Oh, those summer nights! We have been patient, and finally they are here. The streets are buzzing, the cafés are filling up and so are the outdoor cinemas, once the sun has set. While the big ones in Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain, or the one in the middle of Hasenheide are mostly re-playing the best of the year, the Berlin Art Film Festival has found a magical and secluded space in Mitte, “an island in the stream of commerce” as a jury recently called it, at the center of Hackescher Markt: the open air cinema Mitte. Throughout July, the Berlin Art Film Festival will live on that island for five nights, show some of the highlights of December’s festival again, while also having some sweet surprises in store – and an even sweeter party.
We kick off this Friday (3 July) with a new and exciting film by Tatjana Turanskyj whose first feature The Drifter you saw at the earlier Berlin Art Film Festival. The second part of her “women and work” trilogy, Top Girl or La Déformation Professionelle, takes a daring look at a young woman, who becomes a sex worker to make ends meet for her and her daughter. Apart from showing numerous encounters with her customers whose fetishes and wishes Jacky has to fulfil, the film takes a detour into the surreal when a group of naked women fall prey to a hyper-masculine hunting ritual. Oscillating between the social realism of a precarious existence and Turanskyj’s artful and artificial commentary on feminism, labour, and prostitution, Top Girl is both enigmatic in style and controversial in content. Tatjana Turanskyj will be present to discuss her film with us and show her short I am a Dancer beforehand. Find the Facebook event: Here.
One week later (Saturday 11 July), the Berlin Art Film Festival is happy to announce its first collaboration with Berries, Berlin’s newest and freshest hip hop party. Remember? Now – how could you possibly unite a film festival that set out to show Berlin differently and in art films with a hip hop party that set out to focus on female artists and the gender politics of the game? Trust us, it was hard, required a lot of research, and watching and discussing, but then The Furious Force of Rhymes fell into our hands. This both enlightening and entertaining documentary takes a trip around the globe and shows us the power of expression that hip hop music can be in places like Senegal, the banlieues of Paris, the Westbank, and: Berlin.
Meet Latash, a young and energetic musician who raps for her rights. Meet Brother’s Keepers who built a coalition against racism after a Neonazi attack cost the life of Alberto Adriano, an African immigrant who lived in Dessau. Meet D-Flame, Tyron Ricketts, and Joe Rilla and discover a different Berlin you surely haven’t seen before. Before the feature, we are showing two hot music videos by now Berlin-based rapper Denyo (Absolute Beginner), directed by Christian Meyerholz. But the night will be far from over: For the night (and parts of the morning), Berries will occupy the cute bar Eschschloraque and make you bounce when hosts Stitch & Tchuani, Dorf Disko and Bad Mom turn the tables. This will be hot – in so many ways! Find the Facebook event: Here.
Friday 17 July, we have the pleasure of screening the two award-winning films by exciting new filmmaker Julian Radlmaier again. Although still a student at the dffb, his two medium-length experimental films A Spectre is Haunting Europe and A Proletarian Winter’s Tale have already travelled the world. The sold-out screening in December proves: There is a need for funny, unconventional, artsy experimental cinema. Shot in beautiful tableaux, these two extravaganzas take rides through the history of Russian and French revolutions, ironically observe the status quo of bourgeois art exhibitions and bored film students, workers and drifters, art stealers and art dealers. Julian Radlmaier will attend the screenings and answer your questions afterwards! Find the Facebook event: Here.
Friday 24 July, we shall be celebrating the DVD release of last year’s opening film Asta Upset and the short films of Michael Klier in collaboration with Filmgalerie 451. Max Linz’ Asta Upset is a must-see and a must-see-again farce about Berlin, its art scene, its politics, and its spaces. Told from the perspective of young curator Asta, this hyper-stylised, tongue-in-cheek art film manifesto is clever and brazen, hilarious and topical, full of references and highly original at the same time. Director Max Linz will be present for an introduction to his film and the release of the DVD that also contains his web series Das Oberhausener Gefühl. Before that, we are happy to show Michael Klier’s beautiful black-and-white short Screen Takes (Probeaufnahmen), more than 50 years after it premiered at Akademie der Künste in 1964. Shot with non-actors in West Berlin on a summer day, Screen Takes takes the lightness, the coolness and the savour-vivre of the French nouvelle vague right into the heart of the divided city. A moody, playful, and refreshing answer to the austerity of German cinema of the time time. Find the Facebook event: Here.
Friday 31 July we will close with a bang: First, we are showing the Berlin Art Film Festival darling Fury is a Feeling Too again and are extremely excited about having Cynthia Beatt attend the screening to talk about what it means to be an expat in Berlin, how important language and architecture are to her, and what Potsdamer Platz looked like in the 1980s.
After that, it’s time to fasten your seatbelts for some out-of-control Christoph Schlingensief action. The dearly missed enfant terrible of German cinema kind of remade Pasolini’s Salò in his The 120 Days of Bottrop and gathered all Fassbinder actors he could get his hands on. While trying to shoot a film within the film in Berlin, Schlingensief himself is in Hollywood, chatting with Udo Kier and Roland Emmerich. In the meantime, Margit Carstensen, Irm Hermann and Volker Spengler are losing control. Expect nudity, obscenity, sunburns, fornication, chaos, dancing, and madness. As a great bonus, Frieder Schlaich, long-term friend of Schlingensief and distributor of his films, will show never-before seen outtakes from the film on 16 mm. Find the Facebook event: Here.
We can’t wait to see you Friday for the first of five great suuuuu-hummmer niiii-higgghts! We’ll have us a blast!
BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL GOES OPEN AIR!
Party hosted by Berries (Saturday July 11)
Eschschloraque (at Kino Central)
Rosenthaler Straße 39
U: Weinmeisterstr., S: Hackescher Markt
Get tickets: Here.