Short Fictions

Short Fictions

04.02.2010 18:30
HKW - Lecture Hall

Short Fictions presents rare and epigrammatic science fiction shorts made by artists rather than by the film industry.

Science Fiction films are normally epic feature films made with giant budgets, with the successful productions amongst them probably having defined our idea of the future like no other medium. Framed by trailers from the 1950s, the special programme Short Fictions however presents short and epigrammatic visions of the future. Whilst the early experimental classic Yantra, with its semiabstraction and psychedelia, could have pioneered how the cosmos was depicted in other more commercial Science Fiction works, the other films show artistic appropriations of the picture power and unintentionally comical cinematic visions of the future. They reduce this epic format to its least common denominator: the interaction between humans.

Space Patrol – Title Sequence & What Is In This Box, us 1951, 2min
Science Fiction, J.J. Murphy, us 1979, 5min
Yantra, James Whitney, us 1957, 10min
Der Schweigende Stern – Trailer, Kurt Maetzig, gdr 1959, 3min
Permanent Residents, Isabell Spengler, de 2005, 10min *
Gray, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, fl 1993, 2min
S.O.S. Extraterrestria, Mara Mattuschka, at 1993, 11min
Captain, Bjørn Melhus, de 2005, 14min *
Manual, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, de 2002, 10min
Space Patrol – Solution, us 1951, 1min

Director will attend screening and Q & A


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