Choreography Meets Cinema at BIEFF 2013, Within the New Special Program DANCE CINEMA FROM THE NETHERLANDS

Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF celebrates this year the encounter between cinema and choreography, presenting for the first time in Romania some of the most fascinating recent collaborations between filmmakers and choreographers from The Netherlands.


With the generous support offered by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Romania and EYE Film Institute Netherlands, BIEFF presents a series of intriguing experiments that combine the dynamic expressivity of human bodies with the subtlety of the cinematic medium, unique experiences which you carry with you long after having left the cinema.


Far more than just recorded choreography, dance cinema explores new creative possibilities to unveil the complex layers of reality through the means of imagination. Moreover, with great emotional impact on the viewer, dance cinema introduces to us worlds so far inaccessible, while finding new ways of expressing emotion, in situations when words are simply redundant, and finally offering a whole new perspective on reality.



Physical limits of space are rendered irrelevant in NATION FOR TWO by CHAJA HERTOG & NIR NADLER, an endearing love story of a couple that traverses incredible distances to be together. Screened at Rotterdam and Oberhausen, this surreal visual essay, that mixes stop motion animation, performance and visual art, reminds us that love knows no borders.



MEMORY LANE by PAUL & MENNO DE NOOIJER also aims to break barriers, this time not physical, but temporal. Examining the evolution of a couple’s love story, this short film manages to compress a lifetime in just a few minutes, in a charming tale of the impermanence and capriciousness of love, in which youthful idealism is quickly followed by the bleak disillusionment of adulthood, to finally find its peace with the wisdom of old age. (TRAILER)



Love is also the main theme in IMMORTELLE by DAVID VERBEEK, a nominee for the Rotterdam Tiger Awards for Short Film 2013, a broken-love story in which the pain of a couple's separation becomes a deeply emotional visual experience. The two still have feelings so strong that, in their quest for closure, they overpower reality and materialize into the outside world: cadaveric doubles of the former lovers invade their worlds, desperately fighting not to be forgotten. (TRAILER)


Love remains the main focus in EGON by MICHIEL VAN JAARSVELD, this time in its relationship with death. Inspired by the aesthetics of the Austrian painter Egon Schiele, the film plays out like a feverish vision of the painter’s last days of life, “in which powerful expressive movements explore the boundary between beauty and eroticism, on the one hand, and decay and perversity on the other.” (Netherlands Film Festival) (TRAILER)



Exploring the same driving force of the emotional bonds between people – this time within the relationship between a mother and her son – OFF GROUND by BOUDEWIJN KOOLE, winner of the Audience Award at Cinedans Festival Amsterdam 2013, is a visual metaphor that uses bodies in motion as a means of expressing the emotion felt when two people have to let go of each other, while the boundaries between reality and illusion and between life and death become relative.


Another focus point of the films in this special program seems to be the exploration of the audience’s viewing experience, some of these experiments managing to creatively shift the way we see reality itself.



While the poetic documentary NIGHTWALKING, presented with the kind support of Konrad Adenaeur Stiftung, immerses the viewer into a world completely unknown to him, one of total darkness and silence, challenging him to look at reality from the perspective of a blind deaf-mute, A BRIEF CRACK OF LIGHT offers a new insight on the human body and behavior, capturing the mysterious beauty of the moment through the lens of a high-speed camera, in a hypnotic parallel between the movements of human beings and those of insects.



Another exploration of the human body’s expressivity and our perception of it, in AUTION, the naked skin of a man and a woman becomes the screening canvas for a recording of two dancers rehearsing for a show. The overlay of bi-dimensional images onto the human bodies, which are defined though volume, blurs the differences between masculinity and femininity, between self and the other, in a fascinating game of perception.


The 4th edition of BIEFF will take place between December 11th and 15th, at Cinema Studio and Cinema Elvira Popescu, and is organized with the support of the National Cinema Centre, the National University of Theatre and Film, the National University of Arts, Le Fresnoy – Studio National Des Arts Contemporains, UCIN, British Council, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Rule of Law Program South-East Europe of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Austrian Cultural Forum, the Romanian Cultural Institute, the French Institute in Bucharest, Goethe-Institut, Embassy of Finland, JTI, Dacia, Jameson, Noumax, 360 Revolution, Hotel Marshal, La Mama, Lente Cafe, Club Control, Barfly, Rehab Bar, Bastilia Bookshop, Smart Change, Alte Arte.


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