Double screening: Straub-Huillet and Atteyat Al-Abnoudy​

Double screening: Straub-Huillet and Atteyat Al-Abnoudy​

Atteyat Al-Abnoudy,The Sandwich (still), 1975.

Aesthetics of Resistance

Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art

Double screening: Straub-Huillet and Atteyat Al-Abnoudy​

Admission starts at $5

January 17, 2023, 7pm
172 Classon Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

Join us at e-flux Screening Room on Tuesday, January 17 at 7pm for a double screening featuring Straub-Huillet’s Too Early, Too Late (1980-1981) and Atteyat Al-Abnoudy’s The Sandwich (1975), followed by a discussion between e-flux Film curator Lukas Brasiskis and film curator and critic Ali Hussein Al-Adawy.

The screening constitutes the opening event of “Landscapes To Be Deciphered,” the second chapter of the four-part series Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art taking place at e-flux Screening Room in monthly chapters between December 2022 and March 2023. Read more on the series here.

Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art is produced and organized by e-flux; with the support of the German Film Office, an initiative of the Goethe-Institut and German Films.

Straub-Huillet, Too Early, Too Late (1980-1981, 100 minutes)
Inspired by a letter written by Friedrich Engels and a 1974 account of two militant Marxist writers who had been imprisoned by the Nasser regime, Straub-Huillet filmed Too Early, Too Late in France and Egypt during the anxious months of 1980 that followed the Camp David Accords and culminated in Anwar al-Sadat’s assassination the following year. The filmmakers reflect on Egypt’s history of peasant struggle and liberation from Western colonization, and link it to class tensions in France shortly before the Revolution of 1789, quoting texts by Friedrich Engels as well as the pioneering nonfiction film Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1895).

Atteyat Al-Abnoudy, The Sandwich (1975, 12 minutes)
In the village of Abnoud, children play and prepare a meal. Atteyat Al-Abnoudy films the joy and simplicity of the daily life of a small rural town that seems to have escaped the passage of time.

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Aesthetics of Resistance: Straub-Huillet and Contemporary Moving-Image Art

For over four decades, the films of Danièle Huillet (1936–2006) and Jean-Marie Straub (1933-2022) have been woven into the history of modern cinema as a continuous thread. While both were French, they worked mostly in Germany and Italy, and made two dozen films between 1963 and 2006. Their films, often adapted from theatrical or literary works, are distinguished by their deliberate use of Brechtian distancing techniques and strong Marxist political overtones. Aesthetically their work has been described as austere with minimal camera movements, long takes, simple, stark settings and restrained acting performances. Rare documents of aesthetic and political resistance to the world’s conditions, their works are characteristic of a great lyrical beauty and radical social formulas. when regarded today, Huillet and Straub’s oeuvre is an always fresh, exciting, and inimitable succession of films on history, painting, nature, politics, music, language, bodies, rhythms, and forms.

Ateyyat Al-Abnoudy (1939-2018) was an Egyptian journalist, lawyer, actress, producer, and filmmaker. Born in a small village along the Nile Delta, Al-Abnoudy was considered one of the pioneering Arab female filmmakers, her films inspiring generations of women fighting to produce their own independent cinema. She has been referred to as the “poor person’s filmmaker” thanks to her focus on the struggles of ordinary and impoverished people in Egypt and the Arab region. Over the course of her career, Al Abnoudy received more than thirty international awards for her twenty-two films, including three for Horse of Mud, released in 1971.

Ali Hussein Al-Adawy is a curator, researcher, editor, writer, and critic of moving images, urban artistic practices, and cultural history. He curated a number of film programs and seminars such as Labor Images (ongoing since 2019), Serge Daney: A Homage and Retrospective (2017) and Harun Farocki: Dialectics of Images…Images That Cover/Uncover Other Images (2018); and exhibitions and public programs such as, together with Paul Cata, the exhibition The Art of Getting Lost in Cities: Barcelona and Alexandria (2017) and the seminar “Benjamin and the City” (2015). He was one of the founders of Tripod, an online magazine for film and moving-image critique (2015-2017) and was part of the editorial team of TarAlbahr, an online platform and a publication for urban and art practices in Alexandria (2015-2018).

Lukas Brasiskis is a Curator of Film and Video at e-flux. He is also a cocurator of the 14th Shanghai Biennale (2023–24). He received his PhD degree in Cinema Studies from New York University in 2022. His writings on moving image are widely published, and most recently he was the coeditor of Cinema and the Environment in Eastern Europe (Berghahn Press, 2024) and Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running (Yale University Press, 2022).

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