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Wilden: Mekas, Menken, Rinland, and Shimada

  • Wolf Kino 59 Weserstraße Berlin, Berlin, 12045 Germany (map)

Coming right from Locarno Festival, where her latest film THOSE, THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMLE ANOTHER premiered, artist filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland will be present to show a selection of works.

Notebook - Marie Menken
Marie Menken USA 1962 11 min

ちよ (Chiyo)
2019, 16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 12 mins
Chiyo is a poetic exploration of the suburbs in Japan through the filmmaker’s reflection on the life of her grandmother, Chiyo. With a series of everyday moments in Yashio in Saitama from a summer fair to Buddhist rituals, the film embodies micro-narratives, seeking cinema’s ability to offer a contemplative space.

Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
Jonas Mekas 1971-1972 / color / 82 min
Jonas and Adolfas Mekas arrived in America in 1949 as displaced persons, former prisoners of German labor camps, exiled from their native Lithuanian farming village. Wanted by the Soviet police, they had been forced to leave home years earlier, not to return for 27 years. REMINISCENCES OF A JOURNEY TO LITHUANIA is the compelling document of a divided family and their long-delayed reunion. - Re:Voir

British-Argentinian filmmaker Jessica Sarah Rinland’s films combine physicality with bookishness; they are both sensual and cleverly thought-out. Shot on 16mm their very material is a coalescence of nature and science. Combining elements of documentary, fictional narrative, artist installation and essay film, Rinland’s cinematic vocabulary is varied. Gardens and museums appear in Rinland’s work as heterotopic spaces where species or cultures meet. Entanglements of people, animals, history, scientific knowledge and myth transform spaces into places. The ‘common treasury’ present throughout Rinland’s work is like Bruno Latour’s ‘parliament of things:’ a chorus of animal, vegetable and mineral constituents.

Wilden is an open and accessible platform for new discoveries. A place where you can jump in despite any previous knowledge of experimental cinema in its many forms.

Wilden screenings are supported by our dear friends from MUBI