1. THE COMMITMENT OF THE FILMMAKER: presentation by Ai Weiwei
Rohingya / 27.03 – 19:30 / BOZAR
During an exclusive Masterclass at Bozar, Ai Weiwei will underline the importance of his relationship to reality in his work. Through the persistence of the fixity of the frame, the question of the filmic device and documentary writing are at the heart of the filmmaker’s work. The masterclass will be followed by a screening of the film Rohingya.
2. THE INVISIBLE CHINA: With the director Huaqing Jin & the producer Li Xinyi
Blossom With Tears & The Tibetan Girl / 30.03 – 19:00 / CIVA
China is often portrayed as a country that is growing economically, modernising at breakneck speed and becoming a global power. But behind this glittering image, behind the big modern cities and spectacular skyscrapers, there are forgotten lives that live in the shadow of triumphant modernity. These invisible lives are a stark reminder of the reality of China today, a complex reality that cannot be reduced to a simple binary opposition. How can we perceive what is “buried”, “made invisible”; and which concerns us in an essential way?
Huaqing Jin is a young, multi award-winning Chinese filmmaker with a unique narrative quality. Thanks to his gift of observation, he manages to present a China that is little known to the public, thus offering a deeper understanding of the Chinese phenomenon. He will share the secrets of his work. The question of the filmic device and documentary writing are at the heart of the filmmaker’s work, which opens up the space of filmic representation to a representation of the invisible in the subjects treated.
This masterclass will be followed by two short documentaries directed by the filmmaker, winner of the last edition of the Millenium Festival: The Tibetan Girl, and The Blossom With Tears.
3. THE EXPERIENCES OF AN IMPOSSIBLE FILMING: with the director Huaqing Jin
Dark Red Forest/ 31.03 – 19:00 / CIVA
Second screening on 29.03 – 20:30 / Galeries
Jin Huaqing’s second masterclass will be on his multi-awarded film Dark Red Forest. Director Huaqing Jin has succeeded in filming the intimacy and secret rituals of Tibetan nuns and delivers unique images and testimonies. A revelatory film whose sensitive look questions the condition of women in Buddhist societies. How to film in extreme conditions? How to think about the link between the filmic device and the filmed subject?
4. DRAMATURGY OF SOUND: presentation of Mariana Valkanova
Cambridge/ 03.04 – 20:30 / Vendôme
This Masterclass will be given by Mariana Valkanova, one of the leading figures in film sound creation. In contemporary documentary cinema, music is increasingly used to manipulate our perceptions and emotions. The aim of this masterclass is to reveal the potential of sound and how it can create drama and emotion while respecting the essence of documentary authenticity. The Masterclass will be followed by a screening of the film
Cambridge by Eldora Traykova, for which Valkanova was responsible for the sound score.