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CHALLENGING EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA (article first published : 2005-06-6)

Adventurous cinema buffs will be challenged to push their personal limits beyond the edge by four groupings of convention-defying experimental works that are part of the Film programme at the National Arts Festival. The annual event takes place this year from June 30 to July 9 in Grahamstown.

‘Dionysian’ is the adjective preferred by Festival film director Trevor Steele Taylor to describe this part of the overall film listing which also features a major section on recent South African productions as well as the pick of current international films, a tribute to Orson Welles and another to Cervantes’ 400-year-old novel Don Quixote.

The first ‘Dionysian’ grouping includes recent work by South Africa’s notorious avant-gardist Aryan Kaganof (The Murder Mystery, Oedipus and Punishment, Self Portrait with Nanny and Prodigal Sons), two films by Greek Dionysos Andronis (Antinoos and The Lamp), and British-based Victor Sobchak’s The Grey Zone or His Muse.

The second programme features James Broughton’s celebration of the pleasure principle, The Pleasure Garden and the erotic Daddy by Peter Whitehead and Niki de St Phalle.

The work of South Africans, some working in the diaspora are included in the third programme. Local artist Bart Brummer’s Visions of a City meditates on Port Elizabeth. Cinderella by Aldo Lee and Peter J Morris tracks a foot fetishist on the Paris metro. She Seems So Easy is a silent movie by Elvira Hoffman, and Lasse Braun’s Ceremony/Penalty/Restrained Response completes the programme.

Afri-Cola by Charles Wilp, The Argument by Donald Cammell, Les Astronautes by Walerian Borowczk, The Attack of the 50-foot Woman by Belgium’s Steven Doedt, No more Workhouse by Harmony Korine and Sinai Desert by Florian Fricke make up the fourth programme.

Free Booking Kits for the Festival are available at selected Standard Bank branches and Computicket outlets. Booking is at Computicket nationwide. Further information on 046 603 1103 or visit www.nafest.co.za

The Eastern Cape Government, Standard Bank, the SABC, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and the National Arts Council proudly sponsor the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.




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