Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


Guy Ben-Ner


Guy Ben-Ner's deceptively simple and often very humorous video works always play with the cliché of the untamed artist who rebels against his role in the family - a portrait of the artist as a family man. In the process, he draws on diverse literary and cinematic models such as Moby Dick or Truffaut's L'Enfant sauvage, George Méliès or Buster Keaton.


The video artist experienced his breakthrough when he represented Israel at the Venice Biennial in 2005, the same year in which he won one of the main prizes in the International Competition at Oberhausen for Wild Boy. Guy Ben-Ner will also take part in the 4th skulptur projekte muenster in the summer of 2007.


The programme:

Berkeley's Island, 1999, 17'

Moby Dick, 2000, 12'30''

HouseHold, 2001, 22'30''

Elia, a Story of an Ostrich Chick, 2003, 22'30''

Wild Boy, 2004, 17' (Main Prize in the Oberhausen International Competition 2005)


4 May 2007 at the Lichtburg Filmpalast


Contact: Carsten Spicher

Marjoleine Boonstra


The Dutch filmmaker unites in her works the high formal standards of the trained photographer with an intensive and incisive interest in people who find themselves in precarious, often extreme situations. While her early work is more experimental, she turned to the documentary format after a brief interlude, the Pall Mall commercial Blue Highway.


Whether observing people living in a Bosnian-Croatian refugee camp who finally look at themselves in the mirror again after an entire year has passed, in her 1996 film Sa nule, or letting residents of the Sangatte refugee camp have the floor in Britanya (which won an award at Oberhausen in 2004), Boonstra always merges an extraordinary cinematic density with the concentrated scrutiny of the individual, leaving the protagonists their dignity while challenging her viewers to react.


The programme:

Realiteit-Surrealiteit, 1983, 5'

Kosmopolitana, 1985, 15'

Blue Highway, 1991, 5'

Sa Nule, 1996, 9'

Britanya, 2003, 35'

Gadzo, Gadze, 2004, 6'


7 May 2007 at the Lichtburg Filmpalast


Contact: Carsten Spicher

Kanai Katsu


Kanai Katsu, a trained cameraman, is one of the great eclectic eccentrics of Japanese cinema. Beginning in 1969 with Mujin rettô (The Desert Archipelago), Kanai has created in three working phases a streamlined cinematic oeuvre consisting almost exclusively of short and medium-length films and videos.


Kanai is a wild and unrestrained, arch visionary, an iconoclast/iconographer, in whose works classic and contemporary art, pop and high culture from his own world and the West mix it up with gusto - Arrabalesque excesses meet up with the focused physicality of Butà, political issues are articulated in the gaudy vernacular of Manga ... The title of one of his most beautiful films says it all: Yume hashiru (Dream Running).


Programme 1:

Toki ga fubuku (Time Blows On), 1991, 62'

Seinaru Gekijô (Holy Theatre), 1998/2003, 29'

Super Documentary: Zen'ei-senjutsu (Super Documentary: The Avant-Garde Senjutsu), 2003, 33' (FIPRESCI-Prize at the 50th Oberhausen Festival)


Programme 2:

Mujin rettô (The Desert Archipelago), 1969, 55'

GOOD-BYE, 1971, 52'


7 + 8 May 2007 at the Lichtburg Filmpalast


Contact: Carsten Spicher

Ken Kobland


Following art studies and an excursion into architecture, this American filmmaker began in 1975 to produce independent films and videos. He was on the board of New York's famed Collective for Living Cinema, took part in numerous festivals and exhibitions and worked with the legendary Wooster Group, among others.


His films defy all attempts at quick classification, approaching their themes impressionistically and at a leisurely pace. Real locales such as Cinque Terre or Montana as well as imaginary landscapes are charged with associative meditations on geometry, states of the soul or the mythology of social struggle. In 2006 Oberhausen presented his work Ideas of Order in Cinque Terre in the International Competition.


Programme 1:

Frame, 1976, 10'

Vestibule, 1978, 25'

Landscape and Desire, 1981, 46'

The Shanghaied Text, 1996, 20'


Programme 2:

Foto-Roman, 1990, 26'

Buildings and Grounds, 2003, 45'

Flaubert Dreams of Travel, 1986, Ken Kobland + The Wooster Group, 20'

End Credits, 1994, 7'



4 + 8 May 2007 at the Lichtburg Filmpalast


Contact: Carsten Spicher