Vilnius Film Festival launches new programme of hybrid films
by Laurence Boyce
- I AM A HYBRID, a novelty at this year’s Vilnius Film Festival, will show distinctive films that blur the line between documentary and fiction
The programme I AM A HYBRID, a new addition to this year’s Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris, will show distinctive films that blur the line between documentary and fiction, and that cannot be confined to one genre, aiming to reflect and rethink reality instead of simply showing the truth.
“The films in I AM A HYBRID are called hybrids because they exist between two dimensions – documentary and narrative cinema. If we look at the history of cinema, starting with Dziga Vertov and Sergei Eisenstein, then later John Cassavetes and Jonas Mekas, this relationship has always been contemplated. Even though the camera works as an objective observer that shows us the world, it actually changes and interacts with reality. The films presented in this programme reflect on and comprehend the problem of changing reality, using it as their artistic form and technique,” says Lithuanian philosopher and writer Kristupas Sabolius.
Highlights of the programme include Portuguese director Miguel Gomes’ return with the three-part, six-hour-long film Arabian Nights [+see also:
interview: Miguel Gomes
film profile]; Heart of a Dog [+see also:
film profile], in which Laurie Anderson – a pioneer in electronic music and an exceptional artist – directs and stars to combine many cinematic techniques to create an intimate film that contemplates life and death; and the docu-fiction On Football [+see also:
interview: Sergio Oksman
film profile], which sees director Sergio Oksman return to Sao Paulo to reunite with his father. Their meeting is the first in 20 years, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup is in full swing. Fortunately, talk of football fills the awkward silences between the estranged father and son.
The 21st Vilnius International Film Festival Kino Pavasaris will take place between 31 March and 14 April. The full I AM A HYBRID programme can be found here.