PRINTED MATTER (29', Belgium, 2011)

 

A dialogue between private lives and contemporary geopolitical issues, PRINTED MATTER investigates the emotional impact of archive material as triggering device for personal recollection and, consequently, for subjective reinterpretations of history. A new, fresh kind of cinematic approach to reality. Conceived as an examination of contact prints and photographic negatives made by the father of one of the filmmakers - a freelance press photographer - commented upon by his wife, the movie encases both a visual chronicle of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an intimate autobiographic unfolding.

Director: SIRAH FOIGHEL BRUTMANN, EITAN EFRAT

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Screenplay: SIRAH FOIGHEL BRUTMANN, EITAN EFRAT

Cinematography: SÉBASTIEN KOEPPEL

Editing: SIRAH FOIGHEL BRUTMANN, EITAN EFRAT

Sound: LASZLO UMBREIT

Production: AUGUSTE ORTS



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Director's contact: contact[at]tilfar[dot]com

 

 

 

SIRAH FOIGHEL BRUTMAN (1993, Israel) works as a dancer and filmmaker. She was trained at the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.) in Brussels. EITAN EFRAT (1983, Israel) studied at the Audio-Visual Department (VAV3) of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Efrat is a drummer with the funk-rockabilly-blues trio The Ramirez Brothers. Together they founded the production company Til Far, which produces works in the field of video art and dance. In 2008 the two made a video called COMPLEX in collaboration with Daniel Mann that was chosen to be part of the IDFA PARADOCS program. COMPLEX and their video-loop 2008 project STRADEGY are articulations of a study on the physical memory of the human body.

 

IDFA Amsterdam Paradocs 2011 / Rotterdam IFF 2012 / New Horizons IFF Poland 2012 / Courtisane Festival of Film, Video, and Media Art 2012 Ghent 2012 / Marian McMahon Award - Images Festival Toronto 2012

 

“The film consists entirely of shots of contact prints and photographic negatives taken in the Middle East by André Brutmann. His photos, the core footage of the short, give a new twist on the familiar representations of social protest, armed violence, mourning, and of politicians from Israel and the occupied territories: here, individual lives and history are brought together on a single roll of film, kept in a sort of a backstage record. After becoming a father in 1983, André would often return home after a hard day's work and finish off the roll by taking pictures of his family. Thus, everyday scenes alternate with memorable historic events on these strands of contact prints. The First and Second Intifada and the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin are followed by pictures of family members reading, or of the birth of his daughter, Sirah Foighel Brutmann. Instead of using formatted captions, the filmmakers chose the impromptu voice comment of the first witness to these histories - Hanne Foighel, André’s partner and freelance journalist - who reminisces on the past while browsing through its drawers. As if it were a fragile time capsule steered by this woman’s enchanting low-pitched off-screen voice, PRINTED MATTER takes its viewers on a calm yet penetrating journey back in time - into the intimacies of political history and the politics of intimate lives.” (SIRAH FOIGHEL BRUTMANN & EITAN EFRAT)

 

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