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.
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.
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
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
"A compendium of experimental, aesthetic and political currents of the '70s." (arsenal-berlin. en)
Internationalen Filmfestspiele Venedig 1979 - World premiere
"The fabric inspired me. I adapted and transformed him like an alchemist to arrive at the present result. Of course it is not said that the alchemist turns everything into gold. But the most important thing is that he transforms himself in some way while he searches for this gold, which he might not even find. And I confess that 11 years of working on Org has transformed me. I could give some figures on this work: The film has over 26,000 interfaces, 600-700 sound tracks, multiple exposure images ...
I tried everything that was said to be impossible to realize in a film without worrying about the result, but about how to proceed." (Fernando Birri)
Screenplay and Director
Terence Hill, Lidija Juraçik, Isaac Twen Obu, Nolika Pereda, Pietro Santalamazza, Francesco Di Giacomo
Director of Photography
Mario Masini, Ugo Piccone, Mario Vulpiani, Houston Simmons, Cesare Ferzi
Fernando Birri, Paolo Zamattio, Giuliano Nucci, Settimio Presutto
Sergio Pagoni, Enrico Rava
Nato Frasca, Dafne Ciriacchi, Giacomo Carlo Carducci, Sandro La Ferla
Eugenio Rondani, Houston Simmons
Fernando Birri, Settimio Presutto
Venice Film Festival 1979
ORG, A VIDEO ESSAY (2013, 24 min, German only), Booklet (68 pages, German and English), Q&A with Settimio Presutto (audio recording, Spanish and German), Notebook of ORG (PDF Italian)
177 min + 24 min Extras
Dolby Digital 2.0
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