57th Oberhausen Short Film Festival & Cinemateque in Stockholm
FILMFORM programme at Oberhausen Short Film Festival 8th may and at The Cinemateque in Stockholm 11th may 2011.
For the fifth year Filmform will present new titles for an internationl audience in Oberhausen:
Lars Hedelin – Norway Spruce, Scots Pine
2009, 5:10 min, 4:3, b/w, silent
A journey through a forest landscape and then back again.
Born in 1982. Studied at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts 2005-2008 and at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm 2009-2011
Elin Magnusson – Follow the Water
2011, 4 min, 16:9, colour, stereo, no language
There is a penguin living in a lake somewhere in Sweden. He is the first of many penguins to come. He wakes up at dawn to explore the surroundings, the beach and the forest. He dislikes the lake, he thinks the fish tastes like mud but knows nothing else than to stay. He wants to fly away but has forgotten how to. Instead he waits for what he knows to be what he knew, for old memories to float away and for new memories to write his history. Tomorrow he will forget why he did what he did today.
Born 1982 in Norrköping, Sweden. Lives and works in Stockholm. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts at Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm 2010. Magnusson is a conceptual video and performance artist and film director. Her work poses questions about adaptation, feminism and nature. She is one of the directors behind the feminist porn film project Dirty Diaries.
Petra Lindholm – For Anne Marie
2010, 10:35 min, 16:9, colour, stereo, songs with lyrics in English
The Film is inspired by the artist’s great aunt Anne Marie, who lived in Finland in the beginning of the 1900s. She was engaged with a Russian man, Mr Obolenski, who was forced to escape to Paris during the Russian Revolution. Anne-Marie was left alone and never heard from him again. In the film we meet Anne Marie as a young woman, then as a middle-aged woman and eventually as an old lady. Petra Lindholm composed and performed the music for the film, and her song is slowly guiding us through this woman’s life story.
Petra Lindholms videos are often focused on nuances and changes in colour and image; which creates a tense atmosphere rather than a clear-cut story. She is often the composer and the vocal singer in her films. Born in Karis, Finland, educated at the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm 1996-2001, lives in Ekenäs, Finland. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Sweden, Europe and USA.
Dan Lageryd – Staircase
2010, 1:35 min, 16:9, colour, stereo, no language
Up meets down in a deconstruction / reconstruction of a stairwell in an ordinary apartment building.
Dan Lageryd is educated at University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. In his video collages he touches upon themes like perception, time, space and architecture.
Alexander Gutke – Cine-scope
2008, 4:33 min (excerpt), 16:9, colour, silent
The projection Cine-scope is a looped animation in which a piece of celluloid is penetrated on a quasi-microscopic level, such that the scratches and dust on the film come to resemble a forest brushing by the viewer. This work speaks to the trance-like state that may occur with the prolonged viewing of an uneventful film (such as Andy Warhol's Empire), where texture comes to replace a lack of any real narrative content. (Chris Sharp)
Born 1971 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Lives and works in Malmö.
Hanna Ljungh – How to Civilize a Waterfall
2010, 3:53 min, 16:9, colour, stereo, Swedish with english subtitles
In the video How to Civilize a Waterfall, artist Hanna Ljungh performs an authoritative confrontation with nature, an indifferent and independent force. Inspired by the dramatic expressiveness of hard rock music, Ljungh challenges a waterfall and tries to persuade it to turn into a hydroelectric power plant. The work reveals humanity's comical and paradoxical relationship with nature. The encounter becomes an emotional and almost spiritual experience - an encounter with ones self.
Born 1974 in Washington D.C, lives and works in Stockholm. Hanna works with video, photography and installation.
Joanna Lombard – Orbital Re-Enactments
2011, 22:23 min, 16:9, colour, stereo, no language
In Orbital Re-Enactments the children free individuals who have to make their own decisions; the adults are cross borders and act as children.
Born in Algeria 1972. Educated at Konstfack Collage of Arts, Crafts and Design and Royal Academy of Art. Lives and works in Stockholm.
Total running time around: 55 min
Curated by Anna Linder, Filmform
More info about Cinemateque screening at Cinemateque Stockholms website (in Swedish only) and about Oberhausen screening at OberhausenShort Film Festival.
(Images: Lars Hedelin, Elin Magnusson, Petra Lindholm, Dan Lageryd, Alexander Gutke, Hanna Ljungh, Joanna Lombard)