The 62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen is presenting five artists and filmmakers from China, Germany, Israel, Norway and Austria in its Profile programmes. These include the first European retrospective of Chinese artist Sun Xun’s films, an extensive retrospective of the films of Austrian artist Josef Dabernig, the first retrospective of films by the Israeli poet Raquel Chalfi , a selection of works by the German artist Jeanne Faust and, for the first time outside Norway, a complete retrospective of Norwegian filmmaker Anne Haugsgjerd’s films. The film programmes will be accompanied by an exhibition of works by Sun Xun and Josef Dabernig; Jeanne Faust will be presenting a looped installation in addition to her film programmes, and Raquel Chalfi will read from her poems in addition to presenting her films. The festival will be held between the 5-10th of May, 2016.
Josef Dabernig, Austria
(films: 8, 9 + 10 May, exhibition: 5 – 10 May)
The works of filmmaker-slash-artist Josef Dabernig often recall two giants of comedy: Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati – but against the backdrop of a somewhat tattered modernity. In buildings and landscapes on the brink of vanishing, rituals from football and family life are stoically played out (Wisla, 1996; Lancia Thema, 2005; River Plate, 2013), consoling kernels of truth are laconically wrung from the madness of fashionable manager idioms (Proposal for a New Kunsthaus, not further developed, 2004) or homage is meticulously paid to content lifted for example from stadium tickets (Ticket Content, 2014). Oberhausen pays tribute to this body of work with a comprehensive showcase in three programmes.
Raquel Chalfi, Israel (9 May)
She is one of the best-known Israeli poets, but remains one of the hidden secrets of Israeli cinema. In her films Raquel Chalfi weaves together poetry and cinema, exploring the subconscious, myths and legends. Oberhausen will present the first ever European retrospective of her cinematic work, including one of her earliest films, Bobo and the Hairstyling Industry (1969). The programme will also include a reading by Chalfi from her poems and a presentation and discussion of her latest project, an investigation into the works of her mother, Miriam Chalfi.
Jeanne Faust, Germany (6 May)
Her works are on view at both film festivals and international art galleries and museums, from Museum Ludwig to the Styrian Autumn festival. Jeanne Faust works with gaps, allusions and supposedly familiar elements that set in motion reflections on how we interpret the images we see. Oberhausen has shown her films on many occasions since 1995, most recently Reconstructing Damon Albarn in Kinshasa (2010) and will now present a selection of her works. In addition, there will be a daily screening of her looped installation IN ROM/ Ross Araja wird für das Gucci Shooting vorbereitet (2014).
Anne Haugsgjerd, Norway (6 + 7 May)
In 2015, Anne Haugsgjerd visited Oberhausen with her most recent film, Upside Down Everything is Abstract, My Father Said (2014). This year the festival is presenting the first complete retrospective of her works outside Norway. Most of her films are essayistic, humorous and self-exposing hybrids where fiction meets documentary – a genre that has become immensely popular today, but in which she made groundbreaking work as early as the 1980s.
Sun Xun, China
(films: 7 + 8 May, exhibition: 5 – 10 May)
Sun Xun combines his distinctive painting and drawing style with different animation techniques in an ongoing process of experimentation. He is regarded as one of the most original new artists and filmmakers from China. Oberhausen will will bring the first European retrospective of his works to the screen. Two film programmes are accompanied by an exhibition set up by Sun Xun in Oberhausen for the duration of the festival.
Accreditation deadline for the 62nd festival: 22 April 2016