Berlinale: Programme


Film File

Forum

11 x 14

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A man and a woman stand before an embankment. She’s crying, he’s smoking. A train crosses from left to right in the top third of the image; in the bottom third, a VW enters the frame from the right and comes to a halt. A man gets out of the car with a child in his arms and walks forward to the left until he’s no longer in frame. The woman and the man embrace and leave in opposite directions. The shot is over. More of them follow: the VW reappears, the people too. Two women lying on a bed move in slow motion, music can be heard; it will later return later as smoke rises from a chimney. On the wall, there hangs the photograph of a house that will later become another frame in the film.
11 x 14, the first feature-length film by James Benning, is film theory in images. It is composed of single shots, each of which individually narrate something and hold the film together via recurring elements. What is narrated is pure form.
11 x 14 was shown at the Forum in 1977. It has now been restored by the Austrian Film Museum in collaboration with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and returns to the Forum once again. As the smallest unit of a festival, a film can become its narrative.

by
James Benning

USA 1977

Without dialogue

82 min · Colour · 35 mm

With

Serafina Bathrick (the woman)
Paddy Whannel (the man)
Harvey Taylor (the young man)
Barbara Frankel (the woman's friend 1)
Bette Gordon (the woman's friend 2)
Tim Welsh (the boy 1)
Rick Goodwin (the boy 2)
Ted Brady (The man's son)
Michael O'Brien

Crew

Director
James Benning

Biography

James Benning

Born in 1942 in Milwaukee, USA. He began working as an independent filmmaker in 1971, even before studying film at the University of Wisconsin. Besides his current film/art work, Benning has taught at the California Institute of the Arts since 1987.

Filmography (selection)

1972 Time & A Half; 17 min. · Art Hist. 101; 17 min. 1973 Honeyland Road; 11 min. 1974 8½ x 11; 33 min. 1975 Saturday Night; 3 min. · The United States of America; 25 min. · 9/1/75; 22 min. 1976 11 x 14; 83 min., Forum 1977 1977 One Way Boogie Woogie; 60 min. 1979 Grand Opera. An Historical Romance; 90 min., Forum 1980 1981 Him and Me; 88 min. 1983 American Dreams (lost and found); 56 min. 1985 O Panama; 28 min., Forum 1987 1986 Landscape Suicide; 95 min., Forum 1987 1988 Used Innocence; 95 min. 1991 North on Evers; 87 min. 1995 Deseret; 82 min. 1997 Four Corners; 80 min., Forum 1998 1998 Utopia; 93 min. 1999 El Valley Centro; 90 min., Forum 2002 2000 Los; 90 min., Forum 2002 2002 Sogobi; 90 min., Forum 2002 2004 13 Lakes; 133 min., Forum 2005 · Ten Skies; 101 min., Forum 2005 2005 One Way Boogie Woogie / 27 Years Later; 120 min., Forum 2006 2007 RR; 110 min., Forum 2008 · Casting a Glance; 81 min. 2009 Ruhr; 121 min. 2010 John Krieg Exiting the Falk Corporation in 1971; 71 min. · Pig Iron; 33 min. · Pascal’s Lemma (document); 17 min. · Reforming the Past; 60 min. 2011 Two Cabins; 30 min. · Faces (1973); 25 min. · Faces; 135 min. · Milwaukee/Duisburg; Installation, Forum Expanded 2011 · Twenty Cigarettes; 99 min., Forum 2011 · After Warhol; 65 min. · Small Roads; 103 min. 2012 Nightfall; 98 min. · Stemple Pass; 121 min., Forum 2013 · Easy Rider; 95 min. · The War; 55 min. · One Way Boogie Woogie 2012; 90 min. · BNSF; 194 min. 2013 US 41; 52 min. 2014 Natural History; 77 min. · Farocki; 77 min. · Concord Woods; 121 min. 2015 52 Films Project; 300 min. · American Dreams; 85 min. · Fresh Air; 46 min. 2016 Dancing in the Street; 6 min. · Ash 01; 20 min. · Fall Equinox; 77 min. · Spring Equinox; 77 min. · Scorched Earth; 61 min. · Red Cloud; 61 min. · Measuring Change; 61 min. · Time after Time; 44 min. 2017 Untitled Fragments; 75 min. 2018 L. Cohen · 11 x 14

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

James Benning