Sa 10. November 2012
Impressions of the Düsseldorf Kunstfilmtag 2009
by Frauke Tomczak
The Art-Film-Day was a great success. Spread over the day, some 400 visitors participated in the truly
mammoth program of a total of 11 film sections with lively interest. In the screening room an atmosphere
of concentrated attention prevailed throughout, which could not be interrupted neither through banging of
doors nor the one or other murmured comment: an intensity, which was distinctly due to the quality of the
The sections were well arranged, excellently compiled and well super-titled.
Each part offered surprising, original, in part even top-class film works, which were not just theme-related
but which opened new horizons for the picture- and sound design.
As concentrated the atmosphere in the room, as lively, animated and relaxed was the mood during the
conversations in the foyer accompanied by excellent Indian food. On many occasions one could snap up
passages from discussions and comments to the films. Amid the voice- and people mayhem one could
observe visitors who concentrated on the film loops in the stairwell and, for strange reasons, there was an
almost contemplative calm in the adjacent appendix, which was also equipped with two loops, despite an
open door. Also the two sections with collegiate works to the topic received an interested resonance.
The mix: attentive perception on one hand, lively exchange on the other, combined with the aplomb of
giving preference to the communication at the right moment without getting the feeling to have missed
something the art of balance, which characterised the entire Art-Film-Day 2009. The announcement at the
exhilarant opening speech of Doris Krystof, curator at the K 21, that an intensive and multifaceted program
would capture the viewers has been beautifully fulfilled on the 19.12. in the Düsseldorfer Malkasten.