The film Far from Vietnam / Loin de Vietnam (1967) made by renowned directors Alain Resnais, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker, Agnes Varda, Claude Lelouch, William Klein and Joris Ivens, was until recently hardly available, and only in bootlegged versions. But since a short while two DVD boxes, published by Icarus/First Run in the USA and by ARTE in France, present this crucial film in protest of American military involvement in Vietnam in restored version. The film is the more interesting because of its genesis. The mosaic of various film styles made by various directors in a truly collaborative effort evolved from a similar approach Ivens intended to use for Pour le Mistral (1966).

Read more: 'Far from Vietnam' finally on DVD

The audience listening to Rain at the vernissage of Part File Score, Berlin 1 February 2014. The Scottish artist and Turner Prize winner Susan Philipsz exhibits from 2 February until 4 May 2014 a soundscape in the historical hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof, the museum for contemporary art in Berlin.

Read more: Music of Rain in Hamburger Bahnhof

When touring in Latin-America a Dutch couple went to a campingside in Argentina, where they met a Roma family, called Lavarovich. Once this family noticed their neighbours were Dutch they started talking about their family history: a long time ago, a wellknown filmmaker from The Netherlands made a film about them! This was at the time they were part of the small circus of Todorovich in Chili. Indeed fifty years ago, in 1963, Joris Ivens filmed 'the smallest circus' in the world in Valparaiso. He called this short film Le petit chapiteau. Excerpts of this short film were included in ...à Valparaiso. The grandmother, now 82 years old, remembered Ivens and she even could show small excerpts from this film! It is a small world after all.

 
A historical photo of the Todorovich family circus.

The Todorovich family originates from Rumania. Around 1900 they started travelling around France, England and Spain, before they emigrated to Latin-America. Also there they wandered around various countries before they went to Chile.
In autumn 1962 Joris Ivens, on the invitation of Salvador Allende, started filming in Valparaiso with a crew of film students of the University of Santiago de Chile. This film was filmed as a mosaic of ensembles, themes and subjects. The circus act attracted a lot of emotions of the audience, which were filmed by Ivens. The film ...à Valparaiso received awards from the filmfestival of Oberhausen and Bergamo.




   

 


The new IVENS magazine is out now. Including articles with and about Paoli Taviani, Leonard Retel Helmrich, new revealing and the discovery of new photos made by Ivens as a child. You can download the magazine here. 

Rithy Panh at IDFA. Photo IDFA

At the request of 26th IDFA Cambodian director Rithy Panh (1964, Phnom Penh) compiled his personal Top 10 of documentary films. The films of his Top 10 are screened during the festival, accompanied by a Retrospective of the filmmaker`s own work. In his Top 10 Rithy Panh selected two films of Joris Ivens/ Marceline Loridan-Ivens, which will be screened on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th at EYE and Tuschinski.  

Read more: IDFA Top 10: Rithy Panh selected two films of Ivens/Loridan-Ivens

Catalogus Modernités plurielles 1905/1970: Tatlin, Malewich, Ivens, Pevsner en Huszar.

‘Multiple Modernities’ 1905-1970 is the name of the new permanent presentation of the collection of Centre Pompidou, the National Museum of Modern Art  in Paris. It completely renews the museum`s traditional presentation, focusing on a more open, wide ranging approach to art in the modern period. All continents are covered in this selection of over 1,000 works by nearly 400 artists, making for a more balanced representation of the various regions in the world, and a wider overview of this period of art. Ivens’ Philips radio (1929) is on show in the part called ‘Construct Revolution’. Next to tatlin, Malewich. Pevsner and Huszar.

Read more: Ivens` Philips Radio at Centre Pompidou



The Centre Pompidou in Paris is paying tribute to filmmaker Chris Marker from 16 October until 16 December. Not only through his films, but also by exploring the path of his inspirations, friendships and encounters.. Chris Marker collaborated with his friend Joris Ivens for various projects: …a Valparaiso, Rotterdam Europort, Le ciel, la terre and Loin de Vietnam.  On 23 november the restored version of Loin de Vietnam (Far from Vietnam, 1967) will be shown.

Read more: Planet Chris Marker & Friends like Joris Ivens


Exhibition room with avant-garde films at the MMKA, Arnhem

From 20 October 2013 to 23 February 2014, the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (MMKA) exhibits The Melancholic Metropolis: Cityscapes between Magic and Realism, 1925-1950. Magic realist painting is displayed alongside photography and film of the same era that visualizes the metropolis as a place of stillness, loneliness, and melancholy. Ivens’s film Rain is on exhibit permanently, alongside other avant-garde films. Also photos of Germaine Krull, Ivens’wife at that time, who inspired him to film cranes and bridges, are presented.  

Read more: Rain in exhibition on Metropoles & Melancholy

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