7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Saturday 09.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

12 a.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Jerusalem My Love
Jeppe Rønde
DK 2003, 73 min, Danish with English subtitles

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

Malinovy zvon / The Sound of Malines
Alina Rudnitskaya
RU/DE 2006, 30 min, Russian with English subtitles

Sanctus, Sanctus
Thomas Werner
GDR 1988, 12 min, German

The Actors of Subliminal History
Christian Pogacean
RO 2004, 2:50 min

Sovetskaja elegija / Soviet Elegy
Alexander Sokurov
USSR 1989, 37 min, Russian with German subtitles

4 p.m. Weinecksaal
Belief in Transition
lecture by Boris Buden, Berlin
Moderation: Solvej Helweg Ovensen

6 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

8 p.m. Weinecksaal
Populist Paradise
Performance by Bernadette La Hengst, Till Müller-Klug, Cal McBride, Featuring: Knarf Rellöm, Pastor Leumund, local special guests

10:30 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Jan Schuijren

Low Attention Span / High Curiosity Rate (Portrait of Peter Elliot)
Tiago Carneiro da Cunha
BR/GB 2000, 7 min

The Idiot
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1999, 7 min, Dutch with English subtitles

Caitlin Hulscher
NL 1994, 2:09 min, English

Die Menschen sind töricht, sie können nicht fliegen / People Are Foolish, They Don't Know How to Fly
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1998, 5 min, German

Qingjing Jing / Purity and Tranquility Scripture
Hung Chih Peng
TW 2004, 19:38 min

Zoals het werd geopenbaard aan Jeroen Eisinga / As It Was Revealed Unto Jeroen Eisinga
Jeroen Eisinga
NL 1998, 8 min

Curious About Existence
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby
CA 2003, 11 min, English

The Wandering Mind
Caitlin Hulscher
NL 1994, 1:54 min

Towards a Common Understanding
Doug Fishbone
US/GB 2005, 12:30 min, English

One Black / One White
Hung Chih Peng
TW 2001, 2:44 min

Naïve Melody
Kerry Tribe
US 2002, 4 min, English

Ralph Jürgen Colmar
GB 2005, 1:30 min, English

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Sakropop „When using a beat band, the volume should be considerate to the congregation!"
commented Djing by Frank Apunkt Schneider, Bamberg (monochrom)

followed by / followed by
DJ Bigbork, Halle & DJ Beatnik, Weimar

Jerusalem, min elskede / Jerusalem My Love

Jeppe Rønde: Jerusalem, min elskede / Jerusalem My Love
Jerusalem My Love is a film about Jerusalem's uncompromising nature of faith. The director's quest for faith becomes the 'little story' that mirrors Jerusalem's 'big story' - a story about loss, repression, and love. The film's 'outer' track follows the 'prophets' in their daily work in the midst of Jerusalem's violence. Each represents the city's three monotheistic religions. Three different and yet not so different men are thus presented to us: the Jewish charity worker, Israel; the Muslim drug rehabilitator, Muhammad; and the American street-prophet, Ted - all of whom have plans of their own for the director. The 'inner' track follows the director's existential search to discover what faith consists of. We see him undergoing hypnosis - in his pursuit of an explanation to help him understand why his beloved Jerusalem and these men made him lose his faith.

Veering between painfully earnest and robustly comic, Jeppe Rønde's highly personal essay charts his quest to regain faith through encounters with prophets and teachers in a land held holy by many. In the opening sequence we are introduced to Jeppe Rønde himself, a young, wild-eyed intellectual type, in scripted conversation with a therapist about his loss of faith which happened during an earlier trip to Jerusalem, where he was making a short, Dancing in the Midst of War. Allusions are made to long-term struggles with a traumatic childhood, dominated by an alcoholic father. Under hypnosis, Rønde conjures up memories of Jerusalem, presented first in slowed-down, night-time footage of someone running through cobbled streets. The following chapters are introduced by Biblical quotes, seemingly records a new trip back to the Middle Eastern metropolis where, Rønde remarks idealistically, "Everyone has faith." A mostly off-camera narrator of the film, Rønde himself comes across as a fairly humorless, sober-sided Scandinavian. But he makes an excellent straight-man for the wiser, wittier but even weirder subjects he encounters. No easy answers are offered, and pic's resolution is only on a personal level with Rønde declaiming on the shrink's couch that he doesn't know if there is a God, "but it's important to me to act if there is one."

Apart from directing and often filming his documentaries himself, Danish filmmaker Jeppe Rønde has also benefited from his professional career as a musician, and as a consequence has been able to compose the music to some of his films. Jerusalem My Love was succeeded by The Swenka's, on the universal process of dealing with loss, overcoming adversity and continuing the hopes of a community, and Rønde is curently working on the final film of his trilogy Faith, Hope & Love.
2003, film still. Courtesy Cosmo Film www.cosmo.dk