The living legend: A retrospective of Jørgen Leth II.
Jørgen Leth (born 1937), living legend of world documentary, writer and poet, studied literature and anthropology. In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, Leth creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events.
Jørgen Leth is a leading figure in experimental documentary filmmaking. We offer a sequel by a rigorously selected retrospective of this Danish director known for example for The Impossible Hour and Life in Denmark.
STREAM FOR FREE from January 28 to February 3
Films for the event
The Impossible Hour (Orig.) / 1974 / Denmark / 45 min
In continuation of the time trial sequence from Stars and Watercarriers, The Impossible Hour is a concentrated study of Ole Ritter's attempt in Mexico City in 1974 to set a new record for the hour - described in the film as "the noblest, most difficult record that can be set on a bicycle".
Life in Denmark (Orig.) / 1972 / Denmark / 37 min
Almost 100 Danes -including a cyclist, a minister of finances, a popular actress and 13 single women from province - try to convey a realistic impression of Denmark, different from the usual view as a little, exotic and strange country.