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FIRST EDITION CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTS

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I established the Cracking the Frame program in 2011, with the aim of offering a podium and developing new audiences for art documentaries. The program has been an astonishing success since its first event, a sold-out screening of Celine Danhier’s Blank City.

Five years and nearly 50 film premieres later I am finally ready to expand the scope of Cracking the Frame even further and announce the launch of CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTS.

CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTS is a curated program of film screenings, artist talks, presentations, workshops and special events entirely dedicated to art documentaries and artist films taking place at various cultural venues in Amsterdam. This expanded program dedicated to art documentaries and artist films is presented in collaboration with art institutes, cultural organisations and publications such as Stedelijk Bureau, LIMA, LUX London, W139, PuntWG, WestWednesdays and De Groene Amsterdammer.

CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTS opens on the 5th of May at Rialto and continues throughout the whole month of May. The full program, mission statement and organisation can be found on the CRACKING THE FRAME PRESENTS website.
www.crackingtheframe.org

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – KOUDELKA – SHOOTING HOLY LAND

“What matters most to me is to take photographs; to continue taking them and not to repeat myself. To go further, to go as far as I can.” – Josef Koudelka

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Wednesday 18 May, 19:30, Rialto Amsterdam

KOUDELKA – SHOOTING HOLY LAND

Gilad Baram
Germany & Czech Republic | 2015 | 72 min
In English and Hebrew with English subtitles
Dutch premiere

Josef Koudelka, born in 1938, is arguably one of the greatest living photographers. He burst onto the international stage in 1968, when he photographed the Russian invasion of his native Prague. His photographs were smuggled out of Prague to Magnum and published anonymously, but they were so distinctive that they refused to remain anonymous.

Koudelka is part of a generation of documentary photographers who believe fervently that if you show people what is actually happening in the world, they will understand and be moved to demand change.

Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in the West Bank, Koudelka is deeply shaken and embarks on a four-year project in the region which will confront him once again with the harsh reality of violence and conflict.

Director Gilad Baram, Koudelka’s assistant at the time, follows him on his journey through the Holy Land from one enigmatic and visually spectacular location to another.
In each location – soon to become a new “Koudelka photo” – a new scene unfolds, gradually introducing us to Koudelka’s method of working and his perception of the world he is documenting as well as the people he encounters.

A fascinating dialogue emerges between Baram’s cinematography and Koudelka’s still photographs, as Baram places the photographer in his own breathtaking compositions. Their austere images of a landscape carved up by concrete walls and barbed wire reveal the tragic absurdity of the infamous conflict.

“What is happening around the photographer becomes the filmmaker’s subject, and this periphery is loaded with meaning.” – Aperture Foundation

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

 

Winners Imagine Film Festival

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The 2016 edition of the Imagine Film Festival has been a blast!

My sincere thanks to the organisation and to anyone who participated and attended the 10-day long celebration of all things fantastic.

And here are this year’s awarded films:

http://imaginefilmfestival.com/what-is-happening/awards-imagine-film-festival

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – HORIZONS

“I danced inside of me. I danced with my eyes closed, and I kept working for something. Something that was born inside of me that could not die.” – Alicia Alonso

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Wednesday 13 April, 19:30 at Rialto Amsterdam

HORIZONS
Eileen Hofer
Switzerland | 2015 | 70 min
In Spanish with English subtitles
Dutch premiere

Alicia Alonso’s splendor still radiates throughout the world of ballet today. A star so brilliant, she has captivated audiences worldwide and inspired generations of compatriots. Even now at the age of ninety and nearly blind, she continues to encourage the dreams of young dancers who seek to follow in her footsteps.

Amanda, a young and aspiring ballet dancer, has dedicated all her efforts into preparing for her exam, the first step towards being accepted into Alicia Alonso’s ballet company.
Viengsay is one of four celebrated dancers of the National Ballet of Cuba. She has already achieved the status young Amanda dreams of one day attaining, and day after day she continues to evolve under the watchful eye of Alicia Alonso

In Cuba classical dance is not “just” a noble discipline, but also and above all the embodiment of the harmony that can come out of precision, bordering on perfection. In the backdrop of the legendary Gran Teatro de La Habana, filmmaker Eileen Hofer paints the delicate portrait of three ballet dancers at various stages of their careers as they strive to emerge and keep the tradition of Cuban classical dance alive.

— Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and New Horizons International Film Festival Best Documentary nominee. —

“A free-flowing and hypnotic experience.” – Variety

“A strong sense of longing pervades this lovely film. The reality is that these three women — the legend, the star, the student — all have a tenuous hold on their art form. Each is facing the possible end of a dream. But if there is some denial at work — particularly on Alonso’s part — their perseverance comes across as a poetic act in itself.” – The Washington Post

“Instead of asking these women what their motivations are directly, Eileen Hofer prefers to let their gestures speak, an invisible but powerful form of subtitles, which say that which is rather not or cannot be expressed with words.” – Cineuropa

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

 

 

CRACKING THE FRAME – FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER

“The function of art is to shake us out of our complacency and comfort” – Yvonne Rainer

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Wednesday 16 March, 19:30h at Rialto Amsterdam

FEELINGS ARE FACTS: THE LIFE OF YVONNE RAINER

Jack Walsh
US | 2015 | 86 min
Dutch premiere

In the early 1960s, Yvonne Rainer and a group of maverick dancers influenced by choreographer Merce Cunningham and musician John Cage founded the Judson Dance Theater. The group revolutionized dance by introducing everyday movements like walking and running, performing in street clothes and screaming and yelling into the dance lexicon.

Not content in dance alone Rainer turned her attention to filmmaking in the early ‘70s, applying to the new medium the same revolutionary impetus that was to be found in her body work and creating a number of ground-breaking experimental films confronting issues of political power, women’s objectification, lesbian sexuality or her own struggle with breast cancer.

Rainer’s boundary-crossing art has been labeled in many ways: feminist, conceptual, post-modern, political. Today, at 80, Rainer continues performing, creating vibrant, courageous, unpredictable dances that mix artistic disciplines.

Making abundant use of film excerpts, archive footage and reinterpretations of Rainer’s choreographies, director Jack Walsh tells the riveting story of one of America’s most important choreographers and experimental filmmakers. FEELINGS ARE FACTS examines the contradictions and creativity of this remarkable provocateur and raises the question: what does it mean to be an avant-garde artist today?

*****

“A compelling portrait of a truly original artist, as vital as ever in her senior years.” – The San Francisco Chronicle

“With DIY performances having become ubiquitous in popular culture, this documentary serves as essential viewing for not only dance aficionados, but for those seeking an illuminating example of how postmodern artists were instrumental in “opening up the palace gates of high art”. – The Straight

“An artist long comfortable with the written and spoken word, Rainer comes across here as a flinty, inspiring and indefatigably questing practitioner, keen to explore her chosen fields to their maximum potential.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“An absorbing documentary that’s filled with Rainer’s reflections on her life and art.” – Star Journal

*****

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

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CRACKING THE FRAME – THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER

“A harem full of translators would be heaven on earth.” – Bashevis Singer

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Wednesday 24 February, 19:30, Rialto Amsterdam

THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER

Asaf Galay & Shaul Betser
Israel | 2014 | 72 min
In English and Yiddish with English subtitle
Dutch premiere

Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) became the first Yiddish language author to receive a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1978. After emigrating from Poland to the United States Singer became widely renowned for his short stories full of sharp sense of humour, absurdity and sensuality. While Singer arose to become the most internationally famous and successful Yiddish writer of all times, not many people were aware that for most of his career the writer worked with a ‘harem’ of dozens of young female translators. Beyond acting as simple translators, these women were a vital source of his creativity and the inspiration he drew from them came in many forms, often mixing romance with professional collaboration. Through their work, these intelligent and literary women introduced Singer to audiences around the world.

THE MUSES OF BASHEVIS SINGER reveals the unique collaboration between the writer and his translators by giving voice to the remaining nine of them, offering a delightful glimpse behind the curtain of Singer’s personality and his literary methods. Mixing intimate interviews and exclusive archival footage, the film retells the writer’s career through the eyes of the people who knew him best while bringing in the spotlight the often underrated role of translators and their own artistic practise.

*****

Dozens of women throughout Singer’s life worked with him to open the doors to his singular Yiddish prose for the rest of the world to enjoy, and his relationships with many of them blurred the lines between the professional and the personal. This is their story, and his—as well as a story of the arts of literature, translation, love, and life itself. – Filmlinc

This is a neat little film. Very much recommended. – Unseen Films

Israeli directors Shaul Betser and Asaf Galay tracked down nine of these women and some wonderful footage–not just of Singer’s interviews over the years (in one of which, with Dick Cavett in 1979, he takes exception to the commandment against adultery) but of Singer at work with his translators. […] All this behind-the-scenes creative stuff is so interesting, it may distract from the fact that, then as now, the famous take advantage of those who feel honored just to be next to them. – Huffington Post

*****

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

CRACKING THE FRAME – NAN GOLDIN I REMEMBER YOUR FACE

“There is no distance between me and what I photograph.” – Nan Goldin

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Wednesday 20 January, 19:30, Rialto Amsterdam

NAN GOLDIN, I REMEMBER YOUR FACE

Dir. Sabine Lidl
Germany | 2013 | 61 min
In English and German with English subs
Dutch première

Influential photographer Nan Goldin is widely renowned for her intensely personal, spontaneous and sexual photographs. In 1985 her ground-breaking series The Ballad of Sexual Dependency portrayed her extended family of artists, drug addicts and drag queens friends as they partied, got high, fought and had sex and, according to the New York Times, “forged a genre, with photography as influential as any in the last 20 years”.
Now in her sixties Goldin continues to amaze and shock with her transgressive slideshow presentations, exhibitions and books, still true to her motto that “my photos originate from relations, not from observations.”.

German director Sabine Lidl composes an intimate portrait of the New York charismatic photographer as she accompanies the artist on a nostalgic journey from Paris to Turin, Vienna and Berlin, where Nan Goldin lived for three years in the 90s and where she re-encounters some of her dearest friends and ex-lovers. As ruthlessly candid as the snapshots that have come to define Goldin as one of the most celebrated and controversial photographers of her generation, Lidl’s deeply personal film intertwines slideshows of Goldin’s photographs with intimate moments where the artist talks openly about her personal life, work, inspiration and obsessions.

The screening is presented in collaboration with FOAM and will be introduced by FOAM’s curator Kim Knoppers.

*****

A personal, incautious and thoroughly engaging view of the artist at work and at play. – IndieNYC

A brisk and illuminating documentary. – Blouinartinfo International

An exemplary insight into an artist’s existence. – ZFF

Many of those she inspired could benefit from this doc, which quietly demonstrates the importance empathy for others plays in successfully transforming one’s own life into art. – The Hollywood Reporter

Listening silently and invisibly, Ms. Lidl provides a respectful, intimate frame for these confidences: cherished memories of a time when friend, lover and subject were often one and the same. – The New York Times

*****

 

Cracking the Frame

A monthly program featuring an international selection of critically acclaimed arts documentaries and artists’ films.
Cracking the Frame focuses on the creative intersection between art and film through thought-provoking cinematic portraits of the life and work of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.
Each film is theatrically unreleased in The Netherlands and will be screened in English or with English subtitles.

CRACKING THE FRAME ON HET PAROOL

Parool 15 december 2015 - A Ballerinas Tale

The Cracking the Frame screening of A BALLERINA’S TALE was the inspiration of the main article featured on Het Parool’s Kunst & Media pages. I am utterly glad to see that this intriguing documentary has been picked up and made one of this week’s centrepieces by the one of the main Dutch newspaper. If you read this from Amsterdam, the film screens today, 19:30 at Rialto.

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