Fate of Alien Modes, Secession
every Tuesday / Thursday / Saturday
Chantal Akerman, Hôtel Monterey (B/USA 1972, color, silent, 65min)
In Akerman’s first full length feature film, the camera becomes an “actor” moving in long shots and extended camera pans through the empty rooms of the New Yorker hotel of the same name—simultaneously a study of architecture and of a mental space.
Babette Mangolte, The Camera: Je or La Caméra: I (USA 1977, b/w and color, sound, 88min)
Mangolte, who photographed Akerman’s Hôtel Monterey, reflects in this film on her experience as camerawoman and the process of image production: “The film is literally the film camera.” (B.M.).
Elisabeth Subrin, Shulie (USA 1997, b/w and color, sound, 36min)
As a filmic “doppelganger” of an existing documentary film about the feminist Shulamit Firestone from 1967, Shulie investigates questions of sex, race and class in the 60’s and today.
Harun Farocki/Ingemo Engström, Erzählen (D 1975, b/w, sound, 58min)
Erzählen sketches the autobiographical situation of the authors, which is marked by the search for possibilities for an interdisciplinary praxis. Part of the experimental narrative structures are the “appearances” of various people, which are interwoven like “letters” in the simultaneously real and fictive diary.
Noël Burch/André S. Labarthe, Rome is Burning / Portrait of Shirley Clarke (F 1996, b/w, sound, 55min)
An interview with the filmmaker Shirley Clarke takes place in January 1968 in New York. Among the interviewers and guests, one recognizes Noël Burch, Jacques Rivette, Jean-Jacques Lebel, Yoko Ono. The camera wanders from hand to hand, thus showing the work as a “mise-en-abyme” of cinema itself.
Isaac Julien, Looking for Langston (GB 1989, b/w, sound, 40min)
The film is an homage to the homosexual black poet Langston Hughes, dealing with the theme of the twofold outsider and presenting the “Harlem Renaissance” as a heyday of homoeroticism between blacks and whites.
every Wednesday / Friday / Sunday
Malcolm Le Grice, Blackbird Descending (GB 1977, color, sound, 110min)
Blackbird Descending investigates experiences of different phenomena, using the techniques of repetition and shifting to transform the banality of everyday life into a mysterious drama of potentially possible occurrences.
Jean-Marie Straub/Danièle Huillet, History Lessons (I/D 1972, color, sound, 85min)
The film is based on the unfinished work “The Business of Mr. Julius Caesar” and tells of the relationships between economy and democracy, capitalism and imperialism.
Michael Snow, Rameau’s Nephew (CAN 1974, color, sound, 285min)
Michael Snow’s treatment of Diderot’s dialectical masterpiece places the subjectivity of language at the center of the discussion. “To me it’s a true ‘talking picture’ “, writes Snow. The film builds on the smallest units of film (frame) and language (syllable).