SPECIAL FILM PROGRAMMES

VERFLIXT!: GERMAN POLITICAL SHORT FILMS

THE BIG SELLOUT (Dir. Florian Opitz, DE)

INTERACTIVE FILM SCREENING / PERFORMANCE (With Christopher Hales, UK)

PHILIPPINE EXPERIMENTAL FILM PROGRAMME (Dir. Khavn De Le Cruz, PH)

PREMIERE OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM „DAMBIS" (Dir. Gunita Trikuma, LV)

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VERFLIXT! : GERMAN POLITICAL SHORT FILMS

30.05.2008, 18:00, Cinema K.Suns

Within The German Cultural Month In Latvia
With support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia
Created with the help of German Films and Interfilm Festival Berlin

2 hours of controversial, infuriating, ironic and beautifully reflected films: fiction, experimental and documentary shorts offering a stunning look into the kaleidoscope of issues and frustrations motivating German filmmakers to create. The films will be a carefully hand-picked selection of the best shorts produced over the last decades. Films that make you think & react; films you won't easily forget. This is the essence of the political film - the short is where it all begins.

Curator: Samara Chadwick

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OUTSOURCING

Germany, 2007, Short Fiction
Director: Markus Dietrich

What happens if a family is treated like a company? And what happens if this company decides to fire one of their members?

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WHAT WOULD THE DROP KNOW ABOUT THAT?
Germany, 2007, Short Documentary
Director: Jan Zabeil

The Reichstag in Berlin, the most influential building in Germany, is the subject of this short stylised documentary.

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THE GREAT BORDER BATTLE

Germany, 2006, Short Documentary
Director: Katarzyna Klimkiewicz & Andrew Friedman

An entertaining insight into German customs and political practices – a portrait of what is possibly the most unconventional demonstration to take place on the former east-west border of Berlin.

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APPLE ON A TREE
Germany, 2006, Music Video
Director: Astrid Rieger

He’s an apple on a tree, happily hanging among other apples, but he really wants to find out what it’s like to be a man.

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FARE DODGER
Germany, 1993, Short Fiction
Director: Pepe Danquart

A black man sits down next to an elderly woman on the tram, and she launches into a swearing tirade against foreigners.

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BERLIN BLUE
Germany, 1986, Experimental Short
Director: Hartmut Jahn

The Berlin Wall as a surface reflecting art, activism, history and visions. A playful portrait.

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SQUARE? BLACK-TIE OR BEAT IT!

Germany, 2004, Experimental Short
Director: Stephan Flint Müller

Acrobatics with 10-ton-hats, farting posters, and experiments with camera perspectives.

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TABLE OF FREE VOICES*

Germany, 2006, Extended trailer

On September 9, 2006, over 100 social visionaries from over 50 countries responded on-camera to 100 crucial questions.

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G8 SUMMER CAMP*
Germany, 2007, Experimental Multimedia

An experiment in alternative multi-media: a group of 75 mediamakers and artists on the trail of the stories and questions, the culture and counterculture of the G8 Summit

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SHADOWS OF BERLIN*
Germany, 2007, Short Documentary

What hides behind Berlin's bright new facade? Which uncomfortable questions remain unasked?

*Dropping Knowledge Retospective (www.droppingknowledge.org) - A portrait of a phenomenally innovative vision and organization shown through films it produced during three recent projects in Berlin and Rostock.

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THE BIG SELLOUT
Germany, 2006, 88 min, Documentary
Director: Florian Opitz

31.05.2008, 13:00, Cinema Riga

Within The German Cultural Month In Latvia
With support of Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

A British Train Driver, a Philippine Mother, a South African activist and the citizens of a Bolivian city – they’ve come to realise what privatisation means and they are fighting against it. Privatization – for Minda in Manila, Bongani in Soweto and Simon in Brighton, it is a more than an abstract notion. It is the life-threatening reality they deal with every day. In this episodic documentary, Florian Opitz examines the consequences of privatization – often forced by institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund – on real individuals in various parts of the world.

“The Big Sellout” is the compelling portrayal of a complex subject. It brings home the conflicting message of privatization through the gripping portrayal of human beings around the world directly affected by these often inhuman and misguided efforts to boost economic growth.

www.dergrosseausverkauf.de; www.thebigsellout.org

Florian Opitz is a freelance documentary filmmaker, author and journalist. He was born in Saarbruecken, Germany 1973. Florian studied history, psychology and English at the universities of Cologne and Heidelberg and graduated as M.A. Since 1998 Florian has been working as a freelance filmmaker and journalist for several European TV stations, amongst others for ARD, ARTE and ZDF. Florian so far has made several political documentaries, mainly about globalisation related subjects, and historical documentaries, next to films about Jack Kerouac, Charles de Gaulle, Naomi Klein, the history of the skinhead-movement and several more. Since 2000 he is working on a doctor’s thesis in German History. Florian has been teaching documentary film classes in different German universities.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with Florian Opitz about the urge and urgency to make politically-charged documentary films.

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INTERACTIVE FILM SCREENING / PERFORMANCE
With Christopher Hales (UK)

28.05.2008, 17:00, Cinema Rīga

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An unusual and entertaining one-hour "live" screening of several specially designed "interactive movies" with which the whole audience become involved by interacting in varied ways such as shouting or passing around a bright light. The films have been created by Chris Hales, an internationally recognised expert in the field of interactive cinema. The performance is entertaining and interesting, and although it will take place in English it should still be enjoyable to all. The event will also include a short educational presentation which will include an extract of the world's first interactive film 'Kinoautomat' which was created in Czechoslovakia in 1967.

Christopher Hales – specialist in exploring the 'interactive moving image', as practitioner, educator and researcher. His PhD "Rethinking the Interactive Movie" was successfully completed in October 2006. Currently based in the 'SMARTlab' centre of the University of East London as a Post Doctoral Research Fellow. His cdroms have been selected at numerous film/multimedia festivals, and his touch-screen installation (showing a dozen or more of his interactive films) has been presented in Seoul, Helsinki, Warsaw, Nagoya, San Francisco and Sydney. Recent projects include 'Cause and Effect' and an AHRB-funded research project in Prague to rediscover the "Kinoautomat" from 1967 - the world's first interactive movie.

www.kinoautomat.org; www.causeandeffect.tk

*FILM IS DEAD.
PLEASE OMIT FLOWERS.



PHILIPPINE EXPERIMENTAL FILM PROGRAMME
Director: KHAVN De La Cruz

27.05.2008, 21:00, Cinema K.Suns

KHAVN de la Cruz (1973) is a Philippian filmmaker, writer, and musician living in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines. As a film director, Khavn has made 16 features and more than 60 short films, several of which have won prizes in the Philippines, Tokyo, Spain, Canada, Germany, Brazil, & Italy. Retrospectives of his features and shorts have been presented in many festivals and international film related events all around the world. Since 2002, Khavn has been the festival director of the .MOV International Digital Film Festival, the first digital film festival in the Philippines. Khavn is a founding member of the Philippine Independent Filmmakers Multi-Purpose Cooperative (Indie Coop), an alliance of film professionals from all parts of the Philippines. With his independent digital film company Filmless Films, Khavn produces independent artfilms. He is the author of a Manifesto for a Filmless Philippines “Film is dead. Please omit flowers.” During 2ANNAS festival a selection of Khavn’s short films will be presented.

www.khavndelacruz.com

Digital Dekalogo
A Manifesto for a Filmless Philippines


Film is dead. It is dead as long as the economy is dead, when public taste and creativity are dead, when the imagination of multi-national movie companies is dead. At millions of pesos per film production, there is not going to be a lot of happy days for the genuine filmmaker, the true artist who wants to make movies, not brainless displays of breasts and gunfire.
But technology has freed us. Digital film, with its qualities of mobility, flexibility, intimacy, and accessibility, is the apt medium for a Third World Country like the Philippines. Ironically, the digital revolution has reduced the emphasis on technology and has reasserted the centrality of the filmmaker, the importance of the human condition over visual junk food.

Film is dead. Please omit flowers.
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Economics: A minute of celluloid film including processing costs around P1500. A minute of digital film costs around P3. Do the math. A galaxy of difference.
II.

The only way to make a film is to shoot it. Shoot when you can. Do not delay. If you can finish everything in a day, why not? Sloth is the enemy of the Muse. The shadow filmmaker has now run out of excuses.
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Your digital camera will not turn you into an instant Von Trier, Figgis, or Soderbergh.Your attitude towards filmmaking should be that of an amateur: half-serious, playful, light, not heavy, thus without baggage. There are no mistakes. The important thing is you learn.
III.
Utilize all elements within your resources. If you have a knack for music, score your own soundtrack. If you have writing skills, craft your own screenplay. If you have money, invest in gear. If you have none of the above, make sure you have good friends.
IV.
Work within a minimized budget, cast, crew, location, and shooting schedule. Artificial lighting is not a necessity. The story is king. Everything else follows.
V.
Work with what you have. Release the bricoleur within.You are not a studio. Accept your present condition. Start here.
VI.
Forget celebrities. Fuck the star system. Work only with those who are willing to work with you, and those who are dedicated to the craft. Avoid pretentious hangers-on with hidden agendas. Use a lie detector if needed.
VIII.
Work with humble, patient, passionate, and courageously creative people. Ignore people who are the opposite.
XI.
If you are alone, do not worry. Digital technology has reduced the crew into an option, rather than a must. Making a film by yourself is now possible. The past is dead. Those who do not change will die.
X.
Create first, criticize later. Take care of the quantity. God will take care of the quality - that is, assuming you do believe in God. A filmmaker makes films, period.

In the name of the revolution,
Khavn

PREMIERE OF THE DOCUMENTARY FILM „DAMBIS

06.06, 21:00, Club DEPO

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DAMBIS
Latvia, 2008, 27.50

Director: Gunita Trikuma
Director of photography: Gatis Gajevskis
Script: Gunita Trikuma, Mārtiņš Lazdāns
Producer: Gunita Trikuma

Latvian underground artist Raimonds Lagimovs or Dambis (Dam) portrait – thoughts about past and present. Included video materials from personal archives of musician. After movie – concert of Finnish punk group STRANDED

Ticket info: www.klubsdepo.lv