Bridget Ikin has curated a new program strand Sydney Film Festival 2018; FLUX: Art+Film. The program explores the fertile ground between art and cinema, with radical and innovative films and videos by artists who challenge or transform our experience of what cinema can be. The 8 films in the program include:
24 Frames (dir. Abbas Kiarostami, 2017)
The final film by the great, late Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, 24 Frames is an exquisite dialogue between his work as a filmmaker and fine art photographer.
[CENSORED] (dir. Sari Braithwaite, 2018)
The world premiere of Melbourne archivist and filmmaker Sari Braithwaite’s provocative documentary, stitched together entirely from film footage cut by Australian censors.
Dragonfly Eyes (dir. Xu Bing, 2017)
10,000 hours of real surveillance footage is culled down into an engrossing fictional narrative, in this extraordinary debut feature by celebrated Chinese printmaker Xu Bing.
Instructions on Parting (dir. Amy Jenkins, 2018)
American sculpture, installation and performance artist Amy Jenkins turns the camera on her family’s most intimate stories, recording a heart-breaking year of births and deaths.
Lek and the Dogs (dir. Andrew Kötting, 2017)
A mesmerising narrative film meets art piece by British experimental artist Andrew Kötting. Inspired by the true story of a four-year-old who lived with wild dogs in Moscow.
Looking for Oum Kulthum (dir. Shirin Neshat, 2017)
Acclaimed visual artist Shirin Neshat (Women Without Men, SFF 2010) returns with a multilayered film within a film, about the Arab world’s most beloved singer, Oum Kulthum.
TERROR NULLIUS (dir. Soda_Jerk, 2018)
Highly political two-person art collective Soda_Jerk return with the brilliant cinema mash up TERROR NULLIUS, a hilarious, uncomfortable reimagining of Australia’s national mythology.
The Pure Necessity (dir. David Claerbout, 2016 )
Renowned Belgian video artist David Claerbout redraws Disney’s 1967 classic The Jungle Book, removing the animals’ ‘humanisations’.