BIKINI WORDS at 14th Sedicicorto International

Posted on Oct 10, 2017

BIKINI WORDS will play at the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival on October 11th 2017.

Sedicicorto International Film Festival, born in 2004, is a short film festival held every year in the month of October in Forlì close to Bologna, Italy. It boasts submissions from all over the world by filmmakers mainly dealing with short films. The event aims at drawing the attention not only of the filmgoers, but also of the audience interested in the audiovisual world, within an occasion promoting the exchange of ideas.

BIKINI WORDS plays out of competition in the Experia section of the 14th Sedicicorto International Film Festival, which contains a selection of experimental short films. Together with Werner Biedermann’s JAMAIS VU, Tim Weimann’s UNITED INTEREST, Eileen Byrne’s IRIDESCENE and Benjamin Bardou’s GLORIA VICTIS, BIKINI WORDS will play at Biblioteca Aurelio Saffi (Corso della Repubblica 72 – Forlì) on Wednesday Oct. 11th at 5pm.

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.

Vimeo Staff Pick for PLASTIC GIRLS

Posted on Jul 28, 2017

PLASTIC GIRLS has been selected as a VIMEO STAFF PICK. This totals 6 Staff Picks during the past 6 VIMEO 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!

Last Letters on DIRECTORS NOTES

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

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LAST LETTERS is featured with an extensive interview on film blog Directors Notes. Directors Notes is a website dedicated to giving a voice to independent filmmakers, covering aspects of filmmaking from concept to completion.

The short film LAST LETTERS is a journey through loss, space and memory. 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. 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 feel while they pose for an incomplete family portrait.

On April 16th 2017 the families will commemorate the 3rd anniversary of this catastrophe. For 3 years the Korean government has failed in uncovering the truth of the accident nor has it been successful in supporting the victims’ families. Contrary to that, all of us can support the families, by simply not forgetting what happened on the 16th of March 2014. Please remember and spread the word.

In order to read more on Directors Notes, please follow this link.

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.

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)

JOURNEY TO LADAKH. A Samsung Promo

Posted on Nov 18, 2016

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)

BIKINI WORDS at Vancouver Lift-Off Film Fest

Posted on Aug 1, 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 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.

MILLET. M LIMITED S/S 2016

Posted on Apr 7, 2016

This is a short video directed by Jean-Julien Pous and shot by Nils Clauss. The video was made for M Limited Spring Summer 2016, a sportswear division of Millet.