Screening: It Was Related to Me / Jaurès…

Festival dei Popoli - Juares

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.

 

Saturday, November 17th

Cinema Odeon

 

3:00 pm

Scene Shifts, in Six Movements
by Jani Ruscica (Finland/Germany/Denmark, 2012, 16’, o.v, it. sub./eng. sub.)

Paris and Rome are imaginary places which take shape in the images of an immigrant who explores the city with an open and curious approach. Every object and subject are the results of an encounter and the possible sources of misunderstanding. ‘Scene Shifts, in six movements’ talks about all this and about how every place becomes the set of a play in which, against our will, we are the unpaid actors. A work that takes us back to the common condition of our time, which transforms everyone into a migrant in a foreign land.

 

It Was Related to Me
by Mohammad Shawky Hassan (Egypt/Germany/USA, 2012, 18’, o.v. it. sub./ eng. sub.)

It Was Related to Me reflects upon the complex relationship between two Egyptian brothers. Using clips from private videos, audio tracks, photos and pictures taken from popular culture, Mohammad Shawky Hassan builds a mosaic focusing on the issue of identity, without giving way to Western clichés. In this sense, it is a precious work dealing with religion and sexuality, traditions and deviance, childhood and expectations for the future using the tone of personal meditation.

 

Jaurès
by Vincent Dieutre (France, 2012, 82’, o.v. it. sub./eng. sub.)

Vincent Dieutre had a lover called Simon. There is no more trace of him, no image to remember him, but only the window of the apartment where the two met at night, to then leave each other at dawn. Vincent has put a camera on those windows to film life in the street, close to the metro station Jaurès. These are images that speak of love without showing it. Vincent watches and comments on these images with his friend Éva Truffaut, who gives a reverse-angle view of his experience.

 

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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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