March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition
From Cannes to Bucharest: Ever the Provocateur Alejandro Jodorowsky Opens BIEFF 2017
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Within its long-term educational partnership with Cannes’ Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, BIEFF 2017 brings to Romania the latest feature by legendary cult filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, venerated for his provocative surrealist masterpieces of the 1970s (Santa Sangre, El Topo, The Holy Mountain).
According to Variety, "Now, well into his 80s, Jodorowsky has managed to reinvent himself in the most spectacular and unlikely way. Endless Poetry, the second in Jodorowsky’s proposed cycle of cinematic memoirs (the first being 2013’s The Dance of Reality, screened to full house at BIEFF 2014), is a work of transporting charm and feeling. It’s the most accessible movie the director has ever made, and it may also be the best."
After the International Premiere at Cannes Film Festival’s Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, Bucharest hosts the Romanian Premiere of Endless Poetry, which will be presented within the BIEFF 2017 Opening Gala, on Tuesday 28th March at Cinema Muzeul Țăranului. The screening is supported by the French Institute in Bucharest, the distributor Le Pacte and the TIFF Cinematheque. There will be a second screening on Friday 31st March at 5:30pm, at Cinema Elvire Popesco.
According to Cineuropa, "Cult filmmaker and psychomagic ‘guru’ Alejandro Jodorowsky lives up to his reputation with Endless Poetry, a film that crosses over the border from surrealism to action without ever deviating from his central thread, and speaks to people who are new to symbolism just as well as it does to the crowd that is well-versed in the structures and strange characters it produces.”
A journey of initiation filled with eroticism and magic, Endless Poetry portrays an Alejandro Jodorowsky in his young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time. He meets Enrique Lihn, Stella Diaz Varín, Nicanor Parra and many others of the country’s young, promising and unknown artists who would later become the titans of Latin America's literature. Endless Poetry is a tale of poetic experimentation; the story of a unique youth that lived as not many before them had dared: sensually, authentically, freely, madly.
BIEFF 2017 continues its successful collaboration with MUBI. Starting with 23rd March, BIEFF invites you to a warm-up viewing of a series of films created by seminal auteurs from the history of experimental cinema, which will be streamed on MUBI for a month. MUBI is a curated online VOD platform for cult, classic, independent and award-winning films from around the world. The filmmakers and artists proposed by BIEFF this year include Jonas Mekas, Maya Deren, Michael Snow, William Klein and Isidore Isou. Details about the programme are available here.
Created under the token of the ancient Mayan greeting IN LAK’ECH ALA K’IN – which translates into English as YOU ARE ANOTHER ME – this year's edition invites the audience to an exercise in empathy, challenging our ability to put ourselves in the shoes of our fellow man. We feel this is a burning necessity particularly in the present moment, in the light of the recent social conflicts and humanitarian crisis. BIEFF 2017's selection proposes a denial of borders – those between individuals, but also those of the cinematic language. The viewers are invited thus to internalize the tragedy of their fellow men and to see the world through the Other's eyes. The poster of BIEFF 2017 is designed by Carmen Gociu.
The 7th edition of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF was organized by Manekino Cultural Association in partnership with PRINTOR COM and Film Monitor Association.
BIEFF is honoured and grateful to receive support and inspiration from its partners: Quinzaine des Réalisateurs – Cannes Film Festival, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Cinedans – Dance on Screen Festival Amsterdam, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Tampere Film Festival, Centre Pompidou, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains, EYE Film Institute Netherlands, Swedish Film Institute, Norwegian Film Institute, Le Pacte, The Match Factory, Sixpackfilm Austria, LIMA, LUX, Portugal Film, Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, Winnipeg Film Group, Swiss Films, AV-arkki, Marvin & Wayne, Some Shorts, Autour de Minuit, NISI MASA – European Network of Young Cinema, MUBI.
BIEFF would not be possible without the support of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Romanian National Film Center, Ministry of Culture and National Identity, Romanian Cultural Institute, Romanian Filmmakers's Union, National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Embassy of France, French Institute, Goethe-Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, Swiss Sponsors’ Fund, Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of Sweden, Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, Italian Cultural Institute, Greek Cultural Foundation, National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest, National University of Arts Bucharest, Cinelab România, NouMax, MDV Studio, Aqua Carpatica, Domeniile Sâmburești, Hotel Venezia, Journey Pub, Lente, Sky Tour, DHL, Canopy, ZeList Monitor, Eventbook.
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