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25 August 2020

Echo of the festival at the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art

Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will host an echo of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival from August 30th to September 11 and will include screenings of the winning films and some of the premieres of films in and out of competition. Screenings will be followed by Q&As with filmmakers and discussions with film critics and researchers. Until August 28, the competition films are also available online on Nonfiction.film platform for viewers based in Russia.

At Garage Screen, the audience will be able to see the winning films of the festival, attend the world premieres of the debut films Mom, I Befriended Ghosts by Sasha Voronov (Main Competition) and Danton’s Death by Andrey Stadnikov (Made in Russia programme), as well as watch the only Russian participant of the Rotterdam Film Festival competition, Babai by Artem Aisagaliev (Made in Russia programme) along with the long-awaited Russian premiere of The Image Book, the latest film by the legendary Jean-Luc Godard and a new short film dedicated to him, France Against the Robots by another classic of political cinema Jean-Marie Straub.

A special programme Inventing the Future dedicated to different concepts of the future and the connections between cinema and modern philosophy will be shown in Garage in full. The programme was named after the work by Isiah Medina, a young experimental director from Canada, which is based on the eponymous book by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams. Among other films are an interview with the founder of cyberfeminism Donna Haraway: Story Telling for Earthly Survival and a poetic video-essay Eurasia (Questions on Happiness) on Eurasianism by Metahaven, the Dutch art and design collective. Screenings of these three films will be followed by discussions with researchers from Russia. Another key event of the New Holland Island International Debut Film Festival’s echo will be the Russian premiere of IWOW: I Walk On Water, shot by an African-American director and photographer Khalik Allah. This three-hour cinematic trip through the streets of Harlem in search of enlightenment is one of the brightest and most unconventional documentaries of this year.

Detailed information about the screenings can be found here.