A Film Cycle

March 26 – 27 2011
Cinema Farnese Persol – Piazza di Campo de’ Fiori, 56, Rome  (Free entry)

A project by Nomas Foundation
Curated by Cecilia Canziani and Ilaria Gianni

Artists: Duncan Campbell, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Renzo Martens, Deimantas Narkevicius, Hito Steyerl
And a work by Rossella Biscotti

Recounting, translating, sharing, reflecting, developing, transforming, revealing, disclosing, enchating. A film cycle, analyses through the works of five internationally acclaimed artists the way in which documentary film tackles the narrative device, develops the construction of stories and the transmission of history and reality.

A film cycle is a two days festival including film screenings and artist’s talk that focuses on works by Duncan Campbell, Anja Kirschner and David Panos, Renzo Martens, Deimantas Narkevicius, Hito Steyerl.
Each session is articulated in three parts: the screening of the artist’s film, a Q&A session with the public and  the projection of a film or extract from a film of a filmmaker that the invited artist indicates as a reference for his/her work. La cinematografia è l’arma più forte by Rossella Biscotti will be screened as an intermezzo before the beginning of each session, introducing the audience to the ambiguities of the political and economic investment in the cultural environment.

Through the works of the selected artists A film cycle fosters the audience to question the way in which memory is conveyed, how we represent history and construct the documental, how we re-write our past and present diverse readings of our traces, how we protect and transmit the singularity that every single life represents vis à vis the great economic, social, political changes which we are witnessing today.

Screening calendar

Saturday, March 26

11,00 am – 1,00 pm Deimantas Narkevicius

The Head, 2007 | 12.14 min
Special feature: Peter Watkins, The Forgotten Faces (1960) | 29 mins
The Role of a Lifetime, 2003 |16.53 mins
Once in the XX century, 2004 | 7.56 mins
Ausgeträumt, 2010 | 5,33 min

Artist’s talk and Q&A session

1,00 – 2,00 pm Lunch

2,00 – 4,00 pm  Anja Kirschner & David Panos

The Empty Plan, 2010 | 78 mins
Special feature:  Alexander Kluge, Nachrichten von den Staufern (1977) | 22 mins
Ken Mc Mullen, 1867 (1990) | 14 mins

Artist’s talk and Q&A session

4,00 – 6,00 pm Hito Steyerl

Journal No. 1: An Artist’s Impression, 2007 | 21 mins
Special feature: Jean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet – Klassenverhältnisse (1984) | 127 mins

Artist’s talk and Q&A session

Sunday, March 27

11,00 am – 1,00 pm Renzo Martens

- Episode 3: Enjoy poverty, 2008 | 90 mins
- Special feature: Jean Luc Godard, Interview From 1972 (1972)  |7,04 min
- J. L. Godard, France/tour/détour/deux/enfants, Mouvement 7: Violence/Grammaire (1978) | 3 min

Artist’s talk and Q&A session

1,00 – 2,00 pm Lunch

2,00 – 4,00 pm Duncan Campbell

- Bernadette, 2008 |37 mins
- Special feature: John T. Davis, Dust on the Bible (1989) | 50 mins

Artist’s talk and Q&A session

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Images Credits:

1. Deimantas Narkevicius, Ausgeträumt, 2010 | 5,33 mins video still

2. Deimantas Narkevicius, Once in the XX century, 2004 | 7.56 mins, video still

3. Anja Kirschner & David Panos, The Empty Plan, 2010 | 78 mins
Photographer: Alessandra Chila. Courtesy the Artists and Hollybush Gardens.

4. Hito Steyerl, Journal No. 1, An artist’s impression, 2007 | 21 mins, video still

5. Renzo Martens, Episode 3: Enjoy poverty, 2008 | 90 mins
Courtesy Galerie Fons Welters (Amsterdam), Wilkinson Gallery (London) and the Artist

6. Duncan Campbell, Bernadette, 2008 |37 min
Courtesy of Duncan Campbell and LUX, London.