I have two world premiere screenings in Berlin during the 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge.
A Winter Wind 3min 2s 2009
opening mix II, Thurs 10th 10pm
The Sick Passenger 2 min 11s 2010
traveler , Thurs 17th 8:30pm
The 7th Berlin International Directors Lounge 2011
@ art house meinblau, Pfefferberg.
Schoenhauser Allee 176 / Christinenstr. 18, 10119 Berlin
Once again this year, the Berlinale is drawing a great many filmmakers and cineastes to Berlin. In parallel and by now an insiders’ tip, the Directors Lounge, developed by Berlin artists, is hosting for the 7th year in a row its own very special kind of film festival.
On the Pfefferberg, on the premises of the Meinblau Gallery, a broad audience will be presented an international of- fering of experimental and short films as well as media art. Out of 700 submissions, a heady program has been put together, to be accompanied by live events, DJs and a lounge bar.
Encounters and discussions between artists and audience are an essential feature of the concept, and so once again this year many national and international artists will be on hand in person to present their projects.
The multiple-award-winning British composer Michael Nyman, known to the general public in particular for his music for The Piano as well as for numerous Peter Greenaway ventures, will personally present his own films.
Guy Maddin, Canadian filmmaker and juror at this year’s Berlinale, will be the subject of a special evening, with his own personal selection of his short films. This program will be complemented by readings by Kenton Turk and films bearing the mark of his influence.
Ten days long, starting daily at 6 pm, issue and country-specific programs and the best films of the Open Call will be presented. Further highlights include Jean-Gabriel Périot, one of the most important exponents of French experimental film; the Collectif Jeune Cinéma; Alexei Dmitriev (St. Petersburg), shooting star of the international curator scene; Berlin gallerist Fridey Mickel; Kika Nicolela (Brazil); Klaus W. Eisenlohr ́s “Urban Research”; the Zebra Poetry Film Festival and films by artists of the Myriam Blundell Project (London), to name only a few.