Films 2014

Dalwaqt jasal il-Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura. Għall-edizzjoni tas-sena li għaddiet, 2014, konna għamilna dan il-film, imnebbaħ mill-poeżiji “Dedika” u “Eleġija” ta’ Doreen Micallef. Proġett ta’ Inizjamed, b’fondi mill-fondazzjoni Valletta 2018 – European Capital of Culture. Il-film tal-2015 inħadem minn Edward Said – aħbar eċitanti immens għax ix-xogħlijiet ta’ Ed minn dejjem kellhom leħen u perspettiva partikolari. Ħadd qatt ma kien daqshekk kapaċi, ħlief Cecil Satariano f’Katarin, biex jaqbad ħjiel tal-ispirtu Malti li jiġġerra fix-xagħri, fuq il-blat, fit-triqat dojoq mismutin mix-xemx. ARA Eleġija hawnhekk

Film tal-2014

Il-film Eleġija fuq l-internet

Fil-Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta’ Malta tal-2014, Inizjamed, b’finanzjament tal-Fondazzjoni Valletta 2018, ikkummissjonat film imnebbaħ mill-poeżija ta’ Doreen Micallef. Dan huwa proġett bi sħab li permezz tiegħu se nikkummissjonaw film tal-poeżija” kull sena sal-2018. Il-film Eleġija nħadem mid-diretttur bravu Ken Scicluna, bi produzzjoni ta’ Lighthouse Group u Seaward Films. Il-film fih 17-il minuta.

Il-film issa jista’ jarah kulħadd u jinsab hawnhekk: https://vimeo.com/105366986

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Albert Gatt jintervista lil Ken Scicluna

ELEĠIJA

Film miktub minn
Kenneth Scicluna

Maħdum minn fuq il-poeżiji
DEDIKA u ELEĠIJA
ta’ Doreen Micallef

Inizjattiva ta’ Inizjamed u V18
għall-Festival Mediterranju tal-Letteratura ta’ Malta 2014

Atturi:

Erica Muscat (Erika)
Sharon Bezzina (Charlotte)
Andre Penza (John)

elegija llejla

The films Gilgamesh’s Snake and In the Beginning are a result of a commission from Reel Festivals as part of Reel Iraq 2013 and funded by Literature Across Frontiers and the British Council.

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http://roxanavilk.com/gilgameshs-snake

Here is some information on Gilgamesh’s Snake from the director, Roxana Vilk:

Based on a poem by Ghareeb Iskander, Directed/Produced & filmed by Roxana Vilk, Edited by Maryam Ghorbankarimi and Sound Design & Music Peter Vilk, Poem translation by John Glenday, bridging translation by Lauren Pyott and Assistant Director James Sadri.
In January 2013 I was invited to create films inspired by poets and poems I encountered from both Iraq and Scotland as part of the Reel Iraq festival in Erbil. It was an incredible trip and an honour to work with Reel Festivals again.
I first heard Ghareeb Iskander’s poem, during a magical evening in the mountain village of Shaqlawa when the poets were sharing the fruits of the first days of translating each others works over a glass of wine.. or two….
As John Glenday read out in English his translation of Ghareeb’s poem, I was immediately struck by the imagery in it and how the sentiment resonated with how I felt on coming to Iraq for the first time – a mixture of feeling the weight of the history mixed with an aching sense of loss.
I should also add at this point that the poem in the film is an extract of a much longer work ( in three acts) on Gilgamesh.
Image wise I was drawn to empty sites across Erbil. First of all the many building sites that lay scattered across much of the city and how they had this haunted quality – almost like abandoned old theatres.
I was also drawn to filming in the empty ancient Citadel in the centre of Erbil which dates back over 3,000 years and had 3 years ago been emptied of its inhabitants to be preserved as a UNESCO site.
Both these locations resonated with the emotional landscape in Ghareeb’s poem for me and also lent visual space to house the images he was creating in the language.

It was pouring with torrential rain for most of our trip which seemed fitting in some way with the sound world of Ghareeb’s poem and one morning I asked him to walk through an empty building site, reciting his poem in his mind, as the rain dripped loudly on the floor of the empty site.
In terms of colour I wanted to reflect back Erbil exactly as I encountered it in January – devoid of much colour and somehow the locations had a monochromatic feel. So our ever sharp eyed editor Maryam Ghorbankarimi and I worked together strip the images back of colour and then use just touches of colour to create contrast.
Sound designer and composer Peter Vilk used the found real location sounds I had recorded Iraq ( such as the rain) which he then treated and manipulated with his software to create his sound design score, alongside a melody he wrote on the piano.
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For those interested in technicals – I filmed on a Canon 7D and captured seperate sound on a Zoom stereo Mic, synching the sound later in the edit.
Commissioned by Reel Festivals as part of their Iraq Project 2013 and funded by Literature Across Frontiers and the British Council.

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http://roxanavilk.com/in-the-beginning

Here is some information on In the Beginning from the director, Roxana Vilk:

In the Beginning is an experimental film poem directed by Roxana Vilk and based on poetry by the acclaimed Iraqi poet, Zaher Mousa. The style of the poem is loosely based on the idea of a creation myth exploring the elements, wind, fire, water and earth.
The poem explores the feelings of an Iraqi living through the realities of life in Iraq and how the continuing violence and conflicts have affected the way he sees the world around him.
These films are a result of a commission from Reel Festivals as part of Reel Iraq 2013 and funded by Literature Across Frontiers and the British Council.
Based on a poem by Zaher Mousa Directed/Produced & filmed by Roxana Vilk, Edited by Maryam Ghorbankarimi and Sound Design & Music Peter Vilk, Poem translation by John Glenday, bridging translation by Lauren Pyott and Assistant Director James Sadri.
In January 2013 I was invited to create films inspired by poets and poems I encountered from both Iraq and Scotland as part of the Reel Iraq festival in Erbil. It was an incredible trip and an honour to work with Reel Festivals again.

For more information about Roxana’s films visit http://www.roxanavilk.com

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