Part of Spring/Summer 1997
& Homoscope…so different, so appealing!
Gay, Short, Experimental curated by Matthias MÃ¼ller
Saturday, June 7, 7:30 pm sharp
On Friday, June 6th Pleasure Dome presents Europe’s finest experimental filmmaker bringing his multi-award winning shorts to Toronto. The program includes the world premiere of his long awaited new movie Pens&lrquo;¹o Globo; MÃ¼ller’s haunting lyric about AIDS -The Memo Book; his 50s Hollywood montage flick Home Stories; his homo-erotic reverie of sailors Sleepy Haven; a furitive boy/boy coupling in Scattering Stars; and a boy’s coming-of-age in Alpsee. Eight years in the making, these stunningly produced minatures demonstrate why MÃ¼ller’s regarded as the most important German filmmaker of his generation.
The following evening Matthias will host a program of the tastiest German gay avant-garde work of the past decade. Included is the North American premiere of Michael Brynntrup’s The Lover Film, fresh from its stunning debut at the Berlin Film Festival, a Greenawayesque cataloguing of his many partners. Also included is Caspar Stracke’s hypnotically surreal Sad Sack, a pair of shorts from Stefan Hayn, the legendary Uli Versum, JÅ¡rg Kronsbein and much, much more. Come and find how different German love can really be.
The Films of Matthias MÃ¼ller
Aus der Ferne – The Memo Book, 28 min., 1989
Home Stories, 6 min., 1990
Sleepy Haven, 15 min., 1993
Scattering Stars, 2 min., 1994
Alpsee, 15 min., 1994
Pens&lrquo;¹o Globo, 15 min.,1997
Matthias MÃ¼ller was born in Bielefeld, Germany in 1961. He studied German Literature and Fine Arts at the Bielefeld University and graduated in 1987. From 1987 on, he studied with Birgit Hein and Gerhard BÃ¼ttenbender at the Braunschweig School of Art. Matthias MÅ¸ller has compleated over a dozen films since 1980. As a filmmaker and experimental film curator MÅ¸ller has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and North America and has won numerous awards including the Best Germam Film at the 1997 Oberhausen Film Festival. In 1985, he co-founded the Alte Kinder film co-operative. Since 1984, MÅ¸ller has collaborated with Berlin-based composer and musician Dirk Schaefer on virtually all of his films.
so different, so appealing!
Gay, Short, Experimental
curated by Matthias MÃ¼ller
ZitrusfrÃ¼chte 2, Uli Versum, 6 min., 1985
Fontvella’s Box, Stefan Hayn, 17min., 1992
Sad Sack, Caspar Stracke, 22 min., 1992
Loverfilm, Michael Brynntrup, 22 min., 1996
Mike’s Neuer Kronleuchter, JÅ¡rg Kronsbein, 3 min., 1985
“ZitrusfrÃ¼chte 2 is both an eccentric self-portrait of the artist Uli Versum, who is the protagonist of his own work, and a puzzling, bewildering homage to the exaltation of the acting style and the mannerisms of the early days of cinematography. Versum calls his film a film of found ideas. And most of Versum’s films are dedicated to the art of appropriation.
In ZitrusfrÃ¼chte 2, Versum juxtaposes everyday stereotypes and cinema clichÅ½s with fairy tale motifs (the poisonous apple) creating a bitter-sweet melodrama on rapture, frustration and death by doing so. ” Matthias MÃ¼ller
“Fontvella is facing hard times. Not only did her last performance fail completely, moreover her wardrobe is ruined by a biker. Nothing works for her. Transformed by magic into a cow, she follows the man of her dreams and tumbles down while walking in her sleep…”
“At Coney Island beachside Pascal is encountering the world, that asks him to carry it over the East River. Meanwhile Aaron is sitting at home in his cage, listening to the same old record over and over again. Pascal, who has brought the world with him, returns. As usual, Aaron is angry. They start fighting and all discs get smashed. Suddenly everything becomes senseless and weightless. Pascal just flies away whereas Aaron starts crying out all body liquids. Finally he gets drowned in his self-pity…”
“An uncontrolled dispersion of information. This film is based upon true occurrences. Any resemblance to individuals, dead or alive, is not only intentional by unavoidable. The viewer is also responsible for images made public. Excerpts from my diary and the relevant books of German law.” Michael Brynntrup
Mike’s Neuer Kronleuchter
“Mike has got a new chandelier – and JÅ¡rg has just purchased a new
Super 8 camera with an automatic zoom. Both try out their precious new toys. The film portraits performance artist Mike Gembus. It was shot only a few weeks before Mike died of AIDS ten years ago. The film became the source for Matthias MÅ¸ller’s THE MEMO BOOK later.”
JÅ¡rg Kronsbein/ Matthias MÃ¼ller