A long-overdue tribute in three programmes to Matsumoto Toshio, a key figure in Japanese film in the roles of both theorist and director. Since his debut in 1956, he has produced over 50 works in a wide variety of lengths and formats: these range from political/poetic essays such as Ishi no uta (1963), to spectacular examples of Expanded Cinema like Tsuburekatta migime no tame ni (1969), to structuralist exercises such as Âtman (1975), to high points in video art like Trauma (1989).
Sarajevo Documentary School
A rediscovery: after programmes on Žilnik, Godina and Makavejev, we proceed with our exploration of Yugoslavian documentary film of the 1960s and 70s. Concurrently with the "Black Wave", Sutjeska Film in Sarajevo was making quieter, more sensitive works such as Dva Zakona (1968) or Fasade (1971) - just as committed and critical, yet with a lyricism and irony that is often surprising. A programme of films that in some cases have not been seen for decades outside Sarajevo.
Nicolás Echevarría began to make films following the massacre at Tlatelolco in 1968. One of Mexico's foremost filmmakers, Echevarría combines a post-colonial perspective with carefully chosen music, camerawork and montage elements. From a performance Super 8 film about a contortionist to an engaging documentary on Indian creation myths, his approach to his subjects always demonstrates profound empathy, redefining what is inside and outside.
Factory of Found Clothes
"Factory of Found Clothes" is the name under which Russian artists Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Olga Egorova have been collaborating since the mid-1990s, in St. Petersburg. They made a place for themselves on the arts scene with installations and performances in which the "shed skin" of worn clothes frequently plays a role. Oberhausen is showing the first comprehensive retrospective of their video works, supplemented by a performance developed especially for the festival.
For over 20 years, the multitalented actor Herbert Fritsch has also worked as a filmmaker and media artist. Oberhausen is featuring the first overview of his cinematic oeuvre. Ever since his early works, Fritsch has enjoyed shaking up cinematic dogmas, experimenting with visual languages and digital techniques. In Oberhausen early works such as Die Suppe (1984) or Der Ohrenwurm (1986) will be on view, along with the 55 short films that have been created thus far in the context of his sprawling project hamlet_X, which is fast on its way to forming its own cosmos. - In cooperation with the Theater Oberhausen.