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2008, Tue, Jul 01 — 2008, Sun, Jul 06


New Cinema and Contemporary Art

From 1 to 6 July 2008, the RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES PARIS/BERLIN/MADRID will provide space for reflecting upon the new cinema and contemporary art. Over two hundred works from the areas of film, video and multimedia are waiting to be discovered for six whole days at the House of World Cultures. More than 96 per cent of the works presented are international premieres.

Around one hundred artists from over seventy countries will be showing their works in person in Berlin. Their number includes Pedro Costa (France Culture Award Cannes 2002, Selection Cannes 2006). The RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES endeavour to show lesser known artists as well as film-makers with international reputations.

New art forms

The festival-makers have selected works crafted at the interface between contemporary art and new cinema that highlight the common features and the differences between the two artistic languages. Transcending the boundary between the genres, these works are new art forms. The RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES have made it their task to examine these forms and make them accessible for discussion. They aim to stimulate reflection upon our visual culture and to present a programme that is open and challenging.

Video installations and multimedia concerts will accompany the film projects shown at the festival in the House of World Cultures. Discussion rounds and panels will provide forums for exchanges between artists, curators and visitors.


The RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES are being held in Paris, Madrid and Berlin. They present a platform, unique within Europe, where artists can meet and enter into exchanges with a wide audience. In Paris, the RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES will be staged at the Centre Pompidou, the Palais de Tokyo and the Jeu de Paume; in Madrid they will be presented at Reina Sofia (Spain’s national museum) and the Filmoteca Madrid.

LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES is held under the patronage of Klaus Wowereit, Mayor of Berlin and authorised representative of the Federal Republic of Germany for German-French cultural co-operation. ARTE is the media partner for this edition of RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES.

Programme Overview

Film screenings: Documentaries, new fiction, videos

>>> Daily from 4 p.m. to midnight

Approximately 200 screenings combined in various programmes. Including:

- a carte blanche for Pedro Costa (PORT)

- the latest video work by Antoni Muntadas (SP): ON TRANSLATION: MIEDO/JAUF (premiere)

- new works by Christelle Lheureux (FR), Manon de Boer (NL), Alfredo Jaar (Chile), Adel Abidin (Iraq/FI), Knut Asdam (NOR), Herman Asselbergh (BE)

- the premiere of a film by Gordon Matta-Clark (USA), and a video work by Hans Op De Beeck (BE)

- the premiere of the latest work by Peter Downsbrough (USA)

- a selection of rare videos from Columbia, Taiwan and Canada

The artists invited also include: Jon Mikel Euba (SP), Olivo Barbieri (IT), Volker Schreiner (GER), Carles Congost (SP), Yves Netzhammer (CH), Emmanuelle Antille (CH), Nicolas Provost (BE), Nicholas & Sheila Pye (CA), Steven Cohen (South Africa), Ane Lan (NOR)

Link to the Opening event


A new programme each day >>> From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Discussion rounds and panels

>>> Saturday, 5 July and Sunday, 6 July

RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES invites curators, art directors and those responsible for the programmes of museums, contemporary art centres and various European and international biennials to participate in the discussion rounds. The accompanying events are designed to convey, in a tangible manner, the motives of the artists involved in the areas of new cinema, contemporary art and new media.

More about the programme

Inter-cultural forums

>>> Daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In order to present the works in greater depth, the artists involved will report daily on production conditions in their respective countries and engage in discussisons with visitors.

Multi-media concert

>>> Sunday, 6 July at 10 p.m.

The programme closes with a multi-media concert at the House of World Cultures. The programme will be published within the next few days.