AV FESTIVAL 14: FILMS
Wed 5 March 2014 – Wed 26 March 2014

The Festival film programme consists of weekly screenings, a special weekend on Postcolonial Cinema, and a focus on Wang Bing including three UK premieres of his films. The Postcolonial Cinema Weekend welcomes leading filmmakers in person to screen their rarely seen films, which address the complex histories of past colonial inequalities.

The weekly film series provides a spotlight on current documentary practice, including four UK premieres. With a thematic focus on depictions of global extraction industries and mining, the films reveal an exciting range of approaches to nonfiction from the essay-film to experimental 16mm. Many of the films explore the politics and economics of extraction, by looking at global trade, industrial history, abandoned ideologies, and government corruption. All these films have never been shown in the region before so don’t miss them.

Sight & Sound are media partner for AV Festival 14: Extraction


Wang Bing: Crude Oil

Sat 1 – Mon 31 March 2014

Stephenson Works

Wang Bing’s epic fourteen-hour film follows the long working day of crude oil extractors in China’s remote Qinghai province. This used to be the country’s poorest... more


Wang Bing: West of the Tracks Part I: Rust

Sat 1 March 2014, 1–5.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most monumental achievement in the Chinese... more


Michael Snow: La Région Centrale

Sat 1 March 2014, 1.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This 1971 masterpiece of experimental cinema, presents the landscape in a way never seen before by the human eye... more


Bruce McClure: Showshadows Surrounded by Obscurity

Sat 1 March 2014

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

Bruce McClure’s immersive 16mm projector performances use the phenomena of visual flicker... more



A talk by Bruce McClure

Sun 2 March 2014, 10.30am–12pm

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Level 1

This talk by artist Bruce McClure, revisited his 16mm projector performance from the... more


Wang Bing: West of the Tracks Part II: Remnants

Sun 2 March 2014, 12–3pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most monumental achievement in the Chinese... more


The Otolith Group: Medium Earth

Sun 2 March 2014, 1.45pm

Tyneside Cinema

Medium Earth is a visual essay on the millennial time of geology and the seismic psyche of the state of California. It focuses on... more


Bill Morrison and Jóhann Jóhannsson: The Miners' Hymns

Wed 5 March 2014, 7.30pm

Sage Gateshead

Forma and Sage Gateshead present a live performance of The Miners’ Hymns by American artist... more



Wang Bing: West of the Tracks - Part III: Rails

Mon 3 March 2014, 5.45–8.15pm

Tyneside Cinema

Wang Bing’s three-part, nine-hour portrait of industrial decline is considered the most... more


Wang Bing: Coal Money

Tue 4 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This short documentary follows a convoy of trucks on the coal road linking the Shanxi mines with the large port of Tianjin, in northern China. Along the route we... more


Wang Bing: Man with No Name

Tue 4 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Man with No Name is an intimate portrait of an anonymous man living in a deserted wasteland in an unnamed part of China. He lives in an underground... more


Noël Burch & Allan Sekula: The Forgotten Space

Wed 5 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

This epic essay film journeys around the world, to the ports of Rotterdam, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Bilbao, to construct a... more



Nicolas Rey: SCHUSS!

Thu 6 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Nicolas Rey's first feature begins as a documentary about everyday life in a French ski resort. Gradually the film's attention shifts to the dominant presence of the... more


Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Pays Barbare

Fri 7 March 2014, 8.45pm 

Tyneside Cinema

This new work selects and edits recently discovered Italian colonial films of the 1920s and 1930s, to show the atrocities of... more


Gabriel Abrantes: Palacios de Pena

Sat 8 March 2014, 11.30am

Star and Shadow Cinema

In a parable on guilt and oppression, which alludes to aspects of Portuguese colonial history, two cousins... more


Sven Augustijnen: Spectres

Sat 8 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Fifty years after his assassination, Patrice Lumumba, Prime Minister of the newly independent Congo, is back to haunt Belgium. Through commemorations... more



Duncan Campbell: It for Others

Sat 8 March 2014, 5pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Duncan Campbell has taken Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ 1953 film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) as both source and artefact, to pursue a... more


Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Images of the East, Barbaric Tourism

Sat 8 March 2014, 9pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The filmmakers use footage shot in India by tourists in the late 1920s to illustrate the elitist attitudes... more


Gabriel Abrantes: A History of Mutual Respect, Liberdade, Ornithes

Sun 9 March 2014, 11am

Star and Shadow Cinema

Shot in Portugal, Brazil and Argentina, A History of Mutual Respect, 2010, responds to... more


Mathieu Kleyebe Abbonenc with Will Rose: Africa Addio

Sun 9 March 2014, 2pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Made in 1966 by Italian filmmakers Gualtiero Jacopetti and Franco E. Prosperi, Africa Addio is a shock-documentary... more



Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: Electric Fragments Nos. 4, 5: Asia-Africa

Sun 9 March 2014, 5.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Archival material from the 1970s reveals social problems in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir... more


Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi: From the Pole to the Equator

Sun 9 March 2014, 8.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This experimental film is drawn from the 1910 archives of Luca Comerio a pioneering... more


The Otolith Group: The Radiant

Mon 10 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

On March 11, 2011, the Great Tohoku Earthquake struck the northeast coast of Japan, triggering a tsunami that killed tens of thousands and caused the... more


Kaoru Ikeya: Roots

Tue 11 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of this tender and humorous film about Naoshi, a 79 year old lumber man from the Kesen district, won awards at the Berlin Film Festival... more



Michael Madsen: Into Eternity

Wed 12 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

Into Eternity is an award-winning documentary about long-term safety issues in nuclear energy production. The film is set at ’Onkalo’ the world’s... more


Nikolaus Geyrhalter: Pripyat

Thu 13 March 2014, 6pm 

Tyneside Cinema

After the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, a 20-mile restricted zone was erected around the nuclear power plant, and 116,000 people were evacuated from the area... more


J.P. Sniadecki, Huang Xiang, Xu Ruotao: Yumen

Mon 17 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

Set in the largely abandoned town of Yumen in China’s western Gansu province, a once-thriving, oil-rich community in the 1980s... more


Ulrike Franke & Michael Loeken: Losers and Winners

Tue 18 March 2014, 7.30pm 

Star and Shadow Cinema

For one and a half years, the filmmakers watched the most modern coke factory in the world, located in Germany’s... more



Rachel Boynton: Big Men

Wed 19 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

This UK premiere follows Big Men’s acclaimed debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. It documents Dallas-based oil company Kosmos Energy between 2007 and 2011... more


Andreas Horvath: Earth's Golden Playground

Thu 20 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of this new documentary by Andreas Horvath depicts a modern day gold rush. Set in the legendary Klondike... more


Pat Collins: Silence

Fri 21 March 2014, 8.30pm

Tyneside Cinema

Silence follows the journey of a sound recordist returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years, to record landscapes free from man-made sound... more


Pat Collins: Tim Robinson: Connemara

Sat 22 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The artist, writer and cartographer Tim Robinson has been extensively mapping and studying Connemara, in the west of Ireland, for... more



Kief Davidson & Richard Ladkani: The Devil's Miner

Mon 24 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

The Devil's Miner follows two brothers as they work in the Bolivian silver mines of Cerro Rico, in which over eight million... more


Adrien Lecouturier: Fiebres

Tue 25 March 2014, 7.30pm

Star and Shadow Cinema

This atmospheric new film by Adrien Lecouturier is set on the high Amazonian plateaus of Venezuela, amongst the gold and diamond mines. Fiebres follows the... more


Victor Lopes: Serra Pelada – The Legend of the Gold Mountain

Wed 26 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The UK premiere of Serra Pelada follows its recent debut at the Rio International Film Festival... more


Wang Bing: The Ditch

Thu 27 March 2014, 6pm

Tyneside Cinema

The Ditch focuses on the suffering of thousands of Chinese deported for re-education in the Jiabiangou forced labour camp in the Gobi Desert between 1957 and... more