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.
NAMU in Prague, the publishing house of the Academy of Arts, presented the Czech translation of André Stufkens book Joris Ivens. Filmmaker of the World (518 pages). This Czech book explores the content, production, meaning and reception of 21 Ivens films and was first published in Dutch and German in 2008 and 2009 as part of the DVD box. Especially a chapter about the relationship between Joris Ivens and the Czech Republic has been added, focussing on the documentary The First Years.
What are the greatest documentaries ever made? The international film magazine Sight&Sound publishes in the September issue 2014 a poll of 340 critics and filmmakers in the search for authoritative answers. In this list a remarkable number of 11 Ivens’films were voted.
The European foundation Joris Ivens
Drs. Paul Kusters (1962, Nederland)
Drs. Paul Kusters is film scholar. He studied film- and podiumarts at the Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen and right now he is doing his PHD research about early film and aviation. He has worked at educational publishers (Thieme Meulenhoff, Malmberg), universities (Utrecht and Nijmegen) and filmarchives. For the Dutch filmmuseum he worked on filmpreservation and documentation and as a manager for the Netherlands Institute for sound and vision, he was responsible for the filmarchive and the conservation of films. Since 2005 he is an independent image-researcher. He became involved in the work of Joris Ivens when he was working on the restoring of the nitratefilms in 1994 / 1995 in the Dutch filmmuseum. He is the president of the European Foundation Joris Ivens.
Liang Luo, PhD (1974, China)
Dr. Liang Luo is an associate professor of Chinese studies at the University of Kentucky in the United States. She holds a Ph.D. in East Asian languages and civilizations from Harvard University and an M.A. in comparative and world literature from Beijing Normal University. Her interest in avant-garde artists in China and their relationship with western avant-gardists introduced her to Joris Ivens. Her first book, The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics, is published by the University of Michigan Press in 2014. She is currently working on two book-length projects, tentatively titled The Lure of the White Snake: From Folk Tales to Popular Culture, and Joris Ivens, the International Avant-garde, and Modern China. She is a book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies and serves as a research professor at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities in Seoul, South Korea in 2014-2015. On the board of the EFJI, she is a general committee member.
Prof. Dr. Bert Hogenkamp (1951, Nederland)
Prof. Dr. Bert Hogenkamp is filmhistorian, specialized in documentary filmhistory. He studied history at the University of Amsterdam and obtained his PHD at the Westminister College. He is media-historian at the Netherlands Audiovisual Archive, what is called the ‘Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’ since 2002 where he is the head of the department ‘research’. He is professor at the university of Utrecht and after that at the VU University in Amsterdam, holder of the Sound and Vision seat. He published standard reference works about the Dutch documentary history. In the seventies, he supported the international travelling exhibition of the Ivens-exposition and the restoration of the nitrate-films of Ivens in the Dutch Filmmuseum . Hogenkamp is boardmember of the Henri Storck Foundation and president of Studio Nieuwe Gronden. In the board of the ESJI he is general committee member.
Dr. Sylvain De Bleeckere (1950, België)
Dr. Sylvain De Bleeckere is philosopher and cultural scientist. He obtained his PHD at the Catholic University of Leuven on cultural philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Since 1977, he is teaching at the architecture department of the University of Hasselt. He receives international recognition for his lectures and publications about cinematography (for example in the magazine Cinemagie), the culture of the image, Nietzsche and Tarkovski within the boundaries of his own fundamental vision on ‘visual thinking’. For many years he leads educational projects about regarding films, seeing them and understanding them. In his book ‘Une histoire de vent, a film symphony about the breath of the earth’ (1997), De Bleeckere revealed the many layers of Joris Ivens his last film. He is also president of Men(S)tis. In the board of the ESJI he is general committee member.
Dr. Ralf Schenk (1956, Duitsland)