B3 Cultural Kiosk - 6/2020


Venice Biennales Postponed

The organizers of the Biennale are postponing the major shows on architecture and art in Venice by one year. The start of the 17th Architecture Biennale was rescheduled for the second time due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now set for May 22, 2021. As a result, the 59th International Art Biennale, conceptualized by the Italian Cecilia Alemani, will also take place one year later than planned. It is scheduled to start April 23, 2022 and will last about seven months, ending on November 27, 2022. That way, it will run concurrently with Documenta Kassel (June 18 to September 25) and the Art Biennale in Lyon (September).

German Camera Prize to be Awarded Online

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 30th edition of the German Camera Awards will take place online on May 29. According to the Verein Deutscher Kamerapreis Köln e.V., a platform has been created especially for this purpose, presenting not only the nominees and winners but also films from the award-winning productions - not only on the day of the award ceremony but much longer. For the first time, films produced for online services and streaming providers are also eligible for an award in a competition that honors ten directors of photography and film editors.

Gamescom 2020 to Play Online

The first facts about the digital concept of gamescom 2020 are available: Since the world's largest event for computer and video games cannot take place physically in Cologne this year due to Covid-19, digital formats are being broadly expanded. From August 27 to 30, there will be a multitude of new shows. Gamescom now will be turned into a much bigger content hub for all content and news. The digital devcom offers a comprehensive program for games developers. For end users, the Gamescom program is free of charge - no tickets have to be purchased. You can register for information on upcoming events. The full program is available here.

Initiative "Stronger with Games" Extended until 2022

The nationwide initiative "Stronger with Games", launched by Stiftung Digitale Spielekultur (Digital Games Culture Foundation), has been extended by two years as part of the support program "Kultur macht stark - Bündnisse für Bildung" (Culture makes you strong – Alliances for Education). Thanks to "Stronger with Games", more than 2,000 children and young people from around 40 cities and communities were able to benefit from cultural education. The initiative forms nationwide alliances with at least two local partners at the municipal level who organize regular afternoon workshops, holiday workshops and camps with children and young people from poorly educated backgrounds. The workshops focus on games design, e-sports, but also on cosplay and the whole range of games culture, tying in with topics such as theatre, film, literature and music.

Film Industry Needs 560 Million

According to Bayerischer Rundfunk, Germany`s film and cinema industry is demanding a Covid-19 stability fund of around 560 million euros for its businesses. The figure is based on a calculation of the overhead costs of cinema operators, film distributors and producers, said the president of the film industry`s umbrella organisation, Negele. For small- and mediumsized companies in the sector, the lockdown has led to a complete loss of income. At the same time, Mr. Negele would like to see a fresh start for the film and cinema industry all over Germany: His organization proposes June 4. According to Negele, the film industry needs time to prepare a selection of good films and proper advertising. Profits are to be expected only once Germany`s seven largest states allow movie theaters to reopen.


Hollywood Stars Donate

At a charity function, stars like George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Hugh Jackman, Jodie Foster and Mira Sorvino pledged their help to those affected by the Covid-19 crisis in Hollywood. Numerous actors and artists called in from home during the virtual pledge drive on May 16. The stars talked about the plight of many employees in the film business who have lost their jobs due to Corona. The Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), an organization that supports film people in need, had initiated the donation campaign. MPTF was founded in 1921 by Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford, among others, to financially assist filmmakers in need. The organization also runs a retirement home in Woodland Hills, California. The home is affected by the Corona crisis; several residents have died of the lung disease Covid-19. (Source: RND)

Sustainable Filmmaking is Getting More Important

On May 18, film funding institutions from nine federal states of Germany, along with various professional associations, launched the first nationwide digital event series "Keen to be green". In a total of nine web seminars for the professions of set design, costume, production and lighting & camera, "green filming" & TV expert Philip Gassmann will share information on topics such as sustainable materials, ways of reducing the CO2 footprint and environmentally friendly service providers.

Federal Government Supports Cinemas

In response to the Corona crisis, the Federal BKM is relaxing its funding criteria for the Future Cinema Program. The program was launched on March 9, 2020; its budget for this year is up to 17 million euros. The funding principles are being changed as follows: The maximum share of Federal funding is raised from 40 percent to 80 percent of the eligible costs. The remaining 20 per cent should be covered by complementary funding or by the cinemas. Co-financing through support programs on the State level is no longer mandatory.

Safer Filmmaking in Britain

British TV channels BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ViacomCBS and Sky, together with the British Producers' Association Pact, have published a set of guidelines for safe filmshooting in times of Corona. The 15-page document was drawn up based on the recommendations of British health authorities. It includes detailed recommendations on how to travel, scout locations, comply with distancing and hygiene rules on the set, handle working materials such as cameras and headsets, put together film crews and behave properly as a crew member in times of Corona.


SXSW Puts VR and AR Projects Online

SXSW puts VR- and AR-projects online, which should have been presented at this year's festival. Under the label "SXSW 2020 Virtual Cinema auf Oculus TV", seven 360-degree video projects from the Virtual Cinema competition will be shown on Oculus TV from May 22 to 31. In addition, a new Augmented Reality project from Atlas V and NSC Creative, entitled "Fragments", is now available for the "Magic Leap 1". The project had been planned as a world premiere at SXSW.

Extra-terrestrial Things from the Wunderkammer

With his Wunderkammer (magic chamber) project, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson uses Augmented Reality (AR) for the first time. He uses the technology to create obscure objects such as extraterrestrial rocks, burning suns or rare animals which are then transported to the users' environment via a special app. The audience is invited to "bring in the outside", creating their own environment by adding the AR objects to their personal space. The artist hopes that this will enable people around the world to gain digital access to art from home in times of isolation.

Delivery Service for Art Objects

Bringing art objects by regional artists into your own four walls without having to buy them right away is the idea behind "Kunstbringdienst", a service with which the Ravensburg Weingartener Kunstverein has recently gone online, reports the Schwäbische Zeitung. Works by members of the Kunstverein from the fields of painting, graphics, photography and sculpture can be easily chosen online at www.kunstbringdienst.de and rented for short or long periods. Within a radius of 50 kilometers, the selected art work is delivered personally by the artists. Monthly rental fees will be counted towards the purchasing price, should clients decide to buy the art. And after a rental period of 10 months, the work will become the property of the art lover at no further cost. All proceeds from the "Kunstbringdienst" campaign go to the participating artists, helping them through these challenging times.

Toronto: "Gogh by Car"

An interesting Covid-19 alternative: the "world's first drive-in exhibition for digital art" will take place in Toronto, Canada, between June 18 and 28. Visitors can experience the 35 minute-multimedia show "Immersive van Gogh" from their cars. In the former printing plant of the Toronto Star, 14 vehicles can be parked simultaneously. The exhibition, designed by Massimiliano Siccardi from the Atelier des Lumières (F) and featuring music by Luca Longobardi, shows works of art by Vincent van Gogh projected onto the walls, ceilings and floors of the 17,000 cubic metre industrial hall.

Women Make Movies

The non-profit organization Women Make Movies has launched a virtual film festival presenting selected films by women filmmakers from around the world. The organization is dedicated to supporting films by women filmmakers and offers free access to their films for the duration of the virtual festival. New films are added every week until May 31. Upon registering, users can watch films and series whose public screenings and festival participations were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Movie Tips

We say farewell to one of the greatest actors of film history: Michel Piccoli. He died on May 12, 2020 at the age of 94, after 70 years of performing furiously in countless films and plays which we had the privilege to watch. He starred in films directed by the very best, such as Renoir, Godard, Sautet, Buñuel, Chabrol, Malle or Hitchcock. He delighted audiences in theatre productions by Luc Bondy, Peter Brooks or Robert Wilson. Throughout his life, Michel Piccoli was politically active and considered to be a big left-wing pacifist. His films remain unforgotten… Belle de jour, Contempt, The Passerby, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie, Max and the Junkmen, Atlantic City… and:

Dillinger is Dead

Original title Dillinger E’Morto
Publication 1969
Location Italy
Director Marco Ferreri
Cast Michel Piccoli and Anita Pallenberg
Available in Germany on Amazon

Dillinger is Dead is a film without a stringent plot. It hardly gives the viewer a chance to identify with its protagonists, but it is a fine masterpiece criticizing the cirumstances of modern life. Glauco (Piccoli) comes home from work. His wife is in bed with a migraine. He cooks himself an opulent dinner, has fun with the housekeeper and shoots his wife. The morning after the crime he gets into his car, drives to the ocean and signes on as a cook on a big sailing ship. The camera follows Piccoli even in seemingly senseless actions. Piccoli’s acting shines with an almost painful veracity. The reviews were entirely positive. The Monthly Film Bulletin noted: The film is not about specific issues, but about the general state of deception in the industrial age, where people treat each other as objects. The ensuing loneliness leads to violence and death. "In short, a film in the dream-like cloud of poetry and ideology..."

Wedding in Blood

Original title Les noces rouges
Publication 1973
Location France
Director Claude Chabrol
Cast Michel Piccoli and Stéphane Audran
Available in Germany on Amazon

The film is based on a spectacular criminal case that took place in a small French town in the late 1960s. Claude Chabrol used the story in order to (once again) brilliantly voice his criticism of the French bourgeoisie and, in this case, of the government at the time. Lucienne and Pierre love each other passionately, but are both married to other partners. Lucienne’s husband is a corrupt small-town mayor. Pierre's wife is depressed and dies from an overdose of medication. Her death is considered a suicide, but Pierre confesses to Lucienne that he helped a little. When Lucienne's husband finds out about the affair, he uses this knowledge to force Pierre into his dirty business. Lucienne and Pierre won’t have it. They plan another murder... The film's premiere before the 1973 parliamentary elections was cancelled by the highest authorities because the film suggested that the government at the time had a hand in the investigation of the actual case.

The Things of Life

Original title Les choses de la vie
Publication 1970
Location France, Italy, Switzerland
Director Claude Sautet
Cast Romy Schneider and Michel Piccoli
Available in Germany on Amazon

The story is told in flashbacks. Pierre has a car accident and is seriously injured. While he lies in the grass, going in and out of coma and surrounded by first responders and other drivers, he remembers various sequences from his life. In his jacket there is a letter to his lover Hélène, in which he tells her that he wants to leave her. But just before the crash, he decided to marry her after all. Between the various scenes of his memories - him with his wife, him with his son, surrounded by his friends and in the company of Hélène - he keeps thinking that he must tear up this letter before she finds it... Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider are among the dream couples of French film, guaranteeing a sensitive approach to acting and truly poetic moments without slipping into kitsch. Their performance, along with Sautet´s instinct for the small, important moments of a story, in this case of life itself, created another small, timeless masterpiece. This film doesn't leave us alone, it gives us the sure feeling that the beautiful moments count and that the truth isn't always of absolute importance.

Recommendations from the B3 community

Harddiskmuseum V Space is a platform for digital avant-garde art or, as founder Solimán López puts it, "a support for immaterial culture, new media and metaphysical communication. Digital archives, online love and invisible connections." Among other projects, the platform showcases the sound art exhibition Trans Noise.

A Must-See: Offers by Deutsches Film Museums: Among the numerous offers are meticulously prepared virtual exhibitions, film and handicraft tips for families, personal streaming tips from DFM staff, videos of film talks and lectures as well as daily blog entries on "heroes of the corona crisis" from the world of film. Still running is the hugely successful Instagram-Challenge #betweenfilmandquarantine, asking people to reenact film scenes at home. Thank you, Jenni Ellwanger, for the information.

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Friday, January 24, 2020

Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer

7:30 PM Die Puppe with live music by Uwe Oberg and Silvia Sauer Murnau Film Theatre in Wiesbaden