July 23, 2007

Wavelengths (2007)

Wavelengths 1: What the Water Said

  • POOL Chris Chong Chan Fui (Malaysia/Canada)
  • WHAT THE WATER SAID, NOS. 4-6 David Gatten (USA)
  • AT SEA Peter Hutton (USA)
Wavelengths 2: Winds of Change
  • EUROPA 2005, 27 OCTOBRE Straub and Huillet (Italy)
Wavelengths 3: Cross Worlds
  • ALL THAT RISES Daïchi Saïto (Canada)
  • CROSS WORLDS Cécile Fontaine (France)
  • THE ACROBAT Chris Kennedy (USA/Canada)
  • ECHO Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof (Canada)
  • THE BUTTERFLY IN WINTER Ute Aurand and Maria Lang (Germany)
  • MONICA Enrico Mandirola (France)
Wavelengths 4: In the Space of Time
  • QUARTET Nicky Hamlyn (UK)
  • ERZÄHLUNG Hannes Schüpbach (Switzerland/Italy)
  • GONE Karø Goldt (Germany)
Wavelengths 5: Schindler's Houses
  • THE ANTHEM Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand)
  • SCHINDLER'S HOUSES Heinz Emigholz (Austria)
Wavelengths 6: Pour Vos Beaux Yeux
  • POUR VOS BEAUX YEUX Henri Storck (Belgium)
  • FAUX MOUVEMENTS Pip Chodorov (France)
  • TAPE FILM Chris Kennedy (USA/Canada)
  • ECP 2D: SUN John Price (Canada)
  • PAPILLON Olivier Fouchard (France)


Darren said...

I made a point of attending all of the Wavelengths programs last year, and that experience was one of the real highlights of the fest for me. I'm probably going to do it again this year, but for now programs 1, 2, 5 and 6 are definitely must-sees. Does anyone know anything about the filmmakers in 3 and 4?

For what it's worth, I wrote a bit about the Charlotte Pryce and Ken Jacobs films, which were my favorites of the experimental program at SFIFF in May.

Maya said...

Oh goody!! Something new by Joe!

Darren said...

I've heard good things about Schindler's House, too, so Wavelengths 5 should be great!

Doug said...

2 and 5 are definitely musts for me...Robert Koehler loved "Schindler's House" at BAFICI.

msic said...

Re: 3 and 4. Ceclie Fontaine is quite good, based on the one film of hers I've seen. She's also got a solid reputation as a major (if under-known in North America) found-footage filmmaker.

I haven't seen anything by the two guys in 4, but both have solid reputations in Europe. I'm looking forward to that one. And 1, 2 and 5. Mos def.

Thanks for the good word on the Pryce and Jacobs.

Darren said...

Well, the good news is that Wavelengths hasn't been moved to The Cumberland, as a few of us had feared. The bad news is that programs 1-4 will be at Varsity 7 (the small room). Apparently, they're expecting Joe's new film to draw a crowd, though, since it'll be shown at Varsity 1! Wavelengths 6 will be at Jackman Hall, which is more good news.

Nicola said...

You forgot a film in programme 4 by Karoe Goldt, called gone. Not sure who she is.

Darren said...

Thanks, Nicola. I've added Gone to the list.

Nicola said...

I've seen Ute Aurand's film in Rotterdam and it is very beautiful. I highly recommend it. This whole programme this year strikes me as very rigorous for TIFF. Too bad about Varsity 7, though I'm not sure I've ever been in it. Also, I've seen Hannes Schupbach's work at MoMA and it, too, is very beautiful. Slow and photographic. I think he is also a photographer, much better known in Europe. Nicky Hamlyn wrote a book on experimental cinema, but I've not read it.

Darren said...

"This whole programme this year strikes me as very rigorous for TIFF."

Others around here know more about the history of Wavelengths than I do, but I suspect the "rigor" you've noticed can be attributed almost entirely to Andrea Picard, who, unless I'm mistaken, is the sole programmer this year. Last year was a bit of a transition for Wavelengths, following Susan Oxtoby's departure for the Pacific Film Archive. Andrea co-curated the program last year, but I'm really eager to see her first solo lineup.

msic said...

I'm glad to hear that the new Aurand film is strong, Nicola. I must admit, I did not like "India," her long film in the program in 2005. But having read a bit about the new work, I was somewhat optimistic, since the subject matter struck me as having the potential to play to what I perceived as Aurand's strengths -- a lyrical, intimate use of the camera, and an attention to the human figure in relation to landscape. So, fingers crossed.

Parabola said...

I didn't see a Wavelengths program during my previous two festivals, but have decided to give one a try this year. Any recommendations for a first-timer from these groupings?

Darren Hughes said...

Parabola, all six programs are on my must-see list, but my general order of preference is 2-5-1-4-6-3. I'm thinking that 6 might be the best intro to Wavelengths, though. You'll get to see a wider variety of short films, increasing the odds of finding something that you really like. Plus, you'll get to spend an hour or two at Jackman Hall, which is always fun.

Parabola said...

Darren, thanks for the tips. I think I'll check out program 6 for the variety and to visit Jackman Hall for the first time (great preview today). I'll report back with my impressions. :)