The experimental film programme showcases four filmmakers who, among other things, share a serous background in painting. While their works are all very different, they also have a few things in common: visual thinking, a personal approach and contempt for the conventions of the narrative-based cinema. This year’s programme features the visually and rhythmically sophisticated works by Gunvor Nelson; the surreally personal films by the renowned playwright and writer Peter Weiss; the emotionally suggestive and cinematically unique Jack Chambers’ ‘The Hart of London’, as well as a classic of cinematic structuralism, Michael Snow’s ‘Wavelength’.

THE HART OF LONDON (dir. Jack Chambers, 79 min, 1970)

It is hard to describe this very special film in a few words. Actually, even a lot of words would hardly suffice. It just has to be seen. Jack Chambers has fashioned this visually intense work by defying cinematic conventions and creating his own unique way of cinematic expression. The resulting work is a masterpiece of epic scope and breathtaking power. Nature and civilization, life and death, representation and reality – these are the themes that stand out for interpretation. However, this film has so much more to offer – most importantly, a direct and uncompromising creative expression without any artificial constructs.