SESSION SIX: RICHTER/BEAUVAIS

Sunday 29 March, 18:00-20:00, ICA 

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Double bill of experimental works exploring the personal and the everyday

Films: Every Day (Ein Werktag), Hans Richter, UK-Switzerland, 1929, DCP, 16 minutes, UK premiere

Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle), Frank Beauvais, France, 2018, DCP, French with English subtitles, 73 minutes, UK premiere

The screening will be introduced by critic and researcher Erika Balsom.

With the support of CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership and the Swiss Cinémathèque.

This restoration of Hans Richter’s Ein Werktag (literally ‘A Working Day’ but known as ‘Every Day’) brings to present-day audiences a project that Richter began in 1929 as a filmmaking experiment at the London Film Society and continued to edit and re-edit over several decades. On the theme of work and its daily routines, the film mixes found footage with material shot by Richter and includes contributions from Sergei Eisenstein and other film folk of the period.

Frank Beauvais’s debut feature, Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream (Ne croyez surtout pas que je hurle), is a scintillating shot in the arm for the autobiographical found-footage film, constructed entirely from short, arresting clips from the 400 or so films of every stripe that the director took to watching during a troubled period of his life (and in the world at large). This is cinephilia as pathological obsession, but also a purgative means to help Beauvais cope with pain and isolation in the wake of a failed relationship and exacerbated by exile in provincial Alsace where he grew up. The film has become something of a sensation in Beauvais’s native France and appeared on numerous best-of lists last year.

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