As time goes by, 2021, Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg

Short Film Program 4: The Scope of Dreams

Silabario Marine de Contes. FR, 2021, 14 min. Spanish with english subtitles
A syllabary (silibario) is set of written symbols representing the syllables of a language. But is there such a thing as a language of birds? How can such an elaborate set of sounds – whether vocalized by birds or dedicated human bird-whistlers – not be language? Or is it, rather, a pure form of sound poetry? Filmed (like Corneliu Porumboiu's fiction thriller The Whistlers on the same topic) on the island of La Gomera, Marine De Contes' Silabario drifts serenely through a physical space made uncertain by mist and interweaves the poetry of Miguel Ángel Feria into imaginary dialogues between birds and people. (Adrian Martin)
As time goes by Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg. AT, 2021, 15 min
Donnenberg's image-poem documents the inevitable onward push of time and its effects upon a landscape over the course of the four seasons: a slow reawakening in spring; beautiful bursts of color in summer; the quiet slumber of autumn, and finally, the fields and flora sinking back into the cold sleep of winter. With the duration of each section equal to the length of a Super 8 cartridge, the gradual deterioration of nature is inherently tethered to the film's materiality, its scratchy, organic texture itself becoming a meditation on the sad passage of time and the immanence of death. (David Perrin)

Sycorax Lois Patiño, Matías Piñeiro. ES/PT, 2021, 19 min. Spanish/Portuguese with English subtitles
In The Secret Language of Film, Jean-Claude Carrière praised Shakespeare's The Tempest as a dreamlike fable "truly free of space and time". Is that why it invites such radical film adaptations, from Paul Mazursky to Peter Greenaway? Now Lois Patiño and Matías Piñeiro join forces to summon forth a shadowy element of the play in allusive fashion: the witch Sycorax, giving her body and voice, not in a cheesy "woke" way, but by using only Shakespeare's words. Their version of The Tempest is free-floating virtual theatre, forever in-process, reveling in many possible faces, landscapes, and intonations. (Adrian Martin)
Elle Luise Donschen. DE, 2021, 14 min. Japanese with English subtitles
Employing a rare fragility of image, sound, and editing, Luise Donschen captures the mysterious fleetingness of the places we pass through and the people we meet. It's almost as if Elle was made by the plants in the Kyoto Botanical Gardens which are visited by a father and a child. After naming the roses of the garden, they each have short encounters with humans and plants. Even if they don’t speak the same language as the trees, bushes, and the Japanese people they meet, something is communicated between them. For lack of a better word, we might call it a sense of being alive. (Patrick Holzapfel)
under the microscope Michaela Grill. AT/CA, 2021, 7 min
Experimental filmmakers from Jean Painlevé onwards have long explored the wonders inherent in scientific and medical footage, particularly when trained on microscopic phenomena. There are multiple universes of unfolding and exploding forms revealed in under the microscope, but Michaela Grill is not content to leave these amazing images unadorned. Using the cinematic resources of colour treatment, flashing and strobing, looping and repetition, plus a rich counterpoint soundtrack by Sophie Trudeau, she fashions a symphony of mysterious, mutating movements. (Adrian Martin)
With Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg, Lois Patiño and Michaela Grill in attendance

Screening dates:

Mo 25.10.2021 16:00
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