Friday, February 23, 2018

Phantom Islands @ ADIFF

Rouzbeh Rashidi's magnificent new film Phantom Islands will premiere at Audi Dublin International Film Festival next Tuesday, February 27th. I'm proud to be associated with it as one of its producers.

"Phantom Islands is an experimental film that exists at the boundaries of documentary and fiction. Directed by Rouzbeh Rashidi, with the visual intensity that has marked him as one of Ireland’s most unique and radical filmmakers, it follows a couple adrift and disoriented in the stunning landscape of Ireland’s islands. Yet this deliberately melodramatic romance is constantly questioned by a provocative cinematic approach that ultimately results in a hypnotic and visceral inquiry into the very possibility of documentary objectivity."

To find out more about the film, visit the official webpage. To buy tickets, see this page. 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

EFS @ Esto Es Para Esto, Mexico

A programme of Experimental Film Society will be screening at Esto Es Para Esto on 1st of March, 2018 in Monterrey City, Mexico.

Details of the programme:

1_La Picota (2018) by Ana González / 3 minutes / Colombia

2_Universal Film (2018) by Jann Clavadetscher / 3 minutes / Ireland

3_Homo Sapiens Project (161-170) (2013) by Rouzbeh Rashidi / 8 minutes / Ireland
4_The Family Vault of James Hyland (2017) by Michael Higgins / 14 minutes / Ireland

5_Play Ground (2017) By Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain / 16 minutes / Ireland

6_Refining the Senses (2017) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 13 minutes / Switzerland-Ireland

Total running time: 58 Minutes

Sunday, February 04, 2018


It would be a thrill to be included in any issue of the brilliant and inspiring Film Panic. But the latest edition of this Underground Film Studio publication, which contains my opinionated ramble A Few Thoughts on the Moving Image, is something even more special in that it gathers the research of previous issues to intriguingly propose the existence of a 'new visionary cinema' in today's underground filmmaking. The article in which editors Daniel Fawcett and Clara Pais state this case is a must-read.

Full details here.   

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Experimental Film Society & purge present Spectators: A Tribute to Frans Zwartjes

Birds, Spare Bedroom, Spectator & Living by Frans Zwartjes
+  tribute films by Stanley Schtinter, Langan/Le Cain & Rouzbeh Rashidi

6.30 pm, Thursday February 22nd
The Guesthouse, 10 Chapel St., Cork

Frans Zwartjes, Holland’s preeminent experimental filmmaker, passed away at the end of 2017. As a tribute to this great and always radical artist, Experimental Film Society (EFS), in association with purge, presents a screening of four of Zwartjes’ finest films along with three others made in tribute to him.

Zwartjes’ highly stylised, poetically claustrophobic films achieve a unique level of sensual intimacy in their renditions of sexual and domestic tension, and voyeurism. These wordless works draw on performance art but are equally distinguished by their oneiric visuals, disconcerting editing rhythms and hypnotically minimal sound design. Once Zwartjes has caressed the surface of your eyeballs, you will never see cinema in the same way again.

This programme also features Zwartjes, a recent documentary portrait of Frans Zwartjes by Stanley Schtinter, as well two films made in homage to Zwartjes by filmmakers connected with EFS: Rouzbeh Rashidi’s Homo Sapiens Project (113) and the Irish premiere of Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain’s Play Ground.

Schtinter is a Zwartjes collaborator. He was behind major Zwartjes tribute events at such venues as EYE Film Institute in Amsterdam and London’s Whitechapel Gallery. He produced the first ever release of Zwartjes’ music through his label, purge. EFS is an Irish company dedicated to nurturing personal, experimental cinema. Rashidi and Langan / Le Cain acknowledge Zwartjes as a major influence on their work.

Birds (5 mins, 1968)
Spare Bedroom (15 mins, 1969)
Spectator (10 mins, 1970)
Living (15 mins, 1971)

Zwartjes (Stanley Schtinter, 9 mins, 2017)
Homo Sapiens Project (113) (Rouzbeh Rashidi, 16 mins, 2012)
Play Ground (Vicky Langan & Maximilian Le Cain, 16 mins, 2017)

Play Ground was made with the support of Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

Stills courtesy of Collection EYE Filmmuseum.

Friday, January 19, 2018

INSIDE in Circa

Cac O'Day waxes lyrical about the Langan/Le Cain feature Inside in a review of last year's TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, the first of Circa Art Magazine's 2018 series of weekly reviews:

"Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s 2017 film, Inside, charts the evolution of an embryonic nuclear unit. It is set in an isolated rural dwelling in which something is slowly being incubated: individuation, perhaps, or collaborative self-effacement. Atomised moments excavate a process of withdrawal and symbiotic alienation. The film’s ornate, finely wrought surfaces belie a slow and destructive engulfment. Flesh as grass and existential dread are deadened by an epidural of repetitions and circumlocutions. Evergreen breath extrudes a slippery visual progeny."

Monday, January 15, 2018

INSIDE @ Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador

Inside will screen as part of a season of Experimental Film Society films at the Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador in Quito, March 16th – 18th 2018.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is a group of filmmakers dedicated to the creation of uncompromisingly personal, formally challenging filmmaking. Based in Dublin, it has succeeded in forging a new and radically alternative Irish cinema. The series of EFS films screening at the Cinemateca Nacional del Ecuador Ulises Estrella showcases the directors currently producing under the EFS banner.

Phantom Islands (Rouzbeh Rashidi)
Inside (Vicky Langan/Maximilian Le Cain)
Short films by Atoosa Pour Hosseini
Drifting Cities (Michael Higgins)
Kino Hospital (Jann Clavadetscher)

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

INSIDE on CinePensieri's Top 10 Films of 2017

"Inside, the first feature film by the duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, who have already made numerous short films, is a work that explores the inner life of a woman in psychic breakdown. The two directors explore this inner decadence through a masterly manipulation of the film medium... Inside is another great film from the Experimental Film Society, one that absolutely deserves consideration and an audience."

CinePensieri has included Inside on its list of ten best films of 2017!