Oberhausen Reveals

The 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen unveils the first films selected for its International Competition 2017. Prominent works include British documentary filmmaker John Akomfrah’s Tropikosis and Austrian artist and filmmaker Josef Dabernig’s Stabat Mater – both of which are international festival premieres.

Akomfrah’s new film Tropikosis an experimental drama set in the 16th century revolving around the first meeting between Europeans and Africans. The artist, who recently won Artes Mundi Prize 7, is known for his work on race, identity and post-colonial issues. Meanwhile, Dabernig’s Stabat Mater is a meditation on the lack of communication in architecture. In 2016, the festival dedicated a Profile programme to the filmmaker, highlighting his creative achievements in the medium.

Oberhausen has also selected Analiza wzruszen I rozdraznien 2 (Analysis of Emotions and Exasperations, Part 2) by Wojciech B?kowski, who was winner of the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen in 2015 for G?os mojej duszy (Sound of My Soul). This will be the film’s international festival premiere. Receiving its German festival premiere will be Gagarin’s Tree by the Romanian artists’ duo Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor. The piece uses an interview with philosopher Ovidiu Tichindeleanu as starting point for an examination of space travel, imagination and propaganda in the socialist utopia and the post-communist era.

Lastly, the world premiere of Unhomely Street by British artist Susannah Gent will be screened at the festival. The practitioner works with experimental film and artistic taxidermy. Unhomely Street is an exploration of Derrida’s concept of hauntology. Further details of the competition entries will be revealed over the next few weeks, with a full programme to be announced on 12 April.

The 63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 11-16 May, venues across Oberhausen.

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1. Still from John Akomfrah’s Tropikosis, 2017.