The International Film Festival Rotterdam, running January 23 through February 3, has announced that its sixth annual Signals: Regained program will salute “three of the most idiosyncratic filmmakers that, sadly, passed away last year: British filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin, French filmmaker Marcel Hanoun, and Japanese visual artist Stom Sogo.” Further, “Regained will be devoting particular attention to two seminal figures of the avant-garde cinema, both still prominently present in the contemporary art scene: Tony Conrad and Michael Snow. Conrad has recently restored and re-edited a whole series of video works, a colourful collection of unseen recordings from 1972 till 2003…. Single Frame Snow consists of two works for slide projector and one film, all dealing with the theatrical presentation of still images.”
IFFR will also be presenting restorations of animated work by Maarten Visser, whose Piece by Piece will be projected onto the video wall of Rotterdamse Schouwburg, accompanied by live music improvisations. Plus, Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Žižek’s The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, György Pálfi’s Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen, and Jagoda Kaloper’s self-portrait, Behind the Looking Glass.
All this follows December’s announcement that Signals would be presenting the first full retrospective of work by Kira Muratova outside Russia and Ukraine, “ranging from her first work, the short feature On the Steep Cliff (1961), till her latest feature film The Eternal Homecoming (2012).” Signals 2013 will also feature Changing Channels, “a program about episodic storytelling featuring new television work and web-based series directed by filmmakers.”
Today, Rotterdam’s filled out its Spectrum section. The first round of titles were announced in mid-December. Check that list, because below I’ll only be noting today’s additions. The full lineup will be announced on January 17.
Fata Morgana, Peter Schreiner, Austria.
Jirafas (Giraffes), Enrique Álvarez, Cuba, Colombia, Panama.
Die Erbin (The Heiress), Ayse Polat, Germany, Turkey.
Something Necessary, Judy Kibinge, Kenya, Germany.
Lukas nino (Lukas the Strange), John Torres, Philippines.
Misericordia: The Last Mystery of Kristo Vampiro, Khavn de la Cruz, Philippines.
The View from Our House, Anthea Kennedy, Ian Wiblin, United Kingdom.
The Island of St. Matthews, Kevin Jerome Everson, USA.
Avant que mon coeur bascule (Before My Heart Falls), Sébastien Rose, Canada.
Bellas mariposas (Pretty Butterflies), Salvatore Mereu, Italy.
Mater Dolorosa, Adolfo B. Alix Jr., Philippines.
Torres & cometas (Towers & Comets), Gonçalo Tocha, Portugal.
Trois exercises d’interpretation, Cristi Puiu, Romania.
Ping’an Yueqing, Ai Weiwei, China.
Shanghai, Dibakar Banerjee, India.
Ang mundo sa panahon ng bakal (Steel Is the Earth), Mes De Guzman, Philippines.
Jiseul, O Muel, South Korea, 2012.
Happiness Building 1, Chen Chieh-jen, Taiwan.