Memory Traces

65th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen 2019
Screening of the imai Foundation

Cinema in the Rolling Warehouse with an introduction by Renate Buschmann and Darija Šimunović
May 3rd at 20h

What events remain in memory, what is forgotten and how true and objective are such traces of the past? The featured videos juxtapose individual and collective memories. Personal perspectives of the artists on their social environment mingle with the events of contemporary history and reshape the memories. The private and the narratives of family history are thus considered in the larger context of historical events.

Adnan Softić: Ground Control Bosnia-Herzegovina / Germany, 1999-2009, 12: 33min., Multi-pr. OV with English UT
In 1999, Adnan Softić, who grew up in Bosnia, created a fictional documentary about his father’s alleged political offenses and his mother’s complicity. Ten years later, he added an epilogue to the material in which he relates his own ability to think up stories to his country’s wartime past and historiography stamped with nationalist propaganda.

Adela Jušić: The Sniper
Bosnia-Herzegovina, 2007, 4min., English
The cinematic portrait of the artist’s father takes as a starting point a photograph taken during the siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War. As a sniper, the father kept a diary of how many soldiers of the enemy he shot every day.

Robert Cahen: Juste le Temps
France, 1983, 12:40 min.
Two travelers in a train: a sleeping woman and a man walking around, whose relationship to each other can not be clarified. The passing landscape becomes the link between dreams, associations and memories. Deceleration and acceleration collide in the train journey and give the impulse to let the landscape dissolve into abstracting patterns.

Doplgenger (Isidora Ilić and Boško Prostran): BENEATH A STARLESS SKY AS DARK AND THICK AS INK
Serbia, 2015, 15:20 min., Serbian with English. UT
The Belgrade artist duo Doplgenger refers to Émile Zola’s novel Germinalfrom 1885, whose action is located in the mining milieu. Doplgenger takes up the theme of labor migration, which in the 1960s brought numerous ‘guest workers’ from former Yugoslavia to Western Europe. The video revolves around a fictional society in the year 2115, which hopes to gain insights for its own development on the basis of archive reports from the Yugoslav television.

Madelon Hooykaas / Elsa Stansfield: Re: location The
Netherlands, 1999, 15:47 Min.
Stones, minerals, geological formations, prehistoric finds, as well as modern photographs store the memory of events. The film stimulates the contemplative view of the artifacts and raises the question of how the ‘re-location’ and the musealization of objects create different contexts of perception.

Link to imai Foundation website
More about The Sniper by Adela Jušić

Featured image Adela Jušić / The Sniper at Balkan Insight, curated by Alicia Knock, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2016

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