4 - 8 SEPT
4 - 8 SEPT
The theme of the fifth edition of BIDFF - The Network - marks a new phase of development of the festival, by integrating films of various genres (made by film directors, choreographers, visual artists, animators, musicians) into the official programming, for various categories of audiences, as well as starting a special film project: a development lab featuring scripts for feature films that are in the first phase of creation.
"We want to connect artists, producers, curators and journalists who question the future of the body, through an artistic event in which hybridization becomes an important pillar for innovation. We also want to engage and look through a broader perspective at the dance film, in terms of the means of production, creative spots, ways, hubs and all kinds of collaborations that could come from within the community we are part of.” Simona Deaconescu, Artistic Director BIDFF
drama, 105’, 2019
The opening film of Bucharest International Dance Film Festival - the fifth edition - is "And Then We Danced". The third film of the Swedish director Levan Akin is regarded as a portrait of a conservative society that still has the power to remove or disregard citizens who do not follow the rules instated by tradition. In a world in which the golden rule is submission, the Georgian dance cannot be or express anything else but virility. And what happens when a teenager’s first crush meets beliefs that deny him the right to happiness?
Supported by CONCEPTUAL LAB
Program curated in partnership with Arhivele Dansului: deschis pentru (re)inventar(e)!, project initiated by CNDB and co-financed through AFCN
Curators: Corina Cimpoieru, CNDB Archives official, and Bogdan Movileanu, editor Film materials from the ANF Archive.
The unique selection of archive films discovers the different histories of dance in niche areas of the Romanian film genre. Ephemeral states of dance in sync with the "new media" of the silent film in the 20’s can be seen in the choreographic sketches performed by Elena Penescu Liciu (first ballerina at the Opera in Cluj), next to the ballet group of the Cărăbuș Theater, in the comedy "Lache in harem" (1928, directed by Marcel Blossoms). One of the best synth-pop/dance/electronic export bands in Romania, Karpov not Kasparov has performed, in recent years, throughout Europe, from clubs to big festivals. Their music is reminiscent of the 80’s disco with an optimistic and danceable sound. This year, Karpov not Kasparov accepted BIDFF’s invitation to arrange a cine concert based on the films in the CNDB Archive.
Ten dance films, from eight countries will give you goosebumps. Time stands witness to these out of the ordinary stories, in which the body finds itself mirrored in a parallel universe.
These eleven films, from nine countries delve into darkness, struggle for light and search for new meanings for love. Like in Robert Frost's poem, the protagonists of these uncommon stories, find themselves faced with impossible choices.
Find yourself in a mass jubilation, somewhere in Europe, and then travel to Iran where a little girl is playing hopscotch while her village is bombed and a performance artist defies the laws and dances in the streets of Tehran. Now you are in a fighting pit, where contemporary dance meets wrestling and hip-hop moves talk about fatherhood. You stop in a purple field where you meet a naked man confronting loneliness. In a second you are transported to a Voodoo Carnival in the Caribbean. A unique BIDFF screening of nine films from six countries, where the body never stops fighting.
As an artist, Andy Wood works cross-disciplinarily, working in cinema, video art, photography and sound. He is one of the most famous creators of dance films, renowned for his minimalist style and architectural aesthetics. His films and video works have been presented at international film festivals, art galleries, prisons, public spaces and TVs. Andy studied Fine Arts in the UK, worked as a musician and producer for several years and currently runs a documentary film and art house production company. He is one of the developers of Leeds International Film Festival and organizes a competition dedicated to short films within Short Film City.
This year BIDFF opens a new competitional section dedicated to cutting edge musicals. An exclusive selection of five powerful short films from France, Congo, Romania and Czech Republic will make you giggle with empathy. Dance meets music meets unpredictable narratives. In this unique selection of shorts, charming characters are doing their best to avoid monotony.
Romanian filmmakers and choreographers meet this year in the complicated web of the self. They are exploring the daily tumult, reestablishing the connection with their own body, discovering new paths towards inappropriate fantasies. Eight experimental short films and an animation will make you question how to connect with yourself and the environment.
What goes as love in the age of the virtual, when everything turns into numbers? Images, feelings and sensations are blurring away. Stories of contemporary witches, rebellious ballerinas, superheroes, sea inhabitants and bubble gum appear. These 12 short films have been carefully selected by teenagers for a teenager audience, but not only. Ioana Bogdana and Eva Todica from Super - Festival invite you to an exploration of movement with meaning.
Contemporary medicine is increasingly concerned with the profound impact of social isolation and broken social structures on individual well-being and health, and debates on environmental sustainability are advancing notions of constructive communities in the search for a better future. Much of screen performance however portrays athletic, idealised individuals and spectacular acts, which may produce a ‘wow’ effect but add little to our understanding of communal relations, dynamics and potentials. My question is, how can screen-based representations, screen performance and screendance reflect on contemporary communities, and what can screendance contribute to these debates? I will look at the work of choreographer, composer and filmmaker Meredith Monk, in particular her film Ellis Island (Rosen and Monk, 1982), as well as Michael Haneke’s Code Unknown (2000) and The White Ribbon (2009), and earlier experimental screendance such as the work of Amy Greenfield, to explore subjecthood on screen. I will consider cinematic and choreographic strategies such a depersonalisation, and the sculpting of space and time through ritualised action.
Cervantes Institute Bucharest, in collaboration with FIVER - international festival and showcase platform that supports and produces dance and audio-visual works, created in Spain in 2012 - a unique selection of dance film shorts (fiction and documentaries), created by Spanish directors.
Curated by Samuel Retortillo, the director of the festival, the selection is a showcase of cinematographic works in which the movement is the foundation of dramaturgical works.
Prestigious Spanish film directors, of three generations, form a perfect sample which summarises what dance film is: a way of using the language of movement by mixing complementary arts, in which the creator chooses the art of dance to come alive on a screen.
The Emotional Bodies program is made up of five very special films, whose authors have decided to embark on an ever-fascinating journey through the infinite territories of human experience. With each film, we discover a new type of physical language, created especially to awaken the spectator's emotion to a level that no other art, except dance, touches. There’s no surprise that the dance films in the program cover a variety of emotions and situations that range from the bitter experience of solitude to the hyperactivity in the modern jungle of finances, from family relationships and generation gaps to post-internet communities.
A Conversation: The why’s and how’s of song and dance and the art of storytelling, whether you are creating a live stage musical or a film musical. This conversation provides no answers as it is all about the questions you must ask yourself before you start.
documentary, 108', 2019
She is one of the artists who digs deep and lasting furrows, which upset the existence. For over 35 years, Maguy Marin has established herself as a major and essential choreographer on the world stage. Daughter of Spanish immigrants, her work is a joyful and furious punch in the face of barbarism. Her career and her political positions lead to audacity, courage, fighting spirit.
A project orginsed by the Tangaj Dance Association and co-financed by AFCN - The Administration of The National Cultural Fund. The project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of The National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or for the way the results of the project can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the financing beneficiary. The project is made with the support of the National Film Fund, Conceptual Lab and ADFR - The Association for the Romanian Film Development, with support from DHL, Techir and Super - Festival of Films made by Teenagers. The 5th edition of BIDFF is organised in partnership with the National Dance Centre Bucharest, French Insitute - Elvire Popesco Cinema, The Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Fabrica Gastropub, Cervantes Institute in Bucharest, Apollo 111, LINOTIP - Centru Independent Coregrafic, Fiver International Screendance Movement.
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A project organised by the Tangaj Dance Association and co-financed by AFCN - The Administration of The National Cultural Fund. he project does not necessarily represent the position of The Administration of The National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of the project or for the way the results of the project can be used. These are entirely the responsibility of the financing beneficiary. The project is made with the support of the National Film Fund, Conceptual Lab and ADFR - The Association for the Romanian Film Development, with support from DHL, Carturesti, Techir and Super - Festival of Films made by Teenagers. The 5th edition of BIDFF is organised in partnership with the National Dance Centre Bucharest, French Insitute - Elvire Popesco Cinema, The Museum of the Romanian Peasant, Fabrica Gastropub, Cervantes Institute in Bucharest, Balassi Institute, Apollo 111, LINOTIP - Centru Independent Coregrafic, Fiver International Screendance Movement.
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