Chiharu Shiota's extremely beautiful and painfully symbolic installation in the Japanese Pavilion at Venice Biennale 2015.
The Winner of the World Cinema Amsterdam festival is the remarkable South African film Necktie Youth from Sibs Shongwe-La Mer. And a Special Mention for Deniz Gmaze Erguven's Mustang. See for more information and the programme the site of World Cinema Amsterdam festival. Below the jury report of this years edition of the festival.
by Patricia Pisters, Carlos M. Quintela & Felix de Rooy
The sixth World Cinema Amsterdam festival has presented a global avalanche of images and sounds that conjure up emotion and insight about the state of humanity through the eyes of talented filmmakers from all over the world. In that sense the value of this festival and of all the films presented in the program cannot be underestimated. The nine films in competition were all very strong, transporting us to different countries and regions; they moved us for many different reasons. We were struck by the political and emancipatory urgency and the empowering forms of resistance in many of the films. Migration between countries and within cultures between urban environments and countryside, as well as all kinds of social injustice are important recurring themes; many films show a younger generation that kicks against the status quo established by previous generations; with varying degrees of success. The jury was also impressed by the quality and variety of the cinematography of all the films in competition. Whether shot in bright colors, strong black and white, poetic light, static framing or fluid camera movements, all films were of remarkable quality and widened our scope of cultural differences and transnational and universal values.
Before announcing the winner, the jury would like to take the opportunity to highlight one of the other films in the competition program, which is a film about the untamable longing for freedom.
The new Issue of NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies is out. With among others a wonderful special section on the 'animal,' curated by guest editors Barbara Creed and Maarten Reesink. The image above is part of Dominic Pettman's contribution to the special section (on Nietzsche, horses, love and other animals). Also new audio-visual essays curated by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez-Lopez.
The Third Deleuze Studies in Asia Camp and Conference were organized by the Manipal Centre for Philosophy and Humanities between 28 May - 7 June 2015 in Manipal, India. A remarkable event full of inspiring panles and lectures and which that included a film screening and a dance event by Attakkalari. See the programme at the camp and conference website. Photos at the facebook page can be seen here. And for more information on the dance group attakkalari.org.