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Victor Moreno’s ‘The Hidden City’ Wins Inaugural Eurimages Award at Les Arcs

13 December 2016 7:42 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Victor Moreno’s science-fiction documentary “The Hidden City” won the inaugural Eurimages Lab Project Award at the 8th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Coproductions Village which wraps today in the French Alps.

Produced by Spain’s El Viaje Films et France’s Pomme Hurlante Films, the docu feature examines what lies beneath a contemporary city from a science fiction perspective, pulling his inspiration from J.G. Ballard novels and films like “Blade Runner.”

“Beneath the modern city there lies a vast labyrinth of galleries, tunnels, sewers (…). An immense spiders web that sits upon and depends on the visible city; a functional and essential space but also a symbolic area, a hidden sphere: The unconscious of the city,” said Moreno.

Moreno’s last doc “The Building” was nominated for a Goya award and played at San Sebastian and Buenos Aires.

Ben Russell’s “Good Luck,” another documentary pitched at the Work-in-Progress session, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Why Reproduce If You Believe the World Is Ending?

8 November 2016 8:45 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

This article was originally published in print in Fireflies Issue #4: Pedro Costa / Ben Rivers (purchase here), and has been posted here with the generosity of the magazine's editors.Origin of the SpeciesAs the titles of This Is My Land (2006) appear on the black screen, we hear Jake Williams’ voice: a song hum-mumbled that reminds me of my father ironing. I like him instantly. When we eventually see Williams, two leaves obscure his forehead and mouth as if to say, this is as close as you’re going to get, or maybe, aren’t these leaves nice, shouldn’t we all spend more time in the woods, playing with leaves? He holds the pose as though instructed. After a few minutes, we get Williams’ first words as he stands in front of his house in the forest: “If you want to make a hedge but you’re not in a big hurry, »

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Avant-Garde Legend Jonas Mekas Offers Filmmaking Advice in New Book Excerpt

10 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jonas Mekas has been at the forefront of avant-garde cinema for more than half a decade, and in that time has accrued a wealth of knowledge that few could match. The 93-year-old luminary has condensed some of his insights into 13 precepts for aspiring experimental filmmakers to follow in “Akademie X,” a new book featuring lessons from 36 “tutors” offering advice in their respective fields.

Read More: Werner Herzog To Teach Online Filmmaking Class This Summer

Number four seems one of the most pertinent. “I believe that the two best ways to begin the journey are: one, to work with another filmmaker whose work you admire, and learn the art and craft the way the old Renaissance artists did or two, by acquiring a camera, any camera, and beginning to film/tape as a daily practice.” As with Werner Herzog and countless other filmmakers, Mekas also insists upon the importance of reading — and being discerning about it. »

- Michael Nordine

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Ben Rivers wins the second Eye Art & Film Prize

8 April 2016 3:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

British director wins $35,000 prize to help fund next feature.

Ben Rivers has been named as the second winner of the Eye Art & Film Prize at a ceremony in Amsterdam’s Eye Filmmuseum

The London-based artist and filmmaker, whose work includes A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness, received the $35,000 (£25,000) prize to fund the making of new work.

In 2018, Eye will present an exhibition of the first three prize winners’ work in Amsterdam.

The prize, created by the Dutch film museum Eye and the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, aims to support and promote an artist or filmmaker whose work has contributed to the developments in the field between art and film in a remarkable manner.

Rivers was chosen from a shortlist presented to the jury by an international advisory board and the selection was made on the basis of the recipient’s body of work.

The British filmmaker has become known for treading a line between »

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Berlin 2016: shorts line-up includes Ben Russell, Mahdi Fleifel

12 January 2016 5:13 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

A total of 25 films selected for competitive programme.

The Berlinale (Feb 11-21) has unveiled the 25 short films from 21 countries that will compete for the Golden and Silver Bear, a nomination for the European Film Awards and, for the second consecutive year, the Audi Short Film Award worth € 20,000.

The short film jury is comprised of the curator and director of the Sharjah Biennial in the UAE, Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi; Greek curator and writer Katerina Gregos; and Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi.

Among others, the competition will include films from Gabriel Abrantes, Pimpaka Towira, Réka Bucsi, Christoph Girardet and Matthias Müller, and Siegfried A. Fruhauf.

Ben Russell, who won plaudits at festivals around the world with A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness, will present He Who Eats Children, described as “a speculative portrait of a Dutchman living in the Surinamese jungle fixing canoe motors, accused of eating the locals’ children”.

Also among the line-up is a new documentary by [link »

- (Michael Rosser)

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