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EXPERIMENTA 101 TUE 10 SUN 15 20:45 ICA 16:00 RICH MIX EXPERIMENTA FILMS AND VIDEOS BY ARTISTS WHO TRANSFORM OUR EXPERIENCE OF SEEING MOVING IMAGES SUN 8 17:45 NFT3 TUE 10 18:15 ICA Dir Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Prod Ameenah Ayub Allen, Andrea Luka Zimmerman. Scr Taina Galis, Andrea Luka Zimmerman. With Bo Gritz, Ted Kotcheff, Tudor Gates. UK 2017. 88min. Sales LUX Distribution Dir-Scr-Prod Narimane Mari. With Antoine Morin, Rachid Haddad, Tekla Gounaridi. France-Greece- Germany-Qatar 2017. 140min. Prod Co Centrale Electrique Bookended by the 2011 London riots, Seymour’s dramatically, politically urgent new film, making its world premiere at the LFF, retells the story of Chris Marker’s La Jetée. A man has been sent back into the past as a way of rescuing the future, his tale told by way of the Narrator who riffs on familiar film dialogue and contemporary references – unpicking the political implications of his journey and our retro obsessions. A collage, narrative, essay film hybrid, Dead the Ends, plunders some fifty years of cinema – including dystopian sci-fi – and uses emojis and gifs as ways of exploring the undercurrents of historical and current visual language, as well as present entrenched, systemic inequality. Cross-currents of thought and broad swathes of material are incisively manoeuvred, whilst, in its intellectually and dramatically gripping shape and scope, the piece feels partsituationist, part-Borgesian. It asks, in richly creative fashion, how did we get here? William Fowler Dir-Prod-Scr Benedict Seymour. With Rachel Baker. UK 2017. 106min. Prod Co Benedict Seymour An excavation of the influence of fiction on truth in the American imagination of warfare and gun culture. ‘Bo’ Gritz is one of the most decorated Vietnam vets. He inspired the character of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo. But when disenchantment set in at covert methods of suppression, he turns whistle-blower to high level collusion and corruption in the US Government, making him an official outcast. Zimmerman’s patiently convivial but uncompromising style gets under the skin of this public figure who remains emblematic of his homeland. He personifies the US’s relationship with its enemies and with itself, supporting gun carrying and anti-government conspiracy theories while performing his own role as an action hero for the people. Using newly discovered archive footage and extensive interviews, the film uncovers how America’s own cultural mythmaking invades its collective psyche to the extent that movies and games come to mean more than reality. Helen de Witt Algerian director Narimane Mari’s lustrous triptych, a pointed reflection on colonial power and the ideological underpinnings of modern day migration, defies classification. Building on the groundwork laid by the radical and playful Bloody Beans, Mari’s second feature is a wide-ranging and pointed exploration of colonial power and its legacy. Three distinct sections fuse reenactments based on French colonial military reports in North Africa – a lush island utopia merging languages and cultures – and interviews conducted with Greek analysts reflecting on present-day migration. Whilst visually striking tableaux play out to a rich and layered soundscape, Mari draws specific attention to the weight of words. In merging past and present, she underlines the power of semantics in our understanding of history, representation and their meaning in today’s realities. Having premiered at documenta 14, Le Fort des Fous establishes Mari’s playful, inquisitive, classification-defying style as a vital and distinctive voice. Elhum Shakerifar ERASE AND FORGET DEAD THE ENDS IN ASSOCIATION WITH LE FORT DES FOUS BRITISH DOC BRITISH


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