7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Wednesday 06.09.2006

7 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Grußworte von Prof. Dr. Jan-Hendrik Olbertz, Kultusminister des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt;
Peter Zorn, Biennale Co-Director
und vom Kuratorium der Biennale.

Powers of Ten
Charles and Ray Eames
US 1977, 9 min, English

Adrian Paci
AL 2005, 14 min, English
Courtesy Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zürich

Magical World
Johanna Billing
SE 2005, 6:12 min, loop
Courtesy of Johanna Billing and Hollybush Gardens, London

8:30 p.m.
Opening of the Exhibition

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
eternal sunshine
audio visual performance
by d.m. hirsch and Familie Blender; Halle, Berlin, Wien

11 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Heaven On Earth
Rick Minnich
DE 2001, 52 min, English with German subtitles

Heaven On Earth

Rick Minnich: Heaven On Earth
Branson, Missouri. Some call it the New Nashville or the Las Vegas of the Bible Belt. Over the past ten years, nearly 40 theatres have risen off the ground in this once sleepy Ozark Mountain town of fewer than 4000 inhabitants. Here in America's heartland, country legends and television and stage stars from yesteryear have reincarnated themselves and offer up good ol'patriotic, Christian entertainment to six million tourists. Light-hearted and ironic, Heaven on Earth takes a look behind the scenes at this mythical American town. We meet colourful figures and see the spectacular resurrection of Jesus in the musical The Promise. This is a film about God, country and country music.

Full of curiosity and with a sense of irony, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich, who now lives in Berlin, keeps on searching for his old homeland – the US. The result: documentary films that provide an amusing insider-view from the outside – an America beyond the large cities, one we have never seen before.