Markus Öhrn - 'Bergman in Uganda'
© Markus Öhrn
Wed. 14.10.2020 - Thu. 15.10.2020
Film Fest Gent

Markus Öhrn

'Bergman in Uganda'
Wed 14.10. 2020
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Thu 15.10. 2020

Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Persona’ via Uganda’s shantytowns

In Uganda’s smallest villages and largest shantytowns a movement of veejay storytellers is emerging. In improvised cinemas they translate and interpret Hollywood blockbusters live. When the Swedish artist Markus Öhrn heard about this phenomenon he came up with a brilliant idea: what if the storytellers would take on films by the cineaste Ingmar Bergman? Öhrn filmed the veejays giving their interpretation of Bergman’s ‘Persona’ from 1966.

With ‘Bergman in Uganda’ Markus Öhrn  shows – not without irony – how Ugandan viewers see us European viewers. In this way, the veejay’s interpretation of Bergman’s characteristically complex reflections on European culture results in a confusing and confronting reversal. ‘Bergman in Uganda’ invites you to reflect on your own perspective.

“What’s considered art, is defined by a white Eurocentric perspective.”

Markus Öhrn

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PRACTICAL

Wed 14 & Thu 15.10 - 20:00 Minard
PODIUM / film
€14 / 12 / 10
English spoken / English supertitles
90 min.

Credits

concept, camera & editing: Markus Öhrn - featuring: VJ HD & ‘Persona (1966)’ by Ingmar Bergman - translation - Kenneth Barongo - subtitles: Stuart Braun - presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts - production: Markus Öhrn & Swedish Subterranean Movie Company – with the support of: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Swedish Arts Grant Committee, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam & Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburgplatz (Berlin) - in co-production with: NTGent - in collaboration with: Film Fest Gent

   

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