Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid is presenting a film programme called “Por un cine imposible. Documental y vanguardia en Cuba (1959-1972)” (“For an impossible cinema. Documentary and Vanguard in Cuba (1959-1972)”), from 20 June till 9 July 2016. Curator is Cuban cinema specialist Michael Chanan, with support of the Cinemateca de Cuba. The two Cuban films of Joris Ivens: Carnet de viaje y Cuba and Pueblo armado will be shown, next to films of Santiago Álvarez, Sara Gómez, Octavio Cortázar and Julio García Espinosa.

Read more: For an impossible cinema: Cuba 1959-1972

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.   

Read more: Rain in Dresden: Beethoven, Shostakovich, Eisler

Hannover based ensemble musica assoluta took Joris Ivens’ Rain as the starting point to combine two genres: music and film. They present pieces inspired by water or rain on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May. Apart from the screening of Rain, the audience in Hannover and Göttingen gets to watch and listen to a new composition by Thorsten Encke and a new movie by Ali Mauritz and Bernd Wolter.

Read more: Rain & Music in Hannover

On 7 and 8 April 2016 a conference, organised by the University of Lausanne (UNIL) and the Swiss Film Archive (Cinémathèque Suisse), brought together international film scholars, discussing the history of film archives in various countries and continents, and their relationships with ciné-clubs. The conference was attended by Freddy Buache (91), the only surviving legend of the FIAF-pioneers, director of the Swiss film archive since 1952. André Stufkens lectured about the situation in The Netherlands in the framework of a book which will be presented in EYE on 2 September. 

Read more: Lausanne: The history of filmarchives and ciné-clubs

The Vietnam Film Institute in Hanoi (with a sub-archive in Ho Chi Minh City) and the European Foundation Joris Ivens decided to strengthen their relationship. On March 11th Mr. Adrian Spijker, ambassador of the Ivens Foundation, visited the Vietnam Film Institute, and Mr. Dao Quoc Hung, director of this national film archive, will visit the Ivens archives in return in June. The purpose of this project is to deepen the research on the four Vietnam-films Ivens made during the second half of the 1960's: Le ciel, la terre (1966), Loin de Vietnam (1967, with Godard, Lelouch, Klein, Varda a.o.), Le dix-septieme parallele (1968, with Marceline Loridan-Ivens) and Recontre avec le président Ho Chi Minch (1970)

Read more: Vietnam Film Institute and Ivens Foundation

This magnum opus, written by prof. Thomas Waugh (Concordia University, Montreal) and published by AUP (Amsterdam University Press) will become the new world standard in Ivens-studies. The book of 780 pages will be presented on October 21st 2016. It is the first film book to survey the entire career of Joris Ivens and describes the relationship between his films and other filmmakers on all continents. More than a biography of a leftist committed to changing the world through film, The Conscience of Cinema is also a microcosmic history of the documentary and its form, culture, and place within twentieth-century world cinema. Ivens worked in almost every genre, including the essay, compilation, hybrid dramatization, socialist realism, and more. Whether in his native Netherlands, the Soviet Union, the United States, Vietnam, or beyond, he left an indelible artistic and political mark that continues to resonate in the twenty-first century.

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.

Read more: Czech book on Ivens

Arthur Locke/ Chang, former Secretary of the Chinese Seamen's Union and actor in the 1946 film Indonesia Calling! passed away on 15th of January.  On the film still of this page we see Arthur delivering a fiery address to a crowd of seamen in Sydney in 1945 in support of Indonesia Merdeka / Independent Indonesia. This was the only sequence of Indonesia Calling! with sound registration.

Read more: Arthur Locke/Chang 1922-2016

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