As cultural events are cancelled across the world due to coronavirus, Boiler Room is putting together an online film festival to keep us connected through this strange period of isolation.
Kicking off on April 16, the 4:3 Online Film Festival will live broadcast 13 films that showcase a “bold and eloquent range of subjects”, including Kim Longinotto’s harrowing documentary,Shooting the Mafia, about Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who dedicated 20 years of her life to exposing the corruption of the Italian mafia, and multimedia artist Cao Fei’s 11.11, an exploration of the landscape of production and consumption within China.
Also on the lineup is Stephen Nomura Schible’s documentary Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda, on the legendary composer’s creative process, and Turner Prize-winning artist Phil Collins’ futuristic, Mica Levi-scored anime Delete Beach about a schoolgirl who joins an anti-capitalist resistance group.
“Every week, we’ll live broadcast new films on 4:3. Some films will disappear, others will be available to playback for short windows of time. All of them will take you to places you’ve never been before,” said Amar Ediriwira, creative director at Boiler Room.
Some of the films will be available for playback, while others are one-offs. The festival will close on May 18 with a special title that’s yet to be announced, so keep your eyes peeled.