Film series Philip Scheffner X 3

Philip Scheffner: Revision (2012) © Svenja L. Harten/pong Film GmbH

11/02 & 11/03/2017

Anthology Film Archives

Philip Scheffner: Revision (2012)

Filmmaker in person!

The Goethe-Institut and Anthology Film Archives welcome filmmaker Philip Scheffner for a weekend of screenings of three of his recent films – Revision, And-Ek Ghes..., and Havarie – all of which explore the (never more timely) themes of migration and the refugee experience. Both Revision and And-Ek Ghes... find Scheffner collaborating with Colorado Velcu, a Romanian émigré whom Scheffner encountered during the making of the former film, and who then became (along with his extended family) the co-director, star, and driving force behind And-Ek Ghes.... Unified as the films are thematically, they represent three profoundly different approaches to depicting the subject of refugee life, culminating in the radically experimental Havarie, a sound collage that’s layered over a short video clip – slowed down to last 93 minutes – of a refugee boat adrift in the Mediterranean. Driven both by a passionate urge to explore (and humanize) some of the most troubling and intractable issues of the contemporary world and by a bold formal intelligence, Scheffner’s work deserves to be much better known in the US.

Philip Scheffner will be there in person for all screenings, alongside Colorado Velcu and Merle Kröger, the co-writer and producer of all three films. Cristina Vatulescu, professor of comparative literature at NYU, will moderate the conversation and translate from Romanian.

On Wednesday, November 1, at 7:00pm, the Goethe-Institut presents a reading of the crime novel Collision (orig. Havarie) with Merle Kröger, moderated by Sukhdev Sandhu.

Film program:

Philip Scheffner
In German, Romanian, and Romani with English subtitles
2012, 106 min, digital
November 2, 7:30pm
Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Cristina Vatulescu

Philip Scheffner & Colorado Velcu
In German, Romanian, and Romani with English subtitles
2016, 94 min, DCP
November 3, 6:30pm
Followed by a Q&A session moderated by Cristina Vatulescu

Philip Scheffner
In Arabic, French, English, Spanish, and Russian with English subtitles
2016, 93 min, DCP
November 3, 9:00pm
Followed by a Q&A session