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Philip Scheffner: Havarie (still)

Video installation
Philip Scheffner: Havarie

March 3 – May 31, 2018
Goethe Media Space @ Goethe-Institut Toronto, 100 University Ave., North Tower, 2nd floor.
Tue 1 pm–6 pm; Wed + Thu 3 pm–7:30 pm; Sat 9:30 am–1:30 pm
Free and open to the public

HAVARIE (Germany 2016, 93 min), directed by Philip Scheffner, with Rhim Ibrir, Abdallah Benhamou, Leonid Savin, Terry Diamond
video installation

Presented by the Goethe-Institut Toronto
with Hot Docs Festival, Images Festival, and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

On September 14, 2012, at 2:56 PM, the cruise ship Adventure of the Seas reported the sighting of a damaged boat, with 13 people on board, to Spanish sea rescue. From a YouTube clip and biographical audio scenes, a choreography emerges, reflecting the past, present and future of the travellers on the boat and on the Mediterranean cruise ship.

Documentary filmmaker Philip Scheffner stretched out the cellphone footage that Irish tourist Terry Diamond shot from the deck of the ocean cruiser so that three minutes became ninety. The film almost feels like watching a photo that is accompanied by a soundscape.

During the work on this film, images overtook reality. Havarie responds to this by condensing sound and disassociating it from the image to create a space of perception that allows the viewer to experience their own position without ever losing sight of the subject at hand: a cinematic coup of true radicalism.
(Berlinale)

"Havarie is a curious beast. The sense of urgency and fear is undeniable, and Havarie makes for a powerful viewing experience." - The Upcoming

Berlinale Forum 2016
German Film Critics Award 2017
Best Editing in an International Feature at RIDM - Montreal International Documentary Festival 2016

Philip Scheffner, born 1966 in Homburg/Saar, lives and works as an artist and filmmaker in Berlin. He has been working as a visual artist since 1985. His feature-length creative documentaries "The Halfmoon Files", "Day of the Sparrow" and "Revision" won numerous awards and were lauded by international critics. He runs the production platform pong and composes and produces electronic music.

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“Havarie” is part of of the Goethe-Institut’s focus on cultures of participation, which will continue with the Culture Talks @ Goethe series “Writing On: Readings & Conversations with Authors from Conflict Areas”, starting April 6, 2018.


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Program Curator
Goethe-Institut Toronto
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