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Berwick New Cinema: Rossby Wave

This programme contains 3 films.

In-Person screening

Maltings Henry Travers
23 September 2017, 13:00 – 14:52

Accompanying the Festival’s exhibitions programme, the Berwick New Cinema Competition features resolutely contemporary films that transgress restraints of genre, capital and expectation. Doubling in size since its first iteration in 2016, it is one of the Festival’s ambitions to develop dialogue around different presentation potentials for the moving image.

A drive towards liveness and agency provides a critical framework for selections.

This year’s jury are 2016 Berwick New Cinema Award winner Camilo Restrepo, artist and curator Amal Khalaf (Serpentine Gallery and GCC Collective) and film programmer Joanna Raczynska (National Gallery of Art, Washington).

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Parable of the Return

Wilson left home in Medellin (Colombia) on his way to Bogota but never arrived at his destination. Thirty years later, after peace agreements with the FARC have drastically altered his home country, he returns from exile in London to meet his family who believed him dead. Wilson’s plane journey shapes a parable inspired by a poem by (Columbian writer) Porfirio Barba Jacob.

Director

Juan Soto

UK Premiere

Production Countries

Colombia United Kingdom

Production Year

2016

Duration

41 mins

Dialogue Languages

English Spanish

Producer

Sandra Tabares

Print Contact

Juan Soto

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Junkanoo Talk

Who has the authority to speak about a given culture? Junkanoo Talk investigates the language of celebration through carnival.

Storr is interested in carnival as subversive act, an outlet for parody or satire and abstraction employed in the service of cultural identity, obscuring or revealing an author. The work explores a culturally ambiguous standpoint and seeks to avoid a fetishization of the so-called ‘other’. Through colour and gesture Storr seeks a near forensic way of looking, yet the viewer is systematically denied the full picture.

As part of the Bahamian diaspora, Storr has experienced the carnival only through mediated imagery, through first hand accounts, the internet and television. Colour is coded in a way that suggests an internal logic, the layering on of a costume comparative to the layering on of a language. At the start of the film James Baldwin is quoted, who speaks in this instance of the complexities of being an African American in France, whilst the costume shown employs a technique of cutting crepe paper specific to Junkanoo, a carnival of the Bahamas.

Director

Rhea Storr

World Premiere

Production Country

United Kingdom

Production Year

2017

Duration

12 mins

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La Bouche

A man learns that his daughter has been brutally murdered by her husband. Time stands still as he oscillates between the need for solace and his urge for revenge.

A musical featuring Guinean percussion master, Mohamed Bangoura ‘Red Devil’, loosely based on his own story.

Director

Camilo Restrepo

UK Premiere

Production Country

France

Production Year

2017

Duration

19 mins