The 2018 MIEFF Festival features a special program of experimental films from all over the world, as well as an innovative VR-film The Deserted, a retrospective of the avantgarde director Peter Kubelka, and films devoted to Sergei Eisenstein at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival program has been developed as part of the strategic partnership between the Museum and MIEFF.
MIEFF Festival aims to establish a framework for the sustainable development and support of experimental cinema in Russia and focuses on the films by directors and video artists who work at the borders of different artistic practices.
The Museum will host three premiers: Roi Soleil a performance film by Albert Serra about last days of the French monarch Louis XIV, Possessed about finding new ways to live in society in an era of social networks, created by Dutch design studio METAHAVEN together with the documentarist Rob Schröder, and Good Luck by the American anthropologist Ben Russell.
This year, the festival’s program interest in extended types of cinema will be represented by an innovative VR-film by the Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang The Deserted. The film will be screened in Europe for the first time a year after it won at the 74th Venice Film Festival.
Christian von Borries, an artist, conductor, and film director from Berlin, will present work-in-progress of his new project More Human than Than Human. An Automated Social Science Fiction Series. In his lecture the artist will speak about his understanding of big data, modern urban planning and a new type of citizen.
The Taiwanese video artist and author of The Walker festival film Su Hui-Yu will hold a masterclass called “Different Type of Pressure”.
A special guest of the festival is an avantgarde film director and theorist, one of the founders of the Austrian Film Museum Peter Kubelka, who will present his own retrospective on 35 mm and 16 mm film and hold a public performance lecture “Metaphors for the mouth, eyes and ears”.
HTC Vive Pro, a new system of virtual reality, will be used for the film demonstration.
Festival Curators: Vladimir Nadein, Rita Sokolovskaya, and Dmitriy Frolov in consultation with Garage Screen curator Evgeny Gusyatinskiy.