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OFFoff OPEN AIR: Chris Marker 100

Het Pand
Lange Steenstraat 16-18
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This summer, the French film essayist Chris Marker would have turned 100 on July 29. His work is close to the heart of Art Cinema OFFoff. Like no other, Marker demonstrated in his films that memory is impossible without images; the two are inseparable. In honor of his centenary, we are presenting an open-air screening of two of Marker’s little shown films: Le Mystère Koumiko (1965) and Si j’avais quatre dromadaires (1966), two successive travel diaries.

Carefree travel has been impossible or very difficult for two summers now. Chris Marker was a cinéaste voyageur’ par excellence: other countries, cultures or times often provided the impulse for his work. With this evening, we therefore not only celebrate Marker but also the return of cinema as a collective experience and a way to travel through film. Marker also specifically employed the medium as a way of time travel. Arguably the most famous example of this is La Jetée (1962), which transports the viewer between present, past and future through a cinematic succession of still images. Si j’avais quatre dromadaires uses the same formal process.

As is the case this year, the 1964 Summer Olympics took place in Tokyo. It was the initial cause for Le Mystère Koumiko, Marker’s first film in Japan – the one country to which this eternal traveler would return again and again. The special fascination he held for the place and culture would culminate almost twenty years later in one of his best-known film essays, Sans Soleil (1983).

Marker himself remained a mysterious figure who operated under dozens of pseudonyms, made few public appearances, and preferred not to grant interviews or photographs. Even about his birthplace and day, he liked to deliberately perpetuate myths. He once put forward July 21 and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia as his origin, and in the biography of his first and only novel, Le coeur net (1950), he invented being born on July 22 on France’s Île aux Moines or island of monks.” We are screening the films in a setting that does seem to fit Marker’s persona: the wonderful, little known inner garden of our neighbors of Het Pand, right next to OFFoff’s usual entry. This large isle within the city’ is part of the Caermersklooster and currently being occupied by the Pandemisten.

Doors: 21:00, start film: 22:00