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The new programm for the Volksbühne's film series VariaVision

VariaVision, the Volksbühne’s film programming series, curated by Giulio Bursi, began the new season with a sold-out evening featuring film collective LaborBerlin e.V. on Sunday in the Roter Salon. VariaVision’s goal is to present innovative cinematic works and performances produced by filmmakers and artists who aim to move beyond the frame of the canonical formats of filmmaking and film presentations. It’s already presented works by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Albert Serra, Lucretia Martel, Alain Guiraudie, Luke Fowler, Ben Russell, Helena Wittmann, Luise Doschen, Tony Conrad and Jacques Nolot, combined with conversations, performances and live musical performances, from artists such as Black Cracker, Stephen O´Malley and Jochen Arbeit & Ensemble.

In the Roter Salon over the coming weeks, VariaVision will screen films by Philip Rizk, Klaus Lutz, Chris Delforce, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė, Benjamin Crotty and Maha Maamoun (tbc), some of which are making their Germany debut:

30 September, 20:00

World without Maps (Cairo 2018 – in the making) by Philip Rizk. Presentation with film excerpts, a reading and a conversation with the filmmaker and author Philip Rizk from Cairo and curator Rasha Salti. An event in the Un-Spoken series with Arab artists and filmmakers about deconstruction, disclosure and the un-spoken in their works, co-presented by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.

16 October, 20:00

Klaus Lutz: The Beauty of My Island. Projection of the original 16mm copy by painter, experimental filmmaker and performance artist Klaus Lutz (1940-2009), in combination with a three-hour live performance from Sir John Henry & ensemble. In collaboration with the Association for the Preservation of the Works of Klaus Lutz.

30 October, 20:00

Dominion (Australia, 2018) by Chris Delforce. A documentary about the dark side of modern animal agriculture and the morality and validity of humanity’s dominion over the animal kingdom, uncovered through drones, as well as hidden and handheld cameras. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia and Chris Delforce.

8 November, 20:00

Acid Forest (Lithuania, 2018) by Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė. Germany debut of the Vilnius-based filmmaker and theatre director’s first film, which was honoured at the Locarno film festival. Barzdžiukaitė will also be one of Lithuania’s representatives at the Venice Biennale in 2019. With breathtaking images that could be from a horror film, Acid Forest documents a dying forest located in the border regions between Lithuania and Russia. Followed by an artist talk with Barzdžiukaitė, Sergio Fant (Locarno International Film Festival) and Giulio Bursi.

14 December, 20:00

The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin by Benjamin Crotty (USA, 2018). Germany debut of the new film by the young American director, as well as a selection of other short films and a performance featuring actors from P14, the Volksbühne’s youth theatre group, based on a script by Crotty. The Glorious Acceptance… tells the story of Nicolas Chauvin, who allegedly served in the First Army of the French Republic and then in Napoléon Bonaparte’s Grand Army. The expression chauvinism comes from his name, although it’s unclear if he ever existed or if he’s just a fictional character.

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