10th – 11th October 2015

 
In partnership with the
 Indie
Cork Festival of Independent Cinema
 
the 3rd Ó Bhéal International Poetry-Film Competition

The competition shortlist of thirty films which follows, will be screened in two parts, at the Smurfit Theatre in The Firkin Crane, Cork. These have been chosen from over sixty submissions of poetry films completed in the last two years, from thirteen countries – Ireland, England, Canada, USA, Ukraine, the Phillipines, Belgium, Sweden, Russia, Brazil, Spain, Italy, and Germany.

The 2015 Ó Bhéal judges, poet Patrick Cotter and filmmaker Padraig Trehy, will select one overall winner to receive the IndieCork festival award for best poetry film, at the awards ceremony.

Tickets to each event are €5.50 (€5.00 unwaged)

Winner announced 11th Oct 2015: Congratulations goes to Cheryl Gross from the USA, whose poetry-film In the Circus of You has won the IndieCork Festival prize for best poetry-film, in the 3rd Ó Bhéal International Poetry Film Competition.
 


plus a specially curated screening from

PoetryFilm
(more details beneath)

on Sunday the 11th of October @ 4.00pm

PoetryFilm is the influential research art project founded by British artist Zata Banks in 2002, exploring and exhibiting experimental text / image / sound material. For the PoetryFilm screening in Cork, Zata will introduce a curated selection of short film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetic structures and experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms.


 



Competition Shortlist – Screening A (55:37)

Saturday 10th October @ 6.00pmSmurfit Theatre, Firkin Crane



Drachenhaus (5:13)

Poem: Love and Late Capitalism by Howie Good

Synopsis – It’s a bleak world out there

Director: Swoon (Belgium)

“His work is provocative, beautiful and disturbing. Using words as guidelines, Marc Neys creates video and soundscapes using a blend of layered images. His work is instantly recognizable for the skill with which he extracts new meaning from the words he illuminates. Image, sound, voice combine seamlessly to create something fresh, and often startling in Swoon’s work. His works have been featured at film festivals all over the world.” – Erica Goss

“The work of Swoon transports us to a state of attention and reverie at the same time, and then sends us each on our own inner investigations. Meditations on Nature, Time, Art, the human condition, and the spiritual cost of modernity – these are some of the dizzy heights that Swoon’s audiovisual essays explore.” Yahia Lababidi



Census (3:58)

Poem: Cencus by Lissa Kiernan

Synopsis – A mash-up of imagery from films available in the public domain, taken from the Prelinger Internet Archive; primarily Marriage Today (Alexander Hammid, 1950).

Director: Othniel Smith (U.K. / U.S.A.)

Othniel Smith is a writer whose work has included several plays and short stories for BBC Radio, eight episodes of the CBBC series The Story Of Tracy Beaker, and a number of Kindle exclusive novellas. He has made several poetry films in conjunction with The Poetry Storehouse.



Everything Makes Love with the Silence (2:24)

Poem: Untitled by Alejandra Pizarnik

SynopsisEverything Makes Love with the Silence is an incursion to Alejandra Pizarnik’s dark world through the amateur silent cinema. On September 25th, 1972, at the age of 36, the poet ended her life by taking an overdose of Secobarbital sodium during a weekend leave pass from Buenos Aires psychiatric hospital. Now, Pizarnik is considered one of the most important lyrical and surrealistic poets in Argentina. The film comes up from three of her short poems, confronting words and silence, light and obscurity, and it got the Fractal Award at Abycine International Film Festival in Spain.

Director: Hernán Talavera (Spain)

Spanish artist Hernán Talavera explores visual and conceptual possibilities of the environment in search of underlying poetry. His work has been awarded with more than thirty national and international prizes including Best Experimental Work Prize (61º Mostra Internazionale del Cortometraggio Montecatini, Italy), International Experimental Prize (Architecture Film Festival, Santiago de Chile) or Best Editing Prize (40 Festival Alcine, Spain). His audiovisual work has been screened at national and international film festivals in countries including Canada, Germany, France, England, Greece, Peru, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Scotland, Italy, Bolivia, Portugal, Serbia, Mexico, Spain, Albania or Chile.



Growing Up (2:27)

Poem: Growing Up by Ksana Kovalenk

Synopsis – an associative video, made under the impression of the short poem. It’s a story about growing up by pain, the ability to except the inevitable and to gain experience, when the treacherous knife in your spine turns out to be a key to open new doors.

Director: Eugeny Tsymbalyuk (Ukraine)

Born on December 9, 1982 in Nikolaev (Ukraine). Higher education – Master degree of Journalism. In 2009-2010 with poet Michalko Skalitski was co-editor of the only urban underground literary magazine of Nikolaev – Litera N. Wrote literary criticism, drama.

Video poetry interested me in 2013. Then I filmed the Eighth moon. It was a game. The poet Olga Skvirskaya randomly selected eight poems from different periods of her creativity. I found relation in them, and gathered them in the unexpected for the author’s story. Surprisingly for us, the video got into competition programs of Ukrainian and Russian festivals.

Growing up was shot in 2014 on the same titled poem of Ksana Kovalenko. On VI Festival of videopoetry Cyclop (Kiev, Ukraine) it won 3rd place. International Film poetry Festival (The institute of experimental art, Athens, Greece) – official selection. Official program of PoetryFilmParallax (UK, London, 2015). Video published a well known videopoetry-blog movingpoems.com



I Come From (3:35)

Poem: I Come From by Doireann Ní Ghríofa and students from St.Mary’s on the Hill and Terence MacSwiney Community College

Synopsis – In Spring 2015, poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa completed a writing residency in Knocknaheeny, Cork City, facilitating a community filmpoem with the young people of the area. Inspired by the poem I Come From by Robert Seatter, students from St. Mary’s on the Hill and Terence MacSwiney Community College wrote their own poems about where they come from.

Director: Peter Madden (Ireland)

Peter Madden graduated from IADT National Film School, Ireland in 2011. Currently working in photography and video advertising, he also works in short documentary, short film and music videos, editing the award winning short documentary Rose in 2011. His own directorial pieces have been screened at Irish and international film festivals. He works with two media based companies; Replayhouse and Little Beast, and has just recently co-created MadBag Films, all based in Dublin, Ireland.



In The Circus Of You (6:07)
 
WINNER

Poem: In the Circus of You by Nicelle Davis

Synopsis – a visceral spectacle of controlled excess; it dismantles the three rings we use to contain our most domestic horrors and shows us the way through vulnerability to release. Nicelle Davis’s poetry mythologizes pain, makes grief, anger, disgust, and fear bearable by transforming them into finely wrought poems. These poems are filled with sharp edges, dissections, illusions, and images of flight; both in their language and in the ways they occupy the page. They are perfectly matched by the animation and drawings of Cheryl Gross, who translates Davis’s poetry into an equally grotesque, equally eloquent visual language.

Director: Cheryl Gross (U.S.A.)

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cheryl Gross is an illustrator and motion graphic artist living and working in the New York area. She is a professor at Pratt Institute and Bloomfield College.

“I equate my work with creating and building an environment, transforming my inner thoughts into reality. Beginning with the physical process, I work in layers. I am involved in solving visual and verbal complexities such as design and narrative. My urban influence has indeed added an ‘edge’ to my work.” Many have compared Cheryl’s work to “Dr. Seuss on crack.”


 
 
 
 
 



Lot’s Wife (3:42)

Poem: Lot’s Wife by Cindy St. Onge

Synopsis – This poem challenges the Bible’s hyperbolic redaction of Lot’s account about why his wife didn’t arrive with him and his younger daughters in Zoar, after fleeing the catastrophic destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

His version has her frozen into a pillar of salt for looking back to her home gone up in flames. My version wonders if she just turned around and went back to perish with her elder daughters and her grandchildren.

The footage alternates between a defiant wife in the 1950 Marriage for Moderns short, Who’s Boss? and flames and smoke ostensibly from the downfall of the ancient metropolis razed by God’s wrath. I threw in a snippet of the aftermath 1906 San Francisco earthquake as well.

Director: Cindy St. Onge (U.S.A.)

Cindy St. Onge is an award-winning multimedia poet based in the Pacific Northwest. Her videos will be screened for 2015 Athens Video Poetry Festival, and her video poem, The Comfort of Gravity was a juried winner for Linus Gallery’s Angst online exhibition (2015). Her poems have appeared in Apeiron Review, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, VoiceCatcher, Cryopoetry, Dappled Things, and other print and online journals.



Memaloose Island (2:07)

Poem: Memaloose Island by Cindy St. Onge

Synopsis – Geographically, Memaloose Island was a burial ground used by the Chinook people, and is situated in the Columbia River between Mosier, Oregon, and Wishram, Washington. The poem, and its video remix are about departure from this life on to the next, the spirit being like a crow, its wings beating for release from the dying body. The Chinook tradition is to lay the body out for four days before placing it in above ground housing, tended to be a man whose title is (loosely), “turner of bones.”

Director: Cindy St. Onge (U.S.A.)

Cindy St. Onge is an award-winning multimedia poet based in the Pacific Northwest. Her videos will be screened for 2015 Athens Video Poetry Festival, and her video poem, The Comfort of Gravity was a juried winner for Linus Gallery’s Angst online exhibition (2015). Her poems have appeared in Apeiron Review, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, VoiceCatcher, Cryopoetry, Dappled Things, and other print and online journals.



Perro de nadie (No One’s Dog) (4:15)

Poem: Perro de nadie (No One’s Dog) by Santiago Parres

SynopsisNo One’s Dog is a story about abandonment, told from the point of view of a pet that has learned to survive without its family on a hostile environment in the open, digging among the human’s leftovers…

Director: Santiago Parres (Spain)

Santiago Parres (EZO) born in Valencia – Spain, is a self taught artist, writer, photographer and filmmaker. Working with a variety of media, the graphic design led him to photography, an activity that evolved into personal footage at the beginning, and now towards more elaborate productions. He usually takes part as a photographer in short films by other directors, and his projects include the acting photography, photo shoots for companies and more recently experimental films based in own scripts.



Questions of Travel (8:10)

Poem: Questions of Travel by Elizabeth Bishop

Synopsis – This animated version of Elizabeth Bishop’s poem Questions of Travel (1956) is the second in a series of commissioned collaborations by artist Hodes and poet and critic Rees-Jones using the poemfilm both as artistic practice and vehicle for critical interpretation. Our project uses work by women writers, set at historical intervals, to open debates about female creativity. It forms part of an ongoing research project, Reimaging the Muse.

Directors: Charlotte Hodes and Deryn Rees-Jones (U.K.)

Charlotte Hodes practice is informed by her experience as a painter. Her solo exhibitions include Fragmented Images (papercuts and ceramics) at the Wallace Collection London as Associate Artist 2005-2007 supported by Arts Council England & Arts & Humanities Research Council, Marlborough Gallery 2009 & Drawing Skirts at the University of Northumbria 2008. She has exhibited at the V&A 2002; Design Museum London 2003; Jerwood Space London 2010 and the Venice Biennial 2009 & 2013. She won the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2006 and was appointed Professor in Fine Art at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London in 2012. Website.

Deryn Rees-Jones is a poet and critic. She won an Eric Gregory award in 1993 and ‘The Memory Tray’ (Seren, 1995) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Her other works are Signs Round a Dead Body (Seren, 1998), Quiver (Seren, 2004), and a groundbreaking critical study of twentieth-century women’s poetry, Consorting with Angels (Bloodaxe, 2005), which was published alongside her accompanying anthology Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005).



Run Manila Run (2:50)

Poem: Run Manila Run by Chubbs Bustamante

Synopsis – Based on Chubbs Bustamante’s piece on the romanticized middle class perspective of poverty, Run Manila Run is a digital mixed media videopoem in collaboration with 18 Filipino artists. It attempts to recreate the experience of an artwork one cannot fully grasp at first, but continues to generate new meaning with each viewing.

Directors: MV Isip Tin Sartorio and Toph Doncillo (The Philippines)

MV Isip, Tin Sartorio, and Toph Doncillo graduated with degrees in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University. In 2014, they produced the videopoem Run Manila Run as their project thesis which qualified for film festivals in the University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, as well as the Usurp Gallery in London.



Snowblindness (1:53)

Poem: Snowblindness by Robert Peake

Synopsis – A film-poem by Robert Peake and Valerie Kampmeier

 
Director: Robert Peake (U.K.)

Robert Peake is a British-American poet living near London. He created the Transatlantic Poetry on Air reading series. His debut full-length collection The Knowledge is now available from Nine Arches Press. He creates video poetry in collaboration with his wife, the composer and pianist Valerie Kampmeier. Their work has been officially selected for film festivals in England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Greece, and the USA.



Solomon (4:47)

Poem: Solomon by Judenald Marcus Penders

Synopsis – This film can be surmised as Youth: Searching, but as always it is about love, as everything is about love.
 

Directors: Shane Vaughan and Lucy Dawson (Ireland/Scotland)

Lucy Dawson is a contemporary dance artist, photographer and videographer. Lucy has been involved in numerous diverse projects, ranging from dance performances, to music videos, adverts, plays, musicals, site specific projects and films. Having completed her MA Contemporary Dance at the Irish World Academy, she continues to work in UL as a lecturer and videographer.

Shane Vaughan is a writer with an interest in film. His work has been published variously online and in print. He runs a poetry night called Stanzas in Limerick City. This is his first serious film project.



The Plains of Asphodel (2:23)

Poem: The Plains of Asphodel by Cindy St. Onge

Synopsis – Greek mythology’s ghostly asphodel meadows convey the helplessness and lack of volition experienced in the poem, as she struggles, desperate to break free from the ennui and catatonia of a depressive episode.

Director: Cindy St. Onge (U.S.A.)

Cindy St. Onge is an award-winning multimedia poet based in the Pacific Northwest. Her videos will be screened for 2015 Athens Video Poetry Festival, and her video poem, The Comfort of Gravity was a juried winner for Linus Gallery’s Angst online exhibition (2015). Her poems have appeared in Apeiron Review, Gravel, Right Hand Pointing, VoiceCatcher, Cryopoetry, Dappled Things, and other print and online journals.



Tonight is for the Trees (2:21)

Poem: Tonight is for the Trees by Sasha Patterson

Synopsis – “Tonight is for the willows that don’t weep any more.” A short poetry-film based on a spoken word piece, produced as part of a Cinepoetry program run by Artspace, an artist-run-centre in Peterborough.

Director: Matthew Hayes (Canada)

Matthew Hayes is a filmmaker, academic and artist, based in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. His is currently pursuing his PhD in Canadian Studies at Trent University. His short films have screened in Canada, the US and Europe, and he is currently working on his first feature documentary film about poverty in Peterborough.
 



Competition Shortlist – Screening B (55:37)

Saturday 10th October @ 7.30pmSmurfit Theatre, Firkin Crane



 

Banshees (3:00)

Poem: Banshees by Gaia Holmes

Synopsis – Powerless to help, John is forced to watch as his partner gradually fades away.

 
Director: James Starkie (U.K.)

James Starkie is an upcoming film director based in Manchester. His early short films the Ice Hotel and The Dredd were screened at several film festivals across the world. His follow up Banshees based on the poem by Gaia Holmes is currently playing internationally at festivals.



Poema Cas’leluia & Final Brega (take dezessete) (Poem with Flying Termites & Cheesy Ending [take seventeen]) (1:30)

Poem: Poema Cas’leluia & Final Brega (take dezessete) (Poem with Flying Termites & Cheesy Ending [take seventeen]) by Bagadefente

Synopsis – Once again I swept the house, made the bed, washed the dishes & you didn’t come…

Director: Bagadefente (Brazil)

Bagadefente is a Brazilian self-taught multimedia artist, who creates works in several languages & media Chance and Chaos as its main creative tools.

Poet, pirate & phather, after 10 years living in São Paulo, left the grey big city by the little green countryside and since 2011 lives in a rural area, 200km far from the capital, splitting his time between his artworks and commissioned jobs as writer, videomaker and freelancer graphic artist. his works can be conferred on www.nada.art.br



DBL PNDLM (8:07)

Poem: DBL PNDLM by Michael Harrell

Synopsis – a 3-part series of short films adapted from the poetry of Michael Harrell

 
Director: Sam Pool (U.S.A.)

Sam Pool and Michael Harrell grew up in New Mexico, USA. Sam became a filmmaker; Michael became a poet. In 2014, they met in the deserts of their homeland to collaborate on DBL PNDLM, a film that incorporates three poems from Michael’s debut book by the same name.



FUCKING HIM (1:45)

Poem: FUCKING HIM by C.O.Moed

Synopsis
What is fucking? What is love?
What’s the difference? When do you know?

Directors: C.O. Moed and Adrian Garcia Gomez (U.S.A.)

Adrian Garcia Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist working in film/video, photography and illustration. His artwork, which is largely autobiographical, explores the complexities of race, immigration, gender, spirituality and sexuality. His short experimental films, photographs and drawings have exhibited around the world. He currently lives and works in Tel Aviv. (superadriancito.com)

C.O. Moed chronicles the heart and soul of a disappearing family and a city in the throws of extinction and evolution on IT WAS HER NEW YORK. A recipient of the Elizabeth George Grant for fiction and a Rockefeller Media Arts nominee, her short stories and dramatic works have been published in several anthologies and literary reviews. (myprivateconey.com and myprivateconey.blogspot.com)



HYPNOSIS (1:37)

Poem: HYPNOSIS by Hrytsko Chubai

Synopsis – TV has a hypnotic effect.

Director: Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk (Ukraine)

Born in 1983 in Uman, Ukraine. Graduated the Architecture faculty of Chernovtsy Technical College. Graduated in Philosophy and Theology Chernivtsy National University. Worked as an artist at a cinema, as a cameraman for television, as a presenter on the radio. In 2013 graduated from Kyiv National Karpenko-Karyy University of Theatre, Cinema and Television Spetialisation – feature film director, Michail Illenko`s studio. During his studies at the university, he made several short films, which were participating and received awards at different international festivals. Participant of the Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Contributor of the documentary project Babylon#13 (cinema of civil protest) Kyiv, Ukraine. Stependiat program Minister of Culture of Poland “GAUDE POLONIA” 2015.



In The Air (2:40)

Poem: In the Air by Kate Sweeney

SynopsisIn the Air is a hand-drawn animation of short elliptical sequences taken from four interviews with the poets Jackie Kay, Gwyneth Lewis, CK Williams and Carolyn Forche in the Bloodaxe Digital Archive at Newcastle University. Gesture is communication that is also a kind of drawing in the air.

Director: Kate Sweeney (U.K.)

Kate Sweeney is a visual artist and filmmaker who has been producing film and video work, public events and exhibitions regionally, nationally and internationally for around ten years. She has artist in residence with the Bloodaxe Digital Archive project since 2013. She was shortlisted, with Colette Bryce for the 2013 Ted Hughes prize for New Works in Poetry. Kate teaches and facilitates art, film and animation in a variety of academic and education contexts.



Intertwined (1:57)

Poem: Intertwined by Eleni Cay

Synopsis – This videopoem was made in response to Eleni Cay’s poem Intertwined. Hand drawn animation with graphite, gouache, and pastel is used to capture the intertwined relationship between Man and Earth, Sun and Moon, Ying and Yang. The two forces are not in opposition but in synergistic relationship to each other, giving rise to love and new life.

Director: Eleni Cay (U.K./Canada)

Eleni’s first collection, A butterfly’s shivering in the digital age was published in 2013, after she won a national poetry competition in her native country Slovakia. The collection is currently being translated into French, German and English. Eleni’s English language poems featured in MK Calling in 2013 and 2015, appeared in anthologies, poetry magazines (e.g., Allegro, Canopic Jar, Sentinel Literary Quarterly) and have also been recreated as poetryfilms and dancepoems. Eleni is currently Poet in Residence at the Westbury Arts Centre, Buckinghamshire.

Beyon is an artist, illustrator, animator, and songwriter, from Halifax. Their work is about the importance of everything and the importance of self, or the opposite. The complexities of nature, and the simplicity of our hearts. Sending ourselves into the darkest places with offerings of fear, like seeds planted somewhere you only visit when you are lost.



Kaspar Hauser Song (3:14)

Poem: Kaspar Hauser Song by Georg Trakl

Synopsis – The poem Kaspar Hauser Lied by Georg Trakl was written in 1913. Kaspar Hauser (30 April 1812 (?) – 17 December 1833) was a German youth who claimed to have grown up in the total isolation of a darkened cell. Hauser’s claims, and his subsequent death by stabbing, sparked much debate and controversy. (Wikipedia)

Director: Susanne Wiegner (Germany)

Susanne Wiegner studied architecture at the Academy of fine Arts in Munich and at Pratt Institute in New York City. She works as an architect and 3D-artist in Munich, Germany. In addition to projects in real space, for several years she has been creating 3D computer animations dealing with literature and with virtual space. Venues where her work have been shown include the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, the Jenisch Haus in Hamburg, the Art + Technology Center EYEBEAM in New York City, the ZKM in Karsruhe and festivals in Marseille, Rotterdam, Berlin, Athens, Lisbon, Copenhagen, New Delhi, Damascus, Beirut, Vienna, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Moscow, London, Macau, Sao Paulo etc.



PalabrapelículA (WordmoviE) (2:46)

Poem: PalabrapelículA (WordmoviE) by Celia Parra

SynopsisWordmoviE explores how language and image influence our way of perceiving reality and defining ourselves. How we want to be defined but also free to write our future and decide who we are.

Directors: Belén Montero and Celia Parra (Spain)

Celia Parra is a film producer and award-winning poet. With experience in literature, audiovisual communication and production, she has worked for the most representative Galician producer companies. As a poet, she has received diverse prizes (Ánxel Casal, Avelina Valladares…), published an individual poem collection (No berce das mareas, Ed. Fervenza), an audiopoetry CD (RECVERSO) and participated in several collective publications. She currently drives her creative processes towards the hybridisation between poetry and other formats.



Poemotus 1915 (1:32)

Poem: Poemotus 1915 by Dimitri Ruggeri

SynopsisPoemotus 1915 is the first video poetry in commemoration of the 1915 earthquake that struck Italy on January 13th of the same year, causing thirthy thousand victims. The basic idea is about melting images, words and music, and it’s inspired by Kintsugi – a Japanese technique which fixes, by melting gold or silver, broken goods, transforming them into something precious, with the awareness that pain healed with precious metals will turn into an interior and aesthetic value.

Director: Marco Di Gennaro (Italy)

Marco Di Gennaro is an independent video/filmaker born in Avezzano, lives and works in Italy. As a freelance he shoots documentaries for national broadcasting. He’s also a photographer, director of photography and art director for advertising agencies. In spare time works in social, fine art and non profit projects with other artists.



Shizen/Natural (7:15)

Poem: On Looking at Mount Fuji by Yamabe no Akahito

Synopsis – Shizen is the Japanese word for nature and the video reflects our relationship to nature by transposing the Makimono – the traditional Japanese horizontal hand scroll – into a contemporary manner. Throughout the year seasonal motifs are changed – accordingly spring, summer, autumn and winter progress as well as the destruction of our environment.

Director: Christin Bolewski (Germany)

Christin Bolewski is a digital media artist and experimental filmmaker from Germany. Undergraduate studies in film, video and photography, postgraduate studies in audiovisual media at Academy of Media Arts Cologne Germany. Researcher and lecturer at Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Konstfack Stockholm, UCSC California, Loughborough University. Professorship in Audiovisual Media FH Lemgo Germany. Her work is a critical investigation of the potential of digital media to expand the aesthetic possibilities of audiovisual / film art. It includes video installation, genre mix, alternation and remediation of traditional art concepts / film structures, nonlinear storytelling, combination of still / moving image, video / photography.



Snow (3:31)

Poem: Snö by Marie Silkeberg

Synopsis – a film of whirling, disappearing words and images, two voices in translation, migration and mourning.

What does it mean to give and take?

The trees look like ghosts, the birds resemble snowflakes, the snowflakes seem like ashes.
Snow vortex – pain and intensity – joy for some, demise for freezing others. / Borders – a death sentence on people. / The sea turned into a child-devouring predator. / A black and white world.

Directors: Marie Silkeberg and Ghayath Almadhoun (Sweden)

Marie Silkeberg is a poet, translator and non-fiction writer. She lives in Sweden, has published seven collections of poetry, Material 2010 and Till Damaskus 2014 being the most recent.

Ghayath Almadhoun is a Palestinian poet, born in Syria, now living in Sweden. He has published four collections of poetry and been translated into Dutch, German, English, Swedish, Slovenian, French etc.

Together they have written the poetry collection: Till Damaskus 2014 and made five poetry films: Ödeläggelse 2009, The City 2012, Your Memory is My Freedom 2012, The Celebration 2014, Snow 2015.



Two Minutes (9:47)

Poem: Broken Dreams by William Butler Yeats

Synopsis – Michelle sits at the bar and watches the clock. In two minutes she will know the truth. Whatever happens now, life will not be how it was before. Walter decides that now is a good time to read to her.

Director: Eoghan O’Reilly (Ireland)

Eoghan O’Reilly is a visual artist and art educator working in Dublin. Eoghan graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 1991 with a BA Degree in Fine Art. He has exhibited in Ireland, Europe and Australia. He taught drawing and printmaking at Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design from 2001 – 2007 and currently teaches drawing, painting and printmaking at Inchicore College of Further Education. Eoghan has worked in theatre set design, producing designs for Core Theatre Productions, Buala Bos productions and Little Elf and has worked with directors including Derek Chapman and Mark Lambert. Two Minutes is his first short film. Eoghan wrote, directed and edited the film which stars Brendan Brendan Conroy and Emma Hopkins.



Water Girls (3:29)

Poem: Water Girls by Maria Galina

Synopsis – The film is made based on the poem by Maria Galina. Our past is the city at the ocean bottom. We are living out there but sometimes we are trying to swim out. And nothing happens. Only the water girls dream about the captain in white tunic, who will pick them up to the top, to the land. But usually nothing good happens when residents of one element fall into another element.

Director: Mikhail Kvadratov (Russia)

Mikhail Kvadratov graduated from Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, PhD in Biophysics. Kvadratov has published two books of poetry and book of prose. His poetry has been published in the main Russian literary journals. He has made several poetry films in cooperation with Russian well-known poets. He was short-lister of both the CYCLOP-2014 Poetry Film Festival (Ukraine) and the 5TH LEG-2014 Poetry Film Festival (Russia).



You Won’t Come Back (3:30)

Poem: LXVII by Alfonsina Storni

SynopsisYou Won’t Come Back starts from a poem of Alfonsina Storni, of his book “Poems of love” written in 1926 immediately after an unhappy love affair. In the beginning of the book, the poet warns: “These poems are simple phrases of love states written in a few days, some time ago. This small work is neither a literary work nor claims it”. After “Poems of love”, Storni kept silence during nine years

Director: Hernán Talavera (Spain)

Spanish artist Hernán Talavera explores visual and conceptual possibilities of the environment in search of underlying poetry. His work has been awarded with more than thirty national and international prizes including Best Experimental Work Prize (61º Mostra Internazionale del Cortometraggio Montecatini, Italy), International Experimental Prize (Architecture Film Festival, Santiago de Chile) or Best Editing Prize (40 Festival Alcine, Spain). His audiovisual work has been screened at national and international film festivals in countries including Canada, Germany, France, England, Greece, Peru, Russia, Poland, Colombia, Scotland, Italy, Bolivia, Portugal, Serbia, Mexico, Spain, Albania or Chile.
 



PoetryFilm Screening (1 hour)

Sunday 11th October @ 4.00pmSmurfit Theatre, Firkin Crane




PoetryFilm in Cork

PoetryFilm is the influential research art project founded by British artist Zata Banks in 2002, exploring and exhibiting experimental text / image / sound material. For the PoetryFilm screening in Cork, Zata will introduce a curated selection of short film artworks, chosen for their alignment with poetic structures and experiences, and with the visual, verbal and aural languages of poetry in various forms.

Since 2002, Zata Banks has presented over 70 PoetryFilm events at venues including Tate Britain, The ICA, CCCB Barcelona, O Miami, The Groucho Club, Cannes Film Festival, The Royal College of Art, FACT Liverpool, Mengi Reykjavik and Curzon Cinemas. Zata has judged poetry film prizes for the Southbank Centre in London, Zebra Festival in Berlin, CYCLOP Festival in Kiev, and for the American journal Carbon Culture Review. PoetryFilm is supported by Arts Council England, and is a member of Film Hub London, part of the BFI Audience Network. The PoetryFilm Archive, which at present contains over 1,000 artworks, welcomes submissions all year round.

“Founded by artist Zata [Banks] over a decade ago, the PoetryFilm art project continues to play with the avant-garde” – AQNB magazine, 2014