39 Eye Filmmuseum
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Leading filmmakers from five continents were invited to participate in this anniversary exhibition, marking fifty years of International Film Festival Rotterdam and seventy-five years of the Eye Filmmuseum. They were asked to create works that exploit the potential of the three-dimensional exhibition space instead of the two-dimensional cinema screen. Each made a cinematographic installation – some for the first time – that explores the boundaries of their work and the art of film in general. In this way, Eye and IFFR celebrate the unlimited power and diversity of world cinema, which is such a vital part of their programming.
Jia Zhang-ke represents the voice of Chinese independent cinema. Social observation is a key element in his work, and the individual always forms part of a larger entity – a space, a situation, an era. For Vive le Cinéma!, he has made a new work based on the ubiquity of surveillance cameras.
Nanouk Leopold and Daan Emmen have been making spatial works together since 2009 under the name Leopold Emmen. In Vive le Cinéma!, they present the most pared-down form of cinema, in which light and sound create a physical and three-dimensional filmic experience.
Lucrecia Martel rose to prominence with her debut film La Ciénaga (2001), and more recently with the hallucinatory Zama (2017). In her new installation at Eye, she works with heat images and gives a voice to vanished and forgotten languages from northern Argentina that reveal a long history of violence and colonization.
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is one of the most exciting visual voices around today. He belongs to a generation of African filmmakers whose work questions stereotypes surrounding the continent’s cinema and develops new visual imagery to tell their stories. For Eye, he has made an overwhelming installation with multiple screens that focus on the representation of the black female body.
Carlos Reygadas makes intuitive narratives of breathtaking beauty about human relationships and the mystery of life. His installation at Eye was inspired by a gigantic film reel or a pre-cinema device and confronts us with our own views and that of the Other.
The exhibition is accompanied by a film program and five special evenings, curated by Dana Linsen and Jan Pieter Ekker, in which the filmmakers take us on a journey through their work. For screening dates and times, see www.eyefilm.nl/vivelecinema.
Also, in collaboration with the IFFR programme Critics’ Choice VII On Positionality, five new video essays were made to contextualize the works on display in Vive le Cinéma! These are available at www.vivelecinema.online, which also includes background information, clips, documents, and texts related to each director.
Jia Zhang-ke (CN 1970), Nanouk Leo- pold (NL, 1968) & Daan Emmen (NL, 1968) Lucrecia Martel (AR, 1966), Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (LS, 1980), Carlos Reygadas (MX, 1971)