FLUX: ART+FILM explores the fertile ground between art and cinema, with radical and innovative films and videos by artists who challenge or transform our experience of what cinema can be.
Bold and shapeshifting, this year’s FLUX highlights embrace the pleasures of narrative, while forging exuberant new cinematic forms. This strand features urgent dispatches from America, the Paraguayan forest, Unama’ki/Cape Breton island and a Brazilian satellite city turned Mad Max-dystopia. Join us for acclaimed films that traverse the borderlands between truth-telling and fictional worldmaking.
Winner of the best film at Rotterdam 2022, Paz Encina’s EAMI interfolds myth and re-enactment in a striking ecological fable centred on the Ayoreo, an Indigenous community whose northern Paraguayan homelands face rampant deforestation.
Dry Ground Burning is an ambitious mash-up of documentary realism, gangster flick and gun-toting western. In the film’s present-day Brazil, oil piracy is not just a post-apocalyptic fantasy but a community-sustaining enterprise.
Queens of the Qing Dynasty offers an engrossing portrait of kinship between self-proclaimed “evil twins”. With a glitch synth score, bursts of animation and off-kilter humour, Ashley McKenzie portrays queer, neurodivergent perspectives rarely seen on screen.
Finally, veteran experimentalist James Benning’s latest feature interrogates the image world of post-Trump America. What begins as an exacting study of a big country – the film comprises long-takes of each state – turns into a playful exercise in counterfeit and illusion.
This year’s FLUX line-up proves that the most invigorating voices in contemporary art cinema continue to operate at the edges where reality and imagination comingle.
Ruby Arrowsmith-Todd, FLUX curator
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