In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...
Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...
China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...
A bestselling author of the Weimar Republic and a glamorous figure of 1920s Berlin, Irmgard Keun established the concept of modern "girl culture". Her novels are written in the manner of "Neue Sachlichkeit" ("New Objectivity"), direct, observational, almost staged in their nature and strongly informed by film and popular culture. She was blacklisted after the Nazis rose to power and forced into exile and would later fake her own suicide and sneak back into Nazi Germany under an assumed identity. Mostly forgotten after the war she experienced a literary renaissance in Germany before her death in 1983.
The fantasy film Two A.M. is based on Irmgard Keun's novel After Midnight, 1937, describing two days in the life of the heroine Sanna in Frankfurt during the rise of the Nazis.
_Two A.M., _2016, 40 min, HDV, colour Punky, streetwise Sanna bridles at her aunt's traditional ways. Her adopted family are members of the Watchers, powerful information-obsessives whose unusual telepathic abilities and sociopolitical pretensions only manage to get on Sanna's nerves. But after she abandons the family home and her young lover for the city, herdream of a brilliant urban life quickly falls flat. From her half-sister Algin, in despair over a faded singing career, to Algin's depressive and love-obsessed partner Lisko, to Hedy, the splenetic, paranoid journalist who's inadvertently caught Lisko's eye, everyone in the big city seems to be totally wrapped up in their own serial dramas and star-crossed affairs. She quickly acquires a problem of her own whenher lover, Franz, reappears in the city along with her unpredictable, sinister Watcher sisters. Sanna and her friends bounce from bar to bar towards a party that will bring everyone's minor ennuis and compulsive intimacies together with unforgettable results.
With: Theadora Davies, Emile Clarke, Jim Fletcher, Sophie Fives, Annika Glass, Andrew Kerton, Paula Knüpling, Ilya Lipkin, Mira Partecke, Emily Sundblad, Yuko Torihara, Helga Wretman, Michael Bornhütter, Klaus Kamptner, Leonie Kossi, Gerda Martin, Liana Saito, Julian Wadsworth, Min Yoon
Script: Jeff Nagy, Loretta Fahrenholz, Cinematography: Till Megerle Sound: Simon Konrad, Assistant Director: Angela Stiegler, Yulia Lokshina Editing: Steffen Martin Sound Design: Steffen Martin Costumes: Marianna Serwa Costumes Assistant: Joanna Vavra Make-up: Marianna Serwa Party Set: Nicola Brunnhuber, Catharina Wronn, Min Yoon Production Management: Yulia Lokshina, Angela Stiegler Casting: Loretta Fahrenholz, Angela Stiegler, Steffen Martin Locations: Angela Stiegler, Erika Landström, Loretta Fahrenholz Color Grading: Ben Brix Music: Steffen Martin, Ivan Sobolew, Christian Naujoks Production: Loretta Fahrenholz, Schipschack/Tangen, vitakuben, Fridericianum Kassel, Kunsthalle Zürich, Galerie Buchholz, Reena Spaulings Fine Arts Titles: Hit
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