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Reviewing material from the archives is telling not only about the moment of its production, but also for what it can reveal about the present and our contemporary lens of interpretation. Presenting films in the festival that revisit revolutionary artist Joseph Beuys and the Paris revolts of May 1968, Andres Veiel (Beuys, Competition) and João Moreiera Salles (In the Intense Now, Panorama) confront the changing natures of historical images. Who filmed this material, why and how? What sorts of images are born of fear, of rapture, of urgency, of joy? Salles and Veiel discuss what the archive can reveal of itself, even if the viewer does not consult its historical context.
(event moderated by Dorothee Wenner)
ANDRES VEIEL. Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1959. Whilst taking a degree in psychology he also studied directing and dramaturgy at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin under Krzysztof Kieślowski. He directed his first documentary in 1992, followed by Balagan (Berlinale 1994) and Black Box BRD (Black Box Germany, Berlinale 2002). His feature film debut Wer wenn nicht wir (If Not Us, Who) premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2011 and won the Alfred Bauer Prize. His theatre play ‘Der Kick’ was first performed in 2005; its film adaptation screened in the Panorama in 2006. In 2013 he directed the premiere of his play ‘Das Himbeerreich’.
JOAO MOREIRA SALLES is a Brazilian documentary filmmaker and the editor of the monthly magazine Piauí. After studying economics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, he founded the production company VideoFilmes. He has made numerous award-winning documentaries, including SANTIAGO, which was named Best Film at the Cinéma du Réel Festival in Paris and the Miami International Film Festival. It was also named best documentary of the year by the Brazilian Film Academy.
DOROTHEE WENNER. A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.