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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition

Of Love and Other Demons: Theme Program Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam

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The special program dedicated to dance-films returns to Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF due to our inspiring partnership with Europe’s main dance-film festival, the unique Cinedans - Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam. In the ever-changing media landscape, creators are increasingly seeking different ways to tell their stories. Contemporary dance films are often autonomous art works with a language of their own and an expressiveness that cannot be pigeonholed. Cinema and dance are brought to synthesis reactions resulting in pure artistic gems.
BIEFF 2016 is proud to present the theme program Of Love and Other Demons - screened with the kind support of our constant partner the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania - consisting of four exquisite films that speak about or rather dance us through the deepest and most powerful human emotions transcending space, time, and gravity through the magic of film. Dancing is a physical inquiry, a way of experiencing and participating in the world. Movement creates meaning, but it also asks questions. About the origins of humanity. About distressed individuals in search of family ties. About the fluidity of such notions as sanity and madness. About bodies urging to get together. And about the serenity of a white world before the Big Bang, when time didn't exist and everything was love.
Symmetry, by Ruben van Leer

Digital art, dance and physics blend to create a rumination on the philosophical mysteries swirling around in our universe in Ruben van Leer‘s Symmetry, winner of the Best Director Award and Best Visual Effects Award at San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2015, a film that touches on love, philosophy and the nature of life. (Heba Hasan, Tech Times). Filmed on location in Switzerland at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) - home of The Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, the largest experimental facility ever built, and the largest single machine in the world, – the film follows a researcher working passionately on the theory of everything and the smallest particle. Ruben van Leer skillfully utilizes a unique interplay of choreography and sound to express the two sides of our understanding, one rational, the other emotional. The scientist's routine is interrupted by the voice of soprano Claron McFadden, which eventually transports him to an interior world, as an expression of how our drive for rational knowledge of the universe is rooted in a deeper, more emotional desire inside ourselves. (Hyperallergic.com)
A Short History of Madness, by Isabelle Hayeur

In A Short History of Madness, director Isabelle Hayeur choreographs in six stirring tableaux rituals of psychiatry practiced in Quebec over the past century and a half. When the interior world is disturbed, it reveals itself to the others under assorted forms of madness, the cultural representations of which vary with time, and so do the possibilities and nature of healing society believes to have at hand at certain points. An array of symbolic, experiential, and political dimensions of healing practices are on display as the dancers embody unfortunate souls haunted by the demons of insanity moving frantically inside settings which alter as mentalities change. From the bleak Victorian like asylum to the sordid backstreet warehouse and the teenager's bedroom that attempts (and fails) to re-create a homey environment, Isabelle Hayeur takes us on an exploration of society's ways to deal with the frightening and ever fascinating state of madness. (Adina Marin, BIEFF 2016)
Farm of Memories, by Gianni Grot

Even in the absence of diagnosed insanity, exclusion is likely to occur. In Farm of Memories, winner of the Cinedans Dioraphte Encouragement Award at Cinedans 2015, Gianni Grot materializes brilliantly his proclaimed aim to put hip-hop on the map as a physical form of theatre. The film is a fluid tale moving back and forth between the conscious and the unconscious, populated by visions likely to have been unleashed by the contents of a syringe injected in the vein. A destitute young man hip-hops his way around a derelict warehouse as he tries to put together memories of his childhood or of more recent years. The emotionally charged choreography creates a touching portrait of a man longing for love and security and struggling to get near the people in his life who are supposed to offer them. But they are nothing more than chimerical apparitions and, as in nightmares, they would remain out of reach and leave him face his demons alone. (Adina Marin, BIEFF 2016)
Love-ism, by Paul Sixta & Mor Shani

Of all -isms that govern our lives, the one suffixing the concept of love opens the way for virtually unbounded philosophical investigation in choreographer Mor Shani’s Love-ism. Inspired by Erich Fromm’s book The Art of Loving, it embarkes upon a long-term study of intimacy, seeking answers to questions related to caring for and depending on another human being weighed on a scale that ranges from sin to sacredness. The collaboration with video artist Paul Sixta resulted in the project Love-ism – Things that Matter, a blend of documentary material and honest tales of inter-human togetherness. In the ambiance of sterile white rooms, the camera records with a thorough yet empathic eye, lovers, family members, and dancers as they come close to each other, the increasing degree of their intimacy capturing the human experience of meeting a significant 'other'. (Adina Marin, BIEFF 2016). Presented with the kind support of the Embassy of Israel.

The 6th edition of Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF takes place between March 14th – 20th, 2016.
BIEFF is honoured and grateful to receive support and inspiration from its partners: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs Cannes, Berlinale Forum Expanded, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Oberhausen Film Festival, IDFA Amsterdam Paradocs, Centre Pompidou, Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, Cinedans - Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam, Tampere Film Festival, Sixpackfilm Austria, LIMA, Portugal Gilm and EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
BIEFF would not be possible without the support of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe-Institut Bukarest, British Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Switzerland, Swiss Sponsors' Fund, the French Institute in Bucharest, Instituto Cervantes, Balassi Institute, Italian Cultural Institute, Dacia, TNT, JTI, NouMax, UniFrance, German Films, the National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest, the National University of Arts Bucharest, the Romanian Filmmakers' Union, MUBI, National Dance Centre Bucharest, Săptămâna Sunetului, Journey Pub, Control Club; Lente & cafea; ticketing by Eventbook.
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