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Keimena #5: Verzió

by Miklós Erdély

Monday January 16, 2017, 24:00
Verzió (Version), 1979, Hungary, 54 min.
Director: Miklós Erdély

Miklós Erdély’s Version gravitates around Tiszaeszlár, a small East Hungarian village where in 1882 a young maid went missing and was later found dead in the river. The local Jewish community was accused of ritually murdering her. The blood libel trial that followed ignited anti-Semitic propaganda, agitation, and later pogroms in Austria-Hungary that gained worldwide attention. More

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Keimena: a documenta 14 Film Program on ERT2, airing Mondays at midnight from December 19, 2016 to September 18, 2017

Keimena is a weekly broadcast of films presented by the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), and organized by documenta 14. By relying for its presentation on ERT, Greece's public television broadcaster, the project aims to extend documenta 14’s scope into viewers’ homes, imagining and constituting new and different communities, contexts, and contingencies.

Keimena’s program focuses on the fields of experimental documentary and fiction, presenting films whose approaches and topics engage social, political, and poetic concerns and whose concepts, themes, and positions are in dialogue with the overall curatorial visions of documenta 14.

Television, both public and private, is a key factor in Greece’s recent history and development. Its importance in mediating and reflecting upon the country’s current socio-economic predicament cannot be overstated. Despite suffering severe budget cuts which affected its operability, ERT remains the official “public” medium, especially in Greece’s collective consciousness; ERT’s controversial closure in 2013 as part of austerity measures generated immediate and extensive protests nationwide.

While TV viewing can appear to be a solitary activity, it is also—especially when compared to online surfing and streaming habits—a synchronized and therefore collective experience that happens in real time. Like visiting an exhibition, it too requires prior programmatic commitment from the viewer and facilitates the subsequent sharing of the experience. Such structural qualities and the fundamental principles of public service broadcasting—including a sense of community, distance from vested interests, and attention to social minorities—are as essential to Keimena as the individual themes of the many films included in the series.

The films are chosen both for their pertinent subject matter, as well as for the singular filmic forms they present. Each provides a reflection on some of the most invisible, fleeting, and quotidian aspects of human social relations as well as those of global structures of power. Each film develops its own unique language to reflect the intangible reality it presents. The program includes films dating back to the 1970s, recent productions, and new films commissioned by documenta 14. All of them tackle contemporary issues pertinent to life in Greece and elsewhere in times of economic hardship and social unrest.

Given the exceptional quality and rarity of the films presented, the Keimena curators hope that the program quickly establishes itself as a weekly highlight for Greek cinephiles and the broader public. Keimena aims to be one of the most exciting presentations of film culture on television worldwide, offering direct access to a range of feature-length and short experimental documentary and fiction films by prominent independent filmmakers and artists that have restricted availability elsewhere.

Keimena functions within the guidelines of ERT and of public service broadcasting, and its content engages the television viewer over a period of nine months of regular weekly programming. In the same way that a film is introduced before being screened at a film festival, or artworks in a museum exhibition are accompanied by an informative label, Keimena broadcasts are preceded by short introductions that offer a broad reading and contextualization that complements and enriches the viewing session. Written by international authors—film and art critics, philosophers, journalists, filmmakers, and other experts who have a unique knowledge and insight into a particular film—these introductions are as much an integral part of the programming effort as the films themselves.

Keimena runs on ERT2 every Monday at midnight; the duration of the broadcasts varies according to the running time of the films. Additionally, the films will be available for streaming within Greece via webtv.ert.gr for seven days after each broadcast. All films are presented in their original language with Greek subtitles.
 

Credits

Keimena is a documenta 14 Film Program, curated by Hila Peleg and Vassily Bourikas.

Coordinator: Venia Vergou
Assistant, Exhibition Department: Antonia Rahofer

Editor: Filipa Ramos
Copy Editors: Ben Eastham, Lenia Mazaraki
Translation and subtitles: Tony Moser, Giorgos Giannakopoulos, Yannis Andreou, Yannis Papadakis

Postproduction: StudioBauhaus, Athens

Opening sequence concept and design: Mevis & Van Deursen, Amsterdam
Opening sequence realization: Blommers / Schumm, Amsterdam
Music in the opening sequence: Mort Aux Vaches: Untitled 4 by Pan Sonic and Charlemagne Palestine, 2015

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Keimena #4: La Mort de Louis XIV

by Albert Serra

Monday January 9, 2017, 24:00
La Mort de Louis XIV (The Death of Louis XIV), 2016, France/Portugal/Spain, 115 min.
Director: Albert Serra

Albert Serra’s The Death of Louis XIV is an exquisite meditation on death, dignity and voyeurism that unfurls like a baroque tapestry. Visionary Catalan filmmaker and artist Albert Serra is contemporary cinema’s master historicist. More

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Keimena #3: Oncle Bernard—L’anti-leçon d’économie

by Richard Brouillette

Monday January 2, 2017, 24:00 on ERT2
Oncle Bernard—L’anti-leçon d’économie​ (Oncle Bernard—A Counter-Lesson in Economics), 2015, Canada/Spain, 79 min.
Director: Richard Brouillette

Depicted in Richard Brouillette’s Oncle Bernard – A Counter-Lesson in Economics, Bernard Maris, who wrote under the pseudonym of Uncle Bernard in his “Charlie Hebdo” column, had the mission of unmasking the professional fabricators of the economy—those who, every day, wherever we are, fill us with the same rubbish, draped in a phony pseudo-science whose goal is to disguise the mechanisms of that power which enslaves us. More

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Keimena #2: Sleepless Nights Stories

by Jonas Mekas

Monday December 26, 2016, 24:00 on ERT2
Sleepless Nights Stories, 2011, USA, 114 min.
Director: Jonas Mekas

Sleepless Nights Stories originated from my reading of the One Thousand and One Nights. While my stories, unlike the Arabian tales, are all from the real life, they too, at some points wander into somewhere else, beyond the everyday routine reality. More

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Keimena #1: From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf

by CAMP

Monday December 19, 2016, 24:00 on ERT2
From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf (Kutchi Vahan Pani Wala), 2013, India/United Arab Emirates, 83 min.
Directors: CAMP (Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran)

CAMP’s From Gulf to Gulf to Gulf describes a journey on the high seas. A group of sailors from the Kutch district in western India—along with fellow seafarers from southern Iran and the Pakistani provinces of Sindh and Balochistan—transport goods and livestock in wooden vessels across the Persian and Aden gulfs.  More

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