The winner of the 2017 Prix Joris Ivens/Joris Ivens Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Cinéma du reel in Centre Pompidou, Paris, is young Syrian filmmaker Yaser Kassab with his second film On the Edge of Life / Ala hafet al-Hayat (45’). The award for debute films is granted with 7.500 euros by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, Les Amis du Cinéma du reel and CNAP, The National center for Viusla Arts (Cnap).
On 28 March the Award Ceremony of The Society of Cinema and Media Studies, the world's largest organisation devoted to the scholarly study of film and media, paid tribute to the best film scholarship of the previous year. Prof. Thomas Waugh received the best book award for his outstanding book about the complete film oeuvre of Joris Ivens. Maryse Elliott (Amsterdam University Press) and Giovanna Fossati (EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam), editors of the Framing Film series, attended the presentation.
After last years agreement between the Vietnamese Film Instituut and the European Foundation Joris Ivens to establish an active partnership director André Stufkens visited Vietnam on the invitation of director Vũ Nguyên Hùng. The purpose of the successful visit was to make concrete appointments further developing this collaboration of exchange of knowledge and expertise.
On March 28th, during the 2017 annual meeting of The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS), the Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award for outstanding scholarship in cinema and media studies will be presented to prof. Thomas Waugh for his magisterial The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens, 1912-1989. It is thé ultimate peer review recognition of the intellectual quality and vibrance of this first book about the complete film oeuvre of Joris Ivens.
Mark Hamlyn made a new composition for The Billi Brass Quintet for Ivens' 'the Bridge'. It is part of the Billi Brass' Silent Films Project.
In the series 'Stationen der Filmgeschichte' (Stations of Film History) the Filmmuseum Düsseldorf presents films of 100 Master film directors who influenced film history. Stations are sites of arrivals, departures, crossings and switches, similar to icons of film history: the selected film directors paved the way of new directions, cross overs and switches in filmmaking. On 3 January the Filmmuseum presents three films of Joris Ivens: Lied der Ströme (1954, Song of the Rivers), ...à Valparaiso (1963) and Regen (19 ...
‘A new Ivens’, this is how German film historian Günter Jordan describes the documentary The Compass Rose (Die Wndrose, 1957). With an outstanding cast, like Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Helene Weigel, with outstanding directors like Alberto Cavalcanti, Yannick Bellon and Gilio Pontecorvo, this five-episode omnibus film presented a new style and format in documentary film. It was shown during the International Documentary Festival DOKS Leipzig celebrating its 70th anniversary on 3 November.
During the UBUD Writers festival on Bali the 'Black Armada/Hitam Armada' exhibition was presented at the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Dr. Helena Studdert, consul-general of Australia on Bali, attended the opening event. This travelling exhibition, with the permanent screening of Ivens' Indonesia Calling, made by the National Maritime Museum of Australia on the initiative of Mr. Anthony Liem was already shown in Sydney and Yogyakarta. It will be shown at the end of November at the Margarana National Park to commemorate the ...
On Friday prof. Thomas Waugh (Concordia University, Montreal) presented his monumental 'The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1912-1989' in EYE Amsterdam. Together with Amsterdam University Press and the European Foundation Joris Ivens, EYE organized an expertmeeting, two filmscreenings of six Ivensfilms and a live music performance accompanying Rain (Regen, 1929, Ivens/Franken). This marked the launch of a book that for the first time surveys all the films of Ivens, with a description, analysis and ...
At the occasion of the launch of Thomas Waugh's masterly book The Conscience of Cinema. The Works of Joris Ivens 1926-1989, a special Joris Ivens Seminar will organized in EYE Study on 21 October 2016. Paul Kusters, president of the Ivens Foundation, will be the moderator of the day with lectures and debates focussing on 'Ivens & The Netherlands'. The programme also includes the screening of Indonesia Calling!, New Earth, The Bridge, Rotterdam-Europoort and a Q&A.
The 13th Ubud Writers & Readers Festival is Southeast Asia’s leading festival of words and ideas. The Festival celebrates extraordinary stories, amplifies brave voices, and tackles global issues through the lens of literature and the arts. On 30 October Ivens’ Indonesia Calling! will be shown with a Q&A of Agung Rai, Anthony and Helen Liem and other guests from the Australian National Maritime Museum.
With the bulky book 'Saviour of the Tenth Muse. Jan de Vaal and the Netherlands Filmmuseum, 1946-1987' the European Foundation Joris Ivens is presenting the treasures of the national film archive of the Netherlands, as collected, presented and preserved by Jan de Vaal (1922-2001). Until now only sporadically has been published about the pioneering activities by its first director. He started in 1946 without anything, no film, no money, no housing, nog experience and no personnel. After 40 years he left the film museum with 1 ...
The director of the Vietnames Film Institute gave a precious present to the Ivens Foundation, when both FIAF-institutions met in Nijmegen on Thursday 30th of June. Mr. Dao Quoc Hung (on the photo: second from the left side) handed over the found footage of Ivens' visits to Vietnam when Ivens started filmmaking durign the war against the US in 1965. Most of the footage concerns outtakes of Le ciel, la terre (1966) and various meetings in North-Vietnam. Next year the Vitenames Film Institute will commemorate the 50th anni ...
The Sächsische Staatskapelle in Dresden will performing a live concert with film screening of Rain (Regen, Ivens-Franken 1929) during the 7th Shostakovich-Days. The Final concert programs Ludwig von Beethoven, Dmitri Shostakovich, Paul Dessau and Hanns Eislers Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain (1941) with the film.
The Dutch Art Istitute presents on Sunday October 18th a roaming assembly at Showroom in Arnhem about contemporary artists reflecting on history through the revolutionary lens of art and cinema. With André Stufkens, and artists from Australia (Vivian Ziherl, Tom Nicholson), from The Netherlands (Wendelien van Oldenborgh) and Indonesia (Farid Rakun).
This programma has been curated by Gabriëlle Schleijpen, director of the Dutch Art Institute (DAI).
'For most people in Europe and America, the history of the twentieth century is still largely defined by the two world wars and the long nuclear stand-of with Soviet Communism. But it is now clearer that the central event of the last century for the majority of the world's population was the intellectual and political awakening of Asia and its emergence from the ruins of both Asian and European empires. To acknowledge this is to understand the world not only as it exists today, but also how it is continuing to be remade not so much in the image of the West as in accordance with the aspirations and longings of former subject peoples.' (From the Ruins of Empire. The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia. Pankaj Mishra, 2012)
Today's presentations amalgamate de-colonial histories with profoundly contemporary positions from the Netherlands, Australia, South East Asia at large and, at center stage; Indonesia ~ nation currently captivating the DAI's interest and imagination because of our ongoing and most productive Arnhem Transaction Jakarta-project in the exciting contexts of both the Jakarta Biennial 2015 & SONSBEEK 2016.
13.10 Screening of Joris Ivens' Indonesia Calling (1946, Australia)
with an introduction by André Stufkens from the European Foundation Joris Ivens in Nijmegen
André Stufkens presenting the activities around Indonesia Calling! in Indonesia and Australia.
14.00 Vivian Ziherl in dialogue with artist Tom Nicholson.
Curator & writer Ziherl will provide an introduction to the forthcoming multi-part work by Australian artist Tom Nicholson ‘Scenes from an Archipelago’ which will be first presented within the Jakarta Biennale before featuring within the opening edition of the expanded curatorial project Frontier Imaginaries. ‘Scenes from an archipelago’ involves working directly with one of Indonesia’ most eminent living sculptors, the 90-year-old Edhi Sunarso, who was commissioned by President Sukarno to make many of the major new national monuments in Jakarta in the 1950s and 1960s, but was also responsible for the extraordinary cycle of dioramas created for Monas (national monument) that fabricated a narration of post-colonial Indonesian nationhood. Ziherl and Nicholson will discuss the process of research, interview and work with Sunarso, as well as with a group of largely Hazara refugees stranded in the northern Javanese town of Puncak on account of present Australian anti-immigration policy.
15.00 Something past (anything recorded).
Artist and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences Wendelien van Oldenborgh will be talking about the works she has produced addressing the Dutch colonial past in South East Asia and the traces this has left in contemporary dilemmas in the Netherlands. She will share some of the references that have guided these works: No False Echoes (2008), Instruction (2009) and her publication A Well Respected Man or Book of Echoes (2012).
Wendelien van Oldenborgh watching her own video together with the international students of DAI.
16.00 Against the binary of history.
Jakarta based artist, writer, editor, teacher and instigator Farid Rakun will give an overview of 'history' in the eyes of art collectives. He will share his knowledge and reflections on how history has become one of the central themes for current artists in Jakarta/Indonesia. Learn about OK.Video (briefly from the beginning when it was started in 2003, but focusing on the latest one, entitled “Orde Baru” [The New Order]), Forum Lenteng (mainly through their initiatives, including their Halaman Papua and annual experimental documentary festival Arkipel), and lastly Lab Laba-Laba, who took over National Film Company and create exhibited artworks from their findings.
Farid Rakun, artist in Djakarta, explaining about the 'Against the Binary of History' project.
16. 45 Roundtable
with today's speakers, joined by DAI-student Wayne Wang Jie-Lim, who, as a Singaporean will attempt to fill in the 'gap' of Indonesia in Southeast Asian perspective whereby 'Southeast Asia' is too often seen as a whole by the West. Followed by Q & A and discussion with the audience.
17.30 Drinks & snacks