THE WORLD THROUGH SOUND AND IMAGE
The NORIENT FESTIVAL explores the contemporary world through sound and image. We search films that portray musicians, music, sound or noise as seismographs of our time, and speak of the possibilities and challenges of the Now. We screen documentaries mainly, but are open to feature films, short movies, video art, and experimental formats. Our goal is to nominate films that are getting close to people and phenomena. Films screened at the NORIENT FESTIVAL have won important awards or were nominated at major international A festivals, some have been produced very DIY and low budget. We are especially interested in films by filmmakers from outside of Europe and the US.
The NORIENT FESTIVAL is run by the team of Norient and the Norient Space «The Now In Sound» . Norient was founded 2002. It is a platform/magazine/network for the sound of the world: for contemporary music, quality journalism, cutting-edge research, and multimedia projects.
The NORIENT FESTIVAL is its local window in the very special cinema Kino Reitschule in Bern, Switzerland. The festivals brings together filmmakers from all over the world, a truly dedicated audience, and fascinating films during one long weekend in mid January. The festival regularly expands to other cinemas and cities in Switzerland and beyond, such as Lausanne and St. Gallen.
The NORIENT FESTIVAL explores the contemporary world through sound and image and happens each year in Bern, Switzerland.
▷▷ One of Norient’s favourite music films/documentaries of all time ?
“Silvana – the documentary directed by Christina Tsiobanelis, Olivia Kastebring and Mika Gustafson”
▷▷ One of the most memorable screenings Norient organized ?
“The screening of Narco Cultura directed by Shaul Schwarz, in 2014.”
▷▷ The music film/doc the Norient team would love to see being made ?
“Difficult question…Maybe a documentary about underground experimental music in Burma.”
▷▷ One music film/doc that didn’t get as much praise as it should have according to the Norient’s team ?
“None of Your Business directed by Kamran Heidari, a documentary about popular iranian musician Ebram Monsefi.”
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