Monday, December 30, 2013

Soiled Sinema review Ulli

"Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve is the perfect cinematic Xmas feast for both anti-Santa-ists and subversive cinemaphiles alike".

American Soiled Sinema reviews Brienen's 2005 Christmas Comedy!

http://www.soiledsinema.com/2013/12/why-ulli-wanted-to-kill-himself-on.html



Sunday, December 1, 2013

Flyer 'Warum Ulli...' - screenings Berlin 9-15 December

Berlin-Film-Katalog created a flyer (PDF file) to promote this month's screenings of Warum Ulli sich am Weihnachtsabend umbringen wollte. A special re-release premiere (introduced by film critic Jan Gympel) takes place on Monday, December 9th, 19:30 Hrs at Brotfabrik Kino, Berlin. From 12 December on, the film will be showned daily at 22:00 Hrs.




You can download the original PDF file here:





Friday, November 29, 2013

Cinema re-release 'Ulli' for christmas


December sees the re-release of Edwin Brienen’s one-time christmas comedy Why Ulli Wanted to Kill Himself on Christmas Eve. Shot in a record time of just 13 days, the film did hit German theatres about two months after its pre-production status.

October 2005. Brienen, who just filmed Last Performance during the summer of that year, had the insane plan to produce (shooting, editing, post-production) a feature film in just three ‘til four weeks. He involved an ensemble of actors (lots of new ‘family members’ here such as Laura Tonke and Hendrik Arnst, next to the familiar faces of Brienen starlets Esther Verkaaik and Eva Dorrepaal), and December 15th, Ulli celebrated its premiere in eight German theatres countrywide.


The film received raving critics from the German press: “Small pearls of tragicomic characterizations, concerning lack of relationships and the inability of them” (tip Magazine), “a modern update of Fassbinder” (zitty), “wonderfully poetic” (Cinerama) or “one of the most entertaining German films since years” (Neue Szene). 

Thanks to an initiative by Berlin-Film-Katalog, this black comedy is now back in a director’s cut at Berlin’s Brotfabrik Kino. December 9th at 19.30 hrs, film critic Jan Gympel will introduce the new version to an audience, in the presence of Edwin Brienen. For other screening dates (the whole week and after), check out the website of Brotfabrik: 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

50 Years of Tape

Staalzine, the online magazine of independent record label Staalplaat, published an article called Fifty Years of Tape: cassettes and their memories, a collage of stories and pictures. 50 people were asked to send in their all-time favorite cassette tape and a short motivation. Edwin dug through shelves and boxes and finally found his adolescent soundtrack of '89:


The whole article can be seen here:
http://staalplaat.com/staalzine/fifty-years-of-tape

Monday, October 28, 2013

eclectro.nl article

Eclectro.nl published a nice article about Edwin Brienen, I-f and the Dutch electro underground.




25 jaar dance: 1998 en I-F’s Fucking Consumer


Het is dit jaar 25 jaar geleden dat dance zijn intrede deed in Nederland. Eclectro gaat daarom alle jaren af en bespreekt de rest van 2013 elke week een roemruchte gebeurtenis. Deze week: Edwin Brienen, I-F en de Nederlandse electro underground.
Read the whole article here (Dutch only):

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sardinia

Another Italian Queer Short Film Festival selected Starman, this time in Sardinia. The festival takes place from 21 November til 1 December. For more info, please visit:

http://www.usnexpo.it

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

special guest at Radio 0n

Tonight, talk show hosts Adrian Shephard and Rinus van Alebeek welcome Edwin Brienen in their weekly radio show at Berlin Radio 0n. The show will be live broadcasted from 22.00 til 24.00 hrs (European time).

A live stream can be found here:
http://radio0n.wordpress.com



Saturday, April 27, 2013

'Starman' at Sicilia Queer Filmfest - official selection

Starman has been selected for the short competition at this year's Sicilia Queer Filmfest. The Italian festival takes place from May 31 - June 6 in Palermo.


SICILIA QUEER filmfest
festival internazionale di cinema glbt e nuove visioni
international glbt film festival and new visions
(3* edizione: 31 maggio-6 giugno 2013 / 3rd edition: May 31 - June 6, 2013)
c/o MIRA - Via Generale Arimondi, 79 - 90143 Palermo - ITALY 


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Testbild - Das absolut Böse

Yesterday, Italian visual artist and deejay Tumulto Borgosfranto introduced his new video mix Testbild through new global disorder web blog The Pink Snout. A cool, eclectic collection of visually interesting (music) video's such as The Knife's Full of Fire, a Cicciolina TV-show performance of Musculo Rosso and Edwin Brienen's 2005 short film Das absolut Böse. This Bataille-inspired musical drama is still available on the DVD-release of Hysteria (Filmfreaks, 2008). For a short impression (and other video's), here's the Vimeo link to Tumulto's Testbild:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Gonzo Circus review Exploitation LP (Dutch only)


Various Artists: Exploitation OST

Enfant Terrible


De levensloop van Edwin Brienen is niet onopgemerkt gebleven. In de jaren 1990 was hij het enfant terrible van de nationale radio: Laibach na Madonna op prime-time, jarenlang spooktechno in de nacht, een uur lang de satansmis op kerstavond (saillant detail: de mis werd steeds onderbroken door verkeersberichten over dodelijke slachtoffers in het verkeer, het ijzelde enorm die avond) en dan was er nog zijn beruchte zelfmoord incluis geënsceneerd ANP-bericht als slotfinale van Vacuüm. Een radiotijdperk kwam ten einde, Brienen werd cineast. In zijn filmdebuut Terrorama (2001) veegde Theo van Gogh zijn reet af met een Koran, de première voltrok zich vlak na 11 september. Het zou tussen Brienen en de Nederlandse filmwereld nooit meer goed komen. Hij vertrok naar Berlijn en bleef draaien; maar liefst veertien films in tien jaar tijd. Vrije films, snel en intensief geschoten, weinig budget, overvol met vervreemding, morbide wanhoop, Nietzscheaanse monologen, theaterkitsch en porno. En in al zijn scenes moet gerookt worden. Wat je ook van zijn films moge vinden, de muziekliefhebber wordt op zijn wenken bediend. I-FLe Syndicat ElectroniqueBlack Sun Productions en Vincent Koreman tekenden allen voor hun muzikale ondersteuning. En nu mag een hele label dat doen. Op 'Exploitation', de laatste worp van Brienen, verzorgt Enfant Terrible de muziek. Op beproefde werkwijze, want de soundtrack mag worden geplaatst in de lijn van de dienstbare compilaties die het label eerder uitbracht vol met geluiden uit de Nederlandse tegenculuur. Met bijdragen van Neugeborene Nachtmusik, Distel, Europ Europ, Nihiltronix, Sololust en het Vlaamse Embers mag de liefhebber van minimale elektronica, kille wave, elektro, techno en ander experiment zich verkneukelen, want wederom slaat het label van Martijn van Gessel een brug tussen heden en de jaren 1980 zonder de verzanden in oppervlakkige reproducties. Na 'Electronic Renaissance', 'Festival der Genialen Dissidenten' en 'Kamp Holland' levert Enfant Terrible somber prachtwerk af, dat geheel past binnen het tegendraadse gedachtegoed van die dekselse Edwin Brienen. 
www.enfant-terrible.nl

door Martijn Venekatte (december 2012)


http://www.gonzocircus.com/reviews/?r=11781

Thursday, February 21, 2013

first review 'Exploitation' in Tagesspiegel (German only)



Zeitung Heute

21.02.2013 00:00 Uhr

Exploitation.
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Eva (Eva Dorrepaal) ist Schauspielerin und spricht für einen obskuren Kunstfilm vor. Der Regisseur treibt Psychospielchen mit der Frau, die bisher vor allem in Werken von Edwin Brienen aufgetreten ist – für den der Herr Filmemacher nur Verachtung übrig hat. Edwin Brienen beschäftigt sich in seinem neuen Film mit dem eigenen Metier. Mit bitterer Tragikomik entfaltet er ein Vexierspiel mit der Realität und Fiktionsebenen, das für Eva zum bösen Psychotrip wird, zumal hier – dem Filmtitel gemäß – jeder jeden auszubeuten versucht und die Kreativität in der Reproduktion des Immergleichen erstickt worden ist. Wieder hat der niederländische Wahl- Berliner ein düsteres, rätselhaftes Kammerspiel geschaffen, in dem – auf Englisch – viel gesprochen wird über Kunst und Leben, Politik und Wirtschaft, Schein und Sein, Gott und die Welt.
Kreativ. Jan Gympel

D 2011, 70 Min., R: Edwin Brienen, D: Eva Dorrepaal, Anna Fin, Bianca Fox, Edwin Brienen

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Standard Magazine

Edwin appears in this month's edition of French Standard Magazine - Le premier magazine culture & mode francais. 


Monday, February 11, 2013

new Sally Shapiro music video 'Starman'


Edwin Brienen’s “Starman” is a music video for Sally Shapiro’s single with the same name, as well as a short film about queer identity.

“Starman” is a day in the life of Tumulto (Riccardo Borgosano), an eccentric queer boy who believes that ‘normality is deadness’. Together with his cute, little dog named Clash, he walks the Berlin streets and has different encounters with a freaky, admiring art-couple (Eva Dorrepaal and Edwin Brienen), an angry girl (Kitty Granzow) and a couple of avantgardish new wave dancers. Tumulto eventually becomes the object of desire of a gay hairdresser, who gives everything to conquer our charming queer boy’s heart…

The video was inspired by Riccardo Borgosano’s art-project “Take the Street”. Borgosano’s alter-ego Tumulto marches down city-sidewalks dressed in a tutu and captures the reactions of a mostly confused audience.




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

date set for German premiere 'Exploitaion'

'Exploitation' will have a German cinema premiere on Thursday, February 21st. The film celebrated its world premiere at the critically acclaimed Lausanne Music and Film Festival, October last year.

According to LUFF, 'this Gothic-Noir satiric fresco transports us into the superficial world of the film industry: a business without mercy, that only seeks to copy itself without taking any risks. Very auto-reflexive, hilarious at moments, and very dark at others, the film does not hide its preoccupation with a society numbed by its own clichess that it exploits endlessly. Clairvoyant, provoking, and esthetically very interesting, the film is calmer and more easily accessible to a non-initiated public than its predecessors'.

Leading roles for Eva Dorrepaal and Tomas Sinclair Spencer, together with Anna Fin, Jaron Löwenberg, Edwin Brienen, Roger Baptist, Grace Ryan and Noblesse Oblige's Valerie & Sebastian.

A trailer of the film appeared online today: