Sunday, 23 June
Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: The films of Pierre Merejkowsky
Doors open at 20.00, Film starts 20.30.
AN EVENING WITH PIERRE MEREJKOWSKY
AND NINA ZIVANCEVIC
Pierre Merejkowsky is a fimmaker with an anarchistic bent who resides in Paris. He cares nothing for finesse or the elegance of style. Once, in one of his reviews, the French film critic Serge Daney famously blasted a movie about a German concentration camp, because at one point there was an artful camera movement. How can one consider artfulness in dealing with the holocaust? Merejkowsky is a bit the same: what is the point of endlessly harping on aesthetics and style, when we are facing an era when the entire world is falling apart at the seams?
Merejkowsky investigates images with his cinema, yes, but much more than that. He interrogates our passivity. He throws himself, camera in hand, into volatile situations. He pleads, he battles with ghosts, he confronts everyone in the immediate environment. He insists; where does this sluggish lethargy that is so prevalent today come from? He is only interested in cinema as a catalyst for transformation. His films are provocative, and are meant to archaeologically dig beneath the surface of culture and everyday life.
Together with poet Nina Zivancevic, we will introduce and explore Pierre's chaotic, vibrant, passionate cinema. In between films, discussion with the public will also be encouraged.
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