2021, Wed, Aug 252021, Sun, Aug 29

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin – New cinema and contemporary art

Isabell Heimerdinger | Soon It Will Be Dark (film still) | Image courtesy Isabell Heimerdinger

Isabell Heimerdinger | Soon It Will Be Dark (film still) | Image courtesy Isabell Heimerdinger

What does the future of audiovisual media look like? What cross-border cinematic approaches await discovery? The Rencontres Internationales trace the characteristics and convergences of new cinema and contemporary art, explore new cinematic practices and critical approaches. Following hybrid editions in 2020 at HKW and in spring 2021 at the Louvre, the Rencontres Internationales will now show the films in Berlin on the big screen at HKW’s open air cinema in the Westgarten and in the Lecture Hall. Some of the programs and the artist talks will additionally be streamed live. Rencontres Internationales present a selection of 122 cinematic works from 39 countries, including documentaries and experimental films, fictional and multimedia works by well-known artists and young talents in many world and Germany premieres.

One highlight is the special screening of The Last City by Heinz Emigholz, whose architectural and feature films explore the relationship between film time and the experience of space. Starting in October, HKW will present a monographic show of the director’s work with many more of his films. Filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, whose most recent film Memoria won an award at Cannes, will receive a carte blanche this year. This year’s Rencontres will open with a live film performance by Luxusberlin and many film premieres.

With contributions by Albert García-Alzórriz, Gaelle Boucand, Michael Busch, George Drivas, Mauricio Freyre, Riccardo Giacconi, Tamar Guimaraes, Michelle Handelman, Salomé Lamas, Christelle Lheureux, Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson, Masbedo, John Menick, Laura Huertas Millán, Novi_sad, Wendelien Van Oldenborgh, Mario Pfeifer, Wojciech Puś, Ben Rivers, Pia Rönicke, Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind, Deborah Stratman, Pilvi Takala, Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor, Phillip Warnell and many others.

Curated by Natalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig