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An Untimely Film For Every One and No One

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In 2007 Ayreen Anastas made a journey through Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, and Tunisia, collecting materials for a film with the working title A Film for Every One and No One. The film was intended as an adaptation of Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” in the contemporary Arab world. Since that initial material was collected, much of the region and the world have been thrown into ever-greater tumult. The relevance, force, and meaning of the materials have also shifted significantly. The film remains unfinished.
In a collaboration with the artist Rene Gabri and the philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy, an attempt is made to approach the material in a collective manner and make an untimely version of it. For Nietzsche, untimely meant, among other things, something not belonging to the order of the tastes, expectations, and procedures of its time. If the original film was to stage an encounter between the writing and thinking of Nietzsche and the contemporary conditions of life as manifested in the Arab world, then this film stages that encounter in the lapse and disordering, in the historical black hole which has opened up in the ten years since the meeting was staged.

Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri

Palestine / Armenia / USA 2018

Arabic, German, English, French

90’ · Colour

World premiere


Jean-Luc Nancy
Ayreen Anastas
Rene Gabri


Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
Director of Photography
Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri
Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri


Ayreen Anastas, Rene Gabri

Ayreen Anastas, born in occupied Palestine, and Rene Gabri, born in Iran, are artists who started collaborating in 1999, which is the beginning of 16 Beaver, a collective space and context for rethinking the nexus between life, art, and politics. Their relation to art is in its potential to unmake as much as it is to make. They understand art not as just another field of human activity or doing but a potential space to rethink all activities and doings. In their open form collaborations, film and video remain a recurring and critical means for intervening in and interrogating our time.


1996 Less Confused Than I Was, More Confused Than I Should Be 1997 The City and Memory 1998 Borderline 1999 Self Portrait Video · Dating Videos · Splendor in the Grass Revisited 2001 Artistalk · Movements 2002 Confession Tapes · Music Videos · Love and Suicide · Library of Useful Knowledge 2003 What is Sixteen Beaver? · M* of Bethlehem 2004 Know Fundamentalism · Eden Resonating · Istanbul, Why? 2005 Pasolini Pa* Palestine · 7 X 77 · Nyctalopia 2006 All Strayed and Were Incapable of Using · The Loneliest One · Good Architecture · We Accepted the Misfortune But Misfortune Didn't Accept Us · What Everybody Knows · Nicest Life, Nicest Food, Nicest Water · Building Vacancy Maps · Valley of the Graces · What Has Passed 2008 The Meaning of Everything · Thus I spoke and ever so softly for I feared my thoughts and hinter thoughts 2009 case sensitive america · Die Vant 2010 testing nothing in a little room is the way to use the room and nothing is then lost and that is such a correction · After all these introductions I wish to say something · Kindred Spirits · Project for a Revolution in New York · Some People Have the Watch: Others Have the Time 2011 January 28, 2011 2012 Chronique d'un film with François Bucher · The Line is My Line and the Word is Mine · I want to go without you: fiction in the absence of proper names · Strike Film with The Indivisible or Inadmissable Committee 2013 A Continuous Film Altered Daily: Days 1-12 2014 A Geography of Palestine or The Storyteller · When we act or undergo, we must always be worthy of what happens to us · Bouazizi's Neighbor · Something for All the World · My Body and Mind is the World Too 2015 Notes Toward a New Theory of the Arabesque · They Went Away to Stay with Ben Morea · In the Presence of Absence, In the Absence of Objects Seen 2017 We Refugees · And You, What Do You Seek? 2018 An Untimely Film For Every One and No One

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

Parks Luksemburg