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8 February 18:00

Pavilion, New Holland Island

Film as an object of memory: lecture by Philip Gröning and screening of “Stachoviak!”

Philip Gröning is one of the most interesting contemporary German directors who makes complex films with an experimental narrative structure, addressing the history of philosophy and being at the intersection of cinema and contemporary art. On February 8, he will give a talk at the Pavilion as part of the educational programme of New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival. It will be the first time Gröning, a professor at the Cologne International Film School, will present one of his early films Stachoviak! (1988) in Russia. The film tells a story of a post office worker who ends up running amok. It was shot on 8 mm by Hito Steyerl, one of the most influential video artists and art theoretician today. Stachoviak! was one of her first works in cinema. Gröning will talk about the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, the film as an object of memory and the stream of consciousness as a means of storytelling. There will be time allocated for Q&As after the lecture. Philip Gröning is a director, screenwriter, cinematographer and composer. At the age of 19 he began his career in film and television, while studying medicine and psychology in Munich, where he later joined the Academy of Film and Television. In 1986 he founded his own film company. His documentary Into Great Silence (2005) was awarded the Sundance Special Jury Prize, and his feature film debut The Police Officer's Wife (2013) was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Gröning is a member of the German and European Film Academies, a professor at the Cologne International Film School and a lecturer at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Film Academy. Lately his work has been mostly related to contemporary art. The lecture will be held in English with a consecutive translation. Admission is free. The number of seats is limited. Please register in advance (link in Russian). With the support of St. Petersburg School of New Cinema.