7. Werkleitz Biennale Happy Believers
Festival Program
Picture Gallery
german version
Sunday 10.09.2006

11 a.m.
exhibition guided tour

12 a.m. Konzertmuschel
Midday Mass
by Pastor Leumund, Berlin

1 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Introduction by Anke Hoffmann

Der Optionist
Sylvie Boisseau & Frank Westermeyer
DE 2004, 4:30 min, English

Cao Fei
CN 2004, 8 min

We Have Decided Not To Die
Daniel Askill
AU 2003, 11:30 min

L'Eau du Guide
Léopold Rabus
FR 2005, 17 min, French with English subtitles

The Flying Project
Joel Tauber
2003, 33 min, English

Niklas Goldbach
DE 2003, 10:30 min

3 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
The Gods of Times Square
Richard Sandler
USA 2001, 114 min, video, English

3 p.m.
exhibition guided tour

6 p.m. Weinecksaal / Cinema
Change of Programme!
Unfortunately the film "Technocalyps", which was planned to be screened, can not be shown.
Instead, we will repeat the following films:
6 p.m. Jeppe Ronde Jerusalem My Love
8 p.m. Rick Minnich Heaven on Earth

10 p.m. Happy Believers Club
Rock My Religion
DJ Aguirre, Werkleitz


Cao Fei: CosPlayers
Cao Fei's film work plays with a plot from a surreal world. Young people transform into heroes of a (computer) game universe. They dress up in the characters' costumes, becoming elves, princesses, and knights. They believe that the costume and make-up lend them magical powers, allowing them to surpass reality's limits. As heroes of a fairy-tale world, the young people enter the actual public world, on the street of a Chinese major city, to use their magical powers for a struggle in an imaginary world.
Outfitted with their dream identity, they flee into the parallel worlds of the game, where plagued souls devise their own rules: the world can be divided into 'good' and 'evil', and it's all the easier to stand courageous and decisive on one side. The escapism to the imagination protects from insult, injury and misunderstanding, providing a sense of security and comfort ? even if only for the duration of a game.

Cao Fei is a film and video artist. Central in her works are the issues of 'speed urbanism' in China and the social and economic processes of transformation in both city and country, for example in Da Zha Lan Project.