The International Festival of Films on Art - 39TH Edition from March 16 to 28, 2021

The Magic Mountain

Belgium | 2020 | 67 min
Polish, German, English | Subtitles in English
Sound mixing: Rémi Gerard
Producer: Messidor
Sound: Laszlo Umbreit
Director: Eitan Efrat, Daniel Mann
Categories :
FIFA Experimental


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North American Premiere
The Magic Mountain focuses on three locations in Europe where tunnels, quarries and caves were dug into the ground. These points of contact, where the surface of the earth is disturbed and narrow shafts allow vertical access into the subsoil, are sites of speculative knowledge from which beliefs, imaginations and unofficial historical anecdotes are derived and circulated. Exploring these underground locations, The Magic Mountain touches on the insatiable desire to extract natural resources from the ground, but also and more importantly, modes of knowing, sensing and seeing the world.


Eitan Efrat

Eitan Efrat works in video, film, installations and painting. Born in Tel Aviv (Israel), he now lives and works in Brussels (Be). Efrat’s practice focuses on the performative aspects of the moving image. In his works, he aims to mark the spatial and durational potentialities of reading images, whether moving or still; the relations between spectatorship and history; and the temporality of narratives and memory.

Eitan Efrat has been working in collaboration with Sirah Foighel Brutmann since 2008.
Their collaborative works have been shown in solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Basel (CH) and Argos (BE) and in group exhibitions at MKG (Hamburg, DE), Portikus (Frankfurt, DE), Jeu de Paume (Paris, FR), STUK (BE), EMAF (DE) and The Petah-Tikva Museum for Contemporary Arts (IL). Their films have also been screened at various film festivals. Sirah and Eitan were featured artists at the 59th Flaherty Film Seminar (US) in 2013. They are currently guest teachers at the ERG – École de recherche graphique, Brussels.

Eitan Efrat is a co-founder of the artist-run collective Messidor (BE), together with Sirah Foighel Brutmann, Pieter Geenen and Meggy Rustamova.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Perfect Cut (2018) ; Miroir Séb Fragile ! (2017) ; Nude Descending a Staircase (2015) ; Orientation (2015) ; Journal (2013)

Daniel Mann

Daniel Mann is a London-based filmmaker and writer. He has led seminars in both Media Archaeology and Digital Culture at Goldsmiths College, where he also completed his PhD dissertation on image warfare and the integration of habitual media into armed conflict. Mann’s writing has appeared in journals such as Media Culture & Society, Visual Cultures Journal, Different Skies and Sonic Acts. He is a member of the Screen and Audio Research Unit at Goldsmiths College and a collaborator with the expanded Forensic Architecture team. Mann’s films, which have been screened internationally, include his recent documentary feature Salarium, which premiered at Cinéma du Réel (Paris) in 2018.

Biographies have been provided by third parties.
Filmography | Salarium (2018) ; Low Tide (2017) ; Household (2015) ; The Birdman (2013) ; Future Diaries (2011)

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