Curupira: Creature of the Woods / Fevers

Films by Félix Blume and Adrien Lecouturier
4 March, 2019, 8:30 PM
Cinema Ponrepo

Prague premieres: Program
Curupira: Creature of the Woods / Curupira, bicho do mato
France, 2018, 35 min, DCP
Sound by / directed / produced by Félix Blume
Fevers / Fiebres
France, 2013, 45 min, DCP
Directed by Adrien Lecouturier
Sound Recording: Félix Blume
Production: Zaradoc / Les Films Nus

Félix Blume, French sound artist and sound engineer, will personally introduce his latest film Curupira: Creature of the Woods, which will be screened together with a film by Adrien Lecouturier, Fevers, to which Blume contributed sound recordings. You can find the curupira deep in the heart of the Amazon, where Tauary natives invite us to listen to the sounds of the jungle, the birds, and animals. However, some weird sounds appear: a creature prowling around the trees. Some have heard her, very few have ever seen her, and those who did find her never came back. She charms, she enchants — she leads people to get lost: each of one of them tells a story in their own way and tries to understand her sounds. Curupira, creature of the woods takes us in search of this being: a reflection about myths and their place in the contemporary world. It’s a sound thriller in the midst of the jungle.

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Félix Blume

Artist Residency

Félix Blume is a sound artist and engineer who also creates videos, installations and works for broadcast. He studied sound in Toulouse and at the famous Institut national supérieur des Arts du Spectacle (INSAS) in Brussels. He has mainly worked as a sound engineer for independently produced documentaries and with video artists. He records sounds on his travels and shares them on the internet. Blume will screen a selection of his films at the Cinema Ponrepo on 4 March, 2019, including his latest Curupira: Creature of the Woods. The screenings will be preceded by master class led by Blume at FAMU.

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Taste of Cement. A film by Ziad Kalthoum

Taste of Cement

A film by Ziad Kalthoum
20 March 2019, 8:30 PM
Cinema Ponrepo

Directed by Ziad Kalthoum
Produced by Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, and Tobias Siebert
Written by Ziad Kalthoum
Cinematography: Talal Khoury
Lebanon/Germany/Syria/Qatar/UAE, 2017, 85 min.
In Arabic with English subtitles

In Beirut, Syrian construction workers are building a skyscraper while at the same time their own houses at home are being shelled. The Lebanese war is over but the Syrian one still rages on. The workers are locked in the building site. They are not allowed to leave it after 19.00. The Lebanese government has imposed night-time curfews on the refugees. The only contact with the outside world for these Syrian workers is the hole through which they climb out in the morning to begin a new day of work. Cut off from their homeland, they gather at night around a small TV set to get the news from Syria. Tormented by anguish and anxiety, while suffering the deprivation of the most basic human and workers right, they keep hoping for a different life.

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Krčkovna, the Villa Fiala

Local Landmark Faces an Uncertain Future
Blatná

The hill of Vinice (“Vinyard”) rises just beyond the outskirts of the village of Blatná, and atop that hill there was once a pub. The pub was a popular destination for day trips, and was designed by architect Karel Fiala for his brother Theodor, who was a well established citizen of Blatná and also the pub’s owner. He had it built in 1906, and called it a “buffet.” There was a bowling alley, and live music on Sundays. The year 2016, that is one hundred and ten years since, marks the beginning of Pavla Váňová-Černochová’s battle for very existence of the site.

Krčkovna, the Villa Fiala in Blatná is a 2018 Perpedes Grant recipient.

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New in the Mediateka

Hermit Foundation and Center for Metamedia Plasy

From 1992, the Hermit I Symposium and Festival: Phonurgiae Liber, which took place April–June, 1992 at Plasy Monastery.

Reconstruction and De-Archivization: Documentation based on the printed catalogue from the interdisciplinary symposium which took place in the Plasy monastery April – June 1992. The media collection of the Hermit Foundation [HF] and Center for Metamedia Plasy [CMP] documents events and activities that took place during the 1990s in the (former) Cistercian monastery of Plasy, which were initiated by the HF and CMP. In spite of the importance and longevity of these activities, there is very little reference material available in the public sphere. We are continuing the long process of porting items into the Mediateka which heretofore have been housed only in private archives. Since the documentation of these events is extensive, this must currently be considered a work-in-progress.

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George Cremaschi at Architecture and the Senses symposium, Plasy Monastery, October 2018

George Cremaschi

Improvisations for Contrabass and Resonant Space
Video

Video from a concert which took place during the symposium Architecture and the Senses, Plasy Monastery, 12–14 October, 2018

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George Cremaschi was born in New York, where he studied music and composition. He later lived for many years in California and currently lives in Prague, where he teaches film sound at FAMU.

Cremaschi makes use of a variety of approaches in the overlapping areas of music, sound art and noise. In thirty years as a composer and performer, he has a long and diverse history of working with musicians, filmmakers, dancers and choreographers, visual artists, and writers. Some of his current projects include the groups KRK (w/Matthew Ostrowski), Lambs Gamble (w/Fritz Welch and Eric Boros) and Los Amargados (w/Petr Vrba). He is also the founder and director, with Vrba, of Prague Improvisation Orchestra (PIO), a 15-member group working with conducted and free improvisation, graphic scores and interdisciplinary projects.

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