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ACFNY SUPPORTED | FILM SCREENING
MOGHEN PARIS – AND ALL COME ALONG
WEDNESDAY, JAN 10 2018 - THURSDAY, JAN 11 2018
Katharina Copony is the recipient of the 2016 Erste Bank's ExtraVALUE Film Award Grant, which she received for Moghen Paris – And All Come Along at the 2016 Viennale. On the occasion of her one-month residency at Deutsches Haus at NYU, Deutsches Haus co-presents together with Anthology Film Archives, Erste Bank, and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York two screenings of Moghen Paris – And All Come Along, on Wednesday, January 10, and Thursday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. Katharina Copony will be present for an audience Q&A and to discuss her work. www.moghenparis.eu
ABOUT THE FILM
It’s the way it is: a billowing structure, a big confusion, un grande casino. Pork ears sticky with blood combined with a plastic sieve become a hat; a desolate heating plate becomes best friend to the man on a leash. The simulta-neous presence of the past and the future: people, plants, objects, animals – even dead things – resemble vital actors in an ensemble that almost accidentally and spontaneously comes together. A kind of mythology evolves, adhering to absolutely no order. Like a child’s dream come true, without sense in the best sense of the word.
Katharina Copony’s Moghen Paris – And All Come Along is the filmic translation of this structure, a carnival procession in a Sardinian mountain village, a spectacle most unique by virtue of its unruliness. In this respect, no narrative meaning is provided, but instead filmic sense is made: Moghen Paris – And All Come Along is the ecstasy resulting from the meeting of carnival with cinema.
At the same time the text by Andreas L. Hofbauer somehow whirrs through the film and is ungraspable. “Blacken, take off armor, raise visors, dress in new winged body jewelry.” Everything evades control, also the words. Black-faced visages, bell tones, roaring motors, everything is in state of permanent transformation. Only the ancient cork trees in the forest seem to be still. But even here one can sense thousands and thousands of tiny insects – an anarchic ensemble in miniature.
Emily Artmann/Translation: Eve Heller
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Katharina Copony lives and works as a freelance filmmaker in Berlin and Vienna. Born in Graz/Austria she studied visual media art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and in Berlin. She was Artist in Residence in Moriya, Rome, London, and Sarajevo. As a script supervisor she participated in several feature films. Currently she teaches at the University of the Arts in Berlin. Coming from the field of video art and photography, her focus today lays on artistic documentary film. Her work is shown internationally and won several awards.
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