Robert Frank, Amos Vogel, Collectif Jeune Cinéma

67th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 1-10 May 2021


Robert Frank, Amos Vogel and the Collectif Jeune Cinéma

Rarely shown works from the archives at the Festival


Robert Frank: About Us (Visual Studies Workshop)

With his photo book The Americans (1958), Robert Frank created a milestone in the history of modern photography, only to devote the rest of his life to short film – twice, for The Present and True Story, he was honoured with a Principal Prize at Oberhausen. In 1971, Frank accepted a teaching position at the newly founded Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester (USA) and instructed his six students to "describe the chaos of the present", as Frank put it, in the form of self-portraits. The result is the rarely shown film About Us, which Oberhausen is now showing in a specially digitised version in collaboration with the Visual Studies Workshop.



The film will be online on the Festival Platform for 48 hours from 8pm CEST on 6 May, accompanied by a talk with Tara Merenda Nelson, Visual Studies Workshop, on 7 May.


re-selected: "Yes, but ..." - Amos Vogel in Oberhausen

The re-selected series, curated by Tobias Hering, focuses on film history as print history and is therefore difficult to translate to an online festival. Thus the programme "Yes, but ..." is an experiment, dedicated to film curator and critic Amos Vogel, who shaped the Festival for many years as a jury member and co-selector in the USA. Oberhausen will be showing works from its archive that have demonstrably meant a great deal to him: Sunday (1961) by Dan Drasin, Relativity (1966) by Ed Emshwiller and Gunvor Nelson's Kirsa Nicholina (1969).



The programme will be on the Festival Platform for 48 hours from 8pm CEST on 7 May.


50 years of Collectif Jeune Cinéma

In 2021, the Collectif Jeune Cinéma celebrates its 50th anniversary. Today it has around 400 members from all parts of the world and distributes more than 1,600 mainly experimental titles. From this extensive archive, the Collectif has put together an anniversary programme for the Oberhausen. Five works will be shown, including underground films of the 1970s and 1980s by filmmakers such as Pierre Bressan or Jean-Pierre Creton, and, with Yves-André Delubac's Le chant des signes, an true attic find.



The programme will be on the Festival Platform for 48 hours from 8pm CEST on 4 May, accompanied by a talk with Théo Deliyannis, Collectif Jeune Cinéma, at 5.30pm CEST on 5 May.


Accreditation for the 67th Festival:


Festival Platform (from 1 May):


Oberhausen, 22 April 2021


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