7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Thursday 07.09.2006

12 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

2 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Angelika Richter

Ein Wunder
Stanislav Mucha
DE 2000, 7 min,
Polish and German voice over with English subtitles

Saving the World
Maija Blåfield, FI 1999-2005, 55 min,
English and German with English subtitles

4 p.m. Weinecksaal
Artists Talk
with Andrea Büttner and François Bucher
Moderation: Angelika Richter
(in English)

6 p.m. Weinecksaal
Artists Talk
with Korpys/Löffler and Monika Oechsler,
Moderation: Anke Hoffmann

6 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

8 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Angelika Richter

Kasino 2001
Tobias Kipp
DE 2005, 10:30 min, German with English subtitles

Christian Jankowski
DE 1999, 22 min, Italian with English subtitles

Thank You Jesus for the Eternal Present
Owen Land
US 1973, 5 min, English

Sieben bis zehn Millionen
Stefan Panhans
DE 2005, 5:39 min, German

Praise You
Music by Fatboy Slim, directed by Spike Jonze
GB 2001, 3:40 min

Preacher With an Unknown God Rob
Rob VanAlkemade
US 2005, 16 min, English

No Sir, Orison!
Owen Land
US 1975, 3 min, English

10:30 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Waking Life
Richard Linklater
US 2001, 99 min, English

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Red Skies Over Paradise
DJ Ektoplasma, Berlin

Saving the World

Maija Blåfield: Saving the World
Saving the World looks at the reality and its experience through the life of my friend Marcel Bloemendal. Marcel has schizophrenia, which he describes the following way:
"If I did not have it, I could be just boring and average. But now I can save the world."
In the film Marcel takes the place of a travel guide for todays world. Marcel has been incessantly travelling around Europe since 1976, which journey I joined occasionally during the five years period of film making.The film looks at the problematics of normality and abnormality, the usual and unusual, insanity and reality. The main language used in the film and its important element is the common language of today - the broken English.
Marcel believes that he can make an eternal peace in the world. As the weapon industry would collapse in financial crisis in case that all wars would end, they have hired secret agents to eliminate Marcel. He travels from country to another in order to escape the agents, which he always does with the advices of the mystical clearvoyant Madame Pilz.
Maija Blåfield

Maija Blåfield earned her MA at Helsinki Academy for Fine Arts in 2004. Her documentary Saving the World has been shown at numerous film and video festivals and will be presented at MadeInVideo Festival in Kopenhagen in September 2006 where it will be awarded the Main Prize of ART documentary.