DOKU-ARTS - Internationales Festival für Filme zur Kunst: News


September 11th, 2006

DOKU.ARTS – International Festival for Films on Art
September 14th to 17th, 2006
Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg 10
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

Coming up on September 14th, the first edition of Berlin Filmfestival DOKU.ARTS, the new European platform for international films on art will open:

Start: 18:30
Klaus Staeck, President of Academy of Arts
Andreas Lewin, Artistic Director of DOKU.ARTS

19:00 "The Hermitage Dwellers"
The Netherlands 2003, 73', Russian, Engl. subtitled, with Director Aliona van der Horst

21:00"'…wo ich noch nie war': Der Komponist Helmut Lachenmann" ("'… where I've never been before': The Composer Helmut Lachenmann")
Germany 2006, 87', German, Engl. subtitled, with Helmut Lachenmann and Director Bettina Ehrhardt

Afterwards Opening Reception

"The Hermitage Dwellers" is an award winning film by the Dutch filmmaker, Aliona van der Horst. This film concerns "The Public at Work with Art", one of the themes of the festival. We follow the attendants, technicians and curators of St. Petersburg Hermitage, to whom the former palace of Catherine the Great with its art treasures has became a home; a shelter. In this film, that deals with the love of these "inhabitants" towards "their" Hermitage, the personal story of the "Hermitage Dwellers" is combined with pictures from Russian history.

The Focus "Artists at Work" is the central focus of the festival. The unique ability of documentary film to present internal and essential aspects of the artistic process is featured here. In Bettina Ehrhardt's Film "... wo ich noch nie war": Der Komponist Helmut Lachenmann ("'…where I've never been before': The Composer Helmut Lachenmann"), a central question is raised: how is it possible to compose today without "serving yourself to the supermarket of traditions".

Further information on the three-day festival program, as well as about the films and filmmakers, can be found at Almost all of the filmmakers will be in Berlin to personally present their films; concerning a range of topics and artists including Francis Bacon, Norman Foster, Richard Serra, Elliott Carter, Josef Nadj, Janett Cardiff and George Bures Miller, Michael Haneke, Olafur Eliasson, Rachel Whiteread, Thomas Hirschhorn and more. Also at the web-site, you will find information about our international guests and artists that will be present at the festival (for instance Daniel Barenboim, Tony Cragg and Lloyd Newson), our program and the accreditation form that is available for download.

The Festival will hold a conference on the production of films on art – a collaboration of DOKU.ARTS with the European Documentary Network, Copenhagen and the International Music and Media Centre, Vienna. Some of the most important commissioning editors, among them from ARTE France, BBC, VPRO, NPS, WDR and CBC and producers, among them Illuminations Media, have confirmed their attendance.

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