Meet the Juries of 15th 25 FPS

The 15th 25 FPS Festival returns with a three-part programme section particularly loved among the devotees of innovative, independent and experimental films – Jury's Choice. Each member of the Grand Jury presents themselves to the audience with a specially curated programme consisting of world classics of avant-garde and innovative film, which makes it a valuable and rare opportunity to all cinephiles.

This year’s Grand Jury consists of Louis Henderson – the British filmmaker, winner of the Critics Jury Award at the last year’s edition of 25 FPS (Sunstone, co-directed by Filipa César), whose film All that Is Solid was screened at 25 FPS 2014; Kim Knowles – the Scottish curator specialising in experimental and in particular analogue film, teaching film at the University of Aberystwyth and programming the experimental film section at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and Shai Heredia – the Indian filmmaker and curator, founder of the international experimental film festival Experimenta in India and twice winner of the festival Grand Prix (I Am Micro, 2012, An Old Dog’s Diary, 2016).

The Critics Jury Award will be presented by a three-member jury: art historian and curator Lovro Japundžić, film critic Valentina Lisak and freelance curator Marius Hrdy.

Jury Presents 1 – Louis Henderson: History, Really Beginning

Using archaeological methods, British filmmaker Louis Henderson focuses on the global socio-political dynamics defined by capitalism, racism and history of the European colonial project. Instead of a short film programme, he decided to show one feature film that was a pivotal event in his life as a filmmaker. In Thames Film (1987) we have the “point of view of the river” showing Margaret Thatcher’s London in industrial decline, composed alongside archival imagery, sound and text that resurrect memories of the British Empire and the flawed ideals that created the project of European Modernity. The film is also an acknowledgment that archaeology is a unique film method, i.e. aesthetic approach revealing the uninterrupted presence of the past to critically question the politics of the present. To challenge this, and to rethink the River Thames’ connection to the Atlantic Ocean and Atlantic Slavery, Henderson brought Raban’s work into dialogue with his title The Sea is History (2016). This film argues that the onset of European Modernity begins with the arrival of Christopher Columbus in the Americas in 1492, that this engendered the Atlantic Slave Trade and with it the racial capitalism that shaped the world we live in today. The programme is scheduled for Friday, 27 September at 4pm, SC cinema.

Jury Presents 2 – Kim Knowles: Reflections on Materialist Film

Kim Knowles, a film curator specialising in analogue film, introduces in Zagreb a valuable and representative selection of materialist film mostly be female authors, but points out that the selection is not necessarily feminist, but rather focuses on space, place and natural world and their combination with radical bodily gestures. Using processes of bleaching, burying, soaking, scratching, sewing, printing and different types of hand processing of the film stock, these films represent a tapestry of material interventions underlining the power of cinema to stimulate the viewer in an extremely physical way. The titles include Fuses (1964-1967), the canonical and sexually explicit film by the recently departed filmmaker and pioneer of performance Carolee Schneemann, Slides (1970), a hand-printed film by the Scottish author Annabel Nicolson and more recent films like Not (a) Part (2019) by Vicky Smith. The programme is scheduled for Saturday, 28 September, 4pm at SC cinema.

Jury Presents 3 – Shai Heredia: A Bit of That India

Four films from the programme of filmmaker and curator Shai Heredia will acquaint the Zagreb audience with a piece of interesting Indian cinema in which documentary film interestingly marries with experimental. The programme includes works made from the 1960s until today, offering an exceptionally complex and dynamic insight into the modernisation and liberalisation of Indian society. Premiering in Croatia fill be the recently restored version of the 40-minute film Tales from Planet Kolkata (1993) by Ruchir Joshi, combining a personal approach and portrayal of Kolkata in different films and cinemas to create an irresistible view of this fascinating Bengali city. The film This Bit of That India (1972) by SNS Sastry will acquaint the audience with Indian adolescents of the 1970s through topics like education, sexuality, repression and possibilities of freedom. The programme is scheduled for Sunday, 29 September at 4pm, SC cinema.

Photos: The Sea Is History; Thames Film; Fuses; This Bit of that India; Tales from the Planet Kolkata