INTERSECTIONS is a haven for those seeking escape from the conventions of narrative and documentary film.
The Experimental Cinema and Video Art Awards focuses on cinema as personal expression and explores the innovative, freewheeling edges of the moving image.
Now in its 15th year, the competition presents 8 selections drawn from 100 entries. Prizes totaling NIS 25,000. are funded by the Ostrovsky Family Fund and by Rivka Saker, in memory of Lia van Leer.
Guest curator Federico Rossin introduces two programs of Polish films from the 1970s, selected to draw attention to issues that resonate today.
The Vanished World showcases how experimental filmmakers in early sixties approached the Holocaust and the disappearance of Jewish life in Poland.
Film Form Studio films spotlight a group of dissident film and art students, active between 1970 and 1977, who, disenchanted by the Łódź Film School’s curriculum, developed their own approach to illuminating complicated topics. This echoes discussions currently taking place in Jerusalem.
Jonas Mekas, who Jim Jarmusch described as ‘the poet’s version of Kung Fu Master,’ will be saluted with a screening of his masterwork Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania (1972). Preceding it will be his rarely screened short, Notes on the Circus (1966), a proverbial tutorial on his signature, edited-in-camera balancing act.
Péter Forgács and Jay Rosenblatt pair in a program that investigates memory, time and displaced histories. Forgács’ Venom(2016) was awarded first prize in the Loop video art fest in Barcelona. Rosenblatt’s Claustrum (2014) evokes an immersive twilight zone that prompts reflections on the end of an era.
Mamuta Art and Research Center will host an installation by Eiv Kristal and Nurit Dreamer. They will transform Mamuta’s distinctive spaces into reflections of their autobiographic fantasies.
INTERSECTIONS explores how inventive applications of cinematic magic tap memory, reflect history and induce revelation.