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March 2

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP)

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THURSDAY, MARCH 2   l   FRIDAY, MARCH 3   l   MONDAY, MARCH 6


Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall

All Day Screenings

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center announces its third annual Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP). The film festival will take place all day on Thursday, March 2, Friday, March 3, and Monday, March 6 at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, located at The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals.

The program includes a roster of more than 40 features, shorts, documentaries, advance screenings, and meet-the-artist Q&A sessions.

The FTP 2017 is co-curated by Festival Founder Frank Hentschker (Executive Director and Director of Programming at MESTC), Antje Oegel (AO International), and Nina Segal (Playwright and Producer).

Festival Founding Producer: Joy Sarah Arab
Festival Dramaturg: Soriya K. Chum
Assistant to Curators: Jenny Tibbels

Film Festival Schedule At A Glance

Thursday, March 2

[Loop] Antonio Rezza – Flavia MastrellaMilano, Via Padova Italy | 70 Minutes
11:00am Georg Genoux, Liza Smith & Natal’ya VorozhbytMy Mykolaevka Ukraine | 95 minutes
12:30pm Janez JanšaMy Name is Janez Janša Slovenia | 68 minutes
12:40pm Michael LesaacA Snake Gives Birth to a Snake [Global Arts Corps] USA/South Africa | 100 minutes
1:45pm András SalamonNational Documentary [National Theatre of Hungary] Hungary | 90 minutes
2:30pm Guy DavidiMixed Feelings Israel | 77 minutes
3:20pm Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana BleyInflamável Brazil | 10 minutes
3:30pm Tadeu Jungle – EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus Brazil | 90 minutes
3:40pm Milo RauThe Moscow Trials Germany | 90 minutes
5:05pm Sahar AssafAl Khandaq Lebanon | 65 minutes
5:15pm René PolleschBad Decisions Germany | 95 minutes
6:15pm Marielle NitoslawskaBreaking the Frame Canada| 100 minutes
7:15pm 3-Legged Dog Media and Theater GroupHuang Yi & Kuka New York/Taiwan | 30 minutes [excerpt]
8:00pm Rimini ProtokollHome Visit Europe + Remote X Germany | 100 minutes
8:15pm Koji FukadaSayonara Japan | 102 minutes

Friday, March 3

[Loop] Chloé Déchery & Chris EleyWhat Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? France | 18 Minutes
12:30pm Jan Lauwers & NeedcompanyGoldfish Game Belgium | 105 minutes
1:00pm Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach NicholsFlex is Kings USA| 83 minutes
2:30pm Frédéric NauczycielHouse of HMU Series France| 22 minutes
2:30pm Popo FanThe VaChina Monologues China | 28 minutes
3:00pm Wim Vandekeybus Blush [Ultima Vez] Belgium | 52 minutes
3:00pm Nadia Ranocchi & David ZamagniAll Inclusive vs. Joule Italy | 65 minutes + 22 minutes
4:00pm Aneta PanekAlchemy of Punk Germany | 15 minutes
4:15pm  Aurélia Thiérrée – Untitled USA  | 5 minutes
4:30pm Jason ZeldesRomeo is Bleeding USA | 95 minutes
4:30pm Brigitte PoupartOver My Dead Body Canada| 80 minutes
6:00pm Michelle Memran – (work-in-progress) The Rest I Make Up: María Irene Fornés USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Nature Theatre of OklahomaLife & Times, Episode 7 USA | 135 minutes
7:00pm Arran ShearingForgotten Man UK/Canada | 84 minutes
9:00pm The Segal CenterPrelude Festival USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]

Monday, March 6

[Loop] The Living TheatreKnow Your Rites Tour 2016 USA | 40 minutes
11:00am Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoBook of Clarence USA | 100 minutes
1:00pm Zachary OberzanFlooding with Love for The Kid USA | 107 minutes
3:00pm Robert LepageThe Image Mill Revealed Canada | 60 minutes
4:00pm Sean Edward LewisStorefront USA | 15 minutes
4:30pm Temporary DistortionThis Empty Room USA | 15 minutes
4:45pm A Two Dogs Company/ Kris VerdonckPresyncope [A Two Dogs Company] Belgium | 15 minutes
5:00pm Brian Rogers – (work-in-progress) Screamers [The Chocolate Factory Theater] USA | 30 minutes [excerpt]
6:00pm Andrew SchneiderActing Stranger USA | 20 minutes
6:30pm Lee Breuer & Eric MarcianoLa Divina Caricatura USA | 20 minutes [excerpt]
7:30pm Penny Arcade, Claire Moodey, Steve ZehentnerRichard Foreman Biography USA | 30 minutes

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre + Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

Flavia Mastrella & Antonio Rezza – Milano, Via Padova

Photo by Ivan Talarico

[On Loop All Day]
Flavia Mastrella & Antonio Rezza – Milano, Via Padova (Italy, 2016)
70 minutes | Segal Lobby
Italian with English subtitles

The film tells of racism and intolerance through song that shows the sweetness of a forgotten rhythm. The unusual reality performative reaches peaks when the personal and social problems are intertwined.

Photo by Giulio Mazzi

 Flavia Mastrella and Antonio Rezza deal with communicative arts. Their film Escoriandoli was presented at Venice Film Festival in 1996 and Il passato è il mio bastone in 2008; In 2006, their short film Il Piantone was shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Shanghai. In the same year they made installations and performances at Bologna’s GAM gallery. They have won the Hystrio Prize, the Ubu Prize, and the Napoli Prize. In 2014, published by Il Saggiatore book “Clamori al vento”. In 2016 they present Pitecus at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York.

 

Date: March 2
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natalia Vorozhbyt – My Mykolaeva

Photo by Khrystyna Lizogub

11:00am – 12:40pm
Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natalia Vorozhbyt – My Mykolaeva (Ukraine, 2016)
95 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Ukranian with English subtitles
www.displacedtheatre.com

Nikolaevka’s School 3 in Donetsk Region was partially bombed during the military operations of summer 2014. The school became a place full of deconstructed souls and unspoken pain. The film is based on a documentary performance by Natalia Vorozhbyt and Georg Genoux with students of this school. Their work has since grown into a full production featuring original autobiographical texts written by children in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades which they perform themselves. They each address how their lives have been affected by the war. These are children who hid in basements while bombs exploded around them, students who had to bury friends and loved ones, people who were ready to give up. This film testifies to these students’ remarkable resilience and depicts only a small portion of their incredible strength. The stories they tell need to be shared with others in order to justify the students’ own experience of trust and belief – these are people who truly want to be heard.

Photo courtesy of the artist

Georg Genoux, Liza Smith, and Natalia Vorozhbyt
With the means of theatre, Theatre of Displaced People helps internally displaced people to start a new normal life on a new place. Refugees from Donbass, volunteers, and military personnel returning from active warfare – these are the heroes of the productions. The work features only real people and true stories about things that have actually happened in their lives. The project was conceived in August 2015 and by December 2015 was already named theatre project of the year by Ukrainian theatrical critics. The plays have toured extensively throughout Ukraine including performances at GOGOLfest in Kyiv and the DONKULT forum in Lviv. Now the team is working on the project Children and War – creating three performances on Donbass, in the towns near the frontline.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

FTP: Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša – My Name is Janez Janša

Photo by Miha Fras

12:30pm – 1:45pm
Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša – My Name is Janez Janša (Slovenia, 2014)
68 minutes | Segal Theatre
Slovene with English subtitles
www.janezjansa.si

My Name is Janez Janša is a documentary film about names and nam

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
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March 2

FTP: Michael Lessac – A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake

Photo courtesy of the artists

12:40pm – 2:30pm
Michael Lessac – A Snake Gives Birth To A Snake (USA/South Africa, 2014)
101 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Afrikaans, Albanian, Bosnian, English, Xhosa, Zulu, Albanian, Serbian
with English subtitles
www.globalartscorps.org

A diverse group of South African actors tours the war-torn regions of Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and the former Yugoslavia to share their country’s experiment with reconciliation. As they ignite a dialogue among people with raw memories of atrocity, the actors find they must once again confront their homeland’s violent past, and question their own capacity for healing and forgiveness. Featuring never-before-heard original music by jazz legend Hugh Masekela.

Global Arts Corps (Michael Lessac, Artistic Director) is an international community of professional artists who use theatre as a catalyst for dialogue, as a way to shift perspectives, and as a means through which to bring about understanding, tolerance, and empathy.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
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March 2

FTP: András Salamon – National Documentary

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1:45pm – 3:20pm
András Salamon – National Documentary (Hungary, 2013)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre
Hungarian with English subtitles
https://www.facebook.com/nemzetidokumentumfilm/

National Documentary tells the story of the last few months of the Hungarian National Theatre’s ensemble led by Róbert Alföldi. The film focuses on the extraordinary artistic level of the ensemble work–acclaimed by critics both at home and abroad, and loved by the theatre-going public. In an earnest attempt to make the piece as close and personal as possible, the director and crew practically moved into the theatre for the duration of the project, and lived, laughed and cried with the actors, directors, and staff as they took their work to the stage for the last time in this formation. Róbert Alföldi’s forced departure from his post created a public uproar in all cultural circles of Hungary, whose representatives speak openly about their reaction to Alföldi’s removal.

Photo by Gábor Mezel

András Salamon graduated in 1982 from the Cameraman Department of the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest. He also completed the master’s degree programme in Film Studies at ELTE. András Salamon has been working as a writer, director, cameraman in fiction, documentaries and television series. He is assistant professor at the Film Studies Department of the Institute for Art Theory and Media Studies, ELTE BTK. He is also a lecturer at the University of Theatre and Film Arts and at the Art Program of The University of The Applied Sciences, Budapest, where he works as the head of the ‘Motion Picture Artist’ MA programme. He is the founder of the First Roma Film School, and he has also established GTC (Go To Casting), the first Screen Actors School in Hungary.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Guy Davidi – Mixed Feelings

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2:30pm – 3:40pm
Guy Davidi  – Mixed Feelings (Israel, 2016)
77 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Hebrew with English subtitles

Mixed Feelings is an inspiring story about cultural resistance of Israeli director and teacher, Amir Orian, a once successful actor that left his blooming career to create an alternative theater in his own apartment. This documentary tries to create space for artistic expression and the discussion of alternative points of view in a country troubled by destructive nationalistic forces. When Israel attacks Gaza, he can’t withhold objections to the war, while his students show resistance to the discussion. Performing onstage, their deep emotions are revealed, yet their defiance threatens the existence of the theatre.

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Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi has been directing, shooting, and editing since the age of sixteen. His short films include titles such as In Working Progress (2006), Women Defying Barriers (2009) and High Hopes (2014), which features music by Pink Floyd.  His second feature 5 Broken Cameras (2012) was directed with Palestinian co-director Emad Burnat. It was nominated for the 2013 Oscar in the Best Documentary section and won the 2013 International Emmy Award for Best Documentary. Davidi won the prize for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Audience and Jury awards at IDFA in Amsterdam and the Best Documentary in Cinema Eye Honors. His third feature length film Mixed Feelings (2016) won the Best Documentary Award, Epos Film Festival (Tel Aviv).

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley – Inflamável

Photo by Mariana Bley

3:20pm – 3:30pm
Rodrigo Abreu & Mariana Bley – Inflamável (Brazil, 2014)
10 minutes | Segal Theatre
Portugese with English subtitles
www.abreurodrigo.tumblr.com

Inflamável (literal translation: flammable) is an artistic and performative ritual. It relates to the religious syncretism that shapes Brazilian culture, that mixes symbols and rituals from african religions – such as candomblé and umbanda – indigenous shamanism and Catholicism. It’s a praise to the fire, in which words, desires, concerns, inquietudes and every feeling that demands transformation is burned. The filmed performance possesses a documentary quality as it portrays public protests and a country in crisis.

Photo courtesy of the artists

Rodrigo Abreu is a Brazilian artist researcher who develops works of urban art as political, social, affective, and spiritual engagements. His ritual art acts as a channel for the transformation of the human being. Abreu develops works as an actor, performer and art director.

Mariana Bley is a Brazilian artist. She graduated in History at UFSC and in Cinematography at the Cinema School Darcy Ribeiro. Her works develop on the threshold between the cinema, the visual arts, and performance. As director, cinematographer, and editor, she has made several award-winning short and feature films shown at festivals worldwide.

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March 2

FTP: Tadeau Jungle – EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus

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3:30pm – 5:00pm
Tadeau Jungle EVOÉ – Portrait of an Anthropophagus (Brazil, 2011)
90 minutes | Segal Theatre
Portugese with English Subtitles
www.tadeujungle.com.br

A film like a labyrinth, created from recent interviews and historical images about the career of director, actor, and playwright Zé Celso, of the Oficina Theater–one of the greatest artistic personalities in the history of Brazil.

Set in an unspecific time and without didactic lessons, the film is a powerful flow of images and sounds that leave the spectator in a state of constant attention, ending in a state of grace.

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Brazilian Film, TV and Virtual Reality director and screenwriter, Tadeu Jungle has created and directed one feature length fiction film, two documentaries, several video art projects, and many successful TV shows. He is a partner of the film production company Academia de Filmes where he directed more than 500 commercials. His recently published book, Videophotopoetry portrays his thirty years of artistic activities. River of Mud is his most recent film, a short documentary in Virtual Reality that shows what is left in a small village after the worst environmental disaster in Brazil. Tadeu Jungle writes for newspapers and magazines about video and television.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Milo Rau – The Moscow Trials

Photo by IIPM / Maxim Lee

3:40pm – 5:15pm
Milo RauThe Moscow Trials (Germany/Russia, 2014)
90 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
German/Russian with English subtitles
http://international-institute.de

The project The Moscow Trials attempts to inject urgency into rigid circumstances  of contemporary Russian society through the form of political theatre. In the Sakharov Center–a museum and cultural center in Moscow devoted to protection of human rights in Russia and preserving the legacy of the prominent physicist and Nobel Prize winning human rights activist Andrei Sakharov–a court is being set up. A three-day trial show provides the stage for Russia’s cultural war. There are no actors onstage. The performers are the protagonists of real, political life: professional lawyers, a constitutional judge, witnesses, and experts of all political shades. A randomly selected lay court, made up of six Moscow residents, will reach a verdict after three days. For or against the artists; for or against Putin. A Fruitmarket Arts & Media production in co-production with IIPM–International Institute of Political Murder. Festival of German Film–Special Jury Award 2014.

Photo courtesy of Daniel Seiffert

Swiss director and author Milo Rau studied literature, sociology,  German,  and Romance languages  in  Paris,  Berlin, and  Zurich  under Pierre Bourdieu, Tzvetan Todorov, among others. Milo Rau’s productions have appeared at all of the major international festivals, including Berlin Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon, Venice Biennale Teatro, Wiener Festwochen and the Brussels Kunstenfestival, and have toured more than thirty countries worldwide. Rau has received many honours, most recently the 2017 Saarbrucken Poetry Lectureship for Drama and, in 2016, the prestigious World Theatre Day ITI  Prize, of which he is the youngest winner. In 2016, Five Easy Pieces became the first non-Belgian production to be selected for the Belgian Theatre Critics’ Special Jury Award.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Sahar Assaf – Al Khandaq

Photo by Zyad Ceblany

5:05pm – 6:15pm
Sahar Assaf – Al Khandaq (Lebanon, 2011)
65 minutes | Segal Theatre
Arabic with English subtitles

Over 4 days in May 2014, audience members took the bus from American University of Beirut for an architectural walking tour in Khandaq Al Ghamiq, which is a 5-minute walking distance from renovated downtown Beirut.  Upon arrival, two guides met them at the entrance and divided them into groups of 15. As the groups set off to explore the diversity of this ancient and forgotten metropolis, the guides warned them, “When you’re stepping back in history, watch your step!”

Photo by Rayan Ghannam

Sahar Assaf is an actor, director, and an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the American University of Beirut.  She recently co-translated, co-directed and starred in Shakespeare’s King Lear at Al Madina Theater in Beirut, the first production of Shakespeare in colloquial Lebanese. Recent credits as a director include Ab: Beit Byout (an adaption of Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County), Wannous’s The Rape and Rituals of Signs and Transformations, and Issam Mahfouz’s The Dictator. Sahar Assaf recently actied in Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s An Arab Woman Speaks produced by The Faction at New Diorama Theater in London and in Ab: Beit Byout, Babel Theatre, Beirut. Sahar is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: René Pollesch – Bad Decisions

Photo by William Minke

5:15pm – 7:15pm
René Pollesch Bad Decisions (Germany, 2016)
95 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
German with English subtitles
www.volksbuehne-berlin.de

I can’t do anything anymore. I’m not upset either. The most I can do is to try to make someone upset. I don’t know who. You are also not upset enough for me. I was recently invited to dinner by someone who always smashes his plates. He always smashes his plates and so he had no more dishes there. And I asked him, “Why don’t you have any  more dishes?” And he said “Oh, you just have to know how to help yourself.” So he smashes the plates himself, so I guess he must know how to help himself. I have no idea what he does then. He eats off the floor, he borrows plates from his neighbors, no idea. He simply could have plates. I have plates. I eat from my plates.

Photo by William Minke

René Pollesch (born in 1962) is an author and director who writes and stages his own plays. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director of the Prater at Volksbühne Berlin. Since then, he has been directing at Volksbühne as well as at major theatres in Hamburg, Vienna, Zuerich, Munich, and Stuttgart. Furthermore, he has worked on his texts with acting companies in Santiago de Chile, Stockholm, Tokyo, and Warsaw. In 2001 and 2006, Pollesch received the Dramatist Prize of the town of Mülheim and in 2007 the Viennese Nestroy Prize. In 2012, René Pollesch was awarded the Else Lasker-Schüler prize for dramatists and playwrights.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

FTP: Marielle Nitoslawska – Breaking the Frame

6:15pm – 8:00pm
Marielle Nitoslawska – Breaking the Frame (Canada, 2012)
100 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.vdb.org

Marielle Nitoslawska’s Breaking the Frame is a feature–length profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann. A pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades by challenging the taboos leveled against the female body. Breaking the Frame is a kinetic, hyper-cinematic intervention, a critical medita-tion on the intimate correlations animating art and life.

Images copyright of the artist, courtesy of Video

Marielle Nitoslawska, born in Canada, is a filmmaker, cinematographer and film professor who lives and works in Montréal. She received her B.F.A. in Studio Arts and Art History from Concordia University, Montreal and an M.F.A., magna cum laude in Cinematography from the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She remained in Poland for a decade, working as a filmmaker during the social and cultural upheavals that led to the fall of that country’s communist government. There, she shot numerous exploratory ethnographic films in 35mm and actively participated in the underground media arts movement in Lodz, with friends and mentors from the Workshop of Film Form.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
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March 2

FTP: 3-Legged Dog – Huan Yi & Kuka

Photo © Huang Yi Studio

7:15pm – 8:15pm
3-Legged Dog – Huan Yi & Kuka (New York / Taiwan, 2016)
30 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English & Chinese
http://www.3ld.org
www.3leggeddog.org/huanhikuka

Huang Yi & Kuka is a film shot in 2D and 3D that attempts to capture the unique performance and relationship between choreographer, media artist and dancer Huang Yi and an eight foot tall Kuka industrial robot. Filmed over eight days with twelve cameras, 3LD attempted to capture the film inside out and directed, produced, and edited the film as part of 3LD’s cross platform production program 3LD/3D+.

*Followed by a brief discussion with Kevin Cunningham.

 3-Legged Dog exists to produce new, original works in theatre, performance, dance, media and hybrid forms. 3LD’s mission is to explore narrative possibilities created by digital technology; to foster self-expression and skill in artists through training initiatives; and to provide an open environment free of censorship for our artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines.

From their home, 3LD Art & Technology Center in Lower Manhattan, 3-Legged Dog has built an unrivaled talent magnet, drawing artists from throughout our urban community and around the globe to create large-scale, immersive and technology-driven art projects in New York City.

 

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 2

FTP: Rimini Protokoll/ Expander Film Berlin – Home Visit Europe + Romote X

Photos © Expander Film Berlin

8:00pm – 9:40pm
Rimini Protokoll/ Expander Film Berlin – Home Visit Europe + Romote X (Germany, 2015)
48 minutes + 48 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
www.homevisiteurope.org

Home Visit Europe by Rimini Protokoll features four home visits in four different cities: Brussels, Lisbon, Prague and Copenhagen. The documentary accompanies the small group of guests gathering together at private homes throughout Europe, experiencing cultural exchanges with strangers in improvised situations. Audiences play a game where they talk about the ever-changing ideas of what defines a country.

In Remote X a synthetic voice directs the movements of a group of people wearing headphones, swarming out into the real city. Binaural recordings and film scores turn the cityscape into a personal film; Artificial Intelligence explores unknown territories, mustering human activity from a remote perspective. And yet the voice sounds ever more human, while in the eyes of passers-by the remotely controlled horde starts to look like a kind of alien entity.

 

Photo by David von Becker

Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, and Daniel Wetzel studied at the Institut for Applied Theatre Studies in Giessen and work together (in various combinations) under the name of Rimini Protokoll. They are recognized as being among the leaders and creators of the theatre movement known as “Reality Trend” (Theater der Zeit), which has exerted a powerful influence on the alternative theatre scene. Each project begins with a concrete situation in a specific place and is then developed through an intense exploratory process. They have attracted international attention with their dramatic works, which take place in that colourful zone between reality and fiction. Since 2000, Rimini Protokoll has brought its “Theatre of Experts” to the stage and into city spaces, interpreted by non-professional actors who are called “experts” for that very reason.
www.rimini-protokoll.de

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 2

FTP: Koji Fukada – Sayonara

Photo © 2015 Sayonara Production

8:15pm – 9:55pm
Koji Fukada – Sayonara (Japan, 2015)
102 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Japanese with English subtitles
sayonara-movie.com

It is the near future, Japan has become contaminated with massive amounts of radiation. With 80% of Japan severely contaminated, the government officially decides to abandon the country and the government begins evacuating residents by lots. Left behind in the swelling exodus is a South African refugee, Tanya, and her android caretaker, Leona. As people pass them by, the two are left alone together to contemplate life and death, and the distinction between robot and human.

Based on the play Sayonara II by Oriza Hirata.

 

Photo © 2015 Sayonara Production

Director, Koji Fukada has already earned global attention as budding film writer and director. His list of achievements include: Best Film in the Japanese Eyes Section of the 2010 Tokyo International Film Festival and NETPAC Award at the 2011 Pucheon International Fantastic Film Festival for his 2010 film Hospitalité; the Audience Award and Golden Montgolfiere (Jury Award) at the 2013 Nantes Three Continents Festival for Au revoir l’été , and Best Director Award at the 2013 Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival for the same film.

Start: Mar 2, 2017
End: Mar 2, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley – What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light?

Photo by Chris Eley

On Loop All Day
Chloé Déchery & Chris Eley – What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? (France, 2016)
18 minutes | Segal Lobby
French with English subtitles

What Do You See When You Turn Out The Light? is an essay film that weaves in images of the creative process of French theatre-maker Philippe Quesne and a wider reflection on the topics of light and darkness. Combining images from the rehearsal process and from the workshop where the set and costumes are being made with archival images, this short non-narrative documentary offers a creative response to the process of theatre-making and asks what it is that we look at when we sit in the dark together.

 

Photo by Chris Eley

Chris Eley is an Australian documentary film-maker who has worked for Australian and British TV for the last 15 years. Chris Eley is a BAFTA winner (Producer, “Chosen” Best single Documentary 2009) and BAFTA Nominee (Series, “15,000 and Counting Factual Series” 2015). His interest areas include observational documentary and creative documentation.

Chloé Déchery is a performance artist, writer and theorist who works at the cross-road between performance, experimental theatre and critical writing. Her interests include co-authorship and the theatrical creative process; performativity and corporeality; collaboration and creative labour. For more information about her work, visit her website at www.chloedechery.com

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Jan Lauwers / Need Company – Goldfish Game

Photo © De Filmfabriek & Needcompany

Friday 3 | 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Jan Lauwers / Need Company – Goldfish Game (Belgium, 2002)
105 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
English
www.needcompany.org

Goldfish Game is a recognizable, contemporary moral fable that unfolds with the fatal inevitability of a Greek tragedy. It tells the story of a small community that disintegrates violently. The events take place in a blissful country house which over the years has become a meeting place for a group of intimate friends. But it becomes clear that this small world can only exist by the grace of various secrets, great ones and small ones.

At the Slamdance Film Festival (2004), Goldfish Game was awarded the ‘Grand Jury Honour for Best Ensemble Cast.’

Photo © Maarten Vanden Abeele

Jan Lauwers (Antwerp, 1957) is an artist who works in just about every medium. Over the last thirty years, he has become best known for his pioneering work for the stage with Needcompany, which was founded in Brussels in 1986. Over the years he has also built up a substantial body of art work which was shown in an exhibition at BOZAR (Brussels), McaM (Shanghai) among others. Jan Lauwers was awarded with the ‘Decoration of Honour in Gold for Services to the Republic Austria’ (2012). In 2014, he was rewarded with the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at the Venice Biennale.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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March 3

FTP: Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is King

Photo © 2017 Flex is Kings

1:00pm – 2:30pm
Deidre Schoo & Michael Beach Nichols – Flex is King (US, 2013)
83 minutes | Segal Theatre
English
streetdancebrooklyn.com

Flex Is Kings takes place in the Brooklyn neighborhood of East New York, where high crime rates and diminished opportunities have left the young men growing into adulthood few choices and fewer resources, pushing so many to lives dependent on crime and gangs. Yet there is a large and growing group resisting the notion that their prospects are limited to a powerless existence.

“Flex” is the name of the dance style – it involves dance battle competitions that are at once flights of fancy as well as poetic evocations of the streets – gun battles, romantic interludes, run-ins with authorities. The film is structured around a season of Battlefest, the central organizing event of the Flex movement, and focuses on some of the community’s key personalities.

 

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Deidre Schoo is a photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. She is director, producer and cinematographer on Flex is Kings, represented by Visit Films. In addition to her film work, she is a regular contributor to the New York Times. Deidre’s work has been recognized by various organizations and publications, including Photo District News and National Geographic.

 

 

Photos © 2017 Flex is Kings

Michael Beach Nichols is a Brooklyn-based documentary filmmaker. His first feature documentary, The Man Behind the Curtain, had its premiere at the Globians Doc Fest in Berlin. He serves as director, producer, cinematographer, and co-editor on Flex Is Kings, his second feature documentary.

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Segal Theatre
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March 3

FTP: Popo Fan – The VaChina Monologues

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2:30pm – 3:00pm
Popo FanThe VaChina Monologues (China, 2013)
28 minutes | Elebash Recital Hall
Chinese with English subtitles

The Chinese Department of Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou) staged the Chinese debut of The Vagina Monologues in Dec. 2003. Since then, this feminist play, which came from the US and has been committed to the elimination of gender-based violence, had incited a vagina hurricane that blew all over mainland China. Theatre groups at Zhihe Society of Fudan University, Shanghai Beaver Club, Beijing Bcome Group, performed this play in various stagings–on campuses, in theatres, in cafes, on the streets, and on public transportation. The Vagina Monologues received many Chinese names: Cloudy Vagina, Our Vaginas, OurSelves, and For Vagina’s Sake. All these names have the same so-called “ear-piercing” key word—VAGINA.

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FAN Popo graduated from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy is the author of the book Happy Together: Complete Record of a Hundred Queer Films, the first book published in mainland China on queer films. His films featured topics such as same sex marriage (New Beijing, New Marriage), transgender (Be A Woman), and feminism (The VaChina Monologues). His trilogy Chinese Closet, Mama Rainbow, Papa Rainbow, focusing on LGBT families in China, had made strong impact on the Chinese society. Moreover, after Chinese authorities took down Mama Rainbow from the Internet after the film received one million viewership, Popo filed a lawsuit against the government and won the case, which was a landmark event in fighting against state censorship. His tireless working on LGBT visibility also includes serving as organizer for the Beijing Queer Film Festival, as well as founder of Queer University Video Training Camp.

 

Start: Mar 3, 2017
End: Mar 3, 2017
Venue: Elebash Recital Hall
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