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The Machine That Kills Bad People:
In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin + Observando el Cielo
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A person walks through a black and white field surrounded by industrial buildings in Berlin
In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin (From Dawn to Night – Berlin), dir. Annik Leroy, Belgium 1980, French with English subtitles

This screening, programmed by The Machine That Kills Bad People, features Jeanne Liotta’s short film Observando el Cielo (Observing the Sky) (2007) and Annik Leroy’s In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin (From Dawn to Night – Berlin) (1980).

Jeanne Liotta’s Observando el Cielo is an exploration of the cosmos. Liotta investigates the cosmic landscape at the intersection of art, science and philosophy. Through seven years of celestial observations captured on 16mm film, she reveals a world that is mysterious and profound.

Annik Leroy’s In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin is both a personal exploration of Berlin’s streets and a profound reflection on the city’s history. Leroy, a Brussels-born filmmaker, creates an intimate dialogue with the city, reflecting on her sense of loneliness during her trips there and expressing the desolation she finds in its empty roads. This  poignant exploration of identity and history is an introspective conversation between the filmmaker and the city. In Leroy’s words, ‘With this film I try to retrace my journey, my story through the ruins, neighbourhoods, and streets of Berlin. I filmed the dialogue that took place between the city and myself, the wanderings in the old neighbourhoods (Moabit, Kreuzberg, Wedding), places where you can still find most of the traces of the past, or rather what’s left of them.’

A specially commissioned essay by Amina Cain will accompany this screening.

Artist and filmmaker Jeanne Liotta will attend this screening.


Observando el Cielo (Observing the Sky), dir. Jeanne Liotta, 2007, 16mm, colour, sound, 19 min.

In der Dämmerstunde – Berlin (From Dawn to Night – Berlin), dir. Annik Leroy, 1980, 16mm transferred to HD, b&w, sound, 67 min., French with English subtitles
The Machine That Kills Bad People is, of course, the cinema – a medium that is so often and so visibly in service of a crushing status quo but which, in the right hands, is a fatal instrument of beauty, contestation, wonder, politics, poetry, new visions, testimonies, histories, dreams. It is also a film club devoted to showing work – ‘mainstream’ and experimental, known and unknown, historical and contemporary – that takes up this task. The group borrowed their name from the Roberto Rossellini film of the same title, and find inspiration in the eclectic juxtapositions of Amos Vogel’s groundbreaking New York film society Cinema 16. The Machine That Kills Bad People is held bi-monthly in the ICA Cinema and is programmed by Erika Balsom, Beatrice Gibson, Maria Palacios Cruz, and Ben Rivers.

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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