LUNCH TIME SHORTS
In partnership with: Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
Curation: ARGOS centre for audiovisual arts
Language: French, English
Price: Free entry, subject to availability
Venue: Festival Headquarters, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain
Dates: 9/03, 11/03 & 13/03 – 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Meet us for a cinematic lunch break and screenings of a wide array of extraordinary short films.
As part of the Luxembourg City Film Festival, Casino Luxembourg - Forum d'art contemporain invited ARGOS to present three lunchtime film screenings. The resulting programme is constantly seeking to explore the intertwinement of fictional storytelling and factual elements of reality itself. As the reality is the combination of multilayered perspectives, these films show how the act of filmmaking itself is the result of a complicated series of mediations, first between the filmmakers and their subjects. They also show how different topics and contexts can be translated into visually remarkable images and uncanny narratives. Demonstrating that observation and filmmaking are never neutral, these films represent a state of the world that remains open to interpretation.
Monday, 9th March à 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
International Tourism (2014) by Marie Voignier – 48’
In 2012, Marie Voignier managed get herself invited to North Korea as a tourist. Which attitude does a dictatorial regime adopt when an artist comes to visit and film the place? What scenography and what actors does it stage, what narratives does it create in order to instil the image it seeks to propagate of itself to the visitor? Voignier’s artistic position is somewhere between registering and critical, leaving judgment and interpretation to the viewers.
Wednesday, 11th March à 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Faire-Part (2018) by Rob Jacobs, Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh Mohamedali & Paul Shemisi Betutua – 58’
On the cusp of postponed Congolese elections, two Congolese and two Belgian filmmakers make a film about Kinshasa and its resistance against the legacies of colonialism. It is their intention to collectively tell a story, but having grown up on opposing sides of history, they have diverging views on the ways in which the story should be told. Through the filming of artistic performances in public space, they paint a provocative picture of Kinshasa and its relationships to the rest of the world.
Friday, 13th March à 12.30 pm – 1.30 pm
Dear Lorde (2015) by Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke – 27’
The 14-year-old bone collector Maxine Rose is looking for validation from her heroes, amongst them the primatologist Jane Goodall, bishop Desmond Tutu and the New Zealand teen pop Star Lorde. Offering them the gift of language, Maxine Rose stands for the desire to be visible and understood, not unlike the desire of an artist.
You Were an Amazement on the Day You Were Born (2019) by Cooper Battersby & Emily Vey Duke – 33’
This visually stunning film follows a woman through a life characterised by damage and loss, but who still experiences humour, love, and joy. With a score that follows the span of Lenore’s life, from her birth in the early 1970s to her death in the 2040s, the film takes us from moments of loss to poignancy and dark humour. Narrated by performers who range in age from nine to sixty-nine, her life is beautifully illustrated with images of animals, insects, and landscapes.