Cinema in the Digital Age


Jan Speckenbach
> Merz

Life is a Remake. This film is a work in progress. Day by day it is growing, changing length as well as storyline. It is a diary, an essay film, a documentary and a fiction film at the same time. And it is a homage to Kurt Schwitter’s Merzbau.

Jan Speckenbach
> Die Trennung (The Parting)

The end of a relation. It would only need a gesture, one word to change everything back, to keep it going as it ever was. It is easy to do. But the gesture does not come and the word does not resound. If it was her who seemed to leave him, it now appears to be the other way round.

Jan Speckenbach
> Das ist mein Mann (That's my Husband)

Father and son meet in a café. The old man tells his son the story of the affair that lead to the end of his marriage with the sons mother. He is hoping for understanding. But the son doesn't want to know all about it.

Jan Speckenbach
> Warum tanzt ihr nicht? (Why Don't You Dance?)

A man trying to start life again. A young couple. They are now, what he used to be, when everything was still all right. They drink, listen to songs and finally dance.

Jan Speckenbach
> Die Geisel und der Bankräuber (The Hostage and the Bank Robber)

Florian Meywitz enters a coffee bar.
He throws a glance at Maria Lemmnitz, who tells him that she happens to be an executive employee of a a savings bank.
And you? What are you doing? - asks Maria.
I'm a bank robber, Maywitz replies.

Jan Speckenbach
> Haiku

Vesuvius, Fuji and the cell phone as camera. Speckenbach's film is a course in writing Haikus on the Coast of Amalfi: The Japanese three lined poems find their echo in the simplicity of the bad solution of the image, the pixels transform the documental shots to a sort of japonism of cinema. The Bay of Napels. A straying dog. An undressing woman. Pouring rain.

Jan Speckenbach
> Badezimmer oder Die Geschichte von B.B. (Bathroom or the story of B.B.)

A young girl (or three of it) walks through Berlin, talks to herself (literally speaking) and decides to close herself up into the bathroom.

Jan Speckenbach
> A Few Minutes Jean Rouch

A meeting with and a hommage to Jean Rouch, ethnographer and filmmaker, co-founder of the documentary film direction Cinéma Vérité and specialist of the Central African dance of possession.

Jan Speckenbach/Birk Weiberg
> DCX. Deine Welt in meinen Tränen

A narration on three screens. The project developes new structures for a digital cinema.

Jan Speckenbach/Birk Weiberg
> Vaudeville

A film performed and telecasted live into a cinema with an unprepared audience.

> La Revolution

... was an overture for The site started with this movie and it addresses a lot of the topics that lie ahead of us.