David Bickerstaff – The Curious World of Hieronymus Bosch (2016)

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After 500 years Bosch’s paintings still shock and fascinate us. Delve into the vivid imagination of this true visionary.

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with people now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film from EXHIBITION ON SCREEN directed by David Bickerstaff. Continue reading

Narges Abyar – Nafas AKA Breath (2016)

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Little Bahar lives a life spun from folklore and stories, always with her head in a book. But growing up in Yazd in the 1970s and ’80s, she’s at the centre of a country in turmoil: the Shah is overthrown, Ayatollah Khomeini rises to power, and the first shots are fired in a bitter and protracted war with Iraq. Over the span of several years, Bahar finds daydreaming in her own fantasy world is the only way she can make sense of the pain and suffering warring humans inflict on one another. Continue reading

Nikolaus Geyrhalter – Homo sapiens (2016)

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Homo Sapiens is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being. What will remain of our lives after we’re gone? Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago. Homo Sapiens is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario. It intends to sharpen our eyes for the here and now, and our consciousness of the present. Continue reading

Peter Gidal – Coda I (2013)

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Peter Gidal’s structuralist short CODA I is composed of three lines of a thousand-word story he wrote (as read by William Bouroughs in a cut­up tape collage) amidst an ultra-abstract play-of-light through a camera. Gidal describes his “so­called” imagery as “a complex of barely visible cuts in space and time, the opposite of erasure, but nothing so much as visible.” – Stela Jelincic Continue reading

Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson – Hjartasteinn AKA Heartstone (2016)

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A remote fishing village in Iceland. Teenage boys Thor and Christian experience a turbulent summer as one tries to win the heart of a girl while the other discovers new feelings toward his best friend. When summer ends and the harsh nature of Iceland takes back its rights, it’s time to leave the playground and face adulthood. Continue reading

Sandy Ding – Night Awake (2016)

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Night Awake is an experimental noise film provoking 3rd eye (seeing what is inside beyond the limit of symbols) opening with image and sound. By transferring camera into a spiritual medium, the lunar god has taught messages in the gap of time. The film is from the graveyard, and it is a textile of death(final transformation), which made the lucid light shines in the depth of many dimensions. To call the third eye awakening, we should not agitate the surface of the mind and physical eye, but soothes and provokes the third eye to awaken. In the gap of time, the flame of images that rise and become eternity is forming the rhythm and the speech. The teachings received in green crystals and had been translated into this film. In distanced mysteries and the half rotten emulsion is the art of metaphysical connection and awakening. Continue reading