

Nicolas Provost was born in the town of Ronse, Belgium in 1969. His work, mostly in short and medium length films, is largely concerned with the grammar of film – the details of storytelling. In 2011 he made his feature debut, The Invader. Provost’s works have screened at the world’s most prestigious festivals, including at Sundance, Rotterdam, Venice and Berlin. He lives and works in Brussels.

Selected filmography

2000 Need Any Help? (short)

2003 Bataille (short)

2006 Induction (short)

2007 Plot Point (short)

2011 Poruszające historie / Moving Stories (short)

2011 The Invader

Conference. Notes on Film 05

Austria 2011 / 8’

Who has been the most frequently portrayed figure in film over the past decades? Though not wholly surprising, it is still strange to hear the answer: it’s a tie between Jesus Christ and Adolf Hitler. Conference is combines 65 actors’ portrayals of the infamous dictator. It makes for a truly eclectic gallery of roles and acting sensibilities that includes Udo Kier, Derek Jacobi, Anthony Hopkins, Charles Chaplin, Mel Brooks and Luis de Funès.

director: Norbert Pfaffenbichler
screenplay: Norbert Pfaffenbichler
cinematography: Martin Putz, archival footage
editing: Norbert Pfaffenbichler
music: Bernhard Lang
producer: Norbert Pfaffenbichler
production: Sixpack film
sales: Sixpack film
language: no dialogues
colouration: b&w

Norbert Pfaffenbichler

Born in 1967 in Steyr. 1994–2001 University of Applied Arts. Artist and curator, various participations in festivals and exhibitions, founding member of ‘VIDOK and lanolin’.

Selected filmography

2002 Notes on film 01 else (short)

2003 Notes on Mazy (short)

2007 Mosaik Mécanique (short)

2011 Konferencja. Uwagi na temat filmu 05 / Conference. Notes on Film 05 (short)

I Met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg

Germany 2011 / 13’

Andreas Rochholl’s film is saturated with the music of pioneering American composer Morton Feldman. Though Feldman passed away in 1987, his work continues to inspire new experiments. Rochholl juxtaposes Feldman’s postmodern compositions with seemingly random scenes, some unspectacular, others strange. Well-versed in music and film techniques, director Rochholl ably uses both to pay a synchronous homage to Feldman’s creative work.

director: Andreas Rochholl
screenplay: Andreas Rochholl
cinematography: Börries Müller-Büsching
editing: Andreas Rochholl
music: Marton Feldman, Arno Waschk
cast: Zoé Cartier, Lisa Tjalve, Christina Fassbender, Simone Leona Hueber, Alexander Bader
producer: Andreas Rochholl
production: KADMOS Produktion
sales: KADMOS Produktion
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour

Andreas Rochholl

Graduated at Folkwang Hochschule Essen in directing and singing, postgraduate studies in camera and image engineering at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien.

Selected filmography

2005 Kroll

2011 Poznałem Heine na ulicy Fürstenberg / I Met Heine on the Rue Fürstenberg (short)

#29

Netherlands 2011 / 6'56’

First, there were landscapes. Later, there were films of them. Now, digital editing has made it possible to transform images of landscapes into something that barely resembles the natural world. The sceneries in José Miguel Biscaya’s #29 are filtered through various effects, taking on the characteristics of the techniques used to transform them and losing their natural attributes. Media no longer relay an external reality – they create their own.

director: José Miguel Biscaya
screenplay: José Miguel Biscaya
cinematography: José Miguel Biscaya
editing: José Miguel Biscaya
sound: José Miguel Biscaya
producer: José Miguel Biscaya
sales: Jose Miguel biscaya
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour

José Miguel Biscaya

Born in Lisbon in 1973, is a mixed-media artist, live video performer and an independent filmmaker living and working in Amsterdam. His work has been shown in numerous international group-exhibitions and festivals, including IFFR, EMAF, IMPAKT, Rencontres Internationales Paris / Madrid / Berlin and POP-UP Lisboa. Currently José is working on a new series of video-works.

Selected filmography

2003 Roadmovie (short)

2009 Neuland (short)

2011 #29 (short)

The Voice of God

Germany, India 2011 / 9'35’

If God would come down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice over artiste, lending his voice to thousands of Hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India…

director: Bernd Lützeler
screenplay: Bernd Lützeler
cinematography: Bernd Lützeler
editing: Bernd Lützeler
sound: Raju Shastri, Tobias Engl
cast: Harish Bhimani
producer: Bernd Lützeler
production: Nomasala
sales: NoMasala Films
language: English
colouration: colour

Bernd Lützeler

Director Bernd Lützeler was born in Düsseldorf in 1967. He studied at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin. His artistic work is largely focused on experimental short films, which have been showcased at art festivals around the world. He often collaborates on other creators’ projects, frequently as an editor. His most recent film is The Voice of God.

Selected filmography

1993 Rauschlitanei (short)

2003 True Love is just Filmi (short)

2005 Rapid Eye Love (short)

2011 Głos Boga / The Voice of God (short)

Meteor

Germany 2011 / 15’

Meteor is a collage of European and American suspense, Sci-Fi, and horror films from the 1930s to the 1960s, including Peeping Tom, The Angry Red Planet and Children of the Damned. The result is a work that brings viewers on a voyage from the fantasies of starry-eyed heroes of children’s adventure stories to strange and scary extraterrestrial worlds.

director: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
screenplay: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
cinematography: archival footage
editing: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
music: Giacomo Puccini
cast: John Smith
producer: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
production: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
sales: Christoph Girardet, Matthias Müller
language: English
colouration: b&w

Matthias Müller

Born in Bielefeld, Germany, in 1961. Lives in Bielefeld and Cologne. Studied at the Bielefeld University and at the Braunschweig HBK.

Selected filmography

1990 Home Stories (short)

1993 Sleepy Haven (short)

1998 Vacancy (short)

2004 Album (short)

2011 Meteor (co-dir., short)

Christoph Girardet

Born in Langenhagen, Germany, in 1966. Lives in Hannover. Studied at the Braunschweig HBK.

Selected filmography

1991 Schwertkampf (short)

1997 Release (short)

2001 7:48 (short)

2007 Pianoforte (short)

2011 Meteor (co-dir., short)

2012 The Eternal Lesson (short)

Vexed

Netherlands 2012 / 28'50’

Try as you might – berate the projectionist, adjust the focus, blink – there’ no fixing the images in Vexed, the latest creation from experimental collective Telcosystems. For half an hour the screen is filled with what might pass for the results of a technical glitch. The work concentrates all our attention on images we would normally ignore or want to change, but which in the hands of its creators become something mesmerizing.

director: Telcosystems
screenplay: Telcosystems
cinematography: Telcosystems
editing: Telcosystems
music: Telcosystems
producer: Telcosystems
production: Spatial Media Laboratories
sales: Spatial Media Laboratories
language: no dialogues
colouration: colour

Telcosystems

Gideon Kiers, David Kiers and Lucas van der Velden are the founding members of Telcosystems. Lucas van der Velden (1976, Eindhoven) and Gideon Kiers (1975, Amsterdam) live and work in Rotterdam. Both studied at the Interfaculty Image and Sound, a department at the Royal Conservatory and the Royal Academy in The Hague. David Kiers (1977, Amsterdam) studied Sonology at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He works and lives in Amsterdam.

Selected filmography

2002 FF series (short)

2004 Harsh / Sine R (short)

2007 Scape_Time (short)

2012 Rozdrażniony / Vexed (short)