ONLINE EDITION 2020, June 10-14
Until recently, ethnographers and filmmakers were mainly concerned with the crises and problems of others. In times of Corona, now suddenly their own crises and problems are clearly in focus.
With the move to the internet we were losing the typical festival atmosphere in general and that of the Florinsmarkt in particular. But we also gained something – while we would certainly not have been able to invite all filmmakers to Koblenz offline, with the online edition this was definitely possible. Thus we had live film talks with all filmmakers in which the audience was able to participate during the five days of the festival. We also tried to take into account the character of a “festival at home” by offering the possibility to “rent” films for 24 hours during the entire festival. This made them much more accessible and we hope that as many films as possible were viewed. The original selection of 50 films from 34 countries had been somewhat reduced, the online edition presented 36 films from 28 countries as well as an installation.
We thank the filmmakers, the participants and especially the audience and guests!
Moreover, we thank our sponsors for the support!
Andreas Ackermann and the 2Rivers-Team
This year’s main program presented 14 current films by established filmmakers, two of which were shown as part of the “Demokratie leben!” support program: UNSETTLING by Iris Zaki, who seeks to discuss the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank, and FIRE’S DAUGHTERS by Stéphane Breton, who follows Kurdish female fighters in Syria in their fight against the IS with his camera.
A TASTE OF HOPE
ADELHEID, KORNELIUS & DIE TÖDE
DO YOU SEE ME / DO I SEE YOU
HORROR IN THE ANDES
I HAVE A SONG TO SING YOU
KNOTS AND HOLES
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN
11 films were represented in the student competition, in which we were able to award two prizes this year. The Martin-Görlitz-Foundation had donated a 500 EURO prize for the best film in the category “Sustainability”. The winning film in the category “Food Cultures” also received 500 EURO, which had been awarded within the framework of the BMBF-funded research project “Food Cultures” at the University of Koblenz.
This year´s winners of the Student Competition are:
In the Arms of the Ocean by Renate Bijlholt in the category “Sustainability”
In Aiye´s Garden by Eyob Defersha in the category “Food Cultures”
Award Ceremony was on Friday, 12.06. 17:00pm in the 2Rivers Livestream.
Filmmaker’s Choice with Stéphane Breton
We are delighted that, following David MacDougall in 2018, Stéphane Breton designed the Filmmaker’s Choice 2020. With this format we would like to give groundbreaking filmmakers the opportunity to reflect on their work and to show new perspectives.
KULTURSOMMER RLP „NORTHERN LIGHTS“
with Audrius Stonys
YANGON FILM SCHOOL
at 2Rivers Film Festival 2020
As part of the Rhineland Palatinate Summer of Culture, which this year has the motto “Compass Europe: Northern Lights”, we have been able to persuade Audrius Stonys to put together a small but fine program of Baltic documentary films for us, including his latest film BRIDGES OF TIME, which he will talked about on Saturday 13 June in the 2Rivers Livestream.
Since 15 years the graduates of Yangon Film School produce ethnographic films about daily life as well as political and social changes in Myanmar, under sometimes difficult circumstances.
A good enough reason for us to show a cross section of their works. We discussed it with the School’s head Lindsey Merrison and some filmmakers in Myanmar on Saturday the 13.06. in the 2Rivers Livestream.
FEELING POLYESTER – Installation by Jan Reutelsterz
The work Feeling Polyester, with which Jan Reutelsterz explores the sensory space between man and mannequin, offers an unexpected perspective on current contact restrictions and the shift of many social contacts to the Internet. Based on a videographic field research on the production of mannequins and originally planned as an installation, the interplay between presence and representation is extended by a new dimension with the shift to the Internet.