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Film and History. Producing and Experiencing History in Sound and Moving Image

19th International Bremen Film Conference

The 19th International Bremen Film Conference will take place May 7-11, 2014. The conference is held annually under the cooperation of the University of Bremen | Department 9 and the Community Cinema Bremen | CITY 46 in association with further cooperators.

Under the heading "Film and History. Producing and Experiencing History in Sound and Moving Image" the conference focuses on the intersections of film studies and history studies.

Keynote Speakers
Gertrud Koch | Freie Universität Berlin || Richard Dyer | King's College London || Thomas Elsaesser | Columbia University New York

Panelists
Anne Barnert
| Institut für Zeitgeschichte Berlin || Bernhard Groß | HBK Braunschweig || Christoph Hesse | Freie Universität Berlin || Mason Allred | UC Berkeley || Massimo Perinelli | Universität Köln || Matthias Steinle | Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris || Mattias Frey | University of Kent || Mila Ganeva | Miami University, Ohio/ IFK Wien || Nicholas Baer | UC Berkeley || Sabine Moller | Humboldt-Universität Berlin || Sven Kramer | Leuphana-Universität Lüneburg || Vrääth Öhner | Universität Wien || Yvonne Zimmermann | Philipps-Universität Marburg

Contact

Dr. Rasmus Greiner
Institute for Art
rgreiner[at]uni-bremen.de
Phone: +49 (0)421 218 67725

Timetable

Wednesday, 07.05.2014

19:00h Saving Bremen Film Treasures and Reconstructing any Pasts
Film programme, curated by Daniel Tilgner | Bremer Landesfilmarchiv

20:30h Madame Dubarry
Silent film (Ernst Lubitsch, D 1919, 114 min.) accompanied by live music

Thursday, 08.05.2014

11:00h Majubs Reise
Film (Eva Knopf, D 2013, 48 min.) followed by an interview with the filmmaker

14:00 Introduction
Winfried Pauleit & Delia González de Reufels | Universität Bremen

14:30h Acquisition

Research Panel 1

18:30h Respite

Film (Harun Farocki, D 2007, 40 min.)

19:15h Returning to the Past Its Own Future. Harun Farocki's Respite
Keynote Thomas Elsaesser | Columbia University New York

21:00h On Air

Film programme, curated by Alejandro Bachmann | Österreichisches Filmmuseum

from 22:30h God Save the Patriots!

Walk In/Out-Cinema, curated by Christine Rüffert | Universität Bremen

Friday, 09.05.2014

10:00h Archives and Archive Footage
Research Panel 2

14:30h Post-War Cinema

Research Panel 3

19:00h The Shadow of M. Serial Killing and Nazism in Film

Keynote Richard Dyer | King's College London

20:30h The Lost One
Film (Peter Lorre, D 1951, 98 min.)

Saturday, 10.05.2014

10:00h Kracauer

Research Panel 4

14:00h Kracauers Theorie der Geschichte und des Films

Keynote Gertrud Koch | Freie Universität Berlin

15:30h film:art 63: Every Picture Tells a Story - Fact + Fiction in Experimental Film

Film programme, curated by Christine Rüffert | Universität Bremen

19:00h No!
Film (Pablo Larraín, CHL/ USA/ F 2012, 118 min.)

21:15h Hiroshima, Mon Amour
Film (Alain Resnais, F/ J 1959, 90 min.)

From 23:00h God Save the Patriots!

Walk In/Out-Cinema, curated by Christine Rüffert | Universität Bremen

Sunday, 11.05.2014

11:00h Hito Steyerl: Jounal No 1 - An Artist's Impression + November

Film programme, followed by a video-interview with the filmmaker, curated by Klaas Dierks | Universität Bremen

14:00h The Act of Killing

Film (Joshua Oppenheimer, DK/ NOR/ USA 2012, 159 min.)

18:00h The Halfmoon Files
Film (Philip Scheffner, D 2007, 87 min.) followed by an interview with the filmmaker

20:15h Sources of Life
Film (Oskar Roehler, D 2013, 159 min.)

Research Panels

19th International Bremen Film Conference

Acquisition

Research Panel 1

The inputs focus on specific ways of history acquisition from the 1930s up to the recent past highlighting especially the aspects of ideological orientation and the creation of authenticity.

Thursday, 08.05.2014, 14:30-16:50h

14:30-15:10h (in German)
If history like shit happens …
On the Empiric Exploration of the Connection between Film Reception and Historical Awareness in German-American Comparison
   | Sabine Moller | Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

15:15-15:55h (in German)
"Authenticity" and Audibility in the recent German History Film
    | Mattias Frey | Kent University

16:10-16:50h
From Russia with a Vengeance
Films against Nazi Germany from Soviet Exile in the 1930s
    | Christoph Hesse | Freie Universität Berlin

Archive and Archive Footage

Research Panel 2

In terms of historical representations, contemporary documentations yet as well feature films fall back on archive footage. The central issue of the panel is the handling of archives and archive material regarding the intersection ranging in the area of historical traces and modeling history in the past and the presence.

Friday, 09.05.2014, 10:00-13:05h

10:00-10:40h (in German)
Marc Ferros‘ "Die Woche vor 50 Jahren/ Histoire parallèle" (1989-2001)
Experience and Analysis of History Images in the Television Dispositif
   | Matthias Steinle | Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris

10:45-11:25h (in German)
Recent Strategies in Appropriating Archival Footage from the Holocaust
   | Sven Kramer | Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

11:40-12:20h (in German)
A State Is Recalling himself
On the GDR's Governmental Film Documentation and Its International References
   | Anne Barnert | Institut für Zeitgeschichte München–Berlin

12:25-13:05h (in German)
Recording and Modeling
On Demanding Presence by Historical Documentations
   | Vrääth Öhner | Universität Wien

Post-War Cinema

Research Panel 3

Experiences of WWII brought forward a new form of filmic experience of history. The inputs target an expanded comprehension of historicity regarding amongst others the post-war living environment.

Freitag 09.05.2014, 14:30-16:50h

14:30-15:10h (in German)
Listening to the Visible
Audiovisual Constructions of Historicity in Early German Post-War Cinema
   | Bernhard Groß | Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig

15:15-15:55h (in German)
Trümmerfilm, Neorealism and the Cinematographic Negotiation of History
   | Massimo Perinelli | Universität Köln

16:10-16:50 (in German)
Film and Fashion among the Rubble
Trümmerfilm and Women’s Postwar Experiences
   | Mila Ganeva | Miami University, Ohio/ IFK Wien

Kracauer

Research Panel 4

Siegfried Kracauer put a specific relation of film theory and history that emphazises the parallels between film and history. The panel's inputs revise Kracauer's thinkings filmhistorically, expand them by field-theoretic aspects and use them as a productive analytical instrument for Hans Richter's conception of displaying history.

Saturday, 10.05.2014, 10:00-14:00h

10:00-10:40h
Re-membering the Past
Historical Film and the Embodied Viewer
   | Mason Allred | University of California, Berkeley

10:45-11:25h
Weimar Cinema and the Crisis of Historicism
   | Nicholas Baer | University of California, Berkeley

11:40-12:20h
Making the Past Visible to Render it Recognizable in the Present
Hans Richter and the Transmedia Production of (Film and Art) History
   | Yvonne Zimmermann | Philipps-Universität Marburg