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VIRTUAL REALITIES FILM WEEK


Curatorial Film Project, Kino Central Berlin / 2012


Virtual Realities Film Week is a curated project that seeks to establish a platform for film and video work with narratives outside those of normative cinema.  Utilizing the practice of curation the audience is provided with multiple views of film and video works that represent the antithesis of film as a consumer experience and medium. Drawing closely into themes that probe issues of identity against a popular culture backdrop, the project itself took the form of a film festival while creating and also providing a space for contemplation and debate.

Seeking to challenge pre-existing norms and values around the idea of ‘identity,’ each of the featured films articulates a different perspective on issues from love and gender to relationships, sexuality and youth.  

Consisting of 11 different films from 11 different artists and directors, the program reaches beyond our culture's traditional benchmarks for defining identity. Many of the films refuse to be limited to a specific genre or style, as their stories and approach to the medium of filmmaking deviates from the prevailing conventions of blockbuster entertainment.

The films not only go beyond standard methodologies of film making, they also focus on examining human experience through moving images, highlighting marginalized stories and concerns that remain under-represented among many film programs and cinemas.  In “Hans & Grete,” for example, artist Sue de Beer portrays the psychological lives of teenage American school shooters amid the context of American youth culture, paying close attention to the teenagers' emotional psyches.  Unlike the abstract and fictional “Hans & Grete”, theater and film director Marcus Lindeen’s “Regretters” documents a touching story of unfulfilled expectation post sexual reassignment, as well as the consequences that result from the operation's secrecy. 

As an array of new and available technologies make it possible for audiences to experience more profound ways of viewing cinema and moving images, the number of films focusing on commercial taste and budget soaring visual effects is growing.  This project tries to shift the lens back towards film as an art-form -- and a creative medium for challenging the status quo.

For more information please visit the website www.virtualrealities2012.com

Regretters,

director Marcus Lindeen

I Am Other (Candy & Me),

Andy Candy & Conny Karlsson Lundgren

Open,

director Jake Yuzna

She Male Snails,

director Ester Martin Bergsmark

Sisterhood,

director Marit Ostberg

To Die Like a Man,

Joao Pedro Rodriques

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