Moving out of familiar structures helps to release creativity. Thinking away from traditional patterns think, look at things from different angles and thus find new ideas. These ideas are in turn an offer to us to do the same – like our OUT OF THE BOX projects, a true (cinema) inspiration.

Once upon a Time in Germany

OUATIG Filmplakat

Indifferent landscapes, refractive light, some bird or other, and a window to the tallow, pregnant living room of patterned wallpaper and trivia. Cut. Dogged tracking sequences inflate moments to cliff-hangers and shatter their tremulous spectatorship. Thundering leitmotifs – in constant intoxication like German disinterest – with no backrest or lederhosen. Black-red gold at full mast, cinema is dead. Long live the cinema.

ONCE UPON A TIME IN GERMANY - a home-movie cabinet of German memorial culture from the 1960s to the 1980s. A visually associative, cut-up film has been created from over 50 kilometres of Super 8mm found footage, which the two directors have set to music live with self-composed taped soundscapes and sampled text fragments from German Dada, Beat and underground literature. An analogue cinema experience that breaks with cinema while voicing a declaration of love for cinema.

Date
Time
Venue
Title
Saturday, 10-29
00:15
Central 3
Once Upon a Time in Germany
Credits

Wiebke Thomsen

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Born in Georgsmarienhütte in 1982. Study of cultural sciences, film studies and philosophy in Leipzig. Works as an independent Live Super 8mm cinema artist.

Johannes Thomsen

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Born in Hanover in 1981. Study of German philology, political science and law in Marburg. Works as an independent Live Super 8mm cinema artist.

Admission

Admission is free for this event.

Location

Central Kino Hof
Altstadt 8
95028 Hof

Shakespeare-Automat

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The foundation of this intermedial, interactive automat is Shakespeare‘s 66th sonnet. A 400 years old text about hopelessness, excessive demands, political weariness and the state of physical and psychological inertia. Well, thank you very much.

Still, these timeless verses are fascinating. They manage to verbalize familiar feelings and show ways out of disorientation.

But how does the sonnet change when we tell it in a non-linear way? Do we now no longer understand anything, or do associations arise that enable us all the more to grasp the content? What happens when old, supposedly elitist texts meet current viewing habits?

Minimal attention span versus binge watching. In the SHAKESPEARE-AUTOMAT, users can playfully determine the language, the situation, and the character with the help of 27 videos and thus decide which version of the sonnet they get to see. Right is what is fun.

Date
Time
Venue
Title
Wednesday, 10-26
16:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Shakespeare-Automat
Thursday, 10-27
20:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Shakespeare-Automat
Credits

Tomasz Robak

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Tomasz Robak, born 1991 in Konstanz, studied theater in Vienna. Acting studies at HMTM Hannover and the State Academy of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. Since then he has been working as an actor and speaker. Cinema debut with the film „Coup“ by Sven O.Hill (HOF 2019). Currently he can be seen at the Zurich Opera.

Book WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
Polish translation STANISŁAW BARAŃCZAK
German translation CHRISTA SCHUENKE
Acting TOMASZ ROBAK
Camera & Color Grading FELIX KAHLO
Sound Design KARIM SHALABY
Boom ANDREAS BECHTOLD, JONATHAN BECHTOLD
VFX DAVID EMMENLAUER
Make up EVA HANNA HIELSCHER
Logotype VANITY INITIALS BY BJÖRN GIESECKE
Web design & programming THOMAS RAGER
Production TOMASZ ROBAK

Supported by the Corona Kulturfonds of the district Konstanz

Admission

Admission is free for this event.

Location

Bürgergesellschaft
Poststraße 6
95028 Hof

Details

Sonnet 66 by William Shakespeare
Format: Cinemascope
Duration: 27 x ca. 1,5 minutes
Language version: german, polish, english without subtitles
Germany 2022

Liquid Staging

In 2021, Asteris Kutulas‘ show format LIQUID STAGING celebrated its world premiere at the 55th International Hof Film Festival: a soundtrack, four films on four screens, all at the same time. The audience is right in the middle of it all.

With the revised version of ELECTRA 21, the piece MEDEA 21 as well as the SATELLITE CLIPS PROJECT, the artist and winner of the Hans-Vogt Film Prize Kutulas presents three polydimensional experiences as world premieres. This is immersive „Cinema 2.0“ with the incomparable compositions of the musical anarchist Mikis Theodorakis.

Date
Time
Venue
Title
Wednesday, 10-26
19:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Wednesday, 10-26
21:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Friday, 10-28
19:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Friday, 10-28
21:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Saturday, 10-29
16:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Saturday, 10-29
18:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Credits

Asteris Kutulas

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Born in 1960 in Oradea, Romania, the son of Greek immigrants, grew up in the former GDR. Studied German language and literature and philosophy. Since the early 1980s, Kutulas has worked as a writer, producer and director on various music and documentary film productions, and as a director and dramaturge on theater and show productions.

Achilleas Gatsopoulos

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Born in Athens in 1980. VFX and Production Design for Film studies in the UK. Worked in the art department of films such as HARRY POTTER III, WOMAN IN THE DARK, etc. Designed stage as well as motion design for major events at the same time. Directed videos for Pet Shop Boys, James Blunt, SKIN, and many more.

Admission

Admission is free for these events.

Location

Bürgergesellschaft
Poststraße 6
95028 Hof

Medea 21

Out of love for Jason, Medea betrays her family, slays her brother, and flees her homeland. She and Jason soon have two sons, but Jason does not marry Medea, who is a stranger in his country. He takes as his wife Glauke, the daughter of the king. Medea kills Glauke and the king in revenge, and then she kills her two sons to make Jason suffer forever eternally.

Screens

Screen 1: Love, jealousy, murder.
The mother kills her children. A dance film - the performance of the MEDEA ballet by Renato Zanella at the "Apollo" theater in Hermoupolis on Syros with the extraordinary Maria Kousouni as Medea. A mixture of classical ballet and modern expressive dance.

Screen 2: Disturbing beauty.
15-year-old Bella in an "ideal world" - as if not of this world - disturbingly idyllic, disturbingly beautiful. It seems almost unreal, a fiction. Not a fiction, however, is the book she is reading, the words of Anne Frank, who went into hiding in a backhouse in Amsterdam in 1944.

Screen 3: Energy and freedom of the creative.
Making-of for the dance film - the exciting rehearsals for the ballet performance with the dancers and the choreographer Renato Zanella.

Screen 4: No future perspective.
Rebellious youth. The youth uprisings between 2010 and 2014 in Greece as a symbol of the resistance of the young generation against a violent and inhuman policy. The composer Mikis Theodorakis, who is over eighty years old, is also in the midst of these uprisings. Young people, full of rage and despair. Figures from another, bleak and traumatic world that have taken over everyday reality.

Credits

Music MIKIS THEODORAKIS
Choreography RENATO ZANELLA
Cinematography MIKE GERANIOs
Art Direction ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS
Music Production, Editing & Mastering
ALEXANDROS KAROZAS
Scenography GEORGIOS KOLIOS
Co-Production KLAUS SALGE & SCHOTT MUSIC
Script, Production ASTERIS & INA KUTULAS
Concept, direction ASTERIS KUTULAS

Date
Time
Venue
Title
Wednesday, 10-26
21:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Friday, 10-28
21:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Saturday, 10-29
18:00
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Medea 21

mit anschließender Diskussion

Electra 21

The father sacrifices the eldest daughter for power and glory, his wife slays him for it years later. Her children Electra and Orest kill her to avenge the father. A circle of hatred and destruction. No happy ending.

Screens

Screen 1: Ballet performance
The (cinematic) recorded ballet performance ELECTRA at the "Apollo" theater in Hermoupolis on Syros.

Screen 2: Rehearsals
Recording of the rehearsals for the ballet performance in different locations in Austria and in Greece with the dancers and the choreographer Renato Zanella.

Screen 3: Genesis of the text & cinematic associations.
"Fictional scenes" and cinematic commentaries on the Electra plot, combined with graphically designed insertions of the Sophocles text passages, each of which can be seen in sync with the music feed.

Screen 4: Genesis of the music and the recording
Mikis Theodorakis can be seen conducting the music recording of the opera ELECTRA in the studio in St. Petersburg. This recording is the basis used for the Electra ballet performance. The film footage is mixed with video clips of young conductors conducting some of the 22 scenes of the ELECTRA 21 soundtrack.

Credits

Music MIKIS THEODORAKIS
Text SOPHOKLES
Concept ASTERIS & INA KUTULAS
Choreography RENATO ZANELLA
Electra SOFIA PINTZOU
Cinematography JAMES CHRESSANTHIS ASC, GSC & MIKE GERANIOS
Editing ASTERIS KUTULAS, YANNIS SAKARIDIS U.A.
Art Director ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS
Scenography & Production Management GEORGIOS KOLIOS
Costumes OLGICA GJORGIEVA, ANNABELL JOHANNES U.A.
Music Production, Mix & Mastering ALEXANDROS KAROZAS
Director ASTERIS KUTULAS

Date
Time
Venue
Title
Wednesday, 10-26
19:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Friday, 10-28
19:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Saturday, 10-29
16:30
Bürgergesellschaft
Liquid Staging: Electra 21

mit Satellite Clips Project als Vorfilm

Satellite Clips Project

To the soundtrack of Mikis Theodorakis, ten video clips by Asteris Kutulas & Co. and ten digital graphics by Achilleas Gatsopoulos will be shown in LIQUID STAGING show format.

Soundtrack

The music of all video clips is by Mikis Theodorakis, here mainly in various interpretations and arrangements by young musicians* (including ethno, jazz, rock, classical and electro versions).

Screens

Screen 1
Ten consecutive video clips, the Satellite Clips. They were created as a collaboration of about 20, mainly younger, artists from six nations. They come from various artistic fields such as fashion, film, singing, etc. and have brought their own aesthetics to the creation of the video clips. The whole is held together by the overall artistic approach of conceptual artist and filmmaker Asteris Kutulas.

Screens 2 to 4
10 x 3 film graphics by Achilleas Gatsopoulos. These are still frames from the Satellite Clips footage, digitized and processed in a film-artistic way.

Statement

If the external world is on the move, life in a private, healthy world can no longer be continued. Morality was a support 2,500 years ago and still is today. So is the related question: whose morality, whose integrity, whom does it protect, who is plunged into misfortune, which interest has priority, at what price, with what consequences, for whom? These questions are asked again and again.

The SATELLITE CLIPS PROJECT combines visual art and film in an innovative and specific way. It demonstrates in an exemplary way how the dramaturgical approach of liquid staging can be used to create an intense viewing experience from a series of video clips and graphic artworks that become film graphics.

Credits

Production ASTERIS KUTULAS & ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS; ASTI MUSIC & HYPNAGOGIA
Cast: MIKIS THEODORAKIS, AIR CUSHION FINISH, ALEXIA, ROSA MERINO CLAROS, STELLA KALAFATI, MARIA KOUSOUNI, JOHANNA KRUMIN, ILZE LIEPA, MELENTINI, ELTION MERJA, SOFIA PINTZOU, HENNING SCHMIEDT, JOCELYN B. KING, MELENTINI, SOFIA PINTZOU. SMITH, RENATO ZANELLA ET AL.
Editing CLEOPATRA DIMITRIOU, ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS, ANTONIA GOGIN, STELLA KALAFATI, ASTERIS KUTULAS
Cinematography ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS, MIKE GERANIOS, STELLA KALAFATI, ASTERIS KUTULAS
Art Direction ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS
Music Editing, Mastering ALEXANDROS KAROZAS
Artistic advice INA KUTULAS
Co-production SCHOTT MUSIC
Music MIKIS THEODORAKIS Direction ASTERIS KUTULAS & ACHILLEAS GATSOPOULOS
Concept ASTERIS KUTULAS