Short of the Week: Best Films of the Month

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 in Architecture, Film, Media

After having been selected as a SHORT OF THE WEEK, now LAST LETTERS also made it into the Top 3 films of the month December on the prestigious online platform SHORT OF THE WEEK!

Each day SHORT OF THE WEEK features one handpicked film, which they consider to be among “the greatest and most innovative stories from around the world”. This way SHORT OF THE WEEK has been serving up epic, bite-sized films to millions around the world since 2007.

Please follow this link to read Jason Sondhi’s monthly review and to watch LAST LETTERS.

On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. The film LAST LETTERS follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feels while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

LIFT-OFF SEASON AWARDS nomination

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 in Architecture, Exhibition, Film, Media

 

After each Lift-Off film festival screening, evaluation forms are handed out to the audience in order to evaluate each film. Then those sheets are sent to each participating filmmaker by the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network. The above two sheets evaluated BIKINI WORDS at the London Lift-Off Film Festival and ironically show how hard it is to satisfy an audience as a filmmaker: One might hate a film, whereas someone else might love it.

Despite this I am happy to announce that BIKINI WORDS as the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and after having been screened at Lift-Off global film festival events in Tokyo, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Singapore, Sydney and London, is now nominated for the Lift-Off Season Awards 2016 as a Best Short Documentary Nominee.

At the end of every respective Lift-Off Season the Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network awards from the years programme the creatives behind the best of the indie film having been showcased.

The Lift-Off Season Awards 2016 will be hosted by Brain Jordan Alverez and Stephanie Koenig at Pinewood Studios in London on Friday, January 6th from 6.30 till late.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

LAST LETTERS on THE ATLANTIC

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 in Exhibition, Film

After the short documentaries CHOA and BIKINI WORDS now also LAST LETTERS has been featured as an Editor’s Pick by The Atlantic. Thanks to Nadine Ajaka for showcasing the video! LAST LETTERS is a journey through loss, space and memory. The film commemorates the victims of the tragic Sewol ferry accident, in which 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in 2014.

LAST LETTERS on SHORT OF THE WEEK

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 in Film

LAST LETTERS has been selected as a SHORT OF THE WEEK ! Each day the prestigious online platform Short of the Week features one handpicked film, which they consider to be among “the greatest and most innovative stories from around the world”. This way Short of the Week has been serving up epic, bite-sized films to millions around the world since 2007. Please follow this link to watch LAST LETTERS on Short of the Week and have a look at Jason Sondhi’s much appreciated review (right below the film).

LAST LETTERS. A short documentary

Posted on Dec 12, 2016 in Architecture, Film, Media

On the 16th of April 2014 a ferry en route from Incheon to Jeju Island in Korea capsized. 304 out of 476 passengers and crew members died in this tragic accident. This short film follows eight families that lost loved ones that day, and explores the physical and emotional spaces that the tragedy left behind. The film juxtaposes documentary and fictional elements. It shines a light on this still unsolved tragedy and shows the isolation the families feels while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

More than 2 1/2 years have passed since the Sewol ferry tragedy, which took place on the 16th of April 2014. This day has marked a black day on the Korean calendar ever since for many people. Korea has not been the same again.
Many of the remaining family members of the victims have become engaged in activism due to dissatisfaction with the Korean government and how they handled the tragedy. Nine of the victim’s bodies have never been recovered while the government failed to retrieve the shipwreck to carry out a full investigation. Many people in Korea, not just those affected directly by the tragedy, have many questions about the circumstances of the accident and who should be held responsible for the loss of so many innocent lives. Several Korean filmmakers have tackled the Sewol disaster to examine how this could have happened. And since these documentaries are investigative, I felt I would rather like to create something from a different point of view.

As most of my work is inspired by space and architecture, the living spaces of the remaining family members became the focus of this film. I also wanted to make a documentary film with fictional elements and more of a poetic approach, which hopefully speaks to the families instead of stirring up their anger with hard facts. I hope that this is a film which could bring them some measure of peace in relation to their lost loved ones.

I really hope that this film speaks to the families, but also makes a bigger international audience aware of this dark day in Korean history. This is something the families, who have been abandoned by the Korean government in their search for the truth, are really hoping for.

(Nils)

BIKINI WORDS at London Lift-Off Film Fest

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Architecture, Exhibition, Film

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Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss to be part of their prestigious line up of true independent cinema at this years London Lift-Off Film Festival 2016!

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016, BIKINI WORDS enters the London Lift-Off Film Festival.

Besides the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival BIKINI WORDS has been screened at preceding Lift-Off global film festival events in Tokyo, Las Vegas, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Singapore and Sydney.

James Bradley Co-Director and Co-Founder of Lift-Off says…

The strength of entrants this year was truly remarkable. Getting into any Lift-Off is a big deal; our judges are ruthless, so expect exceptional work at the screenings. We believe this programme is the best we have ever had in our 6-year history of screening films around the world. This is not to be missed!”

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

The film will be screened on Monday the 28th of November 2016 within the Short Programme 1 at 19:45 at Arthouse Cinema – Crouch End – 159A Tottenham Ln, London N8 9BT, UK.

JOURNEY TO LADAKH. A Samsung Promo

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 in Commercial, Film, Media

Three different characters on a journey through the rugged beauty of the Himalayan landscape in and around the town of Leh. As their paths cross we are shown how technology and tradition go hand in hand in this remote part of the world.

CONTENTED is very excited to get the opportunity to work on this project both in terms of working in India and with a big brand like Samsung. None of us had been to India before. Ladakh may not be the India that comes immediately to mind for most people, but it was an extremely evocative place all the same with so much to fascinate and inspire us.

First we had to shake the altitude sickness and figure out how to walk up a flight of stairs without being completely out of breath. After that we could easily see what makes Ladakh and the town of Leh such a popular starting point for visitors who want to explore the Himalayas.

As well as the simple storylines that we had outlined beforehand, we were very keen to capitalise on the character and flavour of the place. We were ably assisted in this by teaming up with an experienced local support team. They pointed us in the right direction and shared some of the many secrets of their home town with us.

We wanted to show in a subtle way how Samsung has a presence even in the most remote communities around the world and how that presence can co-exist without having an adverse effect on the local culture and way of life.

We hope we have succeeded and that you enjoy our film.

(Nils, Neil & Kuiock)

INTERFILM 2016 shows BIKINI WORDS

Posted on Nov 14, 2016 in Architecture, Film

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BIKINI WORDS, a short film by Nils Clauss, will screen at the International Short Film Festival Berlin (Interfilm). The 32nd edition of the festival will take place between the 14th and 20th of November.

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

For everyone interested in watching the video on big screen, the festival offers two screenings:

2016.11.16, 19:00h, Babylon 2
2016.11.18, 19:00h, Passage 1

BIKINI WORDS at Vancouver Lift-Off Film Fest

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 in Film, Media, Uncategorized

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Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss to be part of their prestigious line up of true independent cinema at this years Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival 2016!

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016, BIKINI WORDS enters the Vancouver Lift-Off Film Festival.

BIKINI WORDS will also been screened at proceeding Lift-Off global film festival events in Los Angeles (September), Amsterdam (October), Singapore (Late October), Sydney (November), and London (December).

James Bradley Co-Director and Co-Founder of Lift-Off says…

“Getting into any Lift-Off Film Festival is a massive achievement. The world of independent film has grown so much over the years that many of the grass rooted filmmakers and emerging professionals are left without much of a platform. We felt that many of these artists who were producing exceptional work were being hugely ignored – and deserved to be seen! Our judges are rigorous and we are quickly building a reputation of finding true undiscovered talent.”

BIKINI WORDS focuses on new vocabulary, which evolved amongst factory workers during the rapid industrialisation of South Korea throughout the 1970s and 1980s in order to put names to the radically new aspects of their urbanised lives.

The film will be screened on 1st of August 2016 from 17:00 to 18:30 at Vancity Theater – 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver, Canada. Ticket can be purchased Lift-Off Tickets.

THIS ISLAND IS OURS. Feature Documentary

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 in Film

The territorial dispute between Japan and Korea over the ownership of the Dokdo/Takeshima islets is not limited to state to state relations. In both countries there are citizens’ groups actively engaged in protesting, lobbying and educating the public. This Island is Ours follows a Korean kindergarten caretaker with a background in student activism and a recently widowed Japanese housewife as they campaign tirelessly for the soveignty of the tiny islets that are currently controlled by Korea, but also claimed by Japan. This film creates a rare insight into the lives of the two activists on both sides by presenting their parallel experiences from a neutral point of view.

This documentary results from collaboration between Seoul based filmmaker Nils Clauss and Wellington based Alexander Bukh, a scholar of international relations of Northeast Asia.