The best films from the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
Here we present you a selection of the best poetry films of the last years of the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin, curated by Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, film curator, media scholar and artistic director of the festival.
The films will be projected from October 11 to November 30, 2021 - from sunset to midnight - onto screens placed in the store-front windows of the Goethe-Institut Montréal (1626 boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, Québec, H2X 2T1).
All films will be shown in the original with English (some with French) subtitles.
2009 Last Day of Republic (Letzter Tag der Republik)
Germany | 2009 | 08:57
Director: Reynold Reynolds
In 2008, the Palace of the Republic completely disappeared from the cityscape of Berlin. But can the demolition of a historical building erase cultural memory?
Poem: Letzter Tag der Republik by Gerhard Falkner
Beware of the Germans: they unexpectedly pull a poem out of their pocket and start a conversation about philosophy.
2014 Reinventing the Wheel
Australia | 2014 | 03:14
Director: Elena Knox
In a game reminiscent of Wheel of Fortune, a poem plays out on a letterboard. As the doll-like hostess turns over the letters, a surprising message to her audience is revealed.
Poem: High Heels by Elena Knox
Belgium | 2014 | 06:23
Directors: Paul Bogaert, Jan Peeters
Not all participants at the Congress Centre know where to go. Meanwhile, bacteria and confusion spread in the toilets.
Poem: ONZEKERHEDEN 12 / Een twee drie emmers… by Paul Bogaert
BOMB BOMB Discontent
Scotland | 2016 | 03:22
Director: Arban Severin
An animated triptych of Mark Dery’s cut-up poems 1979-’82.
Poems: SLEEP DOGS' Discontent, SMASHING ATOMS and SOFT BONE FLOWER OF X-RAY BRITTLE by Mark Dery
2015 A Petty Morning Crime
Bulgaria | 2015 | 04:02
Director: Asparuh Petrov
A second degree murderer that has no guilt nor qualms.
Poem: A Petty Morning Crime by Georgi Gospodinov
2016 Vacancy (Leerstelle)
Germany | 2016 | 04:30
Director: Urte Zintler
“One must be able to move but also be as still as a tree: as the trees have rooted themselves in the ground, as we stand fixed, despite the landscape pulls away." (Hilde Domin)
Poems: Noch gestern / Wie wenig nütze ich bin / Ziehende Landschaft by Hilde Domin
2017 Ode to Anxiety (Ode all'ansia)
Italy | 2017 | 00:34
Director: Milena Tipaldo
Ode to Anxiety is an animated exorcism: a short ode is expressed to one of the greatest plagues of our society, anxiety, while she continues to dance on our stomach.
Poem: Ode to Anxiety by Milena Tipaldo
Scotland | 2020 | 02:06
Director: Steve Smart
Whoever is having a drop too much today, will feel the overflow of rohypnol and embark on a trip within the ocean of the unconscious. In this experimental movie, images of the ocean sphere plus poetry unify in an almost classical transcendence.
Poem: TRAWL by Matthew Caley
2019 Inside the body (Cos Endins)
Italy | 2019 | 09:00
Director: Eduard Escoffet, Gianluca Abbate
The voice that fills this film takes us to different spaces in Matera, from the tourist centres and city centres to the impregnable space of one’s own body: pleasure
and longing for other bodies that no one can pick up.
Poem: Cos Endins by Eduard Escoffet
2020 Scary Places/Shapes & Sizes
USA | 2020 | 05:59
Directors: Pamela Falkenberg, Jack Cochran
A film based on an erasure poem that works with texts from James Howard Kunstler’s The Geography of Nowhere. An indictment of American car culture and hostile urban environments which come into being when cities are only designed around motorway
Poem: The Geography of Nowhere by Jack Cochran
Belgium | 2012 | 04:54
Director: Paul Bogaert
Four guards inspect an exhibition room. After the lights flicker off and on, they look younger and can’t believe what they hear.
Poem: Reconstruction by Paul Bogaert
2020 Speech by the Leader on the Occasion of the Future
Netherlands | 2020 | 07:10
Director: Jan Baeke, Alfred Marseille
Speeches held by heads of state encounter the guerilla tactics of poetry. Banished into the urban outdoor advertising and cut up into slogans, the sentences of the grand seducers lose their charismatic force rather quickly.
Poem: Speech by the Leader on the Occasion of the Future by Jan Baeke
The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival
at the Goethe-Institut Montreal
The ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival is a project of the haus für Poesie in Berlin and has been around since 2002. It was the first and is the largest international platform for short films based on poetry - the so-called poetry films. It offers poets, film and festival makers from all over the world a platform for creative exchange, brainstorming and meeting with a broad audience. With a competition, film programmes, readings, retrospectives, exhibitions, performances, workshops, colloquia, lectures and a children's programme, it presents the diversity of the genre of poetry film in various sections.
The programme presents a selection of the best poetry films from previous editions of the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival. Twelve animations, written and experimental films on personal destinies, social issues and climate change. In the poems, these topics are questioned with emotion, logic but also wit.