Basel, May 20, 2021
Bildrausch presents its new kaleidoscope
On the occasion of its 10th birthday, Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel presents a new programme: Kaleidoscope celebrates the diversity of international cinema. The programme shows the whole range of contemporary filmmaking, from genre classics to artistic experiments. All films are presented as Swiss premieres and, if possible, in the presence of the filmmakers.
In our new programme Kaleidoscope, worlds and films are reflected in each other, the big in the small, a multi-layered and dazzling picture of our time emerges. Here we explore the depths of cinema in its entire spectrum, assembling current works ranging from visually beguiling art experiments to genre films that stand for the power and diversity of the seventh art.
But our Kaleidoscope also establishes connections and references, to other works in the festival programme and to film history.
Thus, a cinematic dialogue between Dennis Hopper and Orson Welles (Hopper/Welles, 1970/2020) stands next to the directorial debut of Japanese acting star Joe Odagiri (They Say Nothing Stays the Same, 2019), the work of American film archaeologist Bill Morrison next to the works of Austrian film distiller Siegfried A. Fruhauf.
The prominently cast American feature film by Norwegian director, writer and actress Mona Fastvold (The World to Come, 2021, with Vanessa Kirby and Casey Affleck) stands next to a long-censored classic of Iranian film history (The Deer, 1974) and a documentary on the long-term impact of the Sicilian Cosa Nostra (La mafia non è più quella di una volta, 2019) next to a documentary collage on the women's volleyball team of the textile company Nichibo (Les sorcières de l'Orient, 2021) or the Basque director Oskar Alegria’s essay Zumiriki, which is as artistic as it is personal.