Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

In Focus: Renate Sami 3

Location Goethe-Institut, Date Event has passed

With Pyramids
(Mit Pyramiden)
Renate Sami | 1990 | Germany | 93’ | 16mm

“I could say Mit Pyramiden is a film about Egypt. About Cairo, about the people there, the streets, the history of the country, the sounds, the light, about the colours, the religions, the sand, the pyramids. I see and I hear. Cars honking, cars standing around everywhere, people in long clothes, including men. Renate Sami shows me everything as if I were seeing it for the first time. I’m the one discovering life in the images. I follow her traces in the other culture. I hear that I hear and I see that I see. Nothing is covered up with words or music. Life shows itself. It is as if a veil were continuously falling. It is like a cleansing of the senses. My intellect wakes up. The explosions of editing do this. Things collide that I would not have suspected. They generate a new space outside the film. The pleasure of the unexpected wonder between the images gives the film an energy all its own.” (Ute Aurand)

In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut & thanks to the Deutsche Kinemathek 

With an introduction by Ute Aurand

Ute Aurand
(Germany, 1957) has been a central figure of Berlin’s experimental film scene since the 1980s and is one the most significant filmmakers active in the 16mm diary and portrait tradition today. As a film programmer, she has championed work by women filmmakers, often showing her films in dialogue with those of fellow filmmakers and friends. Together with Renate Sami, Aurand organized the legendary screening series FilmSamstag at Kino Arsenal (1997-2007).