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. 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.

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

BURBERRY. Seoul Flagship Store

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Architecture, Commercial, Photography

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The British luxury fashion brand Burberry commissioned Nils Clauss to photograph their first Korean flagship store in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul. The construction of the 13 story Burberry Seoul flagship store was overseen by Christopher Bailey, the CEO and chief creative officer of Burberry. For more images please follow this link.

Bikini Words on DIRECTORS NOTES

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Architecture, Exhibition, Film, Media

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Thanks to DIRECTORS NOTES for a very extensive feature on BIKINI WORDS.

Directors Notes is a website dedicated to giving a voice to independent filmmakers, covering aspects of filmmaking from concept to completion.

BIKINI WORDS on The Creators Project

Posted on Jan 19, 2016 in Architecture, Exhibition, Film, Media

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Thanks to Beckett Mufson for a nice review of BIKINI WORDS on The Creators Project. Much appreciated!

VIMEO STAFF PICK for Bikini Words

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 in Architecture, Exhibition, Film, Media, Uncategorized

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GREAT NEWS! BIKINI WORDS has been selected as a VIMEO STAFF PICK. This totals 5 Staff Picks during the past 5 years! So far VIMEO has been an amazing platform and I am truly thankful for all their support. Also I would like to thank everyone, who has been actively supporting me as a filmmaker. All those collaborations throughout the years have been very inspirational and taught me a hell of a lot. A big shout-out to everyone involved!

BIKINI WORDS. Promo for Geumcheon-gu

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in Architecture, Commercial, Exhibition, Film

CONTENTED just released their promo film for Geumcheon-gu Office. We would like to thank Geumcheon-gu Office for their great support.

The film talks about new linguistic developments among the factory workers during the industrial expansion of Korea in the 1970s and 80s. The film will be part of an installation at Gasan Digital Complex Subway Station in Seoul from 2016 to 2020.