Screening: Walk with a Guide / Sounding Glass…

Festival dei Popoli - Ecce Homo

Related to me – Body, memory, Identity

For the third consecutive year the Festival dei Popoli is happy to accept the invitation of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina to establish a connection between the topics of their exhibitions and some premieres of auteur documentaries. This year the invitation poses a very fascinating cultural challenge.

 

Friday, November 16th

Cinema Spazio Uno

 

7:00 pm

Walk with a Guide
by Maciej Cendrowski (Poland, 2009, 11’, o.v. it. sub./eng. sub.)

Remy is a masseur. Every day he has to do with the bodies of his clients. Sometimes they even appear in his dreams. His being blind doesn’t prevent him from being independent: he walks along the street, he visits his friends, he strolls in the park together with his children. Remy never loses his bearings because, besides an exceptional memory, he has an audio map of the town. His portable recorder contains the sounds of the streets, squares, intersections, and the sounds show him where to go. “When tourists come to town, they get themselves a map. It would be useful if there were also audio maps for the visually impaired”.

 

Sounding Glass
by Sylvia Schedelbauer (Germany, 2012, 11’, n.d.)

Like getting lost in the forest of memories. Sylvia Schedelbauer works with images, Thomas Carnacki with sound. Together, they make a small and powerful film which explores the mechanisms of memory and the collage work that is the basis of every narration. A film which absorbs the eyes and the mind, which takes us to a mysterious place with an unknown man from the past made up of tesserae which appear and disappear – exploded glass pieces which clink as they fall to the ground.

 

Ecce Homo: un portrait de Célestin Deliège
by Guy-Marc Hinant, Dominiqu Lohlé (Belgium, 2012, 90’, o.v. it. sub./eng. sub.)

Célestin Deliège (1922-2010) was one of the most important experts on music history and theory of the twentieth century. A man with an exceptional memory and a very extensive knowledge, in his old age he was affected by a serious disease which, despite weakening his body, could not affect the clearness of his mind. The film shows his meetings with important music theorists (P. Decroupet, F. Nicolas, F. Lerdahl, H. Dufourt, A. Bonnet, Ensemble Ictus) to elaborate a music theory for the 21st century.

 

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The exhibition Francis Bacon and the Existential Condition in Contemporary Art, co-curated by Franziska Nori and Barbara Dawson, open until 27th January 2013, focuses on an author who was capable of grasping the deepest anxieties of our time and to represent them in an artistic way. We have decided to follow the traces of this encounter. We have not looked for “Baconian” works, least of all for films about Francis Bacon or any other artist who draws inspiration from him. Instead, we have looked for works which, from different points of view, seem capable of stimulating spectators to reflect upon the complex and intricate relationship between the forms of memory (re)construction, the forms of representation of the body and the “defiguration” of identity. Body, memory and identity are thus the three dimensions which each film presented in this section contains and deals with in original and unconventional ways. We have decided to select new works, which are on the borderline of the documentary genre and which impress the audience with images and plots full of questions and passions. Most works are by young artists, with the addition of an intimate, personal film by the internationally acclaimed director Vincent Dieutre. These are not simple and accommodating films, but journeys that lead us to discover unreconciled people, who resist the many powers which try to turn identities, bodies and memories into areas to be conquered and tamed.

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