Cohabitations and Cinema
24th International Bremen Film Conference
In 2019, the conference will focus on family portraits emphasizing old and new forms of living together. Since its beginnings, cinema has reflected upon life in communities: classic family constellations, their decomposition and their rebirth are shown as well as shared flats and queer ways of life. Families can also mean communities of work and production, making films and cinema – and connecting film and life as joint practice. In this sense, films and cinema are at the same time fields for experiments, places for reflection and heterotopias (“different spaces”, Foucault 1998), leading out of the tightness of prevailing families into the founding of new communities. The conference invites international experts and filmmakers to reflect upon the relation of cohabitations and cinema.
The romantic couple forms a central topos of popular cinema – as of Western culture. It models and reflects (imaginatively and in reality) a phase of life that leads out of given (family) structures only to establish new families or continue existing ones within new constellations. Against this background individualization and lifestyle changes will be linked to a conflictual finding process of the couple (Illouz 2012). Next to the focus on pairing, cinema has always offered images of families. Families have been represented as historically grown contexts of culture and society, but also as designs or stereotypes of specific ideologies, iconologies or patterns of thinking. The rich variety evident especially in late filmmaking has contributed to the reflection and discussion of dominant models of the nuclear family, just as it has questioned accompanying conceptualizations of biological kinship. Alternative, queer and "diasporic" forms of cohabitation and elective affinity in film have accordingly, led to discussions on models of different types of communitarization (u.a. Berghahn 2013).
Supported by the nordmedia – Film- und Mediengesellschaft Niedersachsen/ Bremen mbH
Cooperation partner: CITY 46 / Kommunalkino Bremen e.V. und AG Geschichte Lateinamerikas / FB 8, ZeMKI