TINY BIRD: around the films of Dane Komljen

FRIENDS  (Erwin van't Hart) 
Tiny Bird by emerging director Dane Komljen is his most personal work and the centrepiece of a program which investigates the filmmakers stepping away from the standard narrative and opening up to another cinematic language, closer to poetry.

short film programme (107'):

“In the apartment where I grew up, in the closet, hidden behind his clothes, uniform and gun, my father used to keep a box with papers, drawings, school documents and volumes. When he died, I searched the box. In his student booklet I found the name of the teacher who taught the Introduction to Marxist Sociology class in 1976. I visited him and asked him: ‘What is friendship?’ A tiny bird was what I heard.” 
Dane Komljen

Tiny Bird by emerging Serbian director Dane Komljen is his most personal work so far and the centerpiece of a program that investigates filmmakers stepping away from the standard narrative and opening up to another cinematic language, closer to poetry. Hovering around the themes of masculinity, friendship and brotherhood, Tiny Bird is “not trying to embrace these ideas in their entirety, but rather to find some light in these tired notions that could be taken and released by different means.” With the freedom it evokes, it is, according to Komljen, a film about flying, about “the need to change places, forms, shapes, about how to say goodbye to our friends and allow ourselves to remain open to new ones.” Tiny Bird is very rich and not easy to comprehend at first glance, as it appears to have the shape of a labyrinth, interweaving seemingly lost and found images, texts and sounds. But it all makes sense, as the filmmaker is willing to point out for those who fly along with him in this daring and personal journey.

Alongside Tiny Bird, we find Komljen’s elegant graduation film I Already Am Everything I Want to Have, a powerful brother/sister drama that gives the concrete surroundings of Novi Beograd an unexpected poetic touch. Blessed Blessed Oblivion by Palestinian/Norwegian Jumana Manna has a different, rough approach and is shot in Eastern Jerusalem, where the artist, inspired by Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising, portrays the local thug culture with lots of muscles, shiny cars and local popular music. The young female artist is significantly present behind the camera. Nightswimming is an early piece by the renowned American 16mm filmmaker Jem Cohen. This extended version of the video clip for R.E.M. captures the joy of friendship and fleeting youth in careless images and is one of Komljen’s personal favorites. The General Turns From One Place to Another by American artist and filmmaker Michael Robinson, based on a monologue by writer/poet Frank O’Hara, forms a concurrently indulgent and skeptical experience of the beautiful. It’s ambiguous shape works as an emotional narrative and it uses the natural world as the site of spiritual exchange and transformation.

JA VEC JESAM SVE ONO STO ZELIM DA IMAM/I ALREADY AM EVERYTHING I WANT TO HAVE 
Dane Komljen, Srbija/Serbia, 2010, 35mm, 35'

After arguing with his girlfriend, Daniel calls on his sister. Both of them are a little down in the dumps. The author gets in close to the main characters for an impressive portrait of an apparently directionless generation.

BLAŽENA BLAŽENA POZABA/BLESSED BLESSED OBLIVION 
Jumana Manna, ZDA/USA, 2010, digital file (HD video), 23'

Inspired by Kenneth Anger's Scorpio Rising (1963), Blessed Blessed Oblivion weaves together a portrait of male thug culture in East Jerusalem, manifested in barbershops, autoshops and body building.

NOČNO KOPANJE/NIGHTSWIMMING 
Jem Cohen, ZDA/USA, 1993, digital file (super 8/16mm), 8'

Video for Nightswimming by R.E.M. expanded into an independent film captures, without music, the joy of friendship and fleeing youth in careless images.

SITNA PTICA/TINY BIRD 
Dane Komljen, Hrvaška, Srbija/Croatia, Serbia, DCP, 2013

A film giving new meaning to the worn-out terms friendship, brotherhood and manliness. What do you keep to yourself; what do you share? About bidding farewell to old friends and being open to making new ones.

GENERAL SE VRNE Z ENEGA KRAJA NA DRUGEGA/THE GENERAL RETURNS FROM ONE PLACE TO ANOTHER 
Michael Robinson, ZDA/USA, 2006, digital file (DV), 11'

Learning to love again, with fear at its side, the film draws balance between the romantic and the horrid, shaping a simultaneously sceptical and indulgent experience of the beautiful.

DANE KOMLJEN
Dane Komljen studied Film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and visited Kino Otok in 2012 with the short film Bodily Function. He is currently doing his master studies in Contemporary Art at Le Fresnoy in France.



SCREENING:
Art Cinema Odeon

Sunday, 8.6. at 11:30