The art of cinema has been ground-breaking from its first breath, ever since the panic-stricken audience of the first screening of the Lumières Brothers’ Arrival of the Train at La Ciotat ran out of the building. Throughout the years, a part of cinema remained wakeful, wild, renegade. From the avant-garde film scene to the experimental and underground tradition, diverse styles and trends gave prominence to the most unexpected and unclassifiable colorations of the medium. That is the aspect of cinema that we will be presenting in Night Views, a new segment that flaunts all rules and aspires to electrify your nights at the Festival. In their first edition, Night Views introduce two filmmakers from different backgrounds and often different styles of filming, but with a common stance towards their art.
Costas Zapas builds his own punk elegies, following the tradition of a political cinema, which he then proceeds to torpedo with his creative spontaneity and rigidly structured thought and technique.
Israeli filmmaker Lior Shamriz, a naturalized citizen of Berlin, develops his own écriture, experimenting with form, deconstructing narratives and reconstructing their pieces into something unique, which bears his own personal trademark.
Their films come together in this year’s Night Views and, in a way, define its identity. They are representative of its mood and diversity and determine our main expectation: to challenge, not just for the sake of it, but in the name of nonconformist cinema.