Ben Rivers, Pedro Costa
Location: Theater Kikker
Fireflies moderates an intimate discussion between two of contemporary cinema’s most singular and stimulating artists, Pedro Costa and Ben Rivers, to complement the screening of seven of their films at Impakt. Situated on opposite sides of the digital/analogue divide, both directors employ radically different aesthetics to craft sublime, thought-provoking portraits of our world.
Ben Rivers― Artist
Ben Rivers is an artist and experimental filmmaker based in London. His work has been shown in many film festivals and galleries around the world and has won numerous awards. His work ranges from themes about exploring unknown wilderness territories to candid and intimate portrayals of real-life subjects. Rivers’ practice as a filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction. Often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society, the raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds. Rivers uses near-antique cameras and hand develops the 16mm film, which shows the evidence of the elements it has been exposed to – the materiality of this medium forming part of the narrative. More information can be found on his website.
Pedro Costa― Artist
Pedro Costa is a Portuguese filmmaker acclaimed for using his ascetic style to depict the marginalised people in desperate living situations. His films are always filmed with digital techniques and set in a district of Lisbon inhabited by socially disadvantaged and shot in a natural and low-key way in documentary format.