We are proud to present Marcus Romer as guest at AMIFF 2016. Marcus ia a director, filmmaker and writer, currently Creative Director of ArtsBeacon UK, delivering Live to Digital projects.
Knut Åsdam is a Norwegian filmmaker, installation artist, sculptor and photographer, exhibited internationally. Åsdam will be a guest at AMIFF 2016, and a retrospective programme of his films will be shown. The programme is a part of a curatorial project at the festival, led by curator Hanne Hammer Stien, focusing on urban life in the Arctic, and asking questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
Hanne Hammer Stien is an art historian who works as a freelance curator and writer in Tromsø, Northern Norway. Stien will curate a programme at AMIFF 2016 that includes a retrospective programme of films by Norwegian artist Knut Åsdam and a site specific outdoor installation by Georgia Munnik, a young artist living in Northern Norway. The curatorial project focuses on urban life in the Arctic, and it asks questions of how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power. There will be a panel discussion on this theme during the festival.
Artist Britt Hatzius will visit AMIFF with her exciting and thoughtprovoking interactive project "Blind Cinema". Britt works in photography, video, film and performance. Her work refers to or often takes the format of the moving image, both in its technical and conceptual form, exploring ideas around language, interpretation and the potential for discrepancies, ruptures, deviations and (mis-) communication.
Norwegian art critic, curator and writer, Marit Paasche, will visit AMIFF 2016. Paashce will hold a lecture in connection with the screening of "Hiroshima mon Amour" (1959, Alain Resnais). The lecture is based on a chapter from Paasches own book Another Canvas. Four stories about film and art (Feil forlag, 2013). Please note that the lecture will be in Norwegian, and the film will have English subtitles.
One of the first guests AMIFF presents is director Knut Erik Jensen, born in Honningsvåg in 1940 and came to Harstad as a refugee in 1945. He has a long and strong film career behind him, and perhaps the most famous of his films is the documentary "Cool and Crazy "from 2001. At the festival he will present his next planned film; "A longing for the present", which will deal with reconstruction of the most northern part of Norway, Finnmark, after WW2. In addition, the festival will show his breakthrough film "Stella Polaris", which in a poetic way also addresses the marks WW2 left in Finnmark.
The first guest AMIFF presents is director Knut Andersen, born in Harstad in 1931 and raised here, and with 14 feature films and numerous television productions from a long and strong career. The festival showcases some of his films, and he will tell about his childhood in Harstad, and his career. Some clips Andersen filmed while living in Harstad as a youngster will be shown – unique archive material from Harstad in the 1940s!