Panorama

Panorama

Fragmented
The great historical narratives have often ignored the fact that chronological life stories are a perfectionist illusion: paths are too convoluted, decisions too unpredictable, coincidences too unexpected, wars too sudden or love too disarming. Once we start to perceive the realities of life as fragments, individual destinies become visible and stages of life become facets of a lifetime. These ruptures in life have spawned forms of cinematic storytelling in contemporary documentary cinema. Progressive narratives are opened up through associative images, flickering memories and fragmented observations of the long term. A family album, dissected into its individual parts, meanders back from France to Palestine. In Seoul, the poetic quality of abandoned buildings awakens the history of the country’s colonisation. A tender look back in old age reveals that life does not progress in linear fashion. The films in this year’s Panorama are on search missions, centring around the question of how the cinematic image can become a framework for new perspectives in a time marked by social challenges.

Curators:

DK / PL / FR
2022
Documentary
116’
OmeU

Pictures of Apolonia – they’re everywhere: from videotapes of her birth to oil-painted self-portraits. Rarely has it been so hard […]

Bye Bye Tiberias

Lina Soualem

PS / FR / BE / QA
2023
Documentary
82’
OmeU, dt. UT

A mother and daughter look at photographs of the past together. A complex family history is viewed in the Paris […]

Echo of You

Zara Zerny

DK
2023
Documentary
76’
OmU

Older people hold their hands in front of their eyes and visualise their loved ones. They try to remember them […]

This year, Formfragen is showing a multi-channel video installation at Filmhaus Köln. Öffnungszeiten: Tue 2:00 – 5:00 pm Wed 12:00 […]

Silent Sun of Russia

Sibylla Tuxen

DK
2023
Documentary
71’
OmeU

»Do you think we could have changed something if everyone had stayed?«, asks one of the film’s characters. A direct […]

The Face of the Jellyfish

Melisa Liebenthal

AR
2022
Experimental
76’
OmeU

One night, Marina’s face suddenly changed. Otherwise, she has the same body, the same life. »I don’t know what to […]

KR
2023
Documentary
99’
OmU

At the start of the 20th century, when cinema was emerging, Korea was under Japanese occupation – a violent colonisation […]