Anthology welcomes German filmmaker Ute Aurand for a special screening of her brand-new 16mm film RUSHING GREEN WITH HORSES, as well as OH! THE FOUR SEASONS, a 1988 film made in collaboration with Ulrike Pfeiffer (and, via an introductory text, Anthology’s founder Jonas Mekas).
“Aurand’s is a cinema of intimacy, populated by friends and family, in which daily experience forms the basis for a practice rich in lyrical beauty. I consider it amongst the most compelling work in experimental cinema today. […] The expanses of time Aurand spends with her subjects are telescoped through montage so as to bring together disparate glimpses of changing lives. Even when the passing of time emerges as a central concern…Aurand’s films do not dwell in melancholy, but rather delicately register how our relationships to those around us develop and change over time. She shares with us the feeling that though time’s arrow may bring loss, it is also time that brings tenderness, care, and complexity to our lives.” –Erika Balsom
- Oh! The Four Seasons / Oh! Die Vier Jahreszeiten (Ute Aurand & Ulrike Pfeiffer, 1986/88, 20 min, 16mm)
Aurand and Pfeiffer filmed each other at four famous sites in Europe: walking in a summer dress through the snow in front of the Reichstag in Berlin, spinning a young boy again and again through the air in Red Square in Moscow, climbing on a hot day into the waterfall at the Place de la Concorde in Paris, and, as two angels in London, walking through the night of the city. The film begins with a text about improvisation written and recited by Jonas Mekas.
- Rushing Green With Horses / Rasendes Grün Mit Pferden (Ute Aurand, 2019, 82 min, 16mm)
“A collection of brief observations and encounters, filmed between 1999 and 2018 at home and while traveling, with friends and alone. Private gestures awaken my attention: Anton in his apartment in Lichtenberg, Lilian and Nanouk 10 days old, Jón’s 94th birthday, Sofia dancing, a trip to Detroit, Alma and Ernie at the Brandenburger Gate. We see the same people at various ages, as a child, a teenager, a young woman… The magic of moving images and sounds echoes from the past into the present. In the middle of the film appears a handwritten sentence first mirrored then turned around: ‘A child asleep in its own life.’” –Ute Aurand