BIKINI WORDS at Green Film Festival in Seoul

Posted on May 19, 2017

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Lift-Off Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented as part of the SUSTAINABLE LIFE section at the 14th Edition of the GREEN FILM FESTIVAL IN SEOUL (GFFIS) between May 18-24, 2017.

GFFIS is a film festival to seek the co-existence between humans and the environment through cinema. The 2017 edition of the GFFIS presents 51 green films from 24 countries at the festival’s venues consisting of Ewha Woman’s University ECC Arthouse MOMO and Samsung Hall.

The SUSTAINABLE LIFE section “showcases works that explore sustainable and alternative lifestyles. The public will have the opportunity to meet films of various themes which include eating healthy, well-being, well- dying, slow life and alternative architecture. This section has the largest line-up this year whereby a total of 18 animation, experimental, fiction and documentary films dealing with subjects such as extinction, alternative agriculture, the value of labor, and the fatal nature of toxic chemicals will be screened.” – (GFFIS Festival Catalogue)

BIKINI WORDS plays in a combined film program together with MICHELLE LATIMER‘s feature documentary RISE: RED POWER at Ewha Womans University ECC Arthouse MOMO 2 (MM2) on Thursday May 18th at 13:30 and on Saturday May 20th at 17:00. The Saturday screening will conclude with a guest talk right after the combined screening.

RISE: RED POWER delves into the evolution of the Red Power Movement. Using today’s unprecedented occupation at Standing Rock as a jumping off point, RISE: Red Power tracks past indigenous resistance into the present. 4,500 strong and growing, the Standing Rock protestagainst the Dakota Access Pipeline is the largest Indigenous resistance movement in generations. Indigenous youth from all over North America are taking part in re-writing history. These are a generation of people who grew up hearing their parent’s stories of occupation-from Wounded Knee to Alcatraz-but are fighting this battle 21st century style. Young women and two spirited youth lead the charge and technology is imperative.” – (GFFIS Festival Catalogue)

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.

Arthouse MOMO, ECC Gate 3, Ewha Woman’s University, 311-1 Daehyeun-dong, Seodaemun-gu (서대문구 대현동 11-1 이화여자대학교 ECC Gate 3); +82 2 363 5333

BIKINI WORDS at CineGlobe Film Festival

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

CineGlobe at CERN selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss as part of their official competition for the 7th Edition of their international film festival.

CineGlobe aims “to challenge the perceived divisions between science and the art by demonstrating that they are both essential to interpreting our world. The festival investigates both science in art and art in science, convinced that science, just like art, is an integral part of our culture, and it must be nourished and explored the same way as the other parts of our culture.

While CineGlobe celebrate its 10th anniversary (and seventh edition), “the festival addresses a theme which is crucial in this day and age – the blurring of the line between fact and fiction. Political, Social, and Scientific, this edition – titled Myths and Realities – will underline the importance of information and rationality in addressing the challenges that face our world. Our survival depends on our efforts to combat the increasingly anti-scientific attitudes which surround our modern day political discussion.

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.

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented as part of the “Responsibility” programme at CineGlobe during the festival period of March 21-26, 2017.

The film will screen on Wednesday the 22nd of March 2017 at 6pm and on Sunday the 26th of March 2017 at 12:30pm at the Globe of Science and Innovation – Square Galileo Galilei, Route de Meyrin 385, 1217 Meyrin, Switzerland.

Bikini Words screens in Budapest

Posted on Mar 3, 2017

The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre selects BIKINI WORDS by Nils Clauss to be part of their line up of the 9th Budapest Architecture Film Days in March 2017!

As mentioned on their homepage “the festival presents a wide selection of films, focusing on storytelling and personal relationships with the city, presenting buildings in an elusive and subjective manner. The festival distinguishes itself as the first and biggest architecture-related film festival of Central Europe. Disappearing old neighbourhoods, renamed streets, new districts, the conflicts and contrasts of the street or the newly found multiculturalism of Central European cities – all provide a sharp lens to interpret social changes. The selection does not only offer new viewpoints to look at these changes, they also help our understanding of urban transformation and architectural processes in the region.”

As the winner of the Best Short Documentary at the Liverpool Lift-Off Film Festival 2016 and the 2016 Season Awards, BIKINI WORDS continues it’s journey and will be presented on the 5th of March 2017 in Budapest.

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 Sunday the 5th of March 2017 at 15:00 at Toldi Mozi – Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út 36-38., Budapest, Hungary, 1054.

Short of the Week: Best Films of the Month

Posted on Jan 9, 2017

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

 

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.