Christoph Janetzko : Lowlands

A DVD from redavocadofilm with 4 films by German filmmaker Christoph Janetzko

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Christoph Janetzko is one of the most important German filmmakers of the post-iconic era. This collection is the first-ever reproduction of his films on DVD.

35 years of filmmaking. Of struggling, of not succumbing. Of resisting, of fighting, of succeeding. In short: a working life of highest artistic integrity. A working life of films not about art but films as art “Experimental films are narrative as well. They tell stories about time and space.” (Janetzko).

Almost all of his films are reflections of places he lived or worked in. (M = Manhattan; Fenster and Change = Brunswick; River Colors = Chao Phraya, Sisom = Bangkok. But also On Ludlow In Blau = New York belong here). So with some justification they could also be classified as alternative documentaries. ‘Alternative’ like in contemplative and poetic, like documents about an artificial reality, never determined by ideological views but by the expressiveness of its visions and the logic of its sequential order (River Colors, Poetry and Reggae…). Janetzko prefers to look at surfaces, the topography of things which in turn often lends itself to more and more meditative views. Meditative views that can be experienced on different levels while watching his films (particularly in Change). In order to achieve these imagined surfaces, he often was forced to test the limits of available technology: from in-camera (Fenster) via the optical printer (SN) to digital post on analogue shots (Sisom) and back to chemistry (and sticky tape) (Axe). Arguably, he even made the first-ever Experimental Film shot in RAW and 4K (Arnos Tonlabor).

Titles included in the DVD (in running order):

  1. S1, 1985, 15 mins
  2. Vom Fluss – River Colors, 1994, 60 mins
  3. Arnos Tonlabor, 2010, 8 mins
  4. Self-Portrait, 2014, 42 mins

Self-Portrait (2014) was conceived and produced by Janetzko exclusively for inclusion as bonus material on this DVD.

A comprehensive pdf about Christoph Janetzko containing texts, documents and photographs can be downloaded free-of-charge on purchase of the DVD (download code on inner DVD cover).

Author(s) Christoph Jantezko
Format DVD PAL Interzone/Region 0
Year 1985-2014
Language(s) English
Runtime 123 min
Publisher redavocadofilms

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