Frost is a landmark European film, cementing Fred Kelemen as an inheritor of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Werner Herzog. This three-hour epic 16mm film focuses on a mother and son fleeing her abusive husband in Berlin and wandering the former East Germany seeking a town that has long since vanished. Set during a sunless Christmas, Frost slowly unfolds during their one-week odyssey across glacial landscapes, towards peace. Introduced by the film critic Jonathan Romney.
One of the boldest German filmmakers of the last 20-years, critic Susan Sontag compared Kelemen’s “urgently relevant” work to Alexander Sokurov and Bela Tarr. He garnered attention for his 1990s trilogy – Fate, Frost and Nightfall. Believing in “time and not in speed”, meditations on human dissolution, cruelty and loneliness unfold at somnambulant pace. Set amongst Europe’s late-capitalist underclass of the unemployed and dispossessed, he captures nocturnal urban low-life with beauty.
Dir. Fred Kelemen, 201mins + Intro, 1997
Fred Kelemen was born in West Berlin, he studied directing and cinematography at the German Film & TV Academy in Berlin from 1989 to 1994. His diploma film Fate received the German National Film Award in 1995. Following this he directed Frost (1997/98), Nightfall (1999) and Fallen (2005), each drawing international attention and awards including several FIPRESCI Awards. He has collaborated extensively as cinematographer with several film directors including Joseph Pitchhadze (Sweets, 2012), Béla Tarr (Journey to the Plain, 1995; The Man from London, 2007; The Turin Horse, 2011), Rudolf Thome (The Visible and the Invisible, 2006) and Gariné Torossian (Stone, Time, Touch, 2005). Retrospectives of his work have been presented at Anthology Film Archives, New York; Tate Modern, London; the Hungarian National Film Theatre, Budapest and at cinemas, film museums and film festivals worldwide. Kelemen is a member of the German Film Academy, the European Film Academy (EFA) and of the European Cultural Parliament (ECP).
Curated by AV Festival 12. Regional Premiere.
£5 / £3.50
Thu 8 March 2012, 8.30pm-12am
Newcastle NE1 2NP