Berlinale: Programme


Film File

Berlinale Shorts

Can’t you see them? – Repeat.

 
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Sarajevo during the siege in 1992: A group of armed men walks along the banks of the river Miljacka. One man is led away, and the group crosses the river. The neighbouring Grbavica district is about to be taken by the Serbs. The footage was shot by a man from an apartment in an adjacent skyscraper without knowing who the armed men were. Are they Serbs, Bosniaks? His camera wobbles, searches, pursues and retreats. The artist Clarissa Thieme finds the man who shot the film and has him once again recount how it happened. Using a motion tracking program, she performs a metadata analysis of the original clip and calculates the camera’s position and movement. She feeds this data into a motion control system that projects light onto a screen. Light that moves, changes direction, trembles. From the interplay between narration, documentary material and light projected onto a screen, a resonance corpus is created: a body full of fear and anxiety, a body injured in war. A body that now can be experienced. Memory becomes tangible and visible. The trauma ascends from the skyscraper onto the screen and reaches the audience.

by
Clarissa Thieme

Germany / Bosnia and Herzegovina 2019

Bosnian, English

Documentary form
8’ · Colour · 2K DCP

World premiere

With

Nedim Alikadic (Off Voice)

Crew

Written and directed by
Clarissa Thieme
Director of Photography
Till Beckmann
Editing
Clarissa Thieme
Sound Design
Christian Obermaier, Jochen Jezussek
Archives Images
Nedim Alikadic
in cooperation with
Library Hamdija Kresevljakovic Video Archive, Sarajevo

Biography

Clarissa Thieme

An artist and filmmaker born in Oldenburg, Germany in 1976, she studied media art at the Berlin University of the Arts and then took a master’s in cultural studies and aesthetic practice at the University of Hildesheim. Her work in film and photography, as well as in performance and text, combines documentary and fictional forms and focuses in diverse contexts on processes of memory, the politics of identity and strategies of translation.

Filmography

2010 Was bleibt; 30 min., Forum Expanded 2010 2012 The Place We Left; 60 min. 2013 Resort; 15 min. 2016 Die DDR hat es nie gegeben / Appell; 4 min. 2018 Today is 11th June 1993; 15 min., Forum Expanded 2018 2019 Can't You See Them? – Repeat.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Clarissa Thieme
www.clarissathieme.com

World sales

Clarissa Thieme
www.clarissathieme.com

Can’t you see them? – Repeat. is also shown as an installation in the Forum Expanded Exhibition.