From: Mark Webber (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Oct 25 2009 - 02:42:46 PDT
The London Film Festival has just added repeat screenings of Gustav
Deutsch's FILM IST. A GIRL AND A GUN and the HOLLIS FRAMPTON: HAPAX
LEGOMENA programme. Tickets are on sale now.
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL: ARTISTS’ FILM & VIDEO REPEAT SCREENINGS
London BFI Southbank
Thursday 29 October 2009, at 4pm, NFT2
FILM IST. a girl & a gun
Gustav Deutsch | Austria 2009 | 97 min
Taking its cue from DW Griffith via J-L Godard, the latest instalment
of the FILM IST series is a five-act drama in which reclaimed footage
is interwoven with aphorisms from ancient Greek philosophy. Beginning
with the birth of the universe, it develops into a meditation on the
timeless themes of sex and death, exploring creation, desire and
destruction by appropriating scenes from narrative features, war
reportage, nature studies and pornography. The Earth takes shape from
molten lava, and man and woman embark upon their erotic quest. For
this mesmerising epic, Deutsch applies techniques of montage, sound
and colour to resources drawn from both conventional film archives and
specialist collections such as the Kinsey Institute and Imperial War
Museum. Excavating cinema history to tease new meanings from diverse
and forgotten film material, he proposes new perspectives on the cycle
of humanity. The film’s integral score by long-term collaborators
Christian Fennesz, Burkhardt Stangl and Martin Siewert incorporates
music by David Grubbs, Soap&Skin and others.
Tickets: £7 / £6 concessions
Thursday 29 October 2009, at 6:30pm, NFT3
HOLLIS FRAMPTON: HAPAX LEGOMENA
Hollis Frampton, a key figure of the American avant-garde, was an
artist and theoretician whose practice closely resonates with
contemporary discourse. The series of seven films known as HAPAX
LEGOMENA is, alongside ZORNS LEMMA, one of his most distinguished
achievements, and will be presented in its entirety on new
preservation prints. Predating MAGELLAN, the ambitious ‘metahistory’
of film left unfinished by his early death in 1984, HAPAX LEGOMENA
traces Frampton’s own creative progression from photographer to
filmmaker. It dissects sound/image relationships, incorporates early
explorations of video and television, and looks forward to digital
media and electronic processes. Though notoriously rigorous,
Frampton’s films are infused with poetic tendencies and erudite wit,
sustaining a dialogue with the materials of their making, and the
viewer’s active participation in their reception.
‘Hapax legomena are, literally, ‘things said once’ … The title
brackets a cycle of seven films, which make up a single work composed
of detachable parts … The work is an oblique autobiography, seen in
stereoscopic focus with the phylogeny of film art as I have had to
recapitulate it during my own fitful development as a
filmmaker.’ (Hollis Frampton)
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 36 min
As a sequence of photographs is presented and slowly burned, a
narrator recounts displaced anecdotes related to their production,
shifting the relationship between words and images.
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 31 min
A ‘film for the mind’ in which the script is displayed page by page
for the viewer to read and imagine.
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 16 min
Frampton’s radical editing technique disrupts and amplifies the
already impassioned argument of a quarrelling couple.
Hollis Frampton | USA 1971 | 34 min
‘The pivot upon which the whole of HAPAX LEGOMENA turns’ uses early
video technology to interrogate the image.
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 36 min
This ‘headlong dive’ from the Brooklyn Bridge to Stonehenge is a burst
of exhilarated consciousness.
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 29 min
‘A ‘baroque’ summary of film’s historic internal conflicts, chiefly
those between narrative and metric/plastic montage; and between
illusionist and graphic space.’
Hollis Frampton | USA 1972 | 11 min
Stripping away content leaves only the frame. ‘People this given
space, if you will, with images of your own devising.’
HAPAX LEGOMENA has been preserved through a major cooperative effort
funded by the National Film Preservation Foundation and undertaken by
Anthology Film Archives, MoMA, the New York University Moving Image
Archiving and Preservation Program, and project conservator Bill Brand.
THE TIMES BFI 51st LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XT
Nearest Tube: Waterloo / Embankment
Box office: 020 7928 3232
Book online or in person at BFI Southbank
If all advance tickets for screenings are sold out, keep trying for
daily late ticket releases.
Tickets are held back for delegates so it is often possible to get
tickets at the last minute, or queue for returns.
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