Public Screening #14: HARUN FAROCKI – TAKE TWO, dir. Ingo Kratisch/Lothar Schuster, (G 2019), July 1, 2019, Arsenal Cinema
Five years after Farocki’s sudden death in July 2014, we are turning our public screening into a premiere: HARUN FAROCKI – TAKE TWO (Harun Farocki – Zweimal) connects two different perspectives on the filmmaker. Directors Lothar Schuster (dffb class of 1968) and Ingo Kratisch (dffb class of 1969 and since 1977 cinematographer for many of Farocki’s films) alternate passages from a long conversation with Farocki from 1995 with casual observations recorded by Kratisch and Matthias Rajmann during the shoots for “The Creators of the Shopping Worlds” (Die Schöpfer der Einkaufswelten), “In Comparison” (Zum Vergleich), “Serious Games” (Ernste Spiele) and other films with both photo and video cameras. Two gestures of remembrance, two attempts at grieving. Beforehand, material unearthed in the archive of the Harun Farocki Institute will be shown: text rehearsals for Farocki’s film “Before your Eyes – Vietnam” (Etwas wird sichtbar).
With guests Ingo Kratisch and Lothar Schuster.
Harun Farocki – Take Two
Ingo Kratisch, Lothar Schuster G 2019
Digital file, OV/EnS, 36 min
Test Screens: Before your Eyes – Vietnam
Harun Farocki, FRG circa 1980
Digital file, OV/EnS, 15 min
Public Screening – The Harun Farocki Institut presents
June 28th, 2019, Event / Projects
Mon, July 1, 2019, 7.30 pm, Cinema 1
Location: Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V.
Potsdamer Strasse 2, 10785 Berlin
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