The theme of the Counter Cinema section of the programme is the active protest against the dominant narrative tradition of Hollywood. Unconventional film languages sketch biographies of individuals in New York who have resisted the pull of the mainstream – pioneering figures of the avantgarde such as the filmmaker Maya Deren and the artist Jack Smith. The alternative history of New York also includes films about feminism.
The Time We Killed
D: Jennifer Reeves, USA 2004, 95 min, OV, b/w
This experimental feature film is about killed time, about the life and fantasies of a poet who is incapable of leaving her New York apartment. Its complex construction breaks with conventional habits of seeing. It won the International FIPRESCI critics' prize in the International Forum of Young Films at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.
Supporting film: Meditation on Violence Director
D: Maya Deren, USA 1948, 12 min