november 2018, distribution news

"Klassenverhältnisse" (Class Relations, FRG/F 1983)

by Danièle Huillet and Jean-Marie Straub

Based on the Franz Kafkas incomplete first novel, "Der Verschollene (Amerika)", CLASS RELATIONS is told from the perspective of a young German who emigrates to the US to encounter a strange new world. Harun Farocki and Thom Andersen appear in the film as well as Alf Bold, a long time colleague of ours.

may 2018, distribution news

"El mar la mar"

by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki, opens June 7, 2018 accompanied by the Caligari Award tour

The sun beats down mercilessly on all those who cross the Sonoran Desert between Mexico and the United States. Aside from the few people who live here, it’s the poorest of undocumented immigrants that make the crossing, who have no choice but to take this extremely dangerous route, followed by border guards both official and self-appointed. The horizon seems endlessly far away and deadly dangers lurk everywhere. It’s best to move under the cover of darkness; during the day, being exposed to the heat and sun is enough to make animals and humans perish.

march 2018, distribution news

"Spell Reel"

by Filipa César, opens April 12, 2018

In 2011, an archive of film and audio material re-emerged in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruination, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader assassinated in 1973.

january 2018, distribution news

"Forgetting Vietnam"

by Trinh T. Minh-ha

Vietnam in ancient times was named đất nứớc vạn xuân – the land of ten thousand springs. One of the myths surrounding the creation of Vietnam involves a fight between two dragons whose intertwined bodies fell into the South China Sea and formed Vietnam’s curving ‘S’ shaped coastline. Legend also has it that Vietnam’s ancestors were born from the union of a Dragon King, Lạc Long Quân and a fairy, Âu Cơ. Âu Cơ was a mythical bird that swallowed a handful of earthly soil and consequently lost the power to return to the 36th Heaven. Her tears formed Vietnam’s myriad rivers and the country’s recurring floods are the land’s way of remembering her. In her geo-political situation, Vietnam thrives on a fragile equilibrium between land and water management. A life-sustaining power, water is evoked in every aspect of the culture.