Day Two: Expanded Cinema and Trancelike States

Day two of the festival will be marked by a specially curated programme by the jury member Pia Borg, two competition slots and a trancelike audiovisual performance by the Dutch duo Lichun Tseng and Robert Kross.

​Last night, in front of the full theatre of Zagreb’s SC Cinema, the 17th edition of the 25 FPS Festival was opened. Organisers and members of the selection committee Marina Kožul, Mario Kozina and Tena Trstenjak greeted the audience and commented on this year’s competition programme: Like last year, this one was marked by extraordinary circumstances – events that prompted us to reconsider many things we took for granted and rearrange our own reality. These processes reflected on the films in the competition, but also in the way we shaped them into units. – pointed out Mario Kozina. The festival was opened by films from the first competition slot, with the presence of Rita Ferrando and Lilly Jue Sheng (Ikebana) and Antoine Chapon (My Own Landscapes).

The second day of the 25 FPS Festival brings two new competition sections, a programme of anthropological films that examine space chosen by the Grand Jury member Pia Borg, and a live audiovisual performance by Lichun Tseng and Robert Kross as part of the Expanded Cinema section.

The festival day opens at 4pm with the first of three programmes selected by the Grand Jury members. Australian director Pia Borg will present the Dye Replicants programme that includes a variety of classic and contemporary titles inspired by the research for her award-winning film Silica (Grand Prix, 25 FPS 2018).

At 6pm, the second competition slot is scheduled with six film poems about unmasking, from architecture, identity, and the body, all the way to the epidermis, film, and fleeting memories. Ghyzlène Boukaïla, the author of #31# (appel masqué), Mateo Vega (Er is een geest van mij / Hay un fantasma mío) and the duo Sophía Petersen and Shaun Finneran (Passing Place) will present their films live to the audience.

Phrenic Haze is the title of the third competition slot, which is scheduled for 8pm, and includes five exciting and intriguing titles that call for an expanding of perception and falling into a trance. Tina Frank (Frozen Jumper) and Mary Helena Clark (Figure Minus Fact) will talk about their films after the screening.

At 10:30pm, the Dutch tandem Lichun Tseng and Robert Kross will open a series of live audiovisual performances (Expanded Cinema) with an immersive and transitional performance for four 16mm projectors Ebb and Flow.

Photo: Er is een geest van mij, Figure Minus Fact, Horizon