Cancelled: Kinoscope presents OUROBOROS and PARADISE
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium (Room N101), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center 66 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10003
KINOSCOPE is pleased to screen a debut feature-length film, OUROBOROS (2017) BY BASMA ALSHARIF and a pre-introductory short film PARADISE (2014) BY LAURA VANDEWYNCKEL
77 min. France/Palestine/Belgium/Qatar, Basma Alsharif
Basma Alsharif’s first feature-length film ambitiously expands the exploration of her earlier shorts of the contested geography and history of her native Palestine. Ouroboros takes its title from the ancient Egyptian mythological symbol of a snake devouring its own tail and paradoxically signifying both self-annihilation and infinity. Paradoxical movement is also key to Alsharif’s film from its remarkable opening image, a mesmerizing and dramatically extended overhead shot of waves lapping, not against, but away from the Gaza shore. A similar reverse force mysteriously guides key sequences throughout Ouroboros, most notably a bravura and wordless Steadicam sequence of a woman returning to (or is she leaving?) a home that may or may not be her own. The question and problem of return is written everywhere across a film that refuses any kind of center or narrative destination yet is structured around unexplained symmetries between the intertwined and sundrenched territories through which it glides: Palestine, Los Angeles, the Mojave Desert, Italy and Brittany. Loosely connecting these territories is an enigmatic figure (is he a poet, a spurned lover, a friend?) who reunites with (or does he separate from?) former acquaintances. Shared by these locations as well is a sense of a deeper and partially erased history remembered and testified more expressively by the landscapes than by their inhabitants.
ABOUT BASMA ALSHARIF
Now based in Los Angeles, Basma Alsharif (b. 1983) is an artist/filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin and raised in France, the US and the Gaza Strip. With a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Alsharif developed her practice nomadically in Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris. She works between cinema and installation, centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d'Arles, les Modules at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, the Berlin Documentary Forum and Manifesta 8. She received a jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial 9 and was awarded the Marcelino Botin Visual Arts grant. She is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, and her works are distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal.
5:38 min. Belgium, Laura Vandevynckel
Paradise is the story of people heading for a better place on either side of the ocean. Although at times their paths do cross, they never really seem to meet.
ABOUT LAURA VANDEVYNCKEL
Laura Vandewynckel is born in 1986 in West-Flanders (Belgium). In 2008 she graduated as a Germanic Philologer at Ghent University. After having studied three years of Dramatic Arts, she then trained as an animation film maker at the RITCS School of Arts Brussels. In 2013 she completed her first stop-motion puppet film What’s On and graduated with Paradise in 2014. Paradise, a light-hearted yet critical reflection on the ethics of tourism, received several awards at international film festivals and got selected for the Cinéfondation Cannes and Toronto International Film Festival 2015. Her first professional film, Pharmakos, a fiction film with puppetry came to existence with the support of the Cinéfondation and the Greek Film Center. Currently she works as a freelance director, actor, storyboarder, graphic designer, animator, props and puppet builder for film and TV series and teaches animation film to adults and youngsters. She is a member of the Flanders Union of Directors. Currently she is developing a stop-motion short film Le Crépuscule dealing with nightmare politics and social responsibility, supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund. In the winter of 2017-18 she worked as an artist in residence at Sacatar Foundation Brazil, where she started shooting for her long feature documentary Pharmakoi, also supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund.
Kinoscope is a screening series sponsored by The New School's School of Media Studies, aiming to enhance the awareness and understanding of the film and filmmaking process by screening a wide variety of national and international films. Kinoscope's alum founder and producer, Pawel Wieszczecinski will introduce the films and faculty member Marcus Turner, will open discussion after the presentation.
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