KINO IM SPRENGEL : Peter Hoffmann

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Peter Hoffmann

Kino im Sprengel , located in a former chocolate factory, is built and run since 26 years by a collective of volunteers. It doesn’t receive regular funding. The programme, politically committed, varies according to the inclinations of the involved persons: independent cinema, documentary, experimental, discoveries in the history of cinema.
Kino im Sprengel is part of the Kino Climates network of European independent cinema venues.

Peter Hoffmann is filmmaker (Oliva, Oliva, awarded at FID Marseille 2005, La dernière année, Festival de La Rochelle 2012) and he is part of the programming team at Kino im Sprengel, an independent cinema venue in Hanover. He is also translator of films.

He proposes us the extraordinary Klaus Wyborny’s film Studies for the decay of the west, which, by a simple and radical construction, gives the composition a great delight and a unique tempo.

The experimental cinema of Klaus Wyborny, far from wishing to create a peculiar aesthetic, tackles the principles of narrative cinema, analysing and pushing them to their critical points where they change course. That’s where the spectator opens himself for new experiences and where he finds a new balance.

Klaus Wyborny speeks about the relationship between maîtrise and non-maîtrise of the film form. He likes the coexistence of both: extremely carefully structured modules, and then rough intrusions.

One thing that interested him a lot were outtakes. Stuff he didn’t use in a film. He constructed long time structures by first presenting a “film” and immediately after that the outtakes in a special formally more advanced mode to achieve an anarchistic quality the original couldn’t have, because it had to behave too well to fit into a certain dramatic structure (Demonic Screen, 1969, The Birth of a Nation, 1973).

Later he edited films in camera, so that he had to use whatever he shot, even if he had an unhappy hand. The “mistake” was a challenge for the following series of images. By that the whole process of constructing a film in camera got a life-like human quality, concentrating on the atmospheric impressions more than on “picture-quality”.
According to an interview with Christopher Zimmerman (Cyprus 2012)

Venue :
Cinéma de la MCB°
Wednesday 12 from 9pm