Only two weeks left until GEGENkino #3 starts—and now here’s for some very special announcement!

On Apr 28 the VERTICAL CINEMA project will come to Leipzig as part of GEGENkino festival and will turn the cinema screen towards the church dome. At the Paul-Gerhard-Church in Connewitz a 9x4m large vertical cinema screen will be installed and a special construction of 35mm projectors will screen a seldomly before-seen selection of experimental films by a variety of international film and video artists.

Vertical Cinema events have been taking place so far only at selected festivals and venues—most recently at the Baltā Nakts in Rīga last September—and this will be the first Vertical Cinema screening in Germany.

Read more about the project below.

Moreover, we announce that our ticket pre-sale starts tomorrow!

Tickets for the whole festival are 38/32 (red.) euros and will be available, as usual, at Filmgalerie Westend (Industriestraße 18) and in the Buchhandlung W. Otto & Nachf. (right next to the UT Connewitz). More information in the ticket FAQ.

See you soon,

your psyched up GEGENkino crew

Vertical Cinema [German Premiere]

(D: miscellaneous, without dialogue, 35mm)

Our look orientates itself upwards—from darkness towards light. VerticalCinema banishes traditional projection formats and rotates a cinemascope screen with its very wide dimensions through 90 degrees. As a result, the screen is twelve meters high, and together with custom-built 35mm projectors—tipped over through 90 degrees as well—a concert PA system and the Paul Gerhard Church’s nave provide a marvellously suitable setting in which a short film programme novelly gets to the bottom of accustomed film experiences, shifts it into vertical direction and thus creates an intensity that’s almost rising up to the sky. For the compilation being screened, ten groups of avant garde filmmakers, musicians and visual artists were commissioned to produce one film respectively. The works stand in several lines of tradition of abstract cinema: structural experiments, remixes of found footage, chemical explorations of the film material and laser action intriguingly move the cinematographic image onto a new axis.

Tina Frank (AT): Colterrain (10’)

Björn Kämmerer (GER/AT): Louver (10’)

Manuel Knapp (AT): V~ (9’)

Johann Lurf (AT): Pyramid Flare (5’)

Joost Rekveld (NL): #43 (10’)

Rosa Menkman (NL): Lunar Storm (4’)

Billy Roisz & Dieter Kovačič (AT): BRING ME THE HEAD OF HENRI CHRÉTIEN! (8’)

Makino Takashi (JP) & Telcosystems (NL): Deorbit (17’)

Esther Urlus (NL): Chrome (8’)

Martijn van Boven & Gert-Jan Prins (NL): Walzkörpersperre (11’)

Filmmaker Johann Lurf will give a lecture about the Vertical Cinema project and will be available for a Q&A.

28 April, 9 pm – Paul-Gerhard-Church Connewitz

€ 8-15 (entrance fee suggestion)