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Filmmaker in Focus: Bernd Lutzeler

Filmmaker in Focus: Bernd Lutzeler

Films | English | 2hrs 30mins
Bernd Lutzeler
Bernd Lutzeler
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Harkat Studios is showcasing seven of filmmaker Bernd Lützeler`s works, shot on various film formats from 8 mm and 35 mm to digital, and hosting the artist himself all packed into one lovely evening in our studio space. Bernd Lützeler is an artist, filmmaker and a member of the artist-run film lab LaborBerlin, a space where filmmakers can process, edit and print their own films on 8 and 16mm celluloid film. His films have been shown at venues and festivals worldwide, including Centre Pompidou, Berlinale International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Views from the Avant-Garde and many more.

Artist`s statement: In my films, installations and expanded cinema work I often explore the techniques of moving image production and presentation in interrelation with their form and perception. Therefore, loops found footage and the disclosure of DIY- (Jugaad) and analog technologies have become an integral part of my work. Another strong influence in my work is the aesthetics of popular Indian culture. Over the last seventeen years, I have spent a significant amount of time in Mumbai where some of my projects were produced. What fascinates me, is seeing universal global themes like urban angst, mass media or migration gaining an emphasis against the backdrop of contemporary urban India.

Film Lineup:

the Voice of God

India, 2011, 35mm, 1:1.85, 10 min
Voiceover - Harish Bhimani
If God would come down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice-over artist, lending his voice to thousands of Hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India. A melodramatic docu-drama with voice-over in stop-motion and long-time exposure.

Batagur Baska [by Guido Möbius]
the music video, directed by Bernd Lützeler
Brazil & Germany, 2016, Super-8, 1:1.37, 8 min

They gather here every day. They come from far and without purpose. They don`t know each other and they won`t come to know each other. They carry their gadgets to optimize the experience. They engage with the world through a small frame. They believe that this moment will remain unforgotten. Digital rituals in the analog Cloud.


India & Germany, 2018, Digital 4K, 1:1.33, 9 mins

The streetscapes of contemporary Indian metros are largely dominated by-products. The typical local shop can be described as a windowless, rectangular box. Stepping into such a shop can be like entering a new world: Filled with products galore up to the ceiling. The product itself serves as the interior design. Shopping galore. Products are galore. Profits galore.

A Sound film

Germany, 2017, Super-8, 1:1.37, 6 min

Who needs focus anyway when the camera can record sound? A psychedelic excursion into the 1970`s hobby filmmaking.

Fictitious Force

by Philip Widmann

India & Germany, 2015, Super 16, b&w, 1:1.78, 15 min

with Tarun Katari

Cinematography - Basab Mullik

Additional Cinematography - Bernd Lützeler

Conception & Montage - Philip Widmann

A theorem from physics that describes apparent forces in a circular motion when observed from an external frame of reference lends its name to this film: Fictitious Force is a cinematic exchange on the impossibility of sharing experiences, in black and white and grey.

Traveling with Maxim Gorkiy

Dir: Bernd Lützeler & Kolja Kunt

Germany, 2014, Super-8, 1:1.37, 11 min

As so often, also here it`s rather about allusion than description. This also applies to the persons represented. Flat silhouettes of people. Their heads depicted in profile. Faces with no expression, formal gestures. In the background, a little bit of everyday life: The hard, square, stone architecture arises from the ocher-colored, brownish, blackish mush of color or mud. A demonstration of the function of the central perspective. An idealized representation of a tropical paradise. Strangely, there`s no absurdity in this.

Camera Threat

India & Germany, 2017, 35mm & DCP, 1:1.85, 30 min

with Mansi Multani, Pushpendra Singh & Girish Pardeshi

Voiceovers - Harish Bhimani & Shai Heredia

Somewhere in the dreary spheres of Mumbai`s film industry, Camera Threat explores the ambivalent relationship this film city has with the moving image. Seated on a casting couch, two actors are getting stuck in impromptu conversations on the side effects of a world that no longer bothers to tell facts from fiction. An expanded multi-genre film within the constraints of the so-called Masala Formula known from Indian cinema.

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