Garage Screen summer cinema will screen all films featured in the international competition of the 5th Moscow International Experimental Film Festival MIEFF as well as the first Russian retrospective of the pioneer of avant-garde queer cinema Barbara Hammer.
For the third year in a row, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art is engaged in a strategic partnership with Moscow International Experimental Film Festival MIEFF. “With the boundaries of visual text becoming as flexible as possible and almost vanishing today, the rigid definitions of cinema, video art, and installation have loosened. MIEFF festival focuses on pictures made by filmmakers and video artists working on the intersection of diverse art practices. Exhibition space is an equally natural environment for these works, as is the cinema theater. Along with introducing authors and their creations conceived and existing in this new visual context, Garage is also committed to setting up and expanding their audience, aiming to boost the overall development of experimental film (especially in modern-day Russia). This audience is formed under a variety of conditions, including niche festivals and other platforms dedicated entirely to such content”, says Garage Screen curator Evgeny Gusyatinsky.
The program of MIEFF’s international competition comprises 29 short pictures from 21 countries filmed in 2019–2020. While representing a wide range of artistic strategies, the festival also strives to be gender balanced, featuring 16 female and 18 male filmmakers in this year’s program.
Within the framework of the annual Close-up section, MIEFF presents the first Russian retrospective of Barbara Hammer’s works. Recognized as a pioneering figure in the history of avant-garde queer cinema, her films have become part of global feminist art as the earliest artistic statements about the female body and queer sexuality. Split into two blocks, the program is composed of Hammer’s early experimentations with the 16mm camera along with her iconic movies of the 1970s–1990s, including the feature-length Nitrate Kisses.
Garage Screen summer cinema will also screen the winning films of this year’s edition of the festival and host its award ceremony.
All films will be screened in their original language with Russian and English subtitles.