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ORG (ARSENAL EDITION) (Org (Arsenal Edition)) Fernando Birri, I 1967–1978, 177 min

Fernando Birri‘s ORG is a monstrous, three-hour long film that has only been screened extremely rarely since it premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 1979. The story of ORG is based on an ancient Indian legend, which Thomas Mann also drew on for his story “The Transposed Heads.” But above all, ORG is an experiment in perception that features over 26,000 cuts and some 700 audio tracks. ORG was partly funded by leading actor Mario Girotti (Terence Hill). Viewing the film today provides a kaleidoscopic insight into the experimental, aesthetic and political trends of the 1970s.

Birri bequeathed Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. a 35-mm print of his film in 1991. It was digitised as part of the "Living Archive" project. A DVD of the film is also being released to coincide with the Berlinale.

Filmvorführungen im Forum der Berlinale 2017:

  • Fr, Feb 10th: 14:00 h at Akademie der Künste (E, F)
  • Thu, Feb 16th: 19:30 h at Delphi Filmpalast (E, F)
  • Su, 19th: 14:00 h at Kino Arsenal 1 (E)

 

Fernando Birri
Born in Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz, Argentina in 1925, a descendant of Italian emigrants. He graduated in Film Direction in Rome. In 1956, Birri returned to Argentina and founded Latin America’s first film school, the Instituto de Cinematografía de la Universidad del Litoral, in the city of his birth. Ever since his debut Tire Dié, this director, who is also a poet, painter and teacher, has been a key figure in Latin American cinema.

Filmography (selection)
1951
Selinunte · Alfabeto Notturno (Night School in Toretta)
1953
Immagini popolari siciliane profane; co-directed by Mario Verdone
1959
La verdadera historia de la primera fundacion de Buenos Aires
1960
Tire dié · Buenos días, Buenos Aires
1961
Los inundados (Flooded Out)
1963
La pampa gringa
1967
Castagnino, diario romano
1979
ORG
1983
Rafael Alberti, un retrato de poeta
1984
Remitente: Nicaragua / Carta al mundo
1985
Mi hijo el Chè
1988
Un senor muy viejo con alas enormes · Diario de Macondo
1997
Chè: Muerte de la utopía?
1999
El siglo del viento
2006
ZA 05. Lo viejo y lo nuevo
2007
Elegia Fruiliana
2011
El Fausto Criollo

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