Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin: New Cinema & Contemporary Art


From experimental films to video works to multimedia performances, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin present film by international artists, among them many German premieres at Haus der Kulturen der Welt from August 20–25, 2019. Nathalie Hénon and Jean-François Retting, the founder and artistic directors selected 110 works out of 5,000 submitted films for presenting them in thematic screening sessions.

For the opening, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin presents the German premieres of four films. In Forest on Location Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs simulate the Białowieża, one of Europe’s last primeval forests. Laura Henno’s documentary Djo reveals a secret place in Mayotte that seems to be ruled by magic and where humans, nature and spirits have a special connection. Soufiane Adel follows in his film La lumière tombe a dialogue between father and son in a future in which the working class no longer exists. The Argentine artist Sebastian Diaz Morales enlarges our perception and conveys to the multiverse in his homonymous serial video work.

Ariane Michel’s performance The Screening (2019) takes the audience to the Berliner Tiergarten by night. In the night the spectators sit in the dark of the forest, the sounds and images of real nature mingle with those on the screen. For her carte blanche screening, filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger presents Mr. Freedom, a film that influenced her, in correspondence with her exhibition now on at HKW, Paris Calligrammes: A Landscape of Memory by Ulrike Ottinger. William Klein’s political satire and his critical view of US military involvement are still relevant today. Laure Prouvost discovers a dystopian biology lab in Shed a Light. In her work, the Turner prizewinner and this year’s representative of France at the Venice Biennial shows a space in which nature has apparently been taken over by humanity. The video is an ode to the crossing of boundaries. Dora García’s film essay Segunda Vez reconstructs happenings by the psychoanalyst Oscar Masotta who was forced into exile in Argentina in 1976 by the military coup d’état. The artist combines seemingly different scenes, which are, however, connected by repetition and observation.


The closing film on Sunday once again promises a high-profile surprise. Last year, Rencontres Internationales showed the German premiere of Jean-Luc Godard’s Image Book. This year we also invite you to a surprise at the closing day on August 25 at 7 pm.

Along with the films, artists, the audience and experts will discuss the cross-border cinematic approaches that can be discovered today in artist talks and workshops.

With more works by Sandro Aguilar.  Dietmar Brehm, Jasmina Cibic, Sebastian Díaz Morales, Daniel Kötter, Salomé Lamas, Natacha Nisic, Doireann O’Malley, Ben Rivers, Stéphanie Roland, Lina Selander, Deborah Stratman  Abri de Swardt, Elena Vogman and Clemens von Wedemeyer, Zapruder filmmakersgroup.

Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin
New cinema and contemporary art
August 20–25, 2019
Opening: Tuesday, August 20, 7pm
Free admission

You can find the complete program at: www.art-action.org
Curated by Natalie Hénon and Jean-François Rettig
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