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Xcèntric 2020

Karpo Godina: the antipodes of socialist realism

Attended by the filmmaker

Audiovisuals

Special programme devoted to Karpo Godina, one of the foremost figures of the Yugoslav Black Wave.

After presenting the work of the Kino Klub Split as one of the spawning grounds of avant-garde film in former Yugoslavia, this season we focus on a cult figure of this artistic milieu. Slovenian experimental director Karpo Godina emerged from the same tradition of Yugoslav film clubs that formed part of the socialist project to bring technological culture and its achievements to all citizens. He began his career as an amateur at the Kino Klub Odsev in Ljubljana and a few years later was to become one of the leading figures of the Black Wave, the Yugoslav socio-critical movement of the sixties and seventies, as director of his own films and as a masterful cameraman for internationally recognized works. In his radical short films, Godina experimented with static and distant camera, an important composition principle that conveys the observer’s distance from the filmed object, at the same time generating subversive irony.

Godina’s films seem oblivious to the established conventions of documentary and fiction cinema, and particularly to the aesthetics of socialist realism in films approved by the Yugoslav state, which had to “avoid abstract experimentation and offer clear and effective communication”. His short films are conceptual works of art, though magically full of life. Further, thanks to his talent as a passionate cameraman and photographer, his films can be seen as a series of strangely graceful, randomly captured images.

Game/Divjad (with Jure Pervanje), 1965, 6 min; Dog/Pes (with Mario Uršić), 1965, 8 min; Anno Passato, 1966, 6 min; The Gratinated Brain of Pupilija Ferkeverk, 1970, 12 min; Litany of Happy People, 1971, 14 min; On the Art of Loving or Film with 14441 Frames, 1972, 10 min; I Miss Sonia Henie, 1972, 16 min; The Making of Sonja Henie, 1972, 14 min.

DCP screening. English subtitles. Copies courtesy of Slovenian Cinemathèque and Karpo Godina.

A programme by Mariana Hristova.

Directors: Karpo Godina

This activity is part of Xcèntric 2020

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