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Lars Henrik Gass Presents Oberhausen Short Films

Dr Lars Henrik Gass In Association



From the Archive of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen

The Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, under the directorship of Dr Lars Henrik Gass, is one of the world¹s most respected film events. Each year, the Festival presents numerous world premieres and international first-runs.

In the course of its 50-year history it has premiered the work of such filmmakers as David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Agnes Varda and Chris Marker.

The Moving Image Centre is working in partnership with the Goethe Institut Inter-Nationes to bring over the Director and a programme of the best of last year¹s short international films.

Dr Lars Gass will be giving a short presentation before each screening

International Video Programme

Entry by koha ­ limited seating

This is without doubt the most political and experimental program of the series. Gunilla Josephson destroys the image of her (imaginary?) father Ingmar Bergman. Miranda July presents a confusing portrait of society on the brink of a catastrophe. Claudia Aravena thematizes September 11 against the background of the military putsch in Chile a good 30 years before.

All these works question the authenticity of the images and the perspective of the narrative.

Was Souheil Bachar actually a hostage in Lebanon? Was the female narrator of "Cargo" actually locked up with sailors on a ship for weeks on end? What images are valid where reality does not seem to make sense?

Saturday 29th May 6.30pm, as part of The Easy Listening Series Auckland Art Gallery Auditorium (cnr Kitchener Wellesley St)

Eastern Europe Film Programme This program includes several of the most important films from the Socialist countries of Eastern Europe.

These films are not narrative films in the strictest sense of the word but primarily animations and documentaries. Zilnik depicts not only the deplorable situation in former Yugoslavia but also the eye that depicts it. Godina, who at times works as Godard's assistant, portrays various sections of the population and the system which attempts to hold them together. The technique used by Rybzynski for his "Tango" won him an Oscar, and the Academy did not hesitate to award one to Svankmajer either. The background is the impending collapse of the Soviet Union and the vacuum that ensues.

Monday 31st May 6.30pm,

Rialto Cinema,



Bookings can be made at the Rialto ­ normal ticket prices apply

Historical Overview- International Film

Far removed from the undemanding uniformity which meanwhile pervades mainstream feature films, the international competition program offers a wide diversity of genres and innovations. Among these contributions from six countries are humorous films that make us laugh, distressing films that make us pensive, animated cartoon films for every taste and documentaries thematizing the gender relationships, violence and growing up. Although many of the films manage completely without language, they do in fact communicate with each other and in the end you cannot fail to notice the thread that runs through them all. We invite you to take this long and exciting voyage of discovery through the great cinema of short films.

Tuesday 1st June 6.30pm,

Rialto Cinema,



Bookings can be made at the Rialto ­ normal ticket prices apply

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