2020, Wed, Aug 262020, Sun, Aug 30

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin – New cinema and contemporary art

Ben Rivers | Ghost Strata, film still

Ben Rivers | Ghost Strata, film still

What is specific about contemporary visual culture? What fault lines and continuities shape current practices in film and video art? What aesthetic, social and political issues are filmmakers grappling with today? The festival will present a selection of 100 works from 33 countries for the first time online and offline, indoors and outdoors on HKW’s roof terrace: documentary and experimental films, fictional and multimedia works by well-known artists and young talents in numerous world and German premieres.

Director Pedro Costa will be given carte blanche. In dark and haunting visual language, his latest film Vitalina Varela tells the life story of a woman who arrives in Lisbon 40 years late. On Sunday, August 30, the film will be shown twice followed by an artist talk with the director. Other highlights include A Tiny Place That is Hard to Touch by Shelly Silver and the German premiere of Rosa Barba's 35-mm film Aggregate States of Matters, which uses breathtaking aerial photographs to report on the disappearance of a glacier in the Andes. In addition to screenings, artist talks invite experts and viewers to discover and reflect on new international artistic forms and critical approaches.

Also with works by Sebastian Diaz Morales, Ghost Mountain Ghost Shovel collective, (la)horde collective, Laura Kraning, Lina Selander, Bogdan Smith and many others

Curated by Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig