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LICHTER Filmfest

Heute beginnt das Lichter – Filmfest Frankfurt International. Ein Filmfest, das seinen Ursprung in der regionalen Filmlandschaft hat und die Werke, die in der Region entstehen, in seiner ganzen Breite vorstellt. Dazu eine Plattform für spannende Filme aus aller Welt, die gleichzeitig der wachsenden Vernetzung der Region und der hohen Diversität des Weltkinos Rechnung trägt. Dazu trägt auch ein umfangreiches Rahmenprogramm bei: Workshops und Diskussionsrunden rund um den Film, der Videokunst-Wettbewerb LICHTER Art Award und nicht zuletzt das kommunikative Herz – ein Festivalzentrum mit ausgesuchter Bewirtung, Partys und Raum für Gespräche und Diskussionen.

LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International vom 25.03. – 30.03.2014.

LICHTER 2014 (Official Trailer) from LICHTER Filmfest

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Lichter Filmfest – Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths

Machtdose Postkarte   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths If you believe in Bergson’s thesis that all humour is basically generated by crossing natural human, organic behavior and mechanical, automatic, repetitive patterns (of course his theory is more eloborate, but that’s what he boils it down to himself), than film is the comic medium par excellence. All human behavior is mechanised in film, a fact that can easily be made visible if we fast forward something on a tape recorder and witness very funny movements indeed. One of the major realms of filmmaking has spun out of this, the comedy that has been around since the early days of silent film. Still, it is often not regarded as an adequate genre for »serious« festivals, being thought of as being »mere entertainment«. This year’s LICHTER Filmfest proves this stereotype wrong. It shows the whole gamut of comic filmmaking, from Korean blockbusters to small German documentaries. The films combine slapstick and political commentary as in »La fille du 14 juillet«, romantic comedy and an unusual take on the human voice as in »In a world…« or a biting parody of the film industry with insights into the fabrication of bodies in the media as in »Vulgaria«. The program of roughly a dozen films will be accompanied by numerous debates and lectures about humour and comedy involving amongst others, Bob Mankoff of The New Yorker, the Israeli collective »A theory of the deep understaning of things« and German director Leander Haußmann. Please follow these recommendations or visit the screening schedule for the whole section.

Swandown   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »Swandown« (Documentary, 2012), Original English Version, 94 min. Director: Andrew Koetting (Direct Link)

»Swandown« is the documentation of an unusual journey with Olympian traits. Two men sail on a plastic swan from Hastings, which lies on the south coast of England to London. During this journey, director Andrew Koetting and screenwriter Iain Sinclair cross rivers, canals and the open sea. On their spectacular trip they have all sorts of chance encounters with people who are amused by the trio, are surprised, or even pass derogatory comments about this voyage. In addition, guests like the comic artist Alan Moore and comedian Stewart Lee occasionally accompany them. Together they experience the adversity of their environment. With references to Werner Herzog’s »Fitzcarraldo« and Les Blank’s »Burden of Dreams«, as well as Dada-esque echoes, »Swandown« creates an absurd odyssey that, due to the picturesque English countryside, convinces the viewer with its impressive motifs. Germany Premiere

image manager  programmdetail les coquelletes programm   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »Les Coquillettes« (Fictional Documentary, 2013), 75 min. Director: Sophie Letourneur (Direct Link)

Sophie Letourneur, director and lead actress of the film, throws herself together with two of her friends – all filmmakers – into amorous entanglements at the film festival in Locarno. She shot her second feature film on a shoestring budget but with a lot of gusto for the cinematic experiment during the actual festival. The result is a »film-within-a-film within-a-film«, which never comes across as academic or boring but shows what cinema can still do better than any other medium: capture the spirit of a generation. »Les Coquillettes« is fiction and reality, a narrative experiment, French low-budget cinema and »Gaul’s reply to Lena Dunham« (The Hollywood Reporter): but above all, an extremely humorous portrait of a generation. Germany Premiere

image manager  programmdetail somebody up there programm   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »Somebody Up There Likes me« (Feature Film, 2012), 75 min. Director: Robert Byington (Direct Link)

Max is actually a very ordinary young man his late 20s who has to choose a path in life. But this path does not turn out as you would imagine. Despite economic success and three marriages to beautiful women, he pursues his own life with increasing passivity, and in contrast to all others, he is not growing any older. In a very comical way, he stumbles through the 35 years, which director Bob Byington describes in the best tradition of American indie film. The outstanding performer (especially Keith Poulson and Nick Offerman (»Parks and Recreation«)) draw a portrait of their generation and, at the same time, an apt parody on the interminable success stories, which are flooding cinema and television. »An appealingly odd mix, like a Todd Solondz film directed by Wes Anderson« – Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter. Rhine-Main-Premiere

image manager  programmdetail vulgaria prigramm   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »Vulgaria« (Feature Film, 2012), 90 min. Director: Pang Ho-Cheung (Direct Link)

The serious setting is misleading: As the film producer To Wai-Cheung has to describe his profession during a lecture in an elegant university lecture theatre, he chooses a, well, unexpected metaphor – like pubic hair, producers are called upon to dampen the frictions between the different players of a production. Thus, the tone of the film is set. As it quickly turns out, To earns his livelihood mainly with B-movies, is struggling with his successful ex-wife and his capricious assistant, and has to deal with a mob boss from the mainland to finance his new work. In the course of these struggles, To gets confronted with strange oral sex practices, fried cow vagina and a Chinese culture clash. If you wish, Bakhtin could be sensed and who cannot, may simply look forward to one and a half hours of tasteless gags on a high level.

image manager  programmdetail in a world programm   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »In a world…« (Feature Film, 2013), 93 min. Director: Lake Bell (Direct Link)

Carol works as a vocal coach and occasionally lends her voice also to commercials or movie trailers. The big break through, however, remains elusive. Usually, she finds it hard to compete against her male colleagues. Contrary to expectations, she suddenly finds herself in the selection as a trailer voice for a substantial trilogy. The other candidates are the big stars of the industry, her father Sam and his protégé Gustav. Despite that, Carol is facing the battle – against pride, sexism and prejudice. She could achieve a lot and shape the understanding of an entire generation. Lake Bell shines in this comedy, for which she was awarded the 2013 Sundance Screenplay Award. In a world… questions, in addition to gender stereotypes, also family and social structures and entertains through everyday, interpersonal chaos.

image manager  programmdetail key of life programm   Lichter Filmfest   Gags, Jokes & Univerzal Trooths »Key of life« (Feature Film, 2012), 96 min. Director: Kenji Uchida (Direct Link)

In a bathhouse, the paths of the wealthy professional killer Kondo and the debt-ridden as well as unsuccessful actor Sakurai cross. When Kondo suffers an accident, Sakurai quickly swaps their locker keys and assumes the identity of Kondo. Kondo, suffering from amnesia, takes on the life of Sakurai. But whilst Kondo makes the acquaintance of the crazy-to-get-married, ambitious but equally lovely Kanae, Sakurai must deal with the Yakuza. Uchida tells this story with subtle humour, handing out the odd sarcastic jab from time to time. His comedy thriller, which won the Nippon Cinema Award in 2013, excites with its precise image compositions, fascinating characters, sharp dialogues and a fast-paced showdown.

LICHTER takes place from March 25th to 30th, 2013 at several cinemas in Frankfurt and Rhine Main Area/Germany.

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The exhibit nonliteral presents thirteen international projects of new and diverse storytelling methodologies in video art. In addition to works by Rebecca Allen, Bjørn Melhus, Yves Netzhammer, Kota Ezawa, Julia Charlotte Richter and Katrin Stroebel, films by Inbar Ben Ishay, Candice Breitz, Stefan Constantinescu, Cao Guimarães, Richard Mosse, Jack + Ruby Leigh and Julika Rudelius can also be seen. Recent works and works which already achieved an historical status are presented side by side. Along with animation and performance approaches, you will also find artistic ideas that reference the technique of collage (found footage) as well as the new narrative strategies of American series.

The timeline begins with Bjørn Melhus‘s 2001 piece »The Oral Thing«, which is a parody of U.S. reality TV, and finishes with this year’s Venice Biennale Irish Pavillion exhibition, the 5- channel installation »The Enclave« by Richard Mosse, which speaks of the horrors of the ongoing war in Congo and the suffering of the population, in images that have a strange and seductive beauty.

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Richard Mosse · »Platon, North Kivu, Eastern Congo«, 2012
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

»The Enclave« is a search for more adequate strategies to represent eastern Congo’s overlooked humanitarian disaster, in which at least 5.4 million people have died of war-related causes since 1998. Employing an obsolete military surveillance film which registers infrared light, The Enclave immerses the viewer in a challenging and sinister world, exploring aesthetics in a situation of profound human suffering. At the heart of the project, as Mosse states, is an attempt to bring »two counter-worlds into collision: art’s potential to represent narratives so painful that they exist beyond language, and photography’s capacity to document specific tragedies and communicate them to the world«.

Jack + Leigh Ruby’s installation translates real events directly into cinematic fiction. Produced by the artists Eve Sussman and Simon Lee, »Car Wash Incident« is an re-enactment of an actual insurance fraud, its planning and implementation differing very little, arguably, from many artistic strategies. World premiere at B3 Biennale – Frankfurt 2013!

Car Wash Incident – 6 min. excerpt

The exhibition will be hosted at the brand new quarters of Atelierfrankfurt. For the first time, it will open its new home in Frankfurt’s East End to a wider audience.

nonliteral – Artistic Positions on New Narratives
Opening in Atelierfrankfurt: 31.10.2013 at 8.30 pm
Exhibition Duration: 01.11. – 07.11.2013
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, daily from 10 – 20 Uhr

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The B3 Moving Image Biennial is a new festival which explores and celebrates the world of the moving image. It will be held from 10/30 to 11/03/2013 in Frankfurt and in the Rhine-Main region. The central theme is »Expanded Narration. Das neue Erzählen«. As part of this festival, a special screening will also take place to present a new dimension of moviegoing experience that involves freeing the film from the convention of the rectangular screen and extending it across the entire cinema space.

A 360˚ dome projection immerses viewers in a world of images: we no longer look at pictures, but find ourselves in their midst, just as in real life. The fulldome experience is perhaps the most striking example of the theme of Imersion, which is devoted to the innovative transformation of moving images and sounds in, and into, space. This new medium, long a staple for projecting scientific films in planetariums, is now being explored by film and video artists around the world. Excited about its array of possibilities, from innovative feature-length narrative films to experimental installations, the international scene gathers every year at the »FullDome Festival« in Jena.

The B3 Biennial brings to Frankfurt for the first time a selection of high-caliber artistic fulldome films from Canada, the USA, Australia, England, Spain, and Germany, and features discussions with the filmmakers about the future of this new medium. Follow these recommendations or visit the screening schedule for the whole section. And here is the complete festival programme.

»Carte Blanche to SAT« – SAT FEST 2013 
»SAT FEST 2013« is a selection of immersive short films created by more than 16 Montreal-based artists and coproduces by the Society for Arts and Technology [SAT]. 

Thursday, 31. October 2013, 20:00 – 21:00

»Alien Action« with Ralph Heinsohn
Mortal fear, hamster purchases, masshysteria! Aliens have landed in Frankfurt. Mean battle droids have targeted earth in the darwinistic struggle for territory and start the invasion in the middle of the baking capital. The Fulldome movie Alien Action reveals itself to be an unusual and ironic interpretation of »War of the Worlds« and combines science fiction and pop art in a collage of animation, music videos and radio play elements.
Friday, 1. November 2013, 21:00 – 22:00

»Six Mil Antennas« with Johnny Ranger
»Six Mil Antennas« is a 360 degree immersive film that employs a range of visual and audio codes to bring a surrealist perspective to the forefront. Framing shifting communication processes in a fictional setting, the whimsical, open-ended work re-imagines different states of the world in a futuristic timeframe. Through a series of events, the piece alternates its tone between deconstructed gravity, aesthetic sensuality and satirical humor. Inserting filmed actors in faux designed landscapes, the film creates non-linear narratives of a personal, social and political nature and expresses a complex intertwining multiverse, in which the characters and abstract landscapes evolve.
Saturday, 2. November 2013, 20:00 – 21:00

Six Mil Antennas / Extended trailer

B3 Moving Image Biennial | 10/30 to 11/03/2013 from 11 p.m. to midnight at several locations | Frankfurt/Germany

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CityLeaks 2013

The CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2013 has just started. From 2nd to 22nd September 2013 national and international artists will design public spaces and facades and turn the city of Cologne into a large stage for contemporary urban art. In the run-up of the festival four big murals by Maya Hayuk (USA), Gais ama (BR), Stohead (GER) and Aryz (ES) have already been painted. Apart from artistic interventions the festival offers many opportunities for participation. A wide communications programme for visitors and a multifaceted supporting programme is also offered. Among them several cologne galleries, off loctions and theatres crucially contribute to CityLeak 2013 with their most diverse programme and help to establish the festival’s intention. You will find more informations from the link above.

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The Art of Punk

In this excellent debut episode of their »The Art of Punk« series, MOCAtv* dissects the art of the legendary Black Flag, from their iconic four bars symbols, to their coveted and now collectable gig flyers, singles, and band t-shirts, all depicting the distinctive Indian ink drawn image and text by artist Raymond Pettibon.

»The Art Of Punk« traces the roots of the punk movement and the artists behind the iconic logos of punk bands such as Black Flag (Raymond Pettibon), The Dead Kennedys (Winston Smith) and Crass (Dave King). The stories behind the art of the Dead Kennedys will debut on June 18, and June 25 will see the release of the Crass episode, all of which will be available at: Filmmaker Bryan Ray Turcotte also posted the following Black Flag flyers and many more of his remarkable collection on Noisey.

BlackFlag01   The Art of Punk

BlackFlag02   The Art of Punk

BlackFlag03   The Art of Punk

BlackFlag05   The Art of Punk

*MOCAtv is a contemporary art video channel, developed as a digital extension of the education and exhibition programming of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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Lichter Filmparty mit Vladislav Delay (FIN) Touchy Mob (Berlin)

Am kommenden Samstag ist Party @ LICHTER Filmfest. Los geht’s mit einer Live-Performance des Berliner Indie-Lieblings Ludwig Plath alias Touchy Mob. Zwischen Minimalismus und einem Hauch Folk, zwischen Stimme, Akustikgitarre und einer gehörigen Portion Elektronik wird sich Touchy Mob auf der Tanzfläche verlieren. Danach übernimmt der finnische Electro-Produzent Vladislav Delay – auch bekannt unter dem Namen Luomo – das Kommando über die Turntables. Sein Stil: mal kräftig aufbrausend und experimentierfreudig, dann wieder menschlich verspielt, ruhig und intim. In der globalen Elektronik-Szene gilt er seit Ewigkeiten als legendär. Wir sind glücklich, dass wir ihn nun für einen Gig in Frankfurt engagieren konnten.

LICHTER Party mit Vladislav Delay aka Luomo, Touchy Mob und Lars
Samstag, 23.3.2013, Einlass ab 22 Uhr, Party ab 23 Uhr, LICHTER Festivalzentrum im VAU, Mainzer Landstraße 23

LichterLFFI Party   Lichter Filmparty mit Vladislav Delay (FIN) Touchy Mob (Berlin)

Das Abendprogramm beim LICHTER Filmfest
Mittwoch, 20.3.2013, 22 Uhr (Eröffnungsabend)
Langsam wird es Kult: Schon zum dritten Mal bringen uns Michael Dreher und Eva Schoner als DJ-Duo Shona Turner in Festivalstimmung. Mit einer Mischung aus Pop und Electrobeats will das markante Doppel den Frankfurtern wieder mal einheizen. Michael Dreher kennt man in Fran en Gastauftritt gegeben. Wenn Eva Schoner nicht gerade Platten mischt, dann sitzt sie am Schneidetisch und bastelt visuelle Kompositionen vom Feinsten.

Donnerstag, 21.3.2013, 22 Uhr
Mit Anja Czioska begrüßen wir eine wahre Koriphäe des Franfurter Nachtlebens. Die Künstlerin hat die Underground- und Kunstszene der Stadtmaßgeblich geprägt. Bei LICHTER zeigt Anja Czioska ihren Film „The Rise of the Underground“, für den sie mit ihrer 16mm-Kamera in den Jahren 2009 bis 2011 Künstler in ihren Ateliers, bei Ausstellungseröffnungen, inszenierten Happenings und Performances in Frankfurt begleitete. Das ehemalige Mitglied der Band 3 Pussy Kisses legt heute nur noch selten auf. Zur Unterstützung holt sie mit Röhrscheid, Weil, Vatter und Konrad ein nicht weniger legendäres Team an die Turntables. Das Motto des Abends: »60ties Explosion«.

Freitag, 22.3.2013, 22 Uhr
Ein ganzes Kollektiv feinster Frankfurter DJs beehrt uns am Freitag. Los geht es mit Nico und Maximilian Best. Nico, früher verantwortlich für den legendären Club im Ostbahhof, bereichert das Frankfurter Nachtleben aktuell mit der Neuauflage der Kenzo-Partyreihe im Atelierfrankfurt. Zur Verstärkung hat er sich den De:Bug-Redakteur Maximilian Best an die Seite geholt. Später am Abend treten Joscha Baumert und Jacob Lauer an die Plattenteller. Baumert, Chef des Plattenlabels Deo Records, legt sonst im Robert Johnson oder im Lido auf, außerdem dürfte er treuen Freunden des ERSTEN STOCKS noch von der einen oder anderen Party ein Begriff sein. Und auch Jacob Lauer hat LICHTER bereits die Ehre gegeben. Zusammen mit seinem Bruder machte er im vergangenen Jahr das Kino zur Tanzfläche. Außerdem hat er sich mit dem DJ-Kollektiv Hobo House einen Namen gemacht.

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