Fred Kelemen, Nightfall, 1999. © the artist

Slow Cinema Weekend, Star and Shadow Cinema, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Slow Cinema Weekend, Star and Shadow Cinema, 2012. Photo: Colin Davison. Courtesy of AV Festival 12

Fred Kelemen’s third feature is a devastating, tender and sublime masterpiece. Expanding the location to Portugal integrates the Fado tradition of love and death ballads into this depiction of a single night in the lives of an estranged couple. Combining 35mm long-takes with video close-ups, the black depravity of the night surrounds them like a long sad song. 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, 140mins + Intro, 1999

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.

Nightfall / Abendland
Dir. Fred Kelemen

£5 / £3.50

Fri 9 March 2012, 6pm-8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Stepney Bank
Newcastle NE1 2NP