Still from the film „Notes for Jerome “ (1978) by Jonas Mekas
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FROM MY WINDOW. JONAS MEKAS 100!

25 August – 18 September, 2022

Marseille Jonas Mekas Centenary Programme

Still from the film „Notes for Jerome “ (1978) by Jonas Mekas

Exhibition "To New York With Love" and screening at the ART-O-RAMA

Exhibition “To New York With Love”

DATE: From 25 to 28 August

VENUE: ART-O-RAMA, The Film Gallery’s stand. 41 Rue Jobin, 13003, Marseille, France

Programmed by The Film Gallery on the occasion of the celebration of its centenary, the exhibition “To New York With Love” presents 21 offset lithographs and the screening of the film “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses Of Beauty” (2000) by Jonas Mekas.

Screening of “As I Was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” by Jonas Mekas

DATE: 28 August, 14:00 pm

VENUE: ART-O-RAMA at the Petit Plateau of the Friche la Belle de Mai. 41 Rue Jobin, 13003, Marseille, France

“As I Was Moving Ahead, Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty shows the emotions, the subtle sensations, the everyday joys as I perceived them in the voices, in the faces, in the small daily activities of people I met, observed, and lived with… Things that I have recorded for years, as opposed to the spectacular, entertaining, sensational and dramatic activities that dominate much of contemporary cinema. For all that, this film is not conceived as a documentary. ” – Jonas Mekas

Still from the film “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses Of Beauty” (2000) by Jonas Mekas
Still from the film “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses Of Beauty” (2000) by Jonas Mekas

"Translating Mekas" events at the Centre international de Poésie

DATE: 12-18 September

VENUE: The Centre international de Poésie. 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, France

“Translating Mekas” is a programme of collective translation into French of Jonas Mekas’ poems supervised by the Centre international de poésie Marseille. It will take the form of a periodic seminar spread over two years. This seminar will bring together, in sequence, different groups of translators from Lithuanian into French and French-speaking poets with experience of translation and collective work.

Participants: Stéphane Bouquet (writer, poet and translator, scriptwriter and film critic), Jean-Baptiste Cabaud (poet and translator), Roxana Hashemi (poet and translator), Anne Portugal (poet and translator), Ainis Selena (translator), Marielle Vitureau (author, translator, correspondent for Radio France Internationale and Courrier international in the Baltic States)

Public presentation of the “Translating Mekas” project and bilingual reading of the first translated poems

DATE: 17 September, 15:30 pm

VENUE: The Centre international de Poésie. 2 Rue de la Charité, 13002 Marseille, France

Still from the film “Lost Lost Lost” by Jonas Mekas, 1976
Still from the film “Lost Lost Lost” (1976) by Jonas Mekas

Jonas Mekas' film program in Marseille

Screening of “Correspondence: Jonas Mekas – J. L. Guerín” by José Luis Guerín and Jonas Mekas

DATE: 14 September, at 20:00 pm

VENUE: FIDMarseille. 14 allée Léon Gambetta, 13001 Marseille, France

“After Abbas Kiarostami and Victor Erice, the CCCB in Barcelona has repeated the experience with this video correspondence between Jonas Mekas and José-Luis Guerín. Both travel, both work at home, both reflect on their practice and the world around them in relation to their common obsession with filming. Admiration and respect, Europe and the United States, springtime here and springtime there, seriousness and joy of life. Crossed self-portraits that are addressed in images and sounds, and resolutely intended for everyone.” – Jean-Pierre Rehm, FID Marseille 2011

Screening of the film “Lost Lost Lost” by Jonas Mekas

DATE: 15 September, 20:30 pm

VENUE: Vidéodrome 2. 49 Cr Julien, 13006 Marseille, France

The filmed diary of a poet in exile who observes with melancholy the daily, bustling life of 1950s New York. “These six reels trace an era of despair, of desperate attempts to grow roots in new soil, to create new memories. (…) I’m trying to show what an exiled person feels, what I felt during those years. It describes the inner state of a “displaced person” who has not yet forgotten his native country but has not yet acquired a new one. The sixth reel is a transition reel where you start to see peace, where I start to find moments of happiness. A new life begins. – Jonas Mekas

Screening of short films by Jonas Mekas

DATE: 16 September, 8.30 pm

VENUE: Vidéodrome 2. 49 Cr Julien, 13006 Marseille, France

“Zefiro Torna or Scenes from the Life of George Maciunas” / 1992 / 34 min 
“Travels songs” United States / 1981 / 23 min 
“Williamsburg, Brooklyn” / 2003 / 15 min 
“Cinema is not 100 years old” / 1996 / 3 min 

In the presence of Cécile Tourneur.


Screening of “As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty” by Jonas Mekas

DATE: 17 September, 6.30 pm

VENUE: Vidéodrome 2. 49 Cr Julien, 13006 Marseille, France

Still from the film “Lost Lost Lost” by Jonas Mekas, 1976
Still from the film “Lost Lost Lost” by Jonas Mekas, 1976

                            

The international program Jonas Mekas 100! commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Lithuanian-born avant-garde filmmaker, film critic and poet Jonas Mekas in 2022. The program featuring various events was put together by the Lithuanian Culture Institute, the Lithuanian Cultural Attachés and the Estate of Jonas Mekas. Diverse events will take place in leading cultural institutions in a number of countries around the world. The program is partially funded by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.  

Calendar of Jonas Mekas 100! program: www.jonasmekas100.com