Film program

Filmstill, Man No Run, Claire Denis, Frankreich 1988

The exhibition's accompanying film program presents selected films from the extended African film context, which deal with Dante's motive of the voyage into the afterworld: a world underground, zones of perseverance, prisons and paradises of waiting, and the stories of men and women and their impossible love. Here, the real, un- or surreal relate to each other and mirror the challenges of postcolonial identities. 

Admission: 7 / 5 Euro
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Deutsches Filmmuseum, Schaumainkai 41, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

A cooperation between MMK and the DIF Deutsches Filminstitut.The film program is curated by Marie-Hélène Gutberlet in cooperation with Abrie Fourie and Guy Wouete. 

Program Overview:

Tuesday, 6 May

Filmstill, Heremakono (Warten auf Glück), Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauretanien / Frankreich 2002

6 pm
(Short films)

Mine, William Kentridge, 1991, 5’50“, English Original
Gangster Backstage, Teboho Edkins, 2013, 37’43“  engl.,  Africaans, engl. subtitled
Playing guitar for goats, Jacques Coetzer, 2010, 2’09“
Projected Identities, Barend de Wet 2013, 3’37“
The Swing (after after Fragonard), Donna Kukama 2009, 4’54“

The word MINE in English means the ‘mining plant’ and is also possessive pronoun „mine“. It creates a relationship between the depths of mining and the idea of ownership. MINE is the video archive project’s name created by the artist and curator Abrie Fourie. Five videos by South African artists from this collection will be shown; they seek to dive behind the surface, to explore and comment on their history and position within post-apartheid landscapes.

Guest: Teboho Edkins

8 pm

Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauretanien / Frankreich 2002, 95', Original with subtitles

HEREMAKONO plays in Nouadhibou, a small town at the Mauritanian Atlantic coast. It is a place of transition, where one waits for happiness and see-saws between the desire to leave and to stay. The film finds precise and striking images for the moods of waiting, travelling, and hope. He received the international film critics awards in Cannes in 2002 and won the grand prize at the Fespaco Filmfestival in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in 2003 

Tuesday, 13 May

6 pm    
Orfeu Negro / Black Orpheus

Marcel Camus, Brazil / France / Portugal 1959, 107' Original with subtitles

ORFEU NEGRO – one of the most striking French-Brazilian productions – transfers the antique myth of Orpheus and Eurydice into the present of the carnival of Rio de Janeiro. Most of the actors are Brazilian non-professionals, the leading part is played by the American-French actress Marpessa Dawn and the Brazilian football player Breno Mello. The film marked the international breakthrough of bossa nova. 

Tuesday, 20 May

6 pm
Sans Titre (Short films)

N12º13.062'/W001º32.619' Extended, Vincent Meesen, BE/BF, 2005, 8’30“
Reconstructing Damon Albarn in Kinshasa, Jeanne Faust, D, 2010, 10’, franz./engl./dt. mit engl. UT
Sans-Titre, Neïl Beloufa, F/ALG, 2010, 15’, algerisch/franz. engl UT
Atrophy, Palesa Shongwe, ZA 2009, 8’, engl. OF
NORA, Alla Kovgan, David Hinton, USA/ZI, 2009, 35’, engl. OF (feat. Zimbabwean dancer Nora Chipaumire)

The artist films from the archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen gathered in this programme focus on surreal moments in real life, that is moments of rapture, of deferment and transgression, of pictorial dissolution and dance.

8.30 pm   
En attendant les hommes 

Katy Lena NDiaye, Mauretania / France 2007, 56' OmeU

The village Oualata is located in the Eastern part of the Mauritanian Sahara. Many men left for Europe. Their wives stayed, some of them wait for them since decades. They do all daily work by themselves. While waiting, they decorate their red clay houses with incredibly beautiful motives and speak very openly about their relationships and longing.

Octobr (fiction)
Aberrahmane Sissako, Mauretania / France / Russia 1993, 37', Original w. subtitles

In 1982, Abderrahmane Sissako went to Rostov to learn Russian and then moved to Moscow to study film. He belonged to the third generation of African filmmakers, who were trained in the Soviet Union, which at the time when he was making his final degree film, was already in dissolution. OCTOBR tells the story of a failing relationship between an African man and a Russian woman, it depicts life in the ‘zone’, that is the migrants’ no-mans-land, and catches moments of disillusionment and downtime in Moscow’s cold season. 

Tuesday, 27 May

Filmstill, Who Cares?, Guy Wouete, 2009

6 pm
Six Videos by Guy Wouete - The artist is present

Corridor, 2010, 10’44“, DVD (Malta), OmU
Who Cares?, 2009, 5’11“ DVD (Marrakesch, Marokko), OmU
Rite, 2008, 16’48“, DVD (Penja, Kamerun)  
L’imminent Tsunami, 2007, 4’53“ DVD (Bamako, Mali), OmU  
African Traffic, 4’34“ DVD (Cotonou, Bénin), OmU
Esperamos,  2009, 1’10“ (Havanna, Kuba)

‘My art does not belong to any geographic space nor does it cling to colours or genres. My art basically does not speak about pain and evil that cuts into the flesh and perverts the psyche. My art draws its energy from the delicate within the here and now. It explores the conflictive mind, this vital moment, in which the said and the unsaid (un)reasonably meet.’ (G.W.)

8.30 pm
Man No Run 

Claire Denis, Frankreich 1988, 90', OmU

Claire Denis' documentary accompanies the Cameroonian avant-garde band Les têtes brûlées during their tour through France in 1987. It focuses on the backstage life of the musicians and their encounter with the extraterrestrial French province. Then, at the very end of the film, the energy of their music discharges to atmosphere. 

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