Join us for Headroom’s first show of the season, an unmissable event and visit from filmmaker Nicolas Rey, co-founder of the artist-run film lab L’Abominable in Paris.
Nicolas will be presenting his 2012 feature film DIFFERENTLY, MOLUSSIA, projected on 16mm. A film in nine chapters, shown in random order and based on fragments from “The Molussian Catacomb,” the novel Günther “Differently” wrote between 1932 and 1936. Prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state, Molussia, transmit one another stories about the outside world like a series of political and philosophical fables. The film won the Grand Prize of Cinéma du Réel 2012 and the 3rd Prize at Media City.
Nicolas Rey is a French filmmaker, born in 1968 (not to be confused with Nicolas Ray, the American Hollywood director). Since 1993, Rey usually shoots on expired Super-8 or 16mm films. In 1995, he contributed to the founding of the L’Abominable, a collective workshop in Paris, a place to develop and edit films. His first two films, the short Terminus for You (1996) and Opera Mundi or the Time of Outerwear (1999), are 16mm in black and white. The third film The Soviets More Electricity, directed in 2001, which is Super-8 swelled to 16mm and his first full length feature (170 min.) and there he retraces his father’s communist roots. According to Christa Blümlinger, cinema and contemporary art critic, Rey “renews the artistic and artisanal traditions of cinema, finding in ancient technics and materials the opportunity of a plastic renewal, this film finds itself making a kind of reconciliation of the two avant-gardes, separated for a long time and ignoring each other mutually: the one of the experimental cinema, originated in fine arts environment and coming from New York, and the other which shaped itself in Europe, as a result of post-war modernist cinema, which we could call essayist.” Then Nicolas Rey was interested by the economic decline of the industry and showed Schuss! (2005), set in the Alps. His last movie Differently, Molussia (2012), from adapted Günter Anders’ tales about fascism, garnered much attention: it was selectioned in the Berlinale (Forum Expanded), took the Grand Prix in the festival Cinema of the Real in Paris, and was entered in competition in Brussels for the Prix de l’Âge d’or (Golden Age Prize).
2012 | 16mm | 81 minutes | COLOR | SOUND
A film in nine chapters, shown in random order and based on fragments from “The Molussian Catacomb,” the novel Günther “Differently” wrote between 1932 and 1936. Prisoners sitting in the pits of an imaginary fascist state, Molussia, transmit one another stories about the outside world like a series of political and philosophical fables.
Writes Olaf Möller in Film Comment (Jan/Feb 2012):
“Nine reels of unbelievably gorgeous 16mm, eight of which feature allegories drawn from philosopher Günther Anders’ posthumously published 1931 novel The Molussian Catacomb which exposes the Fascism inside Capitalism and vice versa. The sequencing of the reels—i.e. the stories and the way certain motifs, aesthetic strategies, and cinematic devices are introduced and worked through—is interchangeable; what carries over from reel to reel are the colors and textures. Few works so perfectly combine cinesensuality and Marxist dialectics: here, beauty is praxis and agitation becomes thought.”
Shooting was done between 2007 and 2011 on outdated Gevaert 722 and 732 16 mm stock. The processing of the original material and the printing of 16mm prints were self-made at L’Abominable, an artist-run film lab installed in Asnières until last June and now in La Courneuve.
HEADROOM is sponsored by the Department of Cinematic Arts and Little Village Magazine.
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