GEGENkino presents | Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch” & “Viva” 35mm

Dear GEGENkino friends!
We’ve created a wonderful pre-festival event for you: Two rare 35 mm copies of  The Love Witch and Viva by experimental filmmaker Anna Biller are touring the country these days, and on their way they are going to stop by in our beloved LURU cinema in Leipzig on the 1st November 2018 at 7 PM.

01 NOV 2018
GEGENkino presents
USA 2007. R: Anna Biller, D: Anna Biller. Jared Sanford, Bridget Brno. 120 Min. 35mm. OV
9 PMThe Love Witch
USA 2016. R: Anna Biller, D: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell. 120 Min. 35mm. OV

The Love Witch

USA 2016. D: Anna Biller, D: Samantha Robinson, Gian Keys, Laura Waddell. 120 Min. 35mm. OV

Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her gothic Victorian apartment she makes spells and potions, and then picks up men and seduces them. However her spells work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. When she finally meets the man of her dreams, her desperation to be loved will drive her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the 1970s, THE LOVE WITCH explores female fantasy and the repercussions of pathological narcissism.


USA 2007. R: Anna Biller, D: Anna Biller. Jared Sanford, Bridget Brno. 120 Min. 35mm. OV

Two suburban couples get sucked into the sexual revolution in 1972 Los Angeles. Abandoned by her husband, Barbi is dragged into trouble by her girlfriend, who spouts women’s lib as she gets Barbi to discard her bra and go out on the town. Barbi becomes a Red Riding Hood in a sea of wolves, and quickly learns a lot more than she wanted to about nudist camps, the hippie scene, orgies, bisexuality, sadism, drugs, and bohemia. Saturated to the hilt with vibrant color and exquisite period detail, and full of the kind of innocent nude romps you see before censorship codes lifted, VIVA looks like a lost film from the late ‘60’s, and is a tribute to the best of exploitation cinema.

See you soon!

Tonight | Raster & Pedro Maia

We’re so excited about tonight! In cooperation with experimental electronic music vanguards Raster and Institut fuer Zukunft we compiled this special event and have a bunch of great people coming to GEGENkino today:

Portuguese collage filmmaker Pedro Maia will be there tonight to screen his work WASTELAND—on three 16mm projectors simultaneously! The screening will be accompanied by an exclusive live score by Robert Lippok (To Rococo Rot).

Robert Lippok will kick off the evening with a solo live set that will start at 9:30pm. After that, Pedro Maia will join in and project WASTELAND. The screening is followed by an audio-visual live set of his labelmate
Grischa Lichtenberger and a DJ set by Mieko Suzuki that will steer you through the rest of the night. Moreover, there’ll be a little installation with video works from the Raster archives. Prepare to be surprised!

[Tickets are still available at the doors tonight. People with a GEGENkino festival ticket have to pay a small additional charge only.

13 April 2018
Institut für Zukunft
9 PMRobert Lippok (Live-Set)
10:15 PMRobert Lippok vertont WASTELAND (2015, Pedro Maia, 30’, stumm, 3x16mm)
afterwards: Grischa Lichtenberger (live a/v set)
Mieko Suzuki (dj set)

Plus: INSTALLATION of Raster video works

Raster | Maia | Suzuki | Lichtenberger

Pedro Maia:
Robert Lippok:
Grischa Lichtenberger:
Mieko Suzuki:

For more than 20 years, Raster (formerly known as: Raster Noton) has
established a label that not only stands for a specifically distinct techno and experimental sound, but also for a collective platform that frequently serves as basis for collaborations with artists from various
disciplines. The evening will be opened by an encounter of digital and
analogue: as a premiere and exclusively for GEGENkino, Robert Lippok
adds a live score to WASTELAND, a 16mm-film performance of Portuguese artist Pedro Maia.

The title literally refers to the origin of the filmstrips shown: they are seemingly useless waste, faulty exposures, they are discarded material from an analogue film lab. The colours of WASTELAND are less reminiscent of barren or bleak landscapes but rather remind of Stan Brakhage’s chemical experiments. That means that after being exposed to toxic processes, the images turn into pure colour fields. Maia’s three projectors animate them, let fissures and stains flicker, let veinlets, scratches and debris whirl. After an additional live set by Robert Lippok, Grischa Lichtenberger will present his audiovisual live performance. Raster resident Mieko Suzuki will then end the showcase. Besides, various Raster video works are installed and displayed all night long. They are representative for the close involvement with computers and their audiovisual capabilities – a constant topic that steadily forms the objectives of the label.