‘All atmosphere and place, the invocation of fear and spirit, relived moments, loss and hope. Both films are a kind of return, a doubling f memory and presence.’
MIF has an inspirational forerunner in commissioning organisation Artangel. For MIF11 the two organisations worked with artists Anri Sala and Šejla Kamerić who created 1395 Days Without Red, two powerful films about the siege of Sarajevo. Atmospheric and haunting, the films follow a young woman as she moves through the city, while an orchestra rehearsing Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, the Pathétique provides an aural backdrop. Audiences at the Whitworth Art Gallery watched, transfixed, as this beautiful woman ran for her life through the war ravaged streets.
Running alongside 1395 Days Without Red was a collection of Artangel’s previous film commissions, including Tony Oursler’s droll son et lumière after dark in Whitworth Park and Atom Egoyan’s mordantly humours Steenbeckett, a labyrinth of 16mm film whirring endlessly though a darkened gallery.
Both of these commissions played to record audiences at the Whitworth.
1395 Days without Red commissioned by Artangel with Manchester International Festival, Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester), Fundació Museu D’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA), Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam), enabled by Han Nefkens, H+F patronage, Festival d’Automne (Paris), Arts Council England, European Cultural Foundation, Film Fund Sarajevo, Marian Goodman Gallery (New York), Hauser & Wirth (London & Zurich).
Co-produced by Artangel and SCCA/pro.ba.
Projections produced by Artangel, Whitworth Art Gallery & Manchester International Festival.