Directors in the Spotlight

Need a reason to visit Haus der Kulturen der Welt this weekend? Look no further!
After Madrid and Paris, it was finally time for Berlin to host the 
film festival “Rencontres Internationales.” It started on Tuesday, but you still have until Sunday to make the most of it. Throughout the weekend, there will be screenings from 1pm – 9pm. You
can peruse the whole program here and find out which movies appeal to you most. One of the highlights is Pedro Costa’s movie ”Juventude em marcha,” which will be displayed this Saturday at 9pm. Hint: we heard that this renowned filmmaker and director will make a guest appearance in the event, so try to spot him!

Cuts of a Globalized Neighborhood

Even if you don’t feel like sitting through one of the long movies, you should visit the festival to catch the short experimental documentaries, which will be on display consistently throughout opening hours. With headphones connected to different TVs, you can choose which ones to watch from 6 short videos. They come from different parts of the world and form the exhibition “Global Scale.” What is interesting about it is that, while watching any one of them, you get a feeling that everything looks really familiar. This year the set up of the festival is also different and there are new and improved film-booths for your viewing pleasure!

Without reading the description of the movie is hard to guess where they are from. Witness either images that look like tapes recorded from security cameras (Swiss/France documentary “Protection Civile”), night traffic lights registered in China (“Flotter Dans le Noir”) or zoomed cuts from metal pieces and buildings (Canadian movie “Light my Ficton“)… everything is so strangely familiar. This is a very interesting anthropologic study that shows that we now share similar experiences around the globe and we are definitely citizenships of a same neighborhood.

So Berlin neighbor, join us at this free film festival! This weekend is your last chance!

 Haus der Kulturen der Welt “Rencontres Internationales” film festival. Free Admission. Opening Tuesday July 3, 2012 at 7pm. Running through Sunday July 8, 2012. More info on the schedule here