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Harun Farocki

Le P’tit Ciné, Bozar Cinema, Argos, Cinema Nova and the Goethe Institute join forces to celebrate the work of Harun Farocki, a German film director, artist and writer. Born in 1944 in Novi Jicín (in present-day Czech Republic), Harun Farocki studied cinema at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB), from which he was expelled for political reasons in 1968. Since 1966, he has produced more than 100 works for cinema, television and exhibitions, among which "Nicht löschbares Feuer" (1969), "Videogramme einer Revolution" (1992, together with Andrei Ujica) or the installation "Deep Play" (presented at Documenta 12, in 2007). His documentary essays, often innovative and experimental in form, explore the points of contact between concepts such as war, economy, politics, social space, arming, ’eye machines’, media and the status of images. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna since 2004, Farocki has also taught in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Manila, Munich, Stuttgart and Berkeley.
Le P’tit Ciné, Bozar Cinema and Nova present a selection of films and videos produced by Farocki throughout his career, whereas Argos proposes the exhibition Side by Side, which displays a selection of two-channel video installations created between 1995 and 2012.

See full program: www.leptitcine.be



Ein neues Produkt

Un nouveau produit - A New Product

Harun Farocki, 2012, DE, video, ov st fr & ang, 36'

This film portrays a brainstorming session about new concepts for mobile workstations which would grant employees a high degree of autonomy - and leave experts grappling for words. The product concept is bold, but intellectually flimsy, and best serves as a reflection of existing world order. Once again, colored markers and eye-catching graphics are used to disguise heartless capitalism. The cutesy branding of neoliberal market economics is grotesque... and fascinating.

18.04 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€


Videogramme einer Revolution

Vidéogramme d’une révolution - Videograms of a Revolution

Harun Farocki & Andrej Ujica, 1992, DE, video, ov fr st fr, 106'

In Europe in the fall of 1989, history took place before our very eyes. Farocki and Ujica’s "Videograms" shows the Rumanian revolution of December 1989 in Bucharest in a new media-based form of historiography. Demonstrators occupied the television station [in Bucharest] and broadcast continuously for 120 hours, thereby establishing the television studio as a new historical site. Between December 21, 1989 (the day of Ceaucescu’s last speech) and December 26, 1989 (the first televised summary of his trial), the cameras recorded events at the most important locations in Bucharest, almost without exception. The determining medium of an era has always marked history, quite unambiguously so in that of modern Europe. It was influenced by theater, from Shakespeare to Schiller, and later on by literature, until Tolstoy. As we know, the 20th century is filmic. But only the videocamera, with its heightened possibilities in terms of recording time and mobility, can bring the process of filming history to completion. Provided, of course, that there is history. (Andrei Ujica)
Harun Farocki conceived of and assembled Videograms of a Revolution together with Andrei Ujica. Ujica, who was born in Timisoara in 1951, is a Rumanian writer who has been living in Germany since 1981, where he is a lecturer in literature and media theory.

26.04 > 20:00
5€ / 3,5€ 7,5€ / 6€ (soirée / avond)


Harun Farocki, 1979, de, video, ov st fr, 49'

Single is not a theoretical treatise; it just uses clips to show how a single is produced. The song is "Time to Love", the singers call themselves Witchcraft. Also involved are the composer, arranger, producer, the studio musicians and later on the strings.At the beginning the off camera narrator points out a scandalous discrepancy. The film crew spent two days in the recording studio observing a three minute piece of music being produced. The film itself condenses the duration of production: 15 minutes into the film, the narrator announces that the producers are satisfied with the basic backing-track, after a four hour test.

26.04 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ 7,5€ / 6€ (soirée / avond)


Nicht ohne Risiko

Pas sans risque - Nothing Ventured

Harun Farocki, 2004, DE, video, ov st fr & ang, 50'

What venture capital or VC for short actually means is explained the film itself. Banks only lend money against collateral. Those who have none have to turn to VC companies and pay interest of 40%. At least We had filmed scenes at a wide range of companies: VC companies discussing projects; entrepreneurs seeking to give shape to their ideas; consultants rehearsing their presentation. In the end we restricted ourselves to just one set of negotiations and used the material shot over two days. What tipped the balance for me was hearing the lawyer for NCTE, the company seeking capital say, "We are a little disappointed by the offer". I felt myself transported into a Coen-Brothers film.The protagonists in our story film are sharp-witted and filled with a desire to present themselves. They are negotiating the conditions for the loan of 750,000 Euros.

28.04 > 20:00
3,5€ / 2,5€ 7,5€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)


Christian Petzold , 2007, DE, 35mm, ov st fr & ang, 96'

Yella is an East German migrant who flees her unhinged ex-husband to pursue an accountancy job in Hanover. What she discovers is a ruthless world of sharks in suits led by venture capitalist Phillipp. Hounded by her past and suffering strange episodes of déjà vu, she’s adrift in a world that’s quite literally soulless.
An amazing film inspired by "Nicht ohne Risiko", directed by former Farocki student Christian Petzold, and written by Harun Farocki himself.

28.04 > 22:00
5€ / 3,5€ 7,5€ / 5€ (soirée / avond)


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