Cinema Parenthèse: Land/Scapes 1

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Cinema Parenthèse presents Land/Scapes, a series of three programmes with films by Claes Söderquist, Els van Riel and Werner Nekes, that explore the encounter between film and the expanse of landscape. This comprises the investigation of historical and dimensional aspects of space, and a reflection on the medium of film. The ‘here’ of the camera stares at the ‘there’ of the landscape, two alien opposing forces that embody numerous dichotomies; nature versus culture, the natural versus the artificial, organic versus machinic et cetera.

Claes Söderquist (b. 1939) is a prominent figure of Swedish experimental film, whose visually appealing and highly personal films revolve around slow cinematic reflections on architecture, landscape, strata, time and space. Influenced by land-art, minimalist music and structural film processes, Söderquist's dystopian and desolate scenery is at times reminiscent of the films by Michael Snow and Larry Gottheim.

As a film curator, Söderquist has made several comprehensive exhibitions at Moderna Museet in Stockholm: 'The Pleasure Dome', American Experimental Film 1939-1979 (1980, in collaboration with Jonas Mekas), Nordic Film (1983), West German Experimental Film (1985, in collaboration with Birgit Hein) and Swedish Avantgarde Film 1924-1990 (1991, touring programme in US, in collaboration with Jonas Mekas and Anthology Film Archives, New York).

In the presence of Claes Söderquist.

Sunday 07.10.2018, 16:00 – 18:00
WIELS auditorium
Entrance: 6/4€ (cash only)

(Reduction for students and unemployed)


Introduction (English)

Travelog: Porträtt – Bilder från en resa (Travelogue: Portraits – Images from a journey)
1969 | 16mm | b&w | sound (english dialogue) | 28'00

Epitaf (Epitaph)
1981 | 16mm | b&w/colour | sound (no dialogue) | 27'00

Landskap (Landscape)
1985-1987 | 16mm | colour | sound (no dialogue) | 36'00

Conversation (English)
between Claes Söderquist, Daniel A. Swarthnas (Cinema Parenthèse) and Martin Grennberger (Walden Magazine).

In collaboration with Filmform – the art film & video archive, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Cinema Parenthèse
Cinema Parenthèse is a collective of writers, programmers and filmmakers that organizes experimental film screenings and dialogues in Brussels. Current members are Wendy Evan, Els van Riel, Nicky Hamlyn, Daniel A. Swarthnas and Arindam Sen.