Rencontres Internationales 2009
New cinema and contemporary art
From June 30 to July 5, the 19th “Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid” will create a space of discovery and reflection between new cinema and contemporary art in Berlin at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
With the presence of 100 artists and filmmakers from all-over the world, this rare event will propose an international programme of film, video, installation and concerts.
This year’s programme has been selected from 6500 submissions as well as by invitations made to certain artists and filmmakers. It is the result of an elaborate international search for works: 150 works from Germany, France, Spain and 50 other countries, made up of internationally-known artists and filmmakers as well as young artists and filmmakers presented for the first time. It includes many film premiers, a video program, multimedia concerts, a cycle of debates and panel discussions. A video library will offer a space where the whole programming, made up 90% of premiers, can be viewed and reviewed on request.
Screening programs (new fiction, documentaries, video, experimental)
- Carte blanche given to Artavazd Pelechian
- The Inhabitants (1970, 35 mm, black & white, 10 min) / The Seasons (1972, 35 mm, black & white, 30 min)
- End (1992, 35 mm, black & white, 8 min) / Life (1993, 35 mm, colour, 6 min 30)
- German Première. Carte blanche given to Pedro Costa – Ne change rien (2009, 98 min, Portugal). Pedro Costa presents his latest film, selected at the “Quinzaine des réalisateurs” section of the Cannes International Film Festival 2009.
- Première: Philippe Grandrieux – A Lake (2007, 1h30, France). A Lake is Philippe Grandrieux’s third feature film. Selected for the 65th Venice Film Festival.
- Première: Khalil Joreige, Joana Hadjithomas – I Want to See (2008, 35 mm, 75 min, Lebanon/France) Starring Catherine Deneuve, Rabih Mroué
- Carte blanche given to Antoni Muntadas.
- Antoni Muntadas, Velasquez price 2009 awarded for his whole work, will attend Berlin for the Premiere of “Political Advertisement VII”.
- Antoni Muntadas, Marshall Reese : Political advertisement VII, 1952-2008 (2008, video, 75mn)
A selection of screenings:
- AFTER THE END: a contemporary archaeology of places which seem made only to provide shelter for a wait without end, places which only seem to have ties with events in the past.
- REVISED CINEMA: Film footage: the cinematic quotation as a building block for narrative reconstruction, both a meditation on cinema and a research ground for visual arts.
- DOCUMENTARY APPROACHES: The works in this event offer different approaches – simultaneously cinematographic, documentary and art field related – to the question of time and disappearance.
- AN ASIDE: A special connection with time, a movement through static scenes, borrowing and appropriating the codes of photographic devices.
This year, the Rencontres Internationales offer a video exhibition in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt spaces. It proposes a transverse approach of different contemporary audiovisual practices as well as a reflection on issues related to the presentation devices, from movie theatre to open space. Those topics reflect a specific language and a way of thinking for many artists and filmmakers.
Amongst the presented artists: Patrick Bernatchez (CA), Johanna Domke (DE), Niklas Goldbach (DE), Erik Moskowitz & Amanda Trager (US), Diego del Pozo Barriuso (ES), Noëlle Pujol & Ludovic Burel (FR), Manuel Saiz (ES).
Detailed program from June 15
Debates, panel discussions, forum
The Rencontres Internationales invites filmmakers, curators, artistic directors and programmers from European and extra-European national museums, contemporary art centres and biennales in the fields of contemporary cinema, video and new media. The proposed debates aim to develop a reflection on the concerns and tracks explored in each country in order to debrief this creation and accompany it, as much from a critical point of view, as from the point of view of the public and the artists.
The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ offers more than just a simple presentation of the works. It introduces an intercultural forum gathering various guests from all over the world – artists and filmmakers, institutions and emerging organizations – to testify to their reflections and their experiences, but also to artistic and cultural contexts that are often undergoing deep changes.
In 2007, the Rencontres Internationales, which initially took place in Paris and Berlin, opened up to a third city: Madrid. This event now constitutes a unique artistic and cultural platform in Europe for artists, professional networks and various audiences. The venues in the three cities are in particular the Centre Pompidou and the Jeu de Paume national museum in Paris, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, the Reina Sofia National museum and the Spanish Cinematheque in Madrid.
The ‘Rencontres Internationales’ reflects specificities and convergences of artistic practices between new cinema and contemporary art, explores emerging media art practices and their critical purposes, and makes possible a necessary time when points of view meet and are exchanged.
The event aims at presenting works to a broad audience, at creating circulations between different art practices and between different audiences, as well as creating new exchanges between artists, filmmakers and professionals.
It seeks to contribute to a reflection on our contemporary culture of image via a compelling program opened to everyone.
A member of NeMe participated in this event as an international auditor.