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Short Waves Festival 2021

Short Waves Festival – Day 2

WEDNESDAY AT SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL / DAY 2 / 19.08

Here we go with the second day of Short Waves! Yesterday we have started with a real blast. Despite the capricious weather and casual summer rain here and there, program events like an Opening Program or Awesome Shorts in Tama Bar were filled with festivalgoers. And it’s only the beginning!

Industry Talk: VR, Performative Arts and the Future of Dance Film in Pandemic Times
14:30 / online

What is the future of dance film? What are the biggest challenges for the filmmakers? How can creators work with new technologies such as VR or AR? What does it all mean for film curators? These and many other issues will be discussed with the invited experts and filmmakers. Event is organized with a kind support of Goethe Institut.
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VR 360°: Film Tańca: Das Totale Tanz Theater
15:00 / Kino Muza

The whole theatre should be a stage! Das Totale Tanz Theater makes the Bauhaus dream of „total theatre” a reality in this anniversary year, lets body and space blend together and brings Walter Gropius’ and Oskar Schlemmer’s stage experiment into the digital age using virtual reality. The question about the relationship between man and machine, which had already been asked by Bauhaus, and how it can be experienced interactively in the extensive virtual reality dance installation Das Totale Tanz Theater, now becomes a three-dimensional audio and visual experience: A dance video with choreography by Richard Siegal and music by the band Einstürzende Neubauten.

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Polish Competition I
16:30 / CK Zamek / online

We are diverging from searching for the common denominator for all films and instead we simply aim to present the most interesting and fresh national productions. They touch upon many universal issues which may be encountered locally: psychological perspective on belonging to a group, the influence of #metoo movement on society, a study of modern technological reality or the troubling one associated with economic, climatic and identity issues.

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Focus Lebanon: She leads against the Current
17:00 / Kino Muza / online

First, out of three, group of films in this year’s geographic focus. Lebanon has been known as the country of diversity. Throughout history, Lebanese people have found it hard to agree on one pact that will allow all this social, religious, economic and cultural multiplicity to live in harmony. If we would come to describe Lebanon, we would settle on it being the country of “opposites”. Now, trying to frame the Lebanese culture or define its identity would seem like an unreasonable task. For example; it is a very liberal society but conservative. We adapt Western ideologies but we are so attached to our Eastern traditions. We are so bowed to our past but we never learn from it and we keep on repeating the same mistakes that disturb our present. We have always lived in between and so is our identity, lost in between.

She Leads Against the Current is written and directed by female filmmakers and feature, mostly, a female character that leads the story. It reflects the common concerns and the collective rage of their rebellious makers.

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Dances with Camera II
19:30 / Kino Muza / online

Physical expression is often able to communicate things that cannot be verbalized. That’s why Dances with Camera program is much more than just a range of aesthetic experiences. It will lead us through a broad spectrum of tones – from humor to nostalgia, form irony to pathos – presenting abstract and surreal images, as well as ones that are deeply engaging and reflective and explore social experiences.

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Random Garden Cinema I
20:30 / *TBA

Since summertime (as well as the pandemic) makes us more eager to spend time outdoors, we decided to move our favorite Random Home Cinema closer to nature. Random Garden Cinema is going to surprise you not only with diverse programs prepared by programmers from European film festivals, but also unique locations. Two carefully selected screenings are going to be presented in extraordinary settings and, as usual with a dash of mystery, since the event locations will be revealed to ticket holders on the day of the event.

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International Competition IV: This Is Goodbye
21:00 / CK Zamek / online

Have you ever wanted to disappear? The protagonists of selected films are struggling with the desire to escape from difficult past or to run towards a new, promising future. Yet past experiences are hard to let go of, and despite their resistance the characters have to look back. Facing separation may have good aspects: it brings change, familiarizes us with pain and snaps us out of numbness. What happens when we actually disappear? The films in this set also examine the potential consequences of our absence from the perspective of a video game, power and complicated family relationships.

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Festival Club: Jasiu
21:00 / Tama Bar

Today we are partying in Tama, one of our 5 wandering festival clubs of the summer edition of Short Waves and Jasiu will be our host for tonight. He is a young, talented and promising DJ and producer. A member of L.S.D. and spicyboys collective. His selections are characterized by maturity, he does not limit himself to one genre and channels a lot of good energy in his sets.

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Urban View
21:30 / Concordia Design – Przystań Sztuki / online

Urban View is a selection of the most interesting films of the season showcasing various aspects of urbanity. In the first part of the program we will be presenting films revolving around the issue of alienation in a bustling metropolis. A city intended to fulfill all needs of its residents intensifies their sense of being lost. Like a modern flâneur, you will be strolling through the streets of a city pulsing with energy ruminating, planning, dreaming.
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Kinky Shorts
22:00 / Tama Bar / online

Let’s make those late night hours a little more interesting! In this program we follow the dirty minds of filmmakers with some exquisite preferences. Spicing things up by adding a bit of strap-on, some handcuffs and a blindfold to the bed-time-mix. Not kinky enough? How about serving as someone’s dog, or fantasizing about boneless bed partners? There’s something for everyone here, it might even give you some new ideas.
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