Schamanen im blinden Land, director: Michael Oppitz (Film still)
In cooperation with Kinemathek Karlsruhe e.V.
The film program 'beyond the frame' explores the possibility of using the various means of film to bring into view the suprasensory, magical or transcendental. It raises different questions. Can the documentary focus of the camera record things and processes which seemingly withdraw from rationality? How is it possible to describe political or social interconnections which are fundamentally defined by a mythical concept of history?
Artists have repeatedly used various conceptual methods to probe the borders of filmic depiction. In particular, the history of avant-garde film provides many examples in which this limitation is called into question and the intrusion of a surprising dimension penetrates and extends the illusion of reality. But the cinema itself can be a sort of delirium in a miraculous way. It can set in motion an irresistible attraction which captures the viewer and delights in subverting his assumptions and filling him with bewilderment. It can show pictures of unseen spaces and can create an atmosphere of visual intoxication.
The film program 'beyond the frame' embarks upon journeys of cinematographic exploration into the border areas of reality and vision. The films visit cult sites and sacred landscapes, wander through primeval forests and mountain ranges, lead to the banks of rivers and lakes. The viewers encounter shamans, storytellers, saints and revolutionaries. The selection includes feature, documentary and experimental films and extends from the early era of cinema right up to the present. With films by Kenneth Anger, James Benning, Stan Brakhage, Larry Clark, Maya Deren, Öyvind Fahlström, Janet Forman, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Guy Maddin, Michael Oppitz, Ulrike Ottinger, Glauber Rocha, Jean Rouch et al.