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The prestigious Centre Pompidou – National Museum of Modern Art in Paris – grants the Romanian audience access to its impressive film collection, through the special program presented at the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF 2012. Some of the major masterpieces of the Surrealist avant-garde cinema, films which continue to influence experimental visual practices to this day, come to BIEFF in an unique presentation, a press release informs.Centre Pompidou is one of the most important modern art museums in the world, containing one of the most impressive film collections: over 1300 films spanning more than a century of cinema and visual art, from Voyage dans la lune by Georges Méliès (1902) to the present, reflecting experimental practices developed outside the mainstream cinema. Centre Pompidou thus joins BIEFF’s educational initiative, offering the Romanian audience an unique insight into the oneiric, full of humor and surprisingly up-to-date universe of the Surrealist avant-garde, through the special program conceived by the film collection curator, Philippe-Alain Michaud.
Oberhausen shorts fest comes back
One of the oldest film festivals in the world, running for 59 years now, Oberhausen is one of the most important events of its kind in the world, a place where short film meets visual art, particularly well known for its spotlight on experimentation. For more than five decades, many famous filmmakers and visual artists have presented their works at Oberhausen: Roman Polanski, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, George Lucas being among them.The Oberhausen special program, supported by The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Goethe Institute, brings at BIEFF some of the most acclaimed films from Oberhausen, which gained the festival’s jury unanimous appreciation, innovative visual works with a deeply personal dimension that, at the same time, approach, without compromise, present day political and cultural topics.The special program will be represented in Bucharest by Mr. Jonathan Pouthier, responsible for the cinema programs of Centre Pompidou, invited here also as a member of the BIEFF 2012 jury. BIEFF’s collaboration with Centre Pompidou is possible thanks to the generous support offered by the French Cultural Institute, UNIFRANCE and the Goethe Institute.BIEFF is organized by the Culture and Image Association, with the support of the National Cinema Centre, the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, the National Art University, Le Fresnoy National Studio National Des Arts Contemporaines, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Jameson, JTI, Samsung, Romania Film, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institute, UNIFRANCE, the French Institute, the Korean Embassy, the Polish Institute, Dacia, Carturesti, ALLTUR, Kraftmark.