To Be, or Not to Be at Umeå European Film Festival 2019

Program Umeå European Film Festival 2019

To be, or not to be
We all deal with different things in our lives. Sometimes we go to the bottom with some questions while others remain mystery. Shakespeare’s famous opening phrase in Hamlet is multifaceted and touches on human existence and being. In this program, several people’s different identities are visible, but also thoughts around reproduction and male violence. Hygiene obsessions, cleaning desire and anxiety at the same time and on top of everything an opening choir of singing pussies. Somehow, everything is related!

Singing Cunts by Max Göran, 2012, 2:06 min
On Animals and Cleaning by Zafire Vrba, 2019, 7 min
Carwash by Juli Apponen, 2018, 5:16 min
Act On Instinct by Elin Magnusson, 2013, 16:13 min
Ohyra by Klara Lidén, 2007, 4 min
Ang. Berivans Film by Berivan Erdogan, 2019, 20:18 min

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Length: 55 min
Curator Anna Linder, SAQMI – The Swedish Archive for Queer Moving Images

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Singing Cunts by Max Göran, 2012, 2:06 min

A group of cunts singing a song about a brighter future.

Max Göran lives in Berlin, where he is finishing his Meisterschüler degree in Fine Art, in the class of Prof. Josephine Pryde, at the University of the Arts summer 2019. He works interdisciplinary with video making and performative fields, on stage and elsewhere, using experimental video, fiction, documentary film, stage performance and choreography/dance as mediums. Together with artist Josefin Arnell he forms the duo HellFun: HellFun is an exploration on revenge and purity and a hopeless quest to make sense.
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On Animals and Cleaning by Zafire Vrba, 2019, 7 min

On Animals and Cleaning deals with the consequences of eugenics, Scandinavian design and hygiene obsession. The film is based on a performance with the same name.

Zafire Vrba is a Swedish-Czech artist and educator based in Stockholm, Sweden. They work digital media, performances, video and pedagogy. In their art, Zafire deals with memory, desire, accessibility and trans visibility.
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Carwash by Juli Apponen, 2018, 5:16 min

Enjoy this sexy car wash that has nothing at all to do with the film Kustom Kar Kommandos but which brings to mind Kenneth Anger’s experimental classic from 1965.

Juli Apponen is an artist working mostly with choreography and performance in different configurations. She produces and tours internationally with several co-operations as well as her own solos – as director, choreographer, teacher, writer and performer. Originally from Finland, but based mostly in Sweden.
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Act On Instinct by Elin Magnusson, 2013, 16:13 min
Through pine groves and oat fields – a deer is passing by. She has recently become a mother and is trying to adjust to her new role. She is nature, this is her land but still she can’t shake the feeling of a slowly growing panic. What is the punishment for not loving your child?
Born in 1982 in Norrköping. Educated at Konstfack, lives and works in Stockholm. Elin Magnusson’s work moves in the borderland where culture clashes into nature and norms are questioned. In the gap between these two worlds there is a clarity and a room that accepts displacements and a questioning. She works interdisciplinarily and is happy to work with video-documented performance containing feature film-like elements where different norms meet personal experiences.
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Ohyra by Klara Lidén, 2007, 4 min
Huvudpersonen i filmen Ohyra har på sig en boxningshjälm och ett vitt linne, en ovanlig klädsel för hushållsarbete, och börjar diska i köket. Efter en stund vänder hon sig till kameran och börjar raljera missnöjt över sig själv och sin ineffektivitet.
Utdrag från en text av Sophie O´Brien

Klara Lidén (f 1979 i Stockholm) arbetar tvärvetenskapligt och har både en arkitekt- och konstnärsutbildning som sin bakgrund. Hon använder video, installationer och fotografi för att engagera åskådaren i en subtil reflektion om sambandet mellan kropp och rum och hon äger förmågan att omvandla offentliga och privata utrymmen med kroppslig närvaro och känslan av rörelse.
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Ang. Berivans Film by Berivan Erdogan, 2019, 20:18 min

Berivan is currently working on her film, that is based upon her childhood memories of a controlling and abusive father. She is casting for the role of Kemal and does not share with the actors that Kemal is based on her father. While working with the actors, unprocessed memories comes back, which provokes conflict and sadistic tendencies in her. As she pushes the actors beyond their limits, the question of ethics arises. How far is Berivan willing to go to confront her own father?

Berivan Erdogan (b. 1989) is originally a Kurd from Turkey, born in Molde, Norway and raised in Oslo. She is working mainly on subjects concerning gender and power-relations within a multicultural society. She has two BA‘s: one from the Art Academy in Oslo and one in Film Directing from Akademin Valand in Gothenburg. Berivan also has an MA in Gender Studies from Gothenburg, and is currently studying a MA in Film at Valand. In her films and art projects, she is interested in exploring the topics of masculinity and violence.