Echo of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival

Schedule

August 30–September 11

Place

Garage Screen summer cinema
Echo of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film FestivalEcho of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival

DESCRIPTION

Garage Screen summer cinema at Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host an echo of the first New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. The program includes premieres of competition and out of competition films, screenings of the winners, and a special program Inventing the Future. Some screenings will be followed by Q&As with filmmakers and discussions with various researchers.

New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival is a platform for new and daring cinema whose mission is to support original creative expression and to amplify new voices internationally.

The festival was established in 2019 in St. Petersburg. It was marked by a large-scale three-day preview, during which over 50,000 people visited New Holland Island. The president of the festival is Alexander Rodnyansky, the program director is Alexey Artamonov, and Andrey Kartashov is the curator of the short competition. The festival is organized by the team of the New Holland: Cultural Urbanization project.

The first festival included an international competition and was planned as the key event of the New Holland Island 2020 program, but cinema and reality have suddenly swapped places, and the world pandemic made adjustments to the original script. Despite that, the festival took place, keeping the competition program in its entirety, showing some of the films online on the Nonfiction.film platform and some offline in St. Petersburg.

In Moscow, the audience will be able to see the winning films from the festival— Xinyuan Zheng Lu’s The Cloud in Her Room (main competition Grand Prix) and Théo Court’s Blanco en blanco (main competition Jury Prize), as well as pictures by the laureates of the short film competition, including Julietta Korbel’s Still Working, Vytautas Katkus’s Community Gardens, How to Disappear by Total Refusal, and Catriona Gallagher’s Perdikaki (special mention).Visitors will also be able to attend the world premieres of the debut films Mom, I befriended ghosts by Sasha Voronov (main competition) and Danton’s Death by Andrey Stadnikov (Made in Russia program), see the only Russian participant of the Rotterdam Film Festival competition, Babai by Artem Aisagaliev (Made in Russia program) along with the long-awaited Russian premiere of The Image Book, the latest film by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard and a new short film dedicated to him, France Against the Robots by another classic of political cinema Jean-Marie Straub.

Garage also presents Inventing the Future—a special program dedicated to different concepts of the future and the connection of cinema with modern philosophy. It was named after the work of Isiah Medina, a young experimental director from Canada and based on the book of the same name by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. Medina’s film of the same name will be screened in full. Other participants include a film featuring a conversation with the founder of cyberfeminism Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival and a dedicated to Eurasianism poetic video essay by Metahaven, a Dutch collective of artists and designers, Eurasia (Questions on Happiness). A discussion with researchers from Russia will follow the screenings of these three films.

An important part of the program will be the Russian premiere of IWOW: I Walk On Water, shot by the African-American director and photographer Khalik Allah. This three-hour cinematic trip through the streets of Harlem in search of enlightenment is one of the brightest and most unconventional documentaries of the year, as well as a key event of the festival’s echo at Garage Screen.

tickets

Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

 GARAGE cardholders:  175 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

Schedule

Premiere and Q&A: Mom, I Befriended Ghosts

Produced by Stereotactic, this is documentary filmmaker Sasha Voronov's atmospheric debut feature about a mysterious disease, quarantine, and the aftermath of the epidemic. Hoping to save her mother, a young girl is forced to leave home and start out into the outside world, full of threats and uncertainty. Portraying post-apocalypse on the border of the city and forest as a metaphor of growing up and the new ecology, the film featured in the main competition of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival, which took place online this year. Its premiere screening, followed by a Q&A with the creators, will be held at Garage Screen.

Date
Sunday, August 30
Time
22:00–00:00

Film premiere: Eurasia (Questions on Happiness)

A plunge into the mental and political space of Eurasianism, undertaken by the Dutch crew Metahaven. In this video work, abiding mainly as an installation, the Dutch collective of artists and designers continues to study the mechanisms of propaganda, media, and ideological production. The film is part of Inventing the Future—a program of special screenings within the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a discussion. After the screening, there will be a discussion featuring political theorist Ilya Budraytskis and artist and curator Nikolay Smirnov. The discussion will be moderated by the film critic and Program Director at New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival Alexey Artamonov.

Date
Monday, August 31
Time
19:30–21:30

Premiere: An Homage to Jean-Luc Godard. The Image Book and La France contre les robots

A double screening of the latest works by two classics of avant-garde political cinema who have not in the least lost their revolutionary fervor. The Russian premiere of Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book will be preceded by Jean-Marie Straub's short paying homage to Godard, based on a text by Georges Bernanos.

Date
Tuesday, September 1
Time
19:30–21:30

Film screening: Babai

An experimental Russian debut on the intersection of feature and documentary film. Brothers Mark and Gesha are teenagers living an incomplete family. Their father is harsh and does not know how to express his feelings. Rooted in Slavic folklore, this picture is a tactile coming of age drama that immerses the viewer in the world of a child, full of fears, traumas, and hopes. The only Russian participant of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, Babai is part of the Made in Russia special program of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival.

Date
Tuesday, September 1
Time
22:30–00:00

Premiere: Danton's Death

The first feature-length film by the stage director Andrey Stadnikov, who transfers the methods of avant-garde theater to contemporary cinema. Strangely enough, the action of Georg Büchner's eponymous classic play unfolds in present-day Russia, which is still haunted by the specter of revolution and the accursed questions associated with it. The international premiere of the film is being held within the framework of the Made in Russia special program of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. It will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

Date
Wednesday, September 2
Time
19:30–21:30

Premieres and Q&A: Leave of Absence, News From the Other World, and Naked

The short film program is an echo of the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival and features three films by Russian directors: a film on masculinity in crisis that won an award in Locarno; a documentary portrait of Yuri and Maria Mamleev; and an experimental animation about a superhero from a tower block.

Date
Thursday, September 3
Time
19:30–21:30

Film premiere: IWOW: I Walk on Water

African American filmmaker Khalik Allah’s meditative trip, lasting more than three hours, through the streets of Harlem in search of enlightenment. Allah, who started as a tour photographer for the Wu-Tang Clan, focuses on the fate of the homeless man Frenchie in his third film. The trope of an outcast works somewhat as an allegory for the spiritual alternative inherited by black people. The film is part of Inventing the Future—a program of special screenings within the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival.

Date
Friday, September 4
Time
19:30–22:30

Premiere and discussion: Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival

An ingenious work in the “conversation with a philosopher” genre, following the Italian activist, director and “speculative storytelling” researcher Fabrizio Terranova’s visit to Donna Haraway, the author of A Cyborg Manifesto. The founder of cyberfeminism talks about the future of people, animals, and machines in the interiors of her home, which turns out to be not what it seems. The film is part of Inventing the Future—a program of special screenings within the 1st New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. The screening will be followed by a discussion.

Date
Saturday, September 5
Time
16:30–19:00

Premiere: Inventing the Future

An attempt to film an adaptation of the eponymous philosophical manifesto of the left-wing accelerationists Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams, undertaken by Canadian experimental cinema's rising star Isiah Medina. Rethinking Godard's editing practices in the digital age, Medina does not limit herself to the original text, developing her own ideas on possible radical changes in society on its basis. The film gave its name—Inventing the Future—to the special program of the inaugural New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival and will be screened within its program at Garage Screen summer cinema. The screening will be followed by a discussion. The screening will be followed by a discussion featuring art historian Boris Klyushnikov and philosopher, curator of Posthuman Studies Lab Nikita Sazonov. The moderator is film critic, Program Director at New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival Alexey Artamonov.

Date
Sunday, September 6
Time
16:30–19:30

Premiere: Still Working, Community Gardens, How to Disappear, Perdikaki

Still Working by Julietta Korbel, Community Gardens by Vytautas Katkus, and How to Disappear by Total Refusal collective are the winners of the New Holland International Debut Film Festival's Shorts Competition. The three films have won equal prizes for Best Short. The international jury has also awarded a Special Mention to Perdikaki by Catriona Gallagher. Garage Screen will host the Moscow premiere of these works.

Date
Wednesday, September 9
Time
19:30–21:30

Premiere: Blanco en blanco

Théo Court's film Blanco en blanco is one of the films which won an award at the New Holland International Debut Film Festival. The film participated in the festival's main competition and won the Jury Award. Garage Screen will host the Moscow premiere of Blanco en blanco, which previously won the Best Director award at the 76th Venice Film Festival's Orizzonti program.

Date
Thursday, September 10
Time
19:30–21:30

Film premiere: The Cloud in Her Room

Muzi, 22, returns to her native Guangzhou to spend the Chinese New Year with her family and take on old social roles for the time being—that of the daughter, sister, and lover. She meets a strange man who awakens memories of her past relationships. Garage Screen presents the Moscow premiere of the experimental Chinese drama that has won the main competition of this year’s International Film Festival Rotterdam. The Cloud in Her Room  was also awarded the main competition’s Grand Prix at the inaugural New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival “for the masterfully designed depiction of Guangzhou from an unexpected angle.”

Date
Friday, September 11
Time
19:30–21:30