Oberhausen Festival Screening and Exchange

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In short film, anything is possible: formally, content-wise, or aesthetically. Hard to pin down, extremely open – and for that reason endlenssly fascinating – short film remains an inexhaustible reservoir from which cinema, television, Internet and even the museum cull new visual languages. Founded in 1954, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is one of the oldest short film festivals in the world. In the course of more than five decades, the Festival has become one of the world’s most respected and major international platforms for short films, unique in the range of forms and genres it presents to the public, and particularly well known for its spotlight on experiments.
Meeting with the Festival Director (by invitation only)

The festival is looking for new, surprising and idiosyncratic short films for the competitions in its 59th edition. Traditionally the festival has been most interested in experiments works that challenge forms of narrative or documentary. You now have the golden opportunity to show and present your work to the festival director – Lars Henrik Gass!

Date & Time:         26/10/2012 (Fri) 2:30 – 5:30pm

Venue:                  M6058, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

*interested parties, please send your work preview, work description and your biography to ifva@hkac.org.hk

About Lars Henrik Gass

Lars Henrik Gass was born in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in 1965, studied Literary Studies, Theatre Studies and Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation on the French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras was published under the title ‘Das ortlose Kino. Über Marguerite Duras’ in 2001. In 1996/97 he was head of the European Institute of Documentary Film in Mülheim/Ruhr and editor of the series ‘Texts for the Documentary Cinema’ and of the ‘DOX – Documentary Film Quarterly’. He has served as the director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen since 1997. Author of numerous articles and essays on cinema, photography and cultural politics. Various lectureships in Film and Cultural Management. Co-editor of ‘Provokation der Wirklichkeit. Das Oberhausener Manifest und die Folgen’ (2012) and author of ‘Film und Kunst nach dem Kino’ (2012).

Screening and Discussion

Ranging from non-narrative, animation, avant-garde, experimental documentary and music video, the compilation of the latest award-winning works brings local audience a rare and refreshing cinematic experience. Following the screening, a dialogue between Lars Henrik Gass, the Festival Director of International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, and Dr Linda Lai (Associate Professor, School of Creative Media) will round out the day event.

Date & Time:         26/10/2012 (Fri) 7:00 – 9:00pm

Venue:            M6058, 6/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, City University of Hong Kong

Speaker:         Lars Henrik Gass

Host:               Dr Linda Lai (Associate Professor, School of Creative Media)

Free Admission. After-screening discussion will be conducted in English.

Seats to be served on first-come-first- served basis

64 min / Blu-Ray

Tic Tac / Josephine Ahnelt / Austria / 2011 / b/w / silent / 2’30”

(International Festival Premiere in the International Competition of the Festival 2012, (Honorable Mention)

Parkour is a sport in which the traceur / traceuse takes the fastest and most efficient way from A to a chosen B, overcoming any obstacles on the course. Tic Tac means: Pushing yourself off from an object to overcome an unstable or smaller one.

Jalan Jati (Teak Road) / Lucy Davis / Singapore / 2012 / color / In English and Malay with English subtitles / 23′

(Festival World Premiere in the International Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2012, Promotional Award of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen)

Part magic, part science, part eco-historical investigation, this animated film traces real and imagined journeys of a teak bed found in Singapore across SEAsia to the original tree, using DNA. A film about the memories of wood, trees and people.

Documentary III: Slot Machine / Wu Chang-Jung / Taiwan / 2010 / color / 3′

(German Festival Premiere in the International Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2012, Price of the Jury of the Ministry for Family, Children, Culture, Youth and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia)

A record of an important aspect of my work at the pigsty – the mating and breeding of pigs.

Shifted Horizon / Seoungho Cho / USA / 2009 / color / 6′

(Festival World Premiere in the International Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2010)

A landscape of mountainous islands, recorded from a wave-tossed boat, is infused with the bobbing motions of the camera. In an effort to override the ever-shifting horizon, Cho splits the image into bands, each showing different vantages on the scene: the bluish outline of the islands, interspersed with views of the water’s surface, golden sunlight.

Three Notes /Jeanette Gaussi / Germany / 2006 / color / 4’

(Festival World Premiere in the German Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2007, the Best Contribution to the German Competition, ex aequo)

Twenty pictures have remained as the only evidence of my early childhood’s home – evidence of an almost forgotten home. When I look at these images I have the feeling that they are not part of my life, as if they belonged to someone else…

Poesie des Zufalls (Poetry of Chance) / Daniel Lang / Germany / 2012 / color / In German with English subtitles / 14′

(Festival World Premiere in the German Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2012)

What happened? Why did he disappear? And where? And who is Carl anyway? A reconstruction of a life told from 13 point of views. A confrontation with a personal tragedy.

Zmitzt drin (Right in the Middle) / Cécile Brun / Switzerland / 2011/ Color / In German with English subtitles / 5′

(German Festival Premiere in the International Competition of the Oberhausen Festival 2012)

A place where mountain tops merge with clouds. And enclosed in a void between past and future: the so-called present. My thoughts are gradually set free and follow their own path towards the clouds. Where does that leave me? Hiking up the mountains into unknown abysses.

Fratzengulasch / Katharina Duve, Timo Schierhorn / Germany / 2011 / Color / 5’30”

(German Festival Premiere in the MuVi Award Oberhausen 2012, the 2nd Prize of the MuVi Award and the MuVi Online Audience Award)

Music video for „Die Vögel“


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