Jul 30, 2022 at 12:00 am
Artistic Differences: Under A Roof
This screening program is part of Artistic Differences, a UnionDocs Break ꩜ut co-presented with DokuFest
UnionDocs is delighted to join hands with Dokufest Kosovo for our first program UNDER A ROOF that kicks off ARTISTIC DIFFERENCES, a UnionDocs BREAK ꩜UT, that hopes to make room for bravely sharing and responding to challenging documentary art, invites a diverse audience into a monthly series of film programs and study groups, and brings those voices to the stage of a public dialogue. This program will ask what it means to find home in a place or a practice or in a ritual?
We are thrilled to present Manuela Serra’s film O Movimento das Coisas and Besim Sahatçiu’s 117 to dive into this central inquiry. If you like what you see and hear at the film program and are excited to dig deeper, register for the STUDY GROUP SESSION and the DIALOGUE to unpack this work together with writer and cultural critic Boris Buden and filmmaker Manuela Serra. This program will screen at DokuFest and be available for Study Group participants online. Space is limited. Sign up today!
117 by Besim Sahatçiu
16 min, 1976
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 1978 Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival, this is one of the finest examples of ethnographic film from this region and certainly the best ethnographic documentary to come from Kosovo in a long time. Shot in the Kosovar village of Nevokaze, it depicts the traditional lifestyle of an Albanian family numbering 117 members, all living under one roof and in great harmony. Hailed by critics as the “spiritual portrait of the nation” it marked a turning point in Kosovar documentary cinema by introducing high aesthetical values never before seen in Kosovo’s film history. – Veton Nurkollari
O Movimento das Coisas (The Movement of Things) by Manuela Serra
86 min, 1985
One of the most remarkable cinematic rediscoveries of recent years, this long-unseen documentary—stunningly restored from the original 16 mm materials—is the only film to date by Portuguese director Manuela Serra. With an extraordinary feeling for gesture, the passage of time, and the profundity of silence, Serra captures the everyday routines of three families living in Lanheses, a small village in the north of Portugal. Their rituals of work, leisure, and worship offer a glimpse of a fast-disappearing past, while the presence of one young woman, Isabel, seems to point the way toward the future.
Manuela Serra is an actress and director, known for O Movimento das Coisas (1985), Vien di notte (2018) and Necrofilia (1985). She studied cinema at the Institut des Arts et Diffusion (IAD), in Brussels, Belgium, from 1971 to 1974. She worked as assistant editor (archive material, events from 1974-75) for the film Deus, Pátria, Autoridade. She was a founding member of the Cinema Cooperative Virver, until she left in 1981. By that time, she’d worked as a producer and assistant director for several medium-length films and for Rui Simões’s film, Bom Povo Português. Between 1979 and 1985, she produced, directed, and wrote the screenplay for her first work, O Movimento das Coisas.
Boris Buden is a writer, cultural critic, and translator. He studied philosophy in Zagreb and received his PhD in Cultural Theory from Humboldt University, Berlin. In the 1990s he was editor of the magazine and publishing house Arkzin in Zagreb. He is a board member of European Institute for Progressive Cultural Policies (eipcp), Vienna. His essays and articles cover topics related to philosophy, politics, translation, linguistics, the post-communist condition, and cultural and art criticism. Among his translations into Croatian are some of the most important works by Sigmund Freud. Buden’s writings appear in numerous books, including the BAK publication Concerning War: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art (2006/2010) and Art and Contemporary Critical Practice: Reinventing Institutional Critique (2009). He is currently Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Art and Design, Bauhaus University, Weimar. Buden lives and works in Berlin.