11 Nov 2021
The German Irish Film Summit
Experimental Film Society
A short film programme as part of the German Irish Film Summit
Dec 7th 2021 13:00 – Kino Moviemento, Berlin
Rouzbeh Rashidi will present a screening that gives an overview of the work of Experimental Film Society (EFS), one of the most radical, influential and distinctive forces in contemporary alternative cinema.
EFS was founded in Tehran in 2000 by filmmaker Rashidi who remains its director and guiding force. It moved to Ireland with him in 2004. It has produced several dozen feature films and over five hundred shorts while consecutively forging underground film cultures in both Iran and Ireland that would have been unthinkable before it came along.
EFS films reject mainstream conventions and adopt an exploratory, experiential approach that foregrounds mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. Often uncanny and unsettling, EFS work is deeply engaged with film history while constantly investigating the visionary potential of every manner of moving image device. EFS conjures an alien, outsider vision of the world capable of both alienating and renewing perception. And its conception of ‘cinema’ is restlessly multidisciplinary, encompassing installation, performance and sound projects as well as theoretical writing. It is an attitude as well as an aesthetic, and a stubbornly independent way of operating in complete freedom at the margins of film culture and at the outer limits of cinematic creativity.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Rashidi.
- 1_Supernova Cash Out (2020) By Shelly Kamiel / Ireland-USA / 10mins
- 2_Dreams Can’t Hurt You (2020) By Chris O’Neill / Ireland / 5mins
- 3_Hung, Drawn and Quartered (2019) By Michael Higgins / Ireland-Switzerland / 3mins
- 4_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / Ireland / 17 mins
- 5_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) By Rouzbeh Rashidi / Ireland / 8mins
- 6_…at large under the sun… (2020) By Maximilian Le Cain / Ireland / 10mins
- 7_Antler (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / Ireland / 15mins