March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition
Manifesto Closes BIEFF 2017: Cate Blanchett Plays 13 Roles in a Performative Tour de Force
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With the kind support of the Goethe-Institut and distributor The Match Factory, Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF 2017 closes with a gala screening of Manifesto, by German visual artist Julian Rosefeldt. A unique event for both the visual arts and the cinema world, Manifesto has been initially conceived as a multi-screen film installation, shown internationally in prestigious museums and galleries. Its feature-length version for cinema premiered at Sundance Film Festival early this year, and was shown at International Film Festival Rotterdam, setting off a successful career in the film festival circuit.
Questioning the role and responsibility of the artist in society today, the film revisits some of the most significant artistic manifestos of the 20th century from a contemporary perspective. Drawing on the writings of Futurists, Dadaists, Fluxus artists, Suprematists, Situationists, Dogma 95 and other movements that have revolutionized art history, Manifesto reveals the urgent political significance of these historical avant-garde, anti-establishment statements (composed with passion and conviction by artists many years ago), by giving them a voice through 13 different characters - all impressively played by the versatile actress Cate Blanchett - in various contexts of the present such as a TV news studio, a research centre, a school, the stock exchange market etc.
At BIEFF, Manifesto will have two screenings: the first at the BIEFF 2017 Award Ceremony and Closing Gala, on Saturday April 1st at 8:00pm, and a second screening on Sunday April 2nd at 5:30pm. Both screenings will be at the Cinema Muzeul Țăranului.
According to Variety, ''Manifesto is an art film in the truest sense: It is conceptual in nature, non-traditional in form, and perfectly esoteric in appeal. [...] What few could foresee walking into the experience is how an often-contradictory collection of dogma might inspire the artistically open-minded (...) encouraging viewers to take a stand and consider their own aesthetic.''. Meanwhile, The New York Times praises Cate Blanchett's exceptional performance, stating that ''If the art world gave out Oscars, Cate Blanchett should win for her tour de force of starring roles in Manifesto.''
''Art history is a derivation of history - argues artist Julian Rosefeldt - and we learn from history. Artists, as well as writers, philosophers and scientists, have always been the ones who have dared to formulate thoughts and visions whose consistency had yet to be proven. (...) We seem to be well advised to read artist manifestos as seismographs of their age. And in a time where neo-nationalist, racist and populist tendencies in politics and media threaten again democracies all over the world and challenge us to defend our allegedly achieved values of tolerance and respect, Manifesto becomes a clarion call for action.''
BIEFF is honoured to be joined in its curatorial and educational endeavour by high quality cinema and visual art professionals, with experience as curators and managers of significant film festivals and institutions. This year we are happy to welcome in our International Competition Jury: Nora Molitor – representative Berlinale Forum Expanded and the Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art; Paolo Moretti – member of the Selection Committee of the International Documentary Film Festival FIDMarseille and programme advisor for Visions du Réel Nyon; Boglárka Nagy – Manager of Film Projects, French Institute Romania, and Programmer of Elvire Popesco Cinema. The jurors will view the five International Competition programs and decide the awards. The Award Ceremony will take place on April 1st, prior to the gala screening of Manifesto.
True to its mission to promote Romanian experimental film and visual art, BIEFF is presenting to the audience and to the International Competition Jury some of the most recent visual experiments by Romanian artists.
Alexandru Petru Bădeliță - a regular of BIEFF’s selection over the years - gives a moving personal account of his difficult childhood in I Made You, I Kill You, a veritable exercise in self-exorcism. A collage of family photos and children's drawings mix with animation and with a touch of surrealism in an arresting cinematic whole. In a rich profusion of narrative layers and artistic techniques, the film explores the power of life and death held by a paterfamilias over the members of his family. Made at Le Fresnoy - Studio National des Arts Contemporains, the film casts a poignant uncompromising look at a disturbing world where such experiences are not the exception, but the norm. I Made You, I Kill You was selected at Clermont-Ferrand and IDFA Amsterdam.
Drawing on Albert Camus’ eponymous text, Luiza Pârvu and Toma Peiu’s Sisyphus 2.0 is a visual compendium of humanity’s search for meaning. Made of real surveillance footage, the film assumes its perspective’s omniscience, beginning as a series of quotidian assemblages of a-day-in-a-life of the global citizens, embraced by a voice-over retelling of the Sisyphus myth. With deep humanism and sensibility, the authors question the meaning of the search, as man-made violence and natural cataclysms - the other side of humanity’s essential creative impulse - jolt the daily existence of the surveilled humans.
Dry-humoured, purposefully childish and unapologetically critical, The Story of Little Hans marks Romanian visual artist Daniel Djamo's third return in BIEFF competition. Loosely inspired by the eponymous story collected by the Brothers Grimm, the short makes use of the deceitfully naïve tone of fairy-tales to investigate how national identities are changing in light of the current political climate. A young golden-locked Austrian boy skips along the woods, unaware of the fiendish immigrants and refugees out to devour him.
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.
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